GAINESVILLE -- Autograph seekers, beware. If you plan on attending the Florida Gators' football fan day on August 16, then don't expect quarterback Tim Tebow and the guys signing any helmets or footballs.
The UAA announced on Wednesday that football players and coaches will only sign Florida football posters. Why? The UAA says it doesn't want to violate any NCAA rules.
"Unfortunately, when players have signed various autograph items such as helmets and footballs, they have on occasion been sold to the general public," said Jamie McCloskey, the UAA's compliance czar. "The practice could put the eligibility of some of our student-athletes into question. We want to be proactive in this area and are asking our fans to cooperate with our policy of requesting an autograph on our team poster only. The poster should be for personal use only and not intended for sale."
Sounds pretty lame, right? Football players not signing footballs? So much for getting an early jump on your Christmas list.
The UAA's real reason for this new autograph policy? I'll let you guys speculate on that. As for the details of autograph day ...
What: Florida football fan day
When: August 16, 1-3 p.m.
Where: O'Connell Center
Who: Football players and coaches