By Scott Shive
Wednesday is National Signing Day for college football teams across the United States, and according to a post on Twitter, Lexmark has played a busy role in at least one university athletic program’s quest to get the nation’s best football players on its team.
Sports commentator and former University of Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard tweeted a photo of a Lexmark X656de MFP in the university’s athletics office on Tuesday that would be the machine that on Wednesday ensured elite high school athletes’ official National Letters of Intent got to UK, the huge state university just a few miles from Lexmark’s global headquarters in Lexington.
Lexmarker Matt Heid, a research-and-development team lead in Lexington, commented on the tweet: “@FredMaggard that’s a quality Lexmark device designed right here in Lexington, KY.”
Coincidentally, Heid worked on development for the toner cartridge technology components of the Lexmark X656de shown in the tweet.
National Signing Day is an obsession of football fans because it’s the unofficial start to the American college football season at the 130 FBS schools (formerly called Division I-A schools) across the U.S. Fans get one of the first clear pictures of who will be the new players for their favorite teams. (Football season doesn’t officially start until the fall.) A letter of intent is a legally binding document that commits a new player to a university’s team.
The Lexmark MFP was expected to get busy receiving letters of intent about 8 a.m. Wednesday and go until noon.