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A&M athletic director has sit-down with Manziel’s parents

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For better or worse, Johnny Manziel has been making headlines since the summer.  From a July arrest to winning the Texas A&M starting quarterback job to leading the Aggies to an 11-win season to its first year in the SEC to becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Manziel has been one of the stories of the 2012 season.

The attention hasn’t slowed since the season ended, either, as many have rushed to criticize Manziel for what they believe to be off-field missteps, including  photos of the 20-year-old at a casino holding a bottle of Dom Perignon and another that sees him fanning out a wad of cash.  Even a college coach has gotten in on the act, with Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops telling a radio station late last week that Manziel “might have three or four Heismans … if they can keep him out of jail or keep him eligible.”

It’s certainly been a whirlwind for Manziel and his family, with the scrutiny on an individual who was a relative unknown outside of College Station entering the 2012 season seemingly increasing on a daily basis.  Manziel himself acknowledged recently the microscope under which he’s been living, saying that “I’ve got to learn from (things) and move on, and make sure I don’t make some of the same mistakes.”

In that vein, A&M athletic director Eric Hyman, the San Antonio Express-News reports, has sat down with the parents of Manziel to discuss their son’s new-found fame and the best way moving forward to deal with it.

“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman told the paper. “He is a ‘Heisman. …

“It’s (about) education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner. There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”

Hyman added that winning a Heisman and all the attention that comes with it is “a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.”

Right or wrong, in this day and age of instant news via social media outlets, celebrities — even college-age athletes — face more scrutiny than ever before.  And, unless SEC coaches can find devise some plan this offseason to defend the dual-threat quarterback, that scrutiny’s not going away for the foreseeable future.

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38 Responses to “A&M athletic director has sit-down with Manziel’s parents”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 14, 2013 10:18 AM

    Maybe Saban should talk to Johnny.

  2. scoops1 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:19 AM

    You can only be young once

  3. 89seminole says: Jan 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    Your only young once, but stupid is forever!

  4. soobster says: Jan 14, 2013 10:35 AM

    He’s only around for next season anyway so I’m sure he really doesn’t give a crap.

    “you can’t tell me nothing.” should be his 2013 theme song.

  5. dhlions says: Jan 14, 2013 10:46 AM

    College kids acting like college kids is a non-story.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jan 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    It was a good idea for AD Hyman to do this. He is looking out for the aTm and the student/athlete. He should be commended for that.

  7. cometkazie says: Jan 14, 2013 10:59 AM

    Good judgement doesn’t come easily to adolescents.

  8. mydixienormus says: Jan 14, 2013 11:04 AM

    That is Manziel in the background.

  9. gairc says: Jan 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    [i] photos of the 20-year-old at a casino holding a bottle of Dom Perignon[/i]
    Mr. Taylor, let me help you do your job. Manziel was not holding a bottle of anything at the casino. That happened at a club, with both parents present, celebrating the end of a fantastic season and the Cotton Bowl win. The club says the bottle was handed to him by someone at a neighboring table for the photo, that none of the club’s staff saw him drinking at all, though he could have legally done so. Readers may argue the wisdom of his even being in a club at all, but at least give them the facts to consider first. Most would be happier if he never went out anywhere or looked the least bit happy while doing normal things like going to a basketball game.

  10. lasseter1113 says: Jan 14, 2013 11:35 AM

    I think Spider-Man’s uncle Ben said it best, “With great power comes great responsibility”. I always thought that winning the Heisman meant that you were not only the best player on your team, but also that you set a perfect example of what it takes to be the best student athlete and leader that you can be on and OFF the field. Then Cam Newton won the award. Sorry couldn’t help myself. That was the Alabama/Falcons fan coming out in me. Seriously though, like it or not kids look up to these football players and some even consider them role models. I just think that situations like Johnny holding up that wad of cash and alcohol should be expected when you pick a freshmen to win the Heisman. I have all the faith in the world that he will learn from his mistakes and become that shining example that I mentioned before, but more than likely there will be a few more bumps in the road along the way. It’s called growing up and sometimes it’s hard to do.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jan 14, 2013 11:39 AM

    @mydixienormous

    You are by far the FUNNIEST POSTER on all of these blogs! From your screen-name to the material you put on your posts! Thank-you, you’ve brought some levity to a Monday.

