Tampa, Fla.—On Wednesday the NCAA sent a letter to Auburn notifying the school that the investigation into the program was complete and no major violations had been found. That backed up previous statements by Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs and Coach Gene Chizik surrounding both the Cam Newton situation as well as comments made by former players on an HBO Real Sports documentary.
One of the former players that was contacted by HBO at the time and refused to talk to the producers of the show was Jeris McIntyre. A wide receiver for the Tigers whose father also played at Auburn, McIntyre said today's news only backs up what he already knew about the university and the way the athletic department works.
"When I first hear the news it was quite humorous somewhat," McIntyre said. "You kind of what to look back and be like ‘I told you so' but the true Auburn family knows how things are done at Auburn and the former players know. To see that it was nothing it made me look back and it shows we do it the right way. It was all talk and no truth to it."
While national columnists and television commentators continued to drag Auburn's name through the mud time and time again, McIntyre said for him there was never any second thoughts for him that it would turn out well.
"There was never a doubt in my mind," McIntyre said. "Just from seeing and hearing the things that were said, it just didn't add up. It was so crazy. It didn't add up at all. From seeing the different guys that were saying things that never even played and were saying they got this and that, their stories just didn't add up. I don't think anybody that really knows Auburn or is a fan or a former player believed it even a little bit."
Both Jacobs and Chizik have taken heat since last fall for not being more proactive in talking and defending the Auburn program. McIntyre said as far as he is concerned they did things the right way.
"They know what really went down which was nothing," McIntyre said. "They let the NCAA do its job. The NCAA did what they had to do and investigated and it came out nothing was wrong, not only in the Cam situation but with the ordeal with HBO as well.
"You had different people saying things and when it was time to talk to the NCAA they didn't want to say anything. That tells you in a nutshell that nothing went down. Gene Chizik and Jay Jacobs handled it the way it was supposed to be handled. They did their part and the NCAA did its job. It came out the way we all knew it would come out."