Auburn has hired an outside firm to look into allegations that a school tutor took a final exam for a member of the 2016 football team.
AU has been involved in a rash of athletic scandals across numerous sports recently.
Former assistant men’s basketball coach Chuck Person is one of the four college hoops assistants currently embroiled in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport. The school is also dealing with an investigation into misconduct within the Tigers softball program, as well as a lawsuit brought about by a former baseball coach.
Now, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Auburn is looking into allegations that a Tigers football player had a final exam taken for him.
A source told Outside the Lines that a mentor in Auburn’s Student-Athlete Support Services department took an online final exam for at least one football player. A tutor who worked with the mentor became aware of the alleged misconduct while reviewing a football player’s academic records in February, the source said, noticing that the player had received a perfect grade on a final exam only a few weeks into the course. The source said the player told the tutor he had not taken the exam.
After hearing that, the source said the tutor alerted the mentor’s supervisor. In August, the tutor who had reported the allegations was told her job wouldn’t be renewed, according to the source; the tutor then reported the issue to Auburn’s compliance director and the athletics department’s human resources office.
Auburn released a statement to ESPN, strongly denying that any academic improprieties occurred.
“It’s simply not true,” the statement reads. “The person making the accusation is a part-time employee placed on administrative leave on Aug. 31 because of a dispute with a coworker. She is making claims not supported by facts, and based on what ESPN told us, she keeps changing her story. Neither she, her attorney nor our investigation have produced anything to support her claims.”
We’ll update as more is released on this situation.