Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has had his share of off-the-field troubles, but a new investigation could keep him off the field.
ESPN reports the NCAA is investigating whether Manziel was paid a five-figure fee — at least $10,000 — to sign hundreds of autographs.
The report says Manziel did this while he was in Miami for the National Championship game in January.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says the university is now gathering facts. Speaking to the media Monday before the Aggies open camp, Sumlin says he learned of the ESPN report Sunday. ESPN says the NCAA is investigating whether the Heisman Trophy winner was paid for the autographs, which could potentially violate its amateurism rules and put his eligibility in question.
He also said starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis, who was arrested in February on a weapons charge, will be suspended for the Rice game.
ESPN could not get any comment from the NCAA, from Texas A&M or from the Manziel family.
If the NCAA decides after investigating that Manziel did accept money, he could be ruled ineligible to play for the Aggies.
Sumlin said he would not speculate whether Manziel will be his starter when the season begins Aug. 31 against Rice.