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Manziel will practice Monday, but he won’t be available for interviews

Johnny Manziel AP

Texas A&M opens preseason camp today. As of late last week, Johnny Manziel was scheduled to be part of the group available for interviews.

Thanks to a Sunday evening piece from “Outside the Lines” alleging that the NCAA is looking into whether or not Manziel put his Herbie Hancock on memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure payment, A&M’s plans have changed. An email with a revised group of available players was released shortly after the ESPN piece was published. Not surprisingly, Manziel wasn’t on it.

If there’s an ongoing NCAA investigation, no one from A&M, Manziel included, would be allowed to talk about it. If there wasn’t an investigation, A&M wouldn’t answer questions in great detail anyway. Normally, an athlete at the center of a story should be available for questions, but when it comes to the NCAA, there’s no reason for it. Besides, other players are going to get plenty of questions about it anyway.

However, A&M associate athletic director Jason Cook did tell the San Antonio Express-News that “Manziel will be at practice” in the evening.

There’s already been a lot of speculation about how much time Manziel could potentially miss if the NCAA finds evidence that he received impermissible payments. But until the NCAA does, or until the NCAA finds a violation in general, there’s nothing to rule Manziel ineligible for. Unless that happens, he’ll be allowed to practice, and potentially, play.

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20 Responses to “Manziel will practice Monday, but he won’t be available for interviews”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    One season wonder will not play anymore college football. Bust in the NFL.

  2. be4bama says: Aug 5, 2013 10:10 AM

    I wonder if any of his teammates are speaking to him.

  3. sanduskyshowerboy says: Aug 5, 2013 10:20 AM

    as cliche as it is… $ec

  4. sallust99 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:04 AM

    Uh – Herbie Hancock? Really? Been to John Hancock’s grave – pretty disgraceful you confuse one of the founding fathers with at best a one-hit-wonder. #Disappointed.

  5. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 5, 2013 11:09 AM

    Someone want to help them out with the reference?

  6. jnuzzi08 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:11 AM

    NCAA makes billions off athletes but they can’t make money in their free time? Ridiculous.

  7. whitdog23 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    you obviously think a college education is worthless because you don’t have one

  8. spudvol says: Aug 5, 2013 11:37 AM

    Bruce Feldman ‏@BFeldmanCBS 1h

    According to ESPN, a second autograph broker is now claiming Johnny Manziel asked for money to sign autographs

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2013 11:44 AM

    I hope these allegations are groundless because I would hate to lose a chance to see him play, especially against Bama. He really is extremely exciting to watch.

    That said, it seems obvious that he did sign the memorabilia. There are several witnesses and the sudden influx of signed gear on ebay right afterwards shows it happened. The issue is the payment. Now that’s going to be very hard to prove if it was in cash and no one saw it. But logically speaking…. he didn’t spend hours signing helmets and posters for free… especially for a memorabilia dealer who he knew was going to profit off of it.

    If he gets a 5 game suspension… it will be heartbreaking for Aggie fans and the Aggie football program but if it’s deserved, it’s deserved.

  10. spudvol says: Aug 5, 2013 11:47 AM

    Joe Schad ‏@schadjoe 1h

    The prominent autograph broker provided ESPN photo of Johnny Manziel signing a stack of photos allegedly in hotel room night b/f Bama game

    Joe Schad ‏@schadjoe 1h

    Alleged Johnny Manziel autograph “proof picture” broker claims he shot

  11. imaduffer says: Aug 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    Bama will beat A&M by 30.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2013 12:03 PM

    imaduffer says:
    Aug 5, 2013 11:48 AM
    Bama will beat A&M by 30.

    With no Manziel…. probably.

    To be honest, I thought Bama was going to win be double digits prior to this.

    I’d hate to have paid $600+ (avg ticket price on secondary mkt)to go that game if he doesn’t play.

  13. sportsdrenched says: Aug 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    I think college athletes should be allowed to make money off their own likeness and autogrpah. However, those aren’t the rules now. From what I’ve read Manziel doesn’t really think rules apply to him. I have a feeling he’ll regret breaking this one.

  14. polegojim says: Aug 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    The sooner this kid pulls his head out of his butt and realizes HE should not be THE constant story… the better it will be for his team and future.

    It’s just gotten ridiculous and pathetic.

    Bury your head and play football son… just play ball.

  15. sallust99 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    What is the reference to herbie? And if it is not an error, why not include a link to the reference?

  16. be4bama says: Aug 5, 2013 2:57 PM

    Geez sallust

  17. sallust99 says: Aug 5, 2013 7:46 PM

    Assistant to the Heisman winner I get this reference I don’t. If the only connection is Herbie has last name Hancock – stupid reference

  18. Ben Kercheval says: Aug 5, 2013 8:00 PM

    If the only connection is Herbie has last name Hancock – stupid reference


    “Tommy Boy”, man.

  19. dkhhuey says: Aug 6, 2013 8:25 AM

    The Aggies have since amended their statement to say Johnny Ineligible will only do interviews with those networks willing to cough up his new interview fee….

  20. dkhhuey says: Aug 6, 2013 8:26 AM

    @Ben – hilarious reference!!! Just watched that over the weekend… Herbie Hancock!!! Outstanding sir!!!

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