We’ve been a fan of Penn State kicker Joe Julius since Week 1 of the college football season.
Naturally, PSU students and fans have also quickly hopped on the “Big Toe” fan boat. A couple people even turned their fandom into a charity fundraiser–only to unfortunately have to, in the end, refund the raised money.
Per the report by OnwardState.com Penn State’s athletic department contacted David Friedman–one of the creators of the “Big Toe” tee–to inform him that an NCAA rule forbade him from selling the shirts and that the money raised for the shirts should be refunded.
What makes this such a bummer is that the proceeds were supposed to go to charity. And not just any charity, but Penn State’s THON, which fights against pediatric cancer.
Friedman and Co. could have created a new t-shirt design, but inevitibly decided to end the sales of the “Big Toe” tee all together. He told Onward.com:
“We decided that we are just going to refund everyone,” Friedman said. “It became a thing where there were a lot of people that didn’t want a shirt that had nothing to do with Joe, which is understandable, and we didn’t want to press the issue with the compliance office. It just sucks, the final tally was around $1,400 and 124 shirts. But now, this whole mess is over. It’s definitely something we will never do again without checking first.”
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