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Report: A&M has ‘no plans’ to sit Manziel for opener

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The long-term future of Johnny Manziel as it pertains to the 2013 season may still be unclear, but it appears there is at least a little clarity to the short-term.

Citing “[a]n industry source briefed late last week by a high-ranking A&M official,”‘s Jeremy Fowler reported Saturday afternoon that the Aggies have “no plans” to sit the reigning Heisman winner for next Saturday’s opener against Rice.  The NCAA is conducting an investigation into Manziel regarding claims that the quarterback received money this offseason in exchange for his signature on memorabilia.  Both the Manziels and A&M have retained attorneys well-versed in the ways of The Association.

As if to highlight the stance laid out by Fowler in his report, A&M has done nothing on the practice field to suggest they are prepping for life without Johnny, giving him the his normal reps in lieu of getting another player at the position ready.

Fowler’s report is the latest in a series of mini-developments that would suggest A&M fears no repercussions from the NCAA in playing Manziel while in the midst of an investigation.

Earlier this week, A&M president John Sharp laid out a very public, forceful and vociferous defense of the star quarterback.

“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp told KBTX News 3 in College Station. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing.

“I think that it’s time that we, once we knew what the facts are and we know the facts … and I’ve seen what everybody else has seen now, and the rest of the country is going to get to see that before it’s over with. It was a bunch of hype journalism.

“I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”

A day earlier, the president lashed out in an email to boosters regarding Darren Rovell‘s latest report, with KBTX-TV writing that “Sharp criticized ESPN and people who “have chosen to declare # 2 guilty with no evidence whatsoever.”

In May of this year, the SEC announced it was creating its own network that will debut next August, a joint venture with, of course, ESPN.

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27 Responses to “Report: A&M has ‘no plans’ to sit Manziel for opener”
  1. southernpatriots says: Aug 24, 2013 6:54 PM

    I know all Aggies will love to see Johnny play this season and so will most college football fans (including my family and I). The TAMU president John Sharp is now on record of saying, ““I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”

    It is quite unusual for a president of a university to go on the record on such things, but Dr. Sharp is out there. I hope he is right. If he is not right, it may cost A&M greatly if they play Manziel.

    But, I want Manziel to play. The Aggies are much better with him and the SEC is much better with him playing. I hope those words don’t come back on me when the Aggies come to Baton Rouge!

    I am ready for some football, college football, SEC football!

  2. cometkazie says: Aug 24, 2013 7:10 PM

    Me, too, SP.

    You are right on as usual.

  3. barbeaux says: Aug 24, 2013 7:27 PM

    ^agreed. I just want to see tmzESPN taken down a notch or two. They’ve gotten out of control.

  4. thekatman says: Aug 24, 2013 7:27 PM

    Obviously, TAMU prez hasn’t learned his lesson aout the NCAA investigation tactics against high profile players. Reggie Bush was high profile and UsC was penalized for a Lack of Institutional Control for not keeping tabs on him when he was home, 120 miles from campus, yet the TAMU prez says he is keenly aware of Mansiel’s whereabouts since last Fall? Not hardly.

    If I were Coach Sumlin, I would sit Manziel down for the Rice game. It’s not a tough game to win for e BU QB, it will give him game experience so that should Manzie go down with an injury in the season, the backup is more than ready. Right now, TAM football is riding the crest of a mountain about to tumble.

    Good luck.

  5. barbeaux says: Aug 24, 2013 8:47 PM

    Is that lack of institutional control….seeing and deciding based upon more information than what’s public? I don’t think so. Lack of institutional control to me is not attempting to discover info or ignoring info. It doesn’t really sound to me like tam is doing that.

  6. sfsugator says: Aug 24, 2013 9:48 PM

    espn was trolling like always on this one hence why I don’t watch it anymore unless there is actual sport being played on there station. otherwise its as bad as E news.

  7. dlpics1225 says: Aug 24, 2013 11:55 PM

    The President of Texas A&M University is R. Bowen Loftin ’71. Therefore what can you believe from this article. Check this link to confirm who the REAL president is:

  8. irishfbfan1 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:14 AM

    All about accountability. This happens at Ohio State, USC. Notre Dame of Stanford to name a few, you would hear them come out from their sewer homes like rats pointing their fingers! I guess “double standards” are acceptable today. Really and truly we are talking Texas A&M here so lets just move on and wait for the next embarrassing moment this young man stumbles on to complete yet another chapter of the next Best Seller, “This is how you should not act after receiving the Heisman”. I’m sure it will be finished by this upcoming mid season, and yes a book signing with John Boy himself!

    The proceeds….?????

    See you at Barnes and Nobles!

  9. mikemiller007 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:15 AM

    Opinions on here are like Aholes … everyone has one and most of them stink. Here are the facts here folks, Manziel admitted signing lots of autographs which IS NOT against any NCAA rules. There has been a broker claim that he paid Manziel money for those autographs AFTER the broker was forced to stop selling them on ebay. Believe me if there was any proof, i.e. pics or witnesses , that this money exchange did take place we would know it by now. I hope the university, the NCAA and Manziels family sue this cockroach to bankruptcy if nothing is proven. You just can’t accuse people of things you can’t prove.

  10. monsterright says: Aug 25, 2013 12:57 AM

    “I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”

    Huh? If there is nothing to see them what did HE see?

  11. thekatman says: Aug 25, 2013 2:39 AM

    Numbered autographs do not align with Any sort of amateur status.

  12. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    SouthernPatriot is right. President is now on record and most likely is going to look like an idiot. Other than that i’m not sure how this is an article. No doubt A&M isn’t going to sit Manziel. If they did they would be a 6 win team instead of a 10-11 win team.

