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The NCAA Puts A Beatdown On Sheridan

After meeting with USA Today oddsmaker Danny Sheridan regarding his claims that an NCAA source had told him a bagman in the Auburn-Cam Newton case had been found, that same organization has published on its website a scathing rebuke of the man:

“Danny Sheridan continues to make vague, unsubstantiated claims without backing them up with proof.  Contrary to his claims of having an inside source with details on the Auburn investigation, the NCAA has not provided information to Sheridan or anyone else.  As a matter of due diligence, the NCAA spoke with Sheridan this week to determine if he had any facts pertaining to the investigation.  Sheridan, however, did not provide any information to the enforcement staff and certainly did not provide a name.  Instead, he unsuccessfully attempted to gather information for his own use.”

Wow.  And that appears on NCAA.org.

Some thoughts…

On Sheridan:  Sheridan has made a career out of setting gambling lines for ball games.  It doesn’t take much credibility to do that, just a knack for projecting said ball games.  Good thing.  Because any actual “news” credibility Sheridan might have had is gone with the wind this afternoon.

On the NCAA:  Think college sports’ governing body is tired of scandals and accusations?  They have a tough enough job trying to monitor hundreds of schools with a small team of investigators.  With today’s media, every $50 handshake becomes a mega-scandal.  The last thing they need is to have someone suggest that a) they have information they’re not acting on and b) that they themselves leak information to someone tied to sports gambling.

Kudos to the NCAA for stepping on Sheridan and his nonsense.  They should do this kind of thing more often.  Then again, for all the sleazy people making scurrilous accusations in the media these days, no one else has gotten as specific with his malarkey as Sheridan.

On Alabama fans:  I can’t count the number of emails and comments this site has received from Tide fans angry that we would dare question the motivations of a man like Sheridan.  “Why would he lie?”  “He’s got to worry about his own reputation!”  “If the NCAA wants to talk to him that means he’s got the goods on Auburn!”

Uh, no.  The lesson — should any of you now feel ridiculous for publicly backing Sheridan — don’t believe something just because you want to.  Wanting something to be true doesn’t make it so.  I’d like to think I’m a pretty good looking guy.  But the mirrors in my house tell me otherwise.  We all know you hate Auburn, but that doesn’t mean every crackpot with a baseless accusation against AU is telling the God’s honest truth.

On Auburn fans:  Don’t laugh too loudly, folks.  The NCAA hasn’t closed its investigation into the Tiger program.  Sheridan might not have had a clue regarding what they’ve found — if anything — but they are still looking.  And as we say when the NCAA starts snooping around any SEC school… uh-oh.  You don’t want NCAA investigators nosing around on your campus.  Ever.

Also, how ’bout taking a lesson from the disappointment Bama fans are feeling right now.  For all the photos floating around of Tide players sharing dinner with a booster — a booster who wasn’t even banned from UA at the time of the dinners — there’s no hard proof that the owner of T-Town Menswear was paying players in cash or in clothes.  It doesn’t mean that those players — in the NCAA’s eyes — were promoting the man’s business.  Just because you want it to be true, doesn’t make it true.

In the end, the NCAA will rule on what is and what isn’t legal.  If history is any judge, they’ll have no problem smacking around Alabama or Auburn if one of them is actually cheating.  Lord knows they’ve done so quite a few times in the past.

And as has previously been the case, if they do spank one of those schools, they’ll likely do so without giving Danny Sheridan a heads-up.

 


14 comments
ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

Sheridan released this statement via twitter:

“The NCAA statement about me is total propaganda and an absolute misrepresentation of the facts. For the record, I do have sources at the NCAA and that’s why the organization has chosen to shoot the messenger."

"The NCAA called me through my attorney and requested an interview. I spoke with two NCAA investigators last Wednesday for almost an hour. I was consistent with them as I have been with the media and the public in refusing to divulge my sources. I also politely declined to share the name of the individual I have been told gave money to Cecil Newton."

"For the NCAA to claim I did anything else is specious, deceitful, disingenuous and completely false. I will be happy to take a polygraph test on these specific issues and challenge them to do so as well.”

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

If the NCAA starts issuing statements like this once a week on people making bogus claims, then its 100% certain that the NCAA thinks Danny is full of bs to the highest degree.

But if we never see a statement like this from the NCAA again... then we'll have to keep wondering, what exactly made Danny Sheridan so special

saber1234
saber1234

Can't believe you uat bammers... This was a definite, you have no information Sheridan. Either put up or shut up. He did not produce, but you bammers won't let it go.. You still have to defend even an obvious lie. Get your heads out of the sand and look around. You had better start worrying about SUITGATE & CARGATE in t-town and not what is going on at other institutions (which happen to be institutions of higher learning) and not football fanatical places such as uat. Things are getting smelly in mullet town...
Let the Eagle Soarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Red elephants can't fly.... WDE!!!!!!!!! Hey!!!!!!!!!!

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Love those Aubie hypocrites.....

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

dont think so. this wasn't a put up or shut up... it was just a SHUT UP!

