The headline on the NCAA Website announcement states:
...but the operative portion of the press release reads:
"Texas A&M University and the NCAA confirmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs...."
Yeah? Then why the forced half-game benching of the reigning Heisman Memorial Trophy winner?
Why any punishment at all, even this 30-minute "slap on the wrist" if they were unable to substantiate any of the rules violations the NCAA had been investigating for much of the Summer?
(The relevant NCAA bylaw, 188.8.131.52, that governs the alleged Manziel situation is discussed here.)
The joint press release concluded with:
"Texas A&M and the NCAA will have no further comment on this matter."
And in OtBB conclusion...
...USA Today's Nick Schwartz had touched the point with a needle...rem acu tetigit as the Latin scholars put it... with his column of yesterday:
And therein likely lies the reason for the two-quarters suspension against unranked Rice on Saturday!
It would be a violation of NCAA regulations for Manziel to profit from the autographing of all those jerseys, and they couldn't prove that he did.
However, it wouldn't be any sort of violation for the NCAA to do the same thing... and they're pissed off Manziel's actions cut into their "bottom line."
The kid is a bum!!! Talented? Yes, but not the kind of kid you want your sons looking up to! BUM!!! NCAA and A&M should be ashamed!
Still, on that Unsportsmanlike Conduct flag on Saturday's opening game against Rice, isn't there an Instigation rules in college football?