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HBO: Auburn had chances to comment on report

Updated: March 31, 2011, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- HBO says Auburn athletic officials chose not to comment for a report in which four former players said they were paid thousands of dollars during their recruitment or college careers.

HBO spokesman Ray Stallone released a statement Thursday, a day after Tigers coach Gene Chizik said he wasn't contacted ahead of Wednesday night's episode of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" and called the report "pure garbage."

Stallone said producers called the sports information ...

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