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NCAA Confirms Auburn Investigation Ongoing

The New York Times' Pete Thamel has published a story confirming that the NCAA is still actively investigating Auburn.

What he describes is an uncomfortable exchange between Gene Chizik and NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach at the SEC meetings in Destin in June. Roe Lach was there making a presentation to all of the conference's head football and basketball coaches. The presentation, according to LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson, was to send a message that the NCAA is cracking down on rules violators.

She opened the floor up for questions, and that's when it got awkward for everyone else in the room:

[Chizik] peppered Roe Lach with a flurry of questions about the N.C.A.A.'s investigation into Cam Newton and why the N.C.A.A. had not publicly announced that the investigation was over. Chizik complained that the inquiry's open-ended nature had hurt Auburn's recruiting and he followed up at least three times, leading to a testy exchange.

"You'll know when we're finished," Roe Lach told Chizik, according to several coaches who were at the meeting. "And we're not finished."

I can understand that Chizik was upset because I can't imagine that having a long-running investigation hanging over your program is good for more than just recruiting. Naturally, no one from Auburn, the NCAA, or SEC commented for Thamel's piece. Also not surprising is that the only coaches who did comment for the article were basketball and not football coaches.

So anyway, if you're wondering whether Auburn is still being probed by the NCAA, the answer is absolutely yes. We've pretty much known this as the NCAA never said the case was closed, but this story makes it crystal clear.