What a week for me to be on vacation at Rosemary Beach! The beach is perfect and the food delicious, but there has been lots of news involving Alabama Crimson Tide football. (Just like happens on every beach trip. I’ll share some restaurant reviews in the coming days, but first back to the sad state of Auburn football.)
Clay Travis is spewing Auburn propaganda in a sad attempt to launch a website by aiding and abetting Auburn’s attempt to divert attention from the massive NCAA investigation converging on Auburn’s cheating—cheating that was exposed by HBO’s Real Sports when former Auburn football players went on camera to admit that they were paid to play football at Auburn. The NCAA probe continues to unfold as investigators have visited South Florida in what could be the most profitable element of the NCAA probe thus far.
As for the core issues involving Alabama football players and a men’s apparel store, there is no story here. Football players are constantly asked for autographs. This happens for Alabama and Auburn football players. As long as the player is not given an extra benefit for the autograph, there is no violation.
Why is this situation different than Cam Newton? And why did the NCAA reportedly visit Montgomery talking to Auburn boosters and looking at Cam Newton’s suit?
The difference is the context.
The NCAA is conducting a multi-front investigation of Auburn and Cam Newton. And lest we forget, Cam Newton’s father admitted he shopped his son for cash.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Cam Newton’s father admitted to shopping his son to Mississippi State. Disgusting.
Also, Cam Newton was involved in academic fraud at Florida, according to a major media report.
Also, Cam Newton stole a laptop and entered a diversion program to avert prosecution. (Auburn fans that defend the guy should read the arrest report.)
In other words, Cam Newton has a serious ethical problem, and he deserves additional scrutiny.
At Alabama, the suit issue was resolved last year, and in consultation with the SEC, compliance determined nothing happened.
Not surprisingly, Auburn fans will continue to inflame the feckless Clay Travis.
Does anyone remember the Auburn-led hit piece on Brent Calloway? That attack piece amounted to a load of bull crap spread by an Auburn fan website and a disgruntled Auburn fan coach that is now the Homewood football coach. (Really, who would want that jerk coaching their child? It is unconscionable what that man did to Brent Calloway all because the student picked Alabama over Auburn.)
Alabama fans should brace for more nonsense as upset Auburn fans attempt to divert attention from the massive NCAA investigation unfolding around the South with a target clearly drawn on the Auburn football program. The Auburn-fan publisher of the Birmingham News continues to preside over a publication that has consistently been scooped by national publications involving the Auburn investigation, yet has managed to “investigate” the men’s store non-story involving Alabama.
Coincidence? Of course not. Any Alabama fan that purchases the Birmingham News or reads al.com is helping the enemy.
Auburn fans have showed their hand. They did this with the hilariously bad Gadsden Packet that provided about as much proof of corruption as the grainy, smudged copier-quality photographs provided proof of the existence of Sasquatch.
Now with the NCAA breathing down Auburn’s neck and with prestigious national publications like the New York Times reporting the NCAA probe of Auburn and Cam Newton is not yet finished, Auburn fans are desperate to blame someone for their troubles.
Alas, they should look in the mirror. Auburn made its bed when it played Cam Newton despite having every reason to sit him. Now the entire football program is experiencing the NCAA’s anal probe.
No amount of diversion can change that.
But Alabama fans should brace for more of this nonsense. It won’t work. It is sad. But with NCAA troubles, it is understandable Auburn fans need to at least try to change the subject.