Auburn in self-defense mode over scathing reports

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

The school began testing for synthetic marijuana three days after the testing firm used, Aegis Sciences Corporation, came up with a test that detected the drug, sometimes referred to as spice, Jacobs said. The drug was legally sold in stores in Alabama in 2010.

The athletic director said since synthetic marijuana was added to the school's drug testing policy as a banned substance that August, three athletes out of 2,500-plus tested have come up positive for the drug.

Arner would not identify which sports the three competed in but said they are no longer on an Auburn roster. She also said the failed tests all came that August.

The ESPN report quoted Kitchens' mother, Kimberly Harkness, as saying Auburn did not inform her that her son had tested positive for the drug and that she felt "betrayed." She cited a Feb. 15 phone conversation with assistant coach Trooper Taylor.

Kitchens didn't test positive for synthetic marijuana until the following day, Arner said. She also said that Auburn officials could not inform athletes' parents of the results until they signed waivers after synthetic marijuana was included in the policy.

The person answering the phone at the number listed on phone logs between Harkness and Auburn coaches, including Chizik, said Harkness did not live there.

Mosley, a freshman tight end on the 2010 team, told ESPN that he failed seven straight weekly tests for the drug and was only suspended — for three months — after testing positive for marijuana.

Arner said Mosley's first positive marijuana test came Dec. 21, 2010. Dakota Mosley's father, Harrison, and attorney Davis Whittelsey did not immediately return messages left by the AP on Friday.

In the initial report, on, McNeil said he was paid some $400 by then-assistant Will Muschamp after a practice. Muschamp denied making the payment through a spokesman at Florida, where he's head coach.

McNeil also told the Web site that a failing computer science grade, where he had excessive absences, was changed before the 2010 season. He brought the professor a medical excuse explaining his absences from the class, Arner said.

The report also said players heard that star running back Mike Dyer was ineligible for the BCS championship game, where he was the MVP. Dyer had passed 15 credit hours in the fall semester and "was never in any kind of jeopardy of being ineligible," Arner said.

Receiver Darvin Adams also said he was offered money to stay for his senior season. Instead, he entered the NFL draft; Adams wasn't selected.

Jacobs has said Auburn was investigating the claims, but didn't think they were true.