Auburn president Steven Leath: Softball program under comprehensive review
Auburn University president Steven Leath said the school is performing a comprehensive review of its softball program in the wake of allegations of abuse and sexual harassment under coach Clint Myers and associate head coach Corey Myers.
Leath, who became Auburn’s president in June, told ESPN the university hired Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White to be involved in the review of the softball program. The law firm did not immediately confirm it had been retained but a university spokesman confirmed there is a review.
“An investigation was launched when concerns were raised about the softball program,” an Auburn spokesman told AL.com. “While it’s substantially completed and appropriate actions were taken as a result, university officials are determining if any unresolved issues remain.”
Calls to Leath’s office were not immediately returned on Tuesday.
The review comes after ESPN’s report of a Title IX compliant filed by former walk-on pitcher Alexa Nemeth on May 31 claiming, “Coach Clint Myers knowingly let his son Corey Myers have relations and pursue relations with multiple members of the team.”
Nemeth’s attorney, Martin Greenberg, sent a letter to Leath, athletic director Jay Jacobs and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on July 20 further detailing the actions of athletic administrators and members of the coaching staff, including Corey Myers, who resigned on March 30.
Cassie Arner, associate athletic director for strategic communications, said Auburn’s investigation began after players filed anonymous ethics complaints about the alleged behavior of Corey Myers in Sept. 2016, which led to his two-week leave of absence, and it has “been a continuous process,” according to ESPN.
Jacobs told AL.com on April 27 he had no knowledge of any investigation into Corey Myers. Arner told ESPN Jacobs’ comments were “unfortunate” and possibly “misleading.”
“There’s a big fear of admitting investigations because of what that does to the privacy of some of the people involved,” Arner told ESPN. “He (Jacobs) should have just said, ‘We don’t comment on investigations.’ Publicly, he was just echoing the statements from when Corey resigned, which does seem misleading.”
Auburn issued a release announcing Clint Myers’ “retirement” on Wednesday, citing family reasons, though four statements by the athletic department and Auburn University since stated, “there is a reason changes took place with the coaching staff.”
Auburn has not responded to any of AL.com’s public records requests related to Corey Myers and the softball program, which began on March 21.
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Published at Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:43:00 +0000