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A&M not ‘commenting on… status of Johnny Manziel’

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Tuesday, Texas A&M will hold a press conference previewing its start to the 2013 season.  Just don’t expect any type of clarity — or anything at all, actually — when it comes to a certain Aggie football player and his status for the upcoming season.

In a statement released Monday evening, A&M athletic director Eric Hyman said he has instructed anyone connected to the football program — the coaching staff, players, etc. — “to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

As Robert Cessna of wrote, “Hyman says ‘starting’ quarterback. Why not say quarterback Johnny Manziel.. or just Johnny Manziel?”

Anyway, here’s the statement, in its entirety:

“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday, and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

Saturday, a report surfaced that A&M has “no plans” on sitting the reigning Heisman winner as the NCAA investigates claims that the quarterback received money this offseason in exchange for his signature on memorabilia.

To further buttress that stance, the A&M coaching staff has not pulled the reins in on Manziel during summer camp, giving him his normal reps in lieu of getting another player at the position ready.

Hyman’s statement instructing those below him comes a few days after one of the men above him made a very public show of support for Manziel.

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10 Responses to “A&M not ‘commenting on… status of Johnny Manziel’”
  1. bamafan36 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    We have to stop talking about this garbage. Whatever the NCAA does, they will do. aTm is at risk of losing this team. All of the talk is around one player, and it sends the message that he has not only transcended the team….but also the the game. Let it go.


  2. dietrich43 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:44 PM

    They have to play him. They would rather beat Bama and forfeit than sit him for a few meaningless wins.

  3. southernpatriots says: Aug 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    Hasn’t TAMU already spoken about Manziel, at least the president…errr….the chancellor spoke that he knew Johnny had done nothing wrong? That he knew things we did not know, etc.?

    If that is the case, then play Johnny. I would rather see Johnny play, than not see him play. I do not want to win at game against TAMU unless they are playing their best players, and Johnny Manziel is one of the best of the best.

  4. bamafan36 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    They won’t beat Bama, even if they had 7 more Johnny Moneybags!

  5. tigers182 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:43 PM

    So the story is there is no story? Thanks for keeping us updated …

  6. normtide says: Aug 26, 2013 11:33 PM

    She Pats, I always want to play against the opponents best. Rather lose to your best then best your worst.

  7. tgaustin says: Aug 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    Johnny! Johnny! Johnny! I can’t stop laughing at this situation!! Just tooooo good. Seriously though, the kook walks around with bodyguards, takes on-line classes and has a personal assistant known as “Uncle Nate”…who his parents requested( and who also got him arrested last year). He is on record stating that he “hates” to sign autographs…yet, signed some 4,000+ with some dude he didn’t even know. I pray he gets to play and sticks around, because the Sh!t show that follows this guy around is Priceless!! However, all that being said…all BS aside, he is only a “Kid”! So back off NCAAssholes!

  8. imaduffer says: Aug 27, 2013 12:47 PM

    If Manziel plays against Alabama millions will watch, if he dosen’t play CBS will be pissed.

  9. be4bama says: Aug 27, 2013 6:13 PM

    Let him play….please let him play!!!

  10. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 27, 2013 9:08 PM


    Ha. That is what I feel as well….please let him play.

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