Former Miami forward DeQuan Jones latest to comment on Johnny Manziel

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With the news coming out yesterday that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would be suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener against Rice on Saturday, many have voiced their opinions on the subject. There were comments from notable sports figures such as Deion Sanders, with more than a few people wondering how such a suspension was possible.

But with the NCAA unable to come up with any tangible evidence that the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was paid to sign memorabilia, the governing body and Texas A&M agreed to suspend Manziel for violating “the spirit” of an NCAA bylaw. Another individual with an interesting take on the Manziel saga is former Miami forward DeQuan Jones, whose name came up in the Nevin Shapiro case that the school has yet to receive a final ruling on.

Jones was alleged to have received $10,000 from an assistant coach (who received the money from Shapiro) while being recruited by the school, and while being investigated Jones was forced to sit out ten games at the start of the 2011-12 season. Ultimately Jones would be cleared of any wrongdoing, but having to sit out for something you didn’t do tends to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth. With that, Jones took to Twitter to voice his opinions about collegiate athletics’ governing body.

There’s more on Jones’ timeline regarding the NCAA’s governing “strategies.”

Some may argue that with his college career already finished, there’s no sense in Jones “crying over spilled milk.” But on the other hand, is he really wrong to be upset with the NCAA over this? Hard to argue that Jones is in the wrong.

But the lessons to be learned from Manziel’s story for any college athlete when faced with a similar problem: get yourself a lawyer (for when it’s time to talk to investigators), and make sure that if you do break the rules and accept compensation (note: not saying that Manziel broke the rules) it’s in cash.

h/t Sporting News, Pro Basketball Talk

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.