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Transcript: Johnny Manziel Q&A at SEC Media Days

I took the time to transcribe Johnny Manziel's media session at SEC Media Days because I think it's faster for people to read than watch a video. Also, it may be easier for those of you with jobs to follow.


If you use this transcript somewhere else, please give us attribution because this was painful to transcribe. Any mistakes are my own, and I apologize. I took out "umms" and other filler for readability.

Q: The attention you've gotten, do you think it's justified or do you think it's been unfair?

JM: I wouldn't say fair or unfair. I'd say at times it's blown a little bit out of proportion. At the end of the day, I hope people still see that I'm still a 20-year-old kid in college. I was a freshman, gonna be a sophomore in college. I'm just trying to enjoy my life. Hopefully, that doesn't upset too many people. I'm continuing to learn as the days and the weeks go on. I've made my mistakes obviously. I just need to learn from them and not make the same one twice, but for the most part I feel like at some points in time it's been a little blown up. But maybe that's just how things are.

Q: How is it you expect defenses to [prepare for] you in Year 2?

JM: Probably a little different. Just mixing it up from last year, maybe bringing some more blitzes. Something like that, but I haven't really thought too much about it.

Q: What do you think the misperception is about you?

JM: I don't really know. Maybe with all the off-season stuff, meeting all the people I did and through all the things I did just trying to have fun. We worked so hard last year, I think we deserve to have a little bit of fun, all of us, this off-season. Some people did it in different ways, shapes, or forms and maybe it was put on social media or whatever it may be. Maybe that all factored in.

Q: Did you realize that your life would not be normal no matter how much you would like it to be?

JM: I never realized the magnitude of it. People told me. I'd heard it time and time again but it's one of those things that you don't really understand until you go through it, until you deal with it. I mean my situation was so different because no one has had 3 years of eligibility left. No one had to come back to school. I guess Tebow did that, what 2 years? So I guess he had to come back to school but it was just a little different for me. First freshman, I have a lot of time left here at A&M. I never really, none of us, not Coach Sumlin, not A&M, not anybody in the country knew what we were really prepared for.

Q: The departure of Coach Kingsbury, can you say how it affected you and can you also comment on Cam Clear?

JM: Coach Kingsbury's one of my best friends still to this day. I still talk to him either every day or every other day. We still keep in touch. Such a big part of this last year, such a big part of my life. Somebody I really look up to and somebody I really care about. So, mixed emotions for me when he left. I was sad, kind of being selfish wanting him to stay but at the end of the day it was kind of his dream job going back to his alma mater being able to be at such a young age and coach that team. He's going to do great things. He'll have a lot, a lot of success in the Big 12.

Q: [inaudible] had mentioned that you had dehydration and were not football ready, can you comment on that?

JM: I wasn't football ready. I was tired. I was exhausted. It had nothing to do with the activities the night beforehand. It had nothing to do with anything involved with the Manning Camp. Just a really busy schedule for the month of June and the month of July. I probably bit off a little more than I could chew.

Q: Were you asked to leave?

JM: I was not asked to, it was a mutual decision. I wanted to be there but at the end of the day, I was pretty tired and wanted to get back to College Station and just relax. I hadn't been in College Station in probably a week with being in camps and we had the week off the week before. So I was just ready to be back around my teammates, ready to be back in College Station and be around my family too. That was a big part of it.

Q: [inaudible]

JM: We had social events. We had social events every night with the Mannings. It was a good chance to not be on the field and not be in that setting. It was a good chance to get off the field and hang with the Mannings and get a chance to pick their brain. But the speculations of me being too hungover or whatever it was to show up to meetings the next day and that's the reason I missed are absolutely incorrect.

Q: Do you understand that's not just from the media, but from the NFL and everyone else?

JM: Absolutely. I completely understand that and that's why I'm here today to tell that it was absolutely not the case.

Q: With Twitter, I know you shut it down this spring and came back on [inaudible]. How has that experience been and what are your long-range plans for being on Twitter?

A: I guess I just haven't said anything lately because I haven't had anything interesting to say. Twitter is what it is. I've learned a lot from it, probably injured myself at times. But Twitter is Twitter. At the end of the day, you get a lot of news from it and interact with people on it but it's not something that consumes my life at all.

Q: [inaudible] Note: I think he asked what he's learned from his mistakes.

