Texas A&M Chancellor on Manziel: ‘I know he’s innocent’

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Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp is the leading voice in the Aggies’ camp regarding the allegations of Johnny Manziel’s profiting from six different autograph sessions for three different brokers, and last night’s statements were the most definitive since the allegations surfaced early August.

Sharp spoke with KBTX-TV, which posted a video and the interview transcript, and proclaimed Manziel’s innocence and added, ‘he’s seen things that other folks can’t see’.

“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp said. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing, and I think that it’s time that we, once we knew what the facts are and we know the facts, and I’ve seen what everybody else has seen now, and the rest of the country is going to get to see that before it’s over with. It was a bunch of hype journalism.”

Sharp’s comments come one day after he raked ESPN and Darren Rovell’s reporting over the coals for declaring Manziel guilty with ‘no evidence whatsoever’.

The biggest question is whether Texas A&M’s athletic department shares the same sentiments. If so, there’s no doubt he’ll be playing against Rice.

Following NCAA’s guidelines of remaining mum about ongoing investigations, Manziel hasn’t spoken to the media since the first report surfaced August 4th.

Photo Credit: Thomas Campbell

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  • While I’m absolutely certain he did not sign all those autographs for free…if they can’t prove it then they need to move on and let’s play ball. However, I would not be goin around publicly declaring his innocence if I were this guy…we all know how things can come out years down the road that can be pretty condemning. And of course ESPN is blowing everything out of proportion…that’s what they do…but you didn’t hear anyone complaining about it when they were over-hyping everything he did on the field did you?

  • Let Johnny play. If the NCAA can find no wrong doing I wish the sport world would just shut up about it. I think the deeper issue here is it happened to involve a player from the SEC. If this was an issue , say in the Big 12 or the Pac 10 the press would be muffled. Johnny is just a good ole southern boy with a wild side and that just makes him human.

  • The media can’t sell the innocent story. The media can’t sell a lack of evidence story. The media can only sell another Manziel bad boy story. Nobody wants corruption in college football. I, for one, want college football to continue to draw the line at providing educations for participation. The problem with this story is that college football players create favors for themselves frequently and they don’t have to be stars to do it. If we are going to make an example out of someone the evidence needs to be over-whelming, the violation needs to be a trend not an instance, but really the crackdown needs to be at more than one point of enforcement. Most importantly, the NCAA has sent mixed messages by becoming such a profit center entity. Perhaps it is time for the NCAA to split up it’s mission into divisions where college presidents employ different branches to keep college sports as the best partner to college communities. Or as many people believe to simplify the rule book. Please… no professional college division. Just send the pro players to the NFL sooner.