  13. dhardy8207 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    If you think back to the Cotton Bowl of 2012 when Aggies played Oklahoma, everytime “John Boy” threw a pass or did anything other than breath he posed for the camera rubbing his fingers together in a fashion that historically symbolizes the phrase “money, money, money”!.. He is a distraction from his teammates, which BTW contribute GREATLY to his success. They’re saying that the NCAA can’t prove anything because if he was paid it was in cash which leaves no trail. However, how are they going to explain the flood of memorabellia that hit Ebay to sell for profit and the fact that not 1 but 2 handwriting experts have deemed his signature authentic.

    So you have a choice; believe that John Boy is innocent and just being “picked on unfairly”, or the memorbelia being sold as “authentic” is a scam. Its all a matter of who wants to go to jail so this kid can remain unblemished. That could cost A&M or his folks some money!

  14. imacdane says: Aug 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    ^ that’s the signal to the OC to get the next play from him, nice try though.

  15. kansas531 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:26 AM

    Of course they will not sit Manziel. They are not part of the SEC, no star ever sits out because of wrong doings, whether it be criminal activity or NCAA problems. Reason? The SEC is never sanctioned, even when there is proof.

  16. kansas531 says: Aug 25, 2013 11:27 AM

    Edit to previous post – it should say “are now part of the SEC” not “not part” entirely different as you all know.

  17. barbeaux says: Aug 25, 2013 11:53 AM

    Just remember that this story was brought to you by and pounded into attention by the same organization that claimed tebow was a terrific NFL QB, that Colin K is now perhaps the greatest NFL QB of all time…the list goes on. They love to stoke controversy whether or not what they report is true.

  18. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 25, 2013 12:02 PM

    I think that used to be called “yellow journalism.” I know it was the poor quality of paper they used to print on which yellowed quickly, but I think nowadays it is yellow because one or more housecats uses it to urinate on.

    The list of hyped rumors that never panned out, predictions and assurances from the “ex-sperts” that you could take to the bank, but would have bounced if you did, the horrible arrogance of their presentations which tend to be increasingly worse each season, to where now I only watch the games on ESPNU or related channels and avoid all their pre-game, post-game, shows, and other commentary. What a bunch of buffoons and idiots.

  19. barbeaux says: Aug 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    Very much agreed.

  20. barnesaintnoble says: Aug 25, 2013 1:29 PM

    Play him, why not? NCAA has to tread lightly now, the O’Bannon lawsuit and public sentiment has pretty much made their bulletproof vest ineffective. A few more shots and there will be some serious change. Once he makes some absurd plays against some lower level competition, the narrative will change to…Heisman repeat? NFL QB? Leave or stay? Beat Alabama? Win SEC?

    And my solution with the NCAA is simple. Replace Emmert with Oprah and let her clean house and streamline the bureacracy. Then, every student athlete gets a car!!!!

  21. mtheparrothead says: Aug 25, 2013 3:36 PM

    You just can’t accuse people of things you can’t prove.

    Has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. So women who are sexually harassed should make sure to have someone see it or it didn’t happen?

  22. greggatx says: Aug 25, 2013 7:45 PM

    sec teams don’t sit out player who are violators of criminal or NCAA laws. It just does not happen.

    He is a distraction to the whole team and it will catch up to him, though they only play two tuff teams. They have a very weak schedule playing ten cream puff teams. That’s the problem with the sec is that they are top heavy. Even without little johnny they should win ten games. But then they are aggies so anything can (and usually does) happen.

  23. tigersgeaux says: Aug 25, 2013 8:14 PM

    I will leave some comments up to others much more qualified and informed that I to answer.

    I do have information that your post is just plain stupid in one aspect. LSU plays 5, that is right 5 top 25 teams this season…

    1. Alabama
    5. Georgia
    7. TAMU
    10. Florida
    20. TCU

    How many top 25 teams does your team play this season?

    LSU has also scheduled Wisconsin for the first game of next season and will play top 25 teams again next season.

  24. speedel says: Aug 25, 2013 10:09 PM

    and this is the cart before the horse. there are no teams in the top 25 atm because there has been no games played yet. espn can put as many sec teams in the preseason rankings and stacking the top 5 , 10, 25 so that their wins are more impressive and losses not as damaging.

    the only reason the sec has been in so many nc games has been the preseason polls of espn

  25. tigersgeaux says: Aug 25, 2013 10:28 PM

    Don’t know of any ESPN poll and don’t watch ESPN.

    AP poll quoted. The newspapers I read are AP.

    Do you want to quote some other poll or ranking system? They won’t vary much if any from this one.

    AP sports writers are concentrated in the upper mid-west, northeast and west coast where the largest population centers are located. They would have cause to place mid-west, west coast, or northeastern teams highly placed as they did for decades, but not southeastern teams which they do not see nearly as often.

  26. speedel says: Aug 26, 2013 8:53 AM

    until espn self appointed itself to be the messiah of college football. they can release content at any time (24 hours news cycle) and always release thier rankings first to predetermined a type of consensus.

    ap rankings are released by newspapers. as soon as they are out they are put through the espn wringer and if they vary wildly they will get smashed by pundits, masquerading as analysing for the following 24 hours, knowing that printed media cannot keep up. its far easier to report on your local team and leave the rankings to espn.

    the only heisman voter that i know how he voted was ricky willuams because he went against the expected narrative. imagine espn pointing its guns st you for demeaning the 2.25 billion dollar dominance of sec?

  27. malbrecht4 says: Aug 26, 2013 12:57 PM

    dlpics1225 is correct. Sharp is not the president. He’s actually the chancellor of the TX AM university system. So he oversees 11 universities, one of which is TX AM College Station. I find it hilarious that you can post a FACT and provide a link, and 3 idiots gave him a thumbs down

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