News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2007

AU signees ‘dumbfounded’ by grade probe

By Bradley Handwerger · 340-2462

MOBILE — Nick Fairley knew exactly what to say.

When broached with the topic of grade changing, he simply said, “I don’t want to comment on that.”

Three days after Fairley’s name was mentioned in conjunction with a Mobile County school system investigation into grade changes on his high school transcript, the Auburn football signee was ready to move on.

According to published reports, Fairley, along with fellow Auburn signee Ryan Williams, had grades from a junior year class changed by the time their transcripts were ready to be sent to Auburn and the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Fairley is a Williamson High graduate and Williams is a B.C. Rain graduate. Both are in Mobile this week for the 20th annual Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Classic.

Monday afternoon, after Fairley checked in with All-Star Classic officials, he said the first he heard that his transcript was being questioned was Friday when the story ran in the Mobile paper.

He still hasn’t heard from anyone about the transcript, including Auburn officials.

“I haven’t heard from anybody yet,” Fairly said.

Williams was more talkative about the subject. Williams said he didn’t find out about the investigation until a reporter from the Press-Register contacted him Thursday night.

“No one ever gave me a grade,” Williams said. “I’ve never had a grade issue. When they brought that to me, I was dumbfounded.”

He added, “No one from Mobile called me. No one from the school system called me. I haven’t talked to anyone.”

Williams said he still expects to be at Auburn on June 10 when he’ll report for summer classes.

Both players earned first-team Class 5A all-state honors.

There is no indication at this time that anyone associated with Auburn had anything to do with the grade changes.

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