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Posted on: April 13, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 3:47 pm

Auburn's Chaz Ramsey to meet with NCAA

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.

Posted on: March 29, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 1:26 pm

Ex-Auburn players tell HBO they were paid

Posted by Tom Fornelli There have been rumors floating around the internet for weeks about a story HBO was doing for its Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel that would not shed a favorful light on Auburn. The program is set to air on Wednesday night, but Brooks from SportsByBrooks received an advanced copy of the show, and there are quite a few bombshells dropped in the interview. Brooks was kind enough to transcribe the interviews. Here's a taste of the talk between HBO's Andrea Kremer and former Auburn Tiger Stanley McClover.
Kremer voiceover: “McLover said it wasn’t until he attended an all-star camp at Louisiana State University that he realized how the game is played. A game of money and influence.” McClover: “Somebody came to me, I don’t even know this person and he was like, ‘we would love for you to come to LSU and he gave me a handshake and it had five hundred dollars in there. … that’s called a money handshake … I grabbed it and I’m like, ‘wow,’ hell I thought ten dollars was a lot of money back then. Five hundred dollars for doing nothing but what I was blessed to do. I was happy.” Kremer to McClover: “What did you say to the guy when he hands you five hundred dollars?” McClover: “Thank you and I’m seriously thinking about coming to LSU.” Kremer voiceover: “But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him.” McClover: “They send girls my way. I partied. When I got there I met up with a couple guys from the team. We went to a party and they asked me to pick any girl I wanted.” Kremer: “Did she offer sexual services?“ McClover: “Yes.” Kremer: “Did you take them?” McClover: “Yes.” Kremer: “McClover committed to Ohio State right after that weekend. The recruiter at Ohio State who says he dealt with McClover that weekend denied the school was involved in any wrongdoing.” On what caused McClover to sign with Auburn over Ohio State: Kremer voiceover: “McClover says what he asked for was money. A lot of it. And that he got it. Delivered in a bookbag, exact amount unknown.” Kremer to McClover: “You opened it up, what are you thinking?” McClover: “I almost passed out. I literally almost passed out I couldn’t believe it was true. I felt like I owed them.” Kremer to McClover: “You felt obligated to them (Auburn)?” McClover: “I felt totally obligated.” Kremer to McClover: “Because of the money?” McClover: “Yeah.”
The word that should be in your head as you read that is the same one that was stuck in mine the entire time: Wow. In just one segment of the interview we have McClover not only saying that he was given money by Auburn to attend the school, but also that he received money from LSU, Michigan State and Ohio State during his recruitment. Oh, and then the tiny tidbit of Ohio State basically hiring a prostitute to help convince McClover to come to Columbus. And remember, this is just the interview with McClover. The talks with other former Auburn players Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick and Raven Gray don't exactly do Auburn any more favors. There's Reddick saying that Auburn wanted him to change his major because they felt his class schedule was getting in the way of football, and McClover also saying a booster bought a car for him.  Now, it's important to point out that there's no way to prove what these players are saying is true, which I'm sure plenty of Auburn fans will point out in the coming days. Still, the fact that four players are coming out and saying so, without any real motivation, makes you wonder what, if anything, they'd have to gain by lying about all this. Of course, this isn't the first time in the history of college football that players have been paid, and it won't be the last either. To pretend like this isn't going on at other schools right this very moment would be incredibly naive, but obviously, this is not good news for Auburn. If Auburn thought he Cam Newton sideshow was a distraction in 2010, well, things won't be any quieter on the plains in the coming months either.
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