"We are aware that four former football players have made allegations against Auburn," Jacobs said. "While HBO confirmed to us they have no proof that any of these claims are true, we contacted both the NCAA and Southeastern Conference as soon as these allegations surfaced. We have engaged outside counsel to investigate this matter and will spare no resources to find the truth."
AU president Dr. Jay Gogue said, "As a university president there are several things you want from the athletics department. One of them is playing by the rules, and Jay Jacobs and the athletics department are committed to that priority. They will investigate these allegations thoroughly and completely."
On Tuesday night reports surfaced that ex-Auburn football players Troy Reddick, Chaz Ramsey and Stanley McClover plus Raven Gray, who was briefly with the team but never played, have claimed in interviews for HBO's Real Sports television program that they received money from unnamed boosters as recruits or while at Auburn.
A parade of their teammates and other former players made public comments throughout the day on Wednesday questioning the creditability of Reddick, Ramsey, McClover and Gray. All of the players were signed during the Tommy Tuberville Era and all four of the players could be labeled as disgruntled.
Reddick was an offensive tackle for the Tigers who recently applied for a graduate coaching job at Auburn and was turned down.
Ramsey filed a lawsuit against Auburn claiming a back injury he suffered was caused as the result of negligence by former AU staff members. That case was dismissed.
McClover, who grayshirted one year and played two seasons at Auburn, was advised not to enter the NFL Draft early, but with the expectations of being an early round draft pick declared himself for the draft. He was taken in the seventh round by the Carolina Panthers and was an early washout as an NFL player.
Gray, who signed with Auburn out of junior college, never played for the Tigers due to off the field issues.
Also on Wednesday evening the SEC released this statement about the show. "We are aware of some of the information to be aired during this evening's HBO Real Sports Representatives from Auburn University, representatives from LSU and the SEC office have communicated with the NCAA Enforcement Staff. The involved institutions and the NCAA staff will pursue the allegations in a timely manner."
Former Tiger player and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Will Herring, appearing on the Wednesday edition of Inside the Auburn Tigers Radio Show, said he believes the allegations are bogus and he saw no evidence of wrongdoing during his four seasons as a standout performer for the Tigers.