Auburn determined its premature publishing of Rashaan Evans' biography on its website was an NCAA violation, according to documents released to AL.com and other media outlets. Auburn released documents from the 2013-14 academic year containing 21 secondary violations with heavily-redacted information Tuesday. Auburn's compliance staff terms the leak of the five-star linebacker's bio online a "hack" by the media. The web page was discovered by fans and other media outlets, including ESPN, moments before the Auburn High star announced his intention to sign with Alabama. "Media personnel were able to hack into the site and 'find' the code to pull up the bio," Auburn officials explained in a self-reported violation submitted to the NCAA in March. "The bio for Evans was then publicized on media sites. [Auburn] never posted the information on its own site, and never intended for the bio to be visible." The web page, however, was visible to anyone who typed in the correct URL, which is not mentioned in the self-reported violation. Auburn's media relations staff wrote biographies for every prospect Auburn's compliance department issued a National Letter of Intent to on Feb. 5. Evans' page was published (Auburn denies this claim), but the school did not publicize the bio on AuburnTigers.com. Auburn's staff told the NCAA it will "work harder to 'hide' the information in code, so that future successful hacking attempts do not result in violations." Auburn explained to the NCAA "there was no intent to release the information; in fact the release of the information was an embarrassment to the athletics department, particularly the media relations staff." Auburn removed the page and a YouTube video including highlights of the Auburn High linebacker on the same day. The YouTube video, which was removed, is not mentioned in the documents filed with the NCAA.
Auburn tells NCAA leaked bio of future Alabama signee Rashaan Evans was a 'hack' by media
Alabama | Jul 16