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HBO report: Auburn players got paid; OSU recruiting target plied with sex

Given the self-made pickle Jim Tressel finds himself in, and the basketball team’s loss in the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed, it’s not been the best of months for two of the Ohio State University’s flagship athletic programs.  And, apparently, the negativity surrounding the school is set to continue.

Wednesday night, the HBO show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, a release from the cable network states, departs from its traditional format to present a special hour-long edition dedicated to the state of college sports in America.  Basically, the show will delve into the sticky issue of whether college athletes — football players in particular — should be paid, as well as delving “into the controversial and complex subject of premium college-bound athletes receiving benefits that are prohibited by the NCAA.”

Oh, and sex.

The New York Daily News reports that former college football player Stanley McClover will also appear on the show, and reveals that he received not just cash but (gasp!) sexual services during a recruiting visit to Ohio State.  McClover ultimately signed with Auburn, so we don’t know if that says more about quality of the school on The Plains or about the quality of the services (allegedly) rendered at the Columbus school.

And, while we’re on the subject of the HBO show, here are a couple of “teasers” that will give you an idea of what tomorrow’ night’s program will entail.

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UPDATED 8:14 p.m. ET: Our buddy at has obtained an advanced copy of the hour-long program and, suffice to say, it does not paint Auburn University in a very positive light.  Four ex-Tigers claim during the course of the program that there was a “systematic pay-to-play” scheme in place during and after the recruiting process in which they were given thousands upon thousands of dollars by people — including alumni and boosters — purporting to be associated with the school.

Apparently, the key phrase that will be woven throughout the piece will be “money handshake”.

Based on Brooks’ transcription, which can be viewed in its entirety right HERE, there are some very explosive and damning charges that will be leveled against Auburn.  McClover, for example, claimed that he was given $4,000 after a four-sack game against archrival Alabama.  As noted by the Birmingham News, the accusations made by McClover, as well as Troy Reddick, fall outside of the NCAA’ s standard statute of limitations of five years.  The claims made by Chaz Ramsey and Raven Gray, however, allegedly occurred inside of that five-year window.

What will be most interesting to see, however, is what type of public response, if any, the school gives to the accusations.  And if the NCAA issues any sort of statement as well.

UPDATED 9:19 p.m. ET: We would be remiss if we didn’t note the fact that LSU and Michigan State were also accused by at least one member of the Auburn quartet of giving money during the recruiting process.

UPDATED 10:46 p.m. ET: Auburn responded — sort of — to the allegations made by the four players during the program.

“Auburn Athletics respectfully declines to comment on these alleged claims apparently made by a few former football players. Compliance with all NCAA and Southeastern Conference rules is a major emphasis and top priority for all of our athletic programs at Auburn University.”

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47 Responses to “HBO report: Auburn players got paid; OSU recruiting target plied with sex”
  1. overratedgators says: Mar 29, 2011 7:38 PM

    He ultimately went to Auburn, because he realized that with their $180,000 signing bonuses, he could just buy his own hookers.

  2. vegas691 says: Mar 29, 2011 7:48 PM

    ohio hookers look like the michelin man’s sister

  3. roodlenoodle says: Mar 29, 2011 8:02 PM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Allegedly

  4. neyvit says: Mar 29, 2011 8:10 PM


    You are starting to lose credibility here; it legitimately seems you are going out of your way to bash Ohio State. Out of ALL the things from that special, you choose to focus on some guys getting laid on a recruit visit?

    You really felt that was more important than the multiple Auburn players that stated how they systematically received money from boosters and coaches? Or any of the other anecdotal pieces of evidence offered? This just comes off bitter.

  5. dolfan66r says: Mar 29, 2011 8:13 PM

    Jim Tressel dressed only in a vest is what lost the recruit!!

