Goodbye, Gene Chizik.
In what will most likely be the final nail in Chizik’s coaching coffin, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports is reporting this afternoon that the NCAA is indeed investigating Auburn’s football program. (Somewhere Danny Sheridan is shouting “I told ya so!” from a rooftop.)
“According to multiple sources, NCAA investigators have been working for weeks on potential improprieties involving Auburn recruits, players, coaches, representatives of the school’s athletic interests and third parties. Assistant coaches Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper have been scrutinized by the NCAA, sources said. Taylor is the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, while Luper coaches running backs and is the recruiting coordinator.
Both Taylor and Luper were taken off the road recruiting several weeks ago amid the NCAA probe, sources said. Taylor was a finalist this season for national Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the American Football Coaches Association.”
It appeared as though there might still be the tiny flicker of a flame of hope for Chizik when it was learned that AU president Jay Gogue was planning to keep AD Jay Jacobs and allow him to have input on the Chizik situation.
But at 3-8 with Alabama left to play, an NCAA investigation will most likely serve to extinguish said flame once and for all.