What does Manziel's suspension actually accomplish?
They've also said that they won't pursue the issue further, so Manziel is safe at this point.
So why exactly was he suspended at all? If the NCAA didn't really have anything on him, why was he punished at all? And if you're going to suspend a player, why even bother suspending him for only one half of a meaningless game?
Even without Manziel on the field, the Aggies will likely take a 3-touchdown lead (or more) into halftime. At that point, Manziel might not even need to play in that game at all. If he does, it will just be to put up a couple quarters of insane stats to boost his Heisman chances.
This slap on the wrist just makes the NCAA look even worse than they already do. They've been profiting off of Manziel and other players for years, as have the universities that these stars play for. Yet for some reason, the players themselves aren't allowed to take even the smallest piece of the pie.
The idea that a player's eligibility would be in jeopardy simply because he wanted to take advantage of the value of his autograph in a capitalist society is mind-blowingly hypocritical, particularly when #2 Texas A&M jerseys are flying off the shelves.
If the NCAA had taken a stand and actually passed down a meaningful suspension, like they did to Dez Bryant when he didn't actually violate any NCAA rules, it would have made a little more sense. Even within the convoluted and hypocritical system, it would have at least been consistent.
Now, the NCAA just looks like more of a joke than it already did.