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Report: suspended for ’12 season after arrest, Manziel considered transfer

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Oh, what the hell.  Let’s add another layer to the college football soap opera that is Johnny Manziel a few days after he tweeted “Bull**** like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station.”

Most people know that, in his first season as a starter, the quarterback not only led Texas A&M to an unprecedented first season in the SEC, but also became the first freshman — redshirt or otherwise — to take home the storied Heisman Trophy.

What some people tend to forget is that, exiting spring practice last year, Jameill Showers was the favorite to win the Aggies starting job and, a couple of months later, Manziel was arrested and charged with a handful of misdemeanors related to an incident at a College Station drinking establishment.  It was at that point that the fortunes of Aggie football in general and Manziel specifically reportedly reached a crossroads that the public never knew about.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Kate Hairopolous of the Dallas Morning News reports that, in the aftermath of his arrest and subsequent shirtless mugshot, Manziel was suspended for the 2012 season by A&M.  As a result, the source told Hairopolous, Manziel gave serious consideration to transferring from the Aggies pending an appeal.

The appeal was successful, obviously, and the rest is downright college football lore.

In Manziel’s first season as a starter… and in Kevin Sumlin‘s first season as the Aggies’ head coach… and in A&M’s first season in the best football conference in the country, well…

An 11-win season that was the Aggies’ most since 1998.  A 28-point Cotton Bowl beatdown of then-No. 11 Oklahoma.  And, the icing on the cake, handing Alabama its lone loss in a season that ended with the Tide’s second straight BCS title and third in four years.

It was, by all accounts and every tangible measurement, an unmitigated success, with nothing but on-field positives heading into arguably the most anticipated season in the program’s history.  That said…

It’s been widely speculated — and not exactly shot down by the player — that Manziel will bolt A&M following the 2013 season for the NFL as he would be three years removed from high school and thus eligible for the draft.  Based on the Tim Tebow-like crush of attention the I’ll-live-my-life-however-I-damn-well-please-so-FU Manziel receives, that’s quickly evolving into what’s likely the best course of action for all involved.

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27 Responses to “Report: suspended for ’12 season after arrest, Manziel considered transfer”
  1. herrcules13 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:00 AM

    Johnny Effing Football is going to bolt for the NFL as soon as possible?!?! NEWSFLASH! Wouldn’t you?!

  2. suprmous says: Jun 19, 2013 12:09 AM

    Sounds like a spoiled l’il rich kid who’s hungry for attention. I failed to see where those aroun him are all guilty of causin his problems.

  3. bender4700 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:18 AM

    I loved Johnny Football in December of 2012. In June 2013, I’m not so sure.

    The more I hear, the more I think the “rich kid” comments are true. Doesn’t sound like he’s ever been told no.

    If America loves one thing more than an amazing athlete who succeeds at the highest level, it’s the same athlete crashing an burning.

    We love car wrecks more than good driving. Just saying.

  4. be4bama says: Jun 19, 2013 12:19 AM

    Leave the kid alone. He’s no different than any other kid his age. It’s just that his every action is reported.
    Roll Johnny Roll :-)

  5. garyleee says: Jun 19, 2013 12:33 AM

    The real deal either way! Boy can sure play

  6. southernbutcher says: Jun 19, 2013 1:04 AM

    He could not have had all that success without the other players and his coaches, this BOY should get his head on his shoulders and get focused on what he needs to do to repeat that awesome season from last year.

  7. JillinoisRN says: Jun 19, 2013 1:17 AM

    He’s young, and it shows. Johnny- remember where you’re from. Do you realize how many of your hometown folks didn’t want to be near you when you came home a few months ago? It’s rough when Kerrville, TX turns their back- they’re the most loyal of friends until you lose their trust- and then they don’t want anything to do with you. Is that what you want? Look at how you were raised… there’s nothing pretentious in Kerrville.

  8. kansacity88 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:47 AM

    When he DOES leave, would he be considered a 1st round pick considering his height? You know NFL GMs LOVE to NOT look towards 6’0″ QBs! Just asking…

  9. jimbo75025 says: Jun 19, 2013 3:42 AM

    A&M lost some key players and somehow I do not see them sneaking up on anyone this year. I predict a 7-8 win season with Manziel getting a cold dose of reality.

