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Manziel Mania: Sumlin like a second father to Johnny

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Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:51 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Tue Aug 26, 2014.

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5: Johnny's Second Father of the book Manziel Mania by Jim Dent, the first in a series of three books about Johnny Football.

[Texas A&M head football coach Kevin] Sumlin, just two days earlier, had laid down the warning: One more drinking arrest and Johnny would be on the sideline for the entirety of the 2013 season. A&M Dean Anne Reber was not about to forgive him a second time. Johnny needed to come to terms with just how much trouble he was causing for himself.

The last thing Sumlin told me before returning to the Aggie party was, “I’m always going to be Johnny’s second father. But his second father is about to become a much, much stronger father figure.’’

Sumlin was not kidding. The Aggies coach would ask Paul Manziel, Johnny’s “first father,’’ to spend less and time around the football activities during the fall of 2013. It was the opinion of many people at A&M that Paul Manziel could be a distraction for his son. Johnny’s dad was a bit of a mad texter. He had sent several hot texts to athletic officials and coaches. Paul Manziel seemed angry at the world. In spite of Johnny’s success, and the Heisman, he seemed madder than hell at Texas A&M.

Sumlin was not happy with Johnny’s father, especially after reading his quotes from the lengthy feature in ESPN The Magazine. Sumlin thought this was no way for a father to talk about a son who had just won the Heisman Trophy. After all, Johnny stood a good chance of winning another in 2013. When the football season started in September, Sumlin wanted Johnny to have some insulation from the outside world. The wall he would build would also cordon off Johnny’s own father.

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