Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice on Saturday for what the school said was an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.
The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said in the statement that there is no evidence that either the university or Manziel violated the Aggie Code of Honor.
Manziel was being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly accepting money for signing autographs for memorabilia brokers, which violates NCAA rules and could have led to a much longer suspension.
According to the statement, Texas A&M and the NCAA “confirmed there is no evidence Manziel received money in exchange for autographs based on currently available information and statements by Manziel.”
Conditions for reinstatement include Manziel discussing his actions with teammates and A&M revising how it educates student-athletes about signing autographs.
HALL INDUCTIONS: Art Monk, Ty Detmer, Dave Casper, Charles Alexander, Art Shell, Steve Bartkowski and Jimmy Johnson were among 24 former players and coaches enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
The hall has moved from South Bend, Ind., but the new building in downtown Atlanta is still under construction and scheduled to open in August 2014.
Atlanta played host to its first enshrinement ceremony in a hotel ballroom adjacent to what will be a 94,256-square foot museum that organizers believe will host 500,000 visitors each year.
Other hall inductees included Jonathan Ogden, Phillip Fulmer and R.C. Slocum.
GEORGIA: Safety Tray Matthews is medically cleared to play Saturday after missing much of the preseason with a strained hamstring, but coach Mark Richt said he can’t be sure if he’ll be able to play a full game.
The freshman, who earned the starting role in the spring after enrolling early, is expected to start at free safety.
• Add tailback A.J. Turman (knee, ankle) to players who are out Saturday, joining tailback and former Aquinas standout Brendan Douglas (knee), receiver Jonathon Rumph (hamstring) and safety Corey Moore (knee).
FLORIDA: Linebacker Antonio Morrison apologized Wednesday for “getting in trouble the past few weeks,” but declined to discuss details of his two arrests or what he had to do as punishment.
Morrison is suspended for Saturday’s season opener against Toledo. Coach Will Muschamp initially suspended the starting middle linebacker for at least two games, but reduced it to one game Monday.
LOUISVILLE: Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has been released from the hospital and the school says in a release that “evaluations continue to be positive” after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his Moped on campus. The junior is listed as the starter.
Mauldin left Jewish Hospital on Wednesday after being held overnight following the accident. He wasn’t wearing a helmet, but coach Charlie Strong said Mauldin complained of “pain and soreness” when he visited him.