Auburn Paying for Basketball Violations

Auburn University has spent about $600,000 since March 2002 investigating and preparing to defend itself against allegations of NCAA violations against the men's basketball program.

The legal costs, reported today by the Mobile Register, are expected to rise this year. Auburn officials present their case to the NCAA Infractions Committee February 13th in Phoenix.

The Birmingham law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin and White has represented Auburn in the case, which includes allegations of illegal offers of cash and cars to two recruits.

Auburn has denied the major allegations while acknowledging "comparatively minor mistakes were made during on-campus visits" and proposing "appropriate penalties."

Associated Press