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Auburn completes internal review of recent allegations

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Auburn has officially come back with a counterpunch to Selena Roberts‘ recent Roopstigo story detailing allegations of, among other things, academic fraud and impermissible benefits in the Tigers’ football program.

In an open letter released Monday morning, AU athletic director Jay Jacobs detailed the results of an internal investigation into the multiple claims made in Roberts’ story, primarily from former player Mike McNeil.

“In response to an article published by earlier this month, we have reviewed the allegations of academic fraud made in the story,” Jacobs wrote. “Even though many of the sources interviewed for the article criticized the reporter for misquoting or misrepresenting them as soon as the story appeared, the allegations were serious enough to prompt an internal review.”

You can read the entire letter HERE. Additionally, and in a separate document which you can also see HERE, Auburn goes point-for-point with the allegations made in the report. Among the retorts made by the university include:

  • A denial of academic fraud. The Roopstigo report states, citing three AU players, that as many as nine players, including running back Michael Dyer, were ineligible for the 2011 BCS championship game, yet were made eligible. AU claims  internal reviews by both the university and internal auditing “found no evidence that improper grade changes occurred. In fact, six players were deemed academically ineligible for the game and did not travel with the team to Arizona.” As for Dyer, AU says the former running back passed 15 credit hours in the fall semester with a 2.8 GPA. 
  • A denial of academic fraud concerning McNeil, who claims his Computer 1000 class grade was changed from an F to a C. Auburn’s response says McNeil’s grade was changed — after documented excused absences for medical reasons were shown to his professor.
  • The allegation that McNeil gave $500 to recruit Dre Kirkpatrick on an official visit; Auburn says Kirkpatrick never came to the school on an official visit. Kirkpatrick also denied receiving money.
  • Regarding the communication between McNeil’s family and Auburn after McNeil’s arrest in 2011, Auburn say phone records show multiple conversations between McNeil’s family and the school between March 11, 2011, and April 1, 2011.
  • Regarding the allegation that Auburn obstructed McNeil’s transfer from the school, AU claims McNeil did not properly withdraw and was therefore academically ineligible per NCAA rules.
  • AU also takes on the allegations of massive recreational drug use, later reported by ESPN. Per the investigation, three players tested positive for marijuana between Aug., 2010 and Feb. 2011, out of 231 separate tests. Following the 2011 BCS championship, seven players tested positive for synthetic marijuana. But, as previously stated by AU, synthetic marijuana was not added to the university’s list of banned substances until later that year.

Former Tigers coach Gene Chizik and assistant Will Muschamp have already issued separate denials on their alleged involvement in the allegations.

Less than a week after the Roopstigo story went live, McNeil pleaded guilty to robbery stemming from an incident in 2011 which also involved other former AU players. In Roberts’ story, McNeil’s attorney maintained that his client was innocent and was willing to go to trial to prove so.

Updated 12:21 p.m. ET: Roberts has responded to Auburn’s release of its internal investigation. In a statement to the Opelika-Auburn News, Roberts said “I found the response to be self-revealing on Auburn’s part. As I continue to report out a separate story for a later date, I will address some of the issues Auburn raised.”

So, yeah. Get ready for more rounds of this.

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20 Responses to “Auburn completes internal review of recent allegations”
  1. jrs45 says: Apr 22, 2013 12:02 PM


  2. melkipershero says: Apr 22, 2013 12:03 PM

    Does anyone trust an internal review? For that matter does anyone trust the NCAA?

  3. lbroberts123 says: Apr 22, 2013 12:41 PM

    For that matter does anyone trust a reporter who has no credible sources, and continues to try to make a name for herself? Are we to trust a convicted felon who screwed his career up?

  4. taintedlombardis says: Apr 22, 2013 1:50 PM

    What did you expect them to say? Here, take back our crystal football. They are going to deny ad nauseum. It’s not like these types of infractions are kept in a ledger. They will just attack the sources.

