Auburn’s Chizik mum on possible NCAA probe

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik refused to comment Tuesday on reports the NCAA is looking into the Tigers’ recruitment of running back Jovon Robinson.

While the NCAA has not implicated Auburn in any wrongdoing,, the website of the Birmingham News, reported that the NCAA has had contact with Auburn over Robinson’s eligibility and recruitment.

According to, Chizik responded to a reporter’s question at his weekly news conference by saying he was focused only on playing Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday:

“I have one thing on my mind, and that’s winning a football game this week. I’m not getting into that.”

That’s probably a wise move. The Tigers, less than two years removed from a national championship, are 0-2 after losses to Clemson and Mississippi State, and Louisiana-Monroe is coming off a stunning upset of Arkansas on Saturday.

Robinson, considered one of the top 10 high school running backs last year, participated in Auburn’s fall practice but was ruled academically ineligible after his guidance counselor at Wooddale High School in Memphis admitted changing a grade on his transcript. The counselor has resigned.

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September 11th, 2012
3:03 pm

UGA Insider

September 11th, 2012
3:54 pm

Same investigators who worked the Cam case. These people have memories too. Not good for Auburn and Miss St. Last week when my friends and I watched the AU/MSU game we made a bet which program would be on probation first and I picked Auburn.

What team do you guys think because both WILL be on probation at some point soon. Who gets the ax first?


September 11th, 2012
3:55 pm

Here comes asst. coach Trooper


September 11th, 2012
4:00 pm

Of course he is quiet. He is hiding behind the process that pays players.

ESPN is about to unload on the Barn regarding Memphis.

Chizik is quiet like Al Capone

“You got nothing. You ain’t got the bookkeeper, you ain’t got the bag man. You got nothing.”

Probably get off scott free until a nerdy accountant decides to audit Trooper Taylor’s bank and tax records.

Go Dawgs

September 11th, 2012
4:00 pm

Jarvis Jones for Heisman


September 11th, 2012
4:10 pm

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Momma always say, you play with fire, you gonna get burn. This don’t look good Auburn fans. Shouldn’t cheat in the first place.

Scam Newton

September 11th, 2012
4:10 pm

Com’on Chiz… You ain’t made the last installment on my deal yet. Got to keep Troopah around until the last lunch box lands on the church steps.


September 11th, 2012
4:57 pm

Please God……maybe this time….


September 11th, 2012
5:05 pm

The NCAA made a mockery of themselves in the Cam Newton case. They basically said its not illegal for a recruit’s dad to ask for, and recieve money, from a school as long as their own child / recruit does not admit to knowing about the money swap is such a crock.

Auburn and Miss St. got off on a technicallity before with Cam Newton.

Miss St. is about to get nailed for a booster giving Mustang to Will Redmond and Auburn is going to get nailed for grade fixing it appears. Too bad financial records are not common practice in the back woods of lower Alabama AKA Auburn.


September 11th, 2012
5:11 pm

Talked to one of my Auburn buddies today.

Already a lot of grumbling and talk of firing the guy soon.


September 11th, 2012
5:17 pm

Yep..they will probably fire Chizik and get the coach they have wanted all along…Bobby Pertrino!


September 11th, 2012
5:19 pm

Douglas, unfortunately, I think you might be right!


September 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

You doggie fans don’t have a lot of room to talk.If memory serves me you were missing 4 starters Sat. because of a variety of illegal activities.You need to keep your mouth shut!


September 11th, 2012
5:23 pm

Well you barners are in for a hell of a ride.chizik is da man.

GB's Hamburgers

September 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person. I’ll never forget how they turned their thugs loose a couple of years ago to do what on the street would bring arrests. Chizik was the man behind it all. I believe Murray is just now getting over that beating. He needs his nads tazed.

