Auburn Basketball: Suspended Varez Ward Investigated by FBI for Point-Shaving

Brandon MillerContributor IMarch 8, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Varez Ward #1 of the Auburn Tigers attempts to control the ball against Jordan Theodore #1 of the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center on December 2, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Yahoo Sports is reporting that suspended Auburn guard Varez Ward is being investigated by the FBI for point shaving. The timing of the news could not be worse, as the Tigers are currently preparing to face Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Until now, there were no details as to why Ward, out since Feb. 25, was suspended indefinitely.

Two sources told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that the coaching staff became aware of the alleged point-shaving in late February after a player expressed his concerns about the situation. Auburn subsequently contacted both the FBI and NCAA.

The two games specifically in question are a home game against Alabama (Feb. 7) and a road game at Arkansas (Jan. 25).

In the 68-50 loss to Alabama, Ward scored three points and committed six turnovers in 17 minutes of play.

In the game versus Arkansas, Ward was injured within the first minute of the 56-53 loss to Arkansas.

Ward turned the ball over in the backcourt on his first possession and fell to the floor 19 seconds later as Arkansas converted a layup. After remaining on the floor for more than a minute, Ward left the game with a quadricep injury.