Did Auburn Coach Lie To Recruit About NFL Offer?

On April 20, 2011, the Auburn football program landed a verbal commitment from highly-touted Kentucky high school quarterback prospect Zeke Pike.


The 6-foot-5, 220-pound quarterback from Edgewood, Ky., picked the Tigers over Michigan, Arkansas, Clemson, North Carolina, Tennessee, Southern California, Purdue, Florida State, Miami and Penn State.

And Alabama.

At the time of Pike’s verbal commitment, which was an enormous recruiting coup for Auburn, Pike was asked if he had been concerned about Auburn assistant coaches abandoning the team thanks to the possibility that the school’s football program could be hit with NCAA sanctions.

Pike’s response:

“They (Auburn) just won a national championship and they have one guy on their staff who left for the NFL and that’s their defensive line coach (Tracey Rocker). If they thought they were going to be in any kind of NCAA (trouble) I think a lot of their coaches would have left.

“Coach (Gus) Malzahn their offensive coordinator turned down $15 million to stay there (head coaching offer from Vanderbilt).

“Coach Trooper (Taylor), their receivers coach, turned down his favorite team of all-time, the Dallas Cowboys, to stay there. 

“Whatever, let people say what they’re going to say. That’s a Mississippi State problem, that’s not an Auburn problem.”

Malzahn did receive a reported $15 million offer to take over the Vanderbilt football program, a long-noted coaching graveyard because of high academic standards and lacking facilities.

Pike’s statement about the so-called “Mississippi State problem” is a reference to the fact that Cam Newton’s father Cecil Newton has admitted to the NCAA that he solicited MSU coaches for a payment of up to $180,000 in exchange for his son signing to play football for the Bulldogs. (Cam Newton later committed to Auburn, obviously.)

Because of Cecil Newton’s admission, the NCAA rendered Cam Newton ineligible for one day, then reinstated him for the remainder of the 2010 season.

While Pike’s statement about Malzahn may or may not be accurate, at the very least it isn’t completely unreasonable. Likewise his supposition that Mississippi State may not yet be in clear with the NCAA as it pertains to the recruitment of Cam and Cecil Newton. After all, MSU didn’t report any NCAA irregularities involving Cecil Newton to the SEC or NCAA until after Cam had signed with Auburn.

In other words, even after MSU coaches knew of Cecil Newton’s NCAA violation - which directly involved Cecil’s solicitation of them - the Bulldogs tried to lure Cam Newton to Starkville to the very end.

But from what I was told by two sources inside the Dallas Cowboys organization today, Pike’s comment about Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor and the NFL team is dead, flat false. Read more…

Found: Most Effective Sports Marketing Of All Time

Apparently giving out a car, trip to the Pro Bowl and other prizes via impromptu Twitter trivia contests wasn’t enough for Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay.

Jim Irsay Twitter Gives Away Super Bowl Trip

(Sports Biz Guru Darren Rovell: Blown Away)

Today Irsay gave away a trip for two to the Super Bowl in Dallas to one of his Twitter “friends”.

The way-too-simple-there-has-to-be-a-catch-actually-there-isn’t contest to determine the winner of the Super Bowl trip started Sunday as Irsay Tweeted to his followers: Read more…

Clip: Emmitt’s ESPN Reputation Remains Unsoiled

Today during ESPN2 First Take’s hourly break to mop and pressure wash Skip Bayless‘ interrogation room, we were blessed with an appearance by the network’s most beloved personality, Emmitt Smith.

From that delightful exchange with Reischea Canidate, we learned that Emmitt has been entrusted by Jerry Jones & Co. the exact role you would expect for such a prominent figure in Dallas pro football history.

Naturally, Emmitt has been officially charged with the public dissemination of unique, proprietary snow removal technology to be administered on metroplex roads in the event of a winter storm during Super Bowl week. Read more…

Jerry Jones: Labor Deal Allows For 22-game Sched

Tuesday Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones guested on KRLD radio in Dallas on the Jagger and Barsky show -via sportsradiointerviews.com - to talk all things Cowboys and NFL.

