UPDATE: Has the video on Rivals.com been edited? According to fans who have viewed the original video and the video now on the Rivals site, it has. Here is a Rivals national board thread with further discussion. If anyone doubted how close some of these “reporters” and sites were to the teams they allegedly coverâ€”this should do it.
UPDATE 2: That Woodbery link I posted, it no longer works at 9:34 p.m. Why?
UPDATE 3: Woodbery has new story: AU to examine possible secondary violations.
Randy Kennedy of the Mobile Press-Register explained Auburn’s recruiting philosophy in a column over at al.com. He writes, “Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has a catchy name for the unique tactics employed by the Auburn coaching staff to replenish a roster that deteriorated quicker than most anybody thought possible during the final years under Tommy Tuberville.
Malzahn, in Mobile to speak at the annual L’Arche Football preview banquet last week, called it ‘extreme recruiting.'”
Extreme recruiting violations perhaps. At least if you believe the Internet chatter.
Chatter on the Internet asserts the Auburn staff violated rules in this video from the Opelika-Auburn News. A similar video is also available at Rivals.com. The O-A News describes the video, “Saturday night, hundreds of fans showed up to watch Auburn University recruits roll Toomerâ€™s Corner during one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year.” According to Evan Woodbery at al.com, at least 100 people were at the event.
What was wrong with the video? Perhaps these two NCAA rules that were forwarded to my attention:
13.10.6 Introduction of Prospective Student-Athlete.
An institution may not introduce a visiting prospective student-athlete at a function (e.g., the institution’s sports award banquet or an intercollegiate athletics contest) that is attended by media representatives or open to the general public. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility and are considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1. (Revised: 1/14/97)
13.7.3 Activities During Unofficial Visit.
An institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized audio/visual scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g., running onto the field with the team during pregame introductions) during an unofficial visit.Â Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g., hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether or not the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture.Â (Adopted: 8/5/04, Revised:Â 5/14/05, 4/27/06)
Does the video violate those NCAA rules? Odds are someone in the SEC will report it to the conference and the NCAA.