Summer of Johnny: Revenge of the Chancellor

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Also, who is the "his" referring to in the previous paragraph? Why, that would be's Darren Rovell, the reporter who "broke" the story about Manziel and an ongoing NCAA investigation into his receiving money from Tieman.

Rovell, Sharp thinks you're at best a gullible simp who will run with any story and at worst, a liar (Paraphrasing. You know by now.):

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.

The Chancellor is calling out fools by name, fools like you, Rovell! I'm not afraid to say it, John Sharp is easily the most badass chancellor since Chancellor Palpatine of the Naboo. (Point of disclosure: They are the only two chancellors I know by name.)

And Sharp didn't stop there. Oh no, he didn't.

When asked about his e-mail and the Manziel situation by KBTX Channel 3 at an Aggie function on Thursday night, Sharp did not mince words. He came out swinging again:

"I know [Manziel] is innocent. 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."

Credit to John Sharp -- he says "Fuck you, Rovell" much more diplomatically than most Aggies have said it. And credit John Sharp for unquestionably having the back of his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. If it's more of a leap of faith than an assertion grounded in virtual certainty (and honestly, how can anybody be 100 percent sure of anything with Manziel?), it's a bold chess move.

Ultimately, it probably wasn't necessary for Sharp to back Manziel publicly this hard at this stage, but you have to admire his loyalty. Of course, Johnny is good for business, and business has been good, so perhaps this is the least Sharp could do.

After all, Thursday evening, right around the time Sharp was emphatically confirming his support for Manziel and laying that verbal helmet-to-helmet hit on Rovell, A&M boosters were raising $119,000 in ten minutes selling six football-related items.

None of those items were autographed by Johnny Manziel, yet his fingerprints were all over them.

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Brian Burch
Brian Burch

Condoning breaking the rules?? That's and odd departure for a Chancellor... Hope it works out for him when Manziel is suspended..good article..


I don't see anything in the Johnny Football saga that you wouldn't see in the average bro-tastic college guy's lifestyle. He had a fake ID once; big deal, so did I. He likes to party; who doesn't like to party at that age? He's been a little obnoxious. Well, he's a rich kid and he's getting a ton of attention, so the fact that he's only been obnoxious and not a massive over-indulged trainwreck of egotistical self-entitlement and general bad behavior is probably a miracle. I don't go out of my way to sympathize with famous rich kids, but we could cut the guy some slack. If he has another year like he had last year, none of this is going to matter to anybody. Every one of his haters in the NCAA and fans of UT and the rest of the SEC would give anything to have him on their roster.

And if he has a crappy year, well, let 'em hate.


Much like Canseco, he might be a scumbag but that doesn't make him wrong.  Tieman is going to bring down both Johnnys.  And that's too bad, but it's not undeserved.


Along with everything else, Johnny Football showed that we got some bikini-posin' skillz in Texas, too. Take that, USC's Leinart and the glamor boys from glamor schools. (I think it was Leinert who was pictured with both bikini babes and a bong, too.)

Sean, here's an idea - rank the bikinis posed with QBs, tie that to something real like the eventual NFL coach's strictness quotient, or something. C'mon, you're the sports guy, give us some stats based on party pictures. It's tough wading through all those bikinis, but you knew the job was dangerous when you signed up for it.

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