The following article was written by Ashley Foster.
Auburn point guard Varez Ward is under investigation by the FBI for point shaving. Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported the FBI started its investigation in February. The focus is on Auburn’s Feb. 7 loss to Alabama and it’s Jan. 25 loss to Arkansas.
Ward’s teammate, guard Chris Denson, was also questioned during the investigation and has since been cleared of any wrongdoing. Both Ward and Denson were suspended from the team prior to a Feb. 25 game against Arkansas, but Denson returned to action after sitting that game out. Ward has yet to return.
Coaches were told about a potential point shaving scheme by a player who raised concerns with the staff. The school took action and alerted both the NCAA and the FBI.
In the Feb. 7 game against Alabama, Ward played 17 minutes and had 6 turnovers. In the Jan. 25 game he was injured but turned the ball over on his first possession. According to Yahoo, Ward averaged 2.7 turnovers in 29.1 minutes of play per game.