COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Football was the elephant in the room Tuesday at Texas A&M.
The No. 7 Aggies head into Saturday's home opener against Rice with questions still swirling about whether Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will play. The NCAA is investigating whether he was paid for his autograph, a potential violation of rules.
But the topic was off limits when the Aggies addressed the media. Athletic director Eric Hyman said he'd instructed everyone in the program not to talk about Manziel. Reporters asked anyway.
"We're not discussing that," coach Kevin Sumlin said. "I thought we went over that right from the beginning."
ESPN reported that Manziel met with NCAA investigators for six hours over the weekend. CBS reported Manziel told investigators he didn't take money for his autograph.
Louisville: Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin was expected to be held in a hospital overnight after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his motor scooter on campus. Preliminary tests were good and his status for Sunday's opener against Ohio was unknown, a school release said.
Michigan State: Andrew Maxwell was named starting quarterback for the Spartans, who host USF on Sept. 7.