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Johnny Football criticized for taking only online classes

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04:35 PM ET 02.19 | Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel is receiving some criticism after he told reporters that he is only on campus once a month and that he is taking all of his classes for the semester online. Texas A&M spokesman Brad Marquardt refused to confirm or deny Manziel's statement. Manziel is no stranger to controversy, but the latest criticism seems unfair and unwarranted. It seems that no matter what the kid does he is getting criticized. We understand there should be some responsibility that comes with being a Heisman Trophy winner and college football star, but kids should have the opportunity to enjoy themselves. As for the online classes, that should not be an issue. If Manziel cannot walk around campus without being pulled in every direction for autographs and photo opportunities from his peers, then he should be able to take the classes from the comfort of his own home.

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February 19, 2013  09:44 PM ET

What's the big deal? Like it or not, that's the way classes are headed.

February 19, 2013  10:19 PM ET

To all the critics - drop dead...

February 19, 2013  11:46 PM ET

People need to get a life.

February 20, 2013  12:43 AM ET

Is University of Phoenix joining the SEC?

February 20, 2013  01:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What's the big deal? Like it or not, that's the way classes are headed.

yup

February 20, 2013  03:19 AM ET

He isn't the first "BMOC" to have o deal with campus attention. Anybody that thinks this kid will earn a degree (on line or not) is delusional.

February 20, 2013  03:30 AM ET

Texas A & M's "whopping" 59% graduation rate for their football program tells us all we need to know about their focus on education (and players that go to the pros early are not included in this number).

February 20, 2013  05:59 AM ET

I'd have never thought that Basket Weaving or Advanced Basket Weaving could be offered online. But I guess with advances in 3-D and virtual technology anything is possible.

February 20, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Well the SEC has never been known for academic pursuits.

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February 20, 2013  10:25 AM ET

they claim that he needs to take online courses because its too disruptive because of the fanfare.

When the likes of Tebow, Bush, Bradford, VY, Cam, etc... can make it to class, what does this say about aggyland or JM?

February 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Yeah ok , I would love to see how many players attend actual school in the NFL factory in Alabama.

February 20, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is University of Phoenix joining the SEC?

The Fighting Dragons in the west division starting 2017.

 
February 22, 2013  07:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Is University of Phoenix joining the SEC?

Nice!

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