Changing grades and financial incentives at the heart of allegations towards team.
The Auburn Tigers football programme has been reported to have offered players money to stay with the team instead of entering the NFL draft, as well as changing players grades so that they are eligible to play.
The report comes from an article written by Selena Roberts on the website roopstigo.com, where she talks to former players at the programme, who give frank and honest accounts that highlights the seriousness of these actions.
Former player Mike McNeil gives a detailed account on a number of allegations and explains just how far the coaches.
McNeil comments that he was to get an F in a computer science course, which would make him immediately inelgible to play on the grounds that NCAA rules require all players to have at least a C- in all classes to play.
Once McNeil had spoken to his athletic counsellor, the grade was changed to a C, and would no longer miss any games.
McNeil then explains how another former player, Darvin Adams, was offered ‘several thousand dollars to stay for his senior year.’ Once again, this breaks a serious rule within the NCAA of offering players money to play, as the organisation is run as a strictly amateur league.
The allegations go on further, including reports for severe recruiting violations too, spending more than the $50 allowed when meeting potential recruits.
Auburn were in a win now situation due to the emergence of star Quarterback Cam Newton, but were so desperate to win, breaking the rules was just an easier way of getting to that prize.