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NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:05 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Another day, another NCAA investigation of Auburn

This time the NCAA is interested in Auburn's "Tiger Prowl." A practice that has since been ended, the Tiger Prowl started in 2009 as a way for Auburn coaches to get the school's name out there to high school football players across the state of Alabama. The coaches cruised around to various high schools during the spring evaluation period in stretch limo Hummer that first year, and ended up with a class that was ranked near the top nationally by just about every recruiting service. In fact, it was so successful, that in 2010 Auburn decided to ditch the Hummers and roll out in giant buses with Auburn-related images painted on the sides.

Seriously, it's getting to the point where I'm beginning to wonder whether or not the NCAA should just open an office on the Auburn campus for the sake of convenience. If this is the kind of attention that winning a national championship brings, then maybe those 9-3 seasons aren't so terrible after all.

The Tiger Prowl grabbed a lot of attention for Auburn, but unfortunately it also caught the eyes of the NCAA which now wants to know if the Tigers violated any rules while touring the state.

The Birmingham News made an open-records request to Auburn seeking documents related to any individual NCAA violations from last year's Tiger Prowl, the attention-grabbing recruiting practice that Auburn coaches used while traveling the state. Auburn denied the request, saying that Tiger Prowl is the subject of a "pending investigation" and that Alabama law therefore does not require release of the records at this time.

"The NCAA is not reviewing Tiger Prowl as individual violations. They are reviewing the entire event as a whole," Auburn Senior Associate Athletics Director Scott Carr wrote in response to The News' request. "Therefore, the investigative phase of this event is still on-going and we are currently working with the NCAA."

Auburn did not say what the NCAA is investigating in relation to Tiger Prowl. Auburn declined to comment further.

What could the NCAA possibly be looking for? Well, I don't think Auburn coaches were throwing money out the windows as they drove by, so odds are any violations found won't be major ones. Instead the NCAA is likely looking for more minor violations like Auburn allowing potential recruits on the bus or in the limos. There is also the "bump rule" the NCAA passed which basically says the only thing a coach can say to a player during the evaluation period is "hello." There is to be no talk of attending that coach's school, or whether or not the school in interested.

Really, in my opinion, this is nothing more than the NCAA trying to look under any rock that may be on the Auburn campus as they investigate other areas of the school's recruiting practices. While you're in town, you may as well be thorough.

Image via The Birmingham News

Comments

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:52 am
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

Tidefan,

Thanks for saying everything for me, you save me the time of having to deal with the Columbus , Jawjah argument. Columbus sucks as well, maybe as bad as Montgomery. Idiot responses is what you get when people don't read the thread.

Debwah,

By the way, thanks for clearing up the "cow fields" dilemma. I say tomato, you grow tomAHHtos.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2011 5:44 am
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

I love how the Alabama and Auburn fans are arguing about who is more country. Just about every city in Alabama not called Hunstville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery is country. Hate to break the news to you guys but Alabama is a country state.


Now as for football who cares about markets and cities. People lose track of how much the schools family factor matters. Arizona St for example has 70k students do the math on alumni for four classes. Yeah and they don't have the highest attendence in the pac-12.


Being in a huge market is not what makes schools great it's the passion of the people who attend them. I go to Alabama quite frequently and I am never bored. Who cares what city the schools located in you really don't need to leave the campus unless your a commuter. And Alabama and Auburn are doing just fine in TV ratings.


Or why has Troy been the best in the Sun Belt when you have teams in way better cities and states like Texas? Because the city of Troy loves it's school. People don't come to school for the cities and most schools have more than enough entertainment and food facilities.




Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:10 pm
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

Pauly who?  Pauly Shore is one giant, irrelelevant loser.  He is also a big puss.  Talk about a guy who is a failure.  Only larger failures are the dumbarses who actually paid the guy. 

He's not funny.  Not even close.



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:06 pm
 

LMAO, are you kidding me?!!

"There is also the "bump rule" the NCAA passed which basically says the only thing a coach can say to a player during the evaluation period is "hello." There is to be no talk of attending that coach's school, or whether or not the school in interested."

You think Chizik isn't talking to these kids?!  Give me a break.  Chizik (as well as Saban) both ignore these rules!  The NCAA is a minir issue in Alabama.




Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:51 pm
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

Lacrosse?  Seriously?  "Come on guys..."



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:40 pm
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

How ignorant can Fornelli really be?  Alabama is washed up, southern state w/ nothing going for it except football yet nobody seems shocked that a school like Auburn would get the No. 1 recruiting class in the country a year after the Tide won the championship?  Come on guys....

From Scam Newton to past players confessing to HBO Sports to the Tiger Prowl, Auburn proves that in order to contend for a national title  and beat The Tide they will do WHATEVER it takes.  

I'm just glad the NCAA is investigating NOW instead of waiting 5-6 yrs like they did w/ the mess that happened in USC. 



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 7:51 am
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

is there anything about this football program that is run legally?  and the ncaa couldnt look dumber. day after day we scandals and investigations of wrongdoings from auburn YET the ncaa cant prove anything???  i think we need to investigate the ncaa next because how they can continue to put on the dumb face of...we cant prove anything ... is incredible.  are the gainesville BROlice working for the ncaa? because crooked does as crooked is seems to be the mantra of both 



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 12:55 am
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

One last point-- the article was about potential violations in Auburn's Tiger Prowl. I think that you may have missed that


Oh we-ins gets it, we aint quite as dumb as you-ins wants us to be. See we read all the posts and made a comment about someone calling our town out as being less than what it is. Maybe next time try reading all the posts to understand why a comment might be made like that(out of context). Besides this is a free posting board last I checked and comments can be made about anything one wished as long as it does not go out of the rules of language or racial topics.
    Besides using Columbus as an example is the same as using Montgomery, still not much to do. His point was valid in the context it was meant, to show someone calling Bama a hick state that there are cow Pastures in most states and country appeal to all states, no matter which one you are from.

Hope this makes sense to you, but I doubt it.

Hope this makes sense to you, but then again i dont care if it does or not.

Auburn HAS always been West Georgia, hasn't it? Of course! It beats the HELL out of being a part of ALABAMA

We have tried to trade you to Georgia several times, but they said they dont want you either. We are stuck with Auburn whether we want you or not, cannot find any takers.



Since: Apr 15, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:47 pm
 

NCAA investigating Auburn's 'Tiger Prowl'

     Agreed that there are hicks EVERYWHERE. Agreed that trailer parks abound in Auburn. Agreed that Tuscaloosa is an urban town. To call Tuscaloosa a hick town is wrong. Agreed that Montgomery sucks. The Tuscaloosa metro area is comprised of Tuscaloosa (population 190,221), Northport (population 23,118), Moundville (population 2,597), Greensboro (2,564), and Eutaw (population 2,976). If you get bored with Tuscaloosa, well Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, is 62 miles  away (approximately 1 hour if you AVERAGE 60 mph). Plenty more to do there. Birminham's metro area has 1,212,848 folks living in it.
     Do not agree that Montgomery is the closest decent sized city to Auburn. That would be my hometown, Columbus, GA (population 189,885). Columbus, Auburn, Opelika, and Phenix City Alabama ARE in the same Metro area-combined population 420,965. If you get bored with Auburn, well Atlanta, the largest city in Georgia, is 108 miles  away (approximately 1 hour 48 minutes if you AVERAGE 60 mph). Plenty more to do there. Atlanta's metro area has 5,626,400 million folks living in it's metro area. It is the 9th largest metro area in the country.
    While at Alabama, did you ever go on a road trip, when it took you almost 2 hours to get there? Or was that too far away? Also, WTH is a cow field? Guess you erudite city slickers don't know that they are called "PASTURES"........Is there something wrong with farmland? I gues maybe Tuscaloosa should not count the folks in Moundville, Greensboro, and Eutaw that farm, as there ARE a few.
    With all these stats, I just find it funny when a Bammer NATIONAL wants to play the "Urban card". It just doesn't make any sense. Auburn HAS always been West Georgia, hasn't it? Of course! It beats the HELL out of being a part of ALABAMA (the University of OR the State)!
    One last point-- the article was about potential violations in Auburn's Tiger Prowl. I think that you may have missed that.
    Hope this makes sense to you, but I doubt it.   


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:54 pm
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