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Apparently he doesn't have to come to campus except for football. What a complete joke the SEC schools are.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Johnny Manziel went to the Super Bowl where he hung out with the guys from Duck Dynasty. He was photographed with several other SEC players at Mardi Gras in New Orleans and spent part of NBA's All-Star weekend in Houston with rapper and friend Wale.
Johnny Football still finds time to be a college student too, even though the Texas A&M star doesn't have to be on campus very often for classes. His schedule this semester consists of four online classes in sports management, and he just got done with a series of tests and other work.
"Had my first round of tests last week, so I've been kind of pushing that off as much as possible doing my online stuff, and all three tests and three papers hit me in a week," Manziel said Monday night before accepting the Davey O'Brien Award that goes to the nation's top quarterback. "It was good to feel like a normal student again, just a busy one."
Manziel was initially enrolled in an English class on campus this spring with only 20 to 25 students before switching his schedule.
"I didn't think anything of it, and it kind of turned into a little more of a big deal than I thought," said Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
While Manziel is having a good time, doing things other 20-year-old college students do -- or would envy doing -- the scrutiny he faces can be frustrating.
"I know plenty of friends who went down to Mardi Gras to New Orleans and other guys who went to the Super Bowl too," he said. "I was down there with other college football guys too, so I don't know, people like to give me a hard time more than others. There's college kids doing what I'm doing all around the country. People just think I'm going wild with it, when it's not like that."
Manziel is definitely under the microscope after leading Texas A&M to a Cotton Bowl victory and becoming the first Southeastern Conference player with more than 5,000 total yards in a season.
For those who wonder if Manziel's adventures fall within NCAA rules, he stays in touch with compliance people at Texas A&M to clear things in advance. Two weeks before the Super Bowl, for example, he let them know who he was going to the game with, where he was staying and how he was paying for everything.
The quarterback and his parents also met recently with A&M athletic director Eric Hyman, football coach Kevin Sumlin and other school officials.
"It wasn't more of like what to do and what not to do, it was just making sure we were on the same terms," he said. "I feel like by now if I was doing something wrong, compliance would have definitely figured something out."
Manziel said he's thick-skinned and not bothered by the negative opinions other people may have of him.
"People are going to say what they want regardless," he said. "Just like I have my opinion on people, certain people in sports that may rub me wrong, or some people, you're just going to be scrutinized by some people regardless of what you do and you can't please everybody."
Spring practice for the Aggies begins March 2, less than two months after Manziel accounted for four touchdowns and had a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards in a 41-13 win over Oklahoma, including an FBS bowl record for quarterbacks with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries. That capped Texas A&M's first 11-win season since 1998.
So how does it get better for Manziel, who said he's never had more fun playing football in his life?
"A national championship. For sure it's not necessarily a Heisman. It's a national championship that everybody on our team was let down that we didn't win this year," he said. "Regardless of what our expectations were, we felt like we had a very good year and did some stuff that is really going to help our program, but it wasn't a 13-0 season like we had wanted at the beginning of the year. So our goal this year is go 13-0 and win every game."
I think it's rediculus that he's taking all online courses but I would definitely like to party with him
Kind of overblown in my opinion.
Hardly. There's a reason most (real) universities limit the number of online classes students can take each semester.
Meh, doubt it's enforced
The average class size for a business major at aTm is 85 students. As a 2nd year student, his classes are most likely larger than that.
Sorry, but there isn't much teaching or learning going on in classes of 100 people or more. Teachers are giving lectures and not interacting with the students. The student basically has to learn the material on his own. Thus, I don't see the big deal as to whether he attends a class physically or via the internet.
Now, if it is found that he isn't actually doing his own course work, then that would be a completely different story.
Skerz, with his track record would you really give him the benefit of the doubt with doing all his class work? I wouldn't
Has he been caught cheating in the past?
So he has been caught drinking? BFD. If that were the case, there wouldn't be many college students that could qualify for taking online classes.
If this was a Nebraska player, I'm sure your opinions would differ greatly.
No, it wouldn't. Just some of his decisions are baffling. His dad bought him a Camaro if he promised to stay away from alcohol "in season". Sorry but I just do not think much of him off the field
Wow, an other mountain of a story out of a mole hill. You got to love it!
In looking at this, the most troubling part is going to the Super Bowl and the NBA All Star game. How many of you can afford either of those? I know his family is well off, but these two events are out of most peoples range.
Perks of a Heisman winner in today's social media whirlwind
Perks? That would imply a gift and that would be a violation. Is that what you meant?
C'mon rule, of course that's what I mean. He's a Heisman winner playing in the SEC
I just had to clarify. Not that anything will come of this, just another example of the NCAA's ineptitude.
Exactly right. Not surprising to anyone really
Good lord, Manziel's father owns an oil business in Texas. They lived on a very nice private golf course. They have well more than the means to afford such luxuries for their child.
Hold off on pointing fingers and making wild accusations till you know the facts.
Ok Skerz. Forgot you know the Manziels.
You're right, instead of trying to do any research (which takes minutes on the internet), we should all just jump to wild accusations and conclusions. Especially if he is a Heisman winner and plays in the SEC.
Again, if this was a Nebraska player I'm sure you would have a very different outlook upon Johnny Manziel.
I've read stories about Manziel. This is why I have such an opinion of him. I will say it again....I would have same opinion of a Husker. His on field performance speaks for itself, but definitely makes questionable decisions off the gridiron
I think anyone who has taken classes with division one athletes in college knows they might as well be taking all online courses anyway.
NCAA "amateur" athletics is a joke.
A boy, a Twitter page, and the aspiration that you follow him. It's what this country was founded upon.
Your team. All the time.
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