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.
Per the report, “a mentor in Auburn’s Student-Athlete Support Services department took a final exam for at least one 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.” Per the report, the player said he had not taken the final exam.
The school confirmed to ESPN that a law firm, Lightfoot, Franklin & White out of Birmingham, Ala., had been hired on Aug. 31, but the school called the allegations false.
The investigation is just the latest in Auburn athletics, which is also looking into its softball and men’s basketball programs. The men’s basketball program is involved in the FBI’s investigation into several college coaches.
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