Since when did all these 50 year old white men become such good friends with all these 16..18 year old black boys? Not being racist at all just think if people really wanted to know the truth it is not hard to see !!! Better to keep the blinder on...
Jeffrey Lee of AuburnSports.com has been back at the keyboard today and he’s posted information — again — stating that eventual Alabama signee Brent Calloway was taken to Florida by a Tide supporter before signing day.
Darren Woodruff is the fan in question and we already brought you some comments from him earlier today. He has reportedly been a friend to Calloway since the young man moved to Russellville, Alabama in the ninth grade. That’s a key point, because if Woodruff is simply a family friend and is not an Alabama “booster,” then there’s not a lot of line-crossing here.
According to Woodruff’s long time friend John Stancil, Woodruff picked Calloway up in Tuscaloosa on Sunday (Jan. 30) and drove the top recruit to Florida before returning to Russellville Tuesday night, the night before National Signing Day.
Stancil said Woodruff claims he took Calloway to Florida at the request of Calloway’s adoptive father Harland “Peaches” Winston. Woodruff, who Stancil considers a “big Alabama fan,” is the president of Petro Chemical Energy in Muscle Shoals.
According to Stancil, Woodruff rented a two-room suite in Pensacola where Woodruff and Calloway spent Sunday and Monday nights. Woodruff told Stancil about the trip during a phone conversation.
“(Woodruff) told me Peaches asked him to take Brent out of town… that Brent needed to go somewhere to think about stuff,” said Stancil. “He took Brent down there (to Pensacola) and brought him back to Peaches’ house Tuesday night.”
Yada, yada, yada.
The piece goes on for days and days, but I’ll cut to the chase:
1. Prior to the trip to Florida, Calloway had decided not to go visit Alabama pre-signing day and was planning to sign with Auburn instead.
2. Calloway’s high school coach — Doug Goodwin — says that Calloway told Nick Saban and Bama assistant Jeremy Pruitt that he was going to Auburn.
3. Calloway then allegedly texted Goodwin to tell him that his father was making him visit Alabama on that final weekend before signing day. “… But I’m not changing my mind… I am 100-percent sure (about signing with Auburn).”
4. Goodwin did not talk to Calloway again before signing day.
5. Calloway did not attend school on Monday or Tuesday of the next week because he was supposedly in Pensacola with Woodruff.
Okay, so Calloway was taken away to Pensacola and brainwashed/convinced to flip on Auburn and sign with Alabama. Maybe it had something to do with Angela Lansbury, Frank Sinatra and the Queen of Hearts, too (for you fans of old movies).
But again if Woodruff is a longtime friend of Calloway and is not an Alabama grad or booster, there’s not a lot of illegal activity going on there. Fishy? Yes. Against NCAA rules, not necessarily. And that’s if these stories are even true in the first place.
At any rate, that’s the latest from Scott Moore… I’m sorry… I mean Jeffrey Lee. We’ll see if the NCAA decides to start snooping around. Heaven knows they’ve had no problem snooping around Bama’s program on many, many previous occasions.
On a sidenote, last summer those of us down South spent a lot of time talking about who should be targeted for possible SEC expansion. Well, as Auburn and Alabama continue to trade paint, let me be the first to suggest that maybe the league would be better off moving in a different direction altogether. Since it’s clear that some AU and UA supporters are flat-out determined to destroy one another’s programs, if/when that happens, the SEC might be better off with Texas A&M and Oklahoma in tow than a pair of scandal-ridden, mud-covered probationites.
(For those who don’t get sarcasm, no, we’re not serious about the SEC dumping Alabama and Auburn. But we are getting very tired of having to cover the junk that goes back and forth between the two programs.)
UPDATE — SportsByBrooks.com, naturally, has posted yet another piece on this Auburn-Alabama war. The site went back to 2008 and a story written in The Florence (Alabama) Times-Daily.
In the piece, Calloway is quoted as saying that he was changing schools — from Florence to Russellville — because he “just felt like Russellville had a better (college) recruiting program than Florence.”
Now, TideSports.com wrote this weekend that Alabama had decided nothing illegal happened between Woodruff and Calloway because: “Woodruff said he has known Calloway since he was a freshman at Russellville, a year in which Calloway came into Winston’s care and also sat out of football — long before anyone could predict he would be a highly-recruited Division I athlete.”
Ah, but as SportsByBrooks.com points out, Calloway obviously thought he’d become a prospect. In fact, he was apparently playing on Florence High School’s varsity squad as an eighth grader and he started immediately as a sophomore — after a transfer year — at Russellville.
The inference: Anyone could have guessed that Calloway, the ninth grader who’d transferred to find a better “recruiting program,” would develop into a top prospect by his 12th grade year. Anyone, including Woodruff, who got to know him as a freshman.
But like so many of the allegations tossed at Cam Newton, there’s more smoke than fire in that inference. If Alabama is going to land in trouble, everything comes down to Woodruff’s relationship with Calloway and his adoptive father, Winston. If the NCAA nails the Tide, it will be because they believe Woodruff connected with — and provided benefits for — Calloway because he was a top prospect.
So far we have the Alabama Rivals site spinning the situation to appear as though Bama’s innocent. Example: Woodruff befriended Calloway “long before anyone could predict he would be a highly-recruited Division I athlete.”
We have the Auburn Rivals site spinning things in order to smear Bama. Example: “In an extremely efficient investigation, the University of Alabam’s compliance department, within 36 hours after the allegations were first made public Thursday, found no violations in Calloway’s recruitment.”
And now we have SportsByBrooks.com sorta/kinda suggesting that Woodruff’s relationship with Calloway was based on the kid’s athletic prowess and nothing else.
But the evidence is circumstantial. The same word we used so often regarding Newton’s case.
The bottom line remains the bottom line: If the NCAA thinks Woodruff connected with Calloway as a booster and not as a pal of his adoptive father Winston, then Bama could be in hot water. If they don’t, then Woodruff’s not broken any rules.
But this thing continues to go on and on. On and on. On and on.
And, yes, the whole mess is as annoying as this: