Yet another Auburn allegation might again amount to little

If you're waiting for someone to take this from Nick Fairley, you shouldn't hold your breath. (AP photo)

Those waiting for someone to take the crystal from Nick Fairley shouldn't hold thy breath. (AP photo)

The SEC breaks down thusly: There’s Auburn, which is feeling good about itself, and there are fans of the 11 other schools who are convinced the Tigers’ BCS title was ill-gotten. For Auburn folks, shrugging off the latest report of wrongdoing has become standard operating procedure. For fans of those 11 other schools, any new nugget offers yet another reason to shout, “See? Told you!”

Fans of the other 11, here’s your latest cue.

SportsByBrooks reported Tuesday that former player Stanley McClover has told “HBO Real Sports” that he received money while enrolled at Auburn from a Tiger assistant coach. (SBB doesn’t name the assistant coach but says McClover will. SBB also notes the assistant coach no longer works at Auburn.)

This wouldn’t seem to endanger the 2010 BCS title, given that McClover left Auburn in January 2006. Cam Newton was in high school, and coach Gene Chizik had just helped Texas win the 2005 BCS title as defensive coordinator. And there’s ordinarily a four-year NCAA statute of limitations. But SBB believes a pay-for-play charge “may leave the door open for the NCAA to pursue an allegation made after the standard four-year period has expired.”

Then again, we were just given cause to see that the NCAA’s punitive power can be rather puny. Jim Calhoun, the winner of two national championships, was slapped by the NCAA for “failing to create an atmosphere of compliance.” Put more simply, the UConn Huskies broke various recruiting rules (regarding phone calls, text messages and inducements) and the Hall of Fame coach stood benignly by. This would seem a huge deal, would it not?

UConn’s penalty: Some lost scholarships, some recruiting restrictions, a three-game suspension for Calhoun in Big East play next season … but no ban on postseason play.

And get this: Calhoun was upset by the severity of the penalty.

Sometimes we regard the NCAA investigative crew as the Scotland Yard of sports, but something has to drop in its lap — the UConn investigation was spawned by a Yahoo! Sports report — for the hounds to be loosed. And even then the NCAA is often unable to find  concrete evidence. (That’s because wrongdoers are pretty good at concealing their tracks, and the NCAA lacks subpoena power over private citizens.)

Bruce Pearl lied to NCAA investigators and is still coaching Tennessee basketball. Yes, he was suspended eight league games by the SEC — the conference-wide joke was that Mike Slive had to make somebody pay for Cecil Newton’s sins — but he’s still employed. Calhoun has to sit out three games, but he gets to keep coaching his program and taking it to NCAA tournaments.

For all the smoke in collegiate sports –  has there ever been more smoke than there was surrounding Auburn in November? — the NCAA doesn’t often find a three-alarm fire. (Remember, Georgia received no postseason ban from the NCAA after its investigation into the Harricks and Tony Cole.) Even as they look forward to the day when something is made to stick against Auburn, fans of those 11 other schools need to know this:

There’s a chance nothing ever will stick. (There’s also the chance Auburn did nothing wrong.) There’s a chance — a pretty good one — that 2015 will arrive and the Tigers will still be 2010 national champs.

By Mark Bradley

409 comments Add your comment

Spencer

February 22nd, 2011
7:41 pm

JAWJeRDAWG

February 22nd, 2011
7:41 pm

Interesting.

Obama's Teleprompter

February 22nd, 2011
7:43 pm

matt-t

February 22nd, 2011
7:45 pm

Georgia didn’t get a postseason ban from the NCAA because the school preemptively did it.

Justin

February 22nd, 2011
7:45 pm

LOL — it’s “McClover,” not “McLover.” You’re conflating the ex-player’s name with that of a well-known recent movie character.

Roll Tide

February 22nd, 2011
7:46 pm

Auburn sucks

Mark Bradley

February 22nd, 2011
7:49 pm

Thanks, Justin. And I’m afraid I don’t know the well-known movie character.

I do, however, know MacGyver.

Mark Bradley

February 22nd, 2011
7:49 pm

And kudos, Spencer.

Gravy Train

February 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

Even if Auburn doesn’t get penalties from the NCAA, they will still get the wrath of their opponents for years to come. I know Coach Richt and Coach Saban have their game dates circled on the calender. Without his ringers, Chizzik is just an average coach at an average program.

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
7:52 pm

I don’t believe they Auburn title willl ever be taken away for two reasons:

1-NCAA has said they can’t prove Newton involvement.

2-NCAA doesn’t award the BCS championship so it isn’t theirs to take away. It;as up to the BCS, and they haven’t punished USC..they still have their Reggie Bush title don’t they?

