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Jacobs Suggests To AU Site That Everyone’s Eligible

The Auburn Tigers arrived in Arizona yesterday for next week’s BCS Championship Game.  All the Tiger players made the trip. 

So does that mean all Tiger players are academically eligible to play?  Gene Chizik still won’t say.  But athletic director Jay Jacobs did talk to Phillip Marshall of 

“After Auburn’s football team an official party arrived at the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport on Monday, Tiger coach Gene Chizik said everybody made the trip.  Asked if that meant everyone was eligible, he repeated everybody made the trip.

I asked athletic director Jay Jacobs if a player had to be eligible to be on the trip.  He said a player could not get on the bus (from Auburn to Atlanta) unless he was eligible.

Add it up and it certainly appears that no players of significance will be academically ineligible when Auburn plays Oregon in the BCS Championship Game.”

Auburn’s team took buses from Auburn to Atlanta’s airport.

So it sounds like the rumors of multiple players being academically ineligible were either incorrect or the school won an appeal or two with the NCAA.  Either way that’s good news for Auburn fans.  Though I’m guessing some of them would still like to hear the cloak-and-dagger coach actually say, “Yeah, everyone’s eligible.”



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