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NCAA: Manziel didn't accept payment for autographs; will sit out half game

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The saga of Johnny Football appears to be over.

Texas A&M released a statement Wednesday saying Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will sit out the first half of Saturday's season opener vs. Rice, the extent of his punishment for allegedly taking money for autographing memorabilia.

In the statement, the school and the NCAA say they "confirmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs, based on currently available information and statements by Manziel."

ESPN had reported brokers allegedly gave Manziel thousands of dollars in exchange for autographing items during the past offseason.

Texas A&M said Manziel's punishment is for an "inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs.

In addition to sitting out the first half vs. Rice, Manziel will address his teammates about the situation and A&M will make changes to how it informs athletes about rules on autographing items.

The NCAA says it will review any new information that could come out and consider further punishment.

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