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Mike Stoops on Manziel: ‘If they keep him out of jail… he’ll be pretty good’

Johnny Manziel

Yep, he went there.

In the Cotton Bowl a week ago, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel ripped the Oklahoma defense to the tune of 516 yards and four touchdowns as the Aggies throttled the Sooners 41-13.  The man whose defense was charged with stopping or at least slowing down the 2012 Heisman winner was sufficiently impressed with what he witnessed last Friday night.

Never seen anything like that,” OU’s Mike Stoops said during a radio interview this evening, as transcribed by Tulsa World‘s John Hoover. “Never felt as defenseless as we were the other night, that’s for sure.”

As is ofttimes the case, though, the loquacious Stoops, brother of head coach Bob Stoops, couldn’t help himself as he tossed out some words of wisdom/caution for head coach Kevin Sumlin and his Aggies coaching staff.

Said the defensive coordinator, “If they can keep (Manziel) out of jail or keep him eligible, he’s gonna be pretty good.”

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Manziel, of course, was arrested back in late June for disorderly conduct and possessing a fake identification.  Many thought the incident had derailed Manziel’s shot at A&M’s starting job; instead, he won it a month a half later and went on to a record-breaking regular season capped by becoming the first freshman — redshirt or otherwise — to win a Heisman.

Whether or not Stoops’ comment was a shot at the off-field incident is not exactly clear — OK, it was.  Stoops, though, wasn’t done as, in addition to expressing concern about future incarceration, he also delved deeper into the eligibility issue

If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might have 3-4 Heismans,” Stoops said. “He’ll have that type of ability.”

(Writer’s note: forget it, he’s rolling)

That’s apparently in reference to some pictures posted by Manziel to his Twitter account in the aftermath of the blowout win over the Sooners.  In the photos, the underage Manziel is seen holding a bottle of Dom Perignon as well as fanning out a wad of money (pictured, above right) that he apparently won while at a casino.  The photos set of a laughable mini-firestorm of controversy as some accused the quarterback of bending or outright breaking NCAA bylaws.

In response to that particular controversy, Manziel sent out a tweet earlier today that read “Great visit to the hospital today in Connecticut made a ton of new friends. Hopefully this picture passes compliance” and included the following photo:

Johnny Manziel

Well played, Johnny Football.  Well played.

Good to see that there’s at least one person with class in this post…

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47 Responses to “Mike Stoops on Manziel: ‘If they keep him out of jail… he’ll be pretty good’”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Jan 11, 2013 6:58 PM

    Could the whole Stoops family be a bigger bunch of douches? GO JOHNNY GO, Johnny be good!

  2. be4bama says: Jan 11, 2013 7:13 PM

    I didn’t know he was already 21? JOHNNY straight up young man there’s a lot of little boys looking up to you. Like I always tell my grandson, if you always do the the right thing you won’t have anything to worry about.

  3. dprouse says: Jan 11, 2013 7:21 PM

    I know how the competitive juices flow in football, and how ticked off Stoops still is about the loss. I get it, and anyone who has played or coached gets it too. As the very well paid, very high profile leader of a major university program, though, Stoops has to be held to a higher standard than a local high school coach who just lost the district final. Classless move on his part, and I’m sure he’ll be hearing just that from his Athletic Director.

  4. be4bama says: Jan 11, 2013 7:23 PM

    Excellent dprouse. Stoops needs to be reminded to always do the right thing too.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jan 11, 2013 7:34 PM

    If LSU had followed the advice…

  6. 24mountaincreeks says: Jan 11, 2013 7:42 PM

    Could never say something like that about Cam, Braxton Miller, T Pryor, et al. Just saying

  7. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 11, 2013 7:43 PM

    Johnny Sandusky

  8. saints97 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:55 PM

    Stay classy, Oklahoma.

  9. metalhead65 says: Jan 11, 2013 7:59 PM

    What’s this a underage college kid drinking? That is unheard of and I can’t imagine any college student doing that let alone a 20 year old. Get a life people! as long as he is not driving or beating his girlfriend let the kid enjoy life!

  10. be4bama says: Jan 11, 2013 8:05 PM

    Metalhead, JOHNNY became the face of college football this year. He needs to keep his nose clean while representing TA&M, the SEC, and college football as a whole. Play like Cam, act like Tim.

  11. barbeaux says: Jan 11, 2013 8:23 PM

    I dunno…Manziel seemed to be pretty good already when he thrashed stoops’ defense….or is stoops saying that his defense was so terrible that am average player torched it?

  12. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 8:39 PM

    Can we stop with the Sandusky jokes? Not funny … in no way applicable to this story.

  13. absolutsaints says: Jan 11, 2013 8:40 PM

    Your article says Bob Stoops made the comment, but the headline says Mike Stoops… gotta love factual reporting…

  14. John Taylor says: Jan 11, 2013 8:45 PM

    @absolutsaints: apparently, reading is not a strong suit of yours. I wrote, and I quote, “‘Never seen anything like that,’ OU’s Mike Stoops said during a radio interview this evening…”

    Gotta love people having no clue what they’re whining about.