  10. louhudson23 says: Jun 19, 2013 4:14 AM

    One lucky bobble recovery away from losing to the Tide(who slept through the first quarter and deserved to lose after failing on 1st and goal) and we aren’t even talking about this guy,and certainly not as a Pro. Had a good season and he is talented,to be sure .But he is not all that he has been told that he is and worse, has come to believe that he is ….and between the upcoming season and the draft,he will learn this lesson the hard way….

  11. tommy57 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:12 AM

    He got Brett Favre’s arm and Chad Johnson’s intellect. He’s a media favorite.

  12. bamafan36 says: Jun 19, 2013 6:40 AM

    Nick Saban and the Tide will be planning for College Station, this entire Summer. This snot nosed, zit faced kid, will get a strong dose of grown-man-football.

    I can’t wait for the next big headline……”Oh, how the mighty hath fallen!”

  13. jimbo75025 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:30 AM

    tommy57 says:
    Jun 19, 2013 6:12 AM
    He got Brett Favre’s arm and Chad Johnson’s intellect. He’s a media favorite.
    Favres arm? Are you joking?

  14. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 8:10 AM

    I wish the young man well.

    Let it be decided on the field where it should be.

    Looking forward to the second Saturday in September, as, I’m sure, everyone else is.

    It’s just a game.

  15. coolhorn46 says: Jun 19, 2013 8:12 AM

    Haters gonna hate… I’m a Longhorn fan, but I’m not gonna slam Manziel for living the life. He won the frickin’ Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman, and led agricultural to a season beyond their wildest imagination. If he wants to play the diva card a little bit, he’s earned the right.

    Bottom line…I’ll bet nobody ragging on him right now would gripe much if Manziel had transferred to somebody’s favorite school. I know he’d look great in burnt orange, and might have ended up that way if our coaches had been smart enough to recruit him as a quarterback, instead of a defensive back.

    Who cares what kind of a pro quarterback Manziel will make, or when he decides to go pro. He’s enjoying himself on the field, even if he’s not crazy about Collie Station, and aggy fan should just enjoy having Manziel around, even if it is for just one more season.

  16. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 19, 2013 8:37 AM

    “Collie Station”. “aggy fan”

    You are 12 years old, right?

  17. rcbn says: Jun 19, 2013 8:45 AM

    Manziel is the evil alter ego of Tebow! Are we going to be media to death about his ongoings off the field. Manbow did this and Manbow did that!! Save us please from their ire!!

  18. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 9:29 AM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jun 19, 2013 8:37 AM
    “Collie Station”. “aggy fan”

    You are 12 years old, right?

    Naw, he’s a typical Hook ’em Horns.

  19. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 19, 2013 10:07 AM

    It’s good to know that A&M isn’t a rival of Texas University.

    Or so they keep saying…

  20. bertenheim says: Jun 19, 2013 10:49 AM

    It’s mystifying how much attention this spoiled, not-ready-for-the-NFL rich kid gets.

  21. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 12:17 PM

    What business are his parents in that is so lucrative?

  22. cupete says: Jun 19, 2013 12:40 PM

    We have to see how he plays this season, but more important is whether he deomonstrates some common sense and maturity. If not, NFL teams are going to sense he’s another Ryan Leaf and will stay away.

  23. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    @cometkazie – oil, gas, and cattle.

  24. cometkazie says: Jun 19, 2013 3:12 PM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Jun 19, 2013 2:39 PM
    @cometkazie – oil, gas, and cattle.


  25. packerbadger says: Jun 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    I wonder if he even has a gpa…….

  26. teambringitstrong says: Jun 19, 2013 7:57 PM

    More annoying than bigots complaining about the race card and right wingers complaining about the left would be you common, underachieving, jealous buffoons complaining about the privileged. Get over it and yourselves.

  27. florida727 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:33 AM

    I’m probably in the minority here, and one day I’ll look back at this comment and think to myself “man, you’re an idiot, how could you not see this coming”, but I’m not so sure he’s going to be a good NFL player. He’s fast by college standards, but in the NFL they’ve got linebackers that run a 3.7 40 and defensive backs that’ll track him down and crush him on scrambles. I don’t know. Can’t put my finger on it, yet, but I really wonder if his game translates to success at the next level. As a Florida fan, I thought Tebow would be a good (not necessarily great) pro player. That hasn’t exactly played out as thought. Who knows? Different world in the play-for-pay ranks. Guys you’ve never heard of in college become Hall of Famers, and guys you thought would be studs at the pro level don’t make the grade. Guess that’s why I’ll never be a pro scout :)

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