Any suspicion of cheating concerning Kouandjio's recruitment should be directed at Auburn, not Alabama. Alabama recruited him for over a year and was thought to be the overwhelming favorite for his signature all along. He didn't even mention AU until after the Under Armour All-American game and didn't visit Auburn until January 28, 2011. As shown by the announcement video, his family were dumbfounded when he picked them. He appeared to be dumbfounded by the decision himself.
Have you checked the nearest Auburn messageboard today? Tiger fans are upset and outraged. They’re shocked and chagrined. They want the NCAA to do some serious digging.
Into Cam and Cecil Newton?
Hell, no. Into Cyrus Kouandjio’s decision to ink with Alabama.
As you know by now the five-star offensive lineman from DC officially reversed his signing day commitment to Auburn by faxing in a signed letter of intent to Alabama on Saturday. About one minute after news of the fax broke, some Tiger fans began banging away on their keyboards claiming that Alabama must have done something illegal to persuade Kouandjio to reverse field. (Never mind the fact that Kouandjio’s older brother is already on Bama’s team and that his high school coach said the player “looked miserable” almost immediately after making his Auburn announcement.)
Some Tiger fans are convinced Alabama must have cheated. Clearly they miss the irony of such claims.
Kettle? Pot here. You’re black.
But before any Tiger fans take offense, we’re certain that had Cam Newton gone to Bama and Kouandjio signed with Auburn, all these fans’ comments would be 100% reversed.
We just find it funny — viewing from the cheap seats — that these two fanbases hate one another so much that they have no problem making accusations… even while one is the target of an ongoing NCAA investigation and the other sits on NCAA probation for the umpteenth time.
So as far as reputations are concerned, Auburn’s most recent “Bama cheated” cries are akin to Al Capone calling John Dillinger a gangster. Might want to clean up your own rep before you go trashing someone else’s.
Then again, Auburn fans aren’t worried about how the Newton affair impacted their program’s reputation. They just want to tear down Alabama. And vice versa.