The Auburn Tigers will reportedly be without running back Jovon Robinson this season, according to AuburnSports.com, whose sources say the NCAA has ruled the incoming freshman ineligible.
After launching an investigation centered around Robinson's transcript at Wooddale High in Memphis, the NCAA determined that at least one of his grades was altered without permission. Although Auburn is not currently implicated in the scandal, a guidance counselor at Wooddale recently resigned from his position after his involvement was revealed.
It's currently unclear what role Robinson played in the forgery, and his future status with the NCAA is also unknown. It's possible that he could keep his scholarship while sitting out the 2012 season, but he may be forced to leave for junior college instead.
A 4-star recruit, Robinson started fall camp with the Tigers on Aug. 1, but he has been unable to practice since he was initially flagged on Aug. 10.
Robinson is ranked No. 20 among running backs in the Class of 2012 by ESPN, and he received scholarship offers from 12 schools, including college-football powerhouses Florida State, Arkansas, Georgia, Clemson and Penn State.
Unfortunately, Robinson won't be able to showcase his skills at Auburn this season, and he may never step foot on Pat Dye Field again.
Although Robinson was going to play a large role on the team, Auburn does have multiple running backs on the roster, including senior Onterio McCalebb, who has rushed for at least 565 yards in each of his three seasons with the Tigers.
Still, this is a very unfortunate development for the Tigers, who will already be without last year's leading rusher, Michael Dyer.
Auburn was also dealt some more bad news on Friday, when 5-star recruit Dee Liner was suspended indefinitely from his high-school team (h/t www.al.com).