Friday, August 23, 2013

Texas A&M chancellor insists Johnny Manziel is innocent

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has a big defender in the school's chancellor, John Sharp. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The whirlwind surrounding controversial Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel continues to produce its fair share of defenders and accusers.

On Thursday, Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp backed the reigning Heisman winner, telling a local television station that he believes Manziel is innocent.

“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp told College Station news station KBTX. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing.”

Manziel allegedly participated in autograph sessions in exchange for compensation, which is prohibited by his amateur status, and a major violation in the eyes of the NCAA. All in all, he reportedly took part in a total of six such sessions.

The NCAA is currently undergoing its own investigation in connection with the alleged signings. 

The Aggies open their season Aug. 31 against Rice.

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