CBS will have a camera on Johnny Manziel the entire game Saturday, appropriately dubbed ‘Johnny Cam’, and Kevin Sumlin isn’t thrilled that his star player will be singled out.
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During his press conference today, Sumlin acknowledged he just found out about Johnny Cam this morning, and he hates it, basically.
“You know, I just heard about that this morning. Basically I really just heard about it maybe an hour ago. To me it’s interesting – everything we do, everything I try to do, everything we try to do here at Texas A&M is about team. It’s about building our team, building our program and trying to not be an individual. Saturday afternoon you’re going to have two football teams on the field. I just don’t understand why there’s got to be one guy singled out and put a camera on all the time. That’s not what we’re about, that’s not what we’re trying to promote and, certainly, from my standpoint all the criticism about individualism on the football team, I don’t think this helps enhance the team concept one bit.”
As Sumlin stated previously this month, the criticism and the individualism spoken about the Aggies have actually built walls around their team, bringing them closer together.
As for Manziel and media time this week, there won’t be any. Sumlin said his advisors told him to keep mum, and Sumlin respected those wishes.
“Quite frankly, right now he and his family and his advisors have advised not to talk. I respect his wishes for that,” Sumlin said. “I think there’ll be a time, as I’ve said beforehand, there’ll be a time when he’ll be able to speak to the media. I’m going to respect his wish not to speak to the media at this time.”
The time for talking is over, really, and everyone is ready for college football’s biggest game. On a side note, why not throw a Johnny Mic in there strictly for the trash talk?
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