So many fans showed up at last year’s Ohio State football autograph session & open practice that some went away empty-handed. What’s the deal with college football autographs?
Ohio State wanted to do something nice for their fans prior to the 2006 season. An autograph session and open practice were scheduled but the school underestimated the popularity of Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and the rest of the guys in scarlet and gray. 28,000 fans showed up at the event that was held outside Ohio Stadium–many of whom had been waiting eight hours or more. They all wanted autographs. There simply wasn’t enough time to please everyone.
Despite the problems, the school scheduled the event again this year. It was supposed to be held Monday night but was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday, with OSU promising only the first 10,000 in line would get anything signed.
One Post-Dispatch columnist wonders why colleges feel obligated to please signature-seekers and why fans are ga-ga over the players.