There was almost no Johnny Football. No Heisman Trophy. No two-loss season culminating in a Cotton Bowl win for the Aggies' successful SEC debut. After being suspended for the entire 2012 season, Johnny Manziel started making plans to transfer from Texas A&M. That's when the coach stepped in.
We learned last week that the university—not the athletic program—suspended Manziel in August for his role in a June bar fight, for which he was arrested and charged with counts of disorderly conduct and providing a fake ID. But two questions immediately were raised: Why would a university suspend a student from athletic participation for misdemeanor charges on which he hadn't been convicted? And how was Manziel able to get his suspension overturned a week later?