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Phillip's blog: A good day for AU

At least since Feb. 2, the day a banner recruiting class signed scholarship papers, when has there been a better day for Auburn football and the psyches of Auburn supporters than Wednesday?

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

We are talking about a day when Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel tweeted that Cam Newton was owed an apology. Really. When, since last November, has anyone outside of the state of Alabama said anything like that? Yes, that was one sign of a delicious Auburn day.

It didn’t really start until Wednesday afternoon. With much fanfare, oddsmaker Danny Sheridan went on a Birmingham radio show. He was going to tell the world about the “bagman” he claims a source or a source who knows a source or something told him the NCAA believes it has identified.

Instead, Sheridan showed up with a lawyer and said he couldn’t identify the bagman because he would get sued.


Sheridan claims he has great sources within the NCAA. He claims to know who the identity of supposed bagman. Why would he worry about being sued? Truth is an absolute defense.

I’ve known Danny Sheridan for a long time. Honestly, I’ve always liked him. He’s a very engaging fellow. But not until last month did I realize he would even call himself any kind of journalist or reporter. I mean, publishing odds in USA Today makes you a journalist? Really?

Listening to Sheridan squirm over the radio and offer nothing had to be enjoyable for Auburn folks who have gone through 10 months of hearing every kind of conspiracy theory imaginable about Cam Newton and Cecil Newton and a laundry list of other Auburn coaches, players, administrators and officials.

National reporters, who largely laughed when Sheridan claimed in August to have a source at the NCAA, had started to indicate interest in recent days. A lot of them, for reasons I don’t believe I’ll ever fully understand, have wanted so desperately for so long to nail Cam Newton that they convinced themselves maybe this would be the time. When Sheridan said nothing, they flooded Twitter with scathing comments.

A little later Wednesday, lawyer and proud Alabama fan Jim Parkman, the lawyer representing state senator Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb in the bingo trials, said he had listened to all the FBI wiretaps in the case and that there was nary a mention of Cam Newton or Cecil Newton or anything to do with Auburn football at all.

So much for dozens of conspiracy theories that have literally hatched entire web sites and even brought dire predictions from some with agendas of their own that Auburn was being investigated by the FBI (not a shred of truth in that) and even that trustees would soon be going to jail.

And then Wednesday night came the word that running back Mike Dyer had returned to practice. So much for another batch of conspiracy theories about all the awful things Dyer had supposedly done.

Yes, it was a good day for Auburn, a very good day.

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