Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 4/3/13
Serious allegations have been levied against Auburn in an article on ex-Tiger safety Mike McNeil. The piece, which appears on former "New York Times" and "Sports Illustrated" staffer Selena Roberts' site, Roopstigo.com, details claims of academic fraud, payments to players, recruiting violations and failed drug tests among the Tigers. But one of the biggest bombshells are that then-Auburn defensive coordinator and current Florida coach Will Muschamp tried to give McNeil 400. Here's the excerpt. McNeil recalls having a difficult day at practice in 2007 and then-defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, calling him into his office. McNeil recalls having a difficult day at practice in 2007 and then-defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp, calling him into his office. "I had no clue what it was about because Id never directly asked him for anything," says McNeil. "He slid about 400 over to me. He went into a drawer and gave me money and said, Is this enough? Is this good? And I said, Yeah, Im good.'" Muschamp, now the head football coach at the University of Florida, denied the payment through a spokesperson. It's not the only instance of payments that McNeil alleges. He also recalled coaches giving him 500 to entertain Dre Kirkpatrick, who would enroll at Alabama, in 2008. McNeil also details how he, running back Mike Dyer and other players were academically ineligible for the 2011 BCS Championship Game against Oregon. McNeil, 23, faces an April 8 court date on burglary, robbery and theft of property charges stemming from the March 2011 armed robbery in an Auburn trailer park. His former teammates Shaun Kitchens and Dakota Mosley were also charged. If convicted, McNeil could face 21 years to life in prison.
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