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Miami Hurricanes introduce new autograph policy at CanesFest

 

SDEGNAN@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Canes fans take note: The Hurricanes are allowing only one item per person to be autographed during this weekend’s BankUnited CanesFest a poster distributed by UM.

CanesFest runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the football team signing autographs and meeting fans from 5 to 7 p.m.

“As part of the [UM’s] commitment to NCAA compliance and in light of recent national news, student-athletes will only sign the official Miami Hurricanes athletics team posters that will be provided for free at the event,” said a written release. “Please do not bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Your cooperation and support for the athletics department in complying with NCAA regulations is greatly appreciated.”

Last year UM also limited autographs to one item, but did not restrict the type of item.

Schools are cracking down on autograph seekers in light of the Johnny Manziel issue in which 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M — dubbed Johnny Football — was recently accused of being paid to sign autographs and memorabilia in January. Manziel is now being investigated by the NCAA, and is in jeopardy of losing his amateur status and eligibility.

Practice resumes

After a day off Monday following the first of two fall scrimmages, UM resumes practice Tuesday morning at Greentree Field. It will be the second two-a-day session of fall camp.

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