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Sumlin says Manziel will talk…eventually

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Why does the media love to talk so much about Johnny Manziel?

Perhaps because the media rarely gets a chance to talk to Johnny Manziel.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner didn’t talk to reporters for most of the 2012 regular season — an almost-unheard-of situation for such a high profile player. If not for a big win over Alabama and an absurd 5,116 yards of total offense, he never would have won the Heisman, an award that relies in large part upon publicity and name recognition.

Nature abhors a vacuum and, in the meantime, the media has been more than willing to fill it with all kinds of manufactured news about Manziel. But while the best solution is probably to avoid a bunker mentality and let the rather eloquent sophomore speak for himself — to take control of the narrative, in other words — it appears mum is the word…for now.

Indeed, Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said on Tuesday that his star player will eventually talk, but that now isn’t the right time.

”I think it’s important now based on where he is that his focus is to try to be our quarterback and a student athlete,” Sumlin said. ”That’s his biggest challenge right now. (It’s) not his challenge to be here.

”I don’t think right now that him coming here and saying the words would change some people’s opinion about who he is. At the appropriate time he’ll be able to speak for himself.”

Sumlin is clearly struggling with his wayward pupil and trying his best to get him to see the light about his public behavior. As with most coaches, his first instinct is to shut down media access in these kinds of situations. But the fact that Manziel hasn’t spoken publicly since SEC media days in July hasn’t changed the amount of chatter surrounding him. Not by one iota. If anything, it has caused even his most minor actions to be taken up with a frenzy by the media.

Perhaps a different strategy is needed, one of engagement, not isolation.

Because we all know that, no matter what, Johnny Football will not be ignored.

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27 Responses to “Sumlin says Manziel will talk…eventually”
  1. ancientcougar says: Sep 3, 2013 8:47 PM


  2. BrownsTown says: Sep 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2013 9:14 PM

    Maybe Johnny can write a book and make money from that since he (and other athletes) are denied the opportunity to make money off their own likeness and autograph in college.

    Likely, he would have to wait until he is out of college to have the book published.

  4. mauldawg says: Sep 3, 2013 9:29 PM

    how much will he make from talking? What a POS.

  5. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 3, 2013 9:52 PM

    Call it what you want immaturity, cocky or just being Mr. Asshole, this guy is a disgrace to the College Football world and to the Heisman Trophy. Alabama will have something for him when he goes around acting like he is signing autographs. For those of you who said what about last year and Bama, week after week teams play and with the schedules that play in the SEC anybody can knock off anybody. If Texas A&M plays Bama in last years championship the score would have been Bama 42 A&M 14, you can’t give Saban 37 days to prepare. Nobody beats Bama that night, NOBODY

    Manziel is a disgrace to the college football world and Bama will show all just how much

    Roll Tide
    Go Irish!

  6. mgmac says: Sep 3, 2013 10:06 PM

    local news had an interview with Sumlin. Sumlin said two things to Manziel when he pulled him Saturday. Sumlin said neither thing he said to Manziel required a response and if he would have responded it would have been much worse for his QB. To say Sumlin is ”
    struggling” with his QB is utter nonsense.

  7. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Sep 3, 2013 10:30 PM

    A Notre Dame/Alabama fan? What a front-running, bandwagon-jumping tool. Also, Manziel is the biggest douche in college sports since that white trash clown on the Ole Miss basketball team put on douchebaggery exhibitions during the NCAA Tournament.

  8. dyk88 says: Sep 3, 2013 10:38 PM

    Great article on fox sports site. Basically says what you think about Johnny says more about yourself. Funny how all the big bad bama fans are the ones talking smack mostly.

  9. jucam1 says: Sep 3, 2013 11:21 PM

    The kid maybe an idiot, but you and the rest of the media that cries about “access” to a college kid that you will destroy no matter what he says are douchebags…. Get over yourselves, I don’t want to hear your “angle” on this kid and neither does most of the country, it’s sad media types that feel like they are owed access to this kid that need to relax. There are a million other stories in CFB, go do your job instead of complaining about this story that you would have put a negative spin on no matter what this dumb kid did!!

  10. mstiger1 says: Sep 3, 2013 11:44 PM

    Hey Irish/Bama fan dude. Did you watch the Bama game on Saturday??? I’m not so sure Bama would beat A&M this year if they had 3 months to prepare. They had since last year to prepare for the opener and their offense sucked. That O Line may get McCarron nicked up good and then what do they do? What about that running game behind that line? I think A&M wins and is just 1 of about 3 teams that beat them even with their powder puff schedule.

  11. taylorgang24 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:10 AM

    Manziel may be a douche. In fact we’ll just say he is one. But college football is about the exact same thing as the nfl, money. 5 billion in yearly revenue from merchandise sales alone. It’s entertainment. The idea of wholly innocent amateur “student” athletes does not exist. Are we not entertained? Is that not why we are here? We watch college football for fun and for the same reason we watch the nfl. Johnny may be a douche, but his antics pale in comparison to athletes committing real crimes. I’m rooting for him. Personally I struggle to follow rules from authority figures if I think they’re unreasonable and illogical. I applaud manziel for doing what he believes in because according to espn, Johnny’s family and nfl future should imply that he didnt sell the autographs just for money.

  12. polegojim says: Sep 4, 2013 12:32 AM

    Please don’t do so on my account.

    I wish he would just SHUT UP, GROW UP, and play football.

