If you haven't heard yet, HBO is planning a special episode of Real Sports that will interview former Auburn football player Stanley McClover, who will likely say he was offered money to attend Auburn University in 2003.
First, let's go ahead and write off the possibility of punishment: The statute of limitations has expired, meaning it was too long ago to punish the program (especially since there's a new coaching staff in).
McClover, who played from 2003-2005 as a defensive end, will allegedly claim he was offered money to attend Auburn.
Former Auburn teammates are outraged at his story, especially former RB Ronnie Brown.
Brown and McClover had a conversation before the news was released about the interview. Very recently, Ronnie Brown talked about that conversation.
"He had told me that HBO had come to him and wanted to do a piece on should athletes get paid, and I said, 'Oh.'
"Then Stanley said, 'They're going to do something on my charity.' And I said, 'That's cool. That's a good way to get the charity out there.'"
Then Brown was contacted by former teammates. What McClover told Brown about his charity, wasn't going to be the main purpose of the HBO special.
"I found out that Stanley was talking about he had a choice to go to different colleges, and one of the reasons he chose Auburn was because they offered him money. So I called him. I said, 'Whoa, what is this? What is this about?' He said, 'Well, it has nothing to do with Auburn. I was telling my story about me trying to help kids. I figured it would be good to tell my story.'"
Brown continued, saying, "I said, 'What are you talking about? If you tell this story people will think you were paid.' He said, 'This has nothing to do with the school. This is about me and my story, and trying to help kids.'
"I said, 'You can't implicate a school eight or nine years later. Why would you say that anyways?'"
According to Brown, McClover was completely silent after that.
"This is kind of detrimental to Auburn. I hope he feels like he's made a mistake."
Brown is not sure if McClover has changed his story or feels like he has made a mistake, but he is sure that McClover saying he was paid would be nothing more than a bold-faced lie.
Another former Auburn teammate, Jeris McIntyre, says he never heard of any teammates being paid.
"They (HBO) approached me through Facebook. He (interviewer) said he was doing a story on big-time college football, and that's the reason I gave him my number to talk about it. But once it got into the questioning, and I got these 'off-the-record' type of questions, I thought, 'You're not going to get me, buddy.' A couple days later, I saw where McClover was going to do something with him."
What is your take on the McClover case?
"He asked me if players get paid under the table at Auburn. I told him, 'No.' We were pretty much struggling."
McIntyre went further as to say that McClover wouldn't have been paid before the likes of Jason Campbell, Karlos Dansby, Carlos Rogers, Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams.
"The list goes on, and all the players I'm talking to are saying, 'No way.' Most of us drove old cars, anyways. We didn't receive any special treatment."
Bret Eddins, yet another Auburn teammate, joked, "If he had money, it must have been a Roth IRA or something."
McClover's high school coach, Ken Scott, said he noticed many flaws in the story when talking to an HBO interviewer and to McClover.
"I wanted to ask him, 'What is this all about? Because nothing like that ever came up.' Auburn was very professional with us for years. I'm not talking about a couple of times. I'm talking about every time."
Scott has been coaching at Dillard High School since 1979, so to say Auburn has never brought up inappropriate subjects involving recruiting during the time is pretty accurate.
What does this all mean? More likely than not, what McClover will say on the air will not be true, unless he has decided to change his story.
(Quotes found on AL.com.)