Monday, February 25, 2013
Stanford newspaper rips Texas A&M’s “questionable” student Johnny Manziel
Should Johnny Football have reverted to online classes this semester?
Sam Fisher, a student columnist for the Stanford Daily student newspaper, ripped into Texas A&M and quarterback Johnny Manziel in a recent column.
The Aggies quarterback revealed last week that he is taking only online classes this semester, none on campus, where he often causes a stir. Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman, said he is taking four online classes through Texas A&M. He originally had signed up for one small, on-campus English class, but even that “kind of turned into more of a big deal than I thought,” Manziel said.
In his column, Fisher writes:
The idea that Stanford competes with universities like Texas A&M on the playing field is nothing short of absurd. It’s getting to a point that I’m not even sure Stanford’s teams are playing the same sport as the rest of the NCAA’s Division I universities.
Can you even imagine Andrew Luck taking online classes after his breakout junior campaign so that he could stay away from all of the attention and just focus on his football training?
This is one of those rare cases where, in fact, the athlete is the victim, not the beneficiary, of the hero-worshipping culture of student bodies and fanbases in general in SEC and Big-12 country.
But Manziel didn’t fight back — he was content to go through the motions with his online classes while finishing out the remainder of his three-year holding pattern to NFL stardom.
And Texas A&M was happy to let him do so. As long as Johnny Football brings his 2012 magic into the 2013 season, no Aggie will complain about his questionable status as an online student-athlete.
Meanwhile, Dallas Morning News writers are split on the subject:
Gerry Fraley: “I think (he’ll leave school). You see a guy like Russell Wilson in Seattle prove that kind of quarterback can exist. I think he’s gone after next year. I don’t think he has any investment in this school from the mere fact that he’s taking online courses. He’s just there to do one thing, play football. I’ll be honest, I’m a little disappointed. I hold Texas A&M in a much higher regard than that. I thought they had a lot of quality kids who got the whole experience. I find this a little disappointing.”
Kevin Sherrington: “I don’t like it. It’s not a good experience either. It’s not what college is about. I would like to know a whole lot about more the situation. Is Johnny just saying it’s causing a disruption or is it just that he wants to take online courses so he doesn’t have to wake up in the morning and go to classes or is there something true to that? If there is something true to that then A&M should investigate and say hey, what’s happening here? This shouldn’t be going on. I don’t buy into all of that.”
Tim Cowlishaw: There is a price to be paid for being the first do to anything, and while the loss of a private life mostly doesn’t seem to bother Manziel — his Twitter account would suggest he embraces the challenge — he was almost going out of his way here to justify something that requires no justification. Athletes earn credits taking online classes the same as regular students, which I would define as those who walk into lecture halls, turn on tape recorders and put their heads down to nap.