The penalty didn't fit the drama, or the saturated coverage. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will sit for the first half of Saturday's Rice-Texas A&M opener.
And, naturally, the Twitterverse erupted.
Can we investigate the investigators? @DezBryant got suspended a season 4 lying about a dinner that wasnt a violation & Manziel gets a half.
-- DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) August 28, 2013 Congrats Johnny you're a smart man. You signed alot of stuff but you didnt sign the prenup so u got Half!!!!! Truth
-- DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) August 28, 2013 Aggies announce #Manziel will sign paraphernalia during first half of Rice game. Fans should bring small, unmarked bills.
-- David Whitley (@DavidEWhitley) August 28, 2013 BREAKING NEWS: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel suspended with no pay for 1st half of game vs. Rice. He will be signing autographs on concourse.
-- Jeremy Barfield (@Baseclogger) August 28, 2013
Tons of recent Johnny Manziel Heisman money reported by http://t.co/MFvzFwtbsp - huge odds move from 12/1 down to 6/1.
-- RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) August 28, 2013 Texas A&M bigger favorite in 1st Half ov Rice without Manziel (-14) than 2nd Half (-26 for gm; so -12 2nd H) at @LVSuperbook
-- RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) August 28, 2013 Johnny Football got off lol....
-- Jerraud Powers (@JPowers25) August 28, 2013 The training meal NCAA has mandated for Johnny Manziel prior to TAMU's game against Rice. pic.twitter.com/I90wyTvKRU
-- Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) August 28, 2013