While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. The only way the Johnny Manziel saga could get any more bizarre would be an admission by the greatest quarterback in Texas A&M history that Kliff Kingsbury was the real brains of the Aggie coaching staff, that Manziel sings “The Eyes of Texas” in his sleep and that he hates the color maroon. The school appears to have two strong options in dealing with an ESPN story in which anonymous sources say Manziel received a five-figure sum for signing autographs on memorabilia for a broker. (A&M and Manziel have had no comment.) A&M can declare Manziel ineligible immediately, apply for reinstatement and leave the ball in the NCAA’s court, hoping nothing comes of it as that body sorts through the investigation. Or it can wait it out, play Manziel if he denies any payment and make the NCAA prove he took money. A&M might risk forfeiture of games that he plays but might be comforted by the fact the school did not orchestrate any of these signings and is taking Manziel at his word if he claims he’s innocent of all wrongdoing. The chance of a national championship season might be worth it in the long run, even if Manziel is found after the season to have skirted NCAA rules. Regardless, this tumultuous summer does not help Manziel’s NFL prospects (or Kevin Sumlin’s as a coach who can control his players, if he has NFL desires). I don’t think Manziel could consider leaving school and applying for entrance to the NFL through a supplemental draft because the redshirt sophomore has not completed the necessary three years of college to be eligible for the NFL. But it won’t shock me if he never plays again for the Aggies.
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