According to Danny Sheridan, two Auburn assistants have been pulled from the recruiting trail as the NCAA is investigating the Auburn football program.
The remarks came Monday night in a speech to the Tuscaloosa Quarterback Club.
“Based on what I’ve heard, the NCAA is looking at their program,” Sheridan said after his speech. “I’ll say that on the record.
“I will quickly say, I hope they are exonerated. But if it’s true that they’ve taken two of their coaches off the road, that generally speaking is not a good sign. Usually when you take a coach off the road, it’s an effort to placate the NCAA.”
Much of what he went on to say about Auburn was off the record.
Sheridan has a colorful history, including his assertion regarding “the bagman” in the Cam Newton scandal. Nevertheless, Sheridan generally knows what he’s talking about.
So is it true? Rumors of Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper being removed from recruiting duties have been swirling for weeks. We’ll know for sure in the near future, but one thing isn’t up for debate.
The Tigers’ 2012 season has looked alarmingly similar to Alabama’s 2000 season. That year, following a championship season (SEC), the Tide lost an offensive star (Shaun Alexander) and went on to be exposed for its poor coaching, window dressing for the fans and pitiful team chemistry. The team that started #3 that year finished 3-8 with NCAA clouds looming that sank the Tide into oblivion for the next seven years.
Could history be repeating itself?
UPDATE: In Tuesday’s press conference (10/30/12) Gene Chizik was asked about this allegation and did not deny it.