ATLANTA -- Phillip Fulmer doesn't hesitate.
Long before Johnny Manziel had a hold on all things college football, there was Peyton Manning. Like the Texas A&M quarterback, Manning carried the burden of hype, commanded headlines and lived in the spotlight. But Fulmer says there's no comparing the two.
"I'd take Peyton Manning every day," the Hall of Fame coach said.
His point of view may be skewed having coached Manning at Tennessee from 1994-97, but his quick response goes beyond a reaction to on-field play. Manziel saw a whirlwind of an offseason finally take its toll on his play as it was announced Wednesday that he was suspended for the first half of Saturday's opener against Rice for violation of an NCAA bylaw in the investigation into his allegedly taking money for autographs.
"Whether it's selfishness or misguidance ... it's not just the autograph thing," Fulmer said. "He's had a whole summer of things that wouldn't be ideal as the leader of a program, from a coach's ...