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wow...did someone notice this comment left underneath the article?
Here's the quote:
"I did my graduate work at Auburn in the early to mid 2000s and it was an open secret that many players were paid five figures & up to play football there. Carnell Williams was case in point of a student who caused few problems; however, he could not have survived in Junior College with a student-support service to do all his work. The Sociology reading classes that players were allowed to take were designed to keep Auburn's football APR at an inflated level reflect their attitude toward fair play. To hide what was occurring, regular students were randomly allowed to do a reading course under Dr. Petee. If the NCAA questioned, then Auburn could claim it was misguided but a benefit allowed to all students. It should have been a red flag that in 2006, Auburn lead all public universities in APR. Their inflated number included beating out private schools like Vandy and Duke.
While Auburn broke NCAA rules during my stay there, the problem has grown much worse. A coach like Trooper Taylor is allowed free reign in recruiting; no oversight is given by administration leaders nor compliance. Coach Taylor is using runners in Louisiana to recruit players like Trovon Reed & Greg Robinson. Robinson's grandmother noted that the runner, Sean Nealson, was taking Robinson on visits without his family’s knowledge nor with any way for Greg to pay for his trips. It has later been learned that the Nelson works for Willie Lyles, the man at the center of the NCAA storm with players like Patrick Peterson and Lache Seastrunk.
Furthermore, Trooper Taylor is also rumored around the Auburn campus to have used prostitutes in a type of sting operation to force reluctant recruits to commit to Auburn. Players like Cyrus Kouandjio that Auburn had little contact with over time, take visits to school without parent/s or guardian/s, then with commit without any reason.
Taylor has been a fixture in South Florida recruiting for years. While at Tennessee, he pulled players to Knoxville that had no connection to the school. He connection with street agents is legendary. The downside to the players Trooper Taylor recruits is that way too many end up on the police blotter, a scene played over and over in Knoxville.
Auburn has gone rouge in recruiting under Gene Chiznik. Athletic leaders knew that problems with Cam's eligibility existed in January of 2010(Actually knew before since they paid Cecil) but took no action. Any other university in the nation would have suspended Cam once a fellow member institution made charge/s that reached the Conference and NCAA office but not Auburn. Look at South Carolina, UNC, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Miami, Florida State, and every other big time school. When problems of eligibility arose, said player/s were suspended, and then an appeal for reinstatement was made to the NCAA. Georgia’s star receiver lost four games over a jersey, UNC’s team was gutted, Alabama lost it’s dominant defensive player over at trip to Miami, and Ok. State lost it star for a season but Auburn lost nothing.
While the nation wrings it hands over the fact that OSU played players that the Head Coach knew were ineligible, Auburn played the 2010 Heisman trophy winner without any shame or repercussions. The events that happened in Columbus are a direct reaction to the SEC Commissioner's push to keep Cam eligible. The dilemma facing Mike Slive was two BCS teams vs. one BSC team if Auburn isn't undefeated (Arkansas would have been bumped out of Sugar and Auburn would have taken that spot) and a loss of millions. Until the NCAA shuts Auburn's blatant cheating methods down, Indianapolis will struggle to control the rampant use of street agents/runners in college football."
That's some good stuff right there!
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