I do believe, however, where there is so much smoke, there is fire , so it wouldn’t surprise me if Auburn got popped in the future..but I think their championship is OK..

Gravy Train

February 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

It’s McLovin from “Superbad” MB. It’s afunny movie you should see.

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
7:53 pm

At this point all I can say is, what would you have us as Auburn fans do? When allegations are flying there is no such thing as a disproving something like this.

I’ll worry about it if the hammer drops… otherwise we’ll stick to on-field results and everyone else will fling crap our way.

Trust me when I say that, if any of these things prove to be true, I won’t be happy- not because of losing any games, but because this isn’t how I want Auburn football to do things.

Everyone hates Auburn fans because we deny everything—- but seriously, take 2 minutes and think about it. What other choice do we have? What would you be doing if it happened to your school before anything concrete came out?

bitter dawgs fan

February 22nd, 2011
7:54 pm

tolit paper tide—poison–pay for play—same mess, same scum
same f– up state!!

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
7:54 pm

Gravy Train. Most Dawg fans have Auburn circled every year.

Beast from the East

February 22nd, 2011
7:54 pm

“The SEC breaks down thusly: There’s Auburn, which is feeling good about itself, and there are fans of the 11 other schools who are convinced the Tigers’ BCS title was ill-gotten.”

Mark,
Don’t you think you’re overstating it a bit? I’ve only heard Bammers and Dawgs complain about Auburn. Not a peep from LSU, UT, Vandy, UK, USC, etc. This Gator has no beef with Auburn. I tend to worry about what my team is doing to get things turned back around than worry about the Barners. I congratulate them on becoming the 5th school from the SEC to become BCS Champions and hope my beloved Gators can get back there again soon!

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
7:55 pm

WDE..maybe for the first time ever..I agree with one of your posts. Your last paragraph is absolutely right. We would do the same thing..Why feel guilty when the ncaa says you’re innocent. Enjoy it and let the haters hate

Dawg A

February 22nd, 2011
7:57 pm

Same chapter…….. different verse!!!!!

Taylor

February 22nd, 2011
7:57 pm

C’mon Mark, Pearl received more than just the 8 game suspension. In addition to Slive’s 8 game penalty, UT docked his pay by $1.5M and restricted his off campus recruiting for 1 year.

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
7:59 pm

UGASlobberknocker – the past couple weeks, there’s been another WDE, but I’m the original on here (weren’t as many Auburn fans around last summer). I might change my name as such.

I’ll just say it sucks having to take all this crap when none of it has been proven and- if it eventually is proven- I was just as in the dark about it as anyone here.

Gravy Train

February 22nd, 2011
7:59 pm

It’s not Scam I have a problem with. It’s Chizzik and Trooper’s coaching techniques that irk me. It’s plain to see that they encouraged and cheered Fairley to play dirty. I also thought it was cute how Gene suddenly found God after the BCS game. Scummy coaches are bad for the game.

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
8:01 pm

Gravy Train- Chizik suddenly found God? It’s obvious you haven’t paid attention to him until mid-season 2010.

Beast from the East

February 22nd, 2011
8:01 pm

Taylor,
Pearl should have been fired for lying to the NCAA. He’s done a great job at UT, but he broke the rules and then did not have the balls to come clean about it. That makes him a cheat and a liar. Remember the football player from Oklahoma State that pretty much lost his entire final year of eligibility for lying to them? Why should Pearl be treated any differently? UT sure has a funny way of rationalizing things.

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The watcher

February 22nd, 2011
8:02 pm

The NCAA dropped Cam gate because the FBI has bigger fish to fry. Watch for the indictments, convictions and then for auburn to be removed from college athletics altogether. Their history is embarrasing.

Dawg A

February 22nd, 2011
8:03 pm

And having the NCAA say your innocent sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!!! An endorsement from the most non respected sports group out there now!!! If telling the truth makes me a hater then I guess I am a hater! But if you describe to that theory then being a Auburn supporter through all of the Scam stuff makes you blind loyalist!!!

Beast from the East

February 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

The watcher,
When can we expect all of this to happen? Do you have on your tin-foil hat right now?

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
8:04 pm

Same as you all pretending Herschel didn’t get a new car in college.

Bob the Dawg

February 22nd, 2011
8:05 pm

“There’s a chance — a pretty good one — that 2015 will arrive and the Tigers will still be 2010 national champs.”

MB, what a truly nauseating prospect!

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
8:06 pm

From a 1981 article in People Magazine: “On campus, he drives around in a gleaming black Trans-Am, a gift from his family. ”

Yeah, okay. See, it’s not fun is it?

