Manziel will start for Texas A&M on Saturday

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Texas A&M officials said Monday that Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, remains the team’s starting quarterback, but will have no further comment about his status during Tuesday’s news conference in College Station.

A&M athletic director Eric Hyman released a statement Monday saying he had instructed coach Kevin Sumlin and players not to discuss Manziel during Tuesday’s news conference.

A&M opens its season Saturday against Rice and Manziel’s eligibility has been clouded by an NCAA investigation into allegations that he accepted money for signing memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules.

A&M chancellor John Sharp, among others, has indicated he expects Manziel to play against Rice.

In Monday’s statement, Hyman said: “The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday, and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel.”

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• Michigan football: Linebacker Jake Ryan is out until at least October as he recovers from a torn ACL, and coach Brady Hoke said that safety Courtney Avery is expected to miss two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery over the weekend. Both are team captains.

• Oregon State football: Coach Mike Riley named Sean Mannion the starting quarterback for the season opener Saturday against Eastern Washington.

• USC basketball: Point guard Pe’Shon Howard received a legislative relief waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to transfer from Maryland to be closer to his ailing grandmother. Howard averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season with the Terrapins.

• Vanderbilt football: Despite finishing 9-4 last season, the Commodores’ season opener against SEC rival Ole Miss on Thursday is not a sellout. Some fans have called into local radio stations over the past week complaining about higher ticket prices or increased donation fees to Vanderbilt’s booster Commodore Club.

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