Posted: 10:13 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Auburn admits to 21 NCAA secondary violations 

By Michael Carvell

Auburn has self-reported 21 NCAA secondary violations over the last 12 months within the athletic department, according to al.com.

The most interesting violation involved Rashaan Evans, the 5-star linebacker from the city of Auburn who snubbed the Tigers on last year’s signing day to sign with rival Alabama.

This bizarre violation had to do with Auburn’s media relations staff building website pages with the bios of every prospect that was issued a letter of intent by the Tigers last February. Auburn claimed that “media personnel were able to hack into the site and ‘find’ the code to pull up the bio,” a claim which al.com disputes.

You can go here to read the heavily-redacted documents on the 21 violations, which included two coaches visiting the same high school during the fall evaluation period. The second coach was unaware the first one had visited the high school.

There was also impermissible contact of a sophomore prospect via Facebook.

Earlier this week, Auburn was in the national news after QB Nick Marshall was pulled from SEC Media Days after being charged for marijuana possession.

158 comments
robodawg
robodawg

Who says Auburn is lax? They suspended Marshall from media days, after all.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

With the NCAA and it's set of rules, no college can honestly say that  they don't step on the south side of that rule book, at least once every school year. It is a shame that they have so many stupid rules, that really do not influence a kid one way or another and therefore are not harmful to the kid or the college program. As long as there is college football, with the rabid fans and alumni, there will continue to be a series of these minor violations by each school every year. The difference is in how these violations are handled by the schools, pertaining to whether they try to insure there will not be a repeat of the same thing year in and out.

Paying the players will not stop it either. Some school will just pay them a stipend under the table to make them more attractive to the kid.

tigertyme
tigertyme

Wonder if Coach Richt is sinking all his UGA earnings into Coach Donnan's investment club - The dog nation is so squeakily clean, I'm sure he wants to keep all the earnings in the doggie family. 

parabrave
parabrave

Darn nothing about $200Gs to some pastor in Ga.

THEMAJOR
THEMAJOR

I feel bad for the Rook (Carvell) Auburn lives in his head so bad he will resort to making up things or sensationalizg things to make Auburn look bad.   Carvell needs to do a piece on widespread theft at Athens..according to  Lemay , he and the other three weren't the only ones cashing the duplicate checks.  Rumor is many more were doing it.  But of course Carvell wouldn't how to ask about that.

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

I almost feel embarrassed for Auburn.

Newton has to leave - Auburn takes him

Marshall and Mathews have to leave UGA - auburn takes them.

Recruiting is down I guess so they have to supplement theirs by taking the thieves from other schools.

michaeltheamerican
michaeltheamerican

Oh the Auburn fans and their continued habit of changing the subject when the break the rules by attempting to bring up other schools. And the continued hatred of Mark Richt.....when will it stop Auburn fans?  He is 8-5 against Auburn. If the guy is such a terrible coach as you say, why does he own you?

semilie
semilie

Who cares about Auburn?  The place is a trailer park.  Auburn is trash. It always has been and always will be.  Please do not stoop to that level.  

bsg3003
bsg3003

I am a student at Auburn University, and I think it is funny (and rather sad) that most of the commentors here believe the things that they are saying. There is no evidence to these claims of cheating or sleuthing or under the table nonsense. This is simply an example of minor infractions, the same types that Mark Richt can make if he contacts an athlete by mistake. 


All this holier than thou nonsense needs to stop because we all know that UGA is susceptible to the same kind of mistakes with the same athletes. UF has had these problems, BAMA has had these problems. No school is different.


I have a class with Gabe Wright and Quan Bray, and they speak (well at least Gabe does) on the fact that they are not paid, but have the desire to be paid because of the workload they have to handle. 

ZBIRD
ZBIRD

Ugga - stop the hatin' and try to find a way to win some games!

OldFan
OldFan

UGA really needs to get off their insecurity streak and win something.......Auburn has three SEC Championships since 2004.  UGA has 1.  Who fault is that??

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

I guess Auburn did not report the incident where a Athletic Dept Secretary provided a sharp pencil to a recruit during a visit or there would have been 22 violations

likeitis
likeitis

Old Fan......I am sad  that you have come off your medication and have started to hallucinate again. 

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

From December 20th 2011......just to make a point it happens everywhere......


