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ENVY OF THE TIGER . . . How Jealousy Fuels The Auburn Braintrust
Posted by tim on Friday June 04 2010 @ 01:41PM CDT
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Envy and Jealousy, words that best describe the Auburn football "family". The Auburn football program as a whole demands that people accord them respect. One wonders how an organization led by Pat Dye can be respected? The Auburn football program is a brand consumed by envy and jealousy that will stop at nothing to win.

A prime example of Auburnís win-at-all-cost "mantra" occurred in the 1980ís involving disgruntled Bama player Gene Jelks. Jelks was considered co-starter along with Bobby Humphrey until he tore his ACL. After the injury he was converted into a defensive back, much to his dismay.

Soon after, Jelks was manipulated by unethical attorneys who were Auburn supporters and boosters. He was persuaded to give false information to the NCAA in exchange for cash, cars, and an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia. The War Eagles of Auburn were circling Jelks like buzzards around road kill.

The saga began with Jelk's employer, businessman, Harold Simmons and his wife, Carol filed for divorce. Business records and canceled checks were turned over to Ms. Simmons attorney, Steve Brunson - an Auburn booster and supporter. The checks were written by Harold Simmons to Jelks between June 12, 1989 and January 6, 1990 and were cashed by Jelks.

Brunson sent the checks to a Montgomery attorney, John Thrasher, who was a huge Auburn supporter. Brunson and Thrower in turn gave the checks to another Auburn booster, Atlanta attorney, Stan Kreimer. Kreimer, then sent copies to the Atlanta Constitution and was used as evidence in the Jelks allegations. Jelks alleged that Harold Simmons and a coach at Alabama (Jerry Pullen) offered him cash and benefits in return for signing with Alabama.

There is documentation of bank records showing that Jelksí received close to $67,000 from an escrow account with Kreimerís law firm, with the promise of $200,000 when and if his allegations brought the Crimson Tide down. When the allegations began a $30,000 slush fund was created by Pat Dye along with Wayne Hall to pay Jelks and to keep him talking to investigators at all cost.

The investigation involving Jelks eventually stalled but the NCAA had learned that Antonio Langham - a Bama DB - had signed with an agent after the 1993 Sugar Bowl. This eventually led to Bamaís probation.

Gene Jelks was promptly cut loose by the Auburn henchmen and the flow of cash, the cars and the apartment came to an abrupt halt. Jelks was a man without a country, a man despised by the Bama family and not trusted by Auburn. Jelks later recanted his story and wanted to clear Jerry Pullen and Harold Simmons.

However, it was too late. Alabama got hammered by the NCAA and the Bama nation blamed Gene Jelks.

Throughout the years, the Auburn cronies have turned Bama in yearly. Recently, after Nick Saban shocked the college football world by landing the number 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2008 and 2009, Auburnís SLBís (sneaky little bastards) started planting rumors of violations committed by Alabama. One SLB a Gadsden businessman, who owns a rehabilitation facility, leased cars and tried to tie Bama recruits in with it. He also paid Jerrell Harris $12,000 and tried to link it to Bama boosters.

The most recent event occurred when an Athens businessman - with Auburn ties - set up Mark Ingram and Julio Jones with an all expense paid fishing trip. The NCAA was called. The same SLB bought a laptop computer for Jerrell Harris. The laptop deal cost Harris six ballgames.

These actions by Auburn almost ruined one young man. He was a confused 19 year old kid, who got caught up in revenge. Auburn almost cost Julio Jones and Mark Ingram playing time as well. The Auburn SLB did cost Jerrell Harris his sophomore year. He's played catch-up since his suspension.

Actions such as the stories mentioned above are why Auburn is not respected by opposing fan bases, especially Alabamaís. This is what the Bama organization has to deal with 365 days a year. Respect is earned and tradition is the reward of hard work.

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