USC says Marquise Lee autographs were within NCAA rules

LOS ANGELES — USC said Tuesday that receiver Marqise Lee did not break NCAA rules last January when he signed autographs in Florida that have been offered for sale.

Lee, who won the Biletnikoff Award, attended the Bowl Championship Series title game, where the Orange Bowl Committee honored national award winners. The NCAA reportedly is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner, received payment for autographs he signed while in Miami.

Dave Roberts, USC's vice president for athletic compliance, said in a statement that the university had "received an inquiry that floated Marqise Lee's name and the autograph signing situation in Miami that has been in the news lately."

Lee signed several photographs for a person who said he was a fan and collector. Roberts said some of those photos have since been offered for sale online.

Roberts said USC had investigated and determined no NCAA rule had been broken. He added that USC was "in the process of sending a cease-and-desist letter to the individual demanding that he stop selling any photos signed by Lee."

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