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Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik issued a statement Thursday through his agent, Russ Campbell of Birmingham. It follows in its entirety.
“During my tenure at Auburn, the NCAA conducted a multi-year investigation into the Auburn football program that they called “fair and thorough.” The NCAA focused intently on widespread accusations about Auburn players being paid and other alleged recruiting violations. The NCAA conducted 80 interviews. In October 2011, the NCAA rejected “rampant public speculation online and in the media.” Unfortunately, the recent story published by Selena Roberts is more of the same. It once again portrays Auburn University, current and former coaches, professors, fans, supporters and community officials in a false light.
“Unfortunately, Ms. Roberts’ story is long on accusation and inference, but short on facts and logic. It is noteworthy that the story comes just days before a player mentioned most prominently in the article is set to go to trial for felony armed robbery. The statements are very generalized accusations devoid of substance. During my time as Auburn’s head coach, I never authorized, instructed or directed anyone to change any player’s grade or provide any type of illegal payment to any student-athlete. Likewise, I am not aware of any alleged grade change or illegal payment by any member of my coaching staff, support staff or anyone else.
“As for logic, the notion that the conduct inferred by Ms. Roberts was occurring under the NCAA’s nose, at the very same time the NCAA is conducting its thorough investigation, lacks merit. Further, the notion that there was ever an attempt to sabotage any Auburn student-athlete’s attempt to play professional football is outrageous. Auburn’s success in transitioning student-athletes to the NFL benefits both the student-athlete and the Auburn program.
“I remain part of the Auburn family and take these attacks on myself, the University and community seriously. During my time at Auburn, the administrators, professors and academic staff were of the highest integrity. Additionally, the inference that there was academic support staff that worked together with professors to change grades is absurd. As an Auburn resident, I take great pride in the quality and integrity of our police department. They enforce the law equally and fairly and my dealings with police Chief Tommy Dawson and his staff have been nothing short of excellent. He has handled many high profile cases with the upmost integrity and professionalism. To imply anything otherwise is simply wrong.
“If there is a sad truth here, it is that there are no repercussions for bloggers who blast out widespread, venomous allegations and inferences in such an irresponsible manner. To make bold and outrageous conclusions on such thin support is a travesty.
“During my tenure as Auburn’s head coach, we kept the well-being of our student-athletes at the forefront of every decision. We ran our program with the highest level of integrity and accountability. Period. I make absolutely no apologies for that. I stand firm in my statements, my support of Auburn University, its student-athletes (present and former), faculty, staff and community officials. As I stated during the NCAA investigation, I am comforted knowing that the truth always prevails."
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by PhillipMarshall 12 months ago
Applauded. I wondered if he would speak about this since he is no longer confined to being hush-hush about such matters.
Emmert's comments on this story were pretty funny. He, in a roundabout way called it crap
We had a great practice today
Great response, thanks Coach. WDE!
Your outside source.
I especially liked this statement and would like to extend it to the main stream media that pick up such blogs and report them as if they were confirmed, legitimate reports:
“If there is a sad truth here, it is that there are no repercussions for bloggers who blast out widespread, venomous allegations and inferences in such an irresponsible manner. To make bold and outrageous conclusions on such thin support is a travesty."
Chiz Whiz always in command about dirt throwing toward the AU Nation...Just wish he could have commanded a football team in the same manner...
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Glad to see someone is finally standing up for Auburn. It's somewhat ironic that someone who was recently fired, and who could sit back and allow those rumors to continue damaging Auburn's reputation, is the only one who is willing to stand up for Auburn. Good for Chizik. Perhaps AU's media department should consider hiring him to run their organization and affairs. I am so tired of Auburn's consistent ways of handling (or not) false accusations and criticism by merely ignoring them and making statements that say "Auburn will make no statement".
Thank you Coach Chizik from a former AU graduate who believes in Auburn and loves it.
Wow. I didn't expect him to issue a detailed statement. Glad he did. Will ESPN quote him in their TV programs and internet site?
This statement by coach Chizik shows the true character of the man.
Whether you liked him as a coach or not Gene Chizik is a man of character and it is a shame that so many here run him down because he was not successful as Auburn's head football coach.
This country would be in much better shape if there were more men like coach Chizik to guide their families.
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You grad, bro?
Tell 'em Coach!
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It's already out there spinger, and the BAMMERS are ripping it to shreds.
And as CC said;
"“If there is a sad truth here, it is that there are no repercussions for bloggers who blast out widespread, venomous allegations and inferences in such an irresponsible manner. To make bold and outrageous conclusions on such thin support is a travesty."
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