All that, and there’s only this?Let us all pause for a good laugh. Even you Whiny Orange people in Austin have to agree this is really funny.Well, enough already on what the Aggies should do with Johnny B Bad come Saturday. The easy answer came from the school and the NCAA on Wednesday.Start him in the second half against Rice.I’d also add that Texas A&M should put both the football and a Sharpie in the hands of Mr. Manziel. Between snaps, let him sign about 10 game balls, then auction them off at Kyle Field, postgame.And the money raised — at least, oh, 10 thou, don’t you figure — goes to …?The family of freshman wide receiver teammate Ricky Seals-Jones.Unless, that is, Johnny Football is still in the market for trendy rims on his new Mercedes.See, despite a wild off-season and an interesting week involving Johnny, I never thought, as previously written several times, the Aggies had a serious dilemma, despite the national and statewide media hysteria.The announcement that came Wednesday said Manziel was suspended for the first half of the season opener for violating an obscure and hypocritical NCAA rule. Wow. The first half. That’s a killer.The case is now closed unless additional information comes to light. But if Johnny really made small change from autograph brokers, with the figure generally considered to be around $15 thousand (I certainly don’t doubt he did) then Manziel probably sold himself extremely short.Consider this new information provided by Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel, who has an advance copy of a new book called The System: The Glory and the Scandal of Big-Time College Football.Seals-Jones, a Texas high school product, was considered one of the top recruits in the country six months ago, and after committing to Texas, flipped over to the Aggies.The book’s authors, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict, write that the Seals-Jones family, from Sealy, received an alleged offer from a Top 20 program, not A&M, for the following:An upfront $300,000 in cash, use of a luxury suite during football season, eight season tickets and $1,000 a month for Ricky and $500 for the family.The book’s authors contacted Seals-Jones’ father, Chester. He said it wasn’t true. What was true, however, was the offers for Ricky’s signature on a national letter of intent grew as high as $600,000. The dad claims one SEC school and one ACC school promised to double the original $300,000 offer.If, as the family says, Ricky signed with Texas A&M for “NO” money, some Johnny Football autograph footballs on Saturday would allow Aggie Nation to show some financial appreciation to the Sealy-Jones group.And if Ricky was turning down that kind of money to attend A&M strictly for room and board, let us hope he’s a business major in College Station. Gawd knows, the kid needs some business education.Look, the book’s authors in this case have strong reputations in the sports world, and Wetzel has always covered the seamy side of college football as well as, or better than, anyone in the country.While the Johnny Football ongoing adventure was obviously well worth a full investigation by the NCAA, the allegations from the Seals-Jones family in this new book illustrate the game has a seamy side, and then has a real seamy side.That’s the way it’s been forever. That’s the way it’s going to be forever, despite the efforts of the NCAA.But when it came to the Aggies’ issue here and now — to play or not play Johnny Football on Saturday — I was going with the obvious answer.Play him. Keep playing him.Now, with the agreement between the school and the NCAA, they can play Johnny after the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band wraps up.Boosters or coaches at A&M were not being accused of doing anything illegal. There was no institutional responsibility alleged, so a postseason bans or probation wasn’t on the agenda. Johnny should have played, regardless.Then again, school officials were smart on Wednesday. When the NCAA is already lining up in your corner, don’t be poking or pushing those investigators. Accept the ha-ha “first-half suspension” and gratefully move on.We can assume the NCAA investigators, in a nearly six-hour interview Sunday with Manziel, believed Johnny when he told them he took no money from the autograph brokers. I’d love to have heard Johnny’s explanation on that.We can also assume, as previously written, the NCAA had no desire to take down the face of college football. Johnny is worth too much money to the national TV networks, the same networks that funnel jillions into college football.Like clockwork, within 15 minutes of the “first-half” ruling on Manziel, I heard Wednesday from a representative of the Dez Bryant camp. That guy was fuming.It’s no secret Dez’s advisers are considering a lawsuit against the NCAA following his eight-game suspension in 2009 to end Bryant’s college career at Oklahoma State.Dez’s crime? Lying to NCAA investigators about having lunch with Deion Sanders, whom the NCAA apparently thought was a “runner” for an agent.Bryant’s camp, it was explained again Wednesday, wished no ill will toward Manziel. Its anger in the Johnny Football case, and in many other cases, is the NCAA hand slaps for violators in comparison to the hammer that fell on Dez.Overall, the NCAA going real, real light on Johnny Football was no surprise. The most interesting story from Wednesday was the allegations in the Ricky Seals-Jones recruiting war of last fall and winter.Tell me again. Ricky actually turned down that much money? Randy Galloway can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on Galloway & Co. on ESPN/103.3 FM.
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