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Gene Chizik didn’t play by the rules when Auburn won the ‘ship, allegedly

Auburn football could be in some serious trouble if the recent allegations about Gene Chizik’s foul play turn out to be true. According to a report from Selena Roberts, a former New York Times and Sports Illustrated scribe, former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik altered grades to keep players eligible, bribed players to return to school over the NFL, and broke a number of recruiting rules, including handing out wads of cash to entertain recruits on visits.

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Darvin Adams, who holds the Auburn record for most receptions in a single season, told Roberts he was offered “several thousand” dollars to return school for his senior year. Coaches told him, “Don’t tell anyone where you got it from,” he claims. However, Roberts turned down the cash offering and chose to forego his senior season with the Tigers. He went undrafted in 2011 and now plays in the CFL.

The fun doesn’t stop there; former AU defensive back Nieko Thorpe told Roberts he was given $500 cash to spend on current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s visit to Auburn. notes that the NCAA limits expenses to $50 per day.

One interesting plot twist: The allegations also include Florida head coach Will Muschamp. One former player claims Muschamp pulled cash out of his desk drawer and slid it to him, asking, “Is this enough?”

Now only time will tell if Roberts’ report is enough to bring down the NCAA hammer on the Auburn football program.

[Auburn’s Tainited Title: Victims, Violations and Vendettas]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

45 Comments for Gene Chizik didn’t play by the rules when Auburn won the ‘ship, allegedly

  1. iMac
    12:02 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Win? You mean when ?

  2. War Eagle
    12:04 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    UK fan but AU grad here. I have to hope AU pulls through this allegation.

  3. Chicago Chris
    12:04 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Auburn fans are hoping they’re forced to vacate the 2012 season.

  4. Big Blue B-Rad
    12:04 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    If someone has to be bribed $3000 to forego the NFL draft, their grades really do need to be altered lol.

  5. Cam Newton
    12:05 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe this!

  6. John Ellis
    12:05 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s vacate the titles where cheating happened, and take back the money. Of course this would include Duke’s title three years ago and all of UCLA’s, every one. Take Wooden’s name off all those awards too. His name was bought.

  7. Tyler
    12:06 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

  8. ukmoxie
    12:09 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Nice job Cheesdick. I love that the whistle blower is a guy who went undrafted… bitter much?
    Living in Alabama, I’ve been hearing this for a while now. I’d like to think if one of his guys asked Cal for money he’d tell them, “there’s the door.”, but football is a totally different animal.

  9. NCAA Bias
    12:10 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe Mark Emmert can make everything right again. lol

  10. jaws2
    12:11 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I am shocked; SHOCKED, I tell you !!!

  11. flyboy
    12:17 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Mr. Thamel, Mr. Pete Thamel to the house phone please.

  12. Chaz
    12:18 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    here’s the link to USA sports about Mark Emmert, the man who oversees ethics and punishment for college sports management. was published yesterday, but I haven’t seen anything about it on KSR. spoiler: his hands are not too clean.

  13. theWilkman
    12:18 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    And who is surprised by this?

  14. MrWildcat
    12:18 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    This is how everyone see Coach Cal

  15. Jeff
    12:23 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Over/Under – higher payroll Auburn football or the Houston Astros

  16. RICK
    12:27 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder how much the reporter had to pay these guys to tell this story. Who cares , so they cheated a little,all these guys that are turning over every stone to try and find someone doing something wrong can kiss my a####.

  17. Nevin Shapiro
    12:27 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I bet you Cam Newton will be sending his Heisman trophy back in less than 2 years!

  18. The Truth
    12:27 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    The truth is that you have to take this article with a grain of salt given the author (Selena Roberts) and her past track record. It says something about her “ability” when she *used* to work at NY Times and SI is now has started her own site.

  19. Dan
    12:29 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    This Bama auburn and uk and u of l comparisons get interesting now.

  20. me
    12:29 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    #6 – it would probably include EVERY title by nearly every school in basketball and football, save for a few outliers. #14 the injustice is not in the perception that Cal bends/breaks the rules with recruiting, which I’m sure he does to some unknown extent, it’s the perception that his transgressions in this area are particularly onerous and more common than for other coaches, which I believe is wildly inaccurate.

