- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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The recruitment of players courted by Auburn assistants Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper has been investigated by the NCAA, according to multiple sources.
Taylor, Auburn's assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, and Luper, the Tigers' running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, aren't currently recruiting for Auburn, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. When asked about coaches not actively recruiting for the Tigers, Auburn coach Gene Chizik has declined to comment on the situation.
Al.com also reported on Wednesday that at least one Auburn assistant coach and several players were interviewed by the NCAA this week.
One of the players in question is running back Jovon Robinson, whose former high school guidance counselor, Yvette Lynch, was found to have changed grades for an Auburn recruit. She later told ESPN that she changed the grades at the request of another teacher.
The NCAA ruled Robinson academically ineligible this year and he is not currently enrolled at Auburn.
Al.com also reported that the NCAA's investigation isn't limited to just Robinson's recruitment.
Chizik isn't commenting on the situation, but this is yet another obstacle that he'll have to tackle during a season that has been tremendously disappointing for he and his Tigers. Auburn is 3-8 on the season and 0-7 in conference play. Even though Chizik is two years removed from bringing a national championship to the Plains, his combined 11-13 record (4-11 in SEC play) over the past two years has drawn strong criticism from fans in Auburn.
If Chizik's poor record this year forced one of his feet out the door at Auburn, an NCAA investigation might put the second one out as well.
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