Reports: Manziel meets with NCAA, denies wrongdoing

By
Updated: August 27, 2013

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel
reportedly met with NCAA investigators on Sunday to discuss allegations that
the Heisman Trophy winner may have accepted money from autograph brokers for
signing memorabilia.

According to ESPN.com, Manziel spent nearly six hours with NCAA officials at
Texas A&M’s campus in College Station.

ESPN had previously reported that the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel
received compensation for signing autographs at different locations, including
South Florida while attending last January’s BCS National Championship Game.

A CBSSports.com report on Tuesday cited a source close to the situation as
saying Manziel told the NCAA he did not accept money for the signing sessions.

Manziel’s eligibility could come into question as the seventh-ranked Aggies
open their season Saturday against Rice. If Manziel plays and the NCAA later
determines he was ineligible, the Aggies would forfeit those games.

A&M athletic director Eric Hyman released a statement Tuesday morning, prior
to the Aggies’ game-week player and coach press conferences, saying the school
would not comment on Manziel’s playing status.

“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice
this Saturday,” said Hyman in the statement, “and in the best interests of
Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed
Coach (Kevin) Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from
commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting
quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

Manziel was 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.