Report: Auburn Tigers Coaches Bribed Players, Altered Grades on National Championship Team

Nov 3, 2012; Auburn, AL, USA: Auburn Tigers cheerleaders carry Auburn flags after the Tigers scored a touchdown against the New Mexico State Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Aggies 42-7. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

There is a damning report coming out from former New York Times and Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts that has troubling news about the Auburn Tigers team led by Gene Chizik that went on to win the BCS National Championship following the 2010 season. Among the details in Roberts report on Roopstigo.com, Auburn’s football program changed players’ grades to secure eligibility and even offered money to potential NFL draft picks so they would return for their senior seasons.

There were reportedly as many as nine players that would have been ineligible for Auburn’s appearance in the national title game, but the school found a way to make those athletes eligible.

“We thought we would be without (running back) Mike Dyer because he said he was one of them, but Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible,” former Auburn defensive lineman Mike Blanc told Roberts in her report.

The report expanded to say that players would be offered “several thousands of dollars” to stay at the school instead of entering the draft.

Players also told Roberts that coaches would give them up to $500 to entertain recruits, though the NCAA limits such funds to $50 per recruit.

Former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was also named in the report by former player Mike McNeil who had passed along some money to players.

“I had no clue what it was about because I’d never directly asked him for anything,” McNell told Roberts. “He 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.’”

All of the accusations occurred under Gene Chizik, who was fired last season.

It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles these accusations and what type of punishment they will hand down to the Auburn program if the allegations are true. It could be a very troubling time for Tigers fans if all of this proves to be fact and the hammer comes down on the program.

How do you think the NCAA should handle the accusations? Should the Auburn program be worried about the troubles to come? Sound off in the comments section and let us hear your thoughts.

Topics: Auburn Tigers, Football

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  • http://www.facebook.com/all.cougdup All Coug’dUp

    Uh oh scandal. That’s very bad news on the Auburn front and that’s A LOT of players involved. Just what the NCAA needed (rolls eyes)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmichaelmoore Michael Moore

    Crazy thing is that she used to work for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated but neither of them would publish this story. They wouldn’t get near it even after the smoke that has surrounded Auburn for the past two years. It’s actually only reported on her blog…guess she couldn’t “sell” the story to anyone else. P.S. All of the players except the one facing 21 years have denied saying what she is reporting…can you say “sour grapes”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/duveduvel David Stetts

      Oh SI will publish it once more information comes out. This is the cesspool of deception and cheating that major college football has turned into. It’s not just Auburn of course, but I wouldn’t reject this story until proven untrue. If it turns out Nick Fairley (among others) was ineligible during the championship game it should surprise no one.

  • disqus_wpUMGhcGM1

    this shits been goin on for years at auburn, guess what they wont get in any trouble, why bc they will cover there ass no matter what. there is a lot of money they can hand out down there to get people to hush up. but Alabama is the same way

  • disqus_wpUMGhcGM1

    bottom line auburn is a bunch of cheatin mfs, they cant win out right

  • Educate Yourself

    This article sounds like it was written by a teenager, especially when you get down to this ridiculous assumption: “It will be interesting to see how the NCAA handles these accusations and what type of punishment they will hand down to the Auburn program.”
    Really? Sounds like you’ve already branded them as being guilty without even investigating the whole story. How about wait until reliable facts come out first. You have an ex-player/thug who is facing serious prison time, so what do you expect??? This is great example of poor journalism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshnsanchez Josh Sanchez

      You took that out of context… include the line “It could be a very troubling time for Tigers fans if all of this proves to be fact and the hammer comes down on the program.” that comes right afterwards.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bamadivision Ed Reaves

      “Really? Sounds like you’ve already branded them as being guilty without
      even investigating the whole story. How about wait until reliable facts
      come out first.”

      I agree however….if this was reported out of Tuscaloosa you and the whole country would be doing exactly what you just said above!! Every AU fan in the world would say we were guilty…no investigation needed!! Be honest….just sayin’

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