Tim Brando from the CBS Sports Network and SEC on CBS joined Booger and Rich to preview the college football season and break down the Johnny Manziel autograph scandal.
A video has surfaced showing Johnny Manziel signing autographs for $7,500 from a broker and Brando said that he thinks that it is going to be very difficult to get some of these brokers to talk to NCAA investigators. Brando sited Cam Newton’s allegations and his ability to remain eligible and win a national championship because of the inability for the NCAA to prove that he violated their rules.
Regardless of the possible suspension, Brando says that he was a defender of Johnny Manziel until the Heisman winner was asked to leave the Manning Passing Camp over the summer. His lack of accountability was a red light to Brando and made him think that Manziel wanted as much attention as possible. Brando also said that this is officially a distraction and Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is unfairly having to clean up the mess.
“I still think Johnny’s a good kid,” Brando said despite all of the recent controversy. He said in meetings with him in the past, he’s been a very friendly and likeable young man. Unfortunately, Manziel’s insatiable appetite for attention has gotten him into trouble and his environment, including his parents, have affected him the most.
As far as what we do from here, Brando said he thinks we should avoid judging him and might instead pray for him and hope that he can find guidance somewhere.
Brando also addressed the Gators and said it’s a major concern that Jeff Driskel and Matt Jones aren’t practicing right now. He also said that Driskel is a solid QB but he needs better receivers around him to succeed.