Kyle Allen blames 'Manziel culture' for dysfunction at Texas A&M
Former Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen seemingly has little trouble talking down his old program on the way out the door.
Now at Houston, the former Aggies starter spoke with CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd about his decision to leave Texas A&M.
The details are not encouraging for Texas A&M fans.
“I think the culture was a big part of it, and I think that stems from Johnny’s era there — the way that they let Johnny and [others] act there,” said Allen. “They [could] do that and still win games because they had Johnny … and five offensive linemen playing in the NFL right now.”
Allen added: “A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'”
Allen went on to explain that while there was a stated vision and unified goal, it seemed as though too many players were going in too many different directions.
He pointed out, accurately so, that it is really tough to win 10-plus games in the SEC West with that type of mentality running rampant on the roster.
“Everyone wasn’t in a straight line. Everyone was going this way, this way, this way. We had a ton of talent there. I think that, once you get all the right coaches there and get the vision right, you can do a lot of things.”
Dodd reports that Allen referenced former Aggies offensive coordinator Jake Spavital in a positive light, but did not have much to say in regards to head coach Kevin Sumlin.
Allen will now for Tom Herman, who produced one of the nation’s most surprising teams during his first season at Houston in 2015, capping things off with a win against Florida State in the Peach Bowl.
He has two years of eligibility remaining, but must first sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules.