Auburn hit with secondary football violations

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn football recruiting has taken a hit
because of secondary NCAA rules violations during its "Big Cat
Weekend" last May.
Auburn was temporarily barred from contacting a half-dozen
recruits who participated in the event. Assistant coach Trooper
Taylor was banned from off-campus recruiting until the end of last
month. Other coaches received reprimands.
Auburn released the penalties Thursday night in response to
open-records requests from media outlets. Coach Gene Chizik said
the football program is moving on.
The penalties stemmed from a recruiting event in May where
recruits participated in the school tradition of rolling Toomer's
Corner. Members of the media were on hand.
Auburn acknowledged the event violated some minor NCAA rules and
imposed penalties on itself, but the Southeastern Conference added
to the punishment.

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