Johnny Football Being Investigated By NCAA Over Autographs

Johnny Football Being Investigated By NCAA Over AutographsThe NCAA has opened up an investigation into whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has violated its amateurism rules after the Heisman Trophy winner was reportedly paid for signing memorabilia in January.

‘Could be ruled ineligible’

According to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar, Manziel was paid a “five-figure flat fee” to sign hundreds of items during a session prior to this year’s BCS National Championship Game. Manziel, whose Texas A&M squad won the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma 41-13, was in Miami for the game as a spectator. ESPN is also reporting that many of the items Manziel signed were at the behest of autograph broker Drew Tieman.

If Manziel accepted money or gifts, both he and the Aggies could face punishment. If found in violation of NCAA rules, Manziel could be ruled ineligible for the 2013 season.


ESPN’s report claims Tieman has since been contacted by NCAA officials regarding the case. James Garland, the NCAA’s assistant director of enforcement, is investigating whether some items listed on eBay were linked to that session.

Manziel burst onto the scene last year, leading the Aggies to one of their finest seasons in school history. He passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions, adding 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. His all-around individual effort helped push Texas A&M to an 11-2 record, and Manziel became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman.

What do you think will be the result of the NCAA investigation? Should Johnny Manziel be sanctioned for this?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

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NCAA Probes Auburn Football Program For Potential Violations

NCAA Probes Auburn Football Program For Potential ViolationsLosing games is not the only problem Gene Chizik has faced this fall at Auburn. The embattled coach of the Tigers also is overseeing a program being investigated by the NCAA, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

‘Fraudulent transcript’

With Auburn 3-8 and winless in Southeastern Conference play, Chizik’s job is in jeopardy. The ongoing NCAA investigation only heightens the likelihood that the Tigers’ game Saturday against rival Alabama will be Chizik’s last at the school. Chizik was asked in late October about a radio report that some of his coaches had been taken off the recruiting trail. He did not confirm or deny the report at the time.

Sources told Yahoo! Sports in September that the NCAA has been investigating the recruitment of 2012 Auburn signee Jovon Robinson, whose Memphis Wooddale High School academic transcript was found to be forged and was subsequently declared ineligible in August to play this year at the school. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported in August that a guidance counselor at Wooddale admitted creating a fraudulent transcript and resigned.

‘Impermissible benefits’

In addition to the academic issues involving Robinson, sources told Yahoo! Sports the NCAA has investigated whether a Wooddale P.E. teacher, Rhonda Wilkinson, provided impermissible benefits to the player during his recruitment, including transportation to the Auburn campus on at least one occasion. Wilkinson is an Auburn graduate and fan – her vehicle and home are extensively decorated with Auburn memorabilia.

The NCAA probe is believed to be more widespread than just Robinson, but is not believed to revisit the 2010 allegations involving former star quarterback Cam Newton – allegations Chizik and the school vigorously combated at the time. Auburn went on to win the national title that year after Newton was cleared by the NCAA late in the season.

Do you think the recruitment allegations against the Auburn football program are true? Tell us what you think of this latest NCAA issue!

Source: Yahoo Sports

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