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Kevin Sumlin isn’t interested in talking about Johnny Manziel

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Predictably, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about Johnny Manziel during his press conference at SEC media day on Tuesday. It’s not unwarranted, given Manziel was a transcendent player in his two years in College Station.

But man, Sumlin really had no interest in entertaining a question about Manziel’s partying habits. He seemed to have the response rehearsed, since he was grinning through the entire thing. Here’s what he said:

“Is this the SEC media days, right? No, that’s a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?”’s Chase Goodbread made this observation:

Sure, Manziel was a headache in terms of his celebrity status off the field — but Texas A&M isn’t where it is as a national brand (mainly for recruiting) without him.

As for Manziel’s successor, Sumlin pre-emptively quashed any questions about who will start for the Aggies this year. It’ll either be Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill, and Sumlin said he’ll make the announcement a few weeks before the season.

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16 Responses to “Kevin Sumlin isn’t interested in talking about Johnny Manziel”
  1. Stephanie says: Jul 15, 2014 3:07 PM

    “Manziel was a headache in terms of his celebrity status off the field — but Texas A&M isn’t where it is as a national brand (mainly for recruiting) without him.”

    Gross exaggeration.

  2. rottie15 says: Jul 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    Really Stephanie?

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 15, 2014 3:58 PM

    I’m not sure if @Stephanie is saying that A&M being a national brand is a gross exaggeration or Johnny Football’s influence on creating that is a gross exaggeration.

    Either way I think she’s wrong. The SEC did wonders to help elevate the national status of A&M and to help separate A&M from UT as far as recruiting, but Johnny Football put A&M into the national consciousness.

  4. Stephanie says: Jul 15, 2014 4:08 PM

    Johnny Football putting them on a national stage is the gross exaggeration. The almighty SEC is not “the national stage.”

  5. auburntigers34 says: Jul 15, 2014 4:22 PM

    What IS the national stage? The Big 10? Let’s see how much coverage their media days gets.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 15, 2014 4:28 PM

    No the SEC isn’t a national stage… the Heisman trophy on the other hand is…. ridiculous tv ratings are….

    The only team to have a higher average rating than A&M last year was Alabama. On average 5.2MM people watched every A&M game last year.

    So if that’s not a national stage… then what is?

  7. scoochpooch says: Jul 15, 2014 5:15 PM

    Gross understatement.
    They were 6-6 with Ryan Tannehill before Manziel.
    Facts are your friend.

  8. wolfman55h says: Jul 15, 2014 5:25 PM

    Stephanie couldnt find her ass with both hands and a compass

  9. billf7095 says: Jul 15, 2014 5:39 PM

    I have $10 that says Stephanie could find her ass using both hands a compass.

  10. Stephanie says: Jul 15, 2014 5:44 PM

    Pretty sure I could find your balls and shove them up your nose, Wolfman.

  11. goodfieldnohit says: Jul 15, 2014 6:48 PM

    LOL at women who think they know football, Deb excluded.

  12. Deb says: Jul 15, 2014 7:01 PM

    Who could blame Sumlin for not wanting to talk about Manziel? He’s fielding a new team that has nothing to do with Johnny Football. Reporters need to move on …

    As for the rest of the debate, whether or not you think the SEC is the national stage, it’s a bigger stage than the Big 12 these days. When it comes to recruiting, the Aggies benefited from changing conferences … having a Heisman-winning quarterback … and becoming immediately competitive on that bigger stage. But they’ll have to remain competitive to continue recruiting competitively. And I agree that the Manziel hype is exaggerated. He is not the Michael Jordan of College Station.

  13. rcali says: Jul 15, 2014 10:01 PM

    Maybe he should be a little more thankful to the guy that got him that big new contract.

  14. ancientcougar says: Jul 15, 2014 11:44 PM

    Manziel was a circus act and will be very hard to follow.

  15. tendigitpoet says: Jul 16, 2014 5:57 AM

    Until another conference becomes as dominant in the postseason as the SEC has been, it is in fact a national stage, followed throughout the country by those who love ’em and those who love to hate ’em. Texas A&M returned to relevance for now because of Manziel, but more importantly because it came into what most acknowledge is the nation’s premier conference and performed well. Whether they stay that way depends on how long they stay competitive in the conference.

  16. Stephanie says: Jul 16, 2014 10:44 AM

    Deb said, with far more grace, exactly what I was thinking.

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