Posted August 28, 2013

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel suspended for first half of game vs. Rice

Johnny Manziel, NCAA Investigations, Texas A&M Aggies
Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel will be suspended the first half of Saturday’s game against Rice. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The NCAA’s investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is over. As first reported by Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, Manziel has been suspended for the first half of Saturday’s opener against Rice.

Manziel, who was being investigated for allegedly accepting payments in exchange for autographs, met with the NCAA for nearly six hours on Sunday. Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin and players did not comment on Manziel’s status this week with regard to Saturday’s game.

The NCAA released a statement on Wednesday evening describing the details of Manziel’s consequences, which resulted from an “inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs,” but the NCAA found no evidence that Manziel accepted money. Alongside the player’s suspension, he must address his teammates regarding the situation, and Texas A&M must revise its education concerning student-athlete autographs.

The NCAA prohibits student-athletes from accepting money for items they sign, but NCAA Bylaw 15.5.2.2 likewise requires student-athletes to take steps to prevent the sale of any items using their name or likeness.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp praised Manziel in a statement released through the NCAA.

“I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty. We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code.”

A&M senior associate athletic director Jason Cook told USA Today‘s George Schroeder that the specific violation had never been applied before.

 

152 comments
Robert96
Robert96

I am so glad that this is over (I hope) and we can sit back and see the kid out perform everyones expectations again........as he has done all his young life. ............He is so fun to watch play...............Go Johnny go!!!!

Fifilo
Fifilo

The mafia has higher standards for ethics than the NCAA.

DSM
DSM

Whenever you think the NCAA could not be any more hypocritical, inconsistent and inept, it reaches a new low.  Applying a bylaw for the first time reeks. And how could a player be expected to police the resale of his autograph? Why punish a player for not policing memorabilia sales when Manziel jerseys were sold through the NCAA's own website and in A&M's bookstore?

Meanwhile, numerous NCAA players who rape, rob or beat students receive no NCAA punishment. 

Conversely, if the evidence that Manziel did profit from the sales or knew in advance they would be resold for noncharitable purposes is strong, the penalty is a joke.

thaidavidw
thaidavidw

"Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty."?  Really?  Is this what passes for integrity and honesty?  Is it really credible that JM sat and signed hundreds of autographs just out of the goodness of his heart?  If you believe that, I have some WMDs from Iraq I want to sell you.  I was a college athlete once, and I knew the rules under which I was supposed to act.  I didn't have the freedom to decide which ones I was above following.  Good rule, or bad, it wasn't his position to redefine it as he wished.  If you can't follow the law of the land, you aren't fit to be a leader.  Has Coach Sumlin thought about this, I wonder?

Ciscos
Ciscos

NCAA = Greek Tragedy.

gregglyoung
gregglyoung

So Johnnie Football was unaware that these were going to be sold?  All 4500 of them that he signed...... Pleeeeeezzze, we were born at night, but not last night.....

Trav
Trav

Winner like t.u.? That's a joke. Brownie's on the firing line and the sips are picked 4th or 5th out of the 10 teams in the "Big 12" (the conference that can't count). Live in the past sip, that's all you have.

Blinker
Blinker

One more nail in the ncaa's coffin.  They have really lost all integrity now.  Multi million dollar organization that is meaningless.  They serve NO PURPOSE. 

yadda71
yadda71

Can't wait for the major college programs to just say enough is enough and leave the NCAA behind. Quit messing around with these people. Declare major college football to be what it really is and become the NFL minor league. Pay your players and stop worrying about whether or not your QB got a tattoo or signed an autograph or sold a jersey. These players can't take a cent but their college can make millions off of their labor. It is a joke. End it. Become a secondary pro league and move on. 

Phil.Mahweene
Phil.Mahweene

THE NCAA IS THE BIGGEST JOKE THERE IS.....NO "BALZ" !!!!!

MichaelC
MichaelC

NCAA and A&M leadership has zero cajones. Fingers crossed for Rice to go up 21-0 vs. A&M in the first half.

couch68
couch68

Bring on JOHNNY FOOTBALL....ROUND 2!


DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Let me get this straight.  Manziel signs in the neighborhood of 5,000 items and he does all this out of what...the goodness of his heart?  That may be the single most ridiculous thing i've ever been asked to believe.  I'd love to have just an inkling as to how much money changed hands between all the parties involved to make this go away.  I can't imagine a non-governmental regulatory agency in this country with less credibility than the NCAA. 

mystafugee
mystafugee

“I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty. We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code.”


This is what I hate about college sports, always talking about dumb stuff like honesty and integrity.  As if those things actually exist in big time college sports.  

onlein
onlein

A professional team, the Yankees, can play a person (with a hundred million dollar contract) who is appealing using an illegal performance enhancing substance and a college team is afraid to play a person alleged to have sold an autograph for $125? Good grief.  

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

plus people you don't seem to mention the fact that you see the video that ESPN was running where he was signing autographed memrobila and it was paid by the Texas A & M.  Also remember who pushed this story ESPN, the same ESPN that got embarassed in the Bernie Fine story, the same ESPN that pushed the Cam Newton story, the same ESPN that lied to us about Mante Te'o and they knew it was a lie.  Again ESPN is really losing credibilty on breaking news stories and they're basically similar now to TMZ, they want to report gossip stories and not tell the truth

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

What's the point? Suspension for what?

Ridiculous.

PerroViejo
PerroViejo

Wow, now that is a really significant penalty especially coming against Rice University, a major football program. Texas A&M should be ashamed but, wait, let nothing come between a major football program and its lucre. Manziel is either  guilty, or he is not - he cannot be just a little bit guilty. If he is guilty this, as other commenters have noted, is ludicrous.

tomurbs291
tomurbs291

If this situation is a good example of the Aggie honor code, I would counsel my children to attend schools with a little more honor. Chancellor Sharpe sounds like he would make a D.C. politician

rkcla08
rkcla08

what a joke.  it's time to disband the ncaa...so they can't continue to take steps making money off the taxpayer funded nfl/nba minor leagues.

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

Thomas5
Thomas5

Manziel is a white kid from a privileged family who should have known better.  Guess the NCAA allows them to make money for autographs.  Too bad Terrelle Pryor, you should have signed things for money instead of accepting a free tattoo which cost you 5 games.  Puhleese.  The NCAA continues to demonstrate how completely broken it is.  Time to replace the NCAA with a governing body that makes sense.


John290
John290

What happened to "INNOCENT" until proven guilty?!? everyone with a keyboard and bias is ready to fry this kid....prove him guilty....and then fry him...

RaySexauer
RaySexauer

Wow, a whole 30 minutes. Way to take a stand! 

SouthJack
SouthJack

Quote by B.H. McGill - "The world is not fair, and often Fools, Liars and the Selfish hide in High Places".

Sounds like a perfect description of Johnny "Cash" and the NCAA! 

SouthJack
SouthJack

@Trav 

Did you here about the Aggie at the Stop sign?  He's still there!

Trav, can you remind me who won the last ever game between UT & the gaggies? Oh,yeah it was UT! That's why you gaggies went running to the SEC, because you were tired of being the Big 12's whipping boys! Sip on that GAGGIE!

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

@Blinker Actually their purpose is to make millions of dollars it seems.

MichaelKompanik
MichaelKompanik

@DEJ1948Amen and Amen!  I think the strange thing is that these were NCAA  "rules" that were broken and not laws.  So how do "rules of evidence" apply?   This is not a courtroom.  The preponderance of evidence and HIS OWN ADMISSION on the video makes him guilty of some wrongdoing beyond all reasonable doubt.  I guess honesty never pays but lying out your butt and being supported by a bunch of self righteous Texas A&M hypocrites certainly does!  Do I agree with the rule - no not really - but he KNOWINGLY and ARROGANTLY violated the rule and while others have had to pay a stiff price - he gets off virtually scott - free.  THAT is what I have an issue with.  

rkcla08
rkcla08

@mystafugee how would they answer, "if the code wasn't violated then why sit him out at all?"

mystafugee
mystafugee

@onlein MLB players (unlike people in non-unionized states) have rights, NCAA players?  They're a bunch of unpaid serfs.  

rkcla08
rkcla08

@PerroViejo rice could put every one of their graduates in their stadium and it still wouldn't be full.  not even close to a major program, but hey, they did play a superbowl there once (1974).

