Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, facing allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving payments for signing autographs, has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season opener against Rice on Saturday.
The NCAA and Texas A&M, in a joint statement Wednesday, said there was "no evidence" that Manziel had "received money in exchange for autographs, based on currently available information and statements by Manziel."
The statement referred to his infraction as an "inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs." It left open the possibility the NCAA would further investigate if more information became available.
For now, however, the potential of a significant penalty seems to be behind Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman.
About three weeks ago, ESPN reported the NCAA was investigating claims Manziel had accepted a "five-figure flat fee" for signing autographs at the site of the BCS title game in January.
Texas A&M submitted, and the NCAA accepted, conditions for Manziel's reinstatement to the team, including the suspension. Manziel must also address the team about the situation, and the university must revise how it educates its athletes about signing autographs for people who present them with multiple items, according to the statement.
"Student-athletes are often asked for autographs from fans, but unfortunately, some individuals' sole motivation in seeking an autograph is for resale," Kevin Lennon, an NCAA executive, said in the statement.
"It is important that schools are cognizant and educate student-athletes about situations in which there is a strong likelihood that the autograph seeker plans to resell the items."
John Sharp, chancellor for the Texas A&M University system, said of Manziel: "We all take the Aggie code of honor very seriously, and there is no evidence that either the university or Johnny violated that code."
Florida Linebacker Antonio Morrison apologized for "getting in trouble the past few weeks," but he declined to discuss details of his two arrests or what he had to do as punishment.
Morrison is suspended for Saturday's season opener against Toledo. Coach Will Muschamp initially suspended him for at least two games but reduced it to one game Monday.
The sophomore was arrested June 16 for allegedly punching a bouncer, an incident in which he reportedly told the victim, "I am Antonio," before he punched him. Morrison received deferred prosecution on the simple battery charge, a deal in which he was ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.
He was jailed again July 20 and charged with barking at a police dog and resisting arrest. Both charges were dismissed a few days later.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.