Guidelines for Personal and Charitable Requests
Policies established by the NCAA with respect to amateurism and student-athlete recruitment regulate much of what the University of Iowa's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics can and cannot do with respect to fulfilling requests for autographs of its coaches and current student-athletes.
The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics receives many requests from the public regarding autographed memorabilia (e.g., balls, helmets, posters) with student-athletes' and coaches' signatures. Due to high demand and volume, we generally do not furnish the item to be autographed and it is difficult for many of our coaches to personalize items during their respective playing seasons. Please consider these facts when making a request.
To assist fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes desiring autographs of coaches and student-athletes, the Department will routinely schedule special events such as Fan Days and post-game autograph sessions. We have also created the following to provide assistance to friends of the University of Iowa and fans of our intercollegiate athletics program interested in securing an autograph.
In general, the following requests should not occur and will be denied.
- High School - An item can not directly or indirectly benefit a high school (student, student-athlete, coach, staff, facilities, activity, ect.).
- Scholarship or School Foundations - An item cannot directly or indirectly benefit a fund that awards scholarships to high school-aged individuals.
- Fundraising Events / Auctions - An item cannot directly or indirectly benefit a high school or a high school student.
Requesting Autographs of Current Student-Athletes
Amateurism rules regulate the manner in which a student-athlete's name, picture or likeness may be used. The UI generally does not allow current student-athletes to provide autographs except at UI sanctioned events (e.g., Fan Day, post-game autograph sessions).
Procedure for Submitting an Autograph Request of Coaches
Click HERE to review the policies and procedures for securing autographs of UI Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz or other football staff
Click HERE to review the policies and procedures for securing autographs of UI Head Men's Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery or other men's basketball staff.
Sports Other Than Football and Men's Basketball
Please submit a written request directly to the sport, using the "Memorabilia and Autograph Request Form" that is available as a PDF file below. Requests made by telephone will not be accepted. Written correspondence, electronic mail or facsimiles are acceptable. Persons making the request must provide the item that is to be autographed. The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reserves the right to refuse impermissible requests and inappropriate items.
Questions? Please contact the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Compliance Office at (319) 335-9598.