Report: Manziel denies taking autograph money

Report: Manziel denies taking autograph money
August 27, 2013, 12:30 pm
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According to a report, Johnny Manziel has denied taking autograph money when questioned by NCAA investigators on Sunday.

Multiple reports state that the NCAA met with Manziel for over five hours. CBSSports.com reports the NCAA was mainly focused on Manziel's financial records and that the Aggie quarterback denied to them taking money for his autographs.

Texas A&M has taken a cautious approach in dialogue about their defending Heisman Trophy winner, with the school announcing earlier in the week that there would be no comment from any of the coaches or the players about Manziel.

Of course, on Tuesday during the Aggies' weekly press conference leading up to their season opener against Rice, the question was asked about the decision to start Manziel for that game. It was framed around the Aggies' Code of Honor, which is as follows: "An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do." The question was framed around that code and how that may or may not have affected the university's decision to go ahead to start Manziel, as far as whether or not they believe their star quarterback is telling the truth.

"When you're asking me about the decision for Johnny to play, we're not discussing that," Sumlin said.

When asked a follow-up question that the question was not so much about the decision for Manziel to play, but more about the code, Sumlin replied, "I can't talk about how that decision's going to be made. I said from Day One there'll be a lot of people involved in that decision, so what goes into how that decision is made, obviously, I can't discuss."

With the Manziel situation in the national spotlight, there has been more attention to the battle to be the Aggies' backup quarterback. On Tuesday, Sumlin called it an "ongoing competition" and said he was pleased with the progress of both Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill, who seem to be the two who are still dueling for that spot. Former Klein Forest High School star Matt Davis transferred last week.