Less than 24 hours ago David Morrison of the OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS reported that Auburn football coach Gene Chizik had not yet confirmed all of the team’s players as academically eligible for the BCS Championship game against Oregon in Arizona on Jan. 10.
Morrison reported from Chizik’s most recent meeting with the media:
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik continued his vow of silence on whether any Tigers players wouldn’t be making the trip to the BCS National Championship game Sunday night, the night before Auburn is scheduled to fly to Glendale, Ariz.
“Like I said, if the roster changes with anybody, I will certainly let you know,” Chizik told reporters.
He also said he didn’t know when that time of notification would be.
“I haven’t really thought that far in advance,” Chizik said. “But you’ll know.”
Morrison Tweeted from the scene:
Nick Fairley says “EVERYBODY” is playing. I assume that includes him, Terrell Zachery, Mike Blanc, etc.
Despite the Auburn defensive lineman’s claim that “everybody” on the Auburn squad would play in the game, the tenuous academic status of an Auburn player or players has not changed.
Morrison later reported that an “AU spokesman said nothing has changed with Chizik’s stance on academics. He’ll let us know of roster changes.”
With Chizik still unwilling to confirm that all of his players will be academically eligible for the game, and Auburn’s fall semester having ended over three weeks ago, apparently some sort of appeal is taking place on behalf of an Auburn player or players.
As Morrison mentioned starting Auburn wide receiver Terrell Zachery as a player who could have academic issues, appears part of that appeal is being lodged with a high power.
What Would Gene Do?