Auburn. Meet sh*t-storm. Sh*t-storm, meet Auburn.
According to the damaging report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts on Auburn's alleged recruitment violations, a current Cincinnati Bengals player was cited in the report.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick wasn't actually a violator, rather the subject of a significant recruiting effort by Auburn, who apparently flushed the NCAA rule book down the proverbial toilet. Roberts writes on her website Roopstigo.com:
The NCAA allows less than $50 a day to be spent by student-athlete recruiters on visiting prospects but (Mike) McNeil recalls coaches giving him $500 to entertain blue-chip player Dre Kirkpatrick, one of the top prep players in the country in 2008. “This is how it goes: Coaches have certain players that they trust. And when I say trust I mean on the field and off the field,” says McNeil. “It’s within the family. It’s within the system. If I’m a star player and I’m a likable person, and a recruit comes in at my position, then, of course, I’m going to take him under my wing. … If a star recruit was in town, you would get a lot more than the NCAA limit.” As Thorpe said, “A special recruit was treated like a king.”
Several players cited in the story are denying most of it, even claiming that they were misquoted in Roberts' story. Either way, based on the history of alleged reports like this, Auburn is boarding the windows for a Category Five sh*t-storm.