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Premature recruit bio release deemed violation by Auburn

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One of the more interesting — and hilarious — events that occurred during National Signing Day 2014 involved Auburn and a highly-rated recruit named Rashaan Evans.

Shortly before Evans put his Herbie Hancock to a National Letter of Intent, a profile of the player appeared on AU’s official website.  There were two problems with that premature publication.

One, the five-star recruit ended up signing with hated in-state rival Alabama.

And, two, it was a (very minor) violation of NCAA bylaws.  AU self-reported the secondary violation, as revealed in a report released by the school Tuesday.

In that report, AU went to great lengths to explain itself for that specific violation.  From

“Media personnel were able to hack into the site and ‘find’ the code to pull up the bio,” Auburn officials explained in a self-reported violation submitted to the NCAA in March. “The bio for Evans was then publicized on media sites. [Auburn] never posted the information on its own site, and never intended for the bio to be visible.”

Auburn explained to the NCAA “there was no intent to release the information; in fact the release of the information was an embarrassment to the athletics department, particularly the media relations staff.”

AU’s enforcement staff went on to tell the NCAA that it will “work harder to ‘hide’ the information in code, so that future successful hacking attempts do not result in violations.”  It goes without saying that AU will face no punitive measures over this minor violation.

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8 Responses to “Premature recruit bio release deemed violation by Auburn”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jul 16, 2014 8:38 AM

    In the screen shot his position is listed as “Star”.

    Very funny.

  2. bigbuckeye76 says: Jul 16, 2014 9:04 AM

    Does it show how much money his Dad is asking for?

  3. bigdinla says: Jul 16, 2014 9:50 AM

    Star is a specialty LB position in their defense. It’s a combo LB/S

  4. longtallsam says: Jul 16, 2014 11:26 AM

    “Shortly before Evans put his Herbie Hancock to a National Letter of Intent….”
    HERBIE Hancock? Maybe you were just trying to be funny! If so, you failed! Or, maybe you don’t know the difference between Herbie Hancock and John Hancock.

  5. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 16, 2014 11:55 AM

    That’s too funny. Athletes post stuff on twitter and when there is a huge backlash they claim their twitter was hacked and remove the post and that’s their (lame) excuse.

    Auburn using this excuse is ridiculous. Typically when you create web-content, you create the content but don’t upload it to the web-server. So they are claiming someone from the media hacked into their webserver and posted the information? I find this excuse ridiculous but then what would you expect from Auburn whose mantra is ‘it’s not Auburn if you aren’t cheating.’

  6. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 16, 2014 11:58 AM

    Perhaps they knew hew as going to sign with Alabama and Auburn was thinking that if they committed this violation and somehow Alabama would decide not to sign him because of that. Then Auburn could sweep in and sign him then claim it wasn’t them that posted it on their own website.

  7. cubano76 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    @ longtallsam : Tommy Boy

  8. dcroz says: Jul 16, 2014 8:34 PM

    JT: You’re just going to have to create a macro so you can automatically add an explanation about where the “Herbie Hancock” reference comes from.

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