Johnny Manziel's Fame Forces Him off Campus, Takes Online Classes This Spring

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 19, 2013

It may be difficult to concentrate on schoolwork when fellow students act like paparazzi, so it's understandable that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is taking his studies online this spring. 

As CBS Sports reports, sometimes you can be too big for your own campus, a rule that seems to apply to the only freshman to ever secure the Heisman Trophy. 

While Manziel remains a full-time student, per NCAA rules, he said Monday that he won't be setting foot inside a classroom this spring because all four of his classes are online only. Aside from workouts at the football complex, he only expects to be on A&M's campus about once a month.

The report does well to remind us that past Heisman winners like Matt Leinart and Tim Tebow had to go through the same celebrity status while in college, but enjoyed most of their fame in their senior years. 

Manziel still has a lot of college ahead of him. 

He cites that it just made sense to make the change after all of the hype following his remarkable season.

The decision to make the jump into web-only classes was made easier after a recent ordeal with an on-campus English class. Manziel said, "I went one day—it was a small class of 20 or 25—and it kind of turned into more of a big deal than I thought."

The NCAA nearly voted in a rule back in 2008 that would have negated an online-only schedule, but in 2011, the following rules went into effect. 

1. The course must be available to all students;
2. The student-athlete must enroll in the course in the same manner as other students;
3. Enrollment must occur during regular drop/add periods, in accordance with institutional policy; and
4. To use the course for full-time enrollment, it must be conducted during the institution's regular terms.

Rest easy, Aggies. Manziel is checking and double-checking it all to ensure his eligibility with the team. He and his parents reportedly visited the compliance office just to get a refresher on all of the rules. 

It's one thing to be a successful football player on campus, but quite another to be a national sensation who also has a catchy nickname. 

Johnny Football has enjoyed courtside seats at NBA games, grand parties up in the club and is dating a model

It was time he hit the brakes and took some time for himself, away from the madness. 


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