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Reports: Manziel to be suspended… for first half of opener

Johnny Manziel, Kenric McNeal, Dustin Harris AP

The Johnny Manziel situation has (reportedly) come to a conclusion, albeit with a final — and bizarre — twist.

In a tweet from Billy Liucci Wednesday afternoon regarding the Texas A&M quarterback, the TexAgs.com reporter wrote that “[p]er multiple sources, he’ll be suspended for first half of season-opener versus Rice on Saturday.”  Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com and Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com subsequently confirmed the first-half suspension

As for the specific reason for a suspension — which has not been confirmed by the Aggies — Liucci writes that he is “assuming [the] suspension would involve secondary violation of by-law 12.5.2.2.”

That bylaw, titled “Use of a Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture Without Knowledge or Permission,” appears in full below:

If a student-athlete’s name or picture appears on commercial items (e.g., T-shirts, sweatshirts, serving trays, playing cards, posters) or is used to promote a commercial product sold by an individual or agency without the student-athlete’s knowledge or permission, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics. Such steps are not required in cases in which a student-athlete’s photograph is sold by an individual or agency (e.g., private photographer, news agency) for private use.

Essentially, if the reports are accurate, Manziel would be suspended for failing to take the proper steps to ensure that individuals were not profiting off his name and likeness.  It had been reported that Manziel had received tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for his signature on thousands of photos and pieces of memorabilia.

What remains unclear is if this would be merely a school-driven punishment or one that would end the NCAA’s involvement in the situation.

More than likely, it’s the latter as McMurphy reported that this suspension “closes the book” on the situation, with the “NCAA [acknowledging] Manziel did not accept money” in exchange for his signature.  Over the weekend, the NCAA spent six hours grilling Manziel in relation to his involvement with autograph dealers.  Everyone connected to the A&M football program has been since barred from discussing the Johnny Football situation by the school’s athletic director.

It had also been reported over the weekend that A&M had “no plans” to sit Manziel, although that no longer appears to be the case.

If Manziel is suspended for the first half of the game against Rice — he could miss the entire game as head coach Kevin Sumlin could choose to sit him out in the second half of what’s expected to be a blowout — the Aggies would turn to either junior Matt Joeckel or true freshman Kenny Hill.  By most accounts, the latter has been the most impressive of the two during summer camp.

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70 Responses to “Reports: Manziel to be suspended… for first half of opener”
  1. 4buckiz says: Aug 28, 2013 3:38 PM

    What a crock of shit this is.

  2. Slim Charles says: Aug 28, 2013 3:40 PM

    I agree 100% 4Buckiz. He shouldn’t have been suspended at all for selling HIS OWN DAMN NAME

  3. mtheparrothead says: Aug 28, 2013 3:41 PM

    Slim,

    Whether you like it or not, rules are rules. Change the rules if they want, but it doesn’t negate what the current set of rules are.

  4. aglawman says: Aug 28, 2013 3:42 PM

    It’s ON now!!!!!!

    Saban’s lunch won’t go down without some PeptoBismol after this!!!

    Gig’Em Ags!!!!!

  5. jonanthans says: Aug 28, 2013 3:47 PM

    Its not a surprise, the NCAA wasn’t going to allow their cash cow to not be on the field to produce their multi-million dollar paycheck for them. It will bite A&M in the rear end down the road though, after the real truth comes out. And although I originally rooted for him, I cant wait to see JM get his bell rung over and over..

  6. reesesteel23 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:47 PM

    SEC + Off field issues = automatic lock in the draft + favoritism

    Big 12 + Off field issues + Dinner with an ex NFL star = suspended for a year, owners asking if your mom is a hooker and draft status completely unknown….

  7. guinsrule says: Aug 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    Judging from the past… he’s lucky he’s a rich white kid.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Aug 28, 2013 3:55 PM

    Boy, that’ll teach ‘em!

  9. bucrightoff says: Aug 28, 2013 3:56 PM

    This is a troll job right? I mean not suspending him is better than this charade.

  10. tommystallings says: Aug 28, 2013 3:56 PM

    Congratulations NCAA. You have now officially demonstrated that you bow to the almighty dollar above all else, integrity is just a hollow word with no real meaning. You are a stranger to truth and common sense if you really believe that Johnny Hancock signed 5,000 autographs in hotel rooms in multiple cities for free.

  11. barbeaux says: Aug 28, 2013 3:58 PM

    Espn got a story wrong and blew it out of proportion again? My my

  12. sportsdrenched says: Aug 28, 2013 3:59 PM

    Hope that wrist slappage on his non-throwing arm doesn’t hurt his NFL Prospects.

