Joining the chorus of former Auburn figures slamming Selena Roberts' report accusing the football program of misdeeds and NCAA violations, Gene Chizik released a statement Thursday via his representation.

Roberts' report was published Wednesday on her website, Roopstigo.com. She is a former Sports Illustrated and New York Times reporter, as well as Auburn graduate.

She accused the football program of many wrongdoings under Chizik's watch from 2009-12, including the school bullying counselors into changing grades to keep players eligible for the 2011 BCS national championship game and former coaches giving players money for personal use.

Adding to the firestorm was "ESPN the Magazine" and "E:60" on Thursday, alleging the university kept positive drug tests secret during that championship season.

Agents Russ Campbell and Patrick Strong sent out a response from Chizik, who was fired Nov. 25 after a 3-9 season.

"Ms. Roberts' story is long on accusation and inference, but short on facts and logic," Chizik wrote. "If there is a sad truth here, it is that there is no repercussions for bloggers who blast out widespread, venomous allegations."

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs also released a statement Thursday: "We have no reason to believe these allegations are either accurate or credible. However, as a matter of procedure, we are reviewing them carefully."


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Ex-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was accused in Roberts' report of giving Mike McNeil $400 after a practice. Muschamp, now the Florida coach, denied it. McNeil is set to go on trial Monday for armed robbery charges.

Previously, the NCAA found no violations involving the Tigers' recruitment of Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner.

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    The Associated Press contributed to this report.