During the Texas A&M pro day last Thursday, quarterback Johnny Manziel certainly impressed NFL scouts by lighting up the field. And over the weekend, Johnny Football celebrated by igniting an online war with a social media swipe at University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong.
On Saturday, Manziel posted a side-by-side photo of himself and Strong on Instagram, both doing what has popularly become referred to as Manziel’s “regime” hand gesture — a common sight on the field after his mind-boggling plays. Attached to the photo is a comment by Manziel adding fuel to the fire: "Sorry Charlie...you're not a part of the regime #SawEmOff."
The outgoing Aggie quarterback has always had a candid voice on social media, and his "Sorry Charlie" Instagram post has generated thousands of likes, comments (many not fit to print) and mentions on sports news sites across the web.
Manziel's timing is spot on, too. The Instagram came just a few days after UT fans learned that Coach Strong has revoked his players' privilege to use the “Hook ‘em Horns” hand sign until they re-earn the right.
Due to a conference shake up, Manziel never played against the Longhorns, but his online jab at the new coach reignites a longstanding Longhorn/Aggie rivalry; a rivalry that, for now, will have to be settled off the field.