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Auburn crossing fingers on waiver for UF transfer Blakely

Mike Blakely

After Will Muschamp‘s somewhat surprising decision to allow 2011 signee Mike Blakely out of his Florida scholarship and transfer to another SEC school, it was thought that the touted running back would be forced to sit out his first season at Auburn.

While that will likely be the way the situation ultimately plays itself out, the Tigers are doing their best to have him available for the upcoming season.

Blakely enrolled early at UF but never practiced with the Gators during the spring sessions — a shoulder issue derailed those plans — and, obviously, did not play a down for his original school.  He did, however, attend classes, but that’s not stopping AU from seeking a waiver that would allow him to see the field immediately as opposed to sitting out a transfer year.

“We have filed a waiver in an attempt to see if we can have Mike be immediately eligible and we’re in that process right now,” said AU compliance director Rich McGlynn told the Birmingham News. “We’re working with the NCAA and hoping to get a favorable outcome on it. That’s where we are at this time. …

“We need to make an argument based upon the rule. The rule was not put into place based upon an individual in Mike’s situation in order to be eligible here at Auburn. I believe we put together a strong waiver to that. Now it’s just a matter of seeing what the NCAA has to say about it.”

McGlynn, who worked for the NCAA before coming to The Plains, acknowledged that the uniqueness of Blakely’s situation but added “[t]he NCAA takes each case on its merits and looks and reviews those specific facts and makes a decision.”

A decision, McGlynn told the paper, is anticipated in the next couple of weeks.  Depending on the outcome of the initial decision, the school could file an appeal. had Blakely rated as the No. 6 RB in the country this year.

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19 Responses to “Auburn crossing fingers on waiver for UF transfer Blakely”
  1. rolltide510 says: Jun 28, 2011 1:47 PM

    Sure, he doesn’t have to sit out a year. No reason Auburn should have to start following NCAA rules all of a sudden.

  2. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 3:19 PM

    which rules? rules like the Saban Bump Rule or paying $200,000 for a DT?

  3. rollntider says: Jun 28, 2011 3:55 PM

    no the 180k for a QB and the “Keep it down home Cuz rule”

  4. brownsfrown says: Jun 28, 2011 4:00 PM

    The fact that the time-honored rule of a one season sit-out for a conference transfer would even be appealed shows how Auburn views themselves above the rules.

    It also smells of desperation now that Scam has moved along.

    How sweet it will be in a few years (if even that) when the smoking gun is uncovered, and Auburn fans get to watch their “championship” vacated.

    Just when I think my loathing of Auburn is irrational…

  5. bamaownsauburn81 says: Jun 28, 2011 4:04 PM

    Why did I think *U would ever follow the rules. They haven’t done that in 60 years of football, why start now?

    Blakely WILL SIT and *U still suck and will eventually lose their “Nat’l Title.” But hey they can be Lee County “People Champions.”

  6. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 4:05 PM

    way to go all the way back to 1989 for that clip. how about some proof on that $180k for a QB. bama’s still on probation, right?

    funny that a bama fan, of all people, would take shots at another school for trying to get around the rules. your school has only been OFF of probation for 4-5 of the last 22 or 23 years and your current coach has NCAA rules that were named after him. has he stopped crying about not getting his way in Destin yet?

  7. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 4:07 PM

    Blakely WILL SIT and *U still suck and will eventually lose their “Nat’l Title.” But hey they can be Lee County “People Champions.”

    has Saban cut enough scholarship players to get under 85 yet? last i heard, he still had 8-9 to go. good luck with that. the same goes for living to see the day that Auburn has to vacate their NC.

  8. bmac34 says: Jun 28, 2011 4:31 PM

    why don’t all you updyke’s go climb a tree. probably not the best saying to use.

  9. whatswiththehate says: Jun 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    Clearly you Bama fans aren’t happy enough to knowing that your school has so much pull with the sports media that they can get those at ESPN to falsely accuse and smear your arch-rival of paying for a kid without an ounce of proof and pressure NCAA to go after Auburn simply because the kid ended up choosing them over MSU. Yeah, Auburn is a cheater because your friends in the media said so.

    In the meantime you break all the NCAA rules to win and your friends at PFT and ESPN are making excuses for you when you get caught..Boo-Hoo.

    Just remember the say: “people with glass houses.” Especially those with dirty windows.

  10. WingT says: Jun 28, 2011 5:12 PM

    I find it impressive as to how well Auburn is able to recruit. They have an excellent coaching staff and are stock piling talent.

    There has not been any proof of misdoings at Auburn and the only people upset about the way Saban has managed his 85 scholarships are opposing teams fans, not the Alabama players that have left the program.

    Roll Tide and congratulations again to Auburn for running the table and winning the National Championship.

    I can’t wait for the 2011 Iron Bowl

  11. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 5:28 PM

    it’s nice to see a rational bama fan on CFT. congratulations on 2009, as well.

  12. thompgk says: Jun 28, 2011 5:31 PM

    Lots of future Harvey Updykes in this thread.

    Get a grip with reality Bama fans.

  13. rolltide510 says: Jun 28, 2011 7:00 PM

    So, fun taunting of rivals aside, why does Auburn feel this kid shouldn’t sit out a year? Nothing about the situation stands out as warranting an exception to the rules.

  14. WingT says: Jun 28, 2011 8:19 PM

    I think in this case it’s not unreasonable for Auburn to ask the NCAA for relief on the rule. Blakely never practiced let alone, went through a fall football season.I really want to hear what the NCAA rules here. Think about all the early enrollees that could potentially go through the spring with a team and then bolt. Cudo’s to Muschamp for letting Blakely leave unconditionally.

    What I really find interesting is that Auburn has now taken a top recruit from Florida and Alabama ( Grant) – both highly rated running backs. Why would Grant go to Auburn with Dyer, and Onterio McCalebb firmly entrenched and Blakely transferring in?

  15. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 8:30 PM

    “So, fun taunting of rivals aside, why does Auburn feel this kid shouldn’t sit out a year? Nothing about the situation stands out as warranting an exception to the rules.”

    his legal guardians had refused to sign his LOI for anyone other than UF. he had to live with his former High School coach after he left the team . i’m not saying that the NCAA should make an exception for him but if he had his way, he never would’ve signed with UF in the first place.

  16. bradentonbuc says: Jun 28, 2011 10:43 PM

    They won’t be there long as Auburn already has a young, very talented backfield. If they don’t play, they won’t stay.

  17. bradentonbuc says: Jun 28, 2011 10:46 PM

    The rules are simple and straight foreward. Go to class and you are a member of that school. No reason to make exceptions now.

  18. waynefontes says: Jun 29, 2011 9:15 AM

    A top recruit going from Florida to Auburn… yeah, like that’s ever worked out well for anyone….

  19. Tom Melton says: Jun 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    Call me crazy, but I don’t really see a problem with this kid playing this year. Sure, it would be another exception made in Auburn’s favor, but instead of thinking about it from a competitive SEC team perspective, think about it from the perspective of the kid who probably just wants to be able to play now that he has found a favorable situation for him to go to school…

    Here’s hoping the kid gets his chance to play this year without having to sit out.

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