Tag:Sean Nelson
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.

Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: NCAA talking to Auburn recruit

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's some more good news for Auburn today. Earlier on Wednesday we wrote about a report saying that the NCAA's investigation of Cam Newton is ongoing, but the good news for Auburn fans is that the NCAA hasn't found anything yet that could jeopardize its championship season. The problem for Auburn is that it seems that the recruitment of Cam Newton isn't the only investigation the NCAA is currently running involving Auburn.

According to a report on SportsByBrooks.com, the NCAA was in Louisiana to meet with Auburn recruit Greg Robinson and discuss his recruitment to the school.
Monday NCAA investigators descended on Thibodaux, Louisiana, to meet individually with Auburn football recruit Greg Robinson, Robinson’s mother Lydia, Robinson associate Sean Nelson and Robinson’s former Thibodaux High School Coach Dennis Lorio.
At issue in those meetings was Robinson’s recruitment by Auburn, which raised red flags after an investigative piece by Thayer Evans at FOXSports.com in early January.
In a private meeting held at Thibodaux high school on Monday, Lorio met with an NCAA investigator and a Thibodaux high school official.
The original article by Thayer Evans can be found here.

According to the report, during the talk, Lorio was asked about the recruitment of Robinson and his Thibodaux teammate Trovon Reed. The NCAA also wanted to know about the role Sean Nelson played with the recruitment of the players to Auburn and his relationship with the Auburn coaching staff. While the NCAA was investigating the recruitment of these players, it seems its larger focus is on "street agents" like Nelson, and these investigations are "taking place around the country."

Whatever the case is, this certainly isn't another headache that Auburn wants to be dealing with right now.
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