Posted August 28, 2013

Report: Texas A&M to suspend Johnny Manziel for first half against Rice

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Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was sent home from the Manning camp. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel reportedly will be suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season-opener against Rice. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Texas A&M will suspend Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel for the first half of its season-opener against Rice on Saturday, according to a report from Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com via Twitter.

The quarterback has been under NCAA scrutiny for receiving compensation for autographs, including a six-hour meeting on Sunday in College Station.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy cites a source as saying the half-game suspension “closes the book” on the Manziel autograph saga, and that the NCAA acknowledges Manziel did not accept money.

Reports alleged that Manziel exchanged autographs for money on several occasions, including in Miami during January’s BCS championship game week. An autograph dealer told ESPN that Manziel accepted payments in exchange for more than 4,000 signed items at an event in Connecticut in January.

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There has been speculation that Texas A&M may consider benching Manziel until the NCAA’s investigation is resolved, but the Aggies had given no indication as to Manziel’s status heading into their season opener. Texas A&M players and coaches have been instructed to not answer questions regarding Manziel’s standing or the NCAA case, according to a statement from A&M athletic director Eric Hyman:

“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday,” Hyman said in the statement, “and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

Texas A&M officials have been supportive of Manziel publicly, including chancellor John Sharp, who last week told College Station’s KBTX that he knows Manziel is innocent. When asked how he knew that to be true, Sharp said, “I just know. I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”


57 comments
WAM
WAM

WOW...THEY SUSPENDED HIM FOR 30 MINUTES...THAT'LL TEACH JOHNNY FOOTBALL A GOOD LESSON!

DaveLwe
DaveLwe

Come on you have to be kidding right ? You ragged on Urban Meyer for suspending his guy for three (3) games even though all charges were dropped. What is this another race thing? Omg

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

It's his name, not the greedy monopoly that is the NCAA with its growing list of grown-ups getting filthy rich of kids.

Lizard_King
Lizard_King

A&M's a stench in the nostrils of decent programs.

Lizard_King
Lizard_King

The University President had the inside scoop that his prize pig is perfect.  I'm no Math-magician but this doesn't add up.

NCAA_Official
NCAA_Official

We are now announcing that Mr. Manziel will also be sent to bed without any dinner.

Aggie81
Aggie81

This was a calculated move by Texas A&M.  By suspending him, they forced the NCAA to rule on hie eligibility without dragging it into the season.  It's like calling someone's bluff in a game of poker.  Show us your cards (proof that he accepted cash) or fold..

Realistically, playing against Rice, he would have been on the bench the second half or fourth quarter due to the score of the game.


NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Will he spend the first half signing autographs?

carjax1202
carjax1202

So the NCAA is not suspending him....A&M is pulling the strings on this one for the first half....The NCAA has not made their decision on this matter...so, Mr. McMurphy and Mr. Liucci....you're blowing hot air.  Just the facts ma'am!

pm2875
pm2875

LOL @ suspending him for the first half. 

BrianSpiegel
BrianSpiegel

So let's get this straight: he did nothing wrong, yet is getting suspended. Doesn't the fact that he is suspended proof that he did something wrong? So he is guilty and innocent at the same time. Wow, the NCAA just keeps getting more entertaining every day...

Nine Vegetable
Nine Vegetable

I can see and predict the future.  NCAA will NOT find him guilty of a major offense right now (after all, he is a cash cow for them).  Then, after the season (in particular, whatever bowl they end up in), they will miraculously uncover more info, leading to finding him Guilty and will make A & M vacate all victories, including potential bowl win.  After the fact of course.

Choutsu
Choutsu

I'm sure all of those former "student athletes" that had a whole season or half season, or worse their senior season taken away by the NCAA really appreciate this.

He is either guilty or innocent. If he is innocent then why is he suspended at all? If he is guilty, why only a half a game. Pathetic lack of consistency. I mean I'm not rooting against the guy, but crap an NCAA investigation is like Russian Roulette. 


Homer Simpson
Homer Simpson

What a load of dung.  It seems as if the NCAA is now becoming the SEC cheering section.  Gives them the credibility of professional wrestling.  THis is $cam Newton 2.0.  What did he say?  I din't know what my personal assistant was doing?  He made the money and not me?  And why can they do this in a week and can't seem to get Miami done in 2 years?  The NCAA is showing is corrupt favoritism.  Next time the Ohio State guys need to sell their own stuff and then buy the tattos, I guess.  How TOTALLY WORTHLESS

Blinker
Blinker

If he did nothing wrong why is he suspended at all???  This will kill the ncaa.  No one can have respect for this organization now.  The coaches from the big schools need to get together and say NO MORE ncaa.  I mean what purpose does it really serve now????

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

The first half against Rice, If this is not a spit in the face,  then i do not know what is? 
 
I hope the NCAA will show better judgment in the matter and punish Manziel like others before

ScottG
ScottG

Who is Billy Liucci and how exactly would he have any knowledge on this? TAMU suspended him not the NCAA, yet. I havn't seen any major networks or sites posting much more than what Liucci is putting out on twitter.

