Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Claim: Manziel got $7,500

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel practiced again Tuesday even as another accusation, perhaps the most damaging yet, surfaced that he'd been paid by an autograph broker to sign memorabilia.

The NCAA is investigating whether Manziel has signed for profit, which could put his eligibility at risk.

The latest ESPN report cited a broker who claimed he paid the Heisman Trophy winner $7,500 to sign about 300 helmets Jan. 11-12 while Manziel was in New Haven, Conn., to attend functions for the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

The broker showed an ESPN reporter two cellphone videos he'd surreptitiously taken of Manziel signing the merchandise in a hotel room. The video, ESPN reported, does not show an exchange of payment. But it does include Manziel, telling the broker that "you never did a signing with me" and that if he told anyone, Manziel would not deal with him again.

ESPN said the broker tried to sell the network the video; the network said it declined.

Sunday, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported the NCAA was investigating if Manziel had been paid thousands to sign hundreds of items in early January in Miami. The report cited sources who witnessed the signings but none that saw any payments. A second ESPN report Monday claimed that Nathan Fitch, Manziel's friend and assistant, had told a broker in the Southeast that Manziel would no longer do signings for free.

A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has said the school is doing due diligence and that Manziel would practice unless facts warranted a change. Manziel has not been made available to the media.

Meanwhile, Marqise Lee and USC both said the receiver wasn't paid for autographing photos while in Miami last winter for the BCS title game.

Virginia Tech: Redshirt freshman running back Joel Caleb was suspended for the opener against Alabama. Caleb said it was for breaking a team rule.

Elway honor: Stanford will retire the No. 7 jersey of John Elway, the former quarterback and No. 1 overall pick of the 1983 NFL draft, on Nov. 7 at halftime of the Cardinal's home game against Oregon.

New award: The top small college defensive player will receive the Cliff Harris Award, the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club said. Players in Division I-AA, II, III and the NAIA will be eligible for the award, named for the former Dallas Cowboys star safety who played at Ouachita Baptist in Little Rock.

Basketball: Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy agreed to a new contract through the 2017-18 season, with options for three additional seasons.

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