  6. neyvit says: Mar 29, 2011 8:17 PM

    ^ And before people start crying about me making random accusations, it won’t take much research to find transcripts from the interviews online (I won’t link directly since I don’t know what CFT linking policies are to rival sites). To sum up for the lazy: multiple former Auburn players (including McClover) going into details about how, when, and by whom they were paid. There are other mentions of other schools, but the focus is mainly on Auburn. That’s why I’m pretty disgusted to see this article focus on just Ohio State — it seems 3 articles can’t pass on here without some dig at that school.

  7. mrcowpatty says: Mar 29, 2011 8:18 PM

    This would be better story if it had happen at BYU.

  8. overratedgators says: Mar 29, 2011 8:24 PM

    Good news: Free sex. Bad news: it’s with Orlando Pace.

  9. John Taylor says: Mar 29, 2011 8:26 PM

    I was forwarded the link to and his transcript shortly after posting the piece. I’ve since added the Auburn stuff. You may now officially un-wad your unmentionables.

  10. lethimplaycoach says: Mar 29, 2011 8:35 PM

    Then do your research before posting John. The OSU stuff and the Auburn stuff came out at the same time today.

  11. antiherogoodkind says: Mar 29, 2011 9:12 PM

    Bryant Gumbel is an idiot.

    No, college football players shouldn’t be paid. Ever.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:18 PM

    If true, just one more reason Tressel needs to resign, NOW! THE OSU is beginning to be a disgrace.

  13. rolltide510 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:24 PM

    Well well. Looks like Auburn’s cycle of championships followed by 50 years of irrelevance is about to continue.

  14. polegojim says: Mar 29, 2011 9:36 PM

    Based on his NFL career performance to date, he was OVERPAID in every way!

    McClover must feel the need to relive his glory days by ‘coming out’, because the only other press he gets is when the IR reports come out.

    Sadly – and being real here, this occurs at every school in one form or another. It doesn’t mean it’s ‘sanctioned’, it simply ‘IS’.
    Those tossing stones just haven’t seen it exposed at their beloved university…yet.

  15. 78lion says: Mar 29, 2011 9:54 PM

    There we go. Was wonder how long it would take to start to attack the messenger.

    It goes on everywhere is another useless excuse. NO IT DOESN’T.

  16. aw230012 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:55 PM

    Be careful with this HBO Real Sports “report”. They only tracked down NFL failures and then offered them each 25k for an interview.

    When trying to interview legitimate players none would give them the info they needed to make this report. So they track down has beens in need of money and get the story they want.

    Not saying it isn’t true, just saying take it with a grain of salt. HBO had hidden intent in portraying this negatively and found those athletes who would tell them what they wanted to hear.

  17. gatorprof says: Mar 29, 2011 10:03 PM

    OSU fans crack me up. Don’t beat up the messenger. If your coach didn’t lie and attempt to cover up major infractions, you guys aren’t in this situation.

    Any way you look at it, OSU’s football team doesn’t need any more embarrassing press.

    Auburn is the same boat, but until now their press centered around a players dad soliciting cash for his son’s services. The program wasn’t implemented in anything.

    The only good news for Auburn is that this all predated Gene.

  18. lbijake says: Mar 29, 2011 10:14 PM

    The fish rots from the head down.

  19. rolltide510 says: Mar 29, 2011 10:40 PM

    “The only good news for Auburn is that this all predated Gene.”

    Nope, Gene was the DC at Auburn from 2002-2004. He won’t be able to claim he didn’t know.

  20. southernpatriots says: Mar 29, 2011 11:03 PM

    This ought to keep the NCAA busy. Might get some university ADs and such off their seats and reacting also. Will be interesting to see their responses.

  21. ernestbynershands says: Mar 29, 2011 11:18 PM

    This stuff is common in competitive programs throughout the country.

  22. Deb says: Mar 30, 2011 1:17 AM

    lethimplaycoach and neyvit …

    John posted what he had when he had it and added new details as he learned them. It’s a football blog, not a news site, and all he’s doing is giving a heads-up about a TV special :roll: But if you feel you can do a better job, I’m sure you can start sites of your own.

