March 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM CDT - Updated June 23 at 5:34 PM
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) – Auburn University's President and Director of Athletics issued statements Wednesday evening several hours before a television network is to air a report in which 4 former football players lodge serious pay-for-play accusations at the University.
"We are aware that four former football players have made allegations against Auburn," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "While HBO confirmed to us they have no proof that any of these claims are true, we contacted both the NCAA and Southeastern Conference as soon as these allegations surfaced. We have engaged outside counsel to investigate this matter and will spare no resources to find the truth."
"As a university president, there are several things you want from the athletics department," said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. "One of them is playing by the rules, and Jay Jacobs and the athletics department are committed to that priority. They will investigate these allegations thoroughly and completely."
Former player Stanley McClover said during his recruiting process that he received cash in a bookbag from Auburn. McClover said in the HBO report that he didn't know how much money ended up in his bag, but he still chose Auburn. McClover said while he attended Auburn he wanted a 1973 Chevy Impala, which cost $7,000. That money was provided. He also claims he was paid to play in the Iron Bowl, receiving $4,000 for his four sacks in the game against Alabama.
McClover claims he was also given $500 in a handshake from LSU and at Michigan State. He says he was given sexual favors at Ohio State. LSU issued a statement denying the accusations.
Chaz Ramsey claims he was paid $300 to $400 per game to play with Auburn. He also says he sold Iron Bowl tickets and Auburn memorabilia. Ramsey sued Auburn University in 2009 after a injury, but his case was dismissed.
Troy Reddick claims he was offered money but did not take it at first. It was not immediately known how much money he was offered, however. Reddick claims coaches pushed him to change his major because it interfered with practice, which he did. He says he then stopped going to class.
Raven Gray joined the Auburn Tigers his freshman year but never played due to injuries. He said he was given $3,000 by an Auburn representative during his recruitment.
None of the accusers has named any individual they say helped them. Other former Auburn Tigers have come out refuting the allegations by their former team mates.
None of the four men have appeared on Auburn's roster since at least 2007 and officials say the NCAA statute of limitations has run out, but that does not mean there won't be an investigation.
The Southeastern Conference office is aware of the developing situation and says it, Auburn and LSU will pursue allegations in a timely manner.
HBO plans to air the segment Wednesday at 9:00pm Central Time.
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