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Andrea Kremer elaborates on her HBO report

NBC’s Andrea Kremer, on loan to HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, joined PFT Live on Monday to discuss her recent report regarding four Auburn players who contend that they received money to go to and/or to stay at the school.

She shared some new details regarding a weekend conversation with former Auburn defensive end Stanley McClover, who declined to name names when interviewed by the NCAA.

Andrea also responded to criticism of the men who came forward, including comments from former Auburn and current Saints fullback Heath Evans on Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show.  Though she has no need to defend her report, the stuff she told us today makes the report even stronger.

And it’s not an Auburn issue.  It’s a problem that the NCAA generally must confront.

The only problem?  The NCAA doesn’t seem to be very interested in confronting it.

If the media continues to strike gold regarding the dollars that have changed hands, the NCAA will have no choice.

You can watch the full segment below.  And you can catch Andrea’s full report on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT tonight, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday, and via HBO On Demand through April 25.

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14 Responses to “Andrea Kremer elaborates on her HBO report”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 4, 2011 8:38 PM

    The new old adage. “Cheaters always prosper”.

    Auburn U., Gene Gene Chizik, Chemically Contoured Cam, and Fairley Fat, in particular.

  2. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Apr 4, 2011 8:40 PM

    Why should this be a shock to anyone? And why in the world do players like Heath Evans stand up on the mountain and scream at the top of their lungs that players NEVER took money/gifts while at school?

    Look, the NCAA is as crooked an organization as you will ever find. The only other legal industry that is as crooked is the insurance industry.
    Schools only care about winning. Winning brings in money.
    Coaches only care about winning. Winning brings them more money.
    Big conference schools winning brings the NCAA more money.
    Everybody makes money off the kids, but the kids get NOTHING.
    Coaches just use the kids.

    Kids have been getting paid FOREVER. This ain’t nothing new. The NCAA knows it. Schools break the rules all the time. The NCAA breaks it’s own rules all the time. If a coach or school from a power conference (OSU) gets busted they get a slap on the wrist, cause that school and conference brings in big bucks. If a smaller school gets busted they will get the death penalty.
    Newton got paid. Newton knew all about it. But there was no way the NCAA was going to derail a SEC championship year. (Conspiracy theorists say the NCAA ordered BAMA to lay down after halftime)
    The schools guide these kids through their time on campus without even attempting to teach them life skills. The NCAA doesnt care either as long as a big story doesnt make headlines. Kansas coaches admit Taquib Alib didnt even attend classes.
    Schools will always buy mama a double-wide, daddy an Escalade, or give him a job. They will always put cash in the kids hands. And the NCAA will always look the other way until they absolutely must say something. As long as the schools make money, the NCAA makes money, then that crooked organization will always have zero cares about the kids that come and go through universities without going to class and not learning a damn thing.

  3. bukes111 says: Apr 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    The problem w/ the NCAA is that it’s too small and it’s rules are too rigid for them to capably police all of its colleges. So what happens, they almost have to arbitrarily pick what programs to kill or wait for the media to do there work for them. I say loosen up some of the rules and work on transparency of the business as opposed to pretend this is something it’s not… amateur sports.

  4. thechozen1 says: Apr 4, 2011 9:25 PM

    You’re an idiot. The kids get nothing? How about an invaluable FREE education that most other kids their age would die for? The value of an athletic scholarship has been valued at upwards of 100K per year. But yeah, they’re just getting used and abused. I feel soooo sorry for them.

    “The schools guide these kids through their time on campus without even attempting to teach them life skills.”

    You can’t be serious. The thousands and thousands of college students that graduate every year don’t seem to have any trouble developing life skills. If these athletes don’t care enough to develop those skills, it’s nobody’s fault but their own. The opportunities are certainly there.

  5. endzonezombie says: Apr 4, 2011 9:56 PM

    “Though she has no need to defend her report, the stuff she told us today makes the report even stronger.”