JM: A lot. I knew the spotlight was bright. I knew all my actions were being watched. And then lately it's just been magnified. I'm okay with that. It is what it is and you continue to adapt to your life and I'm continuing to learn.

Q: With what's going on off the field is that going to affect how you play on the field?

JM: Absolutely not. Football is football. My teammates know where my heart's at, where my head's at. My coaches do, my family does and that's what really matters to me. All that's gonna factor into how the football season's gonna go and how everything's gonna go with my regard to that. So I'm just ready to stop. There's no more talk after this. There's no more of that. Let's play football and let's let our play do the talking for us like we did last year.

Q: Johnny, if you don't duplicate your season people are gonna think ah he's messing around too much in the offseason. If you don't do what you did last year.

JM: Absolutely. I'm fine with that. By the season all this stuff that's gone on with have no effect on me going into the season. Last year we were still going to games, still having a lot of fun and it didn't really factor in. People didn't care. Now people care and it's a little different.

Q continued: But if your don't do what you did last year people will say it's because you screwed around...

JM: Of course they will. They can say that all they want. I'm fine with that. There's plenty of things that factor into a season that go on behind the scenes, stuff that goes on. Why games turn out which way, stuff like that. I guarantee y'all when August comes, when it's time to get ready to go and it's football time I will be absolutely 115% prepared to go.

Q: Johnny, [inaudible]

JM: I have and this was prior. It's been a while. I came to Coach Sumlin in the spring and I was struggling with some things whether it was my family or dealing with all of this, just having a lot of stress and a lot of pressure on me and I asked A&M for some help. This is where me and Coach Sumlin's relationship really took off. He has an open door policy for me so anything I ever need with him, I can always go and talk to him. Just enjoy doing that. I can vent to him about anything. They brought someone in, just had a checklist of things that were really causing stress in my life and we tried to work them out one-by-one and how we solve these problems. It was good. It helped a lot.

Q: [inaudible] note: question about Tebow

JM: Sparingly. I know I got a phone call from him the other night when we were in Oregon. Something happened, he called from a different number. Some miscommunication there. I haven't talk to him personally and I saw some stuff on Twitter and been asked questions about it. But I haven't had a chance to interact and talk to him on the phone. Got a voicemail or whatever it was. But I really would like to get a chance to. Tebow's a guy that I really look up to. He's an SEC legend. Something that I only hope I can reach the level and do the things that he did at Florida.

Q: [inaudible] follow-up to Tebow question

JM: It's the standard, just him calling to check in. Just wanted a chance to talk, wasn't much more than that. Just normal conversation.

Q: How do you accept being a marked man by opposing defenses every game?

JM: It's fine. I think last season, 7 or 8 games in somebody had to figure out that our team and what we were doing was pretty impressive. So if they didn't take note of it 8 games into the season last year, something must have been wrong. So I don't really think it's all that new. Obviously what we did at the end of the season to have an 11-2 record, Cotton Bowl champs, and just doing what we did in the SEC, people are probably going to be gunning for us. I'm okay with that. That's fine. That's how things go. But we'll be just as prepared. I guarantee that.

Q: How [difficult] has it been for you, really?

JM: It's just been different. It's been different going from last August last July to now. The whirlwind has happened so quick. It's happened so fast. And the Heisman, I feel like it was just yesterday and everything's happened so fast and we're already up to another season. I can't wait. I love football season and there's not a greater time than that. It has caused a lot of stress. It's been frustrating, It's just continuing to learn, continuing to grow up. And just being in the spotlight, it's just different.

Q: What have you been doing on the football field this offseason?

JM: Me and Coach Whitfield and me and Coach Spav have kind of gone through and just talked about plays and the playbook and stuff like that. Me and Coach Whitfield have really worked in detail and I went to California to try to get me out of my comfort zone. Get on the beach and slide around when you're taking your drops. Stuff that's not normal in the ways where you have resistance. Put on a blindfold and still try to make throws. So me and Coach Whitfield really kind of made a list of what we wanted to do and areas where we feel we needed to work to try and perfect this thing.

Q: Are you ready for Saban and McCarron?

JM: I'm preparing for Rice. I know that first and foremost. But I know Alabama on September 14th with Coach Saban and A.J. and all those guys, it's a big game. It's a game where there's a lot of hype around it but I have two more before that. We really are looking forward to the opportunity to play them again early in the season at home.

Q: How would you evaluate yourself as a pocket passer?

