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Just saw this on the AuburnGate.com board. It appears that a former Auburn player has learned that another former Auburn player has been interviewed by Bryant Gumbel for HBO’s Real Sports.
It’s not pretty for teh fambly.
Judging from the content of the Tweets and reports seen elsewhere in the blogosphere and message boards, someone is spilling about allegations of pay for play under former Head Coach Tommy Tuberville, and former Defensive Coordinator, Gene Chizik.
"@IamKennyIrons23: Man I hope the Auburn news I just heard about, a past Auburn player releasing some damaging information on an ntervew with Bryant Gumbel HBO [is not true]"
A bit later:
"@IamKennyIrons23: Dayum the things some ppl would do for money! a Univ. that payed ur way thru college & u turn u back and blackball"
UPDATE: SPORTSbyBROOKS has a pretty good case that the former player referenced in Irons’ tweets is Stanley McClover, who, as I mentioned above, played for current Head Coach Gene Chizik when Chizik was the Defensive Coordinator at the school. McClover, according to Brooks, is prepared to name (or already has named) the assistant coach who provided the alleged improper benefits. McClover left the school following the 2005 season and entered the 2006 NFL Draft.
SbB also cites the NCAA bylaw addressing the league’s statute of limitations:
NCAA rule 32.6.3 Statute of Limitations: Allegations included in a notice of allegations shall be limited to possible violations occurring not earlier than four years before the date the notice of inquiry is forwarded to the institution or the date the institution notifies (or, if earlier, should have notified) the enforcement staff of its inquiries into the matter. However, the following shall not be subject to the four-year limitation:
(a) Allegations involving violations affecting the eligibility of a current student-athlete;
(b) Allegations in a case in which information is developed to indicate a pattern of willful violations on the part of the institution or individual involved, which began before but continued into the four-year period; and
(c) Allegations that indicate a blatant disregard for the Association’s fundamental recruiting, extra-benefit, academic or ethical-conduct regulations or that involve an effort to conceal the occurrence of the violation. In such cases, the enforcement staff shall have a one-year period after the date information concerning the matter becomes available to the NCAA to investigate and submit to the institution a notice of allegations concerning the matter.
Brooks identifies Part C of the rule that would allow the NCAA to pursue a case against AU for investigating improper benefits. However, Part B applies as well, especially if Enforcement Staff investigators can demonstrate a pattern that began before the window closed, but continued into the applicable four years.
Getcha some popcorn. The HBO segment is scheduled to air March 30.