COLLEGE STATION, Texas – It appears Johnny Football will have to wait one half to get his 2013 season started.
The Texas A&M quarterback will be suspended for the first half of the Aggies opener against Rice on Saturday, according to a reports from ESPN, CBS and Billy Liucci from TexAgs.com.
Liucci cited multiple sources on Twitter who confirmed the suspension.
The NCAA has not confirmed the reports.
Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, has spent all the offseason practicing like he would be the starter this season.
He met with the NCAA on Sunday to discuss his alleged involvement in accepting money for autographs.
ESPN was first to report that Manziel was under investigation by the NCAA. quoting anonymous sources who say the redshirt sophomore accepted money from autograph brokers in exchange for his signatures on memorabilia.
Last week A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said he is certain the Heisman winner is innocent of the charges of taking money for autographs.
"I know he's innocent," Sharp said. "I know that he didn't do what they accused him of doing."
In an e-mail newsletter Wednesday, Sharp criticized ESPN and people who "have chosen to declare # 2 guilty with no evidence whatsoever."
Head Coach Kevin Sumlin has stopped addressing Manziel's off-field issues, deferring to the athletics department, which has similarly stayed quiet. Lawyers have been hired by the university and Manziel's family to look into the allegations.
Manziel was the first freshman and second Aggie to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy.