The website, citing a source, said NCAA officials met Sunday with Manziel for almost six hours on the school campus but called it unclear whether there would be additional meetings between the parties.A subsequent report by CBSSports.com said Manziel denied allegations he took money for signing autographs, citing sources close to Manziel.
Based on previous ESPN reports, Manziel reportedly accepted money for signing memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules. During the NCAA’s probe, it was expected that Manziel would be asked to tell his side of the story to investigators.
Both the Manziel family and Texas A&M have hired lawyers to help guide them through the NCAA investigation. If no announcement is made by the NCAA in regard to Manziel’s eligibility status before Saturday’s opener against Rice, A&M will be forced to make a difficult decision. School officials could play Manziel and risk being forced to forfeit at a later date if he is ruled ineligible. Or they could sit him out of a contest for which he currently is eligible to compete.
_ Jimmy Burch