Canes fans can still get their player and coach autographs Saturday evening at CanesFest.
They'll just have to do it on the official poster distributed by the University of Miami.
"As part of the University of Miami's commitment to NCAA compliance and in light of recent national news, student-athletes will only sign the official 2013 BankUnited #CanesFest poster that will be provided for free at the event,'' UM wrote Monday in a news release. "Please do not bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Your cooperation and support for the athletics department in complying with NCAA regulations is greatly appreciated.''
The "recent national news,'' of course, stems from the Johnny Manziel issue in which 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Manziel -- dubbed Johnny Football -- was recently accused of being paid to sign autographs and memorabilia in January. Manziel is now being investigated by the NCAA, and is in jeopardy of losing his amateur status and eligibility.
This policy is not much different from last year's. I found this line in last year's UM news release regarding CanesFest: "Due to time constraints and out of the respect for others in attendance, fans will be limited to one autographed item Saturday."
The difference is that last year folks could bring the one item of their choice.
"With a large crowd expected and a limited amount of time available,'' the UM release continued, it is highly unlikely that fans will be able to receive an autograph of every player in attendance. To accommodate as many people as possible, fans will only receive one poster (per person) for the autograph line. Fans will be allowed to take the official 2013 Miami Hurricanes football [schedule] posters as they exit the event."
The poster for autographing is different from the schedule one, so fans can walk out with two posters.
CanesFest runs from 4-7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center, with the football team expected to greet fans and sign autographs from 5-7 p.m.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN