Jay Bilas exposed a funny thing about the search feature on NCAA Shop this afternoon.
This could end up being a big deal amid the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit versus the NCAA concerning the use of player names and likenesses for commercial use.
The NCAA tried to end the fun with the search feature:
The search function on http://t.co/71fcOTfuAR has been disabled.— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) August 6, 2013
... but of course there was a workaround.
I started poking around with this method and noticed that when I visited /search/boyd (screenshot), it was not just Tajh Boyd from Clemson in the results. The list of colleges seemed to include every school that has a player with the last name Boyd on the roster. This likely indicates that the NCAA Store website was pulling from a player database and that last name searches were activated when a player with that last name became popular. Here is a table of colleges listed for "Boyd" and the corresponding players.
|East Carolina State
|N/A (Jayce Boyd baseball)
|Stephen F. Austin