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August 7, 2013

Louisville 'comfortable' with Teddy's eligibility

The scandal that could potentially rock college football in 2013 appears to be sparing Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. A statement was released by the University Wednesday.

Bridgewater's name was linked to an autograph seller on eBay who may have paid for autographs from Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Items signed by Bridgewater and other collegiate stars like Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina and Braxton Miller from Ohio State, appear on that eBay sellers' account.

If Bridgewater were paid for his autograph, it would be an NCAA violation. If Bridgewater signed an item for free, and a person sold it on eBay, the payer is not responsible for it as long as the player does not profit from the sale.

A statement by UofL officials indicates they believe Bridgewater was not paid for his autograph.

Here is the official statement:

"We are aware of many of the items for sale online that have been autographed by several of our student-athletes with remaining eligibility. As we are required to do by NCAA rules, we regularly review these items and send correspondence to the seller(s) requesting they remove the item for sale.

We have and continue to educate our student-athletes that it is not permissible to accept any type of compensation for their autograph or the sale of memorabilia. We have spoken with Teddy Bridgewater and we are comfortable that no violation has occurred."

Bridgewater, a Heisman contender, is considered one of the top NFL prospects at quarterback in college football. A search for "Teddy Bridgewater" on eBay turns up 135 items, many of them signed by the Cardinals' quarterback.

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