On Aug. 24, 2013, Dallas Morning News writer Chuck Carlton tweeted: “Suspensions announced for A&M DBs Deshazor Everett (one half) and Floyd Raven (one game). Misdemeanor assault charges after April incident.” Deshazor Everett, 21, is a cornerback and Floyd Raven, Sr., 20, is a safety, and both are considered integral to the success of the Texas Aggie defensive line. All rise. Kangaroo court is back in session. There’s joy in Aggieland tonight and not one single football down has been played.
Earlier this summer ESPN reported, “Everett made perhaps the Aggies’ biggest defensive play of last season, intercepting A.J. McCarron’s fourth-and-goal pass with 1:36 remaining in Texas A&M’s 29-24 victory at Alabama.” For those keeping score: Very important player gets suspended for one-half of one game. Another very important player has to sit out one entire game. After all it was just boys being boys and these are two very important players. What’s a little accidentally sprayed champagne? Now, anyone who says otherwise is a very bad Aggie. Very bad.
What an exciting week it’s been for the Aggie football family. Just yesterday, Texas A&M’s Chancellor smiled and proudly proclaimed: “I know he’s innocent” of Johnny Manziel, as reported (among other places) in today’s national headlines in the Aug. 24 USA Today. The Chancellor’s quotes continued, as he talked with the only real investigative reporter in town, Steve Fullhart, Bryan, Texas, of CBS affiliate KBTX-TV:
The Chancellor: “...I know he’s innocent. I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing, and I think that it’s time that we, once we knew what the facts are and we know the facts...and I’ve seen what everybody else has seen now, and the rest of the country is going to get to see that before it’s over with. It was a bunch of hype journalism.”
Fullhart: “How do you know he didn’t do it?”
The Chancellor: “I just know. I’ve seen things that other folks can’t see. And it didn’t happen. It did not happen.”
Fullhart: "Have you heard from him as well, straight from his mouth?"
Sharp: "Don't have to. I don't have to hear from him. I don't have to hear from him. I can hear from his original accusers and what they're saying now. Didn't happen, and I hate it that he would go through it, and I think we all ought to look at it from a point of view of, what if that were our son that was going through that? So take your time look at everything that happened and I don't have any doubt that Johnny Manziel is innocent of stuff that they were throwing at him."
Texas A&M’s highest ranking official, speaking out, eloquently, with conviction. Aggies everywhere should be proud of their Chancellor for standing up for another Aggie, just former student to current student, in the Aggie family, not the system's highest ranking official to the national media.
Earlier this week, former Aggie quarterback contender Matt Davis announced his transfer to Tyler Junior College. He likely made a wise decision. That was one sign that Manziel was going to play.
On Friday, Aug. 23, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was named to the second-team All-SEC in coaches’ preseason vote, behind Georgia’s Aaron Murray, who has made absolutely no headlines over the summer. Manziel’s being named was a second inkling that he was bound to return to the Astroturf of Kyle Field.
An industry source briefed late last week by a high-ranking A&M official on the NCAA investigation into Manziel's eligibility says the school had “no plans” to sit the Heisman-winning quarterback because of its confidence in the case."
School classes begin on Monday, fraternity and sorority rush is over, the all new Corps of Cadets freshmen have had their buzz cuts; essentially, students are all pretty much settled in their dorm rooms and chomping at the bit for the first game. Class schedules have been posted and local bookstores have been busy. Former student RVs are gassed up and ready to roll toward Kyle Field next weekend where the first tailgate has already been planned. Everyone has a university-approved, properly licensed maroon SEC-logo t-shirt. The Aggies are ready to roll. It’s football time in Aggieland! Hop, hop, hop.