Johnny Manziel questioned by NCAA, denies signing for money, reports say


(Henry Ray Abrams / AP)

Johnny Manziel spent nearly six hours answering questions from NCAA investigators Sunday and, not surprisingly, denied receiving money in exchange for autographing over 4,000 items.

The meeting, according to ESPN, was held on the campus at Texas A&M and CBS Sports.com’s Bruce Feldman reported that he denied the allegations, first reported by ESPN. It is unclear whether the NCAA will be interviewing the Heisman Trophy winner again. The Aggies, who open their season Saturday with a game against Rice, plan are rolling the dice that Manziel’s eligibility has not been compromised.

The Aggies, from players to coaches, no longer are allowed to talk about Manziel.

“The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday,” Athletic Director Eric Hyman said in a statement released by the school, “and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach [Kevin] Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · August 27, 2013