I love Johnny Manziel. Let us just get that out of the way. He was easily one of my favorite college football players to watch ever. The guy had the “It” factor; that was for sure. Known for being a electrifying yet controversial player both on and off the field, Manziel found himself back in the news recently.
Manziel sat down with Clay Travis of the madly popular Outkick The Coverage at the International Football Betting Conference in Costa Rica in early August. He was asked about his plans if his NFL comeback did not work out.
“I’d do something involved with sports. I can’t get away from it,” Manziel answered. “I’ve had to ask myself that a little bit as of late over the past year, but at the same time I’d want to be involved in sports in some way, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s doing something like that. So I think that’d be my route.”
He followed this up by clarifying he would most likely be interested in coaching in college. (You can see the entire interview here.)
For me personally, this was fantastic news. More Johnny Football after football? Sign me up. I have to say though. I hope that Manziel ends up coaching the SEC one day so badly.
Everyone knows the SEC is the already batsh*t crazy anyway. Could you imagine a world in which Johnny Manziel is coaching in the SEC? Just imagine it for a second. He would be Lane Kiffin on steroids.
That is scary. (I do not know if that would be the type of world in which I would feel comfortable raising children, but I digress.)
The SEC (as a whole) has the best traditions and pageantry, overall talent and prestige of any conference in the country. They have also had a history of not only great but colorful coaches, although most of the current coaches in the SEC are garbage and that is a direct reflection on the conference’s recent backslide. Add Johnny Manziel to that list of SEC coaches, and it would undoubtably be insane.
I mean Manziel is basically just your average frat guy that happens to be pretty damn good at football. That is the truth. I guarantee we would see pictures of Manziel at college parties while he is coaching. (Maybe, he will even bring back the Scooby Doo costume.) No doubt about it.
Manziel is a legend and for good reason. The dude could play, and his college career showed it.
The Texas native burst onto to the scene in 2012, when as a redshirt freshman, he was absolutely electrifying and led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record (in their first year in the SEC) including huge wins against then No. 1 and eventual national champion Alabama on the road and a blowout victory against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. For his efforts that year, Manziel won the ultimate award in college football – the Heisman Trophy.
His games were all must-see television events as it seemed he would always do something remarkable and unthinkable on any given Saturday. His next season in 2013 (which also happened to be his last) was arguably better than his Heisman-winning season.
I will never forget attending his last collegiate game. It was the 2013 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta versus Duke. Texas A&M were down 38-17 to the Blue Devils at halftime and came back to win 52-48 thanks to Manziel’s amazing passing performance (30-of-38 for 382 yards and four touchdowns).
Manziel had a truly unbelievable collegiate career, and who knows if he can make a comeback to the NFL. Frankly, I do not really care. I just want to see him as a head coach especially in the SEC. Do I think he will be successful? I do not know, but it will be an entertaining ride for sure. So that is why I hope and pray everyday that “Coach” Manziel will somehow end up in the wildest conference in college football – the SEC.