Auburn Tigers’ running back Jovon Robinson is being held out of fall practice while his academic status is being evaluated.
The Commercial Appeal reported today that a guidance counselor “admitted to creating a fraudulent transcript for a former student-athlete at the school and has resigned,” which was included in a statement released Friday afternoon by Memphis City Schools.
Despite Robinson not being named in the article, al.com included in its report the freshman tailback is in fact the unnamed student-athlete, despite the statement being released to The Commercial Appeal, not al.com, when it asked about the former Wooddale player.
The statement noted the investigation is still ongoing.
This is not the first time Auburn has had issues with a running back. Michael Dyer transferred in January to Arkansas State after being indefinitely suspended before the Tigers’ game vs. Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Dyer was dismissed from Arkansas State last month.
Coach Gene Chizik and the program also had problems in 2010 with the recruitment of Cam Newton. With father Cecil Newton allegedly shopping his son around, Auburn was investigated for more than half of the season while winning the 2010 BCS National Championship and Newton winning the Heisman Trophy before being cleared by the NCAA.
It is unaware how Auburn will be affected by the allegations against Robinson until more information is revealed and the investigation is concluded, but the athletic department seems to be playing things carefully.
The Tigers opened fall camp on Aug. 1 with two-a-days going through Aug. 16. Robinson was expected to see playing time this fall.