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Report: Chizik firing draws near

The evaluation of coach Gene Chizik and the Auburn football program is ongoing, the university says, but it appears president Jay Gogue is preparing for the ousting of the Clearwater native at the end of the season, the website 247Sports.com said.

University spokesman Mike Clardy said Gogue has not changed his position since issuing a statement to fans Oct. 25 saying "the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process."

But the website said Gogue has notified several members of the board of trustees that he's "making preparations to possibly replace head football coach Gene Chizik" and has eyed Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson as a possible replacement.

Clardy said Gogue would not respond to the report, which also said athletic director Jay Jacobs would likely remain in place.

Chizik's contract runs through the 2015 season, but if he is let go early, Auburn would pay him a $7.5 million buyout. The Tigers, two seasons removed from a national title, are 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the SEC heading into today's game against Georgia.

UConn 24, Pitt 17: Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a touchdown, and the host Huskies (4-6, 1-4 Big East) got their first conference win. Chandler Whitmer threw for 213 yards and a score for the Huskies, and Nick Williams returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Tino Sunseri threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns for Pitt (4-6, 1-4), which trailed at halftime 24-0. The Huskies held Pitt running back Ray Graham to 41 yards after he rushed for 172 against Notre Dame a week ago in an overtime loss.

Six Bowls for playoff: The commissioners of the BCS conferences will recommend to a presidents oversight committee that the national semifinal games of the new playoff, set to start after the 2014 season, will rotate among six bowls, ESPN.com reported.

Idaho State: Prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges against Mike Kramer after receiver Derek Graves complained that the coach shoved him to the turf during practice. Investigators didn't believe Kramer had any intention of harming Graves or committing a criminal act.

Report: Chizik firing draws near 11/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:13am]

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