Ward’s story originally began at Texas, but no incidents have been investigated in relation to the Longhorns’ program. Ward transferred to Auburn, hitting the court under what investigators believe were illegal circumstances. Ward was arrested for allegedly trying to fix games and offering money to teammates to help during the 2011-12 season.
That was obviously just last year when Auburn finished the year at 15-16. The indictment file that was unsealed on Tuesday morning and it did not list any other co-conspirators. The Tigers did not make any improvements this past season, finishing the year at 9-23 overall.
Ward and his connection to point shaving had surfaced in the past and the investigation was known to be ongoing. FBI investigators say that Ward crumbled to the floor in the game against Arkansas a season ago just 19 seconds into his appearance off the bench. Auburn lost the game by a final score of 56-53, but they remained within the 9.5 point spread.
Ward did not have any attorney listed at his hearing on Tuesday, but it is being reported that his bond was set at $25,000. He will be arraigned on Thursday.
It’s sad to see these situations of point shaving, especially in collegiate athletics. Ward may not have been the most talented player in the country, but either way he had played at two high-profile institutions during his career. Why would he get suckered into something like this?
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