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And the NCAA will do jack squat about it.
Other than rule the player is ineligible, what is the NCAA supposed to do? It doesn't have any jurisdiction to punish high schools. It can only sanction member institutions and rule on player eligibility. It pushed an investigation of the kid's transcript, asked questions, found the grade change, and ruled the player ineligible. Do you have evidence that Auburn paid the counselor to have the grade changed?
Does it not strike you as odd that Auburn continues to be mentioned in this type is stuff? Yes,they ruled the kid ineligible. But at what point does the NCAA say "Hey,this type of recruiting has to stop."
Auburn hd no clue that his transcript had been falsified, as far as I can tell.
"This type of stuff?" There are other cases with Auburn footballers showing up with falsified transcripts? As far as I am aware, there are three instances in the past 5 years involving Alabama schools and faked grades. This one, Eric Bledsoe (UK basketballer) and Josh Chapman (Alabama footballer).
I thought the NCAA should have tried harder to find a basis to stick it to Kentucky in the Bledsoe case, since the grade shenanigans were so obvious, Bledsoe was way below the line for qualification before his senior year, he miraculously shot up, he changed commitment to follow the squid from Memphis to Kentucky, and it all happened during the time the Rose entrance exam fraud was being investigated and the sanctions were being levied against Memphis. If ever there was a case of a school being guilty of at least willful blindness to misconduct, the Bledsoe recruitment was it.
I don't recall the name of the recruit, but there was a story recently about a hot shot RB from Florida who went to his high school coach and told him an Auburn coach was telling him to transfer to Auburn, AL HS since they would take care of his grade problems. The high school coach went public, not surprisingly. This is not an isolated incident, although Auburn is far from the only SEC school doing such things.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
Rueben Foster just transferred to Auburn too and flipped his commitment to them as well. And don't gete started on the shotty tattoo work he got.
I hadn't heard that about a Florida high school running back and Auburn. I had heard it about a Florida high school DT and the Tide.
It's possible that may have been one more senior moment for me, but like I said, this sort of thing has happened with many SEC programs. I had a friend from Georgia who told me about ten years ago that the standing joke was that you never rolled your windows down while driving through Athens, GA since someone would try to toss a diploma in, just in case you were a football player.
This post was edited by Bevo52 20 months ago
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