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Rehab for Johnny Football

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plains Dealer reports that Johnny Manziel has entered rehab

Johnny Manziel enters rehab

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who’s been photographed partying from coast to coast since the day he was drafted, entered a treatment facility Wednesday and is getting the help he needs, according to a family friend and advisor.

“Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed that Johnny entered treatment on Wednesday,” a statement from Manziel’s publicist read. “Johnny knows there are areas in which he needs to improve in order to be a better family member, friend and teammate, and he thought the offseason was the right time to take this step. 

“On behalf of Johnny and his family, we’re asking for privacy until he rejoins the team in Cleveland.”

The Browns also released the following statement from general manager Ray Farmer:

“We respect Johnny’s initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process. Our players’ health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns. We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player.

“Johnny’s privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same.”

Manziel’s partying was chronicled over the last year, from floating on swans to rolling up a bill in the bar of a bathroom, which the Browns found most “disturbing,” sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group.

I am not a big fan of Johnny Manziel as a football player.  I think he is better as a CFL than a NFL qb but I am happy for Manziel as a human being.  His season was a train wreck last year in most part of his partying and alcohol consumption.

I also think that the jump from the SEC (or any team in the NCAA) is so big that only a few can make it.  The talent is one reason but also you are no longer big man on campus.  Coaches like Mack Brown, Kevin Sumlin, or Jimbo Fisher aren’t covering for you.  The school president isn’t there to make excuses for you and there are no more professors who just want to be part of the “team”.   Vince Young never made the transition from college star to professional.  Even Tim Tebow never seemed to get it (especially after he had some success in Denver).  Hopefully Manziel finds some answers in rehab.  Not about football but about life.

Looking for Rivals

So what do you do when you are a major college football program and you leave behind traditional sports rivalries?  I guess you go and find new ones.

Earlier this month, Texas A & M decided to follow Nebraska out the door of the Big 12. Its conference of choice was the S.E.C., its spurned rival the University of Texas. The move was so contentious that Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is an Aggie, was asked to intervene. (T. Boone Pickens, an Oklahoma State booster, told Perry to show America that “you fix problems, don’t contribute to ’em.”) Perry has declined to get involved, perhaps in part because Texas A & M’s rationale for the move was simple: if you can’t beat ’em, leave ’em. Dating back to 1894, the teams have played more games than all but three other rivalries, but Texas has dominated, winning two-thirds of the games played, and eight of the past eleven. The S.E.C. offered more money and, the Aggies thought, a better chance to compete for recruits with Texas. But perhaps rivalries simply mean less than they once did. Teams and fans are able to fly around the country with ease, and fans often get a bigger kick of visiting, say, U.S.C. for the first time, than they do watch another game against the enemy next door. Conference realignment seems like a new phenomenon, but it has been the game’s permanent state. We’ll adapt to this new state of affairs soon enough.

Conference realignment has shown college football for what it is; a professional football league that doesn’t pay it’s players and is run by owners (university regents) that are just as greedy and money focused as their NFL brethren.  No actually NFL owners do a better job of looking out for the game.  NCAA owners are in a league of their own.