Lots of Rumors in HBO's Real Sports

We have heard the rumors about Auburn's alleged pay for play scheme...

SbB Has the early review of the special.

I have obtained an advance copy of the show and have transcribed excerpts of a portion of the Andrea Kremer-hosted "Pay to Play" segment of the show below.

The segment contains explosive claims from former Auburn players Chaz Ramsey, Troy Reddick, Stanley McClover and Raven Gray.

  • On McClover’s recruitment:

Kremer voiceover: "McLover said it wasn’t until he attended an all-star camp at Louisiana State University that he realized how the game is played. A game of money and influence."

McClover: "Somebody came to me, I don’t even know this person and he was like, ‘we would love for you to come to LSU and he gave me a handshake and it had five hundred dollars in there. … that’s called a money handshake … I grabbed it and I’m like, ‘wow,’ hell I thought ten dollars was a lot of money back then. Five hundred dollars for doing nothing but what I was blessed to do. I was happy."

Kremer to McClover: "What did you say to the guy when he hands you five hundred dollars?"

McClover: "Thank you and I’m seriously thinking about coming to LSU."

Kremer voiceover: "But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him."

McClover: "They send girls my way. I partied. When I got there I met up with a couple guys from the team. We went to a party and they asked me to pick any girl I wanted."

Kremer: "Did she offer sexual services?"

McClover: "Yes."

Kremer: "Did you take them?"

McClover: "Yes."

As bad as this all looks there is no hard proof that these events actually happened.

So, while this makes for some interesting reading I have a hard time saying that college football is about to implode as I have seen out on the Web. Now, if proven true it certainly wouldn't surprise me...like I said there have been rumors about this type of situation floating around the various blogs and boards for a few months now. There have been all sorts of insinuations out there.

I will wait to see some hard proof.

But you can judge for yourself...

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