Texas A&M has hired the same law firm to handle the Johnny Manziel matter that handled the Auburn-Cam Newton case, according to a report from Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports. Manziel is facing an NCAA investigation into an autograph signing session for which he was allegedly paid.
Lightfoot, Franklin and White, a firm based in Birmingham, helped Auburn work through its NCAA troubles when it was discovered that Cam Newton's father, Cecil, had asked Mississippi State for a large sum of money in exchange for his son's services. The NCAA investigation ultimately found no wrongdoing on the parts of Auburn or Cam Newton.
The firm also worked with Michigan when the Wolverines football program faced a handful of major rules infractions in 2010.
The investigation into Manziel's actions at the autograph session in question is ongoing, though there is no concrete evidence that he was paid for signing photos or memorabilia. Manziel was with his team to open camp Monday, though he did not address the media.