More details on recruiting sites & Auburn

That gathering of Auburn fans and recruits looks less “impromptu” with details that seven Auburn police were on the scene—a fact reported by the Opelika-Auburn News. One officer was on site 45 minutes before the event began, also according to the O-A News report by Andrew Gribble. Gribble provides this detail on how Auburn fans found out about the pep rally, “I know three major Auburn sports Web sites, all of which had thumbtack message postings at some point Saturday afternoon, promoted the event and urged Auburn fans to attend.”

The fact that supposedly independent media outlets are promoting a school’s agenda damages the Rivals, Scout and ESPN brands. Particularly damaged in this case is the Rivals.com brand since the Rivals’ Auburn site apparently edited video of the event following allegations that Auburn might have violated NCAA recruiting rules.

So much for editorial integrity.

While Auburn fans are downplaying the alleged violations or saying no violation took place, Evan Woodbery of the Auburn Beat blog at al.com issued this forecast, “I’d be very surprised if Auburn didn’t self-report at least a couple of secondary violations. Whether the university will share that information with us remains to be seen. Auburn often takes months or in some cases years to release NCAA correspondence requested under Alabama’s open-records law.”

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  1. 1
    bamadon

    If it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck and smells like a skunk, than it must be Bobby Lowder giving instructions to edit
    the film!!

  2. 2
    tmc1

    Thankfully, none of us are in Auburn right now.
    Can you imagine how that place must smell after a few days of people not wiping thier backsides?
    Even the stench of cow dung cant cover up that much stink.

  3. 3
    BamaBrando

    Now, if it were Bama that had done something like this, Ballplay and Julio would be outraged and be explaining to us why we should get the death penalty.

    I say Auburn is a very desperate program right now, and they feel like they have to break a few rules here and there just to be able to compete. Pat Dye believed the same thing.

  4. 4
    Pluto

    That’s right Brando. If WE do it – it is horrible and must have sanctions – if THEY do it – well hell – it’s just that “Auburn Experience “.

  5. 5
    Oskie

    As an objective observer, I find all this stuff humorous. Auburn looks like morons with all of this, but saying that this is a big deal is overblown. And saying that the rivals brand has been “particularly damaged” is even more overblown than the violation itself. Rivals isn’t going to skip a beat. You guys are making a mountain out of a molehill.

    The one thing I’m looking forward to though is Lache Seastrunk’s welcome to Alabama football the first time he sees action against you guys. I get all giggly just thinking about it!

    You can definitely tell it’s the offseason.

  6. 6
    capstonereport

    Oskie, some people even at Rivals take the job of reporting seriously. I wonder what Yahoo corporate thinks about such biased behavior?

    It may take the NCAA time, but at some point, the organization will examine how many schools utilizes these recruiting services as surrogates. Perhaps we’ll eventually even see a move to label these things as boosters. 😉

  7. 7
    capstonereport

    BTW, it is just fun to hoist Auburn fans with their own petard. All we’ve heard for about three or four months is Gadsden. Gadsden. Gadsden. Now we know Auburn has cheated (albeit only secondary) for a fact.

    Facts are much more fun than wild speculation. Especially when there is video.

  8. 8
    Oskie

    Yeah, the Gadsden stuff cracks me up, too. I’m always amazed at Auburn’s infatuation with Alabama.

    All I ever hear is shots leveled at Alabama regarding Rivals and how UA influences the recruiting rankings. Not saying I believe that, but it’s just weird to see these accusations flowing in the opposite direction.

  9. 10
    Auburn is a joke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian

    Oskie…..You need to worry about that dork of a coach youve got. Not Auburn football. When was the last time you orange inbreds have beaten us ? 02 ? Or was it before then ?

    Iwill repeat myself, I DO NOT CARE IF WE VIOLATED A SECONDARY RULE. HECK , I HOPE WE DID. THEN WHEN YOU SPASTICS SEE NOTHING CAN OR WILL COME OF IT, YOU WILL LOOK EVEN STUPIDER THAN NOW. If thats possible.