JM: Getting better. I'm developing and learning and after one season I feel like where I was Game 1 to say the game versus Oklahoma is light years looking back at it. It takes time. The more experience you get, the more game reps you get, the more settings like that the better you become.

Q: When you win a Heisman do your off-field responsibilities change?

JM: Absolutely. At the end of the day, I won a Heisman and I'm put on a little bit higher pedestal. But at the end of the day, I'm not going for a Miss America pageant. I'm playing football. I'm a 20 -year-old kid. You can take that for what it's worth but I'm enjoying my life and continuing to live life to the fullest. Hopefully that doesn't upset too many people.

Q: Is there any single thing that you regret the most and you wish you could take back?

JM: I've just made mistakes. I'm continuing to grow up and I haven't done anything I feel is catastrophic. I haven't done anything in that regard. Of course I've made my mistakes. You have to continue to grow up. You have to continue to live life and you're gonna hit some bumps in the road. It's just part of life.

Q: There's a report in New York that you could not be found by camp officials on Saturday morning. Is there any truth to that?

JM: Absolutely not. All they'd have to do is come knock on my door, open my door. I'd have been right there asleep with a dead phone next to me.

Q: Did you miss last year when you didn't have to talk to all of us?

JM: Not at all. I love talking to y'all. There's nothing wrong with this. It's just another day.

Q: Do you worry that your offseason may have hurt your chances to repeat [in the Heisman]?

JM: I feel like the Heisman, you don't get a Heisman by doing stuff off the field or any of that. You win the Heisman by your play on the field. If you go out on the field and you're the best player in the country, I feel like you deserve to get the award. There may be some politics or something mixed in but at the end of the day, the award should be about football because it is going to the best college football player that year. There's other things in there, obviously other things factor in but if you're the best football player in the country, I feel like you deserve to get the award.

Q: With the scrutiny this coming season and the pedestal you're on, how do you plan to deal with that? What kind of structure do you have in place that's different?

JM: Football season comes around, you just put your head down and you work with your teammates. You're on such a different schedule than being able to go places on the weekend or anything like that. You're grinding. It's 14 weeks of really working your butt off and being with your teammates and continuing to get better. That's what you have to do. Off the field stuff goes away. You talk with what you do on Saturdays.

Q: After the end of last season, what more do you feel like you have to prove going into this Fall?

JM: I don't feel like I really have to prove anything. I just want to go out on the field, and there's goals that I want to accomplish. I want a chance to go to the SEC Championship and win the SEC Championship and be in Pasadena. That's the ultimate goal at the beginning of the year, for me, for my teammates, for everyone in our program. We have to prepare the way that we want to get there. We have to prepare the like we're the best team in the country and continue to get better. Hopefully we'll accomplish those goals.

Q: Johnny, who's the toughest defense you faced last year?

JM: All of them are great defenses. You look at Alabama, Florida, LSU and they're teams that really stick out but Florida and LSU were really impressive. I know that for sure. We didn't have as much success as we would have liked but at the end of the day, they did a good job. They were impressive. If you look at LSU, how many guys did they have go to the draft this year? They had a ton. Florida's the same way. They have athletes come in year in and year out. They're really impressive. Those are two great defenses and two great coaching staffs that did a good job against us.

Q: Johnny do you think there's any luck involved in sports and being successful on the football field, and do you have any superstitions?

JM: No superstitions. Luck probably factors in just like it does anywhere else, so maybe there are times where you throw the ball and think 'man, that turned out kind of lucky,' but that's just kind of how it goes.

Q: Are you taking any classes on campus? Are you gonna miss doing that, or...

JM: I don't know what my schedule's set up for in the Fall, I may have every class on campus. If I do have class on campus, I'm looking forward to going back and interacting with the students and interacting with the teachers and just being a normal college kid just like everybody else. I might have to take a couple of picture or sign something, but at the end of the day it's just class. Go to it, learn, and try to make progress toward my degree. Just enjoy it.

Q: Johnny, what do your teammates think about all the off field stuff and has there been any trust lost at all?

JM: Absolutely not. These guys in here, they know where my heart's at. They know where my head's at and they love me just like it was August or just like it was the first day that I got to A&M. We've been through a lot together. We've worked really hard together. We've just done so much. They know where my head's at. They know what's going on and that means the most to me. What they think of me means the world to me. There's no hard feelings. There's nothing like that. It is what it is.

