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June 5, 2013

Ex-Auburn player indicted in point-shaving scheme

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Ward was suspended before a Feb. 25, 2012 game, also against Arkansas, and didn't play for the Tigers again.

He was averaging 9.0 points a game and leading the Tigers in assists.

"It is obviously an extremely serious situation anytime allegations of point shaving are made," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "When this matter was brought to our attention in 2012, Auburn immediately reported what we knew to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC. Since this matter is a pending criminal case, it is not appropriate for us to make any further comments."

In a 68-50 loss to Alabama on Feb. 7, Ward scored three points and had six turnovers while playing 17 minutes. Vegas Insider said Alabama was favored by five points.

Ward was hot in a three-game stretch in between when he scored 53 points, including 24 against Mississippi State.

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