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Nobody claims knowledge of grade changes
AU football signee from B.C. Rain had 10 of his grades changed

MOBILE (AP) — A recent B.C. Rain High School graduate who reportedly is an Auburn football signee had 10 grades raised on his transcript and it’s not known how they were changed, Mobile County school officials said.

Superintendent Harold Dodge said the student might still be eligible to play college football next season even with the original grades.

The Press-Register has identified the player as former B.C. Rain defensive back Ryan Williams, an Auburn signee.

School officials have found no evidence that the school’s registrar, coach or principal knew about the changes, Dodge said.

“We may never know how they went up,” he said.

The school system has also been investigating seven grade changes involving a recent Williamson High School graduate, whom the newspaper identified as Auburn lineman signee Nick Fairley.

The B.C. Rain student’s transcript, dated June 2006, had 10 grades higher than grades originally recorded that March, Dodge said. Investigators believe the changes, some of which dated back to the student’s freshman year, were made in his junior year, before he had committed to Auburn.

There has been no indication that Auburn officials had knowledge of or involvement in the changes at either school.

The grade changes have been traced to the same computer at B.C. Rain, Dodge said, but investigators believe the computer was left logged on during the school day and could have been used by anyone.

A teacher at the school reported the grade changes.

“We had a teacher say she had discovered the verification of the grades didn’t match up with her grade book,” Dodge said. “The integrity of the scores is important to us and important to these kids’ futures, but there were some institutional control issues on this one.”

B.C. Rain football coach Anthony Shamburger said Williams had registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse, which determines eligibility for incoming Division I athletes.

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