The Manziel suspension has happened, well if you can call it a suspension. Last season’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's season opener against the Rice Owls.
According to an ESPN report on Aug. 28 Johnny Football will start the 2013 season on the bench - but not for long. The NCAA and Texas A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw 220.127.116.11, an NCAA representative confirmed.
"If additional information comes to light, the NCAA will review and consider if further action is appropriate," the NCAA said in the joint statement. "NCAA rules are clear that student-athletes may not accept money for items they sign, and based on information provided by Manziel, that did not happen in this case."
The bottom line is that there is just no evidence that Manziel got paid for signing autographs, no matter how much people believe otherwise.
If we could give the NCAA and Texas A&M officials some truth serum here is what they would really say.
“Texas A&M along with NCAA needs Manziel to play. The season is over before it starts without Manziel at QB, and millions of dollars will be lost as fans protest and quit showing up to games and stop purchasing merchandise.”
Every football fan knows that’s the truth.
If some upcoming or lesser known star in a division that doesn’t make the BCS or isn't shown weekly on ESPN did the same thing, he would have be suspended for half of the season.
I like Manziel. He is charismatic, talented and will be drafted one day to play on Sundays. However the suspension handed down is actually more embarrassing than not suspending Manziel at all.
Look for A&M to start Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill at QB this weekend for the first half vs. Rice.