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College Football Roundup: Manziel shielded from media

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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Johnny Manziel would be permitted to meet with the media at some point, but it won't be this week.

"We feel like right now is not the time," Sumlin said.

Manziel has been under fire for emotional reactions and apparent jawing with Rice players, though one defender said Manziel simply congratuled him for a nice hit.

"I don't think him coming out here saying a word is going to change some people's opinion about who he is," Sumlin said. "... People want to make a story about everything happening on this team."

---California defensive lineman Chris McCain was reinstated by the Pac-12 Conference after league officials ruled he was ejected without cause from Saturday's loss to Northwestern.

McCain was penalized for roughing the passer and ejected for targeting, which carries a suspension of one half of the team's next game when the violation occurs in the second half. The rescinded suspension allows McCain to play all four quarters against Portland State.

The Pac-12 said in a press release that the penalty, which carries an automatic booth review, was not reviewed because of "a technical failure and resulting breakdown in communication." In the statement, the Pac-12 said it disciplined the replay crew and determined that McCain "should've been reinstated into the game."

---Oregon and Clemson made gains in the latest AP Top 25 poll, but No. 1 Alabama remains atop the college football heap by a wide margin.

The Crimson Tide (1-0) dominated Virginia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta and earned 58 first-place votes. Oregon (1-0) mopped up Nicholls State and leapfrogged Ohio State to go from third to No. 2 in this week's poll. The Buckeyes, down one spot to No. 3, received one first-place vote as did Clemson.

The Tigers, fresh off a win over fifth-ranked Georgia, went from No. 8 to No. 4, ahead of Stanford and South Carolina. Georgia fell to No 11. Clemson's ranking is its highest in 25 years.

---Alabama senior wide receiver Kenny Bell announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will no longer play for the Crimson Tide.

"I've made so many memories here @ Alabama but some things you gotta let go," he tweeted. " ... it's been a nice run but I'm hanging up my cleats."

Bell did not catch a pass in Alabama's season-opening 35-10 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. At the end of last season, he sustained a broken leg in the game against Auburn and missed the SEC and national championship games.

---After Kentucky's humbling loss to Western Kentucky, first-year coach Mark Stoops reversed directions and will start sophomore Maxwell Smith over sophomore Jalen Whitlow on Saturday against Miami (Ohio).

Smith relieved Whitlow in the 35-26 loss to the Hilltoppers and was more productive -- going 8 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Whitlow was 10 of 15 but had just 78 passing yards.

Smith started four games last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury against South Carolina. He passed for 975 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

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