The spice story leaks like a sieve. While it is entirely possible that a significant issue existed with the drug, there is no detail you can touch that does not crumble for lack of corroboration. Even if the problem existed, given the drug's legality and unfamiliarity at the time, it is almost ridiculous to think Auburn could have done anything wrong. If there is smoke that leads to fire, it is in providing money to players. It makes no sense that Auburn would (or could) pay players to keep them from the NFL. The word of disgruntled felons is hardly unassailable. If there is somewhere to hang your hat on this front, it is with the HBO four or Cecil Newton, and those issues have nothing to do with these two stories. Honestly, something still smells fishy, even though I hope it is nothing. If it exists, though, I don't see it in these two stories.
Ryan Wood of The Opelika-Auburn News is probably the most popular man on the Plains today.
Outside of Auburn, Alabama? Well, he’s probably being dismissed as an A-1 Tiger homer.
We’ll allow you to decide for yourself as you read his point-by-point rundown of everything he says is wrong with the recent Rooptigo.com and ESPN The Magazine reports on the Auburn football program. Not since OJ Simpson’s legal “Dream Team” has someone so skillfully sliced apart a string of allegations and accusations.
No fewer than 14 points in those two articles have been attacked by Wood for being misleading or short on actual facts. He even focuses on a pair of “factual discrepancies” which seem to call the credibility of the original authors into question. (In fairness, one wonders if Wood has ever mistakenly described a county cop as a city cop at any point in his career. Perfection is the goal, but it’s seldom achieved.)
We wrote last week that we doubted these new allegations would amount to much in terms of actual NCAA penalties. Once again, it seems there’s more smoke than fire surrounding AU, especially with numerous sources backtracking from the comments attributed to them. But if fretting Auburn fans need some more help to feel better about things, they should just click the above list and read Wood’s attempted takedown of Selena Roberts and ESPN.