SEC Media Days has been bad for Auburn and Gene Chizik hasn’t even opened his mouth yet. The latest bad news for Auburn came on the Paul Finebaum Radio Network when Danny Sheridan reported that the NCAA believes it knows Auburn’s bagman.
“There is a wealthy supporter of Auburn that is alleged in the NCAA’s eyes to have given Cam Newton’s father $180,000-200,000 of which a portion of that $20,000 or $30,000 went to repair their church,” Sheridan said on Paul Finebaum’s Radio Show. “Whether that is true or not, I don’t know. I just know that is what the NCAA is looking at.”
Sheridan refused to predict what would happen in the NCAA investigation in the coming months.
Other bad news for the Auburn spin machine:
Sheridan said the Cam Newton investigation does not include Mississippi State. That negates one element of the Auburn talking point that this is a Mississippi State problem.
Sheridan made one prediction via Finebaum’s twitter, “If the dots get connected, major sanctions will follow- vacation of Heisman & national championship,” Sheridan told Finebaum.
This was not the only bad news for Auburn. The day started with a report from Clay Travis that indicated NCAA investigators visited Montgomery looking into Auburn’s recruiting practices including the Cam Newton situation and allegations raised by HBO’s Real Sports.
Finebaum upstaged Mike Slive and Day One of SEC Media Days. Danny Sheridan’s report on the NCAA developments will drive the public conversation on Auburn’s NCAA troubles for weeks to come.