Johnny Manziel suspended for first half against Rice


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Johnny Manziel won’t start against Rice Saturday. Texas A&M’s electrifying quarterback will be suspended, but it will only be for the first half, according to Billy Luicci of

The first-half suspension means he won’t be found guilty of accepting money for autographs, and the NCAA even acknowledges he did not accept money. This officially closes the book on the Manziel saga.

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With respect to the first half suspension, it appears that Manziel’s violation could be a minor one. NCAA Bylaw basically states if the student-athlete’s name is used to promote a product, then the student athlete must take steps to stop the activity. So, even if Manziel didn’t get paid, he could have been found to have broken a rule, hence a suspension.

Freshman Kenny Hill will likely get the first-half start, as the freshman has taken the most backup snaps in practice.

Let the Alabama-Texas A&M countdown begin.

Update from NCAA release

Texas A&M University and the NCAA confirmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs, based on currently available information and statements by Manziel. Due to an inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs, Texas A&M declared Manziel ineligible and submitted the following conditions for reinstatement to the NCAA:

  • A one-half game suspension for Manziel
  • Manziel will address the team regarding the situation and lessons learned
  • Texas A&M will revise its future education concerning student-athlete autographs for individuals with multiple items

Photo Credit: Thomas Campbell



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  • If he is innocent then what is the need for a first half suspension?
    But c’mon now. One half? Just don’t suspend him at all if you are going to slap-err-tap his wrist.

  • It seems that Manziel was declared ineligible, applied for re-instatement and was re-instated with a 1/2 game suspension. NCAA has closed the investigation stating no money changed hands. Violation is secondary in nature. The key is that supposedly the NCAA has told A&M the investigation is over. Still unanswered questions.

    • Very dumb, but the NCAA will never be able to fully investigate these instances without subpoena power. Regardless, is rather Manziel play (at least through Week 3). He’ll get the rest of his punishment then. On the other hand, the NCAA is quickly losing their credibility as a governing body.

  • really a half? either dont suspend him or suspend him for at least a game. im just glad its over now

  • NCAA at its best. They can’t keep a child molester away from CHILDREN, but try to investigate petty BS. I don’t want to go on a rant so I will stop here.

  • Shame on you NCAA. A half of a game against a nobody, Really? What a joke. A rich kid(that didn’t even need the money but to put some rims on his car) The rules are clear and anyone who plays college sports knows them. Yet he breaks the rules knowing that they don’t apply to him. I call Bullshit on this! – If this was not a Heisman winner he would have been ineligible(not that I agree with the rules, but they are the current rules and everyone else has to follow them)

    • So what part of “there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs” are you not getting? Or is it that you want it to be true, so you’re just ignoring that part?

  • He was a flash in the pan, anyway. Owes the Heisman to Hugh Freeze for making the bonehead decision to go for it on 4th down when A & M played Ole Miss.

  • 1. no evidence, so can you imagine the opposite where every player in the NCAA get suspended every time they get accused with no evidence. 2. That would make it easy for Alabama to shoot LSU in the foot every year wouldn’t it. 3. If he did get paid for signing autographs he got about 1% of what his college education is worth and what percent of the pro contract he will sign as soon as the NCAA ruled him ineligible? Yes the NCAA did exactly the right thing here, they got the job done fast, made a decision fast, and let us all get on with our sport’s lives. Now shut up.

  • Johnny will be wishing he had been suspended for the first 3 games come Sep 14th. His real punishment will be administered on the field.

  • ESPN trash journalism again…..they went with a story that had not been fully vetted…..who knows is JFF really signed that much stuff… was never substantiated. And no proof money ever changed hands. I always had a hard time believing a guy that doesn’t need money would take it. ESPN ends up with egg on their face. Again. (see Manti Teo story, etc.)

  • Like he would play more than one half against Rice? If they are ahead 35-0 is he still going to play the 2nd half and risk being injured? He’s a spoiled brat – if they did anything more, his mommy and daddy would bail him out. He needs to learn some lessons before he is grows up.

  • I’m sorry but this stinks to high heaven. When is the last time the NCAA moved this quickly on anything? Hell, if the NCAA HQ was on fire it would take them a year to investigate before they decided to take action ie: leave the building. If there was nothing wrong here then the suspension makes no sense. You are punishing him (tongue planted firmly in cheek) for doing something wrong. Something is not right here…