Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs issued a response Monday to allegations made by Selena Roberts in early April of academic fraud and other violations in the football program. Following the initial buzz created by that piece, many of the claims made in the article were found to be questionable at best.
"As the facts demonstrate, the article is clearly flawed," Jacobs wrote. "I want you to know that I will always act on the basis of facts. I will continue to fight for Auburn University, and I will continue to defend this great institution against such attacks."
Jacobs refuted any notion of academic fraud, stating that independent reviews conducted by the school found no such improprieties. In a blow-by-blow breakdown of the allegations made in Roberts' article, Auburn addressed, among other things, the claims that more than 40 players tested positive for drugs after the 2011 BCS title game and that running back Michael Dyer played in the contest despite being academically ineligible.
In addition to Roberts' story, Auburn also had to contend this month with an ESPN article alleging that there was an "epidemic of synthetic marijuana use" within the football program. Jacobs clarified the situation in that instance as well.