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When I googled the worlds “Chizik” and “garbage,” I had an eye-opening discovery. Numerous headlines screamed that Chizik called the allegations made Wednesday night on HBO by four players “garbage.”

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

A prominent guest on a Birmingham radio show said Auburn needed to keep Chizik quiet, that he shouldn’t have said the allegations were garbage.

Sounds good, I guess. It’s just not true.

Here are Chizik’s exact words:

“It’s very sad to me that HBO is going to go ahead and air something that really, admittedly, they have no proof on anything. What is disturbing to me is they interviewed other former Auburn football players who had exactly the opposite to say. Somehow, that failed to make the air unless I missed that section.

"I have other former players calling me that are still players and who are great players and are still playing that absolutely had no knowledge of any of that stuff. It saddens me that somebody is going to air a show with basically one side being known. I think that’s pathetic and I think it’s pure garbage.”

He probably could have picked a better word, but it’s hard to argue with his sentiment. …

HBO, by the way, has said that it did not interview any other Auburn players “on camera.” Does someone there think that’s good? It’s just another sign that those doing the show had an agenda and they weren’t interested in anything that didn’t fit that agenda. …

Auburn’s baseball team is in a big-time funk. If the Tigers don’t come out of it soon, they are going to be in a deep hole. It’s still way too early to say how this team will stack up in the end, but there is no question it isn’t playing as well as it should play with the talent and experience on the field. …

It doesn’t make sense to me that Auburn’s A-Day game, Alabama’s A-Day game and the spring race at Talladega are all on the same weekend. Wouldn’t it make sense for everyone to separate them? It seems to me it would. …

One of the sadder parts of the HBO saga is that the four players who made allegations have forever alienated themselves from their former teammates and legions of Auburn supporters. That relationship is one of the great benefits of playing football at a place like Auburn, especially if you were as popular as Stanley McClover. The burning question that may never be answered is why? …

Here is what is going to be interesting: If McClover’s allegations against Auburn are to be believed, then it would have to follow that his allegations against LSU, Ohio State and Michigan State also should be believed. At the time in question, Nick Saban was the coach at LSU and current NCAA president Mark Emmert was the chancellor. …

Also, don’t forget that, for all the allegations made by McClover and Troy Reddick, the NCAA statute of limitations has expired. There are ways for the NCA A to get around that, but it’s certainly not automatic. …

In case you missed it, here’s what Chizik said about the potential impact steady doses of negativity could have on Auburn’s recruiting:

“I’m a positive guy. In my heart, I know exactly what we’re doing. That’s what we say to the people we recruit. It’s business as usual, move on, keep marching.” …

Until next time …

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