College Station, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has denied taking money for signing autographs during his six-hour meeting with NCAA investigators, several media outlets reported Sunday.
Investigators from the governing body met with Manziel at College Station, Texas to question him about allegations from memorabilia dealers that he accepted payments for autographs, a source familiar with the investigation said.
However, it was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore.
Barring any decision from the NCAA, Manziel is expected to start when Texas A&M’s begins its season Saturday at home against Rice.
Athletic director Eric Hyman said Monday night that he’d instructed everyone in the program not to talk about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
“We’re not discussing that,” coach Kevin Sumlin responded when asked by reporters about Manziel.
Earlier this month, ESPN reported that the NCAA was looking into whether Manziel was paid for signing autographs at several locations, including in South Florida around the BCS title game.
Also, ESPN reported that a set of autograph dealers claimed that Manziel accepted payments to sign more than 4,000 items, including footballs and photographs, at an event in Connecticut in late January.
In his first season, Manziel accounted for 5,116 total yards and 47 touchdowns, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman. Manziel led the Aggies, in their first year in the SEC, to an 11-2 record that included an upset of eventual national champion Alabama and a Cotton Bowl victory against former Big 12 rival Oklahoma.