    Incidentally, he’s a lifelong Ohio State fan.

  23. Deb says: Mar 30, 2011 1:22 AM

    JT …

    Thank you for posting this! Happen to have free HBO for a couple of months. Setting the DVR now. Can’t wait for Slive’s response 😉

  24. buckeyeboy says: Mar 30, 2011 1:37 AM

    johns an Ohio State fan like university of cincy students are OSU fans

    gimme a break, when has john said once he’s ever a fan or proved he’s a fan…and if it’s a blogging site, isn’t he supposed to attempt to report all news evenly, or just skew it certain ways?

  25. alkscout says: Mar 30, 2011 4:43 AM

    I’m not supporting Ohio State or endorsing them, but if anyone in the country is naive enough to think that recruits don’t get laid at almost every single school in the country routinely on official visits, they do.

    I won’t even bother naming schools as the list is that vast. I can only think of a few schools that I HAVEN’T heard official visitors have girls set up for them on and that information comes directly from the recruits.

    The only schools I can think of that I’ve NEVER heard of are Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut, Stanford, BYU, Duke, Notre Dame, Boston College and the service academies.

    Any other school I can think of I’ve heard consistent stories, so that part of this is a non-story to me.

    And just so it doesn’t sound like I’m exclusively protecting those schools…I’m just saying I’ve never heard about it there. Not saying it doesn’t happen.

  26. huskerguy says: Mar 30, 2011 7:19 AM


    This gets even better. I live in Ohio and even the fans here at work are sick of all this crap that is coming out about their beloved college.

    And the lone Michigan fan said this morning “Hell, we only practiced 20 minutes late and you were razzing on me!”

  27. jonkybon says: Mar 30, 2011 8:22 AM

    The majority of college athletes are already getting paid. They get free room, board, books and education. If they aren’t smart enough to take advantage of it, they don’t need to be in college to start with.

  28. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 9:47 AM

    . aw230012 says:


    That doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. Hell, Dickerson reported took a pay cut when he went to the NFL and he has never come clean about what he received at SMU but it was widely known that they paid their stars money that would make Cam Newton’s dad ashamed of what he asked for (Seems less NOW but in THOSE dollars, it was a lot of money). Let’s not forget that it was the guys who didn’t make it big at SMU that eventually took the school down and just because they had a little revenge factor in there doesn’t mean that they weren’t telling the truth (or else the school would have never got the Death Penalty).

    BEG, there’s quite a different between being an ADULT and being a blind fan. Sometimes you have to suck it up and do the right thing so that it doesn’t get too far out of control. When Kelvin Sampson went to Indiana, there were a lot of Sooner fans who told him not to let the door hit him in the ass on his way out the door AND warning the Hoosiers that they made a big mistake in hiring the guy because he was going to screw them just like he did the Sooners. Some Hoosier fans that I know said it was just sour grapes and they needed to get over it and guess what, they learned a hard lesson because they found out that there were people out there that put the best interest of the sport above their love of the school. Think about that when you blindly support these guys when they do something wrong.

    To others – I like Golic’s take: it happens more than I think but less than you do (Speaking to Greenberg). I’m sure that it’s happened every where and you might try to say that your school doesn’t do it but I’m sure that there are a lot of well meaning boosters who do things that the coach wouldn’t ever sanction (and some know in their heart but turn a blind eye) and it should be noted that some assistants don’t always have the same integrity as their bosses (John Blake, for example). Let’s face facts, if you’ve got a program that allows the boosters to glad hand the players, there ARE going to be $100 hand shakes, even with the cleanest programs. The one thing that people seem to forget is that “booster” doesn’t mean “alumni” and a lot of boosters have caused more problems than alumni.

