Johnny Manziel is muzzled, but college coaches prattle on

Texas A&M's star quarterback, a redshirt freshman, can't speak to the media. But could he say anything more inappropriate than what the grown-ups are saying?

Texas A&M won't let Johnny Manziel talk to the media this year because it has a policy against freshmen doing interviews.

The fear is that these young Aggies, even redshirts like Manziel, might say something immature or inappropriate.

Manziel led the Aggies to college football's upset of the year Saturday against Alabama and nobody knew how "Johnny Football" felt.

I cover college football but don't know if Manziel sounds like James Earl Jones or has a high, squeaky voice like the one historians say belonged to Abraham Lincoln.

Gary Danielson of CBS confessed on air he violated policy and spoke briefly to Manziel before the Alabama game. The sense is that Danielson won't be reprimanded because his positive work on behalf of the Southeastern Conference marginally outweighs this sort of egregious encroachment.

It's going to be something if Manziel wins the Heisman Trophy this year and has his feelings conveyed by one of those giant picture billboards Oregon uses to relay plays from the sideline.

Tank + Ewe. (Thank You).

Unless, of course, you are cynical enough to think the embargo will be lifted just in time for ESPN.

Yet no school has dared to muzzle the more serious repeat voice violators: head coaches.

The redshirt grown-ups continue to prattle on without a spit filter. Just this week, Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said of the BCS, "How retarded is it?" before walking that inappropriate comment back.

Fisher is like a lot of coaches with decent-to-good teams discovering the Bowl Championship Series for the first time. Fisher took off in a rant because his Seminoles are being decimal dinged for playing Murray State and Savannah State.

Florida State is No. 6 in the coaches' and Harris polls, but only 10th in the BCS standings because of its No. 17 computer ranking. Two BCS computers, Sagarin and Massey, don't even have Florida State in the top 25.

That can be argued as ridiculous, but someone needed to pull Fisher aside and tell him the BCS has been around 14 years and the reason it's flawed is the same reason it's being junked in 2014.

"I think it stinks," Fisher said as if he coined the phrase yesterday.

Sorry, but former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti topped you in 2001 when he called the BCS a cancer.

Fisher might have stopped there, but then said he thought coaches should pick the national title teams and revealed he voted his team No. 4.

Florida State is not No. 4 in any poll, including the North.

"The coaches would be the best," Fisher said. "You've got to have people who have a clue."

Sure, let's return to 2007 when New Mexico State Coach Hal Mumme voted Hawaii No. 1. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, bless his dad-gum heart, tended to prop up teams coached by his sons.

Fisher said he devoted two hours to his vote in the coaches' poll every week but, when pressed, couldn't remember where he ranked Clemson.

 

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