According to several sources the Auburn Tigers football program is currently under NCAA investigation for the recruit process of several players that were recruited to the university by Tigers’ assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Looper.
On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reported that Taylor and Looper are currently not allowed to recruit any players due to the ongoing investigation. Tigers head coach Gene Chizik declined to comment to the media when asked if his two assistants were pulled off of their recruiting duties permanently.
According to sources one of the players in question is an incoming running back recruit for the 2013 season named Jovon Robinson. Yvette Lynch who is a former guidance counselor at Robinson’s high school (Wooddale High School in Memphis, TN) is said to have manipulated grades for a football player at the request of a fellow teacher. That teacher is reportedly Wooddale’s physical education teacher Rhonda Wilkinson. Lynch has since retired from her position sighting that she did so in order to take care of her ailing husband and mother.
The NCAA had declared Robinson academically ineligible after Lynch and another guidance counselor at Wooddale admitted to changing one or more grades on his transcript.
Sources familiar to the situation have said that the NCAA’s current investigation “is not limited to the recruitment of Robinson.”
When asked what Chzik’s thoughts were in regards to the accusations of switching grades the head coach replied, “Again, I’m not going to comment on any speculation about any of that.”
The entire situation is far from being concluded and the fallout will effect the university’s football program for quite some time.