Posted by Tom Fornelli
Former Auburn football player Chaz Ramsey was one of four former Tigers to recently appear on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and allege that he received cash payments while playing at the school. As you'd expect, upon finding out about the story, the NCAA became pretty interested in finding out more. The NCAA has already spoken to another one of the players to appear on the show, Stanley McClover, and now it's Ramsey's turn.
According to The Birmingham News, Ramsey will be sitting down to speak with the NCAA next week.
Ramsey said today Auburn won't be represented at the NCAA interview and that the information he provides won't be disclosed to the school.
"I wouldn't like Auburn to be there," Ramsey said. "The NCAA wanted to talk to me, so the NCAA is going to talk to me."
When asked if he knows names of boosters or coaches who provided payments to Auburn players, Ramsey replied, "I may." He declined to elaborate.
Two weeks ago, Ramsey told The Birmingham News he received handshakes with $200 to $300 after at least three games in 2007. Ramsey said then that he did not know who the people were paying him or whether Auburn coaches knew of the payments. He said he later learned by talking to teammates that cash payments were "pretty much common knowledge."
Something tells me it's not good news for Auburn that Ramsey was hesitant to talk to the NCAA with the school present, but now that the school won't be there he's all right with it. Though I'm not sure what more there will be for Ramsey to tell the NCAA that he hasn't already told HBO or The Birmingham News. Perhaps he's ready to start naming names.
At the very least, the NCAA just wants to get Ramsey's comments on record as part of its investigation, and that won't be a good thing for Auburn once the NCAA is done. There is no word on whether or not Troy Reddick or Raven Gray have spoken with the NCAA, or whether either have plans to. I'm guessing if the NCAA has its way, both will.