December 16, 2008 |
Charles Barkley yesterday said that race played a role in Auburn's hiring of Gene Chizik as football coach. "I believe race had a factor. Of course I do," said Barkley, who starred at Auburn before joining the 76ers in 1983. "I look at things from a common-sense standpoint, how do you interview Turner Gill and pick Gene Chizik over Turner Gill?" Athletic director Jay Jacobs denied race was a factor, saying he picked "the best fit for Auburn. " Chizik went 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State after turns as defensive coordinator at Auburn and Texas.
December 16, 2008
FORMER NBA STAR Charles Barkley is furious that Auburn University didn't hire an African-American as its new head football coach. And, not surprisingly, he is being very vocal about it. On Saturday, Auburn hired Gene Chizik, the former coach at Iowa State, to replace Tommy Tuberville, who resigned earlier this month. Both Chizik and Tuberville are white. Barkley said he wanted his alma mater to hire Turner Gill, who is black. "I believe race had a factor. Of course I do," Barkley, who played basketball at Auburn for three seasons in the 1980s, told the Associated Press yesterday.
November 19, 2011 |
AMES, Iowa - Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime, and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State, 37-31, on Friday night, derailing the Cowboys' national title hopes. The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), who were just a win away from a showdown with rival Oklahoma for a likely spot in the BCS title game. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden's first pass in the second overtime was intercepted by Leonard Johnson.
February 6, 2013 |
DON'T BE SURPRISED if Michael Vick sends thank you cards to Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o. Last year, Vick was tied for No. 1 with Tiger Woods on Forbes' 10 most disliked athletes in America list. This year, Armstrong and Te'o are deadlocked in the top spot. Armstrong has been vilified since admitting he used performance-enhancing substances after years of denying it. Te'o expected sympathy, but got none, after claiming he was the victim of a hoax involving an alleged online girlfriend and her alleged death.
October 19, 2011 |
For three weeks, Auburn's offense struggled to produce points due to a passing game that sputtered under the direction of Barrett Trotter. Frustrated with the offense's lack of production, the Tigers' coaching staff replaced Trotter with Clint Moseley to start the second half against Florida. Moseley responded by leading Auburn to the win. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik made the change permanent Tuesday by announcing that Moseley will make the first start of his college career Saturday against No. 1 LSU. Moseley has not made a start since he led Class 2A Leroy to an Alabama state championship over Sulligent in 2008.
July 14, 2011
The leader of the NBA Players' Association supports playing overseas during the lockout. In a memo to players obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press, Billy Hunter said the union supports all players "who are taking steps to continue to earn a living, stay in peak competitive shape, and play the game that we love while the unfortunate league-imposed lockout is in place. " Former Temple star Lavoy Allen , who was selected 50th overall by the 76ers in the NBA draft, signed a contract with Strasbourg IG in France, according to csnphilly.com.
April 23, 2013 |
AUBURN'S INTERNAL review into allegations by former players of academic fraud before the 2010 BCS championship game found no evidence of wrongdoing, athletic director Jay Jacobs said on Monday. 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, which he said refuted a report by former New York Times and Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts. Auburn worked with the NCAA in investigating the academic fraud, said Jack Smith, the athletic department's director of strategic communications.
September 11, 2011 |
AUBURN, Ala. - Contrary to popular belief, it's too early to write off the defending national champs. Auburn bounced back from a lackadaisical Week 1 effort, holding on to beat No. 16 Mississippi State, 41-34, when reserve safety Ryan Smith upended Bulldogs quarterback Chris Relf just shy of the goal line in the final seconds. After a brief celebration, the officials cleared the field for a review. They came up with the same conclusion: Relf was 1 inch short, sending the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd into a tizzy.
April 6, 2013
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said Thursday the school is reviewing allegations of rules violations in the football program during its 2010 national championship season but doesn't believe they are credible. In a report by Selena Roberts posted on roopstigo.com, former Auburn players Mike McNeil and Darvin Adams were quoted saying they received or were offered money from coaches. McNeil said he had a grade changed to stay eligible. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik denied the allegations.
November 26, 2012 |
GENE CHIZIK led Auburn to a historic season but couldn't keep the Tigers from descending to their lowest point in decades. The rapid fall from a national championship to 3-9 and the Southeastern Conference doormat led to Chizik's firing Sunday, the day after a humbling 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that showed just how far the program has fallen. The Tigers endured the worst slide within 2 years of winning a national championship of any team since the Associated Press poll started in 1936 and hadn't lost this many games since going 0-10 in 1950.