Varez Ward Implicated In Point Shaving Probe

Feb. 29, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers guard Chris Denson shoots over Alabama Crimson Tide guard Andrew Steele (22) during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama won 55-49. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

In an apparent ongoing investigation, an Auburn basketball player, Varez Ward has been the subject of a point shaving scheme being investigated by the FBI.

The story has been posted by Yahoo Sports.

Three sources with knowledge of the case said the FBI has been investigating Ward since late February after he and guard Chris Denson were suspended by the Tigers prior to a Feb. 25 home game against Arkansas. Two sources said Denson was also questioned as part of the point-shaving investigation, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing and returned to the team after sitting out the loss to the Razorbacks. The sources said additional players have been questioned in the case about whether Ward – who has not been with the team since being suspended – attempted to enlist them in a possible scheme. The sources said at least two games are under scrutiny: a 68-50 loss to Alabama on Feb. 7 and a 56-53 loss to Arkansas on Jan. 25.

Auburn coach Tony Barbee has been quoted in the article saying...

"Kids have to learn a lesson," Barbee said of Denson last week. "It’s bigger than sports. It’s about life. Sports – including what we do, basketball – is a great opportunity and a great vehicle to teach these kids life lessons. … He had to suffer the consequences for some bad decisions."

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