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McClover’s Auburn Accusations Being Called Into Question

Here’s how these things work:


* A former player makes claims that he was involved in cheating at his college.

* Fans attempt to debunk him by painting him as someone with an ax to grind.

* Teammates come out and say he’s lying.


Like clockwork, that predictable scenario is playing out in Auburn today.  AuburnSports.com — the Rivals site covering the Tigers — reports that a number of people who know former Tiger Stanley McClover well believe he is making up his share of the allegations HBO will air tonight during an episode of “Real Sports.” 

For the full story, you’ll likely need a subscription, but here are some of the highlights from their lengthy piece:


* McClover’s high school coach says that he “was shocked” during his HBO interview when his former player asked him to talk about Auburn coaches taking over his office and holding a private meeting with McClover.  Ken Scott says that never happened.  He also says the man who recruited McClover — Eddie Gran who is now at Florida State — “is a man of integrity.”  Of the accusation that Gran offered or provided cash for McClover, Scott said: “I don’t understand what Stanley is talking about because I know Eddie Gran well and I know it didn’t happen.”

* Gran himself said, “That absolutely, positively never happened.”

* A former teammate of McClover’s — Auburn All-American safety Junior Rosegreen — also shot holes in the claims.  “I told him that I am not going to be a part of that because it’s bull (crap).  He said he was going to talk about getting paid to go to Auburn and I know that is a lie.  I don’t believe a word he says.  He’s not a man you can trust.  I know him and I don’t want to be a part of anything he has going on.”

* Former Tiger player Jeris McIntyre says an HBO producer tried to get him to share some dirt on Auburn “off the record.”  “He said that about 10 times.  I said, ‘Fine.  You want me to tell you something off the record?  Here you go: Stanley is a damn liar.”  (Looks like that’s on the record now.)

* Rosegreen states the McClover is “already broke” following a four-year NFL career.  He says, “I was told Stanley got $20,000 (from HBO for the interview), and I know for a fact you don’t get that money until you give them something, until you tell them what they want to hear.”


The piece by AuburnSports.com is a strong defense… naturally.  Whether you believe AuburnSports.com or HBO’s “Real Sports” will likely be determined by your own team allegiances.

If HBO actually paid these men for their interviews, then you can count us among those who will give no credence to their claims.  And we’re already suspicious of them.

If nothing else, some serious doubts exist as to whether or not McClover and three other former Tiger players are making legitimate claims or simply attempting to smear their old school.

If the NCAA starts asking questions, these players are going to have to eventually provide some names.  If they don’t, it will be very hard for anyone — well, anyone not wearing crimson — to believe their accusations.

 


8 comments
bbah
bbah

Why would only people wearing crimson be interested in auburn caught cheating???? Mrsec have you ever heard of the oldest rivalry in the south (thats Georgia if you haven't) and how about Florida fans or do you think they are glad everything worked out so well for Cam?

I enjoy your website but keep your commentary realistic....

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

bbah...

You prove that a word can't be typed that won't leave someone complaining. I used "crimson" because everyone on the face of the earth knows that the Auburn-Alabama rivalry is the most heated on the planet. Fans of both schools toss accusations at one another non-stop.

If I put a disclaimer on every sentence typed, each story would be 40 paragraphs long.

So I stick to my point as I think it's pretty realistic to say Bama fans in crimson will be the LAST people on earth to give Auburn the benefit of the doubt on this story or any other.

Thanks for reading,
John

Dee
Dee

HBO doesn't pay for interviews. Watch the show. The story they discuss and cover is much greater than Auburn handshakes. They are merely using that as one example of the corrupt world of college football and basketball. Auburn just has it's feelings hurt because HBO used them as an example.

It's a very well done hour show - needs to be expanded 10 fold.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Just FYI here, folks...

As someone who has worked in the media for 20 years, I would be shocked if HBO paid someone for a story. "Real Sports" has a solid reputation and it's very, very doubtful that anyone was paid.

That said, if money did change hand, then I would have some serious doubts about the validity of the stories being passed along.

John

Logical Thinker
Logical Thinker

HBO obviously stretched the truth about what the intention of their story was going to be (to the players they contacted), so it's not beyond the realm of possibilities that they would also stretch the truth about offering money for said interviews.

Iknowthefacts
Iknowthefacts

These guys were NOT paid for their statements on HBO

Mr SEC Fan
Mr SEC Fan

Andrea Kramer said during a March 30, 2011 "Scott Van Pelt Show" interview that HBO does not pay interviewees.

Tracer Round
Tracer Round

Kind of reminds me of the responses to the "Bimbo Eruptions" during Slick's administration. Fast, furious, immediate and always went after the throat of the accuser.......

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