Every year, a quarterback who is closing in on an NFL career gets plenty of scrutiny. This year, the scrutiny of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has expanded to include scrutiny from the NCAA.
According to Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar of ESPN.com, the NCAA is investigating whether the Texas A&M quarterback received cash for signing “hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia.”
Per the report, Manziel agreed to sign the items for a “five-figure flat fee” while in Miami for the BCS National Championship game. Three sources told ESPN.com that Manziel signed the items in the presence of “many people” at the residence of an autograph broker named Drew Tieman.
Under the NCAA’s inherently unfair rules, which allow everyone in college football but the players to get paid, Manziel could be ruled ineligible for the coming season.
So, basically, there’s a chance Manziel will be getting his wish to leave College Station. A lot sooner than anyone envisioned.