Scam Newton

September 11th, 2012
5:37 pm

Bugs… Let’s think about that for a minute. AuBsrn is payin me and the boyz to play while the doggies are smokin (or eatin) some weed.
AuBarn is hidin it, and the doggies are makin the boyz sit. Doggies have paid their fines… AuBarn is going to pay with more than a suspension or two. I guess losin has become so normal for the bugs you can’t figure the difference in the Barners and the doggies.
Here’s one other difference. Doggies are winning. Barners are LOSIN


September 11th, 2012
5:38 pm



September 11th, 2012
5:50 pm

Can’t hide behind a black, “church,” in this case.

Sautee Dawg

September 11th, 2012
6:04 pm

Say it aint so!

Her Sabanic Majesty's Request

September 11th, 2012
6:10 pm

Enough with the rock throwing . . . Auburn is not on probation for recruiting violations and HAS NOT BEEN for 20 years. FYI, every SEC school would be wise to avoid Memphis-area recruits, no matter how tantalizing they may be. Memphis is infested with street agents, family “advisers”, and ethically challenged high school coaches. As for Chizik, he has not hesitated to send star players packing when they didn’t toe the line. This fact is not in dispute. Chizik is losing games right now precisely because several talented recruits didn’t pan out character wise. Memphis has been recruiting quick-sand and always will be. Here is a relevant example: When Albert Means signed with Alabama several years ago, his high school coach (and family “adviser”) received $200k from Logan Young (a Memphis businessman and Alabama booster) and DID NOT give any of the money to Albert or Albert’s mother. The coach kept the money for himself. Coach Stallings denied the allegation (later proven true) with this gem; “Alabama would never pay that kind of money for a LINEMAN”.

Petrino would fit right in!

September 11th, 2012
6:11 pm

That would be great. Auburn University the sleaze of Dixie Land! I can see the motorcycle going down 85 now.


September 11th, 2012
6:12 pm

I don’t think it will make a difference as $hitzik has an overall losing record excluding the season with Scam Newton and Dick Unfairly, and an overall losing record in the SEC without those thugs. Serves him right for jumping up and down and cheering his thugs on and still trying to hurt UGA players after the game was decided. How did last year’s revenge game work out for AuBurn and Smock Man?!


September 11th, 2012
6:14 pm

He will be fired after this season, and I agree AuBurn with its outstanding tradition and history, will probably go after Booby Petanyone?!

Her Sabanic Majesty's Request

September 11th, 2012
6:22 pm

BigDawg, Georgia has plenty of thugs too, even of the four-legged variety! Ask Robert Baker how he felt about UGA coming after him for scoring a touchdown! Seriously, Georgia and Auburn have had a great rivalry for many, many years and, if Auburn continues to struggle as they are, I hope that the Dawgs have a huge year and win it all. I think they can. The VAST majority of my Auburn friends feel the same way.

Dawg #1

September 11th, 2012
6:36 pm

Really, Auburn has been on probation more than anyone in the nation, tried to hire a coach while another still employed, had the whole Cam Newton(soon to reggie bush) investigation, had 3 players commit a home envasion, had several players on HBO admit getting bags of money and this is suppose to shock us? Seriously I agree they will be a great fit for Petrino!


September 11th, 2012
7:13 pm

Or AuBurn can hire Obama who will bring Hope and $hange to the team, rofl!

Mr account-able

September 11th, 2012
7:14 pm

Problem with the NCAA is that to them they are the alpha and omega. They answer to nobody, and have enough products that it’s core product won’t tarnish, nobody holds them accountable as they’ve botched numerous cases in recent past (most notably newton), and sanctioned the hell out of penn st., for a non-football problem. Granted, they got hit in the wallet, but the NCAA injected themselves into the equation for the good of nobody, except victims of child abuse [applaud].

It’s a pathetic effort on the behalf of emmett and his investigative team, but when you got 20 fires burning some burn themselves out I guess.


September 11th, 2012
7:48 pm

This article is incorrect. Once again a lie by the AJC on auburn. Chizik said that he wasn’t worried about that and was focused on winning this weekend. I get a lot of folks hate auburn for a lot of real silly reasons, but this article is not true.

