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ABC calls two-year-old remarks 'off the record'

Updated: September 17, 2003, 8:40 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

AUBURN, Ala. -- Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden said on tape two years ago that boosters were funneling thousands of dollars to football players when he became coach in 1993, a time when the Tigers already were on NCAA probation.

"They were paying players cash, $12,000, $15,000 to sign," Bowden said on the recording. "All I was told to do was shake hands and say, 'Thank you. I appreciate how much you love Auburn."'

Bowden did not make clear whether he reported the payment scheme to ...

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