MichaelKompanik
MichaelKompanik

@John290 He is guilty of wrong-doing by the preponderance of evidence and by his own voice on video where he attempts to  cover up his actions.  Plus these are NCAA rules and not criminal violations so your court of law allegation of INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty is not fully applicable and standard rules of evidence need not apply.  These were instead rules violations and it was only the threat of legal action against the NCAA by his high priced lawyers (probably paid for by Texas A&M and Daddy) that allowed him off so easily.  This is clearly a travesty of justice for all those who came before him and received much stiffer penalties for infractions of a much lesser magnitude.  I do not agree with the rule -  but he KNOWINGLY and ARROGANTLY violated it yet he gets virtually off scott - free.  THAT is what I have an issue with.  

MichaelKompanik
MichaelKompanik

@John290   These are rules not laws - and there is sufficient evidence confirming wrong doing.  It is not bias - the bias is in his virtual non-punishment, not in the condemnation of him.  There is no way any reasonable person can watch the videos, hear Manziel's  own request for secrecy, and witness the claims of those he did "business" with and not come to a logical and reasonable conclusion that he violated the rules.  If he is so self righteously innocent - then why is A&M accepting the token punishment?


c.linke
c.linke

@John290 I agree with that sentiment, but I have trouble believing Manziel spent hours in hotel rooms signing hundreds of autographs out of the goodness of his heart.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@John290 What a dumb comment, you obviously aren't familiar with the NCAA.  

Trav
Trav

So Southjerk...that's all you've got? Really? That the 'sips managed to win the last game. Tell my why your "coach" was to afraid to continue the series. We held it open but he had to run shaking and pouting in the corner. That's O.K., we just filled it with LSU, a serious upgrade.  Look, just play in your big 12..or tiny 10...or whatever you want to call it. Don't worry about what goes on over in the big boys conference....you're not there and you're not going to be there.  By the way, know what they do with A&M rejects.....they cut off their middle two fingers and send them to Austin.

SouthJack
SouthJack

@KevinG @SouthJack 

Hey Kevin, So a thought crossed your mind.....It must have been a long and lonely journey!       Go Johnny "Cash"!    Go Gaggies!

KevinG
KevinG

@SouthJack @KevinG You think he was fired for that one loss?  He was fired for having a mediocre record over the 4 years he was there.   Also, he seems to have landed on his feet (OC Coordinator for Dolphins) so everything worked out just fine on that front.

KevinG
KevinG

@SouthJack @KevinG Also, the fact that you randomly seem to capitalize words in the middle of a sentence leads me to the conclusion that you never attended TU.  Even a TU grad would have better grammar than that.  

KevinG
KevinG

@SouthJack @KevinG "loss for all eternity"???   You really think A&M is dwelling on that "huge loss" to TU?  Get over yourself dude.  A&M could care less about that last game.   

And FYI, you and I both know that TU wants no part of A&M on the field right now.  I imagine the spread would be at least 3 TD's.    So have fun with Iowa State, Kansas and Texas Tech!


SouthJack
SouthJack

@KevinG @SouthJack 

Well I can't really dwell on that too much because I can't seem to wipe the Grin off my face thinking about when we went to your Home Turf and handed you a loss for all eternity on the last Big 12 game! 

KevinG
KevinG

@SouthJack @KevinG I usually like to wait to respond to TU fans...I also try and use small words so they don't get confused...

So how did it feel when Oklahoma took TU to the woodshed in Dallas last year, only to have the Aggies murder Oklahoma 3 months later?