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College football: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks about Johnny Manziel's overturned 2012 suspension

Recent reports revealed that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was nearly suspended for his Heisman season. Kevin Sumlin helped the ruling get overturned. He talks about it.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 24, 2013

The Heisman season that nearly never was. 

That was the story surfacing out of College Station last week, when the Dallas Morning News reported that Texas A&M phenom Johnny Manziel was originally suspended for the entire 2012 season by the school.  

The ruling, which was levied last August and overruled soon after, was punishment for a June arrest for fighting and possession of fake IDs, reports the paper, and because of it, Manziel planned to transfer. 

But the overturn came, in part, because of the backing of Aggie coach and former OU assistant Kevin Sumlin, who wrote a letter in support of Manziel during the appeal process. 

Sumlin, in Edmond for the Scott Verplank Foundation Tournament on Monday afternoon, speaking for the first time about the report, said his backing of Manziel wasn't because of the freshman's explosive talent, but rather a belief that the young quarterback already had and would continue to comply with strict internal punishment. 

“A lot has been said about discipline, but he went through all that, which is a little bit more than people think,” Sumlin said. “That's not a public deal, it's just what I ask him to do. He did all those things and his parents were involved in all of that. So for him to go through that, then go through camp and those types of things and earn the job, that's what's brought him to where he is now.” 

Now, in Manziel's case, would be the college football spotlight. 

In the months following this recently-surfaced saga, Manziel passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, rushed for 1,409 yards and 21 more scores and led Texas A&M to an 11-2 season and easy Cotton Bowl win over OU, becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman. 

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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