The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 22, 2013

Jacobs: Auburn review finds no evidence of fraud


He said Dyer passed nine hours during the 2010 summer semester and 15 hours during the fall — nine more than are required by the NCAA — and ended with a 2.8 grade-point average.

"There is no evidence academic fraud occurred," Jacobs said.

Former Auburn receiver Darvin Adams also said in the report that he was offered money to stay for his senior season, which he skipped to enter the NFL draft..

"No booster offered him anything to play at Auburn, and no booster or coach offered him any money to stay at Auburn," Chizik said. "That is simply a bogus allegation."

He likewise said Auburn never paid 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, whose father attempted to solicit money during Mississippi State's recruitment. The NCAA eventually cleared the player and Auburn, and Chizik said he is "absolutely sure that there was absolutely nothing going on."

"It started out as a Mississippi State problem, became an Auburn problem, and really and truly, from there, we really can't figure it out," Chizik said. "Because it without question has to be the most scrutinized program in the country. I still go back to what are the facts? The NCAA's been in there almost two years. They found no major violations. So I still stick to the facts."

Jacobs also said on the site that President Jay Gogue has formed a committee to review the athletic department on everything from rules compliance to on-the-field success for a program that had abysmal seasons in both football and men's basketball and then was the subject.

Jacobs said the panel will conduct "a top-to-bottom review," including the leadership's effectiveness.

"There is no question that this has been a tough year for Auburn Athletics," Jacobs said. "We all expect better, and we know we have to win. As disappointing as this year has been, rest assured we will bounce back. We always have."

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