Johnny Manziel walked into Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., and was swarmed by hundreds of reporters and dozens of television cameras.
He shook some hands and the cameras flashed as he settled into his seat, the star of the SEC’s latest must-see TV show.
If the Texas A&M quarterback was troubled by all the attention, he didn’t show it.
Johnny Football answered every question thrown his way during the 30-minute Q&A, some were even about football. He said he largely enjoys the spotlight that comes with winning the Heisman Trophy — even if it sometimes includes unsavory headlines.
The 20-year-old sophomore and face of college football spent most of his 3-hour stay at the Wynfrey Hotel, bouncing from one interview session to another. He mostly talked about an eventful offseason that has frequently made him a trending topic.
“I don’t feel like I’ve done anything that’s catastrophic,” Manziel said. “Of course, I’ve made my mistakes. It’s time to grow up.”
The most recent misstep came last weekend at the Manning Passing Academy. Manziel was one of many college quarterback counselors at the camp for high school prospects run by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning in Louisiana, but he left before it was over.
He says he missed activities because he “overslept,” and his absence had nothing to do with being out the night before.
“The speculation of me being too hung over and that’s the reason I missed the meetings is absolutely incorrect,” he said.
He said there were “no hard feelings” between him and the Mannings, and that he’s already been invited back next summer.
NCAA PULLS LOGO
The NCAA said it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. (EA Sports) to use its logo starting next year, ending a lucrative business deal with the gaming industry giant.
The move comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile anti-trust lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and others that says the governing body owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free on video games..
The Big Ten and Detroit Lions have reached a six-year agreement to play a bowl game at Ford Field, and a person familiar with the situation says the expected opponent will come from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The new bowl will start in 2014. … The University of Colorado hired Texas Rangers executive Rick George as its athletic director. George served as Colorado’s assistant athletic director for football operations from 1987-91.