“… the whitest school in the SEC.”

You’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that there’s another academic scandal at, of all places, Auburn.  But, Auburn being Auburn, there’s so much more.

Thomas was the director of academic support services for Auburn football until March 1. That’s the day Auburn fired him. He is now suing Auburn for discrimination. A lawsuit against Auburn was delivered in Thomas’ name last Friday, and I was emailed a copy of the complaint on Monday.

It claims that Auburn discriminated against Thomas based on race and gender. Essentially, this is the case: a grade for a football player was apparently changed in December of 2019, and Thomas allegedly was fired for knowing about it, but his three superiors were not because they’re white women. The lawsuit also alleges that Thomas experienced a hostile work environment and unfair pressure because football players were making bad grades.

“I feel like a lot of this was done to sabotage my career and make sure I don’t get another job in athletics,” Thomas said.

The quote in the post header comes from my favorite part of the allegations in the lawsuit.

This lawsuit alleges that Thomas was the “token” Black guy of his department “to provide the illusion of racial and gender equality by Auburn University, and help Auburn defend itself against its criticized image as the whitest school in the SEC.”

… As for Auburn’s whiteness, well, it is indeed the whitest school in the SEC, according to U.S. News’ 2019 campus ethnic diversity rating system. Auburn scored a 0.27 with 1.0 being the highest possible score for diversity. That puts Auburn right there with BYU and the University of Charleston. I would argue that Ole Miss and Alabama historically have a whiter “criticized image” than Auburn, but that’s not really a debate anyone wins.

Oh, I disagree.  We’re all winners here, at least those of us on the outside looking in.

I just hope somebody asks Spurrier to update his observation about Auburn academics:

On a fire at the Auburn library that destroyed 20 books: “The real tragedy was that 15 hadn’t been colored yet.”

(h/t Lan4Dawg)

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19 responses to ““… the whitest school in the SEC.”

  1. Oh, this is going to be fun.

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    • Down Island Way

      The “prettiest little cesspool on the plains” just gets deeper… “unfair pressure because football players were making bad grades.”…now was this unfairness on the players,” the gus bus” or the token dude, not keeping score here but that is one helluva recruiting pitch…go to class, there is NO class here at #AUBURN SUCKS!, we got a “class bagman”…

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  2. hialtdawg

    Gonna really like driving in my truck after reading this

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  3. Derek

    Can anyone show me a single academically ineligible football player at Auburn, ever?

    Just one.

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  4. ASEF

    That’s why I funded the damn Sociology Department, you morons! – Bobby Lowder, somewhere

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  5. classiccitycanine

    Auburn is like a cheesecake. The students are rich and white. If you have money and aren’t good enough academically for UGA, you go to Auburn, Alabama, or Ole Miss.

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  6. theotherdoug

    How did Auburn not settle this quietly?!?!? I’d love to hear the explanation of how this isn’t going to look bad when it gets out. lol

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  7. The Spurrier joke is offensive and has been revised to read “…and 15 did not yet reflect a diverse and culturally sensitive pastel change to celebrate inclusiveness.” Unfortunately nobody at Auburn can neither read nor understand these words and the joke goes over their heads.

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  8. Teacher Martin

    I thought UGA was the whitest school. You know they don’t like black QBs. Ask any Justin Fields supporter.

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  9. Munsoning

    Let’s hear it for Auburn, one of our nation’s HWCUs–Historically White Colleges and Universities.

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  10. Texas Dawg

    Raging ORANGE dumpster fire to the North at UT. Slowly picking up fuel ORANGE dumpster fire to the South in Gainesville. Spark just lit on an ORANGE dumpster fire to the West at Greater Opelika Community College. How soon before there is an ORANGE dumpster fire in the East at SC Tractor College?

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