    Heck you guys act like we bought Seastrunk a Charger.

  10. 11
    capstonereport

    Easy there Ballplay. Nobody is saying Auburn is going to get the death penalty for all that cheating you guys did this weekend. 🙂

  11. 14
    Oskie

    @10: Is worrying about my “dork of a coach” going to help us beat Auburn or anyone else this year? Nope. Go prowl in a limo or something.

    And to answer your question, we won in ’98 and ’99, and you guys won in ’03, ’04, and the ’04 SECCG. I don’t see how it’s relevant now, seeing as there is not a single player or coach on either team that was involved in any of those games. But I know how you Auburn fans like to keep up with those kind of numbers to msasage your inferiority complex, so I guess you can hold up three fingers when you come waltzing into Neyland Stadium this year.

  12. 15
    BamaBrando

    Thats right Ballplay. I have repeatedly said Auburn would not get in trouble. All you can say is “Well, I bet Saban has reported more secondary violations than Auburn! Escalade!”

    Face it, the whole Auburn nation is all about how Bama cheats and poor old Auburn can’t catch a break. Honestly, I could care less about what Auburn does. But to act like it is no big deal when Auburn breaks the rules (FACT) and slam on Bama over a conspiracy theory (RUMOR) shows everyone how ‘STUPIDER’ you are. Moron.

  13. 16
    Oskie

    *massage not msasage

    Also, only an assclown like you can make a UT fan get exchange words on an Auburn fan on an Alabama site. Auburn fans like you are truly off the reservation.

  14. 17
    OMNIPRESENT

    I know im n ot thought of as the smart one around here but if what they did was against the rules,does anyone here beleive it should be? I dont! even if uat or anyone else did it either.

  15. 18
    capstonereport

    Good question Omni. I’m not sure. I think the NCAA’s biggest fear is putting recruits and boosters in such close proximity.

    I can think of about 1000 things that could go wrong when you mix boosters and recruits.

    Also, I think the NCAA is grappling with how to deal with the commoditization of recruiting information. I expect there will be some legislation in the next few years as more and more teams use the media as recruiting tools.

  16. 19
    Auburn is a joke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian

    Oskie, you conveniantly left out last year……..That would be 4 in a row. You havent beaten us this decade. I assume you are a spelling bee champ ? Only people that get kicked in the balls and have no counterpunch pull the “you cant spell” B.S.

    I defended your freekin team and coach against these Bammers. Next time , Ill pile right on top of your fence straddlin arse.

  17. 20
    Bamaman

    Ballplay, it was not a charger for Seastrunk, it was a caddy for his momma, probably bought by Pat Dye and company, NOW KEEP IT DOWN HOME CUZ!

  18. 21
    E.G White

    I’d almost bet a months pay now that Seastrunk has let his mouth overload his ass, he won’t be coming to the Barn! Can you imagine this dumbass trying to run behind the run blocking of a spread offensive line against our defense? And with the 10ft red and white target he now has on his back he’d probably get a career ending injury in the first quarter. Nope, my money is on him going to another conference to hide his big mouth from CNS, Terrence Cody, Rolando McLaine, Nico Johnson, Dre’ Kirkpatrick, Tana Patrick, Javier Arenas and company! Adios Seastrunk.

  19. 22
    uburn is a joke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian

    Egg… you do know about half of those will be gone next year, right ?

  20. 23
    E.G White

    No, Cody, McLaine and Arenas decided to greyshirt this year just so they could kick Seastrunk’s ass! LMFAO! You get the picture though. CNS will have those positions reloaded with equal or better ass pounders by Iron Bowl time in T-Town 2010! Won’t be anywhere to hide!

  21. 24
    ShaneStomper

    Oskie says: And to answer your question, we won in ‘98 and ‘99, and you guys won in ‘03, ‘04, and the ‘04 SECCG. I don’t see how it’s relevant now, seeing as there is not a single player or coach on either team that was involved in any of those games.

