Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin says he heard about the latest controversy involving Johnny Football just like the rest of us.
He told reporters Monday the school is looking into whether the Aggies quarterback signed autographs for money, otherwise Sumlin says it is business as usual in College Station.
“The best thing for this team, and the best thing for everybody involved in this organization is to get back to practice, turn the music on and get going,” he said.
Smith calls it just another hurdle in his coaching career.
“Kids make mistakes all the time,” he said. “Your ability to deal with those types of situations I think, define what kind of team you are, define what kind of person you are.”
ESPN reported Sunday night about an NCAA investigation into allegations that Heisman winner Johnny Manziel took a flat five-figure fee for autographs while in south Florida for last year's BCS title game.
Mark Passwaters at AggieYell.com questions the validity of ESPN's report.
“You have two sources allegedly, neither of whom would go on the record,” he tells KTRH News. “Your major premise that he got paid for signing these autographs can't be proven, in fact, you've discounted it in your own story.”
Passwaters argues the only one making money on Manziel is ESPN.
“He sells copy, he makes headlines, so they took advantage of it,” he says. “Whether or not they're being accurate, it would be nice if they are, but they're not really concerned with it.”
Others say the case highlights why many believe the NCAA should adopt the so-called "Olympic model" allowing athletes to earn money on the side