He had 14 tackles in Auburn’s win over Oregon in the BCS championship game in January 2011.
McNeil made headlines when he raised allegations that a failing grade was changed before the 2010 season and that he received about $400 from then-assistant coach Will Muschamp after a practice. Muschamp, now Florida’s head coach, has denied making the payment through a spokesman.
Auburn officials have said McNeil’s grade was changed because absences that affected his grade were medically excused.
Former Tigers coach Gene Chizik, who was the coach in 2010, called the report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts “short on fact and logic.” He also said he had no knowledge of payments made to players during his tenure.