‘Limited immunity’ already reportedly in effect for multiple players

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Limited immunity. You may have already heard about the term as it pertains to the NCAA investigations at Miami and Oregon.

As a refresher, limited immunity is when the NCAA allows players to act as informants for investigations in exchange for playing time. As we’ve mentioned before, the NCAA could use it with former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk as he looks to gain immediate eligibility at Baylor.

They could also use it with the Miami scandal, where a five-month-plus investigation into the alleged benefits provided by former UM booster Nevin Shapiro to players has just started to heat up.

In fact, limited immunity may have already been employed.

Multiple sources have told Yahoo! investigative reporter Charles Robinson — the source of incredible ire to several “U” fans right now — that limited immunity has been used on several players connected to the allegations.

“Sources said Robert Marve (currently at Purdue), Arthur/Bryce Brown (currently at Kansas State), Matt Patchan (Florida),  Andre Debose (Florida) & Orson Charles (Georgia) all “retained” eligibility. Interesting wording,” Robinson tweeted. “Charles hasn’t been accused of anything but being in Nevin Shapiro’s house. That’s a booster violation, not an athlete violation.”

As we wrote earlier this evening, eight current Miami players have reportedly been ruled ineligible by the school for their connection to Shapiro. In what capacity, if any, limited immunity is being used with the Hurricanes hasn’t been addressed yet.

By rule, if a school believes an athlete to have committed a NCAA infraction, they must declare the athlete ineligible before requesting reinstatement by the NCAA. That kind of collaboration is exactly what Miami needs to exercise if they’re going to get out of this situation relatively unscathed.

Assuming, of course, that even a portion of Shapiro’s claims hold water.

“A source framed the cooperation between Miami & NCAA in this probe as similar to North Carolina last year,” Robinson tweeted. “Tar Heels were very cooperative.”

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn  is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”

White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.

Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State