It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Thayer Evans and 43-year-old wonder boy Sports-by-Brooks have teamed up together in their Auburn crusade. Both have been strong agents under the employ of the Alabama machine since Auburn’s success has driven certain individuals in that group across the state to complete psychosis (see Toomer’s Corner).
Since Cam Newton and hilarious bingo/Lowder rumors have dried up they’ve turned their attention to Thibodaux, LA where Auburn landed recruits Trovon Reed in 2010 and Greg Robinson in 2011.
The focus of Thayer’s initial Thibodaux article was fired (err, resigned) former Thibodaux Head Coach Dennis Lorio (funny how none of these articles mention he was asked to leave by the school’s principal for a lack of discipline) and his belief through facebook stalking that Greg Robinson received an iPhone and cash for visiting Auburn (yes! We hand out iPhones and cash on the spot to potential recruits, very smart business). When Trovon Reed committed to Auburn on the birthday of his mother who passed from cancer, Lorio could barely hold in his discontent. In his introduction to Reed’s announcement he stated he did all he could to turn Reed to his LSU Tigers, but failed. Further articles reiterated his disappointment and bias.
Lorio eventually lost his job and is likely trying to regain favor through selling out and bringing down his former players (traitors of the state) and turning Sean Nelson into a boogie man. As you can see above longtime recruiting analysis Barton Simmons is familiar with Nelson and seems to believe he is an unfair target and a legitimate individual, but why would we care about a guy completely in tune with the recruiting world’s opinion when we are working with an important agenda?
Of course Thayer was able to bait Robinson’s grandmother into saying she was displeased with Nelson taking Robinson to Auburn, because that is what Thayer does best, bait, but what role she has in his recruitment or how in tune with any thing he does is left out of the article. In typical fashion, if it doesn’t fit the agenda it isn’t relevant.
“I can’t say what Auburn did because I don’t know and I wasn’t involved very much,” Lorio said Wednesday. “I really don’t know truthfully.”
Keep in mind this guy (Lorio) is Brooks and Thayer’s source from the get go (of course these connections don’t just happen magically). Sounds like the unemployed coach has an an axe to grind (doubt he has much else to do). Sure it is news that the NCAA has talked to these individuals, but the NCAA looks into allegations like this everyday. Generally when a former coach talks to a national reporter and insinuates foul play with his former athletes they are going to check it out.
I bet the NCAA got a good laugh talking to Dennis Lorio and hearing first hand of his baseless innuendo and bitterness (You serious with this stuff?). There is nothing of substance here. As with most of these pieces you have a desperate individual, a baited pawn, little substance, and a journalist beyond even attempting to hide his agenda.
Just hang tight, it will blow by, until of course Thayer and Brooks are fed their next assignment.
On an unrelated note, I’ve noticed that some of Thayer’s articles on FOXSports.com appear to automatically reload every 15 seconds while open in your browser, possibly an attempt to artificially inflate his hit count? Or just a misunderstood html error. Who knows? I’m no scientist.