  12. mydixienormus says: Jan 14, 2013 11:57 AM

    Thanks gamecocker.

    Does your team really have a rooster crowing sound over the PA before every game?

    I have heard that a cock is a ferocious animal… It whipped a wolverine, so it must be.

  13. thegamecocker says: Jan 14, 2013 12:06 PM

    @mydixienormous

    My Wife and adult children ask me if you’ve posted anything lately. They ask me everyday so you are a hot item! And yes, rooster does its thing on PA. The Vegas spread before kick-off was 4.5 points for SC. We won by 5 (33-28) so they knew what they were talking about.

  14. be4bama says: Jan 14, 2013 12:41 PM

    JOHNNY you need to play like Cam and act like Tim.

  15. rebelnutt says: Jan 14, 2013 1:59 PM

    Who cares…it’s Texas A&M. Does anyone know what TEXAS A&M stands for? TEXAS AFTERTHOUGHT & MISTRESS. Neither one means anything to a man….

  16. be4bama says: Jan 14, 2013 2:09 PM

    Keep it up rebelnutt. That comment makes you look as smart as one of the Stoops brothers. SEC SEC SEC

  17. vmh2507 says: Jan 14, 2013 2:20 PM

    Yeah, be4bama, talking with Saban sounds like a great idea. Then we can see him crying on the sidelines instead of high fiveing and having fun playing a game he loves! Hummm…no thanks!

  18. pacific123ocean says: Jan 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    Johnny Football is awesome. I just hope he and the family can resist all the money agents and wanna-be agents are offering.

  19. floridacock says: Jan 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    Hyman had several sit downs with Steven Garcia at South Carolina too. That went well.

  20. florida727 says: Jan 14, 2013 3:29 PM

    Good news, bad news. The good is obvious: the Heisman, the video game numbers on the field, the invitation to Letterman, the publicity, etc.

    Unfortunately, a large portion of the media in this country (not ALL of them, just a LOT of them) love the notion of building someone up so they can then tear them down. The scrutiny he’s going to have to now live under is going to be brutal. Every step he takes is going to be recorded on someone’s cell phone or some TV camera or some still camera… all in the interest of hoping he trips up. Pretty sad when you think about it. I hope he gets good ‘coaching’ from his parents, advisors, etc., that genuinely have his best interests at heart, and aren’t just hanging around him hoping to make a buck off of his fame.

  21. be4bama says: Jan 14, 2013 3:40 PM

    Exactly florida727

  22. Deb says: Jan 14, 2013 3:53 PM

    @vmh2507 …

    Huh? A.J. McCarron was sure doing a lot of high-fiveing and grinning after the championship game. I’ve never seen any Bama players crying on the sidelines, and they’re sure a happy bunch when you see them around town.

    As for Johnny Football, I agree with most of the posts that–except for his summer disorderly conduct arrest–the kid hasn’t done anything that would concern me. But kudos to A&M for doing their best to protect him. Fame has put him in the media shark tank, and it’s great that he has coaches and an athletic director who want to help him navigate those rough waters.

  23. vmh2507 says: Jan 14, 2013 4:10 PM

    Deb, you must have missed the end of the LSU game. I know that those were probably tears of joy and I have all due respect for Saban, but I think those players are under too much pressure. I personally love Johnny’s joie de vivre and the fact that he has said more than once what a blessing it is to get to play a game he loves. And that it is after all, a game.

  24. 11thstreetmafia says: Jan 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    Who is Johnny Manziel?

