Louisville football bans players from signing autographs

Members of the Louisville football team, including star quarterback and Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson, are no longer permitted to sign autographs.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals came out with a statement to announce autographs would no longer be permitted due to NCAA eligibility concerns as a potential violation of NCAA bylaw

The football program no longer will be accepting autograph requests due to growing concerns over eligibility of its student-athletes.

— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) October 4, 2016

“We decided to take this measure as more of a proactive approach to protect the eligibility of our student-athletes,” a Louisville spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN. “Furthermore, certain steps needed to be taken to insure that third parties were not benefiting commercially on the signatures of the student-athletes.”

Most recently, Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended four games for receiving $3,000 in exchange for autographs, so it is a scenario the Cardinals want to avoid as they push for the ACC Championship and College Football Playoff.

Louisville is off this weekend before returning on Oct. 14 against Duke at home.

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