Report: Manziel suspended for first half of season opener
(Sports Network) - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's season opener.
According to a report by ESPN, after officials met with Manziel for nearly six hours Sunday, the NCAA and Texas A&M came to an agreement Wednesday to bench the Heisman Trophy winner for the first half against Rice.
The decision to suspend Manziel closes the book on the signal-caller's recent issues, stemming from an investigation by the NCAA about whether Manziel received compensation for signing autographs at different locations, including South Florida while attending last January's BCS National Championship Game.
The NCAA has acknowledged Manziel did not receive money for the autograph signings, according to the ESPN report.
Manziel's tumultuous offseason, which included a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a 2012 arrest, put a damper on a record-setting first season for the Texas A&M quarterback, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy last year when he accounted for 47 touchdowns, while helping the Aggies to an 11-2 record.
In Manziel's absence, the seventh-ranked Aggies will turn to either junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill.
08/28 16:15:58 ET