    Guess We’ll have to wait another week to see how prepared Johnny D is for the season.

  13. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 28, 2013 4:01 PM

    It must have killed the NCAA to actually have to admit they know that the SEC Golden Boy broke the rules.

    1/2 a game punishment? Embarrassing for everyone involved.

  14. barkleyblows says: Aug 28, 2013 4:02 PM

    What a fuckin joke.

  15. barkleyblows says: Aug 28, 2013 4:04 PM

    Only in the SECheat!! Clearly you don’t have to follow rules in the SECheat.

  16. mauldawg says: Aug 28, 2013 4:06 PM

    What a joke. The NCAA is clueless. If this had been a “regular joe” player he would not see the field this year. Manziel is a POS. He is a spoiled little white boy that has been given everything he wants his whole life. I cant wait until some LB plants his ass in the turf. The refs will protect him by orders of the NCAA. Hope A&M sucks for the next 10 years.

  17. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 28, 2013 4:07 PM

    The doc at southernpatriots told me if they did impose a penalty it would be nothing. I said they would throw the book (NCAA rule book over 1000 pages) at him. huh? I could not have been more wrong. 1/2……2/4 of a game? Talk about strange, this one is it.

    Doc, you were right. Best on your tailgating and trip to SC.

  18. scoops1 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:07 PM

    is he suspended with or w/o pay??

  19. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    I’ll give the NCAA credit, at least they are consistent with their case history, oh wait

    Johnny Manizel – took tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) – punishment: 1/2 game

    Olivier Vernon – took $1,200 – punishment: 6 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Ray-Ray Armstrong – took $788 – punishment: 4 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Dyron Dye – took $738 – punishment: 4 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Marcus Forston – took $400 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Sean Spence – took $275 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Adewale Ojomo – took $240 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Travis Benjamin – took $150 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Jacory Harris – took $140 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money

  20. reesesteel23 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:11 PM

    I really really reallllly don’t want to root for Bama….but I sure as hell will for atleast 1 game this year.

  21. dcroz says: Aug 28, 2013 4:12 PM

    So Manziel gets suspended for violating the most ridiculous rule in a rule book filled with ridiculous rules? I’m glad this is over with–and really glad he gets to play in the ‘Bama game–but this is even more of a joke than if they had done nothing to him at all.

  22. jimbo75025 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    I am an SEC homer, and even I admit this is kind of a joke. Why even bother?

  23. monsterright says: Aug 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    What a great guy. Taking the time to sign his name a few thousand times for the benefit of for profit dealers, asking for nothing in return.

  24. atxcane says: Aug 28, 2013 4:15 PM

    LOL. Called it back when the initial reports surfaced: He’s lucky he’s in the SEC and will be cleared before his first game.

    Dez Bryant, Dequan Jones, Shabazz Muhammad (and several more) shake their heads in disgust.

  25. kinggator says: Aug 28, 2013 4:17 PM

    He got less punishment than our knucklehead OLB who barked at a police dog. SEC! SEC! SEC!
    ***
    Plus that gives him the entire first half of the game to sign more autographs.

  26. cbass59 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:25 PM

    OSU’s Devier Posey got 5 games for $3.07. Three dollars and 7 cents.

  27. barbeaux says: Aug 28, 2013 4:26 PM

    The ncaa was able to prove that des lied directly to him. Had he just been truthful his suspension would’ve been minimal.

  28. monsterright says: Aug 28, 2013 4:27 PM

    Great move by aTm. The result would have been brutal had they stayed in the Big 12.

  29. osidebrownsfan says: Aug 28, 2013 4:31 PM

    And the Ohio State kids who traded their personal property for tatoos cost them 4 games each, Tressel had to leave, lost scholarships and a post season ban for a 12-0 team. What an F-ing joke the NCAA is for this SEC punk’s punishment.

  30. sabatimus says: Aug 28, 2013 4:33 PM

    Way to drop the hammer. That’ll learn ‘im.

  31. MyTeamsAllStink says: Aug 28, 2013 4:35 PM

    Had Manziel gone to Boise St or some other less prestigious school his career would be over.He goes to an SEC school where rules don’t apply unless you’re Vanderbilt or Mississippi St.

  32. barbeaux says: Aug 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Tresses also lied, and the ncaa was able to prove it.

  33. sportsdrenched says: Aug 28, 2013 4:39 PM

    Asking any of the attorney types that might know the answer. But could some of these players that appear to have taken less money and were suspended more games have any legal recourse? I guess the biggest hang up, is you would still have to prove Manziel took money.

