Report: NCAA investigating Auburn's football program
The hits keep coming for the Auburn football program and head coach Gene Chizik.
According to a report by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, the NCAA is investigating Auburn Athletics for possible improprieties, specifically regarding the recruitment of 2012 signee Jovon Robinson.
Forde writes, "According to multiple sources, NCAA investigators have spent weeks looking into potential improprieties involving Auburn recruits, players, coaches, representatives of the school's athletic interests and third parties.
"Sources told Yahoo! Sports in September that the NCAA has been investigating the recruitment of 2012 Auburn signee Jovon Robinson, whose Memphis Wooddale High School academic transcript was found to be forged and was subsequently declared ineligible in August to play this year at the school."
While the investigation involves Robinson, sources have told Forde that it is "more widespread" than just the Memphis running back.
In Chizik's contract extension he signed in 2011, Auburn removed a clause that would have given them the right to suspend his pay in the event of an NCAA investigation over rules violations. He was also given a $10 million buyout that reduced by $2.5 million for every year coached beyond 2011. If Chizik is fired following Saturday's Iron Bowl, Auburn will owe him $7.5 million.
Auburn has not received a formal letter of inquiry from the NCAA.