Auburn football faces synthetic marijuana allegations

Streeter Lecka

An ESPN report found that at least a dozen Auburn Tigers failed synthetic marijuana drug tests.

The Auburn Tigers have been hit by another alleged wave of scandal. An ESPN investigation reports that the university knowingly covered up the failed drug tests of at least a dozen football players on the 2010 team for synthetic marijuana. That includes running back Michael Dyer, who was suspended and released from his Auburn scholarship a year after the allegations. Reportedly another dozen Tiger seniors were never caught because drug testing didn't begin for synthetic marijuana until after the BCS National Championship game, when Auburn beat Oregon 22-19 that same season to capture the national title.

Reports indicate that both Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and athletic director Jay Jacobs were both aware of the tests, but decided to keep the results secret and punish none of the athletes. Typically, schools don't publicize the results of drug tests.

Reportedly, tight end Dakota Mosley failed seven drug tests in seven weeks, but was allowed to stay on the team without punishment. He would eventually be part of an armed robbery that involved Dyer's gun. Antonio Goodwin, currently serving 15 years in prison for the crime, alleged that "half the team" used the drug.

This latest allegation only adds to the growing list of accusations that plagued the short reign of Chizik. This includes the Selena Roberts allegations of coaches muddling police investigations, altered test scores and paying players. Players have stepped forward to say that they were paid money to be Auburn Tigers. There were armed robberies, supposed briberies, and the suspicision hovering around Cam Newton.

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