The Dallas Morning News reports Johnny Manziel was suspended by Texas A&M before his Heisman Trophy season and would have transferred if the suspension wasn’t overturned on appeal.
The quarterback was arrested on June 29, 2012 in College Station’s bar district for fighting, failure to identify and possession of fake IDs misdemeanors. After the arrest, Manziel was suspended for the entire 2012 season, according to the Morning News.
Manziel, entering his freshman season after sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt, would have felt it was necessary to transfer if the suspension wasn’t overturned on appeal, according to the source.
Manziel won the appeal, allowing the Heisman Trophy winning season in A&M’s 11-2 SEC debut and the rise of the Aggies to transpire.
The suspension was overturned by the dean of student life, a source told the Morning News.
Given Manziel’s recent allusions to unhappiness in College Station, his willingness to transfer is the major hook of this story. But far more interesting is the reported suspension that almost forced him to walk. Manziel, who was a backup quarterback at the time, would have been sitting for two straight seasons if there was a year-long suspension. Who would have blamed him for leaving?
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