What should be done about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel?

Leading Off: Is Manziel good for college football?

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 10:40 am

Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy- winning quarterback, made almost as much news during the offseason as he did as a freshman for Texas A&M.

OK, that's an exaggeration – but not by much.

Most of the news he made – trips to Las Vegas and the NBA Finals and photos on Twitter showing him partying – wasn't much more than fodder for the tabloids, but he did get booted from a football camp after "oversleeping" and missing meetings.

Then came allegations that he was paid (and paid and paid) for his autograph, which led to his suspension for the first half of the Aggies' opener against Rice for what the university said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules.

When he got on the field Saturday, he was vintage Johnny Football, throwing for three touchdowns in No. 7 Texas A&M's 52-31 rout.

But he also jawed with a Rice defender and appeared to mimic signing an autograph after being tackled. Then, after throwing his third touchdown pass, he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for pointing at the scoreboard and benched by Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin.

Fans seemed to be split, with some calling for Sumlin to come down harder on Manziel but others enjoying his spirited antics.

And his teammates don't seem to be bothered – yet.

Said offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi to the Associated Press after Saturday's game: "He's going to be loud and aggressive, and that's what makes him Johnny Football. So we love it."

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What to do, watch

Baseball, Texas at A's, O.co Coliseum, 7:05 p.m., CSNCA: Can't make it to Oakland? Settle into your favorite easy chair as the American League West rivals battle again.

Today's poll

What should be done about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel?

• Nothing; he's putting fun into college football.

• Bench him until his attitude improves.

• Suspend him for his behavior.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

Is the $765 million settlement between the NFL and former players big enough?

• Yes: 59%

• No: 41%

Total votes: 118

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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