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Report: Sumlin helped Manziel avoid suspension

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 25 2013 02:09:51 PM CDT
Johnny Manziel wins Heisman Trophy

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Amid reports that Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel faced a season-long suspension in 2012 as the result of a June 29, 2012 arrest, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin told NewsOK.com that he helped get the penalty dismissed because Manziel was conforming to school-imposed punishments.

Multiple media outlets reported last week that Manziel was banned for his role in a bar fight last summer when he was discovered with a fake ID. As a result, the then-freshman decided to transfer.

Sumlin wrote a letter on Manziel's behalf.

"A lot has been said about discipline, but he went through all that, which is a little bit more than people think," Sumlin said, according to NewsOK.com. "That's not a public deal, it's just what I ask him to do. He did all those things and his parents were involved in all of that. So for him to go through that, then go through camp and those types of things and earn the job, that's what's brought him to where he is now."

The penalty was overturned by the dean of student life, and Manziel led the Aggies to an 11-2 season.