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08:19 AM ET 11.22 | Losing games may wind up being the least of Auburn's problems this season under Gene Chizik. The embattled coach of the Tigers also is overseeing a program being investigated by the NCAA, Yahoo! Sports has learned. According to multiple sources, NCAA investigators have spent weeks looking into potential improprieties involving Auburn recruits, players, coaches, representatives of the school's athletic interests and third parties. Assistant coaches Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper have been scrutinized by the NCAA, sources said. Taylor is the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, while Luper coaches running backs and is the recruiting coordinator. Both Taylor and Luper were taken off the road recruiting several weeks ago amid the NCAA probe, sources said.

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November 22, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Talk about kickin a guy when he's down....The NCAA loves to make an example of teams...Look out.

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November 22, 2012  08:31 AM ET

They're about three years too late.

November 22, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Will Auburn's nightmare season ever end?

Can't hang out today fellas, that dinner isn't going to fix itself. You all have a great Thanksgiving! Remember, any holiday based on Food, Family and Football, is a great holiday.

November 22, 2012  10:38 AM ET

When will they ever learn?

November 22, 2012  10:50 AM ET

Actually, Auburn boosters are pressing for an investigation to find something. Auburn may then dismiss Chizik without having to pay out his contract. Sure, Los Tigres will have to sit out a year of bowl eligibility, but who thinks that they'll actually qualify next year with Chiz still at the helm? No. Get rid of Gene. Keep the money. Use it to set up the program for future "dominance." That's the Aubie booster dream.

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November 22, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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Does this investigation go all the way back to the $Cam Newton affair, or are these more recent shenanigans?

If it involves Trooper, it may go back a few years.

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November 22, 2012  11:36 AM ET

The NCAA should investigate the whole league. The players aren't really students and the cheating has been going on for decades.

November 22, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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Actually, Auburn boosters are pressing for an investigation to find something. Auburn may then dismiss Chizik without having to pay out his contract. Sure, Los Tigres will have to sit out a year of bowl eligibility, but who thinks that they'll actually qualify next year with Chiz still at the helm? No. Get rid of Gene. Keep the money. Use it to set up the program for future "dominance." That's the Aubie booster dream.

The problem is that they may save the buyout on Chizik, but the money they'd lose from a bowl ban might more than offest that. IIRC a team on bowl probation doesn't get their share of the SEC's bowl money. Throw in a few scholarship restrictions, and it's an expensive price to pay for evading the buyout.

November 22, 2012  12:26 PM ET

Don't forget that the NCAA took 4/5 years to investigate USC over Bush. Maybe the NCAA is still looking into the Newton case.

November 22, 2012  12:29 PM ET
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They're about three years too late.

It took the NCAA 4/5 years to investigate the Reggie Bush case!!!!!

November 22, 2012  01:09 PM ET

This is a very interesting article on SI.com:
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Judge says NCAA 'malicious' in USC investigation.

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November 22, 2012  11:32 PM ET
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They're about three years too late.

the wheels of justice grind slowly. this chizik guy is a real piece of ..............work.

November 22, 2012  11:34 PM ET
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The NCAA should investigate the whole league. The players aren't really students and the cheating has been going on for decades.

amen! the sec is everything that's wrong with college football.

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