  34. benbennett2013 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:39 PM

    Ok…Let me see if I have this right…According to A&M and the NCAA, Manziel signed hundreds of autographs documented by at least 6 different brokers, FOR FREE!! Even after a number of sources have publicly communicated that he did indeed receive compensation..I mean, didn’t AJ Green from UGA get suspended for something like 4 games, a couple of years ago? For selling a JERSEY? Additionally, since when does the NCAA negotiate with a University about penalties?? Mr. Manziel gave us “his word”, he didn’t take any money…He must just have a really good heart…..NOT

  35. mrtreyseven says: Aug 28, 2013 4:40 PM

    what is your beef with the SEC @Barkleyblows do you have proof thAt they are cheating were you there with Manziel, and Newton I’m assuming you mean them, no you weren’t I bet you are going by what the media reports and no matter how much they say you have formed your verdict…..Smh can money by a person talent, ability, and everything that goes into an athlete. no you are born with them so for you to say the athlete or school is a cheat what does that have to do with what they did on the field it’s not like it’s PEDs he took money for something that shouldn’t be illegal I understand he broke a rule and I agree he should be punished because many others had there college dreams ruined by the NCAA but to call the whole SEC cheats because your athletes from your favorite conference are not adequate enough to compete on the same playing field as they. Unless he did PEDs or they have concrete evidence how can you call them a cheat. you can test a player for PEDs but what way can you prove he took money

  36. barbeaux says: Aug 28, 2013 4:48 PM

    Just because the SEC is better at football doesn’t mean the SEC cheats. The southeast has lots going for it in regards to sports…climate, athletes, fervent love of football, sports revenue and notations. Hell, a high school here in dfw got a $60 million dollar football stadium….a high school.

  37. jimbo75025 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:50 PM

    @osidebrownsfan
    Tressel had to leave because of the lies and coverup. tOSU was the one who proposed 2012 for their postseason ban.

    As I said earlier, this “punishment” for Manziel is a joke, but it does not mean that Pryor, etc were unjustly persecuted.

  38. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Aug 28, 2013 4:52 PM

    i guess theres one set of rules for the SEC, and ones for everyone else. Cheat away SEC, cheat away.

    ps regardless what anyone thinks, its against the rules for him to accept $ for his signature. Think about it. He obviously is going to get more for his than say some random QB from Sam Houston St. THAT is why its against the rules! Its not even, and it cant be policed. Furthermore, his family is loaded so the only reason he had to do it was plain greed.

  39. imaduffer says: Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    I did not have sex with that woman.

  40. tgaustin says: Aug 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    Johnny Sharpie strikes again!

  41. olskool711 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:05 PM

    In an unrelated incident, there is a rumor that the NCAA has announced that Boise State will be placed on another three years probation, denied scholarships, and be flagged for lack of institutional control, due to a Freshman player using the toilet of an upper classman’s apartment.

    There is no word whether it really was one of those “no flush” kinds, which if true, would clearly add additional infractions.

    Any attempts at appeal will more than likely, just like last time, not be given the time of day.

  42. longtallsam says: Aug 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    I am not posting this to defend Manziel, but what is the logic behind not allowing an athlete to sell autographs, but that same football player could make millions playing another professional sport in the off season, and still be allowed to play college football, or any sport other than the one he gets paid to play. Pretty ridiculous!

  43. atxcane says: Aug 28, 2013 5:08 PM

    The NCAA is so mad at Manziel, they’re gonna slap an additional year of probation on Miami!

  44. tombstone7 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    30 minutes in the penalty box? Really?

    NCAa= National Crooked Athletic association…30 minutes…geez! How tough can they be? good thing he ain’t black!

  45. longtallsam says: Aug 28, 2013 5:16 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 28, 2013 4:09 PM

    I’ll give the NCAA credit, at least they are consistent with their case history, oh wait

    Johnny Manizel – took tens of thousands of dollars (if not more) – punishment: 1/2 game

    Olivier Vernon – took $1,200 – punishment: 6 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Ray-Ray Armstrong – took $788 – punishment: 4 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Dyron Dye – took $738 – punishment: 4 game suspension, had to repay the money
    Marcus Forston – took $400 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Sean Spence – took $275 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Adewale Ojomo – took $240 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Travis Benjamin – took $150 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money
    Jacory Harris – took $140 – punishment: 1 game suspension – had to repay the money

    Apparently you didn’t read the article. He wasn’t “convicted” of taking money for autographs, only of not doing all he could to prevent his likeness from being used. Personally, I don’t see why that should be the athletes responsibility. The NCAA doesn’t have any problem with themselves profiting off the players likenesses(their jerseys).