  15. normtide says: Jan 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    Stay classy Stoops family. There was a time no one wanted to face them in a big game. Now, not so much. I guess cheap shots in the media are easier to pull off.

  16. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 9:05 PM

    As an NFL fan, I do have one burning question about Manziel: Is he really 6’1″ and if not, how much are they fudging? They’ve got some wiggle room since Drew Brees is listed at 6’0″ and Russell Wilson at 5’11″. And Doug Flutie was only 5’10″.

    Not that I’m planning Johnny Football’s future pro stardom or anything like that ;)

  17. 10of14 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:07 PM

    I think while it may not be wise for the losing coach to say such things, I believe what he said is accurate. Several of us watching the game and pulling for the Aggies, said the same thing. He is and will be a lot to handle and they better be careful.

  18. thefiesty1 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:39 PM

    Sour grapes from Stoops. Get over getting you butts stomped and move on. Maybe recruit better players instead of trashing a pretty decent football player that showed OK and the rest of the Big 12 what they could of had. Mack Brown still thinks he might make a decent safety. The kid is good – get over it.

  19. canehouse says: Jan 11, 2013 9:40 PM

    If Brother Bob can help get Mike into jail the sooner defense will be better for it. :)

  20. sportsguygerald says: Jan 11, 2013 9:51 PM

    Deb, in an interview that I saw, he said he was 6’0″. Doesn’t really matter tho, unless you’re the Slimy Used Car salesman that coaches the Whorns and thinks it’s not tall enough to be a Whorn QB

  21. pinchegringo12 says: Jan 11, 2013 10:03 PM

    Both are held to a higher standard, particularly Manziel now. Though scrutinized and still legal (drinking in TX is legal with parents underage) he will be watched like a hawk….Stoops on other hand needs to take care of business at home and worry more about his future, his players infractions and recruits continuing to going south (hello Manning)

  22. thebadguyswon says: Jan 11, 2013 10:12 PM

    Tim Tebow II

  23. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 10:15 PM

    @sportsguygerald …

    Thanks! Height and size are an asset to an NFL QB–and they’ve worked well for my Steelers with Roethlisberger. But plenty of big QBs have been huge busts. I think Brees is one of the truly great QBs of this era and Manziel is built a lot like him. A lot of intangibles go into making a superstar QB. Manziel is off to a great start. I’m anxious to see how his career develops.

  24. raiderredleg says: Jan 11, 2013 10:17 PM

    A&M’s Response:

    “If Bob Stoops stops hiring relatives who can’t win as head coaches and make his former QBs with no qualification to be the OC, he’ll be pretty good.”

    Honestly, not sure why Bob Stoops is the highest paid employee in the state of Oklahoma. Been a LONG time he won a National Championship and that was with Jeff Blake’s players.

    Hell of a recruiter for sure, but he will never be on the “Mount Rushmore” of College Football Coaches the way his teams usually find a way to choke in big games. Discipline seems to always be an issue and has been for awhile (re: Rhett Bomar to this year’s issues)

    Bowl loses for Stoops is nothing new (to include losing badly), but this year he had a QB with over 50 starts and still could put together a game plan to do anything more than hold the ball and kick FGs while A&M was scoring TDs.

  25. rsmeans says: Jan 11, 2013 10:56 PM

    I love Johnny and the season he had last year was only matched by seasons like Newton and Tebow. He has the potential to be the best of all time but Stoops made a good point–If he acts as he did in June and especially after the Heisman he and TAM will fade into oblivion. Best he listen to Stoops because that is very good advice.

  26. barbeaux says: Jan 11, 2013 11:46 PM

    @rsmeans, uh didn’t he break tebow and newton records?

  27. mcjon22 says: Jan 11, 2013 11:57 PM

    And that’s why he’s the Stoops brother without a head coaching gig

  28. sabatimus says: Jan 12, 2013 12:19 AM

    Gonna be on a washed-up-star reality show faster than you can say Terrell Owens.

  29. 11thstreetmafia says: Jan 12, 2013 3:44 AM

    The Heisman people are hoping it stops here.

  30. thaoption1 says: Jan 12, 2013 6:27 AM

    Somehow someway he’ll end up ineligible for being paid for his services or taking money. Don’t believe me just watch

  31. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jan 12, 2013 7:17 AM

    Stoops is all class; just drop the cl…

  32. padraighansen says: Jan 12, 2013 8:04 AM

    @raiderredleg

    Although I agree with the gist of your post – it has been a longtime since “Big Game Bob” actually won a big game – it was with John Blake’s players, not Jeff Blake. I think Jeff Blake was still Cincinnati’s QB at the time….

    The problem for Bob Stoops is that his d-bag-ish persona was eclipsed while Les Miles was in Stillwater – let’s face it, next to Miles and some of his ridiculous statements, Stoops came off as normal.