And by the way auburn hasn’t been on probation the most or in 20 years. Too many let hatred get in the way of facts.

If you want to hope a team never wins I get it, but to just lie to make someone look bad due to hate is silly.


September 11th, 2012
7:51 pm

Now will something come of Memphis…. Maybe but a lot of things that have happened at AU under chiziks watch are bad luck and were out of anyone’s hands. He disciplines as good as any other coach. Him and both do a great job at that.


September 11th, 2012
7:51 pm


September 11th, 2012
8:11 pm

This will be what we call in baseball a “make-up call.” Auburn will be lucky if it does not get hammered for two to three years. It deserves much more, and we all know it.

Wilson Pickett

September 11th, 2012
8:11 pm

Karma is alive and well on the plains. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch than the cow college.

Shug paid a good salary for players and it’s documented
Barfield paid very well himself and it’s documented
Dye paid better and it’s documented
Tater Tot sad the banker,woodcutter and the dog track dude paid well but the NCAA never got them.
Tubbs players say they got paid HBO.
Tomorrow the Gene show gets started but his two ghetto assistant coaches are the problem but that is why they were hired.

Reuben Foster to UGA when it’s all said and done so that is a good thing for UGA fans.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life)

September 11th, 2012
8:12 pm

@ Bugs:

You have to be the frontrunner in the IDIOT OF THE YEAR/CENTURY sweepstakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is more than a little difference in suspending players for smoking pot and HS and/or college officials altering the grades to get a kid admitted to Aw Barn but that is nothing new. Even one of your previous Head Coaches(Bowden) said BARN paid their players and there apparently is no punishment at The BARN for anything…………………………………………………UNLESS ………………………………….they end up in prison for home invasion, burglary, weapons used in the commission of a felony and about any other charge you can think up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheer up though little boy. There is a former UGA RB in a small college in Bammy. If LSU can sign a former UGA QB that got booted out of UGA for sexual battery(I believe it was a girl but I’m not sure) then I see no reason Ole Cheatzik can’t sign Isaiah Crowell or have one of the Aubie “HIGH ROLLERS” purchase Crowell and give him to Ole Cheatzik as a Father’s Day gift.

You can count on it! Cheatzik ain’t going to let Miss. State one up y’all War Chikuns!!!!!!!!!!!!

NCAA is reportedly obtaining an office and fulltime staff in your front yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 11th, 2012
8:48 pm

Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.


September 11th, 2012
8:49 pm

AU maybe will hire a stand up guy next time. The stench has been leaking down that away awhile. They deserve better. Good folks down there who just want a good football team.

The real cheaters are in Athens

September 11th, 2012
8:58 pm

The only surprising thing about this headline is tbat it said Chizik instead of Richt.


September 11th, 2012
9:05 pm

dream on post @8:48. Better worry about not having a decent A or B back on that mickey mouse team of yours


September 11th, 2012
9:08 pm

Her Sabanic Majesty’s Request – I really can’t read any of these blogs tonight because I already know what they are going to say. But, thank you for the killer blog name. That made me chuckle.

Boise Dawg

September 11th, 2012
9:16 pm

Where are you Auburn fans? I am curious what the mood is like down there…. is Chizik on the hot seat already after the lack of success last year and an 0 – 2 start this year? I know Newton and Mahlzan had a lot to do with that championship… on the other hand I thought they have been recruiting very well… hard to believe a team could be this bad so soon after winning a title.

Habersham Dawg

September 11th, 2012
9:30 pm

All my Auburn buds are ducking and covering. I don’t have the heart to even rag’em with how bad this year’s going to be.


September 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

AU was dirty program a couple of years ago and nothing has changed. Cheating is in their DNA. It is who they are.


September 11th, 2012
10:06 pm

There have been some bad things going on at Auburn, and Chizik is the man at the top.


