TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Texas A&M officials say the NCAA investigation involving Johnny Manziel is officially closed.
"It's good to have it resolved in a very timely fashion. That was the real issue, simply how fast can they act on this information they've collected? They've done it, and we're very happy about that," said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.
The first-ever freshman Heisman Trophy winner was accused of autographing memorabilia for money.
After interviewing Manziel for several hours over the weekend, investigators found no evidence that Manziel was paid. However, they say he did inadvertently violate NCAA rules because of the kind of autographs he signed.
As punishment, Johnny Football is suspended for the first half of A&M's opening game against Rice.
"Why is he being punished at all? They should just let him play," said Jason Rauseo, student at Texas A&M.
"He got that because of who he is. It isn't that much of a punishment," said A&M student April Chennat.
"We know now we actually have a chance at the national championship! We have the Heisman trophy winner back," said Jonah Eddleman, a cadet at Texas A&M.
Football fans have mixed opinions about the decision, but they're on the same page when it comes to seeing Manziel play.
"I'm so excited!" said Abbey Drillet.
"When he runs out the crowd is going to go nuts. The ground is going to be shaking. They're definitely going to be yelling. If you can still hear, then you're lucky." said Eddleman.
In addition to the half game suspension, the NCAA says Manziel will have to talk to his team about the lessons he's learned from this investigation. A&M will also have to do a better job educating student-athletes in the consequences of signing multiple autographs for one person.
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