Q: Johnny, do you go to classes or do you take classes online?

JM: I go to class.

Follow-up Q: What was the on-line business last year?

JM: There was a lot going on in my life. I just came off being the first freshman to win the Heisman. You've got class starting in January. There's a lot of buzz. There's a lot of stuff going on then. I felt like to set up the schedule that I did, it took some pressure off. I still got credits that went toward my degree. I still ... there were other A&M students taking online classes. I just decided to take them all in one semester. It didn't have anything to do with being too famous or anything like that. There was just a lot of stress going on in my life and that just made life a little easier for me in one aspect. That's all it really was.

Q: Tebow has been mentioned as a person you had talked to. If there's anyone out there you'd ask for advice on how to handle this, who would it be?

JM: Cam Newton probably. He was here for one year. He was at the top of the world. I remember watching the SEC and it was Cam, Cam, Cam. The SEC was Cam's that year so I've talked to him a couple of times just with his relationship to Coach Whitfield. He's a guy that I absolutely admire and love watching him play. What a great player. Being able to talk to him, Tebow's another guy. Those are probably two really good guys who've been in that position.

Q: [inaudible] follow-up question about Tebow and Cam Newton

JM: Absolutely, they've had a lot of success. They're where I want to be someday so to try to have any success that they've had or recreate anything that they've done and do it successfully is what you want to try to accomplish.

Q: From the outside looking in, would you question your maturity if you were one of us or the NFL?

JM: I'm a 20-year-old college kid like I said. I'll continue to say it. I'm just in a different spotlight. I'm not gonna shy away from that. I'm not gonna change because I'm in the spotlight. I told people the night of the Heisman, no matter what happens, I'm going to adapt but I'm not going to change. I'm still the same person that I was. I'm continuing to adapt and learn from all of this but I don't feel like I'm immature or anything. I'm sitting here and feel like everything's fine.

Q: Johnny, what did last year's Ole Miss game mean for your growth and the growth of the team?

JM: Man, what a scary day that was. The big thing for the team was to play as poorly as you can play and turn the ball over 6 times. And you still sneak out with a win. Just what a great [inaudible] to our team and not letting it get too bad. Here you have 99 yards to go, you have 2 1/2 or 3 minutes left in the game, you're down 13 points, 12 points or something like that. You've gotta go 99 yards, get a touchdown, get a stop, get the ball back, score again and probably leave them time to where you have to get a stop again. What a great job by our team, coaches, everybody not panicking just staying under control and making the plays we need to to win the game.

Q: What was your makeup like when you were back at the 1 yard-line there?

JM: Man, we were in trouble. We were in a lot of trouble. We snuck away, me kind of having the ball out of the end zone and not giving a touchdown or a safety because that probably would have been it right there. Just at the lowest point we could be in that game. So much to overcome to win that game and for all of us to come together and do that was awesome.

Q: Johnny, what did you mean in there when you said you feel like Justin Bieber sometimes?

JM: I just thought it was funny just with all the cameras and everything. I wasn't really being serious. It was more of a joke. I just see the kid can't even go out and kick a can without upsetting somebody so I didn't really mean it as anything serious. It was just a kind of a joke.

Q: [inaudible] Tebow-like lifestyle?

JM: I don't know how the public wants me to live. I'm not Tebow. I'm different in many ways so hopefully they accept me for me and that's enough.

Q: What has been your favorite event that you've attended in the offseason?

JM: There's been a lot, I've had a lot of fun. Drake, going to see Drake in Toronto and hanging out that weekend and hanging out with my friends over Spring Break. That Spring Break was really cool. Being able to sit and have a conversation with LeBron who's one of my favorite, if not my favorite, player in the NBA. I feel like he's the best player in the NBA right now. Man, he's impressive with what he's able to do on the court and being able to talk to him and just pick his brain for anything I could. Just sit there and have a conversation with a cool guy. It was just really neat.

Q: What did you pick LeBron's brain about?

JM: The guy's been through way more scrutiny than I ever would have though about going through so just maybe how do you handle it. I don't remember exactly what the conversation details were. Just two guys having and conversation and enjoying being around each other.

Q: Is it one of those things where you're sitting there going 'I'm sitting here with LeBron James one of those moments where you're like...

JM: The first time was. The second time was more on friendly terms and we weren't meeting for the first time. We had each other's phone numbers. We'd exchanged texts. So it was more of a friendly basis to not have any awkwardness or any of the first time meeting stuff. It wasn't there. Just to sit there and have a conversation for 10 or 15 minutes or whatever it was, it was really neat.

Q: Johnny, has reality set in or are there times when you're talking to a guy like LeBron and have to pinch yourself because it did happen so fast?

JM: I'm sure there's a couple guys that will still do that to me. I mean, I've met a lot of people. A lot of influential and really famous people and it's been a blessing. I don't get too nervous any more. I just go up to them, introduce myself, try to get to know them, and try to learn something from them. Something I can take, whatever it may be. At the end of the day, just enjoy it. You never know when you'll get these opportunities. Just make memories that will last forever.

Q: Johnny, with you guys no longer playing Texas do you think LSU can become kind of that border rival?

JM: From my knowledge of A&M, it's been somewhat of a rivalry going back in the day. So I think it would be something really cool. Upsetting's not a good word, but it's just different not playing Texas every year. Growing up in Texas and being a Texas kid at heart, not seeing an A&M and Texas game every year, it is upsetting. I loved watching that game as a kid, and loved watching it growing up. It was a lot of fun and there is a lot of history there. But LSU would be a good team to play every year. It'd be fun. Great team, great program.

Q: After the Florida loss last year, could you have foreseen all that was to come for you and for A&<?

JM: Not at all. We didn't really know what to expect going into the Florida game. It was the first game in the SEC. We had our first game cancelled last year against Louisiana Tech. We didn't expect our first game, my first game, any of our first game in the SEC to be on College Gameday at home in front of 90,000 people against Florida who's... look at all they've done in the SEC. We didn't really know it was gonna pan out that way but we definitely didn't know where it was gonna go leading forward.

Q: What did you learn from the Mannings? What's the biggest thing you took out of that experience?

JM: There was me, Peyton, Eli, and A.J. that were all sitting there and we were picking Peyton's brain about the throw he made across his body in the playoff game this past year. It funny seeing how when we make mistakes and how we handle them and how one of the greatest in the NFL handles them. Just to see what he was thinking and what was going on in that play. There's so much that goes on in football that sitting home and watching the game or whatever that you don't get to see. Just him telling us how the whole game went along and getting his take on the whole thing was really cool.

Q: What game are you talking about?

JM: Their last playoff game.

Q: Johnny, do you want to go back to Manning Camp and make things right next year?

JM: I will go back to Manning Camp next year. I was invited back. They've said that. Peyton said that in his statement. I think that's a huge piece that people didn't really hold onto. If something really would have been wrong like the rumors came out and said, there wouldn't have been a reason for Eli or any of them to have me back. That camp means a lot to me. I'm disappointed in my own actions and disappointed in myself. But at the end of the day, I get a chance to go back next year and have a ton of fun.

Q: Talking about A.J., have you had a chance to talk about the game and facing each other?

JM: We roomed together at Manning Camp so it was a lot of fun. Me and him have a cool relationship. We don't sit there and talk trash. We'll playfully kid with each other but we're just buddies. He's a great quarterback, he's done a lot. He can sit there and talk about the rings and I can talk about the trophy. And I want what he has and he might want what I have or whatever, but he's just a good dude. He's a lot of fun and I enjoy being around him. I'm very fortunate to have a chance to interact with him.

Q: Why didn't he wake you up?

JM: I don't know. Maybe he was off doing his own thing, maybe he thought I would get up or whatever. Don't pin that on him. That was my fault 115-120%.

Q: I think Peyton said something like you and Eli are kind of similar at 20 years old. Did you kind of feel that as well?

JM: I'd be fine with that. I didn't know him when he was 20 but things worked out for him right now. So I'll take that for sure.

Q: Johnny, has it been difficult to learn restraint with everything you have access to and everything at this age.

JM: Absolutely, you have to pick your battles. You have to pick and choose and can't just go, go, go, go and do everything. So you have to pick your battles. You have to have restraint. Whether it's social media or whether it's going to do this, you have to have that.

Q: Were you kind of nervous coming today and facing all of this?

JM: Not at all.

Q: Can you be as good an offense without Luke and without Ryan?

JM: Absolutely. It was 2nd year, I remember Coach Kingsbury and Coach Spav, they were saying that the second year this offense gets implemented it's usually a lot better than the first. I feel like with the guys we have coming back, with Jake still being there, with Cedric going to right tackle, with our offensive line, with the great recruiting class that came in, I feel like we have a chance to be one of the best teams in A&M history.

