August 27th, 2013 09:30 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Texas A&M
Tags: ESPN, Joe Schad, Johnny Manziel, NCAA
Ya know, it was kinda nice not having to write about Johnny Manziel for a couple of days. Oh, well. At least this particular Manziel story appears to be drawing to a close.
Houston-based reporter John Lopez tweeted this morning:
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Travis Haney reports today that Texas A&M’s quarterback spent “a large chunk of Sunday” with NCAA investigators who questioned Manziel about allegations that he received money from autograph brokers for his signature. ESPN’s source says the meetings lasted six hours. (Six hours? One wonders if investigators used the rack or the Iron Maiden on the kid.)
ESPN’s report states:
“It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or iff it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore. Texas A&M’s season begins Saturday, at home against Rice.”
Oh, yes, that. The Aggies’ game this weekend. So far the school’s coaches have not cut back on Manziel’s practice time which strongly suggests they plan to play their star against the Owls. That’s not a shock. Late last week, the chancellor of the A&M system went on the offensive throwing a little mud at ESPN’s reporting and at least one of the autograph brokers who had told the network cash had been an issue with Manziel. In addition, John Sharp loudly declared Manziel innocent, though he also admitted he hadn’t actually spoken with the player.
“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday, and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team. I have instructed Coach (Kevin) Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”
An interesting choice of words, no? “Our starting quarterback.” Sounds like there’s very little question that Manziel will start on Saturday. In fact, that line sounds downright defiant, which many an Aggie fan will love. I arrive at that conclusion because I’ve received emailed notice of a new pro-Manziel/anti-ESPN column from at least 20 angry folks in maroon in white. (Apparently I am Joe Schad’s keeper.)
The SBNation site GoodBullHunting.com posted a story over the weekend titled “Schad’s Sources and the Narrative Problem.” The writer of said column is someone known as “TelcoAg.” According to the site he is a father of two, a telecom engineer, a “mathlete,” an introvert, “Aggie Class of ’06″ and — this is important — he hates olives. None of that is to suggest that “TelcoAg” isn’t a sharp guy and a fine sleuth, but as someone who actually signs his name to what he writes — and gets tons o’ hate mail because of it — I’m a little skeptical of the deductions this writer arrives at in his piece.
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