Monday, August 26, 2013

Texas A&M Handling Johnny Manziel Investigation Exactly Like They Should

Are you ready for some football? Texas A&M and especially quarterback Johnny Manziel are. Finally, a chance to quiet all the haters by doing what they proved they do quite well last season--win. A victory or two (or 11) will go a long way to quieting the critics of Johnny Football's social life, and the University is hoping that it will help take the focus off of the autograph scandal as well.

To aid in that process the school's athletic director has issued a statement instructing the team not to talk about it--not even a little bit.


The statement was short and sweet:
"The focus of our coaches and student-athletes is solely on preparing for Rice this Saturday, and in the best interests of Texas A&M and the 100-plus student-athletes on the team, I have instructed Coach Sumlin, his staff and our student-athletes to refrain from commenting on or answering questions regarding the status of our starting quarterback, Johnny Manziel."
It may seem kind of silly, but if the entire team sticks to it you'll be amazed at the results. Yes, reporters will always ask; that's their job. If no one answers there is nothing to write about. Writers can only tell readers all they received were 'no comments' so much before readers get bored and go elsewhere.

If you need proof that a controlled message--or no message--can work just look at the New England Patriots and Tim Tebow.

Before the Patriots signed Tebow one of the knocks against him was the media frenzy that comes with him. Tebow realized this and for months was hardly seen in the media. He game them nothing to write about so they had no choice but to leave him be.

Of course when he signed with the Patriots they came back in full force, but if there is any team that knows how to control the press it is the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots. While Tebow still gets more than his fair share of coverage it is not crazy like it was in Denver and New York.

If Belichick and the Patriots can do it with Tim Tebow there is no reason to believe that Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M can't.

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