NCAA investigating Auburn again (not Cam Newton this time)

Cam Newton has left campus but apparently the NCAA is still snooping around Auburn.

Cam Newton has left campus but apparently the NCAA is still snooping around Auburn.

To the portion of the college football fan base that believes Auburn and Cam Newton got away with something this past season, this probably will come as sweet news: The NCAA is looking into recruiting issues at Auburn again.

According to stories on FoxSports.com and the blog site SportsByBrooks, NCAA investigators were in Thibodaux, La., this week to speak with Auburn recruit Greg Robinson and three others regarding how Robinson (an offensive lineman) and wide receiver Trovon Reed (a 2010 recruit also from Thibodaux) ended up signing with the Tigers.

Part of the investigation appears to be focusing on Sean Nelson, who lives in Thibodaux and was involved in the recruiting process.  If Nelson is some sort of street agent and compensation was involved in Auburn landing Robinson and/or Reed, that’s an obvious NCAA violation.

LSU fans aren’t happy about two home grown players leaving the state and suspect something. So, apparently, does the NCAA. The investigation follows a Fox Sports story last month, Nelson claimed he was Reed’s guardian and denied receiving any money. An excerpt from the Fox story in January:

Robinson said that to his knowledge, Nelson never received money from anyone associated with Auburn to take him on unofficial visits there. In a telephone interview Friday, Nelson also denied he was paid by anyone associated with Auburn for bringing Reed and Robinson.

“I don’t care what people think, they can think what they want, but Trovon chose to go Auburn so he went to Auburn,” Nelson said before hanging up.

But [former Thibodaux High School coach Dennis] Lorio, a former LSU graduate assistant, says Auburn’s sudden recruiting success here is curious.

“How did players from Thibodaux, La., become so interested in Auburn?” Lorio asks. “That’s a really good question. Trooper Taylor and Sean Nelson would know.”

Trooper Taylor is an assistant coach at Auburn.

Lorio said he told NCAA investigators he doesn’t know what occurred. But he told Fox Sports in a previous conversation that coaches and students saw Robinson “show off cash and a new iPhone at school after making an unofficial visit to Auburn,” according to the story.

Well, well. All we need is Cecil “Huggy Bear” Newton and the circle of life is complete.

As I’ve written previously, I didn’t have an issue with the NCAA not suspending Newton and Auburn escaping probation because it lacked evidence at the time of the investigation. We don’t convict on suspicions in this country.

But this much seems certain: The NCAA wants to crack down on the practice of players being shopped, that means focusing on the relationship between street agents and football programs.

Fair or unfair, the Newton saga — which isn’t officially closed — elevated Auburn’s visibility, and when a high school player is alleged to suddenly be walking around with extra cash and an iPhone, people will talk.

Welcome to life after a national championship.

By Jeff Schultz

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390 comments Add your comment

yep

February 16th, 2011
8:09 pm

Heath

February 16th, 2011
8:09 pm

Now that the NCAA let Auburn cheat their way to a championship they want to get tough. Whoda thunk it?

yep

February 16th, 2011
8:11 pm

Lorio is the FORMER coach at that high school. He lost his job in large part because he didn’t hand deliver two stud players to the state university. Surely he is not bitter about any of that. Awesome reporting Jeff.

Dawg A

February 16th, 2011
8:12 pm

Auburn figures they got away with the Scam thing……. why not try again! Maybe the NCAA will get this one right!!!!!

Ted Striker

February 16th, 2011
8:13 pm

I ain’t reading too much into this. I think Cam knew what Daddy was (trying to do) at Missy State, but I also think that he realized it wasn’t gonna work anywhere. And that no money changed hands.

kbb

February 16th, 2011
8:13 pm

Looks like another witch hunt. No proof. No story.

Freddie's Falcon

February 16th, 2011
8:15 pm

Auburn is good at hiding money. I wouldn’t be surprised drugs are funding their program. By the way, their grads are dumb as dirt.

Captain

February 16th, 2011
8:16 pm

Jeff – you may want to inquire as to what Nelson does to earn a living, might find it quite interesting. He was able to shuttle Reed to and from Auburn a few times in 2009, a mere 6 hr drive, and Robinson in 2009 and 2010, and spend the night We all could learn a few things about money management from Nelson. He knows how to get a lot of bang for his buck.

Jeff Schultz

February 16th, 2011
8:16 pm

Yep — yep, “former.” Inserted that word. For what it’s worth, whether somebody has an agenda or not doesn’t mean something must be true or false. It just means they’re motivated — if we can even assume that.

Jeff Schultz

February 16th, 2011
8:19 pm

Captain — Nelson’s actually identified as “an oil-change technician” in the original Fox Sports story.

Not Don Waddell

February 16th, 2011
8:24 pm

House of cards…it’s only a matter of time until justice is served…

LT

February 16th, 2011
8:25 pm

This is beyond old with Auburn, everyone knows what they are doing, just hope they can come up with something, and finally, bury them, just amazing how they continue to get away with all the cheating, just tired of them making a mockery out of college f’ball….

jumbeauxtiger

February 16th, 2011
8:26 pm

I heard 2 weeks ago, that the day after Greg Robinson returned from his visit to Auburn he was flashing a new iPhone on his Facebook page.

