It sounds like someone on the College Station campus was listening to Mike Stoops last week when he made comments about the character and judgement of Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winning QB, Johnny Manziel.
Athletic Director for A&M, Eric Hyman, had a sitdown with Manzeil’s parents to discuss the star’s recent behavior and what is expected of him, now that he is in the limelight.
“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman said Sunday. “He is a ‘Heisman.’”
“It’s (about) education, and we’ve got to help the family and Johnny with the transition into being a Heisman award winner,” Hyman said. “There are things you have to learn, and we have to help him with that.”
“That’s a special fraternity, but you also have to understand (Manziel) is 20 years old,” Hyman said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility — but it is a responsibility.”
The conversation between the AD and the Manziels took place just one day after TMZ reported about their son partying in a Oklahoma casino, so it happened before Stoops made his personal assessment of the kid. Manziel also had posted a picture of himself fanning large bills of money. While gambling in of itself is socially acceptable, there are some concerned with the perception that is out there about the 20 year old. He was also arrested last summer, just adding to the play hard party harder stigma that is starting to surround him.
It is probably wise for A&M to put it out there publicly that they are attempting to curb the public perception of Manziel. It makes them look good, and involved from he outset, rather than pandering to him. But at the same time, they cannot expect Manziel to suddenly turn off who he is.
No word if the parents spoke to little Johnny Football since getting called into the
principal’s AD’s office.