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Auburn coach Gene Chizik calls allegations "pure garbage"

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AUBURN, AL (WBRC/WSFA/AP) - He did not want to talk about the growing controversy surrounding his star quarterback, but Auburn coach Gene Chizik did, and he made it known how he feels.

A very defensive Chizik said he takes his role in the lives of the men on his team very seriously and that he has a responsiblity to defend and protect them. "Pure garbage" he called the allegations being piled onto junior Cameron Newton Chizik.

Chizik, who said he wasn't going to take any questions related to Newton unless it was directly related to the upcoming Georgia/Auburn game, said during a news conference Tuesday morning that, "Cameron Newton... has not only excelled as a tremendous athlete, he has done everything we have asked him to do since he stepped on campus at Auburn."

Chizik called the need to address the allegations a "waste of his time" but said he would because he has to because he's defending a young man who deserves it.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says the allegations against Tigers quarterback Cam Newton are "unfortunate and sad" and reiterated that Newton is eligible both academically and athletically.

Jacobs said Monday the "rumors" seem designed toward "tearing down the reputation" of Newton, who Jacobs says has done "everything we've asked him to do." Jacobs says discussing the academic records of a student violates federal privacy law and declined to disclose Newton's academic history.

FULL STATEMENT FROM JACOBS

"In the past 24 hours, a lot of allegations have surfaced that date back two years ago and further.  These allegations and rumors about Cam Newton are unfortunate and sad because they seem intent on tearing down the reputation of a young man who has done everything we've asked him to do.  Cam has been and continues to be completely honest with us. Cam is, by all accounts, a great kid.  Any discussion of academic records is a clear violation of federal privacy laws.  We will not go down that path or stoop to that level as others have apparently done. We will, however, emphatically say that Cam is eligible to play football at Auburn University both academically and athletically. I am proud of this young man and the progress he has made to be a better football player and a better man.  We are truly blessed that Cam is a part of the Auburn family, and we support him 100 percent."

Foxsports.com reported Monday that Newton had faced possible expulsion from Florida for academic cheating before transferring to Blinn, a junior college in Texas. The report also says that Newton was caught cheating three times and was to appear for a hearing in front of Florida's Student Committee during the spring semester of 2009.

It has been less than a week since explosive allegations were made about Heisman Trophy frontrunner Cam Newton's recruitment. Now, another volley of accusations are being launched against the Auburn junior.

FoxSports.com says Newton faced expulsion from Florida after he violated the university's honor code by putting his name on another student's paper and turning it in. FoxSports.com sites an unnamed source in its report. The site reports that Newton was given the chance to take another stab at it and turn in a second paper, but that paper was later found to have been purchased off the internet. All of this reportedly happened after he was arrested in 2008 for purchasing a stolen laptop.

The site says Newton was set to appear before Florida's student conduct committee in the spring semester of 2009, but instead he transferred to Blinn College in Texas.

These latest allegations come less than a week after claims that a sports agent shopped Newton around for six figures to Mississippi State. The NCAA is reviewing the matter.

Sports radio host Paul Finebaum was quick to weigh in on the new allegations. "Why don't we check and see if perhaps he still has an outstanding library book from the fifth grade. Where was all this earth shattering information until now. It's apparent now that several people in college football are determined to bring him down," said Finebaum on Tuesday morning.

Newton is still eligible to play at Auburn.  He's helped Auburn to a perfect 10-0 season while shattering numerous college and SEC records along the way.

Copyright 2010 WBRC. WSFA 12 News and the Associated Press are contributing to this report. All rights reserved.

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