Back to Basics: Media Reporting Johnny Manziel Enrolled at A&M Again
Sometimes, to move forward, you need to take a step back. If that's what's actually happening.
News broke today that embattled hometown hero Johnny Manziel had re-enrolled at Texas A&M for the fall semester. According to reports, the university confirmed the story Monday but would not and could not elaborate due to privacy laws.
Obviously, since he's gone pro he cannot come back and play for the Aggies. He could play another sport, but we've seen how well that goes with other players.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Johnny Football's major is Parks, Recreation and Tourism Science. I didn't even know that was a thing.
Hold on a minute: In that same report, TexAgs.com's Billy Liucci is sourced as confirming Manziel will continue to live in Los Angeles and take classes via the Internet.
That should raise a few eyebrows. Is this for real or something being done to make him look more sympathetic ahead of his trial for domestic battery charges which starts on the 15th? Why would anybody expect him to be sincere about changing his behavior when he intends to stay in the place where temptation is all around, namely the Hollywood party scene? And whatever happened to a school's residency requirement? Most of the time, major universities require students to take their last 30 hours or so in the form of on-campus in-classroom instruction exclusively. This certainly would be counter to that tradition, although Texas A&M may not have such a requirement. In today's online world, perhaps that rule is seen as a vestige of the past and thus up for discussion.
If he does follow through, it's reassuring to know if this NFL thing doesn't work out he can follow in the footsteps of Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler in local government. That's probably not what he had in mind when he enrolled, but if he's serious give him credit for following through.