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NCAA’s look into Auburn’s recruiting practices deepens

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As it turns out, the recruitment of Cam Newton isn’t the only the only area of interest the NCAA has in Auburn.

First reported by SportsByBrooks.com, and later confirmed by Thayer Evans of FOX Sports.com, NCAA investigators were in Louisiana Monday interviewing a handful of people regarding the recruitment of offensive lineman Greg Robinson and wide receiver Trovon Reed.  Specifically, the NCAA is interested in the involvement of Sean Nelson, who accompanied the then-recruits on unofficial visits to the school on multiple occasions.

At issue is at least one of those players flashing cash and a new iPhone to his high school coaches and classmates following an unofficial visit to Auburn last year.  And, even more so, the fact that Nelson has one of those scarlet NCAA letters attached to his name — “street agent”.  From Brooks:

While Auburn’s recruitment of Reed and Robinson was the center of the conversation between Lorio and the NCAA investigator, multiple sources indicate that the NCAA is also focusing its attention on so-called “street agents” like Nelson, with similar NCAA probes currently taking place around the country.

Dennis Lorio, one of the people interviewed by the NCAA and Robinson’s former coach, told FOX Sports.com that he’s the wrong person to ask if there was anything below board that took place during the recruitment of one of his ex-players.

“I can’t say what Auburn did because I don’t know and I wasn’t involved very much,” Lorio said Wednesday. “I really don’t know truthfully.

“My answer is what went on with Greg’s recruitment, you’re going to have ask Trooper Taylor, Greg, his parents and, I believe, Sean Nelson. I don’t have any more answers because I don’t know.”

For his part, Trooper Taylor (no relation) dismissed the notion that he had anything to do with giving recruits cash and prizes.

“It’s illegal to give money,” the AU assistant said back in January ahead of the national title game. “Greg Robinson got travel money for coming down with him and his family, which is for mileage and they got a check for that. That was it.”

Apparently, that’s not it at all.

In addition to Lorio, Robinson, Robinson’s mother and Nelson were among those who spoke with investigators.

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17 Responses to “NCAA’s look into Auburn’s recruiting practices deepens”
  1. gamecockinfl says: Feb 16, 2011 5:18 PM

    WOW! Clempsons record for winning/buying a national championship and then going on probation the next year may be in jeopardy!

  2. lemmam says: Feb 16, 2011 5:32 PM

    I am totally shocked by this! No, not really because the SEC has the same modus operandi as NASCAR, cheat like hell ’til you get caught

  3. burntorangehorn says: Feb 16, 2011 5:35 PM

    Could Auburn possibly push the envelope this much without having Lane Kiffin or Ed Orgeron on staff?

    http://www.gump4heisman.com/my_weblog/2009/04/an-auburn-mans-letter-to-the-delusional-bammer-nation.html

    http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2009/12/auburns_big_cat_weekend_result.html

  4. jaggedmark says: Feb 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    Southern Methodist University II

  5. edgy says: Feb 16, 2011 5:55 PM

    Please, this is nothing compared to SMU. They threw around the kind of money, even back then, that would make Auburn embarrassed to admit what they might have paid Newton.

  6. gamustangdude says: Feb 16, 2011 5:55 PM

    @lemmam

    With the ongoings with USC last year, Clemson some years ago, and more importanlty other schools I would say it’s more of a NCAA issue opposed to SEC. However The SEC is tied for 3rd, with the Big 10, for teams with the most Major NCAA infractions. The SEC and BIG-10 are behind the PAC-10 who has the 2nd most schools, and BIG 12 who has the most schools.

    http://blog.al.com/bn/2008/03/SECcheatinghall030908.jpg

  7. burntorangehorn says: Feb 16, 2011 6:00 PM

    gamustangdude–that’s a 2008 graphic, so it’s definitely outdated. However, it does highlight why I love Texas and why Texas hasn’t exactly felt any reason to be a team player in the Big 12.

  8. gamustangdude says: Feb 16, 2011 6:18 PM

    I know that, however this is what I could find on short notice, don’t think there was that many since 2008 off the top of my head. I ‘m sure some smarter in that area will correct me.

  9. WingT says: Feb 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    roll tide
    :)

  10. lbijake says: Feb 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    Thismis nothing like the SMU case. SMU involved the Methodists while Auburn is mostly Baptists.

  11. edgy says: Feb 16, 2011 9:05 PM

    While I’m no fan of the Big 12, Oklahoma stands alone and the rest of those are mostly SWC violations.

  12. gatorprof says: Feb 16, 2011 9:33 PM

    You can get up to date info here…

    https://web1.ncaa.org/LSDBi/exec/miSearch

    This doesn’t look very promising for Auburn.

  13. cheesefrog says: Feb 16, 2011 10:40 PM

    Am I missing something? Is there a story here somewhere? I see where a guy was interviewed who said he didn’t know anything about anything. What?

  14. bamasucks says: Feb 16, 2011 10:44 PM

    sportsbybrooks and Thayer Evans? what a shocker. wake me up when they finally report on something that has legs to it. nbext, you’ll be pulling quotes from the crap that comes from bluetunatide’s blog.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Feb 16, 2011 11:50 PM

    That’s true, bamasucks. Thayer Evans is known for very questionable and flimsy stories.

  16. southernpatriots says: Feb 20, 2011 6:41 PM

    The plea bargains and discoveries of wrongdoing related to Auburn have been on matters unrelated to Cam Newton or any wrongdoing on Auburn’s part at all to this point. They have been related to boosters of Auburn and their activities. These “street agents” are matters that are being looked into at various (and seemingly ever expanding) number of universities. The saga continues…

  17. katanaguy says: Feb 20, 2011 11:14 PM

    ….someday these kids will be required to hire an NCAA approved ” Recruitment Attorney ” …each recruit will be required to give a depostion on the manner of recruitment by each university. The Supreme Court of the U.S. will then determine which college is right for the athlete.

    I know, it’s ludicrous thinking, but this recruiting thing is just getting out of hand. Some college coaches go to the pros not for just more $$, but they have had enough of the NCAA and it’s rules.

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