Auburn University’s football team must be cursed or they do most of their recruiting from juvenile hall. Just last Monday, running back Eric Smith was dismissed from the team after being charged w/ 3rd degree domestic violence and today 4 more players have been arrested. The charges consist of robbery in the 1st degree, burglary in the 1st degree & theft of property in the 1st degree … gold star to anyone who can differentiate those 3 charges.
All 4 have been “permanently dismissed” from the team for not adhering to the university’s “high standard of conduct” that they expect from their athletes. Again, 5 arrests … perhaps they did not tell their recruits about these high standards?
On a positive note, a former player gave them a shout out on Twitter.
OANOW has the details:
Police say they responded to a report of a robbery on the 2300 block of Wire Road at approximately 12:25 a.m. Friday, where five victims reported that “three black males entered the residence with one displaying a handgun.”
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs backed Chizik’s decision to dismiss the four players from the team.
“This type of behavior will not be tolerated at Auburn,” Jacobs said in a statement. “I fully support Coach Chizik’s swift and decisive action to dismiss these four student-athletes from our football team effective immediately.”
Former Auburn safety Zac Etheridge expressed surprise over the arrests via his Twitter account Friday afternoon. “In total shock!!!” Etheridge tweeted. “Prayers going up for those guys hate to hear that happened. Not like them to do that!!!”
Anyone else think that Auburn will be in the middle of an NCAA investigation next season instead of defending its national championship?
Our buddy Brooks over at SportsByBrooks.com has the latest scandal to rock the Tigers. This time, we have a football player openly soliciting for someone to write a paper for him. Doesn’t the athletic department handle those kinds of things for jocks these days? What kind of second rate operation is Auburn running that its player have to look for someone to write their papers on their own. At least Jordan Spriggs is smart enough to use social media to get his message out.
man who is good at writing papers?????????????? i pay…
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When this story first broke it sounded more like sour grapes within the SEC over the fact that Auburn was able to recruit superstar QB Cam Newton away from some other schools and the losers alleged that Newton’s father Cecil was asking for more than a scholarship for his son. Now, it appears, there’s a little more smoke to that fire and we wouldn’t be surprised if there was a full blown NCAA investigation here soon.
The real question is: how much did he get from the Tigers to help them to an undefeated season, and will the NFL take any kind of action against him after he’s drafted?
More from ESPN:
Two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said that Cecil Newton and his son, quarterback Cam Newton, admitted in separate phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited late last year. Mississippi State compliance officials relayed the alleged conversations to Southeastern Conference compliance officials in January, according to two other sources close to the football program.
Prior to Newton’s commitment to Auburn, one of the recruiters said Cecil Newton told him it would take “more than a scholarship” to bring his son to Mississippi State, a request the source said the school would not meet. Cecil Newton also referred the recruiter to a third person that would provide more specifics, the source said.
After Newton committed to Auburn, another source said an emotional Cam Newton phoned another recruiter to express regret that he wouldn’t be going to Mississippi State, stating that his father Cecil had chosen Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”