Auburn is already investigating scandals in its softball and men’s basketball programs, but on Wednesday, the football team was added to the list.
On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” it was reported that at least one member of the football team had a tutor take a test for him in 2016.
On Wednesday evening, the university responded to the claims, releasing a lengthy statement calling the allegations false (via OANow.com):
The player for which we are conducting an investigation is not a member of the current team and was not a member of the team at the time of the allegation. He is a former player who came back to school to complete his degree. As you know from our statement he categorically denies the claim.
The allegation made in the ESPN story is false based on our review to date. The person making the accusation was a part-time employee placed on administrative leave in late August. She is making claims not supported by facts, and based on what ESPN told us this morning, before the story came out, she keeps changing her story. Neither she, her attorney, nor our investigation have produced anything to support her claims. Neither has ESPN.
It should also be noted that the accuser has signed thirty-eight bi-monthly time sheets during her part-time employment stating that she has no knowledge or has not witnessed or assisted a student-athlete in participating in academic dishonesty. She has also signed compliance forms indicating no knowledge of wrongdoing.
We have no reason to think the allegation about the former student is true.
It will be a busy next few months for Auburn, as the athletic program has several potential scandals to investigate and respond to.