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Texas A&M's Manziel to sit out half of season opener

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:20 p.m. HST, Aug 28, 2013

HOUSTON >> Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season-opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.

The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half.

"I am proud of the way both Coach Sumlin and Johnny handled this situation, with integrity and honesty," Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said in the statement. "We all take the Aggie Code of Honor very seriously and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code."

Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs for memorabilia brokers, which violates NCAA rules and could have led to a much longer suspension. ESPN first reported the allegations against Manziel earlier this month.

According to the statement, Texas A&M and the NCAA "confirmed there is no evidence Manziel received money in exchange for autographs based on currently available information and statements by Manziel."

Conditions for reinstatement include Manziel discussing his actions with teammates and A&M revising how it educates student-athletes about signing autographs.

"Student-athletes are often asked for autographs from fans, but unfortunately, some individuals' sole motivation in seeking an autograph is for resale," said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs. "It is important that schools are cognizant and educate student-athletes about situations in which there is a strong likelihood that the autograph seeker plans to resell the items."

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GooglyMoogly wrote:
Wow, they really took him to the woodshed on this one. Thirty whole minutes on the bench.
on August 28,2013 | 12:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Wow. The NCAA really dropped the hammer on Johnny Football. Next time they might take away his soap and make him shower in cold water only.
on August 28,2013 | 12:40PM
pakeheat wrote:
Just cold water, how about hot water only? LOL
on August 28,2013 | 12:46PM
jankenpo wrote:
One thing for sure, I doubt that he will be a repeat Heisman winner.
on August 28,2013 | 12:46PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Wow that's showing him who's boss...
on August 28,2013 | 02:01PM
kahuku01 wrote:
It will be a difficult day (Sept 14) for Manziel, when his team plays Alabama. Revenge and payback time from last year.
on August 28,2013 | 02:51PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The punishment fit the crime.
on August 28,2013 | 02:56PM
todde wrote:
What a bunch of Bull... Only 2 quarters? Should be at least haft the football season.
on August 28,2013 | 03:10PM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about we throw some tofu at him.
on August 28,2013 | 03:37PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Wait until Johnny does something really heinous. I bet the NCAA will throw tofu at him.
on August 28,2013 | 03:36PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Texas A&M is a football school, did anyone really expect a different decision? No unbiased person could ever believe that Manziel spent hours of his time signing autographs, for known sellers of autographs, and didn't make a dime on any of it. This is the same guy that refused to sign an autograph for his high school teacher. I guess the biggest problem is that there is no hard evidence of an infraction, just common sense belief of his guilt. It's going to be really interesting whether his character flaw will have any effect on his draft position. Personally, I think the team that ends up drafting him will have ongoing issues dealing with him. Divas don't always make good teammates
on August 28,2013 | 03:42PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Something wrong here!
on August 28,2013 | 03:54PM
BTO wrote:
If you squint your eyes and look carefully, AM took Graves from UH's playbook and they beat Alabama. Chow went east with ?? and the rest is history. Should have went with Graves last year??
on August 28,2013 | 04:35PM
huponews wrote:
What punishment? Guess it alright to break the rules NCAA?? Big joke! You can do what you want if you win Heisman huh??
on August 28,2013 | 08:26PM
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