Q: What about Sumlin's system fits you?

JM: It fit me like a glove. It's what I've always done. When I first played football, it was the system that we ran. It was perfect. It was like I never really missed a beat, like being back in high school except you're playing against bigger guys. It's a little bit bigger of a stage but as far as the offense goes and his system with Coach Kingsbury and everybody, it just fit me like a glove.

Q: [inaudible]

JM: Awesome. Without Coach Sumlin, without A&M, especially without him, I don't know where I would be today. Really, really blessed. He's been a huge blessing in my life. I just remember the day they announce him as head coach, I was really pumped about it because I heard so many good things. And then getting to know him was 5,000 times better.

Q:You going to L.A. tonight? Anyone you're looking to meet that you haven't?

JM: Absolutely. I don't know who all's going. I'm just looking forward to... my sister gets a little overshadowed sometimes, so I'm getting a chance to take her. It's going to be really cool. Get to spend time with her. Go to such a cool event like the ESPYs. It will be really neat. First time going and being able to see Luke. Luke Joeckel's going again. Ryan Swope will be there. So being able to see guys like that and spend time with my sister, it doesn't get any better than that.

Q: What's been your favorite class at A&M?

JM: My sports management classes. That's something that really interests me. I love sports. I'm a sports freak. Any time I can get into a class and hear about the past history of the NFL or whatever it may be, the business side of sports... those classes are really intriguing.

Q: Jadeveon Clowney said he would love to play against you. Would you love to play against him?

JM: I would love to Jadeveon Clowney. There's so much talk and this, and this, and that. I would love to play him and hopefully we do get a chance to play him this year. That means we're in the SEC Championship. He's a great player. He really is a freak athlete. But we'd love to get the opportunity to go up against him.

Q: Saban wants a protective window for the defense to be able to sub against your type of offense. What do you think about that? He wants the first down protected so he can get people on the field.

JM: They can change defense if we change personnel but as long as we're keeping our same people in there continuing to roll, I don't see a problem with it.

Q: You don't want him to have a window?

JM: It's not that I don't want them to. The rules are the rules. If he's gonna go to a board and get them changed, by all means go for it. If he's that worried about it and it's that big of a deal. But at the end of the day, you just need to go on the field and play football.

Q: How much are you looking forward to the ESPYs?

JM: Really looking forward to it. It's a cool deal. I remember, February or January asking Justin Moore our Director of Football Operations if I'd have a chance to go to the ESPYs. He didn't know. It's a huge event in sports. So I'm looking forward to going, interacting with people, seeing people I've already met, and just enjoy the night.

Q: Do you expect to change your lifestyle, maybe scale back and be more restrained or do you think there's really no need for you to change anything that you've done?

JM: The season's coming up so everything changes during the season. If we were sitting here and February and you asked me this question, I would say I'll continue to live my life and continue to go the things I'm doing. I'll continue to go to sporting events, play golf with my family, try to meet people, go to concerts, whatever it is. Continue to be who I am. I'm not gonna change that but since the season's coming up, all that goes away. It's grind time with your brothers, all these guys, your coaches, and it's really get ready to try to win 13 or 14 games or whatever it may be.

Q: Johnny, you're in the middle of the fairway, 245 yards from the whole, water in front of the green. What club's coming out of your bag?

JM: 245? Probably take like a 3-iron hybrid maybe. Put it up there. Adams has some hybrids I really like. I hit 'em pretty good.

Q: Johnny, [inaudible] tranferring last summer?

JM: It was up in the air. I never really had any intentions. If things had gone differently, I would have had no choice but to transfer. But for me, that was never what I wanted to do. It was maybe an option if things went down a different path. But things didn't go that way.

Q: Was there a school that you had in mind?

JM: No, no. I just went back and say if things go a little differently than they did, I'd might have to look at going somewhere else. And it wasn't anything against A&M. It wasn't anything like that. It's just whatever had happened in my life prior to that brought this situation up and we had to handle it the best way we knew how. Things went the way they did and the rest is history?

Q: Would you like to see A&M play Texas again?

JM: I would love to play Texas again. It's a game that I've watched for years and it's been a great rivalry, a great matchup. Would love to get a chance to do that.

JM: Thanks, guys.