Last month, Georgia provided two free meals to Tyriq Gurley, the 5-year-old little brother of 2012 running back prospect Todd Gurley. Meals were permitted for Gurley and his parents but not for siblings on the official visit. The Gurleys reimbursed UGA $21.33 for the child’s meals and UGA reported a violation of bylaw 13.6.7.7.

OldFan
OldFan

Let's make this clear....once and for all, although I am sure it will not satisfy the UGA haters out there.  Auburn University has probably the best NCAA Compliance Office in the SEC, although all schools have that staff today.  Auburn University's Head of NCAA Compliance was once the Vice President of NCAA Compliance.  He was second in command.  We hired him because of his extensive experience and knowledge of what is right and what is wrong within

the rules.  He is the Gentleman that recommended suspending Can Newton prior to the Georgia game in 2010 to ensure that compliance was upheld until a determination was made.  It was the right thing to do.  I stand by Auburn University and its Compliance Staff 100 %.  Now get over it.  What can you say about yours?  Let me hear it.  Although I am certain that it will be hateful toward Auburn.  That's OK.  Denial of ones own program and its minimal success is not a river in Egypt.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@tigertyme  It takes a true troll to comment on an article concerning his school getting it's fingers dirty by commenting something stupid about another school.  Just think they only reported 21 violations. I wonder how many there really were that they are hoping to divert attention away from by reporting these minors ones.

tdavismann
tdavismann

You guys do all u can w what God gave u between the ears, but don't stick your foot in your mouth after all of y'all's eloquent debate, redirection, and well, comments like that above...

So you don't approve of the UGA players committing check fraud? Others here say that cam and nick "served their time" or "deserve second chance after proving themselves upstanding..."----right?

Well: #1- thanks for making this easy: AU IMMEDIATELY snagged Tray Matthews when dismissed for this- "...and it's rummored..." that he was one of the most accomplished violators in the scheme...

And don't get me started on why AU doesn't see campus arrests and player suspensions that other programs do- at least on pace for what we "conspiracists" would deem fitting...what a joke (ref- FSU).

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@THEMAJOR  Rumor has it you say. Typical troll comment. I am sure that once it came to the surface that these guys had done it, that there was a thorough audit done by the school, since sooner or later, it would show up in the books anyway. You are now reduced back to the rank of butter bar, due to your comments.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain No need to feel embarrassed for AU. The school is doing quite well for itself as the SEC championship win last year will indicate.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@michaeltheamerican We have infractions and other schools have infractions, is it cheating when Mark Richt accidentally calls a recruit during the dead period? I certainly don't think so. I call that an honest mistake.

tdavismann
tdavismann

True- only campus I refused to visit while at Uga.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@semilie Well a lot of people do. 25 thousand people attend the school, and a lot graduate to become very successful.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@OldFan The "Red Pants Society" claim teams that win championships are cheaters

tdavismann
tdavismann

And now the recent ability to SOMEHOW avoid sanctions and widespread scrutiny...got a man at the helm who knows every important person, "ins and outs" of NCAA policy and holes in their ability to properly adjudicate...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OldFan

So your school ignored his recommendation prior to the 2010 UGA game?

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

@OldFan 


OldFan.......now that second sentence in your post is just flat outlandish.....and the SEC office and others around the NCAA will firmly disagree with that......your comment about Cam Newton and that situation was a cluster and even you have to admit that The NCAA created the Cam rule because his dad found the loop hole......

MDBlue
MDBlue

Well, as long as you're "sure." 

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

I'm really embarrassed for folks that try to justify taking players that have been kicked out of other schools just to win games. I'm glad Richt has higher standards and kicks their sorry tail out of Athens.

george231
george231

@CallingOutWhiners @OldFan  name one thing he said that was outlandish. everything he said was spot on and he was asking about the compliance offices at other schools. Pretty simple

JakeAU24
JakeAU24

@CallingOutWhiners @OldFan Was Auburn found guity of any violation during the Cam fiasco? Even a minor one?  Better yet, has Auburn had a major football violation in 20 years?  Rich McGlynn is one of the best in the business. 


bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain People forget that years ago UGA was awful with some of the players they had. I wouldn't go so far as to call them thugs, but they weren't of high character and whenever they did something to draw attention to themselves, the immediate decision was not to kick the players off the team as UGA is doing now. And I commend UGA for doing that as well. They're in the process of changing the culture. 


