Fretting Line: Auburn Facing Academic Issues?

All indications are that Cam Newton will be eligible to play for Auburn when the Tigers tee it up with Oregon at the BCS Championship Game in Arizona on Jan. 10.

Gene Chizik Auburn Tigers

But just when Auburn fans thought they could relax, a cryptic comment by head coach Gene Chizik last week indicated the barn door on eligibility issues for the Tigers hasn’t swung shut just yet.

The MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER reported last week:

Chizik said Auburn is “still getting some things cleared up academically” and isn’t yet sure if all players are in good academic standing.

Jay Coulter at the Auburn website Track ‘Em Tigers reiterated the lingering concern today in a blog entry:

There’s still no word on whether Auburn had any academic casualties that could cause some players to miss the championship game. Auburn coach Gene Chizik has been mum on the subject for the past month. You can bet the rumor mill will be in overdrive this week if Chizik doesn’t address the issue. Keep your fingers crossed…

As you might imagine, speculation is rampant all over the web about who the players with possible academic issues could be.

If any Auburn players are ruled ineligible for the BCS title game, an announcement would likely come before the team leaves for Arizona next Monday.