Eltoro Freeman ineligible for opener

Auburn senior linebacker Eltoro Freeman was ruled ineligible for Saturday's season opener against Utah State because of an "administrative oversight" in his eligibility process, the university announced Saturday.

"I hate it for Eltoro that this occurred because this is on Auburn," Tigers coach Gene Chizik said in a statement.

Freeman was declared ineligible by the NCAA for the game, but the school said he is expected to be available for next week's game against Mississippi State.

Freeman was listed as a second-team middle linebacker. In 2010, he appeared in 12 games for the Tigers with five starts, registering 37 tackles, with four for losses and a sack. Freeman has started 12 games at Auburn.

Edward Aschoff covers the SEC for ESPN.com