September 11th, 2012
10:19 pm

“…bugs” you are one spray out of my aerosol can from being part of a bird nest !!! Besides, Auburn has always cheated and are still cheating. It’s really bad when you cheat and still lose !!!


September 11th, 2012
10:24 pm

Best thing about it is that we don’t have to endure the puffed-up arrogance of as many of the AU blowhards as usually are on here spouting their crap. Of course, it helps that they’ve started out an impressive 0-2, including a loss to (horrors) the ACC.

Now if LA-Monroe can just come off that cloud after whuppin’ them Hawgs and do the same to the war chickens this weekend, we shouldn’t have to deal with their numbskull followers on here anymore this year.

Fun with Details

September 11th, 2012
10:34 pm

It is true that Auburn has been probation-free for 20 years. Here are the facts leading up to that violation, and it hardly rises to the level of Dirty Program, Jeff.

Auburn had a four game winning streak going against Alabama in the late 1980’s, and finally was able to insist that, from now on, Auburn would not play its “home game” with Alabama in Birmingham. The mayor of Birmingham was incensed because of the pending lost revenue from the Iron Bowl. He encouraged an Auburn player – who was married and had a child – to ask the Auburn coaches for food money for his family and money for Christmas presents. The player said his wife had lost her job at Wal-Mart. The truth is she filed a racial discrimination suit against Wal-Mart and the mayor’s former civil rights law firm was handling her case. Also, the football player wore a wire to record his conversations with the coaches from day one when he arrived on campus. Out of sympathy, the coaches introduced the football player to a lending officer at a local bank – not Lowder’s bank – to see if he could get a loan. Also, a car dealer gave the family food for christmas. These actions were wrong and caught on tape, but understandable from a human standpoint. Auburn paid a huge price when the ‘93 team went undefeated yet was not bowl eligible nor able to be on TV.

This was a frame up from the get-go and plenty of schools have done much worse, so cool it on the dirty program garbage.

Fun with Details

September 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

Also, just for sake of thoroughness, the player that got Auburn on probation arrived at school with no street clothes of any kind. Literally, all he had to wear was athletic clothing (sweats, track suits, shorts, trainers) that were issued to him in high school or once he arrived at Auburn. The coaches took a parental interest in helping him get a suit to wear to a funeral. This was one of the “extra benefits” and Auburn has never been on probation since that time, 1993.

So all of you finger pointers should realize that the Hurricanes, Noles, Gators, Tide, Buckeyes, Trojans, Buffaloes, Tar Heels, Sooners etc have all been caught going way beyond anything that Auburn did.

Consider this: If Alabama is willing to pay its coach $5 M per year, they will also go to great lengths to keep the scrutiny of Auburn at a sky high level. The media in Alabama helps fulfill that objective, and Paul Finebaum is just one of many “journalists” who pick every nit at Auburn, making a mountain out of every mole hill.

Gene Cheesedip

September 12th, 2012
6:41 am

Why do you think they hired a coach with a losing record anyway? I knew Auburn football, the best $100 handshake in the business, better than the New Asia Spa handshake


September 12th, 2012
6:46 am

Here are the facts:

Chizik: One National Championship (And it is not being taken away…..)

Richt: ZERO (And will not win one at UGA) Amazing too with all the talent year after year

Jealousy is not a good thing puppy fans.

dick whiskey

September 12th, 2012
6:51 am

chziks record without scam,21-31,says it all

Old Dawg

September 12th, 2012
6:56 am

Fun with details: The fact remains, next to Oklahoma no other program has been on probation more than Auburn. Getting defensive won’t solve the problem. Waving the “everyone else does it” flag isn’t the solution.

When an entire university allows one alum to run its name into the mud, something is terribly wrong.

College football and all of college athletics is an open sewer. That being said, the midnight flight to Louisville to talk with Bobby Petrino is one of the lowest things a university can do. Especially when Petrino is one of the lowest forms of life on the planet. You know, the kind that lives at the mouth of the sewer.

Woe Eagle!