Friday, December 7, 2007

Florida fan may cost Tebow the Heisman

Sometimes, the bizarro world of NCAA compliance is has more pitfalls and gotchas than even Federal tax or weapons exports. This is a perfect example:

GAINESVILLE - has listed an orange license plate which reads HE15MAN as one of its top Christmas gifts this year. The plates are being sold on the Web site, which is owned by Melbourne resident Brett Black.

There's only one problem.

The plates may be an NCAA violation that could put the eligibility of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a Heisman Trophy candidate, in danger. UF officials are certainly concerned about the unlicensed and unauthorized selling of products promoting the sophomore quarterback -- which has become rampant on numerous Web sites.
Look, Tebow wouldn't be my pick for the Heisman, but he certainly deserves consideration, and he is surely the favorite. I really don't blame the Florida fans for doing this, nobody in their right mind would think that selling licensed plates to fans hyping Tebow's candidacy would run afoul of NCAA rules.

If it does turn out costing Tebow the Heisman, I'm absolutely going to spare no aspect of the NCAA in series of diatribes -- it's just wrong to punish the young man for something clearly well-intentioned fans did.


Gatorpilot said...


Tebow is not at serious risk of losing the Heisman over something dumb like this. It's obvious that he's not involved, is not profiting, etc. The fan will be asked to take his site down and that will be the end of it. Nothing to see here, move along, etc.

BestofSEC said...

I wouldn't think so either, but you know how this works as well as I do.

Still, I expect you're right.

C. Paul said...

Listen, I despise Tim Tebow as a Dawg fan, but he performed week in and week out. I've got no problem with him winning the Heisman.

Now, I've just got to buy one of those license plates to make him ineligible.=)

BestofSEC said...


Yeah, that's funny right there, I don't care who you are.

Tebow is certainly deserving of consideration. No doubt. And no way should B.S. like fan license plates change that.