Commissioner Mike Slive brought up players’ off-field behavior during his “state of the conference” address earlier today. When he sat down with ESPN for a brief chat this afternoon, he was asked about the continuing off-field stir created by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel:
“Well, I’m not concerned about off-field behavior in terms of how a young man conducts himself. That’s really for him, his head coach and for his institution. My concern is more about is there something that we could do with regard to off-the-field behavior that kids in trouble, either with the law or violates regulations within the institution. That’s more of what I was focused on than whether or not Johnny Manziel throws out the first pitch or whether he went to too many events or not.”
Slive had also been asked about Manziel mania earlier in the day. “I’ll be watching like you are tomorrow; we’ll see,” he said.