As Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies head into Saturday’s home opener versus the Rice Owls many online sports wagering experts wonder if the star quarterback will play.
The NCAA is currently investigating whether the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was paid for his autograph, a potential violation of amateurism rules that could threaten his eligibility.
According to athletic director Eric Hyman he has instructed everyone in the program not to talk about Manziel. In addition, a member of the sports information department slowly and sternly read the statement, not once, but two times during the session.
Furthermore, coach Kevin Sumlin added that they have a plan for any number of situations that could happen with their players and the Aggies, and that they plan for the possible absence of players every week.
NCAA investigators spent a large part of the weekend with the 20 year-old player, questioning him about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs.
As of now, YouWager experts have learned that Manziel has taken all of the practice reps with the first team and, barring a decision by the NCAA, the school has up until kickoff to make any decision on whether the QB starts or not.
If Manziel doesn’t play versus Rice, the Aggies will use either junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill.