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Ah, Ha! Another Alleged Auburn Violation! Wait. It’s From Years Ago. What?

Auburn fans, just pack it in.  Bury the AU gear in your backyard.  The whole world is in fact out to get you.

SportsByBrooks.com — shocker — reported yesterday that former Auburn player Stanley McClover recently told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that an Auburn assistant coach provided him with extra benefits while he was an AU player.




But before all you Auburn-haters pull a hammy from jumping for joy, you need to realize that McClover left The Plains way back in 2006.  His last football season was the 2005 campaign.  The assistant who gave him extra benefits — cash? a car? sea monkeys? — was part of the Tommy Tuberville staff.

In other words, the player and the coach and the whole darn staff is now gone from Auburn.  And has been for a while.

Now the problem for Auburn is this: The NCAA is basically Ken Starr.  They can start out investigating Whitewater, but if they find a stained dress… hey, they can go there, too. 

So it’s possible that the NCAA could roll this issue from five years ago into its current investigation of the Tigers.  But unless McClover reveals on TV that he got a lot more than a $50 handshake, it’s unlikely the NCAA will dig too deeply into something that might or might fall under the body’s statute of limitation guidelines in the first place.

 


13 comments
HSV_accountant
HSV_accountant

Those "Honk if you sacked Brodie!" bumper stickers that Coach Price gave to McClover are an extra benefit?

Lee
Lee

Apparently the HBO story isn't JUST about Auburn. They have players from other SEC schools claiming they were paid, INCLUDING ALABAMA. Another story being drug out that won't amount to anything, just like Cam Newton and the Louisiana thing. When you are on the top, EVERYONE tries to bring you down. Pretty normal human reaction.

Runyun
Runyun

"So it’s possible that the NCAA could roll this issue from five years ago into its current investigation of the Tigers."

Hey John, try to stay relevant by not writing things that are completely and totally false. Auburn is NOT under investigation, idiot. If you actually believe AU is being investigated by the NCAA, please provide us with the Letter of Inquiry that a school gets from the NCAA as notification of an investigation. Oh wait, there isn't one. Thanks for trying. War Damn Eagle, 2010 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.

Bryce
Bryce

You need to read the NCAA rule book on this. It doesn't matter if it was 4-5 years ago. This kind of offense is open to investigation. Once the NCAA has the info, they have a YEAR to investigate, and they CAN bring the hammer down. Is that smoke I see coming from The Barn????

WarEagleSC
WarEagleSC

is there any chance it could still involve Chizik? He was on staff while McClover was at Auburn.

Bear Updyke
Bear Updyke

HBO sports is not going with any weak sauce, there's more than just McClover's deal from five years ago. This is going to expose Auburn as the dirty program we all know they have been for 30 years under Bobby Lowder, Pat Dye, etc.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Runyun...

I appreciate being called a liar and an idiot.

But you might want to read this:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusriv...

I'm sure Auburn officials would be interested to know what NCAA investigators are doing asking questions about Cam Newton, Trovon Reed and Greg Robinson if the NCAA isn't really investigating Auburn. Oh, and please give Mike Slive a call since he said earlier this month that he'd not been informed that the NCAA had closed its case on Auburn.

Obviously, you're a great fan. You really seem to be keeping up on current Auburn events.

But again, thanks for angrily spewing hate at someone you don't know... who was actually right in the first place

The beauty of this -- I post a story and Alabama fans suggest that I'm defending Auburn... while Auburn fans get made that I'm attacking them. As usual, bias is with the reader, not the writer.

John

Guest
Guest

What about what Chris Keys has to say about Bama? And Bama is currently on probation, right? Is that smoke I see coming from Tuscalooser? From what I understand, it is going to put a black eye on all of the SEC, so I think before some schools start getting all excited about any problems about everybody else, they better be thinking about what is going to be pointed out about their own school.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Bryce...

Hey, thanks. But I have read the NCAA rulebook. There are four points that fall under the statute of limitations guidelines. This might violate one of those four points -- meaning it could be investigated -- IF it's believed a coach intentionally, knowingly broke a rule. As for now, we only know that one player is making some sort of claim that he received some sort of extra benefit. Not enough details there for me to wet my pants with joy, but hey, I don't live my life longing to see Auburn (or Alabama) ruined. I don't have that much hate in me.

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

WarEagleSC...

It could, but it's likely that information would have been leaked if that were the case. It would be hard to keep: "Chizik paid him" rumors quiet... especially if a reporter, a photographer, lighting guys, a sound crew and editors have all heard the claim.

No doubt HBO will try to connect those dots, but having worked in television, I think it's unlikely HBO could keep such a huge claim under wraps.

But I've been wrong before. Once, I think. In '88. (Joking.)

John

AUTigersfan79
AUTigersfan79

OMG...I suppose you are an Alabama fan huh? And you REALLY think Alabama or ANY major college football team isn't or hasn't been "dirty" at sometime...you are an idiot dude. You can't stand that "little 'ole" Auburn whooped your tail and now has a BCS National Championship and has whooped your tail for the last decade....get over it move on and stop trying to whine like a little bi#$h!!!

HSV_accountant
HSV_accountant

Ah the Stanley McClover memories. Brodie Croyle still suffers from PTSD from the 2005 Iron Bowl.

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