Texas A&M has no plans to bench quarterback Johnny Manziel for their season opener on Aug. 31 against Rice.
Despite an NCAA investigation into Manziel's eligibility related to autograph signings, a high-ranking Texas A&M official told an industry source that the school is confident that the Heisman Trophy winner will be cleared of any wrongdoing, according to CBSSports.com.
The NCAA is trying to find out if Manziel was paid for signing autographs. As the investigation is ongoing, Manziel has practiced as usual.
Asked if Manziel was interviewed by the NCAA, senior associate athletic director of external affairs Jason Cook said, "Texas A&M will not address such questions regarding specific student-athletes."
---Ohio State coach Urban Meyer does not allow visitors to wear blue at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center because it is one of the colors worn by chief rival Michigan.
NFL scouts are no exception to Meyer's rule. FoxSportsOhio.com reported that at least two scouts visiting Buckeyes practice earlier this month were given Ohio State shirts to wear over their blue ones.
One NFC team scout said it was "embarrassing." Another scout who was not there but has visited Ohio State practice this month said: "It's just not something that needed to happen. It could have been handled much better, and if that (blue shirt) rule is going to be enforced, they could let us know."
---Atlanta is looking to continue hosting kickoff games involving prominent teams in 2015 and beyond. CBSSports.com reported that the Chick-Fil-A Bowl has talked with several teams, including Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.
Bowl president/CEO Gary Stokan said no matchups have been finalized. Ohio State has also been involved in talks but a scenario including the Buckeyes is not likely. While talks are in the preliminary stage, Stokan did say that Michigan might be interested, depending on the opponent.
Chick-Fil-A wants to have at least one ACC or SEC team. Alabama and Virginia Tech meet in Atlanta on Aug. 31. Next year's kickoff game is an Alabama-West Virginia matchup.