    Finally, I think that some are pissed that John has focused so much lately on Ohio State but these stories have written themselves and let’s face it, the hypocrisy of the school has been evident to everyone but it’s fans. Let’s not forget that many of you that are whacking at John were also in here whacking on the SEC about their peccadilloes and while you can dish it out, you’ve certainly proven that you can’t take it. John could choose to hide like some SC fans did when the stories started to surface but he didn’t. You can either hope that the school can successfully sweep it under the carpet and HOPE that it doesn’t happen again OR you can push for someone to slap them around to ENSURE that it doesn’t happen again. USC chose the former and look at what it got them. Tennessee tried to ignore their problem and the SEC stepped in and the NCAA will do some more damage when they’re finished. If either program would have responded better then they would have gotten “slapped” around like Arkansas State, which saw little fallout from the NCAA after they accepted their self-imposed penalties.

  29. polegojim says: Mar 30, 2011 10:48 AM

    @ huskerguy – we only practice 20 minutes late in secret these days.

    Hate to get slapped for that HORRENDOUS infraction again, heaven forbid… the cruelty of it all!

    ; )

  30. voxveritass says: Mar 30, 2011 11:18 AM

    They may be guilty but I can’t take anything seriously that employs Bernard Goldberg.

  31. buckeyeboy says: Mar 30, 2011 12:42 PM

    edgy why is writing all negative stories about OSU being “an adult”

    if john is a fan, one would think that we would see at least 1 positive OSU story in the past 6 months, but we haven’t

    oh, maybe he’s too busy “being an adult”

  32. gamustangdude says: Mar 30, 2011 12:49 PM


    Well if something positive comes out of OSU, then he’ll write a positive story. For instance you graduating from high school, now that’ll be a positive story.

    @ JT

    I apologize infront of everyone for my immature outburst.

  33. buckeyeboy says: Mar 30, 2011 1:12 PM

    ohh he’s back!!

    and he called me the immature one lol and I was referring to how is you run a search on OSU, every article written about them is negative for the past few months….heck even the sugar bowl article took a condescending tone

  34. John Taylor says: Mar 30, 2011 1:19 PM

    I apologized to gamustangdude for the whole “asshat” thing via email and I will do so publicly as well. My apologies; I shouldn’t have lumped you in with buckeyeboy — I keed, I keed.

    I gotta say, though, this whole public group hug thing is kinda creepy and disconcerting, so I’m gonna go kick a small animal in an attempt to regain some semblance of my manhood…

  35. gamustangdude says: Mar 30, 2011 1:25 PM


    “I’m gonna go kick a small animal in an attempt to regain some semblance of my manhood…”

    I know exactly what you mean. Where’s buckeyeboy when you really need him?

  36. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 1:34 PM

    BEG, since you have to ask the question, you obviously don’t have a clue about why it’s so.

    BTW, BEG, can you think of ANYTHING positive that you would have liked for John to have reported on OSU that he failed to do so?

    I can also say that he DID report on the date of Ohio State’s spring practice starting, which can hardly be called negative — right? He reported on Ohio State getting filling a coaching vacancy — thrice — positive. He reported on a guy making snowmen that spelled out Ohio. He reported a story that Tressel will step down while he was laughing at the absurdity. He reported about several Buckeye assistants getting jobs or being pushed for jobs. All of this WELL within your 6 month time frame, which would have encompassed October though March. I only went back to mid-December and already found that your recollection is extremely faulty and if go back to October, I’m sure that I’d find more positive stories, as well as negative ones about USC or Michigan or any other U whose fans seem to get offended when John or Ben writes about them.

    That’s also not counting the positive stories about Ohio State that BK has posted and if John were anything like you said, he’d have quashed them instead of allowing the U to be seen in a good light.

