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THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007

AU recruit’s grade change may not be that irregular

MOBILE (AP) — The transcript of Auburn football signee Nick Fairley, initially viewed as having grades on it changed, “may not be irregular,” Mobile County School Superintendent Harold Dodge said.

But Dodge said Tuesday he is still examining alleged grade changes involving Fairley and fellow Auburn recruit Ryan Williams and hopes to wrap up his investigation into the two Mobile-area players by week’s end.

Declining to comment on specifics during the investigation, Dodge told The Birmingham News that Fairley’s grade changes “may not be irregular. I don’t know yet, but on the first blush it looks like that.”

Fairley graduated from Williamson High School and Williams from B.C. Rain. The grade changes in question were allegedly made in June 2006, and were first reported by the Press-Register.

“We have found a computer that we believe was used,” Dodge said. “But we can’t tie anybody to that computer. We don’t know if it got hacked or someone went around us. It’s really driving me nuts.

“We just can’t have the system break down like this.”

Dodge said the NCAA Clearinghouse notified him of a problem in at least one of the transcripts, but didn’t remember how the school board learned of the other discrepancy.

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