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Manziel to sit first half of A&M’s opener against Rice

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In this Aug. 5, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up during the Aggies’ football practice in College Station, Texas. Manziel was suspended by the NCAA for the first half of their season-opening game with Rice on Saturday.

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HOUSTON — Johnny Football’s season will start a little late.
Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first half of Texas A&M’s opening game against Rice on Saturday for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules by signing autographs.
The penalty appears to have brought a quick end to an investigation that could have ruined the seventh-ranked Aggies’ upcoming season.
The school issued a statement Wednesday saying it declared the Heisman Trophy winner ineligible and that the NCAA agreed to reinstate Manziel after he sits out the first half against the underdog Owls.
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