    According to HBO, she has no solid proof of her claims. Of course she has to defend unproven claims. I’m sure the Auburn athletes got paid to talk to HBO. Offer any washed up athlete $$ to spin yarns and you get just that – a yarn.

  6. animal47 says: Apr 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    I didnt happen to think of this .. but Kraemer is right.. all these reports have come out before the NCAA know whats going.

    I do find it interesting that the NCAA tried to call McClover before the report was aired…makes me wonder what else the NCAA knows about Auburn.

  7. Deb says: Apr 4, 2011 10:52 PM

    So glad Kremer clarified some of this.

    I’m a proponent of compensating college players and was thrilled to see HBO take on the business of college sports and how schools exploit these athletes. I was also thrilled with the discussion of the NCAA’s inadequacy at dealing with these issues. But I had problems with the Auburn segment.

    I believed McClover and the others, and am certain Newton was paid (which I hope will be confirmed during federal corruption trials of Auburn boosters that are scheduled to begin in June). But I thought it was wrong for HBO to air only those who said they’d been paid and not those who said they hadn’t. Auburn’s reaction to the piece made it seem as though they were blindsided. But Kremer says they were repeatedly given the opportunity to comment. That means HBO did give a fair hearing to the other side.

    @thechozen1 …

    You need to do a little research. Dez Bryant is a perfect example. His mother was about 14 and impregnated by a pedophile in his 40s or 50s. The dad threw Dez out because his wife didn’t want him. He ended up with his teen mother who ended up in jail. Unlike the other kids who planned for a college education, a great number of athletes never took a college prep course, were never taught anything at home about how to be responsible students or citizens. Just because you dump them into a college classroom doesn’t mean they’ll suddenly, magically know how to take advantage of those opportunities.

    Instead of being judgmental about people whose path you could never imagine in your worst nightmare, instead just try being thankful for your own blessings.

  8. loytomaki says: Apr 5, 2011 12:30 AM

    People freak out when there is mention of taking money because of how hard they came down on Reggie Bush. I think as time goes on, people are going to realize he was not as bad as they thought. He did admit it after all and give back his Heisman right? Are they going to make Auburn vacate their title too?

  9. bingocostello says: Apr 5, 2011 7:42 AM

    ncaa=soros

  10. paulsmith107 says: Apr 5, 2011 7:51 AM

    One thing I can’t stand is the whole players get nothing. Players get the chance for a free degree that they don’t have to put any work into. They don’t have to study or hell don’t even have to attend class. Everyone talks about the common knowledge test these prospects gotta take during the draft process and some can’t even pass lol they get nothing people who say that are plain ignorant

  11. calzone21411 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:05 AM

    Stop with the paying college athletes mumbo jumbo. If every college football/basketball player went to the highest bidding school the big powerhouse programs would consume the sport.

  12. texline1 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:26 AM

    A) They are not “kids”. They are legal adults
    B) They are given an opportunity to get an education, which most choose not to use.
    C) These are state funded universities, which means they have state laws they must abide by. If you pay Joe Quarterback to be a student at a state funded university, you must also pay Charley Microscope and Suzy Journalist.

  13. jimr10 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:37 AM

    Andrea and HBO should be fined for airing a report that cannot be proven in any way. Now, the player is refusing to name names. Why? Because, in my opinion it never happened.

  14. thechozen1 says: Apr 5, 2011 3:46 PM

    @Deb…

    First of all, you have no idea who I am or what my “path” has been, so I’m not really sure where that came from. I can assure you that I most certainly am thankful for many things in my life, and I sure as hell don’t need you to tell me that.

    Exactly what research is it that I need to do? I’m well aware that most of these kids couldn’t care less about learning anything or growing as a person during their time in college. I was replying to another comment that suggested this was somehow the school’s fault. The opportunities are there, regardless of whether or not they want to take advantage of them. Blaming the schools for the failures of the parents is incredibly ignorant and naive. In your own words, most of these kids “were never taught anything at home about how to be responsible students or citizens.” I’m just trying to figure out why people continue to blame the schools for this.

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