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Kevin Sumlin’s support helped overturn Manziel’s suspension

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In the wake of Johnny Manziel‘s tweet earlier this month in which he wrote that he “can’t wait to leave College Station,” a report surfaced that the Texas A&M quarterback had been suspended for the 2012 season following an offseason arrest.  That suspension, the report stated, had the quarterback seriously considering a transfer.

It never got to that point, obviously, as the punishment was overturned as part of the school’s appeals process and Manziel went on to win the Heisman Trophy in his first season as a starter.  Not so unexpectedly, his head coach played a role in getting the suspension overturned.

The Daily Oklahoman writes that “the overturn came, in part, because of the backing of Aggie coach and former OU assistant Kevin Sumlin, who wrote a letter in support of Manziel during the appeal process.”  According to the coach, the letter of support didn’t come out of fear of losing a starter — Manziel was behind Jameill Showers entering summer camp and wasn’t named the starter until two weeks before the season opener — but rather due to the fact that he was taking steps to comply with the other internal punishment meted out and taking those steps seriously.

“A lot has been said about discipline, but he went through all that, which is a little bit more than people think,” Sumlin told the paper at a golf outing in Edmond, Okla., Tuesday. “That’s not a public deal, it’s just what I ask him to do. He did all those things and his parents were involved in all of that. So for him to go through that, then go through camp and those types of things and earn the job, that’s what’s brought him to where he is now.”

Suffice to say, the overturn might have been the Aggies’ biggest win in a highly-successful debut season in the SEC, but the road hasn’t gotten any easier for the player or the program in the offseason.  Manziel has been connected to several mostly overblown “controversies” the past few months, but Sumlin said the fact that his rock-star player is back on campus and with his teammates preparing for summer camp is helping to calm what’s been an offseason full of rough water.

“It’s been really hard,” Sumlin said when asked about the past six months or so for Manziel. “You know, he’s a young guy. And because of that, he is who he is and he’s made some mistakes. Everybody knows that. But right now, I think for him to be back, we have summer school going, we have fall camp coming up. Him being back with his teammates, that’s a good deal, good for him.”

Thanks to the constant tumult, there might not be a person in the country more anxious to get the 2013 season started than Manziel.  Well, other than Sumlin and his coaching staff, of course.

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8 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin’s support helped overturn Manziel’s suspension”
  1. ancientcougar says: Jun 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    That is a great coach. We miss him @ Houston.

  2. sdelmonte says: Jun 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    So glad to see that if you are a special athlete, you can get rules and laws swept away.

  3. ancientcougar says: Jun 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    “So glad to see………”

    He wasn’t so special when things went down.

  4. bertenheim says: Jun 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    Enjoy, A&M. He’ll declare early and make Tebow look like an all-pro in the NFL.

  5. irishfbfan1 says: Jun 25, 2013 11:13 PM

    For an email from an Oregon State fan, and with it he had copied and pasted a post of mine 3 years ago regarding the Oregon Football Program, at the end he said, “you called it Irish”!

    Cooked, well done

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Jun 25, 2013 11:31 PM

    Let’s all get this straight right now.

    Johnny Manziel was a 2.5 star QB out of Kerville Tivy who nobody wanted (except Oregon who wanted him as an insurance policy for Mariotta). He ended up at A&M and got into trouble. He got suspended. He worked his way back onto the team and back into school. He was still a 2.5 star QB with no guarantees of ever seeing the field.

    He did his time, Sumlin and Kingsbury went to bat for him with the university. He was reinstated, led his team to an 11-2 record, won the Heisman, beat Alabama, and housed OU by 4 TD’s.

    Yes, I would like to take his twitter and instagram feeds away from him, but that does not diminish in any way what he can do on a football field.

    It’s not like he has an imaginary girlfriend.

  7. arrogantnation says: Jun 26, 2013 12:58 AM

    Johnny Football is living the dream, give the guy a break.

  8. titansbro says: Jun 27, 2013 7:05 AM

    I predict a major downgrade in production in year 2. Overrated & oversold.

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