I’m sick of #2 at Texas A&M. I watched Manziel upset Alabama last year, watched his highlights throughout last season, and watched him except the Heisman trophy as a freshman, the first time that was ever done…I was amazed.
Fast forward to this year. Manziel was caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, signing autograph for an alleged “payday” not once but as it turns out may be multiple times. The controversy is making me sick, because there is NO controversy and to me its black and white. The kid broke the rules, and because he did, the punishment is ineligibility for NCAA play. That’s the rule…period, regardless if you’re the star QB or the bench warming Lacrosse player, and everyone in between, a rule is a rule and EVERY student- athlete knows that rule.
To arrogantly break that rule because of your status is a slap in the face to anyone who follows the rules.
Before I get a bunch of feedback saying how much money the NCAA, and the individual colleges make on student athletes….I get it, they do…they make millions, and what do the students get? A college education, and a chance to make a ton of money if they are lucky enough to go pro, a chance that maybe their background wouldn’t have allowed for them.
Texas A&M’s Chancellor John Sharp said the other day “…Olympic athletes at A&M are able to sell their signatures…why can’t he (Manziel) make two bucks off of signing something like that, like other athletes can…he is a good kid, he is an honest kid and his heart is in the right place…and I think a whole bunch of folks are mistreating him…”
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa…
Is it unfair? Should student-athletes get a percentage of jersey sales? Yes. Should they be able to get paid for their signature? Yes. If someone wants them to do a mass signing sure. Put the money in a trust fund upon leaving the College or University. BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS AGAIST THE RULES…therefore pay the price for the infraction, no matter who you are.
Before anyone pats Sharp on the back for standing up for Manziel, think about it for a second…if Manziel doesn’t play, all that extra cash that would float in for the Aggies goes away… so what is Sharp really worried about…hmm…