By Coach Hayes
Johnny Manziel just can't get a break! That's right, the so-called first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy is now in danger of having to give it back.
While attending the BCS National Championship Game back in January, it's reported that Manziel signed autographs for cash benefits. That's a huge NO-NO in college sports. Just ask Reggie Bush about that one. If this is true, then Manziel will be in some serious hot water. So not only could the Heisman committee strip him of his Heisman, his eligibility for this season could be in question. This kid was on the top of the college football world last season, and now it seems like every other week there is something coming out about Manziel.
Heisman Trophy winners are expected to handle their business with dignity both on and off the field. So why doesn't Manziel get it? In my opinion, the stage got too big too fast for Johnny Football. Not only is he putting a stain on himself and his family, but also the entire Texas A&M family as well. Winning does cure all most negatives, but if he can't play this season, fans may turn on him quickly. Manziel's recently sent-then-deleted tweet saying that he "can't wait to get out of College Station" may actually hold water. If this story is true, that he did profit from his autographs and is suspended; then he just may jump ship and enter the NFL draft this up coming spring. Climbing to the top is a great thing, but falling from the top hurts a lot.
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In lighter news, I wrote a few weeks ago about the Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde being suspended from the team due to an off-field incident. Last week, the Columbus Police closed the case because the victim in question refused to press charges. Now Hyde is suspended for the first 3 games of the season. Those are non-conference games and is the cupcake part of the schedule. The one game that concerns me is the thrd game, when the Buckeyes travel to Berkley to face Cal. Hyde is a great back and can take over games along with their dual-threat, OB Braxton Miller.
We still haven't heard any more about DB Bradley Roby and his off field problems that occurred in Indiana. Stay tuned for more information on that one.
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