  46. sabatimus says: Aug 28, 2013 5:30 PM

    Yes, the rule is asinine, but if you’re going to play for the NCAA, you can’t simply decide to disregard the rules you think are asinine and not expect repercussions.

  47. ninthwardfriend says: Aug 28, 2013 5:31 PM

    Not surprised, hell he’s white for God’s sake….

  48. 1509lucky says: Aug 28, 2013 5:50 PM

    A.J Green sold a Jersey for a Grand and got 4 games. Manzel gets 30 minutes? Yeah,that makes sense(sic)

  49. mgmac says: Aug 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    Word is he will be outside the stadium, signing autographs for the first half of the game.

  50. onlyoneleft says: Aug 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    No justice in this world at all unless you belong to
    the SEC.

  51. floridacock says: Aug 28, 2013 5:59 PM

    Code? What code?

  52. sillec28 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:14 PM

    Excuse me while I barf. Half a game? And the game’s against RICE?
    That’ll teach him not to take thousands of dollars for signing autographs. And it’s a good thing he didn’t take more. He might have been suspended for part of the third quarter too.

  53. iowahbr says: Aug 28, 2013 6:22 PM

    I assume that the NCAA has proof that the signatures did take place but just no evidence of a transfer of funds. the NCAA is just about money and only God knows what the Aggies code of conduct is if they really expect us to buy that story line. Did they ever expect to find cancelled checks or cash bank deposits for something that is not even a crime but merely an NCAA fat cat rule to keep all the honey headed their way and out of the players hands.

    the hypocrisy on this is thicker than the polar ice shelf.

  54. mgavin78 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:47 PM

    NCAA is a joke.

  55. subpop360 says: Aug 28, 2013 7:23 PM

    Good thing A&M joined the SEC, where all crimes are forgotten in the interest of money.

  56. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    This story was dead when OTL reported it.

    You simply state something as facts and the masses are to accept it as gospel. Difference is the State of Texas has laws that have teeth to them if you induce a college athlete to break NCAA laws.

    That shut up the brokers big time because of the lawsuits that the State of Texas and Texas A&M would have filed against all the brokers. Before you say that Texas could not sue, allow me explain. When Texas A&M decided to upgrade Kyle Field to 100,000+ from 84,000, part of the funding entailed bonds, municipal bonds on a tax levy for 30years on sales tax revenue for motels and hotels on Aggie game day.

    Millions of dollars of muni bonds. Guess who is the guarantor is? State of Texas.
    Guess who files in Federal Court for damages?

    That isn’t even the amount of money Texas A&M would sue for under Texas law.
    Hundreds of Millions of dollars in both State and Federal Court.

    The brokers saw the handwriting on the wall and pulled a Sgt Schultz “I know nothing!, I saw nothing!”

    The NCAA could not compel people to testify. Uncle Nate, Manziel’s parents,
    the brokers, What could the NCAA do? Nothing. No money trail. No tatoos on an arm to prove that the player received improper benefits. Nothing.

    Does that mean Manziel is innocent? Nope.

    Johnny Football is a lot smarter than the public gives him credit. He copyrighted his image,his likeness, his signature, and Johnny Football. He knows that any second or third hand sale on the internet, or at a card show five years from now,
    he’ll get a cut or the selling party gets sued. That makes his autograph rare, because no sports memorabilia broker is going to risk not paying Johnny or just not sell his memorabilia period. So ten years from now, he’ll command premium dollars for his copyright at autograph shows.

    RTR

  57. atxcane says: Aug 28, 2013 7:59 PM

    @amos

    Well written post, but you’re wrong on one key piece of information: the NCAA doesn’t have to *prove* anything. It’s not a court of law.

    The NCAA rolled over on this because the NCAA is a cartel run for the benefit of a very few limited institutions. They’re all about money, and won’t do anything to damage a revenue stream.

  58. soflosportsfan says: Aug 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    If the NCAA “acknowledges Johnny didn’t take money”(wink wink) then why is he getting suspended?

    Also, Manziel’s and Cam’s investigations take a couple of weeks but Miami’s has taken 3 years!? Where is the fairness in that?

  59. greggatx says: Aug 28, 2013 8:21 PM

    I don’t really think anyone is surprise. In the sec you can write your own punishment. What a waste of time. Is the NCAA taking lessons from our House of Do Nothing Representatives? Little Johnny is at home right now laughing his a$$ off. Good Luck to Rice on Saturday!! I hope for an upset!

