February 8th, 2011 01:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: Auburn University, Rob Chubb, SEC, Tony Barbee
When I mention “Auburn University” and “roster turnover” you probably think of the Tigers’ football team which will have to reinvent itself in 2011. But there’s plenty of change on the horizon for AU’s basketball program, too.
The NCAA allows college basketball teams to carry 13 scholarship players. But if no one washes out of Tony Barbee’s program before next season, his incoming class of three newcomers will bring Auburn’s total to 15. And that’s if Barbee doesn’t sign anyone else between now and this summer.
In other words, some families that were recruited and promised a scholarship for Junior are about to get some bad news.
As Evan Woodbery of The Mobile Press-Register points out today, sophomore center Rob Chubb’s recent arrest might aide in Barbee’s decision-making. Chubb has been charged by Auburn city police with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest. He is currently suspended indefinitely from the team.
Chubb’s crimes were not violent in nature. In fact, they were typical college-age, dumb type of crimes. We’re not saying what he did was right, but his actions are not the type of crimes that normally get a player dismissed from a team. Especially when that player has shown — as Chubb has — that he can score 18 points in an SEC game.
But Auburn’s numbers situation may cause Barbee to take a tougher stance with Chubb than he might normally take. So stay tuned…
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