Auburn Football Updates: Joe Schad, Recruiting, Gene Chizik's Penmanship & More
We're just 11 Saturdays away from the start of the college football season, and with the release of EA Sports' NCAA Football 12 on the horizon, the feeling of football in the air is on its way back (for some people...I'm looking at you, NFL).
One particular school that lives and breathes football is Auburn University, fresh off a 14-0 national championship season. While the Tigers aren't expected to contend for the crystal ball in 2011, the fans are as excited as usual, and in the dog days of summer, any college football news is a good thing...unless, well, you know...NCAA investigations and the sort.
This summer in college football has been pretty eventful, with Auburn's recruiting making a huge run and some other programs like USC, North Carolina and Oregon running into some trouble with the NCAA.
Can't keep up with all of the news at Auburn recently? Don't worry—here is a recap of events pertaining to Auburn football in the past few days.
ESPN's Joe Schad Under Monitoring Policy
A report by the NTYF shows that one key figure in the Cam Newton saga is being heavily monitored...but it isn't Auburn, Mississippi State, Cam Newton or his father, Cecil.
ESPN is closely monitoring ESPN "insider" Joe Schad's reports following the Cam Newton scandal in which nearly everything that came out of Schad's mouth on air was proven wrong. All Schad was trying to do was create a real-time Heisman scandal that ruined a young man's reputation in the process.
This was reported by several sources, including Atlanta 860's The Fan's Chuck and Chernoff and Sirius/XM's College Football Nation's Mike Leach (yes, the former Texas Tech coach, who might have lost his job thanks to Schad's reckless reporting).
From now on, we might actually see the sources of Schad's stories...followed by the laughter of millions of people when we find out it's TigerDroppings.com.
How About the Recruiting?
Auburn is one of the hottest teams in the country in recruiting, if not the hottest. In the past week, the Tigers have received commitments from 4-star RB T.J. Yeldon and 4-star WR JaQuay Williams.
This gives the Tigers 10 commitments, eight of them 4-star prospects according to Rivals. The Tigers' list of commitments as of June 18, 2011 is as follows:
- QB Zeke Pike (4-star)
- RB T.J. Yeldon (4-star)
- ATH Ricardo Louis (4-star)
- WR JaQuay Williams (4-star)
- TE Ricky Parks (4-star)
- LB Cassanova McKinzy (4-star)
- DB Joshua Holsey (4-star)
- OL Shane Callahan (4-star)
- DT Darius Philon (3-star)
- TE Darrion Hutcherson (3-star)
On a humorous note, Joshua Holsey likes having a lot of Twitter followers, so Auburn fans, follow Holsey on Twitter at @HeyItsJholsey.
Gene Chizik, the Next C.S. Lewis...OK, Maybe Not, but He Did Write a Book!
The Associated Press received an early copy of Gene Chizik's new book All In: What It Takes to Be the Best, and already some headline stories have come out of the book's content.
In the book, Chizik opens up about Auburn's recruitment of Cam Newton. He states that he was hesitant to sign a junior college quarterback even though assistant Trooper Taylor and Gus Malzahn really wanted to bring him in.
Chizik states that Auburn did nothing wrong during Cam's recruitment, and he says that if anybody at Auburn had any concerns about Newton's eligibility or having to vacate wins, he wouldn't have been the starting QB at any point of the season.
He also goes into detail about being hired by Auburn from Iowa State. Chizik states in the book that he liked being at Iowa State, and though Auburn was his dream job, he didn't want to interview unless he was a prime candidate. Chizik had surgery two days before the interview and was on painkillers during it.
He states that the feeling he got while interviewing at Auburn and thinking about leaving Iowa State felt like cheating on a spouse in a way. The head Tiger says that after his first interview, he was convinced he wasn't going to get the job, and after news of this interview leaked to the media, he called Auburn AD Jay Jacobs and told him he was bowing out of consideration.
When Chizik landed back in Iowa, he received a text message from Jacobs that said to call him back. Chizik did, he was offered the job, and as they say, the rest is history.
How About That Russell Wilson Kid?
One of college football's biggest stories right now is former NC State QB Russell Wilson. The talented QB is a "free agent" of sorts, and it seems his final decision will be between the reigning champion Tigers and the Wisconsin Badgers.
For you Auburn fans getting excited over Wilson, I'm afraid I have some bad news: He seems to be leaning toward the Badgers. The report says that he enjoyed the community of Madison more than Auburn. I suppose the Southern charm isn't attractive to all people.
There's still hope for Auburn, but Wisconsin is the likely destination for Russell Wilson, which will immediately make the Badgers one of the favorites to win the national title.