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Hey DawgA. Im no Auburn lover (or McLover)..but since the NCAA is the one handing out the penalties, it really doesnt matter how little they are respected or how much they are loathed for their unfairness. If they say you’re good..you’re good.

I also am honest enough to say that if the exact situation was in Athens, I wold be claiming that title til somebody proved it was illegit..and that hasnt happ yet.

IMO, the best thing Dawg fans can do is shut up about Auburn or anyone else and worry about the Dawgs.

chuck

February 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

watcher…you are an idiot.

Dawg A

February 22nd, 2011
8:11 pm

ESPN reported yesterday that there were several things that concerned the NFL scouts and front office about Scam Newton. One of those was his honesty or lack thereof concerning his involvement with his dad and the boosters. So if the NFL is concerned……. wait a minute they have nothing to worry about the Auburn fans say he is innocent!!!!! Their incredible amount of knowledge of what goes on can’t rank up there with the Auburn fans saying that he didn’t do anything!
I guess you guys are right again and EVERYBODY else is wrong!!!

Bob the Dawg

February 22nd, 2011
8:12 pm

“IMO, the best thing Dawg fans can do is shut up about Auburn or anyone else and worry about the Dawgs.”

UGASlobberknocker, as a huge UGA fan I actually agree with you.

BG

February 22nd, 2011
8:13 pm

Mark, Where there is smoke there is fire.

Beast from the East

February 22nd, 2011
8:13 pm

Dawg A,
They are also concerned with AJ Green’s judgment. What the heck does that prove? Nothing!

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
8:13 pm

It was reported by Sam Wyche on 680 today that Carolina may take Newton #1. They dont seem that worried.

OldTimer

February 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Bradley’s drunk again.

Dawg A

February 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

Yea your not a Auburn fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are all buying that! And as far the NCAA goes all I got to say is Ohio State!!! Yea they handled that one right also!!! The almighty buck won that one just like the National Scampionship game did as well!!!
See you!!!!

bitter dawgs fan

February 22nd, 2011
8:17 pm

dont count on dawg fans forgeting punks, make our day–bring on the poison!!!!, tolit paper, pay for play—hahahahah

Dawg A

February 22nd, 2011
8:17 pm

Comparing A.J. Green, who admitted his guilt which shows character, to Scam shows sports ignorance!!!

WDE

February 22nd, 2011
8:22 pm

If the NCAA finds evidence that money has changed hands at Auburn, I’m first in line to gut the coaching staff and start from scratch.

Until then, I’ll take on-field results over anything not concrete. You’d all do the same.

Jim Pierce

February 22nd, 2011
8:23 pm

MARK: Have you EVER written a positive piece about anyone? Every one of your articles are calling into question SOMETHING. Be it the Dawgs, Auburn, or the Braves, every titled article is projecting negativity. lol You seriously need to find another profession.

chuck

February 22nd, 2011
8:23 pm

Dawg A, what a load of crap. Awful Judgement Green got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Had he NOT admitted his OBVIOUS guilt and acted appropriately contrite, he would have been booted and it probably would have cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars this fall. NOBODY has claimed ANY wrong doing by Cam. NOBODY. Get a grip. Maybe you should be more worried about keeping your OWN PLAYERS out of JAIL.

MiltonMan

February 22nd, 2011
8:23 pm

UGA whiners complaining about Auburn’s dirty play vs. their little wussy QB who just got hurt playing a pick-up game of soccer???

Jim Pierce

February 22nd, 2011
8:24 pm

UGASlobberknocker : Excellent post.

MiltonMan

February 22nd, 2011
8:25 pm

Yes, to bad that Auburn cannot run such a clean program as the holier than hell CMR.

MiltonMan

February 22nd, 2011
8:27 pm

GravyTrain = a by-product of the APS.

Alabama Jack

February 22nd, 2011
8:29 pm

Dumb delusional dawgs – least of the east before their recruits get coached down.

Bob the Dawg

February 22nd, 2011
8:32 pm

MiltomMan, calling someone holier than hell doesn’t make much sense, but regardless we (dawg fans) need to move on from the whole Auburn “subject”. We have bigger fish to fry. I, for one am excited as hell over our prospects in Athens in the years to come!

UGASlobberknocker

February 22nd, 2011
8:34 pm

GVegas I normally dont respond to idiot such as yourself as if one wrestles with pigs, you get dirty while the pig doesnt care.but Sam Wycher is one of the most repected NFL writers out there. Do you have some incredible insight that you are withholding from us. I know you must be much more informed than Wyche.