COLLEGE STATION The biggest news this week, and what seems like the last few weeks, has been Johnny Manziel. A controversy surrounding autographs kept all eyes on the quarterback. This summer saw more Manziel in the headlines, mostly because of his actions off campus.
Everywhere Manziel went it seemed to draw attention. He threw out first pitches at a Rangers game and a San Diego Padres game. There was also a trip to the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, but his summer was not all sporting events.
In the middle of June, Manziel sent out a tweet that said in part he could not wait to leave College Station. He followed that tweet up with 'don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.' Neither of the tweets are on Manziel's timeline now but they did make big news at the time.
Things were quiet for a while for Manziel, but he was back in the news again in July after leaving the Manning Passing Academy early where he was working as a counselor. It was reported he was out late partying on a Friday night and Archie Manning, the head man at the camp, sent him home. The camp released a statement saying 'Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone's best interest for him to go home a day early.' Manziel would explain what happened when he stepped in front of the cameras at SEC football media days.
"For me, I just over slept. It was nothing more than that. There was no anything going out the night before. We had social events every night at the Manning Camp and getting a chance to pick Eli and Peyton's brains off the field was awesome," said Manziel.
Those are memories I won't ever forget," he continued, talking about getting the chance to sit down and talk with the Manning brothers.
Manziel added 'August fourth can't get here fast enough. I am ready to stop all the talking and get back to do the talking on the field.'
That was the date the Aggies reported for preseason camp and the day the big story involving Manziel broke. ESPN reported the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel was paid to sign autographs. Multiple reports came out Monday saying Manziel met with the NCAA on Sunday. CBS Sports reported he denied taking money for autographs. The end came on Wednesday when Texas A&M and the NCAA confirmed that there was no evidence that Manziel received money for autographs. He is suspended the first have of Saturday's game against Rice due to an inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs.
Manziel is listed as the starting quarterback on the depth chart.