What info did the NCAA hope to gain from Sheridan... who claims all his information on the case comes from the NCAA ? He never claimed to have additional leads or sources they didn't already have. And he's been having this runaround with the NCAA for years, he claims to have sources, the NCAA completely refutes even the possibility he could have a source. Once after a previous claim of inside info from the NCAA- they checked phone records for all agents to see if any calls by anyone had been made to Sheridan

so IMO they didn't meet with him to get details on Cam Newton, b/c they had absolutely nothing to gain and they've dealt with him before and know he is a selfserving $#%^$ and he wouldnt tell them squat... they wanted to try to probe him to see who if anyone he was really talking to within their organization, and reports are he was non cooperative as usual

And while the NCAA blasted Danny, there sure said a lot more in that statement than just Danny Sheridan sucks at life

for one, they officially said on the record for the first time that THERE IS AN ONGOING NCAA INVESTIGATION INTO AUBURN UNIVERSITY (not just Cam Newton and his Miss St recruitment as many auburn fans keep claiming). Cam wasn't even mentioned, so maybe they are investigating more than just Cam Newton in their investigation on the plains

second- the fact that they went out of their way to destroy Danny, which is something the NCAA does NOT do... ever... certainly raises an eyebrow and every story I've read on this beat down has mentioned that interesting fact

Danny is most likely full of bs- but something distinguishes him from the rest of the idiots out there who are full of bs and run their mouths. Until yesterday he was like everyone else... but after this statement and beat down, it certainly makes people wonder what exactly set the NCAA off to force them to respond is such an unprecedented way

ajp40505
ajp40505

There seems to be some confusion here. Isn't this about Sheridan refusing to revel his source within the NCAA? If, in fact, Sheridan has a source inside the NCAA, do you really think he would revel it? Your focus is on the name of the Auburn bagman. The NCAA's focus was someone in their organization leaking information to Sheridan and their statement was about Sheridan's vague, unsubstantiated claims of his source. It had nothing to do with the "bagman". Keep your eye on the ball, MrSEC.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

I agree- If sheridan claimed to have been told all his info from the NCAA... Why would they want to interview him about that info?

I think they met with him to try and figure out who, if anyone, he has been talking to within their organization

Ira McGee
Ira McGee

Why would the NCAA go after a reporter? Is it now in the business of watching the press and going after reporters it thinks aren't being honest enough? John, you once posted that it was "good business" to post accusations on a web site and then sit back and see what happens. I wouldn't try that now.

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

thats the thing Ira

I dont think even if we tried with all our might we could do anything to get the NCAA to respond- so why is Danny Sheridan different?

Anyone want to give this hypothesis a try? Who's got some juicy unsubstantiated rumors? lets see if we can get the NCAA to issue another TKO

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Folks...

As I mentioned in the piece, two things set Sheridan apart from other people making accusations:

1. He is an oddsmaker who claimed to have sources inside the NCAA -- that in itself would tick off the NCAA

2. No one else has taken any claim as far as Sheridan did. Even Scott Moore said that he'd heard someone else's tapes. Sheridan said he KNEW that there was a bagman and that he KNEW the bagman's name. That's pretty specific. Posting photos on a blog doesn't compare.

Lastly, it was written above that I once said it's "good business" to make crazy accusations on websites. First, I did say that. Second, it's sadly true. However -- and I think it's important that this is noted -- we were making the point that we don't practice that type of stuff around here. We get "tips" and "rumors" and even photos in our email all the time... but if we can't substantiate the claims, we don't run 'em.

We'd get more traffic if we did. But I wouldn't feel very good about it.

John

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

something he said really got under their skin- after re-watching i think it was his comment that he had knowledge of EVERY investigation that has come out in the last few years months in advance

The fact the NCAA put out that statement is the most interesting part of this story, not what the statement said... IMHO

if this was just some guy running his mouth, the NCAA would have ignored him like they always do. What makes Danny worthy of a beat down? Hopefully time will tell

Can't wait for the next episode of the Vampire Diaries

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

I just re-watched the interview and I think I figured out what pissed off the NCAA so much

Danny makes a comment half way through, where he claims to have had knowledge months in advance of the investigations into Miami, Ohio State, North Carolina, and Tennessee!!! LOL IS THERE ANYTHING HE DOESNT KNOW? he sure likes to toot his own horn doesnt he

that had to be it, b/c he claims to have been leaked info on every single case that has come through the NCAA in the past decade!! Thats the only think I can figure that would anger the NCAA enough to issue this statement... as they have always ignored fools making outlandish statements in the past, but not this one. something he said crossed the line and I bet it was that comment

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

also,

was that the first "on the record" comment by the NCAA that there actually is an ongoing investigation into Auburn ?

obviously the exchange between Chizik & Roe Lach in Destin made the news but it wasn't official or anything, just Andy Kennedy running his mouth about a private meeting

I think I could analyze this statement for an entire week... this was just such an unusual occurrence I can't stop wondering what was behind it all

ShannyDeridan
ShannyDeridan

Sheridan looks like a vampire

and the NCAA put a stake through his heart with that one... that was a BEAT DOWN

HOWEVA (stephen a smith voice):

the fact that the NCAA put out this statement says a lot more than just the beatdown on Danny. First, the NCAA goes back on its "No Comment on ongoing investigations" policy that Mark Emerett discussed on the Dan Patrick show last week when he sidestepped saying anything at all about Auburn

also, the NCAA doesn't typically respond publicly to people like Danny Sheridan who make claims about knowledge of this or that. In fact, I can't remember another time the NCAA has released a statement like that about someone making claims against a university... ever

something is very odd about this whole statement... what pushed the NCAA to feel like they had to say something about Danny today, since there have been plenty of others to make public allegations against a university they've never gotten a beatdown like that as a response, or any response at all. Whatever Danny said... something certainly hit a nerve b/c this is not the typical response or behavior at the NCAA

I think aside from being shocked about what they said about Danny, national media who cover the NCAA regularly are shocked the NCAA would put something like this out in the first place. more to this story than meets the eye

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