COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Auburn still being investigated by NCAA; UGA's Samuel moved back to TB; Nine Bulldogs named All-SEC preseason team

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

An NCAA official told Auburn coach Gene Chizik that it is not done investigating the Tigers' football program and the recruitment of Cam Newton, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Chizik asked NCAA vice president for enforcement Julie Roe Lach several questions, including why the NCAA had not announced that the Newton investigation was finished, during a presentation at the Southeastern Conference meetings in Destin, Fla., last month.

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

Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings, LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson, Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy and Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson all confirmed the exchange to the newspaper.

Kennedy told the Times he believed Chizik "was trying to get some finality to when the process was over, and it was an interesting debate, to say the least. I think the format of the meeting was set up to be generally about the lay of the land going forward. When he got into specific questions regarding their situation, I think we were all sitting back saying, 'I didn't know that we were going here.'"

Newton won the Heisman Trophy and led Auburn to a perfect season and national championship last season, his only one with the Tigers.

Late in the season, the NCAA ruled that Newton's father, Cecil, had tried to get Mississippi State to pay $180,000 for his son to play for the Bulldogs. Cam Newton ended up choosing Auburn instead of Mississippi State when he was being recruited out of junior college.

The NCAA also ruled there was no evidence Cam Newton or Auburn knew about Cecil Newton's pay-for-play scheme, so neither was punished.



Nine members of the Georgia football team were voted to the 2011 Southeastern Conference Coaches' Preseason All-SEC team that was announced Thursday by the league office.

The Bulldogs are tied with South Carolina with the third-most players selected to the team behind Arkansas with 14 and Alabama with 13. Georgia had six players who were named to the first team, second only to Alabama's seven first team selections.

The Bulldogs voted to the first team offense include sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, junior tight end Orson Charles and senior lineman Cordy Glenn. Senior place kicker Blair Walsh, senior punter Drew Butler and senior return specialist Brandon Boykin also grabbed first team honors on special teams.

Senior center Ben Jones was voted to the second team, while senior lineman DeAngelo Tyson and Boykin were named to the second team defense.

This marks the eighth straight year of the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team. The team is announced each year in advance of the SEC Football Media Days. This year, the event will be held next Wednesday through Friday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

Georgia opens the season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome. The home opener is slated for Sept. 10 against South Carolina.