  21. bammermedia
    12:30 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Strange how KSR cites a story broken by a “journalist” who got information from a convicted felon, that worked for SI and NYT (who else do we know that was employed at both places?), and “reported” false information about exonerated Duke Lacrosse players.

    Hmm. Well if you’ll believe that, certainly it makes sense that you’ll believe Pete Thamel when he digs up the same quality dirt on Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, and Enes Kanter.

    Just saying….

  22. blackhawk509
    12:32 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    “several thousand”…damm how many women can you buy with that… Fox reported yesterday women are selling their bodies for pennies.

  23. BBN
    12:33 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    No surprise at all. Since the NCAA started taking a softer stance on enforcement of the rules and handing out stiff penalties, schools are running hog wild cheating for players (ex. Auburn, UL). The NCAA needs to stop hurting kids like Enes Kanter and start punishing cheating programs.

  24. Charles Barkley
    12:33 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    “This is the SEC, baby. If you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin!”

  25. DT in DC
    12:38 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Robert Luna

    I love this not because it may or may not be true, but because I have a friend who is a huge Auburn fan that tells me all the time how much of a cheater UK and Cal are. Just last week, he said, “Auburn players don’t go to drafts early because they want to stay in school and become upstanding young men.” HAHA! So of course, I loved the opportunity to share the link to this story with him this morning. And as expected, can dish it out but can’t take it. His reply below.

    Report is fake with unfounded truths. Cam newton sure is on campus finishing his degree which u really can’t say for ur kentucky fab freshman. The player in question for Auburn was arrested and kicked off team and one can assume he is bitter but none the less if it’s true then auburn should be punished. I I don’t condone any behavior like that. I stand behind auburn 100 percent just like you do with ur kentucky. Funny your taking a news article and playing it as fact so early . Quite sad in today’s world with so many trying to get a story. I mean forget she is non working writer who posted this to her own website to get some traffic. why not sell it to espn or cbs sports for some money?

  26. Uk fan
    12:50 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    17 is right. But we know from the UNC case it’s not a violation to alter grades,.

  27. Pathetic
    12:56 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    For a website that complains constantly about unfair journalism towards UK on a regular basis, this is pretty hypocritical to hype an article written by the same “reporter” who gave us the wonderful Duke lacrosse scandal that never happened…

  28. Yoda
    1:08 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA is totally inept at investigating THEMSELVES…they’ll never be able to truly pin this down to Auburn. There will always be whispers, but it is worth nothing that these are simply ALLEGATIONS by a washout reporter. Could it be true? Sure. But it could also be patently false. Chances are it’s somewhere in between; a lot of muck with little actual merit.

    Thank God that the Court of Public Opinion has no place in our legal proceedings.

    I could give a rip about Auburn, but I bet they get a slap on the wrist and nothing more.

  29. secsuX
    1:11 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmmm, why single-Out Auburn, as virtually ALL SEC fOOtbaLl “factories” (some wOOd wrongly refer to these as “universities”) are guilty of the same, as nOne are playing by the rules & all culpable

  30. lonnieb
    1:20 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Its always the players that end up not “making it” that come back and try to tell on the school. If douche bag had of gotten drafted by NFL and had an actual career instead of CFL thia would not have came out. He just was not quite good enough and now he wants to bring everyone down with him…….sounds like from his career he should have kept the money and stayed at Auburn…… after a few years in the CFL……he will not have finished his education and he will have no money either.

  31. Al's IndiCats
    1:23 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    29, Nice reply Mr. Emmert

  32. tyson
    1:49 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Guys, this happens all the time. I went to high school with several players who were at UK in the 90s and they said they received cash all the time. And that was when Mr. Squeaky Clean Coach Curry was here. Imagine what it was like with Mumme…

  33. bluecat53081
    2:06 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    can the NCAA really bring the hammer down on anyone after sweeping the UNC grade fraud under the rug?? Oh yea, they’re the NCAA, of course the can. Not saying AU wouldn’t deserve the hammer being brought down, if these allegations are true, but the hypocracy is really sickening.

