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Ex-Auburn players deny receiving special treatment

Updated: July 14, 2006, 9:18 PM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- The one-on-one coursework an Auburn professor provided to dozens of students, including a number of football players during the Tigers' unbeaten 2004 season, is typically granted only under special circumstances, a professor said.

The university is investigating claims that the athletes were able to maintain eligibility and help boost the program's academic rankings by taking what are known as "directed-reading" classes by Dr. Thomas Petee, interim director of Auburn's sociology ...

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