Auburn gets notice from NCAA

From Daily Journal, wire reports

AUBURN, Ala. – The NCAA has formally notified Auburn it is investigating possible major rules violations in its men's basketball program. The violations include allegedly making improper offers and inducements to recruits, including a player who eventually committed to Mississippi State.

The university has received a letter detailing the alleged violations, which involve one former and one current assistant coach, spokesman John Hachtel said Wednesday.

The coaches were not named.

Hachtel said the university would have no further comment on the letter and would not make it public. Auburn officials have until Nov. 5 to respond to the NCAA but can request more time.

Auburn received a preliminary letter of inquiry last October, and university officials met with the enforcement staff at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis in June to obtain a status report on the investigation.

The NCAA has been investigating the Auburn program over charges of improper benefits from an AAU coach and other inducements.

Auburn has been working with the NCAA to look into charges of impropriety brought by a self-described sports agent, Mike Walker, over the recruitment of Jackie Butler of McComb. Butler committed to Mississippi State but never signed a national letter of intent. He recently announced his plans to attend prep school this year and attend MSU nexr year.

Butler's attorney, Donald Jackson, has said Walker told the NCAA that Butler and his family received inappropriate benefits from AAU coach Mark Komara and Auburn. Jackson denied the allegations.

The NCAA interviewed Auburn players Brandon Robinson and Marco Killingsworth and two assistant coaches last September.

The NCAA also interviewed Chadd Moore, who plays for Cincinnati.

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