Besides Pittman and Gonzales, the event's promoter said Antonio Smith, Roy Hall, T.J. Downing, Stan White Jr., Justin Zwick and Jay Richardson will also be signing autographs. Purchasing a $100 Super Ticket will net one autograph from each player. Pittman and Gonzales autographs will cost $20 each and other individual autographs will cost $15 each.
Now, while there's nothing technically wrong with this from an NCAA standpoint since the players are finished with their eligibility, something just doesn't feel right about it. Disagree if you want, Buck fans, but less than three weeks after the season ends, to have some promoter out there hawking autographs, makes one wonder. Did the promoter book this 1,700 seat auditorium well in advance then just hope some of these players would agree to participate once they were allowed? Or did he put all this money down the day after the BCS game on January 9th, risking what is probably a sizable investment by throwing this thing together in just a couple days?
I mean, from an NCAA standpoint, I'm assuming this guy couldn't approach the players in, say, November and say, "Gonzo, if you declare after the season, I have a sweet cash gig lined up for you," could he? The same promoter held a similar signing event last year, thus is there a - wink, wink - understanding that OSU players can do this once their eligibility ends?
The whole thing just raises a lot of questions. Most notably: who the fuck would stand in line to pay for Justin Zwick's autograph?