The difference with AU is that you don't hear reports of athletes robbing, or carrying an unmarked weapon, or beating the heck out of their girlfriends. (Smoking weed isn't a violent crime)

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain Everyone needs a second chance man. Not everyone is perfect when they're 18-20 yrs old. I'm 20 and i certainly have made and still make stupid mistakes. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@george231 @DawgNole @OldFan

So OldFan lied? Is that what you're saying? Because this is what he said:

"He is the Gentleman that recommended suspending Can Newton PRIOR to the Georgia game in 2010 . . . ."

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

@george231 @CallingOutWhiners @OldFan 


Just one of many Reports year after year, coach after coach, administration after administration......Pat Dye, Terry Bowden( who got ran off for not wanting to play the game) Tommy T, Gene Chizik, and the verdict is still out on Gus, but with the high number of troubled players he is taking into the "family" at Auburn it looks like win a all cost is still alive in Auburn.


The key to this article is the very last sentence....the common thread among ALL investigations at Auburn......no tell, no cooperation, etc...


Auburn's football program altered grades to ensure eligibility, offered "several thousand dollars" to entice would-be draft picks to return for their senior seasons and knowingly violated NCAA recruiting rules, several ex-Tigers told former New York Times and Sports Illustrated columnist Selena Roberts, whose report appeared on her Web site, Roopstigo.com.

Each of the allegations occurred under coach Gene Chizik, who led Auburn to the 2010 national championship – the program's first since 1957 – but was fired after last season. He has since been replaced by Gus Malzahn, who served as Chizik's offensive coordinator from 2009-11.

According to three former players, the university changed the grades of as many as nine athletes leading into the 2011 BCS national championship game, when Auburn beat Oregon 22-19 to complete its undefeated season.

"We thought we would be without (running back) Mike Dyer because he said he was one of them, but Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible," Mike Blanc, a multiple-year starter along the Tigers' defensive line, told Roberts. Dyer would gain a game-high 143 yards on 22 carries in Auburn's win.

Auburn coaches offered cash payments to players, for reasons varying from a potential early entry into the NFL draft to simply having "a bad day at practice," Roberts reports. Former wide receiver Darvin Adams alleged that coaches offered cash to lure him away from entering the draft; while Adams wouldn't disclose the sum, both Blanc and another former teammate, Mike McNeil, put the total at "several thousand dollars."

Said Adams: "It was like, we'll do this and that for you. But I'd rather do things the right way. I am happy I didn't say yes to that stuff. That's what I'd tell kids."

"Coaches would say, 'Don't tell anyone where you got it from,'" Blanc said. McNeil recounts a meeting with then-defensive coordinator – and current Florida coach – Will Muschamp in 2007:

"I had no clue what it was about because I'd never directly asked him for anything," McNell said. "He slid about $400 over to me. He went into a drawer and gave me money and said, 'Is this enough? Is this good?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm good.'"

Muschamp denied making the payment through a spokesperson, Roberts said.

The coaching staff also went well beyond the NCAA's prescribed per diem when entertaining prospective recruits, said former Auburn defensive back Nieko Thorpe. He cites an instance involving star prospect Dre Kirkpatrick – an eventual Alabama signee: Auburn coaches gave student-athlete recruits $500 to entertain Kirkpatrick, while the NCAA limits such recruiting expenses to less than $50 per day.

The allegations further cloud Chizik's up-and-down tenure at the university, which reached its apex during that 2010 season but bottomed out a season ago, when the Tigers failed to win a game in SEC play for the first time since 1980.

NCAA investigators spent several weeks last fall looking into Auburn's recruiting practices, specifically digging into 2012 signee Jovon Robinson, whose Memphis-area high school transcripts were found to be forged.

Auburn came under heavy scrutiny in 2010 for its recruitment of star quarterback Cam Newton. According to an ESPN.com report, an individual purporting to represent Newton was allegedly soliciting a six-figure payment in exchange for Newton's letter of intent. While the NCAA never found any evidence of wrongdoing in the case, the investigation cast a shadow over the Tigers' otherwise sterling 2010 season.

Auburn did not respond to USA TODAY Sports' request for comment

tdavismann
tdavismann

Yes- precisely, you "...don't hear."

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@bsg3003 @MarkAgain  You sure about the robbery thing. I though a couple of years ago, four of their players, presently serving jail time, robbed a old couple at gun point.

