The NCAA will no longer offer school merchandise on its online shop.
After a series of critical tweets, notably some by ESPN's Jay Bilas, the NCAA issued a statement, saying it would shut down its online store for a temporary time period and will no longer offer merchandise from individual colleges and universities.
"After becoming aware of issues with the site, we determined the core function of the NCAA.com fan shop should not be to offer merchandise licensed by our member schools," NCAA Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances Mark Lewis said in a statement.
By utilizing the NCAA shop's search engine, Bilas pointed out on Twitter that the NCAA was still selling merchandise from former players who may no longer be with their respective teams (Tyran Mathieu and Everett Golson) and people who have been accused of NCAA violations (Reggie Bush and Joe Paterno).
How ironic that "Official Store of NCAA" sells Johnny Football shirts: http://t.co/A9fats88NI Or, a coincidence it's No. 2 with "Football"?— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 6, 2013
NCAA Shop site selling Joe Paterno 400-Win gear: http://t.co/fG5cmer80a The "culture of football" ain't so bad when you profit off it, huh?— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 8, 2013
"Moving forward, the NCAA online shop will no longer offer college and university merchandise," Lewis said in the statement. "In the coming days, the store’s website will be shut down temporarily and reopen in a few weeks as a marketplace for NCAA championship merchandise only."