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Water wet, sky blue, NCAA probing Auburn… again

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a man walks into an Auburn bar, and trips over an NCAA investigator…

A new day has dawned, so, of course, it’s time to bring you word of a new NCAA investigation involving the Auburn football program and its since-banned “Tiger Prowl”.  This investigation, though, should not be confused with the NCAA’s ongoing probe into the Cam Newton situation.  Or the ongoing probe into Auburn recruiting practices.  Or the ongoing probe into allegations made by four former players on an HBO show.

Or this is just one big ol’ probe underneath one huge NCAA umbrella.  One of the two.

The Birmingham News reported Thursday that they had requested of the school any records pertaining to individual violations that may have arisen from last year’s “Tiger Prowl” recruiting caravan.  The thing is, Auburn was forced to deny the open-records request because, you guessed it, last year’s “Tiger Prowl” is currently part of a pending NCAA investigation and, the paper writes, Alabama law therefore does not require release of the records at this time.

“The NCAA is not reviewing Tiger Prowl as individual violations. They are reviewing the entire event as a whole,” Auburn Senior Associate Athletics Director Scott Carr wrote the News via email. “Therefore, the investigative phase of this event is still ongoing and we are currently working with the NCAA.”

The paper goes on to note that Auburn would not comment further on what the NCAA is investigating in relation to last year’s “Prowl”.

“Tiger Prowl” first appeared in April of 2009 in Gene Chizik‘s first year as AU’s coach.  That year, coaches would pile into a white or black stretch limo Hummer, and proceeded to travel from high school to high school to high school visiting potential recruits, hoping to make enough of an impression on the players that, come Signing Day, they’d put pen to paper and fax their intentions to Auburn.  The event was held again the following year, only this time with pimped-out buses/motor coaches.

Shortly after “Tiger Prowl v2.0” began, however, the NCAA passed a measure that prevented a school from sending more than two coaches in any one day to the same high school.

On a completely unrelated note, we can neither confirm nor deny the rumors circulating that the NCAA is considering relocating its home office to the state of Alabama in order to save on travel costs.

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26 Responses to “Water wet, sky blue, NCAA probing Auburn… again”
  1. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 6:39 PM

    Omigosh, JT, you outdid yourself on that headline. Believe I actually guffawed. 😆

    But this time I have to show Auburn a lil sympathy. What difference does it make how many coaches from the same college visit the same high school on the same day????

    Sometimes I think those NCAA folks have turned rule-making into a drinking game. They gather round a table, each with a fifth of bad whiskey, and whenever someone comes up with a really stupid rule, they all chug … then go on to make up more rules. Obviously they’d been chugging a while when they came up with that one.

  2. neyvit says: Apr 14, 2011 7:06 PM

    I’m curious about the mechanics and composition of the NCAA investigative force. Just for football alone, there are countless major ongoing investigations at any given time — especially in the past year. I wonder how efficient and effective their investigations are under this much stress. How are the investigations delegated; how many individuals are assigned to each investigation; what is the level of oversight; the level of transparency, etc. If the Fiesta Bowl CEO fiasco was any indicator, the amount of transparency and self-governance is laughable – I would hope the NCAA has stricter protocols for their investigations.

    Seems like an interesting topic that should be tackled. Maybe John could undertake such a large feature if he can find time between all these allegations/investigations.

  3. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 14, 2011 7:08 PM

    The NCAA has some of the most idiotic rules that can be dreamed up. I think it’s high time that 6 -8 Super Conferences just ignore and do away with the NCAA. I mean, the National Communists Against Athletes isnt needed anyway

  4. sc0820 says: Apr 14, 2011 8:00 PM

    Let me get this straight…
    They created a rule to stop us from doing something (driving a bus around), while we were doing it, so we stopped (driving a bus around), and it’s part of an investigation?
    That’s brilliant!

  5. rolltide510 says: Apr 14, 2011 8:29 PM

    Well, remember, when the Lord be blessin’ the NCAA be messin’, to paraphrase Cam.

