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Updated: Alabama’s cease and desist letter to store owner made public


A couple days ago, we noted that Alabama had quickly and quietly sent a cease and desist letter to the owner of a Tuscaloosa men’s clothing shop asking that the owner, named Tom Albetar, not use the likeness of any of the Tide’s student-athletes in his advertising, including running back Trent Richardson.

Neither the NCAA or the SEC was asked to be involved and the case appeared open and shut.

On the surface, that still seems to hold true.


Thanks to — the same site who noted that the NCAA’s investigation with Auburn was far from over — that cease and desist letter has been made public.

(Writer’s note: get your reading glasses on. The letter print is small)

In the letter, Mike Ward, UA’s Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, states, “It’s been brought to our attention that you are selling or distributing, for commercial purposes, items depicting current University of Alabama student-athletes, specifically, items autographed by current student-athletes.”

By writing the letter, Alabama is executing the specifics of NCAA bylaw, which states that if items such as autographs are sold for commercial use without the student-athletes’ knowledge, the student-athlete or institution must take steps to stop that activity.

So, for now, everything seems to be in order in Tuscaloosa; no athletes appear to have knowingly signed their name with the intention of it being sold. But given how things are rumored, speculated and sometimes uncovered in today’s media, whether it will stay that way remains to be seen.

UPDATED 1:42 p.m. ET on 7/25: also has a picture of Richardson signing a jersey with what appears to be a price tag and a name on the back. To reiterate, a player can’t sign a piece of memorabilia with the knowledge that it will be sold commercially. Likewise, a store cannot sell an item of memorabilia, such as a jersey, with the student-athlete’s name attached to it.

Whether that is what’s going on in this picture, we’ll let you be the judge. But it certainly raises a few eyebrows.

Bowling Green HC Dino Babers helps save woman from burning car

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Dino Babers of the Bowling Green Falcons watches the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 26, 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?

As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio.  Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.

That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action.  From the Toledo Blade:

The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.

“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”

So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.

“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.

Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.

As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.

UGA reaffirms commitment to Greyson Lambert as starting QB

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03:  Greyson Lambert #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is tackled by Minkah Fitzpatrick #29, Reggie Ragland #19 and Geno Matias-Smith #24 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.

In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day.  The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.

While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.

“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …

“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”

If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.