Tag:Auburn NCAA investigation
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:40 am

La. HS coach says he knows of no Auburn violation

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Last week the news broke that NCAA investigators had visited Thibodaux, La. to speak to Auburn signee Greg Robinson and other involved parties regarding his recruitment to the Plains. One of those parties was Robinson's head coach at Thibodaux, Dennis Lorio, whose comments in the initial FoxSports report on Robinson and fellow Thibodaux product Trovon Reed may have helped gain the attention of the NCAA.

But if his interview with the Birmingham News is any indication , Lorio didn't actually have anything to say to the NCAA:
The NCAA asked him only one question about Reed, the wide receiver Rivals.com rated the top prospect in Louisiana in the 2010 signing class, who sat out most of last season as a medical redshirt. Did Lorio know of any NCAA violations Auburn may have committed in recruiting Reed?

Lorio's answer: "No."

The NCAA asked him more questions about Robinson, rated by Rivals as the No. 2 guard in the nation and No. 4 prospect in Louisiana. Lorio's bottom-line answer on Robinson: "To my knowledge, there was nothing illegal in his recruitment."

Early in their conversation, Lorio said, the NCAA investigator said to him, "I see you think Auburn did something illegal in recruiting."

Lorio said he told the investigator, "No. I didn't say that. You inferred that."

No, what Lorio actually said was this :

“How did players from Thibodaux, La., become so interested in Auburn?” Lorio asks. “That’s a really good question. Trooper Taylor and Sean Nelson would know.”

Apparently, it's a "really good question" to which Lorio's official answer is "Because they wanted to go Auburn, as far as I know."

Lorio's inability to produce any evidence that Auburn committed violations doesn't automatically mean those violations didn't occur or that the NCAA won't find them, of course. But given that no one else believed to have been interviewed -- Robinson himself, his mother, or Reed and Robinson mentor Nelson -- is likely to produce that evidence, either, this arm of the Auburn investigation may have come to a standstill.

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