Report: Manziel suspended for first half of season opener

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Updated: August 28, 2013

(Sports Network) – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly has been
suspended for the first half of Saturday’s season opener.

According to a report by ESPN, after officials met with Manziel for nearly six
hours Sunday, the NCAA and Texas A&M came to an agreement Wednesday to bench
the Heisman Trophy winner for the first half against Rice.

The decision to suspend Manziel closes the book on the signal-caller’s recent
issues, stemming from an investigation by the NCAA about whether Manziel
received compensation for signing autographs at different locations, including
South Florida while attending last January’s BCS National Championship Game.

The NCAA has acknowledged Manziel did not receive money for the autograph
signings, according to the ESPN report.

Manziel’s tumultuous offseason, which included a guilty plea to a misdemeanor
charge stemming from a 2012 arrest, put a damper on a record-setting first
season for the Texas A&M quarterback, who became the first freshman to win the
Heisman Trophy last year when he accounted for 47 touchdowns, while helping
the Aggies to an 11-2 record.

In Manziel’s absence, the seventh-ranked Aggies will turn to either junior
Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill.