11 Things That College Athletes Aren’t Allowed To Do

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1. Sell an old textbook if your name is written on it.

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That counts as a signature and would violate NCAA protocol. These rules were written to help protect you. Them? No, you… definitely you.

See the Johnny Manziel Rule.

2. Pick up a side job that earns over $2,000 per year.

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Because it’s not like other students can get jobs while they’re at school. Wait…

via NCAA Rules.

3. Accept money from your coach to buy a candy bar.

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Accepting money from your coach in any capacity is a NCAA violation and would be horrible. How dare you?

Poor Jamar.

4. Send a paper to a tutor who then revises the grammatical errors.

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The athletic department will provide tutors to help you manage your schoolwork and football schedule. Just make sure you don’t actually use them.

Sorry Devon.

5. Using prescribed ADHD medication for studying.

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That’s a banned substance in the NCAA sports world. Sure we tell you you’re here for an education, but that’s only if it doesn’t interfere with sports.

via NCAA Rules.

6. Accept any prizes from independent competitions in a similar sport.

Like if you run cross country for the school and then you participate in a city-wide 10k race and win a prize, you’re not allowed to accept it because your legs are already under contract for $0.

via NCAA Rules.

7. Accept $1 for a self-portrait that you made and are super proud of.

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Because that’s a portrait of you! You don’t have rights to you. Who do you think you are, the guys who own you?

8. Sell your championship ring.

Because… you know… reasons.

Terrelle Pryor found out the hard way

9. Collect workers’ comp for being paralyzed while playing the sport that’s making the school millions of dollars.

“Remember? You work for us… but not the type of work where we are responsible for your health or anything.”

Kent Waldrep tried and failed.

10. Accept a taco from your millionaire coach after you tell him that despite having school paid for, you come from a poor neighborhood and still don’t have enough money to eat.

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Sure the coach makes buckets of money, but feeding you would cross the line.

Just ask Arian Foster.

11. Earn as much as a penny off of the video game companies that are making millions with your likeness.

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“How dare you try to make money off of your own likeness. That’s OUR likeness of you.”

At least this one is making progress.

“Remember, student-athletes, your compensation is the joy received from representing your university. Our joy is in the form of enormous financial gain through your labor.”

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Sincerely,
- Your school.

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