Never say never.
When it comes to NCAA investigations, the most dangerous thing to do is to convince yourself that nothing will come of a probe into your favorite program. As long as NCAA snoops are snooping, dirt can still be found.
That said, the fact that assistant coaches like Gus Malzahn and Jeff Grimes elected to stay at Auburn rather than jump ship and head for new jobs tells us that AU’s staff feels pretty certain that they did no wrong (or won’t get caught) in the Cam Newton affair.
Also, for all the rumors and messageboard rambles linking Newton to Auburn boosters and slush funds via secret FBI recordings, well, no one with any credibility has drawn a line from A to B to C just yet. All that smoke could be coming from rival fans’ smoke machines, rather than an actual fire on The Plains.
Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News reports today that his sources say the NCAA is still digging away, but that no bombshells are expected.
“According to people with reason to know, the NCAA is still conducting an active investigation into Auburn’s recruitment of Newton. There is an enforcement staff official assigned to the case, and that person is turning over every rock to make sure the NCAA doesn’t get blindsided down the road.
Auburn fans won’t like that information. Some of them won’t believe it. they’ll be joined in their displeasure or disbelief by fans of other schools who read this nugget: The bomb is not about to drop.
According to those same well-informed sources, the NCAA has yet to discover or uncover new information that would wipe out Auburn’s national championship season.”
The takeaway: Don’t buy into every comment posted by TideRUs, Dawgface or BayouBozo on your nearest messageboard.
The NCAA might eventually uncover some shady dealings between AU and the Newtons. Again, never say never. But “Gotcha Day” hasn’t come yet. And contrary to the rumor mill, that day really isn’t close at hand, either.
February 16th, 2011 11:07 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: AU, FBI, Kevin Scarbinsky, NCAA
Never say never.