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, al.com, the website of the Birmingham News, reported that the NCAA has had contact with Auburn over Robinson’s eligibility and recruitment.
According to al.com, 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.