NCAA Investigating Auburn Football

People have been asking about Auburn’s football recruiting for a long time now, since the news about Cam Newton broke in the middle of the 2010 season. Now it appears those people will get their wish, as Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the NCAA is investigating Auburn’s recent recruitment efforts.

The investigation centers around Jovon Robinson and is focused on two issues:

  • The circumstances of the fraudulent grade change on Robinson’s transcripts; and
  • Robinson’s relationship with a PE teacher at his high school who from the initial information looks like a prime candidate to be labeled an Auburn booster.

This could be part of the larger investigation that has been reported of the prep football environment in Memphis. Two Auburn coaches have been roped into the investigation enough to get them pulled off the recruiting trail, according to Yahoo!. Wide-ranging investigation that results in specific violations plus involvement of coaches would be a big coup for the NCAA.

2 Responses to “NCAA Investigating Auburn Football”

  1. The_Truth_Is_Out_There

    A big coup for the NCAA? John, come on, isn’t time to level with the public? You’re no longer employed by the NCAA as far as I can tell. The NCAA is a sham, and it’s enforcement is haphazard and can be used in a “malicious” manner to go after schools and people. The “connected” schools (e.g., Miami with Paul Dee and Notre Dame, to name a couple) get off with slaps on the wrist. As you’ve previously noted in respect to USC, the penalties cannot be rationally reconciled to any NCAA precedent before or AFTER they were doled out based upon a trumped up standard of “high profile athletes demand” higher profile compliance, a standard that has never been applied again.
    I would be interested in your thoughts regarding the most recent ruling in the Todd McNair case in which the judge says that emails among a committee member, an NCAA employee and an appeals committee member showed malice. Malice. There are couple of things here worth delving into. First, why is a committee member engaging in any correspondences with an appeals committee member? This would seem to undermine any independence between the two bodies – at least in the USC case. In other words, the appeals process was a sham, since the appeals committee member were directly involved in the COI process. Second, why in god’s name are NCAA members acting in a “malicious” manner when their job is to get at the truth – not show malice against any individual or institution?
    I would be interested in your take on this, as the judge in the McNair case says this is something the “public has a right to know about.” I suspect that as the facts come out, subject to any sort of a hastily settlement on the NCAA’s part, more and more folks are going to realize that the NCAA isn’t an equitable body, but rather an instrument to tilt the game in favor of the “connected” institutions. If you disagree, I’d be very interested in your take, although I suspect that you don’t disagree, but are loath to publicly acknowledge the corruption within the NCAA.

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