Auburn's football program changed players' grades to secure eligibility, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so they would return for their senior seasons, and violated NCAA recruiting rules under former coach Gene Chizik, according to a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts.
The report appears on Roberts' website, Roopstigo.com. According to three former Auburn players, as many as nine players' grades were changed before Auburn's win in the 2011 BCS national championship game.
Darvin Adams, a former Auburn wide receiver, told Roberts that coaches offered him cash to keep him at the school.
Blanc and Mike McNeil, another former Auburn player, told Roberts the money amounts reached "several thousand dollars."
"Coaches would say, 'Don't tell anyone where you got it from,'" Blanc told Roberts.
I wish they'd just starting paying NCAA athletes out in the open instead of having to deal with this constantly.
They don't have to pay them a salary but they should allow them to make money off things like jersey sales, other merchandise and the use of name/likeness in video games.
When you buy that no name #1 Auburn jersey, everyone knows it's supposed to be Cam Newton, for example, and are buying it with him in mind, same goes for the video game. Everyone knows aTm QB #2 is Johnny Manziel.
The most egregious offense the NCAA does is things like not being able to sell YOUR OWN memorabilia. AJ Green selling his jersey, tOSU players trading stuff for tattoos, etc being illegal is beyond stupid. As was Dez Bryant getting suspended for having dinner at Deion Sanders' house.
I remember hearing a story about Rick Majerus getting in trouble with the NCAA because he took Keith Van Horn out to breakfast to deliver the news to him that his mom died.
Look at this Louisville, is making money off of Kevin Ware's injury and he will see none of it :
I wouldn't be surprised if there are things in this article that are true but I'm curious to see if anyone else reports on it. Selena Roberts isn't exactly the most credible reporter for college sports(see her witch hunt on the Duke lacrosse story).
I remember Alex Rodriguez complaining about getting harassed by her. He called her a stalker if I remember correctly. Not the biggest A-Rod fan, and he hasn't done **** for the Yankees in forever, but Selena Roberts is low-brow.
A lot of the former players that she's supposedly quoting are already all over twitter denying they even gave those quotes. If this came from a more trustworthy source maybe I'd take it a bit more seriously. Frankly, if possible, she should have been sued for libel after the Duke Lacrosse case, she has next to no credibility to me.
If someone with the credibility of say Brett McMurphy came out with this I'd be inclined to believe.
Soon as I saw it was that hack Selena Roberts who broke this story, I figured there must be more to it. Not that Auburn is innocent, but as others before mentioned, Ms. Roberts is lacking a bit in the integrity department herself.