Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he conspired to fix a 2012 game that his team lost to Arkansas.
During a brief arraignment hearing in federal court, Ward stood quietly as his attorney announced the plea. U.S. Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel Jr. set a July 22 trial date for Ward.
An FBI investigation resulted in a grand jury indicting Ward. He was arrested Monday on charges of bribery related to a sports contest and conspiracy counts that accuse him of trying to fix the point spread in Auburn's Southeastern Conference game against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012. Ward came off the bench in that game but crumpled to the floor after playing only 19 seconds with an apparent leg injury. Arkansas won 56-53.
Ward was suspended before a Feb. 25, 2012, game, also against Arkansas, and didn't play for the Tigers again.
Ward, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged nine points and started 17 games in his only season at Auburn. He'd played two seasons for ...