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Auburn Football Under Fire

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By Chelsa Messinger

It's not the first time the 2010 Auburn Football Program has been under fire.

But this week yet another report surfacing, this time from former New York Times writer and author of "The Mitchell Report", Selena Roberts.

In a story on her web site,, Robers alleges that the 2010 Auburn National Title Team paid players, committed academic fraud, and used more than the allotted $50 while hosting recruits.

Her story hinges on testimony from former Auburn Safety Michael McNeil, who is currently set to go to trial for armed robbery. Since the story was published, several of the former Auburn players quoted have now said their quotes were misused or taken out of context.

But Roberts still stands by her story. She appeared on numerous media outlets today, including "Mayhem in the AM" on 790 the Fan in Atlanta, saying,

"I will tell you, I looked at documentation in doing this story," said Roberts.

"If I go and say [to Auburn officials], I need to talk to you about Mike McNeil, and they don't provide the other side of the story... the story you get... is the story you are told. We can verify in different ways," said Roberts.

However, it hasn't taken long for a firestorm of disagreement to erupt among those associated with Auburn and the NCAA.

Former Auburn Coach Gene Chizik released a lengthy statement, in which he stated, "Ms. Roberts story is long on accusations and inference, but short on facts and logic."

Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs also spoke out, releasing a statement saying,

"Anytime accusations are made against Auburn, we take them seriously. We have no reason to believe these allegations are either accurate or credible," Jacobs said.

"However, as a matter of procedure, we are reviewing them carefully."

NCAA President Mark Emmert was asked today about Roberts' article and responded with,

"It's a newspaper story, and that's it,"' said Emmert.

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