Auburn's Shon Coleman: How Much Was Known and When?

Qbot QwertContributor IMarch 29, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers directs play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The news broke today that Auburn's Shon Coleman is being treated for a form of cancer. According to an Associated Press Report, Auburn coach Gene Chizik would not provide details for reporters after today's practice. But Coleman's mother posted about his chemotherapy on her Facebook page.

This unfortunate news raises the question if whether Coleman and his family know something was wrong, and when did they know it? If so, did the teams he was being recruited by know?

Did Coleman and his family know something was wrong when he signed with Auburn? We know he was considering a switch to the University of Alabama, but ultimately decided to stick with Auburn. Is it possible he decided to sign with Auburn because he knew there was an issue? Auburn's lack of depth and need for players means he would have a better chance of getting through his chemo and still having a chance at a high depth chart position. At stacked Alabama, time off usually means falling down the depth chart.