By now, those who haven’t heard of the recent allegations surrounding Texas A&M Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel, are those who live underneath a rock. Every sports media outlet, let alone every news outlet, is talking about what they think is going to happen next to Johnny Football. Everyone seems to have their personal take on the matter, and everyone seems to be debating their theory about how believe this whole deal began. Regardless of what is true, and what isn’t true, the reality of the situation is that there is an investigation that is underway that could potentially alter the literal face of college football.
The only thing that Aggies can do at this point in the process is to wait and see what happens next, particularly August 31st. If Manziel suits up against The Owls at noon, on that hot summer day, every Aggie can be confident of this: Johnny Football will not miss a game during this season. Why? Well, this situation not only effects the Manziel family, but it now effects Texas A&M, therefore the decision of Manziel playing at all this season is a decision that is made by many at the university, not just the coaching staff. At that point on Aug. 31st, if Johnny plays and later on is to be found guilty, Texas A&M will suffer consequences from the NCAA because they allowed an ineligible player to touch their field. This would essentially mean that any win that Texas A&M received with the help of Johnny, would be forfeited.
On the flip side of the coin, if Manziel doesn’t suit up on Aug. 31st (for undisclosed reasons), then you can guarantee that the university is fully confident in the fact that Johnny will be found guilty, it’s just only a matter of time before he is going down. The university will only put him out on that field if they know for certain he will not be found guilty (whether or not he actually is by NCAA standards would be irrelevant), and will have no problem keeping him of if they feel confident knowing he is going down.
Aggies need to know this: no one is bigger than the program and university here at Texas A&M, not even it’s most recent superstar. With that being said, Aggies across the country can be confident that the university and the athletic program will make the best decision, not only for Johnny, but also more importantly for the legacy of Texas A&M football.