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Manziel Says He Overslept At Manning Passing Academy

johnny-manziel-holds-ball-smilesTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel just sat down for an interview with ESPN and while he wasn’t quite as elusive as he is on the field, the Heisman-winner did evade a question or two.

 

What happened at the Manning Passing Academy?

“It’s been a busy summer for me.  I probably bit off a little more than I can chew in July, been traveling a lot of places.  Just overslept.  I made a mistake and didn’t wake up on time as I should have.  And that’s pretty much that.”

 

How did you fail in your commitment to the Manning?

“There’s a lot of rumors out there.  I’ve been very eager to share my side of the story.  Main thing was missed a meeting.  Wasn’t anything due to the night prior.  Wasn’t anything (more) involved in that.  It was simply: phone died, overslept.  Woke up the next morning whenever I did, went and talked to them, and it was kind of a mutual decision to get home and get some time to relax.”

 

What happened the night before?  There was speculation you were hungover, etc?

“Absolutely not.”

 

Did you drink alcohol while you were there?

“I’m not going into details about what happened at the Manning Camp.  We had social events every night.  Got a chance to really socialize.  Got a chance to talk to Peyton and Eli off the field.  Got to pick their brains… Archie.  Those guys’ experiences are so valuable to us as college quarterbacks.”

 

What about your apology to coach Kevin Sumlin?

“I would describe it as kind of explaining to him kinda what I’ve explained to you right now.  I told him I felt the deal really got blown out of proportion.  And I’m sorry for that.  I’m sorry for the way it was spun and the way it was taken in context.  I never meant to make A&M look bad, especially him.  Me and Coach Sumlin have such a special relationship and I never would have wanted to upset him.  I never knew that that talk between me and him would get out.  But I just felt like I needed to know that I didn’t mean to disappoint him.  I was hard enough on myself about the whole deal.”

 

Asked again about how the decision was made for him to leave, Manziel reiterated that it was a mutual decision.  He also said that Peyton and Eli Manning were sorry to see him go.  (The first reports of his departure from the camp stated that Archie Manning was the man who asked Manziel to leave.)

Manziel didn’t look the least bit flustered to be sitting live on ESPN with dozens of reporters and cameras surrounding him behind the set.

The most interesting nugget from this part of the interview?  “I never knew that that talk between me and (Sumlin) would get out.”  Hmmm.

The best thing Manziel said?  He admitted that he’s brought a little bit of the scrutiny he receives on himself (via Twitter).  The first step toward fixing a problem is admitting there’s a problem.

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Quarterback Allen Picks Texas A&M; Harris Drops Aggies From List

Quarterback Kyle Allen from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced his commitment to Texas A&M on Monday.

Allen chose the Aggies over Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and UCLA.

Allen, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 5 pocket passer by ESPN RecruitingNation, decided on Texas A&M after spending the weekend considering what was most important to him in a school.

“I ended up with Texas A&M by far,” Allen told ESPN. “It met the criteria of what I wanted. I was really excited about it.”

The commitment by Allen has helped move Texas A&M to No. 1 in the Rivals Team Rankings for the class of 2014. The Aggies’ 12 commitments ranks second in the SEC to Tennessee, which dropped to No. 2 in the national team rankings.

Allen’s commitment to Texas A&M means the Aggies are no longer in the running for quarterback Brandon Harris from Bossier City, La. He released the following statement (in a very classy manner) following the news of Allen’s announcement:

Harris, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN and Rivals, is still considering Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Baylor and Ohio State. He plans to announce his decision on July 18.

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SEC Headlines 2/3/2013

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1. Texas A&M starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis arrested Friday night – charged with discharging/displaying a firearm and disorderly conduct. Suspended from team.

2. National Signing Day is Wednesday.  17 high school players will make their decisions known on live TV.

3. Those recruiting rankings are becoming more accurate.

4. Texas coach Mack Brown creates a buzz when he visits an in-state prospect, but thanks to the success of Texas A&M, he’s not the only one.  “Coach Sumlin has people stirred up.”

5. Breaking down almost two decades of Tennessee recruiting - state by state and class by class.

6. Former Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson won a skills competition Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium. Florida’s Matt Elam finished fourth.

7. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on recruiting: ”People have the notion that at Florida State things were easy, and it’s never easy no matter where you’re at. It’s just different battles.”

8. Stoops and Kentucky must be fired up about National Signing Day – UK releases a promo video.

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9. Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson on Florida: “I see them being No. 1 in the country at the end of the season.”

10. Florida was dominant inside Saturday against Ole Miss - outscoring them 34- 20 in the paint and outrebounding them 32-24.

11. John Calipari on Julius Mays guarding Texas A&M’s Elston Turner: ”Julius did a great job on Turner,” Calipari said. “Because Archie (Goodwin), if Archie ever sees Turner again, leave. If it’s a pickup game, go home.”

12. NBA scout on Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel: “Noel’s raw defensive ability is some of the best I have seen in a long time.”

13. Alabama is 12-2 with Andrew Steele this season, 2-5 without him.

14. After starting 0-3 in conference play, Georgia is now 4-4.  Point guard Charles Mann: We feel real good in finishing games and feel real good in playing together.”

15. South Carolina coach Frank Martin following yesterday’s loss to Georgia.  ” I’ve got to do my job a heck of a lot better. My staff’s been on me about that, and I’m not going to expand on that. That’s between me, my staff and my players.”

16. Points off turnovers Saturday in the Arkansas-Tennessee game –  27 for the Razorbacks, just six for the Vols.

17. Missouri forward Tony Criswell aggravated a hand injury Saturday, but coach Frank Haith thinks he’ll be OK.  “Well, we put him back in the game, so I think he’s fine,”

18. Shoulder injury kept Missouri guard Keion Bell from playing against LSU – scored a season-high 24 points Saturday against Auburn.

19. This RPI ranking has four SEC teams in the top 50 – Florida No. 3, Missouri 35, Ole Miss 43, and Kentucky 46.

Extra

20. New York Times stats guru Nate Silver calls for a 49ers victory tonight in the Super Bowl.  

21. Martha Stewart tweeting on AJ McCarron and girlfriend.

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