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