  33. chippychonga says: Jan 12, 2013 8:10 AM

    It seems like Oklahoma has always had a high number of player off-the-field troubles compared to any other school I can think of. Focus on your own guys Stoops. This is nothing but sour grapes.

  34. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 12, 2013 8:46 AM

    I have two words for Stoops.

    Dusty Dvoracek

  35. hatesycophants says: Jan 12, 2013 9:23 AM

    Someone should remind this hillbilly that he’s talking about a college kid. He and the university should be sanctioned. I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but attacking a kid barely out of his teens publicly is thoroughly inappropriate. There’s nothing funny about it.

    Those of you holding young vollege kids up as role models for your children are failing as parents.

  36. jayhawk6 says: Jan 12, 2013 10:37 AM

    Johnny Manziel is awesome, a Caucasian version of RGIII. Too bad he doesn’t have the maturity and grip on life that RGIII has.

    Bob Stoops should keep his loose cannon brother away from microphones, or maybe AD Joe Castiglione should take that step.

    This embarrassing confab should never have occurred.

  37. hruss1125 says: Jan 12, 2013 11:03 AM

    Manziel has not said anything negative about OU. Which makes him have more class than Stoops. I’m sure all the Stoops were perfect in college. The comments by the Stoops should give Manziel the incentive to soar even higher.

  38. mazblast says: Jan 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    Precisely what has Mike Stoops ever accomplished, other than being Bob Stoops’ brother?

  39. huskylawyer says: Jan 12, 2013 1:43 PM

    Gotta love how the media jumps in to protect Johnny Football. Vince Young gets killed for being at a strip club, Cam Newton gets killed for stealing a laptop, but how dare anyone say anything negative about Manziel.

    I personally think you can chalk all of the foregoing up to youthful indiscretions, and not a big deal. But the media should quit playing favorites. Manziel has Brett Favre type party rep at A&M, but of course, the media will downplay it and slam other players they don’t like for whatever reason…

  40. gatorprof says: Jan 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    Nice to see OU responding appropriately to getting their butts kicked.

    Pretty pathetic attempt to divert attention from the fact that Johnny football put up 516 on Stoops’ D.

  41. dtoney14 says: Jan 12, 2013 4:26 PM

    What was wrong with what Mike Stoops had said? Manziel has been in trouble with the law before & he has made the most, out of his 15 mins of fame, more than any recent Heisman Trophy winner. Those are facts. Also, Mike Stoops complimented Manziel directly on his football playing ability. So what is all the big fuss about? It sounds like his statement couldn’t have been more point of fact. The media is trying to make it out to be something more.

  42. leftcoastnative says: Jan 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Stoops should be spending every free moment analyzing his poor defensive performance against Johnny Football rather than mouthing off needlessly about the kid. He only can hope that he doesn’t have tpo go face to face anymore because Johnny could hang 100 on the idiot. The Stoops are finding out that they are not quite as good as they thought they were. They are a tired act.

  43. absolutsaints says: Jan 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    @absolutsaints: apparently, reading is not a strong suit of yours.
    ——————
    @John Taylor..keep it classy. You are a no name reporter. Maybe I did misread, but it doesn’t give you an excuse not to take the high road. I guess getting paid minimum wage and having your work buried in the NBC Sportstalk site would get me angry too. Keep bashing the readers of your articles, that is exactly how you move up in this world. Now, put on some pants and get out of your moms basement… I think your crustless pb&j sandwich is ready…

  44. florida727 says: Jan 14, 2013 12:49 PM

    #absolutsaints, just to make sure I’ve got this straight… YOU are telling John Taylor to “keep it classy” right before YOU call him a “no name reporter”, assume he’s getting paid minimum wage, that his work is buried somewhere presumably on a sports website, and that he lives in his mom’s basement.

    Did I get that right? John won’t say this, but I will: you’re a f—ing moron.

  45. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    @dtoney14
    Manziel has been in trouble with the law before & he has made the most, out of his 15 mins of fame, more than any recent Heisman Trophy winner.
    ———————————-
    Has he really made more of it than others…? I think maybe with the instagram and twitter world that we live in, we just see it more. Without twitter, the casino pic and dom perigon pic would never have been public.

    I admit that he needs to cool it with that stuff though. He’s the Heisman trophy winner and he is representing Texas A&M but lets be honest, he’s being a 20 year old kid that has made it famous.

    But I have to say…. I am REALLY starting to worry about how the pressure is going to affect him next year. The screws are going to be getting tighter every week. Hopefully being back in school and in football will give him the structure he needs to focus. Because, a national title is within reach for the first time in 30+ years for A&M, lets not lose sight of that.

  46. wakiash says: Jan 28, 2013 7:14 AM

    Hey Stoops! People who live in glass stadiums……

  47. cutechick11 says: Sep 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    After eight months of Manziel off-field antics (granted he’s played a few of weeks of really good football) doesn’t Mike Stoops get to toss in at least one “I told you so”? :)

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