The details of Johnny Manziel’s class schedule hit the news cycle this week. The Heisman Trophy winner will be taking all of his classes at Texas A&M this semester online. His reasoning for this is because due to his new found celebrity it is too much of a distraction to be in a classroom. This seems to have caused quite a few sports talk radio host to get their panties in a bunch. They tend to feel that Manziel should have a more traditional class schedule. The reality is this not a big deal and these old guys just want to see this young man do things their way.
The critique seems to come mostly from the media members who are over the age of 40. The classes are offered by Texas A&M and most are offered only online. For those of us in the 21st century online learning is very popular. These classes have been evaluated by the governing bodies that accredit institutions of higher learning as valid courses. Most universities are making major increases in their online offerings.
Manziel seems to be a polarizing figure amongst the sports fan base. Like many college athletes he rubs a lot fans wrong who want to live in the student athlete fantasy. Where the kid goes to class and struggles the way they did in college but entertains them on Saturdays. Sports radio host tend to pander to these types of fans. They want kids to struggle they way they had to struggle. Manziel is a different athlete for a different time.
He has a million twitter followers hanging on his every move unlike most of the past college sports icons you can name. I am pretty sure that his celebrity is a campus distraction. This actually seems like a very smart way to handle business. So he wants to handle his education differently than what people expect. That is his choice to do so. Let’s just enjoy the touchdowns and leave his life up to him.