Gene Chizik Criticizes Program: NCAA Football News at YouWager

Former Auburn Tigers coach Gene Chizik was not happy in reagrds to media reports accusing the football program of flouting the NCAA rules and called it “the most scrutinized” and sometimes vilified program in college football.

Yesterday evening coach Chizik spoke hours after athletic director Jay Jacobs said an internal review into allegations by former players of academic fraud before the 2010 BCS championship game found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The 51 year-old coach, who was fired after a 3-9 season, said he ran a clean program and decried reports going back to Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-winning season three years ago.

The more recent accusations took place in separate reports. A source raised allegations from former players of grade changes and payments or offers of money, and another reported that there was widespread synthetic marijuana use among football players from the national title team.

Jacobs posted in a letter to fans on the school’s website the results of a review by his department and the university’s Internal Auditing department. The school worked with the NCAA in investigating the academic fraud, said Jack Smith, the athletic department’s director of strategic communications.

Among the steps they took were interviewing professors and reviewing computer documents, according to what YouWager has learned.

Jacobs had fought back the report in an earlier statement but said Auburn would review the claims. This time, he and Chizik both responded back.