It's not illegal, after all, even by NCAA standards to do so.
Too, it's not illegal, as per NCAA standards, for Albetar to contact said players to ask if they wanted a job after their eligibility is up.
As to the second article, meh. Sour grapes about autographs, for God's sake. From his own recap:
* My son disappointed in his chance to meet Trent Richardson.
* I am disappointed in the quality of my prize for waiting for 3 hours and dropping $300.
* There was no interaction with the players we were paying to get autographs from, or very little.
* There were not enough items to purchase for autographs in stock.
* The event started late making it seem like things were more rushed than it should have been.
* I felt as if I paid to be treated as if we were an inconvenience to the players and store staff.