  60. sfsugator says: Aug 28, 2013 8:37 PM

    its ok he wont make through the season because teams and players will be head hunting him. lol. cant wait til Alabama gets ahold of this idiot.

  61. anc713 says: Aug 28, 2013 8:42 PM

    I guess Oregon must have joined the SEC without me knowing, since they got off pretty light on their probation. Afterall only the SEC gets off easy, right?

  62. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2013 8:58 PM

    atxcane re-read the post. I never said anything about a court of law.

    “The NCAA could not compel people to testify. Uncle Nate, Manziel’s parents, the brokers, What could the NCAA do? Nothing. No money trail. No tatoos on an arm to prove that the player received improper benefits. Nothing.”

    Johnny Manziel is a lot smarter than people give him credit for.

  63. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2013 9:02 PM

    atxcane,

    No the NCAA can only sanction what they can prove.
    They have no proof on the Manziel situation. Really simple. No money trail, no proof.

    RTR

  64. atxcane says: Aug 28, 2013 9:19 PM

    @amos

    You are categorically wrong. The NCAA can sanction whatever they want, evidence be damned.

  65. desal2ds says: Aug 28, 2013 10:06 PM

    For those of you spewing its because he is a “rich white kid” excuse. I present to you Cam Newton. It ain’t white and ain’t black it’s green. In the words of Randy Moss…”straight cash homie”

  66. suprmous says: Aug 28, 2013 11:31 PM

    I’m not goin to “spew” rich white kid but I will say it’s not right and damn talk bout comin from out of left field. This has got to be one of the weakest moves I’ve yet to see and I’m no spring chicken or new to this game. With caught in the middle of the 3 ring circus I can only say ok, the NCAA has spoken and what they’ve done’s what they feel was in the interest of all concerned. Then I’ll go off in a corner and scream naw, and ask what da hell were you thinkin. I don’t feel it’s too much to ask that they give an explaination and damn don’t give me that crap it was the best for all concerned. If it was the $$, hell there’s some from other places to be had and just not from this kid’s family; gimme a break. It’s not like the public’s stupid. I’d like to think that the NCAA hasn’t become of what the Pros have and that’s sell out to the highest bidder and to hell with the fans. If I’m wrong tell me but just remember you can’t expect kids to grow up if you coddle em their entire life.

  67. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 6:54 AM

    atxcane,

    Nope, nice try though.

    The NCAA can only sanction what they can prove. Take Miami, That WCF is a prime example of the NCAA TRYING to sanction a school for events the cannot prove. Miami IMPOSED their own sanctions in the misguided notion that “Hey, let’s punish ourselves BEFORE we’re found guilty of something we were alleged to have done by a convicted felon and known perjurer.” That was years ago and Miami is still paying a price they should have never had to pay.

    Now the NCAA is trying to find sanctions against
    Miami on penalties that Miami already sanctioned themselves for. With all the participants being
    willowed out from the program. The NCAA doesn’t
    have much in which to build a case for sanctions.

    I fully expect Miami to be released from NCAA
    scrutiny because nothing was there from the beginning.

  68. longtallsam says: Aug 29, 2013 11:31 AM

    There are many comments here, and most of them are about as ridiculous as the 30 minute suspension…especially the ones spewing racism.

    Let me make this clear…I am not defending Manziel or the NCAA. But, it is pretty obvious that the NCAA couldn’t prove that Manziel received money for his autographs. So, they apply some asinine rule that actually requires the athlete to police the use of his likeness, name, autograph or whatever. Think about that…the athlete is supposed to police the use of his likeness, name or autograph. How ludicrous is that. Now, admittedly, Manziel has the incentive to do this, since, supposedly, he has copyrighted himself.

    Now, I agree that the NCAA would look a lot better in this scenario, if they had just come out with a statement that Manziel may not have been doing all he could to abide by this particular, asinine rule, but not apply any kind of suspension. We can all assume that JM probably got paid for those autographs, but if everyone involved is sticking to their story, there isn’t much else the NCAA can, or should, do.

  69. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 5:20 PM

    Longtallsam,

    Manziel did that a long, long time ago (copyrighting his name,likeness,image and Johnny Football). You can assume all you want about Johnny taking money,but absent the money trail, it died when OTL reported the story with no facts. No money was proven to changed hands.

  70. longtallsam says: Aug 29, 2013 10:45 PM

    My point, exactly, Amos. Yet, you have all these posters on here, ranting and raving, accusing the NCAA of a coverup.

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