February 21, 2012; Gainesville, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers guard Varez Ward (1) passes the ball during the first half against the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Auburn Point Shaving Scandal: Varez Ward Under Investigation By FBI, According To Report

Suspended Auburn guard is at the center of a federal investigation into potential point shaving according to a new report from Yahoo! Sports.

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Auburn Basketball Point Shaving Investigation: Beyond Boxscores And Point Spreads

Point shaving doesn't always involve the point spread. And in looking at Auburn's basketball record, investigators must be looking at something else as they probe the alleged misconduct.

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Auburn Basketball Point Shaving Investigation: NCAA Releases Statement, Defers To FBI

It's never a good thing when the NCAA comes out and says it's waiting on the FBI to move forward with an investigation. At least, not when you're the school that's under investigation.

That's what happened the case on Thursday when the NCAA released a statement addressing the Auburn point shaving investigation first reported by Yahoo! Sports earlier in the day. The investigation centers around allegations of point shaving levied against suspended guard Varez Ward, and both the NCAA and FBI are involved.

Here's the statement in full, passed along by Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson.

We are very concerned by the point-shaving allegations involving Auburn University men's basketball program and have been in contact with the school and the FBI since the issue arose in February. The NCAA takes any allegation of point shaving very seriously because sports wagering threatens two of our core principles - the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport. As allegations of point shaving, if proven, are also potential federal crimes the NCAA will defer action until any process with the FBI has concluded.

It's unknown what may come of the investigation, but when the FBI is poking around, it's probably not a good thing.

For more on Auburn athletics, head over to Track Em Tigers.

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Auburn Point Shaving Scandal: Report Says Varez Ward At Center Of Federal Investigation

Suspended Auburn guard is at the center of a federal investigation into potential point shaving according to a new report from Yahoo! Sports.

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