NCAA: Please keep Auburn tapes quiet
The NCAA has asked former Auburn football player Eric Ramsey's attorney not to make public secretly recorded tapes that Ramsey claims will prove his allegations of wrongdoing at the school. NCAA enforcement director Richard R. Hilliard, in a letter sent Wednesday to Birmingham, Ala., lawyer Donald Watkins, said allowing the public to hear the tapes could damage the NCAA's ability to investigate Ramsey's claims.
"It has been the investigative experience of the NCAA enforcement department that if information is publicly disseminated prior to conducting an interview. . . it further reduces the number of individuals that are willing to be interviewed by the NCAA," Hilliard wrote in a letter that was obtained by The Birmingham News. Watkins said Ramsey was "torn between his obligation to let the public hear these tapes and his desire to cooperate with the NCAA in its investigation of the Auburn football program."