  34. serdi
    2:14 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    What #33 said…If Auburn changed grades, that has nothing to do with athletics. That is an academic matter. If Mr. Emmert lowers the hammer, it will have nothing to do with academics. He has now set the precedent. The love for UNC will forever wipe academics from athletics.

  35. Jeff
    2:54 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry #32, I expect Kentucky to be squeaky clean. That is Football and Basketball. I could care a less if everyone else cheats, that everyone else, I am concerned about Kentucky.
    I am old enough to remember UK on probation for both and its is simply unacceptable ever. Winning simply is not that important. Sports is a life lesson for kids. Cheating merely teaches them it is OK, and it is not OK.

  36. youguyswillbelieveanything
    3:01 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink


    I’m both a UK and Auburn fan. I get it from BOTH sides. Both you and your friend are morons, as is ANYONE in either fan base that would even entertain anything that the following dumpster divers release:

    Selena Roberts (Duke Lacrosse incident. Fired from NYT, Fired from SI)
    Pete Thamel (Enes Kanter, Nerlens Noel, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall incidents. Fired from NYT)
    Thayer Evans (Cam Newton incident where the NCAA and FBI couldn’t produce evidence. Never held a position at a reputable news source)
    Pat Forde (Enes Kanter, Eric Bledsoe. Fired from ESPN)
    Dana O’Neill (take your pick. ESPN blogger)
    Danny Sheridan (Cam Newton incident. Kept claiming he had a bagman when he didn’t have a bagman. This guy’s occupation is a sports handicapper, you know, those people that falsify spread information to steal your money)

    Each of the people on this list are PROVEN to be guilty of twisting facts and misreporting information in order to generate revenue from thin air. To believe anything that Selena Roberts, Thayer Evans, Pete Thamel, or Danny Sheridan “reports” about Auburn, is to believe what Pete Thamel, Pat Forde, Dana O’Neill, and Thayer Evans reports about Kentucky.

    So if you believe it, congratulations, you’re an idiot who also thinks Kentucky cheats.

  37. DT in DC
    3:12 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    36 – Wow. Nice posting. Not sure where you get that I’m a moron or I’m an idiot that thinks Kentucky cheats. As I stated (if you could read at more than a 1st grade level you would have noticed) I said the things she said about Auburn may or may not be true. And honestly, I really don’t care one way or the other. I was laughing that things like this come out about schools other than Kentucky and the people who constantly jaw about UK being cheaters now have to defend their schools against what may be bogus claims. So, get a clue douch bag.

  38. Pat Forde
    3:23 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’m still a douche.

  39. Bmac
    3:26 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I guess we now know why there was 4 grand in a desk drawer for the former ut strength coach to steal.

  40. WDE
    3:52 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink


  41. Usernametaken
    3:53 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, Selena Roberts, *former* reporter for the New York Times and Sports Illustrated. There’s a reason she is former. Do some research into her career. A lot of people quoted in that article are complaining that she twisted what they said, ala Pete Thamel. There is even complaint that quotes were entirely fabricated. Classic Selena Roberts.

  42. Chaz
    4:13 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    @36 – Pete Thamel didn’t get fired from NYT, he just ran out of lies and moved on.

  43. Tom Cream
    4:28 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    You help wreck our program!

  44. .... ??????
    5:12 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    So Selena Roberts makes stuff up about Duke lacrosse players, then when they’re proven innocent she never apologizes or admits she was wrong. She also got the bulk of information in this story from an inmate who is awaiting trial and could be a possible felon. Not to mention nearly everyone quoted in this article vehemently denied saying these things and said that their quotes were falsified and taken out of context. Not exactly a trustworthy author if you ask me. Even former Alabama player Dre Kirpatrick came out and said the part about him getting extra money on his recruiting visit to Auburn was bogus. All sounds fishy to me.

  45. Beavis
    8:08 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Whats a few thousand here and there ? How many Auburn players went to New York and put down 30 thousand dollars as a down payment on 100 thousand dollars worth of jewelry ? Altered a few grades,,,,is Auburn going to be allowed to investigate and clear themselves the way North Carolina did ? Cut through all the crap,,,,the NCAA with Mark Emmert at the helm is a complete joke. (especially when it comes to investigating an ACC school ) Louisville should fit right in.