Auburn football accused of paying players, other NCAA violations

Is Auburn football the home of the next huge NCAA scandal?

4/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Auburn football accused of paying players, other NCAA violationsSelena Roberts, who is best known for her book about Alex Rodriguez's performance enhancing drug use, has dropped the latest bombshell, this time a takedown of the Auburn Football program.

Roberts details what seem to be at the very least some highly unethical behavior, and at most a plethora of NCAA violations.

Roberts cites instances of academic fraud, recruiting violations, and outright payments made to players by the coaching staff, including current Florida coach Will Muschamp.

So how much of this is true, and how much is just sour grapes from players like Mike McNeil, who is now facing armed robbery charges for something that was referred to as "a college prank gone wrong"?

It's hard to tell for sure without having more information, but if it's true, Roberts' report could be a dagger through the heart of an Auburn football program that already needs artificial resuscitation after going winless in SEC play and 3-9 overall.

It's certainly possible that the story is a bit blown out of proportion, but it's certain that the NCAA will be talking to all parties involved to try to get the details behind the story. Roberts gives pretty detailed descriptions of the various violations, and it's going to be pretty hard for Auburn to squirm out of it if these allegations can be proven.

The one thing that could bring everything into question is the fact that almost all of the quotes in the story are from McNeil, who says he was completely abandoned by the university after the armed robbery charges. He maintains his innocence and claims that Auburn essentially disowned him because he knew too much, and could bring the program down with his knowledge of their various violations.

Check out Roberts' report for the full details of McNeil's account, and some of the allegations. We'll see how far this goes, and whether or not the NCAA finds Auburn guilty of any serious violations.
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4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34873 respect

Sharp Square wrote:


They have been kinda quiet for a while, BUT ya never know a couple nice rides , 2-3 million, and a couple cute working girls and they could be in Rose Bowl and such within next season or two laugh

cheeky

4/4/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect

Jess wrote:
I figure they won't come sniffing around my team for quite some time. I'm guessing it'll be years before WSU is relevant again.



They have been kinda quiet for a while, BUT ya never know a couple nice rides , 2-3 million, and a couple cute working girls and they could be in Rose Bowl and such within next season or two laugh

4/4/13   |   Akida360   |   26 respect

Same old Auburn, but then again this is business as usual at most schools in the SEC!!

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34873 respect

Sharp Square wrote:

Well wasn't like everyone didnt know they were paying Newton and now it seems like others and there comes a time where ya have do the time for the crime !


(and indeed everyone is doing it ya just hope its not your team getting caught and when its not well hit em in the nads) cheeky

I figure they won't come sniffing around my team for quite some time. I'm guessing it'll be years before WSU is relevant again.

4/4/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect


Well wasn't like everyone didnt know they were paying Newton and now it seems like others and there comes a time where ya have do the time for the crime !


(and indeed everyone is doing it ya just hope its not your team getting caught and when its not well hit em in the nads) cheeky

4/4/13   |   Scott   |   53749 respect

This one doesn't surprise me one bit.  There have been some very loud whispers about some shady tactics at Auburn ever since Cam Newton set foot on the campus

4/4/13   |   Jess   |   34873 respect

This happens so often I don't even care anymore. Everyone's doing it...I guarantee there isn't one school out there that isn't doing this type of thing on some level. Do we really think that there isn't at least some truth to these claims?