In 1991, former Auburn defensive back Eric Ramsey revealed that he had secretly recorded conversations between himself and Auburn coaches and boosters that implicated the latter in an illicit pay-for-play scheme operating within the Auburn football program.
In a Sports Illustrated article written in the immediate wake of the scandal, Coach Pat Dye defiantly asked SI writer Rick Telander: “You think Ramsey is going to be able to get a job? Who the hell would hire him…”
Nearly 20 years later, that question has, at least to a certain extent, been answered: Kimani Press, the African-American-geared imprint of Harlequin Enterprises.
Though rumors of a modeling career have swirled on Auburn message boards for years, TWER is _______ to present for the first time, and without commentary, the romance novel covers — and they’re real — of Eric Ramsey (your move, Wikipedia):
* Auburn Brew Club wins bet, quaffs Oregon homebrew
* Does Toomer’s Corner have Wake Forest competition?
* The story behind Auburn’s contributions to the 1989 “Girls of the SEC” Playboy pictorial
* Recent Auburn grad fighting porn star, others for Charlie Sheen’s affection
* New Jersey man buys Toomer’s Corner for $10,000
* Bama pays professional boxers to beat Auburn for the first time
* War Eagle IV attacks Florida player, Auburn penalized 15 yards
* The Great Bo Jackson A-Day Race of 1984
* Actor named Auburn can’t get gig going by his first name
* Man in Auburn shirt spotted helping Japan dig out
* Ronald Reagan was an Auburn fan
* That time Green Day played an Auburn house show
* Fantastic photos of Bjork inside Jordan-Hare Stadium
* Auburn buses still driving around Phoenix
* The Ten Best Auburn Games That Never Happened
According to his attorney, Ramsey was actually paid for these covers with steaks. They have the recordings with the publisher that prove it.
One of the three customers who were in McDonald’s when Ramsey’s attorney made this claim was overheard to say, “Well, that’s interesting.”
Jim S says
Eric Ramsey made a tremendous mistake in judgment and will pay for it for the rest of his life. He will always be despised by most Auburn people for his betrayal of Coach Dye and the team as well as for his greed and lack of character. I’m sure that the coaches were simply trying to help the kid out and he bit the hands that were trying to feed him. I hope he never returns to Alabama.
Hey Eric, tape this!
Van P says
“I dont think there’s much to it.” –Stephen Davis’s mom, upon seeing these covers.
Jim S. — remember there was a lot of “lack of character” going around in this whole mess. The coaches were not victims. Really the only victims were the fans and university at large.
… and future Auburn football teams.
J.F. Fingers had on there marquis sign in the early 90s, “ERIC AND TWILITA DON”T EAT HERE”
it is SHOCKING that they are now divorced
Don Anthony says
Feeling betrayal and hatred for Eric is still easy. And justified. But at this point, its pointless. What should NEVER be forgotten is Mr. Donald Watkins, the conductor of this sad, off-key production. The same Mr. Watkins who did so well by Mr. Scrushy. Yes, that crimson-clad lawyer, now of the south beach persuasion. God bless Pat Dye. God bless Larry Blakeney. And God bless Eric in a way. All three were victims of comrade Watkins. Here’s hoping Eric made peace as graciously as Coach Dye and Coach Blakeney did. War Damn Eagle.
Don Anthony says
is it just me…did I miss something…but ERamsey, this dude and the Old Spice guy look remarkably alike
Indeed, but just so we’re clear: that IS Eric Ramsey, THE Eric Ramsey.
I wonder how many more scams he was involved in along the way? It is sad to see him end up like this.
eric ramsey says
I like to thank everyone for their comments about me. Yes we Cam and WAR DAMN EAGLE.
eric ramsey says
Oh and Jeremy thanks for the research on my book covers. However you are few books short. I actually have over 22 book covers and ive written and produced two short films. ” my brotha’s keeper and ”Black Rain, from the title of the book cover black rain with the same name. Thanks again 🙂
There are three sides to a story. 1. The coaches’ side 2. Eric’s side 3. and God. So, to all you bloggers give it a break… you don’t have a side that matters.
Big Sexy says
22 covers is quite an accomplishment. 8 pieces of silver to go.
At least the scumbag didn’t pose with an Auburn helmet or jersey. It’s a shame he and Twilita broke up. They deserved one another and probably still do.
Ahhhh, Big Sexy, you took the words right outta my keyboard!
Ewww. Just, ewww,