Jerry Jones on 22 game NFL schedule

(KRLD audio of Jones on 22-game schedule below)

During the visit, the inevitable question of the league adopting an 18-game regular season came up, with Jones volunteering that the league in theory could actually go beyond 18 games. Read more…

Michael Irvin Wore Hall of Fame Blazer During Sex

Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE with a delightful anecdote from Michael Irvin this week:

Michael Irvin had sex in his Hall of Fame blazer

NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin on Wednesday chuckled as he told us about the tradition of championship players spending time with the Stanley Cup: “I remember when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame and they gave me my Hall of Fame yellow blazer.

I wore it for two straight days. Finally my wife was in bed and said she wanted to make love but that I had to take the coat off. I refused and kept the blazer on because I wanted to perform like a Hall of Famer on the field and off.”

Now think it’s a coincidence that it was Irvin who came up with the idea to bring NFL rookies to Canton every year?

And who knew Irvin and Ron Artest had so much in common? Artest after the Lakers won the NBA title two months ago: Read more…

Enquirer: Kim Kardashian Now Dating Miles Austin

I avoid at all cost all things Kardashian, but the NATIONAL ENQUIRER has an offline story about Kim Kardashian today that I thought I’d pass along - for the benefit of Cowboys haters fans.

Kim Kardashian Beach Bikini - She's Dating Miles Austin

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In a story yet to hit the web, the Enquirer reports that the possessor of reality television’s finest wide receiver is now hooking up with Dallas Cowboys pass catcher Miles Austin.

Kardashian invited Austin to attend an NBA Finals game on June 6, only they didn’t sit together. (Fun!) Though they later did dinner at Casa Vega in Los Angeles.

Excerpt:

“Kim’s carving out more time in her schedule to be with Miles, and she’s telling those close to her that he’s ‘the one.’”

Now for the scary part: (No, no Khloe photos.) Read more…

NFL GM Apologizes For Pre-Draft Prostitute Query

Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland issued a public apology to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant today in response to Bryant’s recent revelation that a “high-level executive” from an NFL team asked him during a pre-draft interview if his mother was a prostitute.

Dez Bryant Mom Angela Bryant

With his statement today, Ireland confirmed that he was the one who asked the question. Bryant was posed the query during an April 1-2 visit with the Dolphins as part of a two week trip in which the former Oklahoma State receiver reportedly visited 11 teams before the NFL Draft. Read more…

Tebow: JJones Reax, Why He Has Lost Sponsors

Mike Organ of the NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN reports today that, “Tim Tebow was the featured speaker Saturday at an athletics banquet at Lipscomb University.

Tim Tebow Reacts To Comments Made About Him By Jerry Jones

(Tebow “Athletic Banquet” Appearance: $50 a Throw)

Tebow spoke to 5,200 people, each paying $50 apiece, inside Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. The event was described on the school’s website as “the second annual Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. The speech was the culmination of a full day of activities including Tim and his parents, Pam and Bob Tebow.

Tebow Parents At Lipscomb: $5

(Tebow Parents “Athletic Banquet” Appearance: $5 a Throw)

Tebow’s speech to attendees was described by the school’s website thusly:

Like most people who successfully follow their dreams Tim Tebow has accomplished his goals through his focus, hard work and his faith in Jesus Christ.

Tebow, who took time to provide his support to Lipscomb only a few days before the NFL Draft, plans to use his pro career as a platform for presenting his beliefs.

“The NFL is not the end for me. It is a means to an end. It will give me a platform to hopefully make a difference.”

Though he didn’t cover it in his speech, Tebow discussed the recent comment Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones made about him. Read more…

Phillips Enjoys Song, Career That Oddly Endures

A Denver DJ named Kathy Lee somehow thought it a good idea to send me this video of Wade Phillips doing the Y.M.C.A. last week in Miami:

Wade Phillips dancing to YMCA

If that isn’t a metaphor for Phillips’ career in Dallas, what is?

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Wife Of Novacek Died Of ‘Self-Inflicted’ Gunshot

WFAA-TV in Dallas reports the heartbreaking news:

Jay Novacek Wife Leanne Novacek

The wife of Jay Novacek, a former Dallas Cowboys tight end, was found dead Monday morning at her mother’s home in Burleson.

Police said LeAnne Novacek died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities found Novacek dead in the bedroom of the home after receiving a call from a family member at 8:37 a.m.

Jay Novacek was not at the residence when police arrived. Police said no suicide note was found.

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