Heisman Winner Manziel Is Being Investigated by NCAA, ESPN SaysErik Matuszewski
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is being investigated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to determine whether the Texas A&M University quarterback was paid for signing autographs on photographs and sports memorabilia in January, ESPN reported.
Manziel, who last year became the first freshman Heisman winner in the 78-year history of college football’s top individual award, agreed to sign memorabilia for at least $10,000 while attending the national championship game in Miami, ESPN said, citing two unidentified people who witnessed the signing but not the exchange of money. Many of those items were later sold online, ESPN said.
Manziel, 20, could be ruled ineligible to play college football if the investigation determines he violated NCAA rules by accepting money for promoting or advertising the sale of a product or service. Texas A&M athletic departement spokesman Jason Cook told ESPN the school wouldn’t comment on the report.
Manziel led Texas A&M to a 10-2 record in its debut season in the Southeastern Conference, passing for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 yards and 19 scores.