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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

Auburn reports 13 minor violations

AUBURN (AP) — Auburn University has reported three secondary NCAA violations in football in the past year, minor infractions involving recruits on the field before a game, a coachís speech to a high school fundraiser and benefits paid to a suspended player.

The university also reported 10 other secondary violations in womenís basketball, swimming, gymnastics, track, equestrian and womenís tennis.

The Press-Register, which disclosed the reports to the NCAA in a story Thursday, said the documents were provided after being requested by the newspaper under the state open-records law. The names of players or coaches involved were withheld.

The university reported a violation at the Georgia-Auburn game on Nov. 11, 2006, at Jordan-Hare Stadium, when two recruits were on the field with players during pregame activities and appeared on the stadiumís video board.

Auburnís report said there was a communication breakdown by staff members when the recruits left the sidelines and their appearance on the video board was not directed by any staff member. The university said it has changed the way recruits enter and exit the stadium.

Another reported violation of NCAA bylaws was in March 2006 when a football coach served as the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for an undisclosed high school athletics program. The coach thought other coaches had participated in the banquet in the past, the report said.

He was issued a letter of admonishment for failing to consult with Auburnís compliance staff before speaking at the fundraiser.

In a third case, a football player was forced to repay the university $3,476 after improperly obtaining room-and-board checks during the spring semester of 2006 when he was on academic suspension, the Press-Register said. He was declared ineligible, and the university did not seek to have his eligibility restored.

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