Johnny Manziel Suspended for First Half of Opener
According to multiple reports the Johnny Manziel autograph saga will officially come to a close in the second half of Texas A&M's opener against Rice this Saturday in College Station; that is when Manziel will start his season on the field.
The NCAA stated that it will make adjustments to its autograph policy as a result of the investigation.
“Student-athletes are often asked for autographs from fans, but unfortunately, some individuals’ sole motivation in seeking an autograph is for resale," NCAA Vice President of Academic and Membership Affairs Kevin Lennon said in a statement. "It is important that schools are cognizant and educate student-athletes about situations in which there is a strong likelihood that the autograph seeker plans to resell the items.”
The university confirmed Wednesday that Manziel will be suspended for the first half of the Rice game, although the suspension was not required by the NCAA, who acknowledged that last year's Heisman trophy winner did not accept money for his autograph.
“Texas A&M University would like to thank the NCAA staff, not only for its fairness and professionalism throughout this process, but also for the expediency of its actions," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said in a statement. "Texas A&M is a proud member of the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference and, as such, we will continue to abide by the rules governing the association and the conference. Texas A&M is committed to competing with integrity and sportsmanship, and we will continue to ensure strict compliance guidelines for our student-athletes, coaches and supporters.”
Alabama will face Texas A&M on Sept. 14 at Kyle Field with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. CDT on CBS.