Auburn Allegations of NCAA Violations from 2010 Resurfacing
Two years removed from a national championship season that carried pickup trucks full of baggage, direct and specific allegations are being made towards Auburn University once again. In a story entitled ‘Auburn’s Tainted Title: Victims, Violations and Vendettas for Glory’, Selena Roberts of roopstigo.com writes of violations that included grade changes, pay-for-play from coaches, players being given money to host recruits, free-flowing drug use.
The story centers around former Auburn safety Mike McNeil, who was kicked off the team after being arrested in 2011 on armed robbery charges that he continues to deny. He speaks out against his former school because he feels like he was blackballed because of what he knew.
When speaking about being paid as a player, he points the finger directly at Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
“He (Muschamp) 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.’”
Another allegation involved former Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick’s visit to Auburn.
The NCAA allows less than $50 a day to be spent by student-athlete recruiters on visiting prospects but McNeil recalls coaches giving him $500 to entertain blue-chip player Dre Kirkpatrick, one of the top prep players in the country in 2008.
According to the story, players say drug use was rampant throughout the team as evidenced by the the results following the BCS Championship Game.
As players recall, more than 40 players tested positive for recreational drugs after the national championship.
The allegations are deep and specific. Roberts spoke interviewed more than a dozen players from that 2010 championship team, so this isn’t just one guy speaking out. If you aren’t familiar with Selena Roberts, her bio says she’s previously worked for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and wrote the book that revealed Alex Rodriguez using PEDs.
But we’ve been down this road before. Will the result be any different? We want to hear from you.