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Your daily dose of NCAA hypocrisy

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The search results if you type in “Nerlens Noel”

You’re looking at a screencap of, the NCAA’s online store with the self-proclaimed “largest selection of college merchandise anywhere.” Jay Bilas started a Twitter meltdown this afternoon when he started searching for various college player’s names and tweeting the results via screencaps. Turns out that if you search pretty much any famous college player’s name, their school’s jersey will come up with their number on it.

But, college players aren’t allowed to profit from their jersey sales, right? The NCAA is very adamant about that, right? Even though the players names don’t appear on the jerseys, this is far from a coincidence. Somewhere, Ed O’Bannon is shaking his head.

Here are some more search results:

“Alex Poythress”:

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“Johnny Manziel”:

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The NCAA even managed to sneak in a Robert Morris joke when you look up “Raymond Sanders”:


h/t to @Mengus22

“John Calipari”:


(Just kidding.)

Not surprisingly, the NCAA has now taken the search bar off the website. Why are these guys in charge, again?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

26 Comments for Your daily dose of NCAA hypocrisy

  1. Matt
    4:06 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Even if you search for “Johnny Football” some Number 2 Jerseys pop up on the search

  2. GoBigBlue
    4:14 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    They have already removed the search field from the website. Admission of guilt???

  3. Brando
    4:23 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Another find example of hypocrisy displayed by our friends @ the NCAA…call a cow a cow and let the college athletes get paid

  4. tltaworl
    4:36 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Lack of institutional control!

  5. Johnny Manziel
    4:43 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    No! I was making money off those jerseys!!

  6. Musehobo
    4:44 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Look, I hate the NCAA. Hate them. I think the NCAA needs to get with the program or get left behind. But technically, having the players’ names in a searchable database doesn’t seem that hypocritical to me. If little Johnny goes on the site to search for his favorite players’ jersey he will type his name. The site won’t want to miss out on sales because Johnny doesn’t think to search by jersey number or school. We all know what they’re doing by selling jerseys anyway. Frankly, them selling the jerseys at all makes me way more mad then the fact that they are helping people to find them.

  7. Kardash Kardashian
    4:45 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    On behalf of all Kardashians we wish UK and Coach Mark Stoops best of luck for the upcoming football season

    We will watch every game in our Beverly Hills estate

  8. Hmm
    4:50 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler Thompson, please credit Jay Bilas for who you got this from….

  9. Hmm
    4:50 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Just kidding.

  10. Theo
    4:55 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Totally understand why you think it is hypocrisy… but UK’s official team store does the same thing. Think it’s a violation?

  11. Lori MD
    4:57 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    “© 2013 Fanatics Retail Group, All Rights Reserved. No portion of this site may be reproduced or duplicated without the express permission of Fanatics Retail Group.”

    “NCAA.COM is part of Turner – SI Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.”

    I doubt that the NCAA ever did more than cash their affiliate checks.

  12. afidler
    5:00 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    #10. No, not a violation in the least bit. The difference here is the NCAA makes the rule that players can’t profit from their likeness in any way; UK isn’t making that distinction. I’m sure UK would allow players to profit on their likeness if it were within their power. That’s a false dichotomy to think it’s either/or with UK being hypocritical as well.

  13. Heisenberg
    5:04 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    #8 pretty sure “Jay Bilas started a Twitter meltdown…” is giving credit

  14. cats fan
    5:04 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I think the NCAA committed a violation of itself. Can we please give them the death penalty.

  15. CatsFanFrankfort
    5:09 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    #12. See #11. The site is not owned by the NCAA; it is owned by Turner Sports. That is not to say that the NCAA doesn’t make money off of it, but I highly doubt they had people checking for this kind of program in database searching.

  16. BBN_in_Iowa
    5:20 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who is surprised by the NCAA hypocracy is likely also surprised to hear we landed on the moon! #smh

  17. BBN_in_Iowa
    5:26 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Hypocrisy……..clearly I can spell as well as the NCAA can govern. 🙂

  18. Faycts
    5:59 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    6: it’s hippcritical because the NCAA claims, in their lawsuit defense w/ EA), that they do not profit off their student-athlete’s names, likeness, appearance, etc. what that search proves is that the NCAA (or it’s official partners on behalf of the NCAA which means they’d still be culpable) allowed people to search for a player’s jersey by name. This is profitting off of a players name…

  19. Al/in/Indy
    6:42 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    17, we all knew what you were saying, just happy Alex Trebeck wasn’t monitoring the site! GO CATS!!!!!
    P.S. NCAA still SUCKS!

  20. Musehobo
    8:18 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, if that’s true, you are correct. Can you site that?

  21. Rafters
    8:27 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t get it… Kentucky Sports Radio puts up apparel all the time reflecting current players…
    For example the “keep calm the twins are coming” tshirt directing readers to the KSR shop. You are hypocritically siding with the NCAA – there is no difference there. If you are against the sell of apparel reflecting current players and how they are unable to profit off their fame, why do you take part in exploiting the kids and profiting from it while you can and they can’t?

  22. Mike Any Name
    9:31 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Forget Manziel. Aggies hoops gonna shock the SEC this year. Mike Any Name is straight BALLER.

  23. Ho Lee Fuk
    10:19 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I heard on the radio that Texas A&M made $38 million last year off Johnny Football.

  24. Lori MD
    10:30 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA owns the domain, Turner owns the site and Fanatics owns the java script feed for the merchandise. The NCAA is an affiliate and gets 10-20% of sales. Fanatics is responsible for the meta tags that caused the search to identify players to certain jersey numbers. The NCAA didn’t disable the search function, Fanatics did across it’s entire system.

    It was a great story but bogus to attack the NCAA. Way too many other thing to rightfully attack them for.

  25. Jay Bilas
    6:33 am August 7, 2013 Permalink


    Not giving me credit for this at all?

  26. dsparklender
    7:20 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    this cant be right!!! when i go to the site it is not showing lil brother under the heading “TOP TEAMS” why does even the NCAA consider Lil Brother insignificant? Now we know why Lil Bro has such an attitude and cant seem to lose it when most of America looks at lil bro that same way that we do