Texas A&M senior associate athletic director Jason Cook tweeted Monday that there will be no official comment Tuesday about the eligibility status of quarterback Johnny Manziel when the Aggies convene a football news conference:
Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, staff and players will not address starting QB Johnny Manziel's status at weekly presser on Tuesday. #12thManâ Jason Cook (@jason_cook) August 26, 2013
All signs point to the sophomore Heisman Trophy winner playing Saturday against Rice when TAMU opens its season. Manziel, under NCAA investigation for allegedly profiting from thousands of autographs provided to memorabilia dealers, has been given practice repetitions with the first-team offense since fall camp commenced nearly a month ago in College Station. Despite three ESPN reports implicating Manziel in repeated NCAA violations, there is also the full public endorsement of Manziel's innocence coming from the very top of the school's administration.
Cook's tweet will make reasonable minds wonder if there will be any comment at all from A&M this week, and if they would in fact play Manziel against the Owls without making a public statement at all. While Cook took to social media to indicate Manziel questions wouldn't be answered, apparently TAMU has gone a step further in asking for the cooperation of the local media pool covering the Aggies:
Media have been asked not to ask about the status of "starting #TAMU QB Johnny Manziel"...which means that he's starting I guess...:)â Jeff Tarpley (@TarpRivals) August 26, 2013
In essence, the saga drags onward.
If A&M goes the rest of the week without an official comment on the quarterback, Sumlin's post-game news conference Saturday will be popcorn theater entertainment for college football fans.
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