5 Total Updates since August 18, 2012
6 months ago Article 1 comment
The Auburn Tigers and their embattled head coach Gene Chizik are now dealing with an NCAA investigation to add on to their already disappointing season on the field.
8 months ago Update 0 comments
Gene Chizik was quick to respond to questions about a potential NCAA investigation of Auburn running back Jovon Robinson with a no-comment comment, but Jon Solomon of AL.com is reporting that a former high school coach of Robinson's confirms there's an investigation ongoing.
Former Wooddale assistant football coach Courtney Rogers (a former wide receiver at the University of Tennessee) gave a brief comment that confirmed he was questioned by investigators:
"(The NCAA) talked to me and I'm going to leave it at that," Rogers said. "I'm not up for doing an interview."
Marcus Rogers, his brother, was a previous coach at Wooddale and has also claimed to have talked to the NCAA, says Solomon.
Rogers, now a coach at another Memphis area high school, was a coach at Wooddale while Robinson was being recruited by several major universities. In addition, Robinson was invited to travel to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in November. The game is a showcase of top high school talent across the country.
Robinson was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA after a Wooddale counselor was found to have changed a grade on his transcript.
8 months ago Update 0 comments
Gene Chizik won't comment as to whether or not the Auburn Tigers are under investigation for the recruitment of Jovon Robinson, a running back from the Memphis, Tenn., area. Chizik declined to make a statement during his regular weekly press conference, according to AL.com:
"I have one thing on my mind, and that's winning a football game this week. I'm not getting into that," Chizik said during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
Robinson's eligibility status has been the flashpoint into an investigation of college football recruiting in Memphis. The true freshman practiced with the Tigers in August camp, but lost eligibility after his high school counselor was found to have changed a grade on his transcript.
Auburn is currently 0-2 after losses to Clemson and Mississippi State, and will host Louisiana-Monroe, who upset Arkansas on Saturday, this weekend.
8 months ago Update 3 comments
Rumors have swirled for more than a week now that multiple media outlets are actively investigating a potential dirty recruiting story in Memphis about the transcript scandal involving Jovon Robinson and Auburn. Tuesday morning, Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Geoff Calkins confirmed those rumors.
Respected Memphis writer @geoff_calkins reporting multiple outlets working Robinson AU story.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) September 11, 2012
Robinson is the Memphis running back who was admitted to Auburn and then subsequently ruled ineligible after it was found that his transcripts were falsified by a guidance counselor.
The question, of course, then became one of Auburn's involvement, if any.
And with many media outlets in town, there is a worry that one outlet will run the story before it has all the facts, causing the key figures in the story to clam up before saying all they have to say to the other outlets still working the story.
Memphis has a reputation as a dirty recruiting area. Fans of Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee all regularly accuse the others of buying players from the area. And Alabama was caught doing so in the Albert Means case.
9 months ago Article 1 comment
Auburn recruit Jovon Robinson was ruled ineligible after an investigation determined at least one of his high school grades had been improperly changed.