ESPN reported early this morning that Johnny Manziel spent the better part of Sunday meeting with NCAA investigators into the allegations of whether he accepted payment for autographs.
Investigators met with Manziel for six hours, but it’s still unclear whether or not the association was satisfied or content with the meeting or whether additional time will be needed.
Everything leading up to this point suggests that Manziel will play Saturday, and a higher up Aggie official even said there are ‘no plans’ to sit him.
Yesterday, Aggie AD Eric Hyman put a gag order on the players and coaches and said there would be no Manziel discussion in this morning’s weekly press conference.
“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,” Hyman wrote, “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.”
The NCAA will likely make Texas A&M aware of their ‘recommendation’ prior to kickoff, but everything still points toward Manziel starting against Rice.
Updated: CBS Sports has confirmed that Johnny Manziel denied the allegations to the NCAA. Here’s the report from CBS Sports.com.
Feldman confirmed that NCAA investigators met with Manziel on Sunday for about 5 1/2 hours. According to the source, much of the NCAA’s inquiry with Manziel Sunday was focused on the quarterback’s financial records and the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback told the NCAA that did not accept money from memorabilia brokers for autographs.
The NCAA will announce its recommendation on Manziel play or no-play on Wednesday, according to an A&M source.
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