I also heard that the LSU coaches in January thought that Robinson was coming to LSU but he later changed his mind.

Perhaps neither of the above is true but with Auburn’s history of NCAA violations it does make me wonder.

Magnum PI

February 16th, 2011
8:27 pm

EVERYONE knows Awbarn paid the Newtons. Before that, the Williams. The Awbarn crowd is a bunch of cheaters who want to be loved as much as Bama. I am glad the hammer is going to come down on Awbarn & their dead trees. WAR CHEATERS!!!!

gadawgs

February 16th, 2011
8:29 pm

Uh oh Barners..It is about to hit the fan. Hope you enjoyed this season.

CASH FOR CAM

February 16th, 2011
8:31 pm

HAVE SAID IN THIS FORUM AND OTHERS FOR MONTHS THAT TROOPER TAYLOR IS THE BAG MAN!

Dawg A

February 16th, 2011
8:31 pm

Disrespecting a dead animal….. so classless!!! But to be expected from classless people!!!

Jeff Schultz

February 16th, 2011
8:33 pm

5150 UOAD — That comment wasn’t real tasteful, even for me. Zapped it.

5150 UOAD

February 16th, 2011
8:39 pm

Sorry Jeff. UGA fans hate AUBURN FANS now because of FAIRLEY but forget UGA’s player(ben jones) that tried to cripple a MSU player with a hit from behind on his knee. DAWGS hate when life is TRUE in their owm mirror

1953Dawg

February 16th, 2011
8:41 pm

What a shock that we have another legal Guardian helping recruit kids. Does Nash the guardian from Calhoun for DaPRICK Rogers ring a bell. The NCAA has opened up a can of worms by allowing this guardian crap to exist. Now all a big money booster has to do is pay a kid’s parents off and allow the kid to live under his roof, and he can give the kid and the kids parents all the money he wants to, and the ncaa can and will do nothing. Then the kid has no choice but to sign with the school which the booster supports. But there is one name that keeps coming up everywhere there is trouble, and that is this clown Trooper Taylor.How in God’s name does this guy have a job? He has been linked to more recruiting violations at more schools than any coach in the country. Auburn showed how desperate they were by hiring this loose cannon to start with, and you can trust that this guy will bring Auburn down to his level. OOPS!! What am i thinking, Auburn has and will always be down at his level. It’s just they will get caught again because of this big mouth. Funny, the grandmother of the linemen from La.(Robinson) said Auburn coaches especially Taylor were stupid, and that this Taylor guy told alot of lies. SHOCKER. Auburn fans have something else to be proud about.

Dawg '94

February 16th, 2011
8:43 pm

5150 UOAD – The article is about Auburn. What are you attacking UGA for? Mad that your beloved Auburn is about to get hammered by the NCAA? Mad that you can’t find a job with your worthless Auburn degree is trailor park management? Mad that Georgia is 4-1 over the last 5 years? What gives?

5150 UOAD

February 16th, 2011
8:45 pm

UGA 8 min without a FG against VANDY. Can the Dawgs blow this lead? SMART like a Hewitt FOX I guess.

Dawg A

February 16th, 2011
8:47 pm

5150 UOAD….. you said something classeless and it got removed!!!! And now all you are doing is digging a bigger hole!! Maybe it’s time you go to bed or whatever you do!!!! You are just making yourself look like the classless person you are!!!!!

NOBODYYOUKNOW

February 16th, 2011
8:47 pm

You keep that crap up “WARDAMNEAGLES” and you’re gonna get caught sooner or later. Auburns like alot of schools with big football traditions. They have alot of meddlesome Alumni. These “win at any cost” people cost good coaches their jobs and embarrassment for the university.

5150 UOAD

February 16th, 2011
8:47 pm

dawg94
I hope all the trailers that are on my property are strapped down.

Cobb Dawg

February 16th, 2011
8:49 pm

Everyone in the country, including *AU fans, know that they cheat. That’s why *AU fans kinda seem sheepish about the *NC. They all know that they’ll eventually get caught. At some point *Cecil and *Cam are going to need money again and *AU will deny them. Then they’ll go to the NCAA and spill what happened. But my guess is that the NCAA already has enough on *AU to bring them down. We’ll see.

John

February 16th, 2011
8:52 pm

Still bitter…funny!!

5150 UOAD

February 16th, 2011
8:53 pm

UGA has never CHEATED. Hershel got that Smokey and the Bandit TRANS AM from his mommy wih her 27 lil kids. I mean why did UGA get Hershel’s sis in school to run track the year before?
VANDY beats UGA. Smart like a Hewitt FOX.

Dawg '94

February 16th, 2011
8:56 pm

5150 UOAD – What a comeback. Look….take your meds, kiss your cousin good night, and go watch the NC game for the 100th time. ENJOY it NOW because it is all about to be taken away from the War Cheaters. You know it & that is why you are so mad. How SAD. Now I have to go to bed because I have a thing called a JOB I have to go to tomorrow. You Auburn people wouldn’t know about that.

