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Caught in the webbing

Tattling is alive and well, but the NCAA needs more than tips to catch cheaters

Updated: December 2, 2010, 12:20 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN The Magazine
NCAA TattlersIllustration by Zohah Lazar

The SEC didn't need any help in the rivalry department. But you better believe the Great Cameron Newton Saga of 2010 has helped whittle down holiday card lists.

In Auburn, fans are incensed with Mississippi State officials for reporting to the SEC that Newton's father allegedly asked for money in exchange for his son's commitment during the recruiting process. And Tiger backers are just as upset with Florida, which, fans allege, piled on by leaking information about Newton's academic record in Gainesville before his transfer to the Plains. Gators coach Urban Meyer dismissed those allegations as "ridiculous" and "simply not true."


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