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Auburn’s Porter Admits Taking Money

Associated Press

Auburn forward Chris Porter admitted taking $2,500 from a sports agent, a confession his coach hopes will lead the NCAA to quickly reinstate the star player.

“Chris has admitted to a mistake. He has been honest and forthcoming,” Coach Cliff Ellis said. “I’m now hoping honesty prevails and Chris will be allowed back on the court.”

Porter, a preseason All-America selection, was suspended Sunday before the No. 19 Tigers played No. 8 Florida.

Two sources said that Porter needed money to prevent his mother from being evicted from her rural south Alabama home.

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