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Jay Jacobs statement on Varez Ward indictment

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Former Auburn basketball guard Varez Ward has been indicted on two counts by a Federal Court for conspiring with gamblers to throw games during the 2011-12 season.

Alabama's 13 reached out to Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs who released this statement.

"It is obviously an extremely serious situation anytime allegations of point shaving are made. When this matter was brought to our attention in 2012, Auburn immediately reported what we knew to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC. Since this matter is a pending criminal case, it is not appropriate for us to make any further comments".

Here's more of the story from the AP:

Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward has been arrested for allegedly trying to fix games.  

U.s. Attorney George Beck said that ward was arrested Monday on counts of bribery relating to a sports contest and conspiracy for allegedly trying to fix the point spread for the Tigers game against Arkansas on Jan. 25, 2012.

A federal grand jury indictment last week of ward was unsealed Tuesday. The one-page document did not list alleged co-conspirators but said the scheme continued after that game. Beck says ward offered to pay teammates to participate in the point-shaving scheme.

Ward came off the bench in the 56-53 loss but crumpled to the floor after playing only 19 seconds with an apparent leg injury.

Auburn still covered the 9 1/2-point spread.

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