Heisman Winner Takes All Online Courses

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o may have had a fake girlfriend, but at least he was a real college student. The winner of the 2012 Heisman Trophy, however, Texas A & M’s Johnny Manziel (right), is taking no courses on campus this semester.

The Star-Telegram reports that:

“Regardless of how long I’m at A&M … I’m going to enjoy the time that I do have and go out and try to win every game,” Manziel said during a Monday news conference at the Fort Worth Club….

For now, Manziel is focused on preparing for spring football drills, which open March 2, and an academic schedule that includes four online classes in sports management that do not require him to be on campus every day. Manziel, 20, said he switched to the all-online approach after his presence caused a stir in an English class when the spring semester began.

Obviously a Heisman winner causes “a stir” on campus. I’m sure it’s challenging to show up anywhere once you become famous, but it’s not impossible to take real courses. The other 75 Heisman winners managed to continue to take classes on campus, despite their fame.

If he’s not taking any classes on campus, and he’s there only “enjoy the time that I do have and go out and try to win every game” in what sense is he really a student at A & M?

The Star-Telegram also reports that Manziel’s all online schedule gives him time to attend high-profile events like the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and NBA All-Star Weekend. Right, because attending high-profile events is really important for a college student. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer