Update 3: The NCAA has officially released a statement on the Manziel controversy. From NCAA.org:
Texas A&M University and the NCAA confirmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs, based on currently available information and statements by Manziel. Due to an inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs, Texas A&M declared Manziel ineligible and submitted the following conditions for reinstatement to the NCAA:
- A one-half game suspension for Manziel
- Manziel will address the team regarding the situation and lessons learned
- Texas A&M will revise its future education concerning student-athlete autographs for individuals with multiple items
The statement does leave the door open for the NCAA to take further action in the future, should "additional information" come to light.
Update 2: Manziel is supposedly being suspended for a secondary violation of the NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168. Here's the rule:
So basically, Manziel didn't do enough to stop the sale of these items that he (allegedly) signed. Interesting.
Update: ESPN's Brett McMurphy has just stated that he's been given the same information. Manziel will sit the first half against Rice.
Earlier: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly will indeed miss time on the field in 2013 as a result of the NCAA's investigation into an alleged cash-for-autographs scandal. But according to TexAgs Senior Writer Billy Liucci, it's only going to be one half of a game - the team's season opener against Rice.
Liucci also goes on to explain that this seems to indicate that Manziel wasn't found guilty of taking money for autographs. The obvious question everyone will ask? Why is he being suspended if he's innocent?
More as we learn it.