    When does John start pushing negative stories? Well, DUH, after they started coming out fast and furious. Is he the only one? Hell, you might as well count ESPN and CBS and Yahoo and every other news site on the net as anti-Ohio State by that criteria because since the Tattoo-5 story came out, it’s been wall-to-wall coverage and Tressel has only made it worse with his actions. Again, YOU KNOW IN WHAT LITTLE HEART YOU HAVE, that if Tressel were Saban and did all of this, that you and the rest of the Buckeye Nation would be here and every where else calling for him to resign and you’d be on the other side of this argument. Being an adult means that you put all that crap aside and think of the good of the school and not the short term benefit of getting of scott-free.

  37. John Taylor says: Mar 30, 2011 1:42 PM

    @edgy: People could also go all the way back to May of 2009 with this link right HERE. Don’t know that the Michigan fans will appreciate it, though. :-)

    And, I think because of the move to WordPress, the article linked above got chopped up and shortened, but the gist of it is still there.

  38. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 1:51 PM

    John, the bad thing about most blog software is that it’s so hard to search for posts by users.

  39. southernpatriots says: Mar 30, 2011 2:24 PM

    John: We had not seen your article from 2009 before and enjoyed it! Maybe reprise the article again with obvious updates for all to read? We are not so adept at searching for anything apparently the way edgy is, so we thank you for the direct link.

  40. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 3:24 PM

    Bruce Feldman speculated that because of what he’s heard from people connected to the NCAA, he expects that when all is said and done that Ohio State will have to vacated most, if not all of their 2010 wins, Tressel could be forced into sitting out a whole season AND the school could be cited for a lack of institutional control (all related to Tressel’s attempts to cover up the incident). Because of what happened to Pearl and possibly, Tressel, I would hope that these coaches get the point that it’s better to come clean and suffer a small setback than try to cover it up and short circuit a season or an entire career.

  41. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 4:38 PM

    Over on ESPN, Adam Rittenberg’s blog had this little goodie:

    So How do you pay your coach 4 million when he will miss like 45% of the games? maybe instead of the 250k he should have to take a one year pay cut of 1.8 million.
    by the way, isn’t this one of the questions for football players on the entrance exam at Auburn?

  42. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 5:02 PM

    In that spirit: from coach Orgeron’s Introduction To Recruiting 101 at USC:

    1. If the head recruiter has $35,000 to spend on getting recruits for his school, what is the most efficient way to use it on his top 5 recruits, two of whom are quarterbacks, the others are a defensive end, a wide receiver and a guard.

    A. Give the best quarterback $10k, the second best $7k and split the rest equally among the remaining recruits (Extra credit – how much does that mean that you give to the remaining recruits?).

    B. Split the money equally and hope that it’s enough to get 4 of them to sign.

    C. Pocket $30k and split the rest equally among the recruits. If anyone asks, tell them that those kids are lying out of their asses.

    D. $35k, what do you think this is, South Alabama? You can’t even buy a long snapper for that kind of money at USC. You need to go back to the boosters for more.

  43. Deb says: Mar 30, 2011 6:27 PM

    Crap … I missed the whole group hug thing. And I really need a hug today. People are being really really mean to me over at the prison blog 😥

    @gamustangdude …

    Welcome back. Thanks for doing the whole Better Man thing. Knew you were all along, darlin’. :)

  44. Deb says: Mar 30, 2011 6:36 PM

    alkscout says:
    I’m not supporting Ohio State or endorsing them, but if anyone in the country is naive enough to think that recruits don’t get laid at almost every single school in the country routinely on official visits, they do.
    How, exactly, do they decide which women to approach for this assignment? I must have been in the wrong degree program because no one I know ever … um … took one for Mizzou.

  45. edgy says: Mar 30, 2011 9:17 PM

    Jeez, Deb, I didn’t know that football had been invented back then. :)

  46. Deb says: Mar 31, 2011 12:33 PM

    Ha … edgy, I’m nowhere near as old as you are, you T-Rex! 😆

  47. mattybank says: Apr 2, 2011 1:09 PM

    McGlover couldn’t get laid in a brothel, but probably in the skanky south

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