  25. cometkazie says: Jan 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    be4bama says:
    Jan 14, 2013 2:09 PM
    Keep it up rebelnutt. That comment makes you look as smart as one of the Stoops brothers. SEC SEC SEC
    +-+-+
    I believe one of the brothers is a head coach in the SEC just up the road from me.

    I hear what you are saying, tho.
    ;)

  26. Deb says: Jan 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    @vmh2507 …

    Well, you’re right about me missing the immediate aftermath of the LSU game. I was probably in a heap on the floor LOL

    It’s stressful playing for a big-time program no matter who’s coaching. Nick’s an intense guy–like most coaches at this level–and I always liken his sideline wigouts to watching a rabid chiuaua on crack. When games are nail-bitingly close like that, I get extremely quiet and only cry when we win … so they probably were tears of joy or relief. Just because folks cry doesn’t mean they aren’t enjoying themselves in some bizarre way, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t know it’s only a game.

  27. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 14, 2013 11:47 PM

    LOL. I think all of Hyman’s sitdowns with Garcia were at 5 Points and involved tequila belly shots. What a better source of wisdom and “lesson learned” than Hyman.

    “See that young man? He’s you unless you straighten your ass up.”

  28. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 15, 2013 3:49 AM

    Deb, where do you come up with these vivid descriptions? My sis has a chihuahua and i am never gonna be able to picture him the same way!

  29. tlmoon2112 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:52 AM

    Johnny Heisman is going to be fine. He was just blowing off some steam.

  30. mydixienormus says: Jan 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    Dude… You said blowing.

  31. barbeaux says: Jan 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    ^6th grade humor

  32. thegamecocker says: Jan 15, 2013 12:09 PM

    @clemsonstillsucks

    This is doesn’t help our cause of attracting top-flight student/athletes to Carolina. To his credit, at least Stephen Garcia graduated and is straightening out his act. He has talent albeit much of it wasted due to his own actions. But I think it better to move on and focus on what we’ve accomplished the past two seasons. Stephen Garcia has been gone for three years now….

  33. thegamecocker says: Jan 15, 2013 12:09 PM

    This doesn’t…..

  34. thegamecocker says: Jan 15, 2013 12:46 PM

    @barbeaux

    Leave him alone barbeaux! He has a creative sense of humor. Mydixienormous is one of the brightest stars on these blogs. He makes people laugh and that my friend is a talent! If this man wasn’t an oral surgeon, he could be successful at stand-up comedy! He’s that good and he has a following!

    Some people see things as they are and ask why…mydixienormous says things that never were and asks why NOTTT!!! To sum it up, this guy is brillant! Let him continue to generate his creative juices.

  35. mtmk0586 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:56 PM

    You have to be 21 to gamble in any casino I have ever been in. Did he illegally win all that money. Where is the investigation ?

  36. fuzzebear says: Jan 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    There was a picture of him drinking and partying??? NO WAY!!!! I NEVER did that in college. What the hell is wrong with him??? We all know you go to college for higher learning and to go to class and do homework. There is no reason to be drinking and to have fun in college. How dare he do that??? Sighhhh…..

  37. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 15, 2013 11:40 PM

    mtmk0586 wrote on: Jan 15, 2013 12:56 PM

    You have to be 21 to gamble in any casino I have ever been in. Did he illegally win all that money. Where is the investigation ?

    In Oklahoma, all you have to be is 18. The NCAA already stated as long as he was gambling at the casino tables and slot fine, there was no evidence of betting on sports.

    case closed.

  38. RoyRogers says: Jan 18, 2013 4:06 PM

    When we saw Johnny, on T.V.-inthemiddleofagame-throw his arms back on his chest and screem at the opposing team & fans…we all knew this boy had mental problems to accompany his football bravado.
    In the next 12 months, we will see the “maturation” of a juvenile mind in a man’s body.
    But, it’s what we all want, isn’t it?

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