Despite the NCAA looking into an autographs-for-money allegation, Texas A&M appears ready to play Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel in Saturday's season opener against Rice, cbssports.com reported.
Manziel, whose eligibility could be at risk if he took money for signing memorabilia, has not had a reduction in practice snaps. Neither Manziel nor the coaching staff had been notified of anything regarding Manziel's status as of Friday, according to Saturday's report, and A&M compliance director David Batson declined comment.
When asked early last week about whether Manziel had interviewed with the NCAA, senior associate athletic director of external affairs Jason Cook said, "Texas A&M will not address such questions regarding specific student-athletes."
No blue at Ohio State: At least two NFL scouts who wore blue while observing Ohio State this month were told to change their shirts, according to a report by Fox Sports Ohio. Apparel resembling the colors of rival Michigan are not allowed at practice under coach Urban Meyer. Staffers informed the scouts of the rule and gave them Ohio State shirts to wear.
Kickoff games: The Chick-fil-A Bowl, looking to schedule kickoff games for 2015 and beyond, has had exploratory talks with Southern Cal, Michigan, UCLA and Notre Dame on a "very preliminary" basis, president/CEO Gary Stokan told cbssports.com. Ohio State was reportedly interested in a home-and-home model.
Nebraska: Quarterback recruit Zack Darlington of Apopka High was airlifted to a South Carolina hospital after a hit during a game against host Byrnes. Darlington was unconscious for a period of time, but a few hours later he was talking and had movement, espn.com reported. The early diagnosis was a concussion.