  5. bertenheim says: Apr 22, 2013 2:56 PM

    Rule 1) Cheat
    Rule 2) Don’t get caught
    Rule 3) If caught, lie
    SOP in the SEC.

  6. packerbadger says: Apr 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    We’re so hot, we’re so cool
    We’re so bad we don’t even have to go to school
    How can this be?
    Thats because we’re the SEC!

  7. jon11x says: Apr 22, 2013 3:17 PM

    Dre Kirkpatrick ended up going to Alabama. He denied the accusations that McNeil spent $500 on him. Why would Kirkpatrick lie to save Auburn when he is Bama guy and now in the NFL.

  8. BrownsTown says: Apr 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    Well there you have it. Move along, folks. AU says it’s fine.

    Then again, this has worked in the past, so why knock a successful strategy?

  9. thegamecocker says: Apr 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    Jim Jacobs conducting an “internal investigation” is analogous to my cleaning lady performing a colonoscopy and then reading the results. Auburn is guilty and they deserve a stiff penalty.

  10. jrillah10 says: Apr 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    The troll is back. Hey cocksucker. You’re a complete loser. Go away. No one cares that you dislike Auburn. Must be a slow day in South Carolina.

  11. barkleyblows says: Apr 22, 2013 8:50 PM

    Of course they never cheated 😉

    An SEC team cheat and get away with it??! That’s unheard of!!

  12. buckcat says: Apr 22, 2013 8:55 PM


  13. 35longmiles says: Apr 22, 2013 8:58 PM

    jon11x says:
    Apr 22, 2013 3:17 PM
    Dre Kirkpatrick ended up going to Alabama. He denied the accusations that McNeil spent $500 on him. Why would Kirkpatrick lie to save Auburn when he is Bama guy and now in the NFL.
    Why would he deny the allegation? You’re at an impressive level of stupid.

  14. thegamecocker says: Apr 22, 2013 10:37 PM


    I guess you must be looking for your mother again. Normally you can find her at a strip joint in Memphis. But she may be at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel doing what she does best. Auburn will be going down…..too! Now get lost, punk!

  15. jrillah10 says: Apr 22, 2013 11:03 PM


    As usual, your class brings you to talking about someone’s mother. You seriously have issues, you degenerate f*@k. You’ve been saying Auburn will go down for years kind of like your mom going down on you. See how that works. I was in middleschool at one time as well. You truly are pathetic. I can’t wait to see that mediocre season, again, from that garbage school you claim. Dirtbag.

  16. Walk says: Apr 23, 2013 1:22 AM

    The wording in the auburn review is telling. Look at the statement made about Dre Kirkpatrick which indicates that since it was not an official visit they do not care what was spent on him or where it came from.

  17. barkleyblows says: Apr 23, 2013 2:32 AM

    DEATH PENALTY!!!!!!!!

  18. thegamecocker says: Apr 23, 2013 7:51 AM

    @jrillah10 SAYS:

    “The troll is back. Hey cocksucker. You’re a complete loser. Go away. No one cares that you dislike Auburn. Must be a slow day in South Carolina.”

    You’re criticizing my class……”HEY COCKSUCKER” and you’re criticizing my class? Meanwhile your school is a renegade, out-of-control institution, that Selena Roberts has outed. Dre Kirkpatrick wasn’t on an “official visit” so someone slips a player some “play money” and they have some hooker fun…..BTW, where was your mother that night? One last thing, quit starring in gay porn movies.

  19. 1990tiger says: Apr 23, 2013 10:05 AM

    I’m sorry, I was looking for CFT. I don’t know how I stumbled into this middle school chat room.

  20. packerbadger says: Apr 24, 2013 3:27 PM

    Anyone else that the SEC has been in the news A LOT lately? lol!

    Wasn’t that beauty contestant from South Carolina that answered the really tough question of why one fifth of americans can’t locate the United States on a map and she answered: “Uh, such as, we don’t have maps and uh, uh, such as…..uh, such as………”
    I bet the majority of the one fifth of people who can’t locate the USA on a map are SEC students/alum.

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