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Former Auburn player alleges NCAA violations

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06:48 PM ET 04.03 | Former Auburn player Mike McNeil alleges multiple NCAA violations by his former school in a report that focuses on the school's alleged scapegoating of McNeil as he faces armed robbery charges.

The report by Selena Roberts alleges that shaky testimony links McNeil to a crime he says he didn't commit, and that Auburn's coaches went out of their way to avoid helping McNeil, a safety on the school's 2012 national championship team. McNeil faces 21 years to life imprisonment if found guilty with connection to a 2011 incident.

McNeil and other former Auburn players allege academic fraud, players receiving payments from Auburn coaches, and overspending on potential recruits. There's an accusation that several players were ineligible for the national title game, but were allowed to play after the school covered up their academic misdoings.

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Kevin C. Cox, Kevin C. Cox,
April 3, 2013  06:51 PM ET

Shocking!

April 3, 2013  07:08 PM ET

Next he'll be saying that Cam Newton was paid $180k

April 3, 2013  07:35 PM ET

The kid committed armed robbery and he considers the school distancing themselves as scapegoating? Someone should buy him a dictionary. I suppose that perhaps we should not rule out academic fraud...

April 3, 2013  09:29 PM ET

Nobody wanted to believe Maurice Clarett either.

April 3, 2013  10:27 PM ET

"... Three players say that before the BCS Championship game the team was told that as many as nine of their teammates would not be able to play in the title game because they were academically ineligible. "We thought we would be without Mike Dyer because he said he was one of them, but Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible," says Mike Blanc, a teammate and roommate of Mike McNeil???s...."

April 4, 2013  07:45 AM ET

Purportedly. It has been said. Unsubstantiated. The word out of Auburn. The blogosphere. Those three double martinis I had last night while unsuccessfully trying to get that hot young woman to come back to my hotel room...

These are the words and phrases which will be packed around this story as it plays out in the press these next few days/weeks/months.

April 4, 2013  08:10 AM ET

I heard on the radio this morning (Balt"s The Fan station) that all 3 of the former players making accusations are facing jail time. I got to wonder if that has anything to do with them souring on Auburn???

April 4, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I heard on the radio this morning (Balt"s The Fan station) that all 3 of the former players making accusations are facing jail time. I got to wonder if that has anything to do with them souring on Auburn???

Ya gotta love a kid facing hard time running down the school, so taking all his words with a huge grain of salt.


With that said, if he has specific details and some type of proof, it needs looking into. Only problem is, the stoopid NCAA couldn't investigate their way out of a wet paper bag.

April 4, 2013  09:32 AM ET

And this is just another example of a SEC school not taking the time to follow the directions clearly spelled out in "The SEC Cheater's Handbook and Criminal Justice System Bypass Guide".

C'mon, Aubie, y'all were all blubbering about the oaks at Toomers, and now look at what happens when you get distracted. Ya gotta stay focused on the critical stuff, people!

April 4, 2013  09:42 AM ET

I did some more reading, and now it appears some of the Aubie players quoted in the article are saying they were misquoted, and are accusing the writer/publisher of spinning stuff. This could get messy.

April 4, 2013  09:43 AM ET

This is the biggest pile of BS since Danny Sheridan. McNeil is set to go to trial next week. Former players that were interviewed are denying that they said what was attributed to them or are saying they were misquoted.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/04/auburn_committed_ncaa_v iolatio.html#incart_m-rpt-2

April 4, 2013  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I did some more reading, and now it appears some of the Aubie players quoted in the article are saying they were misquoted, and are accusing the writer/publisher of spinning stuff. This could get messy.

The bagmen finally showed up...

April 4, 2013  11:18 AM ET

The SEC would never allow a member institution to do these things ...

April 4, 2013  12:14 PM ET

Roberts is the same reporter who broke news that Duke lacrosse players had allegedly raped a dancer at a party in 2006. After months of investigations, the accusations turned out to be false and charges were dropped. So much for this s*l*u*t's credibility.

April 4, 2013  12:14 PM ET

Roberts is the same reporter who broke news that Duke lacrosse players had allegedly raped a dancer at a party in 2006. After months of investigations, the accusations turned out to be false and charges were dropped. So much for this s*l*u*t's credibility.

April 4, 2013  03:25 PM ET

This can't possibly happpen an SEC school where they follow the rules of fair play and hold academia in high esteem.

April 4, 2013  03:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This can't possibly happpen an SEC school where they follow the rules of fair play and hold academia in high esteem.

arent you a Ped State U fan? Shutchaface

 
April 4, 2013  03:32 PM ET

and for the record....all this seems pretty likely to me. Where there's smoke, there's fire....and there's been a lot of smoke coming from the 'barn the past few years.

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