Attorney: Manziel should be able to play in Texas A&M’s opener

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The attorney for Johnny Manziel said even if the NCAA investigation of the Heisman Trophy winner isn’t completed by the start of the season, the quarterback should be able to play in Texas A&M’s first game.

Jim Darnell, Manziel’s El Paso-based attorney, said he has met with Manziel and his family, but provided few details about the status or nature of the investigation.

He said he believed that Manziel would play Aug. 31 when the Aggies open the season against Rice, but could not put a timetable on the case.

“I don’t know if it will be done before the season,” Darnell said. “I believe the process should be far enough along that he’ll be able to play. We have no control over how long the process will last.”

ESPN has reported the NCAA is investigating Manziel for receiving payment for signing autographs, a violation of amateurism rules that could put his eligibility in question for the coming season.

Darnell would not confirm that Manziel is being investigated for profiting from autographs. He declined to say if Manziel has already met with the NCAA or if the 20-year-old quarterback has plans to speak with investigators.

He did say Manziel intended to cooperate with the NCAA.

TCU men fall

TCU fell to the University of Ottawa 90-74 on Friday night in the first game of its four-day, four-game summer tour of eastern Canada.

Freshman Karviar Shepherd led the Horned Frogs with 13 points. Freshman Hudson Price added 12, and junior Devonta Abron had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Frogs, who led 13-5 early, shot 50.8 percent from the field, but Ottawa, No. 3 in the final Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 poll, shot 54.3 percent on 3-pointers.

TCU whittled a 56-43 deficit to seven points with about 15 minutes to play but got no closer.

TCU will play the Ottawa Guardsmen Alumni at 7 tonight on the Carleton University campus in Ottawa.

Vanderbilt charges

Four former Vanderbilt football players were indicted on five counts of aggravated rape each of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June.

Safety Cory Batey, defensive back Brandon Banks, receiver Jaborian McKenzie, and tight end Brandon Vandenburg were also charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery for an incident tipped to campus officials by surveillance video.

Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation.

Hairston’s tickets

Records show a rental car driven by suspended North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston had a dozen campus parking citations over a two-month period.

Hairston was charged in May with speeding while driving the 2012 Camaro, which has a Virginia license plate.

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