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Report: NCAA has six-hour chat with Manziel

Johnny Manziel

For those weary of all of this Johnny Manziel stuff, brace yourselves.  It’s not going away for quite a while.  Quite a long, long, long while, apparently.

Following up on a statement from Texas A&M’s athletic director that all football personnel would be “refraining from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback,” there’s news that the NCAA is digging in its “investigative” heels when it comes to the accusations against Johnny Football.

Specifically, Travis Haney of ESPN.com is reporting, Manziel sat down with the NCAA for six hours Sunday to discuss, presumably, the allegations that the reigning Heisman winner accepted money in exchange for autographs.  Doing so would violate current NCAA bylaws and, if proven to whatever standard The Association has, would put Manziel’s eligibility for the 2013 season in significant jeopardy.

It should also be noted that, last week, Texas A&M boosters reportedly paid upwards of $20,000 to sit at a table with Manziel at a school-sponsored function.  Unlike Manziel profiting off his profile, A&M profiting off Manziel’s profile is currently acceptable according to NCAA standards.

As far as the latest development with Manziel is concerned, Haney writes that “[i]t was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore.”

Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com reported that, as would be expected, Manziel denied to NCAA investigators that he had accepted impermissible benefits related to the autographs.

It has previously been reported that A&M has “no plans” to sit Manziel in the midst of the latest instance of the NCAA tripping over itself.

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28 Responses to “Report: NCAA has six-hour chat with Manziel”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 27, 2013 2:03 AM

    I wouldn’t worry Texas A&M fans, it took the NCAA an entire day to clear Cam Newton. Six hours is nothing.

    Unwad your panties SEC fangirls, everything is going to be ok.

  2. necr0philia says: Aug 27, 2013 2:45 AM

    It’s laughable that this will only take maybe 6 more hrs.

    In other news it’s going to take only 6 more years for the Canes to get there “Punishment”!

    Just can’t wait for the day the NCAA dies and I can live up to my name!!

  3. clevelandschronic2 says: Aug 27, 2013 3:55 AM

    This guy should be rulled ineligible for the season for signing autographs for money. Ohio St players traded their pins for tattoos and got sanctioned with reduced scholarships and suspended. Same with USC. The rules dont make sense but since other schools and players get suspended and sanctioned Tex a&m and manzel should too!

  4. relavak says: Aug 27, 2013 6:23 AM

    Had he beat up or raped a student he would still be eligible, but earn 1$ more than MASTER says and you will be punished with a 12 game lashing. The NCAA earns its livelihood from the broken bodies and uneducated minds of its unpaid interns – what they call college athletes. These athletes earn money, it’s just not they are allowed to spend or to keep. The true last vestige of the old plantation system.

  5. joewilliesshnoz says: Aug 27, 2013 7:45 AM

    Throw this idiot, out of school !

  6. usa98j30t4 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:02 AM

    And Johnny bullshitted them for six hours!!!!

  7. dkhhuey says: Aug 27, 2013 8:47 AM

    The autographs he signed during that six hour session are now available on the NCAA website for 10.00 a pop.

  8. palmbeachbuckeye says: Aug 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    $EC, $EC. Did Johnny bring the “bagman” with him to the investigation??

  9. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    dkhhuey wrote on: Aug 27, 2013 8:47 AM

    The autographs he signed during that six hour session are now available on the NCAA website for 10.00 a pop.
    __________________________

    You owe me a computer screen from the coffee spew.

    The question is are they numbered? If I order now, will the NCAA throw in a Joe
    Paterno 400 wins shirt AND pay the shipping?

    RTR

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 27, 2013 9:20 AM

    palmbeachbuckeye says: Aug 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    $EC, $EC. Did Johnny bring the “bagman” with him to the investigation??

    No, Uncle Nate was hired by Urban to be an special assistant for star players in Columbus.

  11. nydemocrats says: Aug 27, 2013 9:47 AM

    I’m not sure that a player should not be able to profit from his justly earned fame while the NCAA can. That aside, there is a rule which says he can’t and that’s what counts. You cannot ignore a rule for one player and enforce it for another. If it’s wrong then change it. However that has no bearing on this instance.

  12. sillec28 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    How much “investigating” does it take to know that nobody sits in hotel rooms signing 4,000 autographs for memorabilia dealers out of the goodness of their hearts? Either he got the money directly or it was directed by him to go somewhere else.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 27, 2013 10:30 AM

    Facts are.

    OLN reported that Johnny Manziel signed thousands upon thousands of autographs from six brokers. The six brokers are now underground because they don’t want to talk to the NCAA much less face scrutiny from the IRS on tax documentation.

    No broker has come forward and shown payments to Manziel or by a designate, Urban,er Uncle Nate. They won’t show any payments because that shows them culpable under Texas law for multi million dollar lawsuits by Texas A&M in both State and Federal court. The brokers do not have the deep pockets that the State of Texas and Texas A&M have. The brokers keep their mouths shut, they keep their livelihood. They open their mouths, the legal system and the IRS come after them.

    Does this mean Manziel is innocent? Nope

    Johnny Manziel is far from stupid. He copyrighted his name, his image and Johnny Football and was smart in doing so because it controlled the flow of product. By controlling the product, he assured himself payments years from now
    on the sale of his memorabilia by brokers and third party sources such as the NCAA.

    Johnny just may be ahead of the curve.

    Question to the blog, what happens if Johnny Football has a better season than last year and leads A&M to a National Title?

    Absent a paper trail for the NCAA, Johnny could be a candidate for a second Heisman.

    Innocent until proven guilty.

