Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Auburn is examining whether any NCAA rules were broken during Saturday’s “Big Cat” recruiting weekend.
An Auburn spokesperson told the Press-Register Sunday that the university had not determined if any NCAA secondary violations occurred, but would review the event this week.
Auburn hosted roughly two-dozen top prospects on unofficial visits, providing an activity-packed weekend that culminated in the rolling of Toomer’s Corner late Saturday in front of more than 100 cheering fans.
At least two NCAA bylaws may have been breached during the weekend.
Why am I not surprised to hear that Trooper Taylor’s in the mix here?
Although NCAA rules (Bylaw 13.10.6) bar the introduction of visiting student-athletes during any function, videos of the event posted on two Web sites show the crowd cheering as the players are introduced by name, position and hometown. The man yelling the introductions does not appear on the videos, but assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is shown leading the crowd in cheers immediately after the introductions.
And to top it off, they’ve got recruits talking smack to Nick Saban.
– About a minute into this video from the Opelika-Auburn News, as someone is announcing the name of Bessemer linebacker Ladarius Owens, Seastrunk yells, “Hey, tell Nick Saban, he’s S.O.L!” That means, Saban is, um, apparently out of luck for Owens’ recruitment.
– At the very end of this video from AuburnSports.com, Seastrunk says into the camera, “What’s up, Nick Saban? Wait ’til we get here.” (You may need a subscription for this one.)
It’s the Kiffinization of SEC recruiting, I tells ‘ya!
The Mike Slive “knock it off!” campaign is off to a roaring success, based on the early returns.
Speaking of Junior, a 5′ 10″ 180-pound recruit’s got his back (h/t The Wiz). Which has to be a comfort.