In the movie “Blue Chips”, Cal-Western guard Tony had trouble with TV class, but he never had trouble with the FBI. Auburn basketball player Varez Ward does.
Yahoo Sports reported today that the FBI is investigating a possible point-shaving scheme involving suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward. Auburn released a brief statement responding to the allegations.
“Auburn officials were made aware of a rumor regarding an allegation two weeks ago and immediately reported it to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC. Because of the nature of the allegation, Auburn is not in a position to make any further comment on the situation.”
The nature of these allegations would silence anyone, including Bobby Knight in his heyday.
At the heart of the investigation are two games: Auburn’s home loss to Alabama on Feb. 7th and a road loss at Arkansas Jan. 25th. Ward committed six of Auburn’s 20 turnovers against Alabama. Alabama was a five point favorite. He played a meaningless, minuscule amount of time in the game against the Razorbacks.
Tony Barbee and his staff have likely been burning the midnight oil reviewing film of Ward’s play. Auburn can only hope that Ward is innocent or at the very least, that the incidents were isolated. Until then, Barbee may want to keep one hand on the escape hatch.