The man in the cowboy hat on the left? His name is Jim Darnell. He’s the man fighting the NCAA for Johnny Manziel. And if his cowboy hat doesn’t convince you that he’s confident in his lawyerin’ skills, a recent interview with USA Today should do the trick.
Darnell told George Schroeder of USA Today that he expects Manziel to be under center for Texas A&M’s first game against Rice and beyond.
“I can’t say much,” Darnell told USA TODAY Sports, “other than we’re working through the process. He’s cooperating with the investigation. We think when all this comes out on the other end, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Aggies against Rice.”
Darnell said he didn’t have a timetable for when the investigation of Manziel might conclude.
“A lot of that is out of my hands,” he said. “That will be up to the NCAA.”
So why is Darnell so confident? Well, he’s also the lawyer that went toe to toe with the NCAA for Cam Newton. And we know how that turned out.
So if anyone is going to get Johnny Football off, Jim Darnel is the man to do it.