It wouldn’t be an off-season without a scandal in the Auburn football program. Today, former Sports Illustrated and New York Times writer Selena Roberts released a long, somewhat surprising, report on the Tigers alleging payments to players, rampant drug use, and grade tampering. The shocking part, for many, is the fact that the writer, Roberts, is a graduate of Auburn.
Reactions to stories such as this, another appeared on the Sports Illustrated website and one on USA Today, can spark cries of conspiracy or business as usual, depending on which message boards you frequent. Most of the information is not new to those who have followed sports in the state for any length of time. Whether it is true, or not, is not for this Alabama writer to determine.
Among the allegations listed are:
- Payments to players over several years and coaching regimes
- Grade tampering – specifically changing grades to get ineligible players available for the BCS game against Oregon
- Recruiting violations involving spending allowances for players to entertain recruits
- Rampant drug use within the program with the knowledge of the coaching staff
College football fans around the nation will undoubtedly keep an eye on this story, for now, but the off season is always ripe with new stories to keep fans entertained until kickoff in the Fall. If you live in Alabama, you can probably expect a few good tree stories over the next few days or weeks until the story either grows legs or fades away to wait on the next scandal on the plains.
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