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

You can call them thugs. Every program in the SEc has them if they're any good. No way you can have 100 football players and not have issues. I'm just glad Richt deals with them and doesn't sweep them under the rug...they are going to mess up sometimes but it has to be dealt with and when a school takes those guys, they're saying basically, "we don't care about that. Come on to Auburn.". That's what would be embarrassing to me if I were an Auburn person. Not worth saying " we won but our QB stole and got kicked out of ...

Just me but hey, the Auburns of the world are growing in number and the win at any cost is more prevalent than ever.

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

Yep. Everyone deserves second chances. Stealing, cheating, taking money...is there an imaginary line at Auburn? Rape, Murder???

THEMAJOR
THEMAJOR

@MarkAgain The biggest thing you need to worry about is why these kids continually get kicked off at UGA every year and other schools don't have the problems where they even have to consider this option.   

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain Me and my friends are ecstatic that he came to AU. He is a great player and a rare athlete. And we aren't embarrassed, not in the least bit. He didn't do anything at AU to have us be embarrassed at him (besides the whole marijuana deal)

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@MarkAgain everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me... just ask Terrelle Pryor, or his biggest fan, Browneye.

THEMAJOR
THEMAJOR

@MarkAgain Like Alec Ogletree, got caught stealing twice form other students, failed numerous frug tests but wow remained on the team for 15th chance.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain So what? Just kick em' to the curb? Nick and Cam didn't just stroll over to AU after their incidents. They had to work their butts off at junior colleges and had to prove that they changed. Nick Marshall got caught with weed, but besides that? Quiet. Cam Newton? Not a incident at AU. Not one in the pros. 

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

Around 100 SEC football players = problems. Some cover it up. Some deal with it.

Any school that never has problems is covering up and lying.

If UGa goes years with no incidents they will have rested to covering stuff up too.

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

Well, he's from Georgia, from a small south Georgia town and since I know all that, I know more, and marijuana won't be the last thing that comes up unless you have a mighty good cover up committee.

Were glad he isn't at UGA. You guys enjoy. Lock your doors and keep an eye on your girlfriends. Pay them in cash or Matthews will try to cash it twice!

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

We aren't squeaky clean but we, Richt, deals with stuff". Don't think anyone could argue he doesn't.

As for the drug test. Maybe. I'm not sure but they all get tested randomly. auburn test randomly too but funny how ex QB Patrick Nix laughs to this day about getting picked every time to be tested. Never smoked a cigarette but was randomly selected over and over!!

tdavismann
tdavismann

Wrong again- brilliant AU reps...Marshall stole Aaron Murray's iPad- used for film study, nontheless...

And when AU CHOOSES to give drug tests after spring break, reports those non-sanctioned tests---at such a time---and actually holds players accountable, then talk to me about Richt, UGA integrity vs Auburn's (lack thereof...).

No where else is that test EVEN given or followed up on IN SUCH A WAY... We lost top players for a crucial chunk of the season...and no, sorry, Alec was UGA's, we wouldn't have ever let u get ur grubby hands on him (which you'd CERTAINLY have attempted...as proven oh so well.)

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

Yep. To the curb. Don't let the door hit you in the tail"... That way.

It doesn't bother you at all that the last two high profile QBs that got kicked out of another school wound up at Auburn? With all the schools in the country Auburn took them?

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain That's funny. "Cover-up committee" Maybe you should stick with speaking on topics that you actually know about, because you know nothing about Auburn obviously.

MDBlue
MDBlue

Is Georgia "Arrest U" or would that be Florida?  

MDBlue
MDBlue

Well, Georgia has had so many arrests and other problems over the last several years with so many of its football players...they had to do something besides trying to help them become better people from the start.

bsg3003
bsg3003

@MarkAgain That is foolish. Obviously you were the perfect human being when you were 20. So no need to argue that point any further. 


And no. It doesn't bother it me one bit. I am happy not only because they got a second chance, but because they also turned out to be great athletes and players for my school. I've talked to Nick Marshall for a bit, he wouldn't remember me,  but i have talked to him and he's a genuinely nice dude who messed up.

MarkAgain
MarkAgain

Not perfect but I knew I would be held accountable especially to things that folks know not to do at 10 years old. Much less 20. Never got kicked out of college either.