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Auburn releases statement on investigation of cheating scandal involving football program

Auburn releases statement on investigation of cheating scandal involving football program”

The University has hired a Birmingham law firm for yet another independent investigation inside Auburn Athletics - this time to probe whether an academic mentor took an online final exam for a football player previous year, according to an ESPN Outside the Lines report.

The mentor's wrong-doing was reportedly found out when a part-time tutor with the Tiger Mentor Program discovered that one football player allegedly had earned a ideal score on an online final exam before the test was administered. 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 Birmingham-based law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White is handling the investigation. In a report issued to ESPN, Auburn called the allegations "false" and claimed that the part-time employee was "placed on administrative leave on August 31 because of a dispute with a co-worker".

The Birmingham law firm is already looking into the softball and men's basketball programs for unrelated issues.

"It's simply not true", the statement reads. "While the independent investigation has found no evidence to date to support the claims, I'm actively engaged as the investigation continues".

Per ESPN, the tutor who reported the allegation did not have her job renewed. 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. The source said the player told the tutor he had not taken the exam.

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.



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