Earlier today I reported that despite Auburn football coach Gene Chizik’s repeated refusals to confirm that all Auburn football players were currently academically eligible to play, the entire squad traveled to Arizona Monday to continue preparations for the BCS Championship Game against Oregon on Jan. 10.
(If you believe Auburn Athletic Jay Jacobs, it does.)
After the Tigers arrived in the Phoenix area following a flight from Atlanta, Auburn247sports.com Senior Editor Phillip Marshall followed up on the subject of player academic eligibility with Chizik. The coach, once again, was silent on the issue. But Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs was a different story.
After Auburn’s football team an official party arrived at the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport on Monday, Tiger coach Gene Chizik said everybody made the trip. Asked if that meant everyone was eligible, he repeated everybody made the trip.
I asked athletic director Jay Jacobs if a player had to be eligible to be on the trip. He said a player could not get on the bus (from Auburn to Atlanta) unless he was eligible.
Add it up and it certainly appears that no players of significance will be academically ineligible when Auburn plays Oregon in the BCS Championship Game.
If those players had to be currently academically eligible to play football for Auburn in order for them to make the trip to Glendale, as Auburn AD Jacobs reportedly said today, it appears the Tigers will have their full complement come Jan. 10 against the Ducks.
But if the entire team is good to go, why is Chizik still stonewalling on the issue?
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