LakeMaryCane
LakeMaryCane

Ok.  I realize I am a Homer but the NCAA can provide feedback to A&M in a week that lets them sit Johnny Football for the first half of their walkover against Rice but they keep Miami on the hook for over three years.  The lack of institutional control sits with the folks at the NCAA in Indianapolis.   

caleb
caleb

If the brass at A&M is so sure that he did nothing wrong, why is he suspended at all?

Blinker
Blinker

@pm2875 

  Or suspend him for the first series of the overall game and then defer to the second half so he does not miss a snap.   Hahahahahaha

RichardFree
RichardFree

Completely agree. I'm glad that he will be playing in the Alabama games but if he is innocent then why the suspension? Oh well...ROLL TIDE!!!

duckiemom
duckiemom

@BrianSpiegelncaa bylaw 12.5.2.2 is likely cause for suspension. Can't suspend a player without hard proof. And if it happened, they couldn't find the proof...especially since the people making the claims of paying him have disappeared.

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@Choutsu 

Like Dez Bryant...

He loses his eligibility after the NCAA found that the conversation between himself and Dion Sanders was just a friendly talk and had nothing to do with him being a sports agent or representation. Because he wasn't honest about talking with someone, he can't' play, even though the actual talk broke no rules...

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@ScottG Just a guess: Billy works at A&M paper ("TexAgs.com") or interns in PR and "(o)bviously" handles all the big scoops on Johnny Red Flag.  He also likes to make broad assumptions and seems prone to jump-the-gun, which should be no-nos in either business. 

eddie767
eddie767

@ScottG ESPN and Fox ran/spoke about 30 mins.ago. All news chanels also ran bottom screen schrolls.

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@LakeMaryCane Ok, the NCAA had 1 issue to look at concerning A&M and Manziel, the autograph broker. Dealing with Miami and Nevin Shapiro, the NCAA has ALOT more on their plate. Did you see the list of allegations against Miami? The list of players involved? Did you see how many years the Miami scandal involved? Because of these facts is the reason why the NCAA is taking so long with Miami.


BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@caleb I agree, suspending Manziel even if it's just a half makes it look as if they believe Manziel was wrong and deserves to be reprimanded in some form. The NCAA could look at this like blood in the water.

They should have just gone on as normal and stood by there player, even if the did doubt him.

javajaws
javajaws

@caleb Guilty of signing for brokers who  had an intent to turn around and sell them for money.  That's the only thing that has been proven.

MatthewHenley
MatthewHenley

@Lizard_King If they didn't approve of it, they'd have shot it down and forced a more severe punishment

MatthewHenley
MatthewHenley

 @Lizard_King that's true, but if you will recall, the NCAA has always preferred that schools impose their own punishments rather than having to step in themselves. As I recall, Penn State's bowl ban and all that punishment from the Sandusky scandal was self-imposed rather than having been forced upon them. 

MatthewHenley
MatthewHenley

@RichardFree It's probably a slap on the wrist which was asked for by the NCAA. Think of it as being akin to a warning for speeding. And the NCAA has usually seemed to prefer that schools impose their own punishments rather than making the NCAA do any work. A&M likely decided to concede the point because they didn't have anything to lose by conceding and they didn't have anything to gain by resisting.

BrianSpiegel
BrianSpiegel

@duckiemom @BrianSpiegel Considering that most investigations take months or years to conclude, I'm guessing that they weren't exactly spending a lot of time investigating. Look, I think that NCAA players should be able to make money, but if you are going to continue with the stupid law, then don't give USC the penalty they got after a two year investigation and then give Texas no penalty after a few weeks of looking. The NCAA has shown over the last couple of years that the SEC is too big to fail, meaning that they need to protect their revenue stream...

Aggie81
Aggie81

@NoQNoSuperBowl

Actually, I thought of the late Gilda Radner on Saturday Night live years ago, "It's always something..."

duckiemom
duckiemom

@KeysSteven @ScottG Texags isn't officially affliated with the university--independently run A&M fan site. Liucci was co-founder; they've made it into a decent business, including some partnerships with ESPN and the A&M athletic program. Their folks on staff do have access to people in the athletic dept and sportwriters around the state & area.

eddie767
eddie767

@BeauBradshaw @caleb It was a joint decision by Johnny,TAMU,and NCAA. No money exchanged,but Johnny shouldn've put himself in this position. Secondary violation,is the finding of NCAA.

MatthewHenley
MatthewHenley

@BeauBradshaw @eddie767 @caleb I personally believe that eddie's right in that it's more or less a slap on the wrist to act both as a warning to Johnny not to let himself get into these situations anymore and to appease the NCAA. In fact, it was probably suggested by the NCAA - A&M didn't really have anything to gain by resisting and nothing to really lose by conceding...

BeauBradshaw
BeauBradshaw

@eddie767 @BeauBradshaw @caleb Well thats BS then. I thought the big stink which was being looked into was the money changing hands. I thought that was the only thing on the table that was seen as a violation and once that it was discovered that he would be cleared. So he is basically just getting punished for signing autographs as a high profile NCAA athlete?

I bet its going to be hard to get autographs from any college player after this fiasco. Im sure coaches have talked to their players and have told them just avoid signing autographs at all in order to avoid any allegations. 

And what about the broker who claimed money had changed hands? Whats going to happen to him?