  13. gopokes0714 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:50 AM


    “Personally I struggle to follow rules from authority figures” and “Johnny’s family”

    ^ In case you were wondering where your argument lost all credibility.

  14. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:20 AM

    At babyfark, or whatever your name is, I am a Notre Dame fan for 46 years . Reread, if you are able , I am cheering for Bama over A&M ! Let me help you understand lol, I want Bama to put him in his place, I don’t cheer for Bama, I cheer for the university of Notre Dame only, but thank you for calling me a front runner, once again you have proven in writing that Notre Dame is and has always been in front! Lmao!!!

    Go Irish!

  15. irishfbfan1 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:22 AM

    Manziel would be eating the mud out of his behind if he faced the Irish front 7, FACT!!!

  16. barbeaux says: Sep 4, 2013 9:18 AM

    I guess it was ok to see an Irish team not having to go for it on fourth down in the first quarter because they were getting thrashed so much like in the BCS championship game.

  17. Charles Olson says: Sep 4, 2013 9:37 AM

    Reblogged this on COS- Charles Olson Sports and commented:
    This is turning into a major, public relations disaster for the Aggies. However, winning cures all. Manziel may turn into the biggest villain in college football history, but only if he wins. Without the wins, he is just another punk QB biding his time until the NFL calls.

  18. barbeaux says: Sep 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    He’s acted the same as last year, and last year he increased a&m’s brand by what $50 million? Also, isn’t that the case for every team….losing a lot is a pr nightmare?

  19. foreverlsu says: Sep 4, 2013 9:51 AM

    irishfbfan1 says:
    Sep 4, 2013 8:22 AM
    Manziel would be eating the mud out of his behind if he faced the Irish front 7, FACT!!!

    No, that would be an OPINION. Guessing you did not attend, much less graduate from Notre Dame.

    Here are a couple of FACTS for you:

    Notre Dame 14, Alabama 42
    Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24

  20. txstatebobcats1868 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    Bama is scared, why else do you think saban weiseled his way into getting a by week the week before A&M. Go JFF

  21. dkhhuey says: Sep 4, 2013 1:27 PM

    Hey coach – congrats! You got something right – nothing Johnny Douchebag can say will change people’s opinion of him – why you ask? Because his actions scream MUCH louder than his words!

  22. rjruthve says: Sep 4, 2013 3:09 PM

    Everyone on this thread agrees that Notre Dame is just, well, obnoxious. To your typical college football fan, terms like “self-righteous”, “over-hyped”, “over-publicized” & “overrated” come to mind.
    What did Johnny do? Trash talk = part of the game, Sign autographs for cash = undetermined, Attend a basketball game = so what?, get in a scrap trying to defend a friend = yes (you never have I am sure), Use Twitter = duh, become the face of college football overnight = yes (have you?). So before you call him any name, you might just be thankful that you got to see this guy play. His name isn’t Johnny Perfect, maybe yours is?

  23. billmead1976 says: Sep 4, 2013 5:27 PM

    Let Johnny be Johnny. He’s exciting to watch and fun to read about.

    James Dean or Richie Cunningham?
    John McEnroe or Pete Sampras?
    Johnny Manziel or Tim Tebow?

  24. johnmaddenspeaks says: Sep 4, 2013 8:37 PM

    Here is the deal! Manziel is a kid. He is the product of parents who bought in to a Friday Night Lights culture and a father living his life through his kid. He has no grounding influence in his life.
    It’s no secret he wanted to go to UT, Texas passed on him (Generally thought that UT has a better recruiting program and flushed out all of the crap that comes with Manziel) A&M on the other hand snatched him up. First year in SEC, kids wins Heisman. A&M has whether they will admit it or not has always had an inferiority complex with UT, a lot of that drove them moving to the SEC. Not saying that was a bad move, what I am saying is they as a school were not prepared with all the SEC brings. IE they do not have a good PR team, they do not have their players prepared for the media scrutiny, and in general they run way to clean a program for the SEC. Those of us from Texas know that there is an Aggie Code of Honor. Some people laugh, but it has a deep meaning to most alumni. Manziel is an embarrassment to the school, but the challenge most Aggies are having is they love winning and they love the attention the school is getting, but in a sense they are selling out to get it. In the end, Johnny Football will come and go, maybe win two Heisman’s or not, but the Aggie Code of Honor is now diminished and in the end I believe in 5 to 6 years, most of the history books will come complete with Johnny Manziel**, of course the ** represents all of the downside of the Manziel years. To Johnny Football, listen to your coach, and realize the kids are watching you on Saturday. And to all of the BAMA fans out there, I really hope you find an offense before next week because your defense will give up 30 points. Peace out

  25. tg1896 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:50 AM

    Notre Dame – Alabama – UT. EXCUSE ME methinks this article is about Johnny Manziel not speaking to the media. Let’s focus, people.

    1. Manziel’s a prima donna – so what? 2. As far as the press is concerned his only real “crime” is not holding a press conference. Boo hoo. I wish we had more press conferences like the ones conducted by Bill Belichik.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 6, 2013 3:33 PM

    BrownsTown says:
    Sep 3, 2013 8:55 PM
    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

    Just in case anyone wanted to know…. that’s Abraham Lincoln….

  27. suprmous says: Sep 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    Will the prima donna have somethin intelligent to say or will it be smashtalk gibberish? Only time will tell but I’m bettin on the latter. I get the strong feelin he’s goin to blow it no matter what comes out of his mouth. He couldn’t keep his mouth shut if his jaws were wired together, his teeth were superglued together, and not to mention have things go smooth.

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