Jovon Robinson was an Auburn signee in February and a Tiger player until August. But last month, he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA after a guidance counselor at his Memphis high school admitted to having changed his transcript. The NCAA is targeting the Memphis area hard right now and fellow SEC school Mississippi State is also dealing with potential issues tying back to the Bluff City.
Asked today if the NCAA is looking further into Auburn’s recruitment of Robinson, Gene Chizik chose to stay mum:
“I have one thing on my mind, and that’s winning a football game this week. I’m not getting into that.”
That answer could mean one of two things. First, it could be that Chizik doesn’t know what the NCAA is doing. Second, it could mean that Chizik knows the NCAA is still looking into Robinson’s case — to find out who asked the guidance counselor to change the player’s grades, for example — but the coach doesn’t want to say a peep about it.
It’s highly unlikely that Chizik would pass on a chance to snuff out the rumor of an investigation if he knew for a fact that no investigation was underway. So again, two options — he doesn’t know if the NCAA is snooping around or he knows the NCAA is definitely investigating but he doesn’t want to admit it.
It should also be noted that the NCAA instructs schools and their representatives not to say much about ongoing investigations.