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Manziel will not speak to the media this week. George Schroeder of USA Today has the details:
"I'll respect his wishes for that," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said, adding that Manziel's decision was made after consulting with "his lawyers and his family."
Which only speaks to how odd the situation is. The buildup for No. 1 Alabama's visit to No. 6 Texas A&M is enormous, and the overarching storyline is pretty simple: Can Manziel and Texas A&M roll Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide again? But the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has clammed up on the advice of attorneys.
The Alabama offensive line has a chip on its shoulder, according to Andrew Gribble of al.com:
"They're playing with a chip on their shoulder," McCarron said. "Everybody hears everybody talking. We don't need to pay attention to it, but you're still going to hear it. I feel like they came out this past week and really improved, did a great job communicating.
"They've done a really job of progressing, so hopefully we can keep building."
Senior offensive guard Anthony Steen confirmed as much about 15 minutes after McCarron's comments.
"After Virginia Tech everybody is talking about being disappointed in us, and we’ve got a chip on our shoulder like AJ said," Steen said. "We’re ready to get out there and try to prove something."
Texas A&M students could lose tickets for the rest of the year if they sell theirs this week, says Maggie Kiely of the Bryan-College Station Eagle:
Reselling a student ticket for profit is prohibited and carries penalties ranging from revocation of the ticket and even tickets for the entire season. As of late Monday, at least two students were paying the consequences of trying to turn a profit.
Marq Burnett of The Anniston Star says Alabama is putting an emphasis on a fast start.
Starting fast may quiet the Aggies’ rowdy crowd, better known as the 12th Man. Kyle Field is known as one of the loudest places to play in college football, but Tide quarterback AJ McCarron said it won't matter much.
“I mean it doesn’t matter where you’re playing,” McCarron said. “It’s always good to get off to a fast start. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing there or home.”