Johnny Manziel NCAA Investigators

August 27, 2013 by  

Johnny Manziel NCAA Investigators, Johnny Manziel faced his first blitz of the season this weekend, and like most of the pass rushes he faced last fall, he appeared to emerge unscathed. The Texas A&M quarterback got grilled by NCAA investigators for six hours on Sunday regarding accusations that he was paid for autographs this offseason. On Monday, Manziel took the starter’s reps at a light practice in advance of Saturday’s season opener against Rice.

That last part is the most telling. The NCAA doesn’t comment on open investigations, and Texas A&M officials and the Manziel family have declined to comment publicly on the case. Even Manziel’s attorney, Jim Darnell, has been tight-lipped after an initial public relations salvo. Not much hard information emerged until late Monday night when’s Travis Haney broke the story of the meeting with NCAA investigators. (A Texas A&M source confirmed the details to With so little news, the best way to gauge the progress of the investigation has been to watch how Texas A&M has handled Manziel. He’s taking the bulk of the first-team reps this week. The coaching staff, which is advised by athletic department and school administrators, is going ahead as if Manziel will start Saturday and beyond.

If the Aggies are concerned that the NCAA will pull Manziel off the field, they aren’t acting like it. That wasn’t the case two weeks ago. At that point, under the guise of a backup quarterback derby, coaches limited Manziel’s first-team reps. This was necessary for two reasons. First, Texas A&M coaches actually did need to identify a backup quarterback. Freshman Kenny Hill had arrived, and he joined a competition that included Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis. Second, the coaches wanted to develop that backup in case they didn’t have Manziel for some or all of the 2013 season.

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