According to a report from ESPN's Mark Schlabach, Tom Junod and Paula Lavigne, Auburn has hired a law firm to investigate whether or not a part-time academic staffer took a final exam for at least one member on Auburn's 2016 team. She is making claims not supported by facts, and based on what ESPN told us, she keeps changing her story.
According to the university, the player in questions returned to school to finish his degree. "Neither she, her attorney nor our investigation have produced anything to support her claims". A tutor who works with that mentor became aware of the allegation in February while reviewing a football player's academic records and noticed that the player received a ideal score on the final exam just a few weeks into the course.
The law firm was hired the same day the tutor reportedly received written notification of being placed on administrative leave.
After telling the mentor's supervisor, the tutor was told her job would not be renewed, and the tutor then reported the problem to Auburn's compliance director and human resources for the athletic department.
In a statement, Auburn told Outside the Lines that the person who claims the "mentor" took the exam "is a part-time employee placed on administrative leave on August 31 because of a dispute with a coworker".
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"The allegation made in the ESPN story is false based on our review to date", the Athletics statement went on to say.
"I take the allegation very seriously", he said.
Well, despite what you may think about the nature of the term "student-athlete" and whether or not athletes attend universities for the education, it's definitely Auburn's responsibility to look into things like this. Former Auburn softball player Alex Nemeth is alleging multiple sexual harassment violations and an organized cover-up by both then-head coach Clint Myers and then-assistant coach Corey Myers in a detailed 14-page Title IX complaint. The elder Myers abruptly retired after the allegations surfaced.
On Sept. 26, Auburn men's basketball associate head coach Chuck Person was arrested and charged with six counts of federal corruption as a result of a joint investigation run by the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office. After a court appearance in NY on Tuesday, he was released on $100,000 bond. Leath called that report "inaccurate".