Report includes serious cheating allegations against Auburn; ex-players deny details

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Selena Roberts, former columnist for The New York Times and Sports Illustrated, has dropped some serious allegations on the alleged ‘corruption of Auburn football’ on her website Roopstigo.com.

The article is a descriptive account from former Auburn player Mike McNeil, who faces armed robbery charges stemming from a 2011 arrest. Remember, McNeil sounds like he has a bone to pick with Auburn and upcoming trial, so we should take his words with a grain of salt. McNeil’s family provides its account of Auburn University and Gene Chizik’s handling of the matter.

McNeil was a former safety on the national championship 2010 team, and if convicted, he faces life in prison for a crime he claims he was not involved in and with which there’s no solid evidence he committed. That’s the legal side.

Now, let’s talk about the football side. You can read the full article here, but his allegations against Auburn are as follows:

Academic Fraud: Mike Dyer and Mike McNeil, among others, were academically ineligible before the BCS Championship game against Oregon. However, McNeil’s grade was changed from an F to a C in order to play.

Payments to Players: The article alleges that in 2007 Will Muschamp, then defensive coordinator, called him into his office and paid him $400 in cash.

McNeil recalls having a difficult day at practice in 2007 and then-defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, calling him into his office. “I had no clue what it was about because I’d never directly asked him for anything,” says McNeil. “He slid about $400 over to me. He went into a drawer and gave me money and said, ‘Is this enough? Is this good?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m good.'” Muschamp, now the head football coach at the University of Florida, denied the payment through a spokesperson.

Recruiting Violations: McNeil alleges that coaches gave him $500 to entertain former Alabama star Dre Kirkpatrick. The NCAA allows less than $50 per day to be spent by student-athlete recruiters on visiting prospects.

Drug Problems: Players indicated that over 40 players on the team tested positive in non-NCAA sanctioned drug tests.

The story indicates Muschamp denied a payment through a spokesperson, and Chizik, Auburn Police and Auburn University all declined comment.

Update 9:00 PM ET:

Three former players other than McNeil quoted in the report – Daren Bates, Neiko Thorpe and Mike Blanc – all say it isn’t true.

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  • Things are going from bad to worse for the Barn! It’s just a matter of time until the NCAA finally throws the book at Auburn. To win the NC one year and then suck the year after and even more the year after that says everything…….GUILTY!

  • Is this the same Selena Roberts that was basically fired from the New York Times for the Duke Lacrosse fiasco?

    • Yes it is. It’s the same Selena Roberts involved with the A-Rod steroid stuff, too. Of course, McNeil has a bone to pick with Auburn – or so it sounds – so we should ultimately take whatever he says with a massive grain of salt.