    Hey numbnuts, guess who the DC was in ’03, ’04 and ’04 SECCG? You got it…CGC! Back to the hills of East Tennessee now…

  22. 25
    BamaHate

    Hey Shane,
    Post something positive about alabama recruiting, oh yeah right now I guess there isnt anything.

    Jealously breeds contempt.

  23. 26
    BamaHate

    Hey E.G White Says,
    Utah did some good running last game with that ass stomping and all your “blue chippers” didnt do shit. How about them apples.

  24. 27
    E.G White

    Certainly shows just how far the Barn has fallen. The only defensive response we can get out of you turds for 5 months now is to reference us losing to the only undefeated team in the nation! Ok, so with a depleted team of only 9 seniors and using the most freshmen in the nation, we lost to the national champions and to undefeated #2. Damn, we must have really sucked! But then again if we really sucked, how would you describe the tinymites we annhilated 36-0? Sorry dude, I’m really confused. Did you say something about Bama’s recruiting falling behind? How many commitments did the Barn get this past week? ‘0’! Uh huh, that’s what I thought! Let’s see, Bama and Florida are tied behind Texas for most commitments. Ok so Texas A&M is second, but then 2 and 3*’s don’t really count do they? We have an ultra high 4* qb who’ll be an ultra high 5* by next February, and oh yeah, I do believe we got a 5* just last Thursday. Yep, dammit, we’ve really fallen behind in recruitiing. Damn those Longhorns! Dude you’re incredibly without credibility. Lay off the Exctasy or LSD or whatever! RTR!

  25. 29
    Oskie

    Congratulations on that trophy win last year, Auburn. I think we’d both like to forget that entire season. But seeing how it is four in a row and not three, get to work on printing those “fear the thumb” t-shirts immediately. I’ll be looking forward to it, and I’ll be there in Section K. We will see if you are so fortunate to have a guy like Arian Foster hand you the game this year like he did last year.

    “Only people that get kicked in the balls and have no counterpunch pull the “you cant spell” B.S. ”

    What the hell are you talking about, man? I was correcting my own post, where i had a missed keystroke when I wrote “massage.” But ’tis true. Anyone who reads my posts next to yours could see which one of us is more likely to have made it past the eighth grade.

  26. 30
    Auburn is a joke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian

    I stand corrected Oskie…..And for the spelling comment, I digress….

    The thing that sticks in my craw is the way your kissing Bama butt……..What the heck are you thinking ? I stuck up for your team and your coach, then you run down the Tigers ? Uncool man, just wrong. These Bammers know no alliances or allies. There is no mutual respect between them and any other team in the conference. They have an undeserved sense of entitlement. They are arrogant beyonf measure. And you just kissed ’em right in the brown eye. As for the comment about our kicking your butts, if that bothers you, I apologize. It was a knee jerk reaction.

    You do need to check up on who you are buddying up with. these guys HATE Tennessee. Like, really bad. And they will gutshoot you at the first opportunity.

    I respect every team in the SEC except, ALABAMA…And I feel that most of the teams in the conference respect Auburn.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

  27. 31
    Legion Field

    Absolutely ridiculous. An Auburn fan, getting mad at a Tennesse fan, just because the Tennessee fan isn’t spewing hatred for Alabama…when the topic of discussion is about Auburn recruiting tactics. Unbelievable.

    Oskie, why not just yell out a quick death threat to ALL Alabama fans…just to appease that ole fella?

  28. 33
    Bamaman

    Ballplay, I respect every team in the SEC (we can both play that game) except the team that LEADS the SEC in cheating, oh yeah, that’s Auburn, and I feel that most of the teams in the conference respect Bama, probably because we have a winning record against EVERY ONE OF THEM, not arrogance, just facts, sorry if that makes you hate us, you will just have to live with it, and more is coming, but you can still battle for fourth in the west. . . .

  29. 34
    Auburn is a joke formerly the fan known as Ballplay Indian

    Kind of like you guys did for most of the 90s ? One good year and you guys are un freekin bearable. That is why no one in the conference respects you. Period.

    Dooshbag fans like you make up 99% of the fanbase. You do well one year and its 1975 all over again.

    Wake up.

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