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Report: Auburn President Preparing For Possible Change

Auburn president Jay Gogue is preparing to possibly replace football coach Gene Chizik, according to a report from

The website reports Gogue has informed some members of Auburn’s Board of Trustees of his plan. Here’s more from the report:

“Gogue also told the trustees to whom he talked that he plans to retain athletics director Jay Jacobs and reassign executive associate athletics director Tim Jackson, who oversees football.

“In telephone calls with some members of the Board of Trustees last week and early this week, Gogue said he intends to form a committee to help with the decision and plans to move quickly, ideally naming a new head coach within days after the end of the season should the decision be made that Chizik will not be retained.”

Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is a potential candidate to replace Chizik, according to AuburnUndercover.

To be clear, the report doesn’t state that Gogue has decided to fire Chizik. Gogue is preparing for the possibility, according to AuburnUndercover.

That’s with the expectation that things are about to get worse for Auburn. The Tigers (2-7, 0-6 SEC) will host Georgia on Saturday before playing Alabama A&M at home and Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

At that point, the possibility of Chizik being out might turn into a reality.

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Tyrann Mathieu Among Former LSU Players Arrested

Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was one of four former LSU players arrested on drug charges on Thursday.

Mathieu and former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana, according to WAFB in Baton Rouge, La.

Derrick Bryant was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana while Karnell Hatcher was charged with second offense simple possession of marijuana.

The arrests occurred following a search of Mathieu’s apartment, according to police. Inside Mathieu’s apartment were a marijuana grinder, digital scale and 10 bags of high grade marijuana, police said.

Mathieu, who was dismissed from the LSU football team before the season for reportedly failing multiple drug tests, has held out hope of returning to the Tigers next season. LSU coach Les Miles hinted at a possible return earlier this month.

“There is a very legitimate chance this will have a happy ending,” Miles said at the time. “I think the point of degree, and the point of handling your business and making sure everything is right and correct, and getting your feet on the ground – I think that is a tremendously happy ending.”

That makes this another disappointing turn in Mathieu’s career.

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Missouri 85, Vanderbilt 82 (OT)

COLUMBIA — No. 15/11 Missouri edged Vanderbilt 85-82 in overtime Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

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Strong Second Half Propels Cats Past No. 23 Notre Dame

Terrence Jones scored 27 points and No. 17 Kentucky avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari with a 72-58 victory over No. 23 Notre Dame on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational. Jones had been chastised by Calipari for taking a pregame nap before a loss to North Carolina on Saturday, a game in which Jones scored just nine points on 3-of-17 shooting. The freshman forward had no such problems against the Irish. He made 9 of 18 shots – including a huge 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left – grabbed 17 rebounds and added some late free throws for Kentucky (6-2).

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Strong bench play leads Hogs over Pirates

With 42 of the total points coming from the bench, the Razorbacks defeated Seton Hall, 71-62, at the SEC-Big East Invitational on Wednesday.

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Nick Fairley Wins Lombardi Award

Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley has won the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top collegiate lineman.

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Head Coach Gene Chizik Wins Home Depot Coach of the Year

Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik has earned the 2010 Home Depot Coach of the Year Award after leading the Tigers to a 13-0 record, the Southeastern Conference Championship and the program’s first-ever berth in the BCS National Championship Game.

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Former Gators React To Meyer Decision

The day Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley walked into Urban Meyer's living room in Utah six years ago was the first time the two had met. Foley was impressed and shortly after hiring Meyer, it didn't take Foley long to understand why Meyer had been so successful in stints at Bowling Green and Utah.

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The Week Ahead – Providence

Alabama men’s basketball continues its series with Providence on Saturday, Dec. 11, when it travels to Rhode Island to face the Friars in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

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