Auburn Football Recruiting Reportedly Being Investigated by NCAA
Mired in an ugly season that could cost head coach Gene Chizik his job, the Auburn football program is now battling an NCAA investigation on "potential improprieties," according to multiple sources, via Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
The investigation is believed to include recruits, coaches, players, athletics representatives from the school and third parties, according to Forde's report.
That may include 2012 signee Jovon Robinson receiving impermissible benefits from his P.E. coach at Memphis Wooddale High School during the recruitment process, including transportation to the Auburn campus.
The investigation is not believed to be connected to the 2010 allegations surrounding Cam Newton.
This is the last thing the Auburn football program needs. After winning the national championship in the 2010 campaign, the Tigers are 3-8 this season (0-7 SEC) as they head into Tuscaloosa to face No. 2 Alabama on Saturday. Consequently, they won't be going bowling.
This comes after they went 8-5 (4-4) last season, losing some brutal games to SEC opponents Arkansas, LSU, Georgia and, yes, Alabama.
This is also the last thing Chizik needs. His job is already in jeopardy after a nosedive following the 2010 season. Now, with an NCAA investigation reportedly underway, the writing could be on the wall for the 50-year-old coach.
There's also this, per Aaron Brenner of WarEagleExtra.com:
I'll only add this: Chizik's first and updated contracts explicitly state NCAA investigations to him or his staff could suspend his payment.— Aaron Brenner (@wareagleextra) November 21, 2012
It's also not good news for assistant coaches Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper, who are reportedly being investigated by the NCAA and may have had a hand in the improprieties, according to Forde.
Turning over a new leaf may not be that easy at Toomer's Corner following this season.
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