Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rollison reportedly transferring out of AU

Auburn QB Tyrik Rollison is reportedly leaving the program. Several media outlets are confirming that Rollison's father, Michael Kelly, is saying his son will leave Auburn for Sam Houston State.

In an interview with, Kelly said Rollison made his decision to be closer to home.

Rollison was considered one of Auburn's biggest signees during Auburn coach Gene Chizik's first recruiting class. He competed for the backup quarterback job well into August before ultimately losing the battle to Neil Caudle. Rollison still worked with the varsity offense all year instead of practicing with the scout team, as most redshirt players do.

He had a misstep in December when Chizik suspended him for the Outback Bowl because of an unspecified violation of team rules. That move immediately preceded Auburn's decision to recruit and ultimately sign JUCO QB Cam Newton, who is largely considered the favorite to win the starting job.

Kelly did not mention Newton or the quarterback race during his interview with, nor did he say anything about it to ESPN's Joe Schad.

Auburn has not yet confirmed that Rollison has or will leave the program.

EDIT (2:59 p.m.): I finally reached Kelly myself. He said he didn't wish to comment on Rollison's situation at the current time, instead saying he wanted to wait "until things blow over." He also said, "I've got to talk to Ty." That is a sudden change of tune from the interview he did with on Wednesday night.

Auburn sports information director Kirk Sampson said he can not confirm that Rollison has left the team.

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