Since it was learned that Jim Darnell was representing Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel during an NCAA investigation the Texas attorney has made more media rounds than an American Idol heart throb. But the predictable lawyer-speak -- "We don't know how long this will take" "We've found no evidence of Johnny taking money" etc. -- is about all he's really said with a microphone around.

Until Saturday.

Darnell told The Associated Press that there is a chance Manziel could play this season absent clearance from the NCAA.

"I don't know if (the NCAA) will be done before the season. I believe the process should be far enough along that he'll be able to play" Darnell said.

The NCAA is investigating whether Manziel accepted money for autograph sessions with memorabilia dealers which could jeopardize his eligibility. It is ultimately the NCAA's decision whether Manziel is eligible or not but it's ultimately Texas A&M's decision whether or not to play him. The question facing TAMU which is investigating the matter itself is whether or not to play the Heisman Trophy winner if the NCAA investigation has not been concluded by the time the Aggies kickoff against Rice Aug. 31.

Conventional wisdom advises against it.

The risk is that if the Aggies play Manziel and he is later ruled ineligible by the NCAA the result would likely be vacated victories and/or championships.