NCAA Rumor Central: Elite College Football Program Being Hit, Reports Say

Nathan DealCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Lavasier Tuinei #80 of the Oregon Ducks reacts after a play against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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NOTE: These are reports from sources. I am not singling out any one school in this report. There is a chance the reports are nothing more than popular rumors, thus the "Rumor Central" in the title.

First, there were rumors.

Occasionally on both local and nationwide call-in radio shows, some people would call in to talk about a major college football program, and the NCAA violations it has apparently committed.

Nothing more than unproven rumors.

However, the story has been gaining steam. Major media outlets have been talking about the potential "bombshell" news.

The latest is Colin Cowherd of ESPN. On Tuesday, the SportsNation anchor said on his radio show that according to his sources (similar to mine), a "Top 10-12" college program will be "unseated" by a major publication as a result of major recruiting violations.

Cowherd said that the team in question is NOT Auburn, and if my sources are correct, he's right. Also, if my sources are correct, the other 11 SEC programs are safe in this case as well.

That's right, all of the news I have heard about this says no SEC program will be featured in the publication.

My sources have told me that, "A writer is going to release a major publication that will rock a big-time college football program. The only reason the story hasn't been released yet is because the writer wants to be sure his story is completely right, and he lists his sources and his proof."

My sources say they don't know if the NCAA has been notified of these violations yet by the writer. reported that Cowherd was referring to Oregon on his show, but John Canzano of The Oregonian says the university has received no letters regarding recruiting violations by the NCAA.

What does all of this mean? Which program could be rocked by the NCAA? Is this story even real, or have my sources failed me?

That's why the article is primed with "Rumor Central." The sole purpose of this article is to warn you to keep your ears open.

It may not be long before some huge news comes out—if it exists.