HE: No. Not at all. People can say that was because you were white from Palm Beach, Florida. They knew you didn't need money. That still doesn't hold water. You don't get bags of money tossed at your feet to come play. There probably is stuff done in this day and age. But it's not done in this form and fashion.
Do you believe Mississippi State would have offered Cam Newton's father money and Auburn wouldn't have offered him anything?
HE: I know [Auburn head coach] Gene Chizik extremely well. I know how the recruiting process went with Cam. Coaches had to stand on the table to get Gene to even offer him a scholarship. Cam ended up being a superstar, maybe the greatest player who's ever set foot on the Auburn University football field. At the end of the day, you're never going to convince me that money changed hands from [someone on] the coaching staff, by an AD or by a president. If a booster got to him ... possibly.
If these players were from Alabama, would you be more skeptical?
HE: Of course, because I know Shaun Alexander and everything he got paid. No, I'm just kidding. I'm not saying this stuff doesn't go on. The stories I just heard on HBO—that's not the case. I can defend our coaches and our AD and the people around our athletic department because I know the men they are.
• Draft Busted
After analyzing college basketball for Turner and CBS throughout the tournament, Charles Barkley feels there's not one freshman good enough to go straight to the NBA. Barkley wants to abolish the current one-and-done rule and require players to stay in college longer. "It's ruining the NBA," Barkley said. "The draft is designed for bad teams to get better, not to draft someone who's going to be better in five years. It ruins the integrity of the game."
• Speed Bump
MLB Network analyst Al Leiter explained why the Yankees have an assistant relaying pitch speeds to hitters even though you can see them on the scoreboard. According to Leiter, certain teams manipulate the figures to their advantage. "Especially with an insecure pitcher who cares about how hard he's throwing," Leiter said. "They'll jack his up." Leiter said teams use the opposite tack on opponents, hoping pitchers will overthrow.
• Line of the week