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Walker sets a bad example at Auburn

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Nov. 27
In college athletics, we often hear university presidents talking about integrity. They preach about loyalty, and how important it is for those involved in academics do things the "proper way."

After the number of controversies over the past year, there is a need to bring honor back to intercollegiate athletics.

But after the number of controversies over the past year, there is a need to bring honor back to intercollegiate athletics.

That said, I was shocked and dismayed by the recent news out of Auburn University. Shame on you school president William Walker for meeting with Louisville football coach
Bobby Petrino, while current coach Tommy Tuberville is still under contract -- that is an absolute disgrace.

There were rumors swirling about Tuberville's demise, even after Auburn's win over arch-rival Alabama. But it's unbelievable to hold a meeting with Petrino, who is a former Auburn assistant, while Tuberville is bascially twisting in the wind.

Petrino was embarrassed enough by the situation to withdraw his name from consideration. He also apologized to Tuberville for having the private discussion about the job. And he apologized to Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, as well.

Meanwhile, Walker preached to do things the right way and then, didn't practice what he preached. I have to wonder what the students at Auburn think of this situation.

Walker reportedly has said that Tuberville is welcome to stay on as Auburn's head coach. But if I was Tuberville, I'd tell the school they could keep their job. Everything is based on W's and L's, not character or class.

The President of a university is supposed to set the foundation and serve as a leader for every student on campus. If everyone followed Walker's example in this case, life at Auburn would be a disaster.

Shame on you, Mr. Walker. It's unfortunately another black mark on intercollegiate athletics.

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