    I expect an inquiry into if scholarship letters to potential auburn recruits contained improper paper clips next.

  6. auburnguy says: Apr 14, 2011 8:34 PM

    OH GOODIE! Another tired old article bout some violation that the NCAA investigated, ruled on, and closed. Now, Auburn, nor any other college can send two or more coaches to the same school, unless it is the first Friday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, according to NCAA Bylaws.

    Also, any “coach(es) found wearing underwear with a college logo, which is exposed form wearing their beltline below their waist shall be subject to a fine not less than a dollar-two ninety eight” (known as the Nick Saban Rule #83, not to be confused with the other 82 rules put forth by the NCAA due to Saban’s recruiting tactics).

    I love cutting-edge, newsworthy articles. Too bad this wasn’t one. But neither was my post. At least I’m honest about it.

  7. rolltide510 says: Apr 14, 2011 9:28 PM

    Gotta love the butt-hurt from the barners over the fact that during a boring off season, yes, stories like this are in fact relevant to report on a college football news site.

    I mean, nothing to worry about since your program is as clean as the driven snow, right? So enjoy your obviously-not-tainted championship and settle down.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Apr 14, 2011 9:51 PM

    What? OMG. What’s this world coming to? Another Auburn investigation. Good Grief, I smell a witch hunt.

  9. alkscout says: Apr 14, 2011 10:32 PM

    I think it’s time for “Days Without an Auburn Investigation” Ticker.

  10. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 10:46 PM

    @auburnguy …

    Bitter much?? Nick Saban’s recruiting tactics aren’t the source of your trouble on the Plains, love.

  11. Joe Bodolai says: Apr 14, 2011 10:56 PM

    Gotta love Auburn. First they get players arrested for an alleged robbery, but if the SEC has so much speed, how did they get caught? I did figure out how the NCAA explained “Newton’s Law” (and not the one about thermodynamics, but I shouldn’t have to say that, it’s Auburn). Newton’s Law:

  12. Deb says: Apr 14, 2011 11:06 PM

    @neyvit …

    John is a blogger. He follows college football news and rumors, then shares it in this nice localized spot, tossed with a bit of his own sardonic commentary. He is not a reporter who investigates stories firsthand.

    My understanding is that the NCAA has 44 active investigators. edgy says it’s closer to 25. Either way there aren’t enough to adequately cover football, let alone all college sports. That’s one reason everyone came down so hard on Tressel. The rule is that coaches/athletic depts. must investigate their own infractions … which seems like wishful thinking.

    It’s also ridiculous that the NCAA keeps making crazy rules that have nothing to do with protecting player welfare, or preserving game integrity. How can so few investigators follow up on pay-for-play, illegal recruiting, or agents taking advantage of players if they’re counting how many coaches are in a caravan or watching to see if players are trading autographs for tattoos?

    An investigation of the investigators would have to be via a book, an ESPN documentary, or an expose in Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, etc. It’s not CFT’s function.

    Can anyone recommend a good book on the inner workings of the NCAA?

  13. sc0820 says: Apr 15, 2011 2:19 AM

    You guys were anointed the totally glamorous”Serial Offenders” status by the NCAA.
    On probation for 17 YEARS.
    Bama Mantra, “We cheat, so if you beat us, then YOU CHEAT WORSE”.
    That is why you are obsessed with us and all your dogs are sniffen’.
    In my lifetime of college football awareness, I never even considered you guys competition until 2009, and I was born in 1973.
    After Bryant, you guys have nothing but sucked… and the loyal generation that Bryant served has been well represented by the great “Harvey Updyke”.
    We know why you are so convinced that we cheated..
    Like a cheating spouse, they always suspect the other and drown in their own jealousy.

  14. sc0820 says: Apr 15, 2011 2:32 AM

    Oh yeah,

    Hahahahahahahaha! That burned, I know. But it felt like an orgasm over here.

    Do you realize that schools from other regions accused us, as a state, of fixing that game?
    I’m honestly surprised there isn’t a NCAA investigation.

