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AU Assistants Decline Comment On Rumored NCAA Investigation (Likely Tied To Ex-Tiger Robinson)

On and on it goes.  Worse and worse it looks.

Earlier this week, oddsmaker Danny Sheridan told a Tuscaloosa fan club that the NCAA is once again investigating Auburn and that two Tiger assistants had been pulled from the recruiting trail as a result.  Given a chance to deny the claims, head coach Gene Chizik declined.

Yesterday, Tiger assistants Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor — the aides believed to have been grounded — followed suit.  Luper said:

 

“We’ve got our commitments, and we have a strategy to keep those guys.  We’re not going to elaborate on any of it, and we’re definitely not going to answer any accusations.”

 

And Taylor said:

 

“Obviously, we can’t comment on any accusations, but I can tell you this.  We have a plan in place for recruiting. We stick to that plan, and what this coaching staff is focused on, outside of recruiting, is winning a football game.”

 

If you’re on the road recruiting, you say so and you shoot down Sheridan’s claims.  Chizik, Luper and Taylor all chose to zip their lips instead.  Their silence speaks volumes.

If Luper and Taylor are off the road, then it’s probably — at least in part — tied to the NCAA’s ongoing attempt to clean up recruiting in Memphis and the assistants’ recruiting job on Jovon Robinson.  In August, Robinson was ruled ineligible shortly after his guidance counselor at Memphis’ Wooddale High School admitted to falsifying the running back’s transcript.

Did someone ask said guidance counselor to make those changes to Robinson’s academic record?  If so, was that someone connected to Auburn?  Those are questions that the NCAA is likely trying to answer right now.

Auburn, of course, could have just pulled Luper and Taylor off the road until the smoke clears.  Remember, there was a lot of smoke surrounding Cam Newton, too, but no smoking gun was ever found.

Still with “no comments” now emanating from the Plains on a daily basis, it seems that Sheridan might have been right about this one.

 


10 comments
bfimax
bfimax

First off, I don't believe anything is going on from an Auburn illegal recruiting standpoint...the Memphis kid had issues with his test two years ago, long before Auburn was high on the list.

 

Saying this, would it be out of the realm of possibility that someone is setting up a scenario that would allow Auburn to fire Chizik with cause, absolving them of any possible buyout?  Or at least to reduce any buyout substantially?

 

Just a thought...

ryoung1218
ryoung1218

I suggest you inform AdChoices to eliminate sticking unwanted propaganda from the Romney campaign & his PAC supporters on your site.  If it continues, I will no longer visit your site

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badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

 @ryoung1218

 sounds to me like the ramblings of a another terrified democrat...go ahead and boycott the site and invite all your friends to do likewise!

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @badbadhoggie  @ryoung1218 

 

Drop the political crap from both sides, please.  It's America, the country is 50/50 Democrat/Republican when it comes to just about every single vote.

 

John

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @John at MrSEC  @badbadhoggie  @ryoung1218 I am a partisan, I have an irrational urge to yell at football teams for no good reason, based on demographics that make absolutely no sense at all. Born and bred in Florida and root for the Green Bay Packers. And no, I do not like FSU (but love it that they don't like me much either).

 

Hope that did not go too far into the partisan divide..... Good site John, and thanks for the explanation of why I get ads popping up for (self sensored).....

 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @badbadhoggie 

 

He has, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.  All successful recruiters are accused by rivals as being dirty.  Take John Calipari, for example.  His reputation is that of Basketball Dracula, but the NCAA has never pinned a thing on him.  Yes, he's captained some ships that have gotten into trouble, but he's always been cleared of wrongdoing.

 

But in answer to your question, yes, rival fans have long suggested that Taylor might bend a rule or two.

 

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @badbadhoggie  @ryoung1218 

 

No problem.  Just don't want to start heading down that road.  The back and forth between partisans on both sides would drive up pageviews, but I'm just dumb enough not to want to get pageviews with that stuff.

 

People usually just wind up cursing each other.

 

Thanks for reading,

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @ryoung1218 

 

Well, first, that's a Google ad.  They plug in ads based on what YOU have been reading/searching on the web.  I, for example, see no political ads on this page.  I see insurance and car ads on this page.

 

But, second, if you think your threats will lead us to take down an ad -- even if it were an ad we HAD put up -- you'd best run along to another site anyway.  This is a site for objective, intelligent people.  If that makes it a club of 10, so be it.  But someone with skin so thin he/she refuses to visit a site because of a political ad placed on the site?  You don't belong here anyway.

 

I just wonder if you're sending nasty emails to every single television station and network for running political ads, too.

 

John



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