Terrence Cody Is Profiting Off His Fame, Others Not So Much

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↵Remember when Ian Johnson had to stop ↵selling the hats he was knitting because people might buy them for ↵reasons other than "these hats are sweet"? Well, this is evidently ↵legal and stuff in the eyes of the NCAA: ↵

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↵⇥Terrence "Mount" Cody, senior nose tackle for Alabama's ↵⇥2009 National Champion football team, will make a second appearance at ↵⇥Parkway Place mall to sign autographs. The autograph session will be ↵⇥Saturday from 12-3 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. ↵⇥

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↵Your Cody autograph comes at a minimum price of $25 on a print-but ↵you get a personal ↵item signed for every bit of merchandise you drop cash on-and I ↵imagine young Terrence is getting a significant cut of that. ↵

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↵The key difference is not moral or ethical but merely a matter ↵of power: the NCAA can't do anything to Cody anymore. He's out of ↵eligibility and headed for the NFL draft, and this is the point at which ↵these guys sign contracts with agents and start driving around silly ↵cars with loan money. Other than that, Alabama fans giving Cody money ↵for an autograph is obviously him profiting off his likeness-only ↵the NCAA is allowed to do that-far more than Ian Johnson was. ↵

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↵I'm sure this is on the up-and-up, NCAA violations rarely being ↵advertised in your local newspaper, but it is kind of a blatant quid pro ↵quo, isn't it? Might as well hand every graduating senior a check for ↵10k. Not that I begrudge any college football player staring down a ↵short NFL career and an uncertain future after that scraping any dollar ↵he can from his fame. ↵

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↵That's the guy who blocked the field goal that preserved a national ↵championship season. How is a mediocre but generally winning quarterback ↵six ↵months into his job as a loan officer doing? ↵

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↵⇥"People call me say they hate me and then hang up," [former ↵⇥Virginia Tech quarterback Sean] Glennon said. ↵⇥

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↵Point: Cody. No wonder Alabama's recruiting so well. ↵

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↵(H/T to Doctor ↵Saturday) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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