The patron saint of the Aggies, Gene Stallings, had not heard about Johnny Manziel's Time Magazine cover story when I reached him Friday morning. Stallings, who lives on a ranch outside of Paris, Texas, was on his tractor trying to get some work done before lunch.
"This has to be a short one," he politely said about the interview request.
The Time story centered on whether it was time for college athletes to make a portion of the money they generate for college athletic programs. An NCAA investigation into Manziel's involvement with autograph brokers made him the unwitting catalyst for change. But Stallings, who played and coached at Texas A&M and eventually served on the Board of Regents, has some old-school beliefs on this issue.
"In the eyes of the court, there's no difference in a college volleyball player, a golfer, a tennis player, baseball player or football player," he said. "It just goes on and on. I understand they want to make money. But what's wrong with working i...