NCAA, Texas A&M Claim 'No Evidence' Of Manziel Accepting Money For Autographs

By Connor Muldowney
Johnny Manziel
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Johnny Manziel is one of those college athletes that you would probably be glad if you never had to hear another word about him. However, the autograph compensation case that has been in the news for what seems like forever has come to a seemingly abrupt end.

Suspending the Heisman-winner for just a half — yes, just 30 minutes — was an absolute fail on the part of the NCAA and the Texas A&M Aggies. A one-half suspension is about as poor of a choice as you can get. Why even suspend a guy at all if you’re only going to give him a half of football against the mighty Rice Owls?

This will likely turn into the most-watched Rice game of all time — just speculation, but I wouldn’t doubt it one bit.

Shortly after the announcement, the NCAA announced that neither it or the school found any evidence of Manziel collecting money for the signing of the mass amount of autographs. The suspension was proposed to the NCAA by the school and accepted — a bit of a ridiculous agreement. The NCAA definitely dropped the ball on this one even though no evidence was found that Manziel accepted money, suspending the quarterback for two or three games for putting himself in that position would have been a bit smarter.

While it may seem that there was no evidence of the Aggie quarterback accepting money, who’s to say he didn’t accept whatever that money bought? Kevin Sumlin should just keep him out the entire first game because they likely won’t even need him in the second half.

It’s just another reason why the NCAA is s flawed and why the Manziel suspension was basically non-news.

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