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I'm seeing this run across some of the other boards as well but can't find any articles. Will be very very interesting if true.
Sounds like they've got a payroll that would rival SMU from the 1980s.
A quick Google search doesn't show any dead prostitutes yet, so they don't have Craig James in the area...
Personally, I have made the assumption he is not in our 2013 class. I will be pleasantly surprised if he signs with us, which is not a bad thing.
“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
If true .... WOW. Explains some stuff around this recruitment last year .... if true.
I always have found it hilarious and frustrating that the NCAA will hammer a Big Ten or Pac 12 school for anything but allegations like this are a yearly occurrence in the SEC. Maybe they will take a legitimate look this time at Auburn. Highly doubt it though.
Perfectly fair, and something I've done plenty. I just think that if this is true, then some people on this thread should be pretty apologetic for the bashing they gave him for missing the MSU game. I don't recall you being one of these people, though.
oops started a thread on it below...sowwy! Wonder if Kris Frost was paid?
Very good question, re: Frost.
Absolutely, every year they have 1,2,3 or more stories about skeptical recruiting, benefits, fixing transcripts yet nothing ever happens. The NCAA is a complete sham they couldn't manage an ant farm. News like this is unbelievably abundant in regard to the SEC. Slive must have whomever is running the NCAA on the conference payroll to get by with so many shady things.
I joked back then that the reason Diamond was deciding after signing day was that he was waiting for the payment from Auburn to be finalized. Oddly enough, Kozan waited even longer after signing day. I was joking but maybe they really were waiting for the money to arrive before signing the LOI. It's not often that recruits wait around after NSD to actually sign. Just weird.
I'm not shocked at all, diamond was all Blue the whole year and then picks Auburn. When Foster switched from Alabama to Auburn the first thought that came to my head was he just got paid.
I would love it if it all came out ... Newton, Foster, Frost, Diamond, Kozan ... and it turns out Alabama/Saban turned them into the NCAA because they were pissed over losing Foster.
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I also remember after his osu visit they were claiming he was looking for cash. He then visited Auburn committed almost immediately.
And OSU stopped all contact with him after his visit even though they were in big time need of OTs... don't normally believe the Bucknuts, but this one might have some legitimacy.
Anytime I hear Auburn and payment of players I give it maximum legitimacy. Auburn has been doing things like this, from my memory, since Bo Jackson was there.
Then why didn't we stop recruiting him also?
We didn't really recruit him from November until January IIRC. I think we recruited him because we missed out on other targets and tried to get him to come without paying him. How do you know he mentioned payment to the Michigan coaches?
He was just part of that last-ditch effort to get another lineman after Caleb Stacy decommitted. Him, Garnett, and Kozan all fell into that category. It'd be interesting if Garnett ends up being the only one not bought and paid for.
Garnett wasn't last ditch, he had been recruited for a long time and had been expected to be in the class for a couple months. In fact, he told reporters he was going to Michigan up until a day or so before his decision, and ditched Michigan for Stanford.
Out of all of those OL targets, Garnett will easily be the most successful. He is an animal.
Eh, according to TVH he had been leaning Stanford for a couple weeks before the decision. I also don't ever remember him specifically saying he was coming to Michigan - I always got the impression that it was a true toss-up for a long time, but ultimately, location won out.
I do agree that Garnett will easily be the most successful of any of those 3 recruits.
TomVH had said that Michigan had a "VERY good chance." for the 2-3 weeks before his decision, only to change that after he got some info from a source close to the situation and said he will probably go to Stanford about 2 days before the decision.
Hmmm. My bad, I must be misremembering it. The trauma of losing him to Stanford probably contributed to my poor memory of the situation.
No.. you were right. He was leaning Stanford, but then Pipkins said that Garnett told him he was coming to AA, so there was optimism leading up to signing day. Obviously there was a miscommunication with them.
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