  15. seanmmartin says: Apr 15, 2011 6:57 AM

    If I were about to start my first class of the day, and I see a gigantic limo-Hummer-hybrid pull up to my high school with an Auburn logo on the side–see picture above–with the entire Auburn coaching staff pouring out, I would be intimidated.

    I think I would feel that Auburn were the best school in the state to attend to play football.

  16. polegojim says: Apr 15, 2011 9:59 AM

    @ Deb – yes, the Exorcist.

    Heads spinning, putrid vomitous mass spewing.
    Priests and holy water can’t even purge the demon.

    They traded NCAA bowl tickets to get 666 tatooed on their testicles, since most heads are bald.

    Each stick pins in an Auburn doll nightly

  17. lucky5934 says: Apr 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    So is this where the cowboys of the NCAA come riding into town. Get off their high horses and come strolling into Auburn and ask “Did you guys do anything wrong? No? We should go look at Alabama you say? Florida too? Ok, see ya later.”

    And that is the story about how the NCAA runs their investigations.

    The End.

  18. gamustangdude says: Apr 15, 2011 10:56 AM


    See You’re not a TRUE Auburn fan. Look at all these negative posts toward Auburn. Oh…wait…nevermind. (Sorry, I’m starting to sound like some “Other School University” fans).

  19. edgy says: Apr 15, 2011 11:39 AM

    John, it looks like you’re going to hell for saying bad things about tOSU, Auburn, Albammy, USC, aw hell, all of college football. :)

  20. auburnalfred says: Apr 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    Death, Taxes, and Auburn Pay for Play

  21. gamustangdude says: Apr 15, 2011 11:59 AM

    Bold letter!?! you must be REALLY serious 😮

  22. Deb says: Apr 15, 2011 12:05 PM

    @sco820 ….

    ROFL … Honey, Alabama dominated college football throughout the decade of your birth, winning national championships in ’73, ’78, and ’79. We won the national championship again in ’92. And Bama is the only school to win the SEC championship in every decade since the conference was founded in the 1930s.

    While we were busy not being competition for Auburn from ’73-’09, how many national championships did the Tigers win? 😆

  23. Deb says: Apr 15, 2011 12:07 PM

    @polegojim …

    Took me a second to realize what you were talking about. ROFLOL

    Omigoodness. You do think those NCAA folks are evil, don’t you? 😈

  24. auburnalfred says: Apr 15, 2011 12:12 PM

    I am particularly embarrassed for my Auburn comrades here, going after Nick Saban when we are covered up in NCAA and FBI investigators ourselves.

  25. tumoruscornr says: Apr 15, 2011 12:13 PM

    I don’t know why all the aubies are in such denial. They act like they are pure as the driven snow. This is not a case of “where there is smoke, there is fire” They need to accept this as a case of their known affliction resurfacing. It will be here for a while and it will be uncomfortable for them. Then it will go into remission, only to rear its ugly head at a future time.
    It all started in 1955 with the Beaube twins and Shug Jordan. Auburn contracted a case of “Credibility Herpes” There is no method to eradicate this particular strain.

    In light of the closeness of their cult-like Family, the infection has reached epidemic proportions.

    The NCAA is going to have to step in and quarantine the program. Due to the ugly nature of their disease they must be limited in their contact with potential athletic scholarship recipients.

    They will want access to visual media to explain their disease, but this will not be allowed.

    They have already made attempts to infect The University of Alabama’s program, and there is little reason to doubt they will stop.

    All programs should be extremely careful and take all the prophylactic measures necessary to guard against the spread of this disease.

  26. tide4life says: Apr 15, 2011 3:00 PM

    More Kow Kollege hysterics/hysteria. Keep it comin’ JT. And remember: these hicks ROLL THEIR OWN TREES!

    (Do you ever wonder if they also egg their own pickup trucks, or leave flamin’ bags of poop on their own porches?)

    @tumoruscornr> The plug has already been pulled on Booby Louder’s life support; he will thrash and moan and gurgle for a while, but when the head of the lizard dies, the rest of the critter will wither also.

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