Bug Zapper

February 16th, 2011
8:56 pm

What this situation will do is get the NCAA more involved not only with this case but looking more closelly binto the Cam Newton deal which byt the way, is far from being over…

Dawg A

February 16th, 2011
8:56 pm

Only takes one idiot to mess up a blog…..

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Mes Liles

February 16th, 2011
9:01 pm

I thought those two guys were coming to LSU. BUT along came Trooper Taylor. What does he have that gets those kids to go to Auburn? I don’t get it and for some strange reason, I can’t tell if Trooper is coming or going.

David0

February 16th, 2011
9:02 pm

Does anyone wonder who is paying Thayer Evans to harass Auburn University, like he once did Texas? And does it occur to anyone that every D1 school has out-of-state players? And that Lorio is long known to have very strongly encouraged his star athletes to go to LSU, and not visit other schools?

kc

February 16th, 2011
9:09 pm

One Reason they may have decided to go to Auburn is because Auburn won the National Championship. That’s a Good damn reason! Just like USC, Alabama, Florida, Texas etc etc. If you win the national Chapionship you get good recruits. Common Sense!!!

Freddie's Falcon

February 16th, 2011
9:18 pm

has Au grad Jamz Brokes learned to read yet? serious question Au fans.

Sweet Daddy

February 16th, 2011
9:25 pm

And out of the smoke we begin to see flames.

Burn, Barn, Burn!

Skitty Fritty

February 16th, 2011
9:29 pm

I’m sure these players knew nothing and all the bad decisions were made by their Fathers. Come to think of it, I don’t think E. Ramsey knew anything either, it was all his Dad’s wrongdoing.

David0

February 16th, 2011
9:29 pm

Right, Freddie. Only white boys who grew up in middle class households should have a chance to better themselves, eh? What is Auburn thinking trying to help poor blacks make a better life through athletics?

Bellefay

February 16th, 2011
9:30 pm

Jeff,

I figured you’d do the article on Toomers and Mark would do the regurgitation of Fox/Brooks/FBI/SACS/Code of Canon law investigation.

Pat Dye

February 16th, 2011
9:34 pm

If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying!
War Eagle

SE Dawg Fan

February 16th, 2011
9:35 pm

@5150 UOAD — I can’t why they are allowing you to continue on here, as everyone else will get off and find something productive to read. I am not at all surprised about Auburn and its recruiting mishaps (what a good name to call it), considering the NCAA decided to take a long nap when Cecil Newton and his actions came into being. Remember how they denied A.J. Green four games for selling his jersey on ebay to someone who didn’t know he was an agent, and neither did A.J. know. The NCAA is so unfair lately that I wouldn’t be surprised if this didn’t get lost on the plains.

UGA Fan

February 16th, 2011
9:36 pm

atleast none of Auburn’s players get arrested like 1/10th of the UGA team did last year. They must be teaching real discipline down in Athens…what happened with UGA’s AD last year 2?

SE Dawg Fan

February 16th, 2011
9:36 pm

Meant to say, “I can’t understand…”

5150 UOAD secret lover to Trooper

February 16th, 2011
9:37 pm

Trooper is no a bag boy (He has a big wallet) and I resent your remarks about my honey bunch. Am I coming out of the closet? You betcha. Now you have to be careful what you say about me. Sure some of you will say that I am giving the gays a bad name but I don’t think so. My being stupid and ignorant does not have anything to do with my being gay, I was stupid before I found about myself being in love with Trooper. You probably didn’t know about me being gay but I am sure you are aware of my stupidity by my blogs. I don’t care cause I’m in love.

Heath

February 16th, 2011
9:38 pm

One day UOAD is going to have a post telling the world how stupid UGA is and it will have grammar and spelling that DOESN’T look like it was written by a five year old.

TomB

February 16th, 2011
9:40 pm

Auburn cheats! Death penalty please.The real story this year. It is not about Cam.

This year is more of a reflection on the school that recruited him. I can never recall a university especially one that just won a NCAA championship with such a tarnished image. I never gave Auburn much thought before; just another SEC school with a decent football program. Not any more. Auburn will forever be tarnished with the image of a corrupt program of big time cheaters. I’m sure others like me have researched Auburn football history since the Cam situation and have reached the same conclusion. My guess is that one day Terry Bowden will say enough and write a book and shed a light on this scum bag program.Or, maybe it will be Cam himself when his NFL aspirations flop. And, just maybe that will be before Auburn gets what they so richly deserve: the death penalty from the NCAA.

bamaguy

February 16th, 2011
9:43 pm

kc: Sense isn’t common anymore.

GTSteve

February 16th, 2011
9:44 pm

I like the way you think David0….the sooner we lose the integrity of the games we love the sooner we can get back to the true Student-Athlete

richtfan

February 16th, 2011
9:45 pm

jeff, you say that “We don’t convict on suspicions in this country”, but that’s not really true. richard jewell was tried in the court of public opinion and lost everything because the press were convinced that he was the olympic bomber. plus, the ncaa does NOT have the same burden of proof that the courts have. they operate outside of those parameters and can suspend anyone for any reason. how else do you explain the gross disparity between aj green’s punishment and the guys from ohio state?