Auburn University’s administration is investigating potential shortcomings in university athletics policy and procedures, the school said in a statement Monday, also saying officials are acting quickly.
The statement comes as reports swirl around head football coach Bryan Harsin, who saw division emerge between his players during his short time at Auburn.
“Auburn’s administration judiciously collects information from a variety of perspectives, including our student-athletes, and acts quickly to understand any issues in accordance with university policies and procedures,” the statement said. “Decisions regarding the future of Auburn and its athletic programs, as always, are made in the best interests of our great university and in fairness to all concerned. We do not make institutional decisions based on social media posts or media headlines.
Auburn school president Jay Gogue told the university’s board of trustees on Friday that the administration is involved in what’s happening with football and that his office is working to “separate the facts of fiction”.
Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess, executive vice president of Auburn University, has conducted interviews with departures from the program, according to an ESPN report released Friday — which may include one of 20 football players who have left the program in recent months, or defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who made a surprising move to leave Auburn for Oklahoma State, or Austin Davis, who Harsin hired to be the offensive coordinator before Davis quit after only 43 days.