Oklahoma Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops thinks that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has a bright future as the Texas A&M Aggies' quarterback—just so long as he can stay eligible and out of jail. According to the Tulsa World‘s John Hoover, Stoops said as much in a radio interview on WWLS-FM in Oklahoma on Friday:
This quote comes exactly a week after Manziel thrashed Stoops' defense for over 500 total yards and four touchdowns in Texas A&M's 41-13 victory over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. In the contest, Manziel became just the second quarterback in NCAA history to pass and rush for over 200 yards in a bowl game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
After helplessly seeing his Sooners flail against Manziel, it would be easy to write off Stoops' slamming of Manziel as sour grapes. Nonetheless, at least part of his quote has some basis in actual facts.
Before the 2012 season, Manziel was arrested in June on charges of possessing a fake driver’s license and fighting following an incident at a bar.
That wasn't Manziel's only run-in with a bar-related controversy this year. Following Texas A&M's bowl win, TMZ reported that Manziel, who is 20 years old, was seen at a 21-and-over nightclub with bottles of Dom Perignon.
The eligibility portion of Stoops' slamming of Manziel is much murkier, but seems to stem somewhat from Manziel's habit of sharing his lifestyle on social media. Here's what Stoops also said in the interview regarding Manziel's use of Twitter, also via Hoover:
M.Stoops' 2nd quote on Manziel: "If they can keep him off the Twitter, he might have 3-4 Heismans. He'll have that type of ability."#Aggies— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) January 11, 2013
That comes shortly after the Texas A&M quarterback was roundly criticized for posting a picture of himself with casino winnings (h/t Yahoo! Sports). Though the casino admitted anyone over the age of 18, many criticized Manziel for the incident.
Based on his quote Friday night, Stoops has seen Manziel's lifestyle and he's not exactly a fan, either.