    RTR

  14. klownboy says: Aug 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    Something tells me Manziel will skate on this one. The NCAA will stand to lose a lot of money if he doesn’t play vs. Alabama in Week 3. A&M will prob suspend Manziel for the first two cupcakes, then let him play against ‘Bama and all will be forgiven.

  15. barbeaux says: Aug 27, 2013 11:09 AM

    I didn’t think he would’ve won the heisman again before all this. He would’ve had to have an absolutely ridiculous season to win it again…I’m talking 5k passing and 3k running with 0 interceptions. When you see a great performance once it awes you…the second time around a similar performance won’t awe you as much. That’s just human nature. Plus, there are all the other narratives that lead people to vote the way they do. Regardless, he wasn’t going to be the number one pick anyhow. Heisman winners very seldom were.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    @amosalonzostagg

    At this point, with the negative press surrounding JFF, he would have to eclipse his numbers from last year, make it to the national title game undefeated, and basically have saved ten children from a burning building.

    I’m an Aggie and if I could bet that Manziel WON’T win the Heisman, I would.

    But, let’s let our imaginations fly and go down the rabbit hole with you. IF that were to happen, it would be very hard for voters not to vote for him, especially absent another star on an undefeated team (Braxton Miller on undefeated OSU with significantly lower numbers still beats an undefeated Manziel with better numbers than last year). Plus, should all that happen, not sure how he’s not in the top 5 if not the number 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.

  17. barbeaux says: Aug 27, 2013 11:22 AM

    Out of curiosity, did the NCAA even speak to LSU to ask them why a player that sexually assaulted a 14 year old and why that same player, who was on probation for the 14 yo thing, sucker punched a drunk guy is allowed to play on the team…after coach left it up to the players?

  18. dolorio says: Aug 27, 2013 12:43 PM

    So it is safe to say the SEC or an Alabama booster has nothing to do with this seeing that Texas A&M plays Alabama September 14…The playoff system will make teams like Alabama play dirtier than ever. I bet no one saw this comming but Alabama who has to visit Texas A.M. on September 14.

  19. ndscott50 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:46 PM

    Unless he was dumb enough to take a check or deposit the cash in his bank account they can’t prove anything. ESPN could not find anyone who witnessed cash changing hands and the autograph brokers will not talk.

    It is pretty obvious that he took cash but absent proof (the money trail) they have no case. I suppose the NCAA could fall back on some argument that he should have known that singing multiple items would involve their sale and is a violation. In the current environment using a technicality to suspend the Heisman trophy winner seems unlikely. Can the NCAA afford another black eye? He will walk on this.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 27, 2013 2:54 PM

    ndscott50 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 12:46 PM
    ESPN could not find anyone who witnessed cash changing hands and the autograph brokers will not talk.
    _____________________________

    Yet they ran the story anyway and just let innuendo fill in the blanks.

    Irresponsible journalism to be honest.

  21. jonanthans says: Aug 27, 2013 3:19 PM

    Only an idiot would believe Johnny Manziel didn’t get paid to sign those autograps.
    However, the NCAA will drag it out long enough to allow him to play this season, thereby reaping untold millions.
    After the season is over, the IRS will put enough pressure, and offer immunity, to one of the brokers, who will finally admit to the wrongdoing.
    Johnny Manziel will then pay a penalty to the IRS with the millions he gets from the NFL, along with a slap on the wrist.
    Who ends up bearing the brunt of the penalty? The future A&M players, who will be fielding a team under reduced scholarships and bowl-bans.

    But go ahead and keep defending him, and enjoy him while you can , Aggies. Hope its worth it to you..

    Johnny Football indeed….

  22. normtide says: Aug 27, 2013 3:43 PM

    Here is an issue I am seeing arise. Sumlin is clearly getting sick of this. He is a great coach who will start getting other offers. That could be the worst byproduct from this mess. Johnny is gone after this year, either way. If I’m A&M, my main concern is keeping this coach. He can turn this flash in the pan into a major force in college football. No program is above struggles from getting the wrong coach, you have to make keeping the right coach your top priority.

  23. kingfish2013 says: Aug 27, 2013 3:45 PM

    Until you officially change the rules of accepting gifts of any kind.He should be held responsible like everyone else.thee buckeyes just got dealing with it.Des Bryant,among others.No double standards here.

  24. mtmk0586 says: Aug 27, 2013 4:23 PM

    Liar,liar, pants on fire!!!!!

  25. artisan3m says: Aug 27, 2013 6:14 PM

    I strongly believe that if one digs deep enough, Daddy Manziel will be found quite active in the promotion of Son who he sees as a franchise unto himself. Remember his statement “this could all come unraveled.” Hmmm

    But Manziel’s guilt or innocence aside, Texas A&M University could be slapped independently. If its athletic director’s statement extends to the school being non-cooperative with an NCAA investigation ( “refraining from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback,” ), that constitutes a separate violation altogether. The sanctions would be severe and extend beyond an individual player. We shall see but I doubt this will be cleared up before the Alabama game.

  26. mogogo1 says: Aug 27, 2013 6:45 PM

    What could possibly of taken 6 hours? Did it take that long for the investigators to stop laughing after Manziel’s “I didn’t take a penny, I signed all that stuff out of pure kindness” defense?

  27. craigmaitland says: Aug 27, 2013 7:05 PM

    If Manziel played in any other conference he would already be out for the yr.

  28. dhardy8207 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:25 PM

    I figure John Boy will be his own worst enemy.. His team mates will get tired of coming second to all his drama and attention seeking. I don’t care if his arm is made of gold; he would not be able to perform the way he does without TEAMMATES!!… As long as he is perfectly willing to let it all be about him, he will continue to seperate himself from the team…

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