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STATEMENT FROM AUBURN DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JAY JACOBS ON SELENA ROBERTS' STORY
Anytime accusations are made against Auburn, we take them seriously. We have no reason to believe these allegations are either accurate or credible. However, as a matter of procedure, we are reviewing them carefully.
It is important to note that several of the sources in this story have since indicated they were either misquoted, quoted out of context or denied the allegations.
Unfortunately, the reporter who published this story did not fully represent to us what the story was about when requesting an interview. We were only told that the reporter was working on a story about the alleged armed robbery involving four former football players, which occurred over two years ago.
We were never told the story would include allegations about academic fraud or improper benefits. Had we known that, we would have responded immediately with the statement above.
wow that was a short address
Yes Yes Yes we're finally taking a stand and fighting back...wait, actually we're not fighting anything at all. I just saw on Around The Horn where all four sports writers said that Auburn not saying they were clean might as well have been an admission of guilt.
Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon really disappointed me and especially Willbon. I expected more out of him and he's been one of the few reasonable people on that network at least when it came to evaluating stuff with Auburn. Both of them were saying that they believed the reporting but they didn't say why they thought it was accurate.
I guess the thing that surprises me the most about this whole thing is how the people just believe whatever it is they spew out there. The same thing happened to those Duke kids. This woman ruined what should have been a great time in these young men lives and cost them a season. Hell, the program was destroyed before a trial. The whole thing wasn't true but that team won't get its season back. I haven't even heard this gem of a reporter say anything remotely resembling remorse about destroying what should have been a great lacrosse season. She owes them at least a damn apology!
I'm getting damned sick of us having to do this. It's time we did something...anything that's not stupid. Granted, sometimes that's not as easy as you think. I can't stand this whole "Auburn's lack of denial is an admission of guilt." We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. I know this much, I'm tired of watching the best program in terms of family, love, tradition, and dedication consistently get dragged through the mud.
We're getting more negative stories than anybody else by far. Don't tell me every school gets hit the same way. Of course, there are multiple stories hitting multiple schools. However, nobody and I mean nobody gets something so regularly heaped on them like Auburn does. It's hard to ignore it when they keep slapping us across the face with these insults.
Remember: If The Jury Box Is Stacked With Foxes...The Chickin Is Always Guilty
1) all accusations are investigated because Auburn acts responsibly
2) this serves as a denial
3) this ads no new detail so the story is given no room to grow
It's a new day in Auburn football!
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