Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp recently sent out an email to the Texas A&M community to “a quick update on our flagship, Texas A&M University.” In the email, Sharp covers thing you’d expect to see a Chancellor of a university cover: the ROI of the investment of enrolling at Texas A&M and the exciting football season that’s on the horizon. But before getting into those topics, Sharp decided to wade into the waters of the Johnny Manziel autograph signing investigation.
Of course, Sharp and Texas A&M fully backs Manziel. But instead of stating that and leaving it at that, Sharp takes things a step further and calls out Darren Rovell who “uncovered” the investigation.
As you are all aware, our Heisman Trophy winning, freshman quarterback has been very popular this summer! I hope you saw that I recently supported him at the opening of the Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth.
While I did confirm that it was a personal view, my motivation was based on the fact we have had ongoing and productive dialogue with the NCAA during their investigation, as required. However, some members of the media have chosen to declare #2 guilty with no evidence whatsoever.
Darren Rovell of ESPN, who broke this story, has been duped before. During his report on Johnny Manziel, he cites unnamed sources who refuse to provide an interview or any tangible proof. In fact, his “named source,” Drew Tieman (initially referred to as the broker), was reportedly booked twice for possession of marijuana and placed on four years probation. He has taken down his Facebook page, changed his telephone number and is refusing attempts to be interviewed by the NCAA. It is surprising that the nation’s largest sports channel would support publication with this lack of corroboration.
So a Chancellor of a SEC school just called out the network that houses the SEC Network. This should work out just fine.
H/T Dr. Saturday