Herring Says Academic Questions Not Fair

Auburn football senior Will Herring comments at the SEC Media Days.

Hoover, Ala.--Fifth-year senior Will Herring says news reports questioning his team's academic successes are not fair and not a concern to Auburn's football players as they prepare for the 2006 season.

Speaking at SEC Media Days on Friday, Herring said, "It has not been a distraction--not to the team. We pretty much have focused on what we have on hand and that is Washington State.

"Day in and day out we are working out, we are working, we are lifting. Has it been fair? I can say it (newspaper reports) hasn't been fair. I can say it has not been fair, but life is not fair.

"We have climbed to the top of the nation academically and when you are at the top people want to shoot you down," the linebacker said. "We are not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We will let the investigation speak for itself. We are excited about it and we are ready to let them find there was no wrongdoing."

Herring represented Auburn at SEC Media Days along with fellow senior Courtney Taylor, a wide receiver.

"It was never even talked about in the locker room," Herring said to a question from a New York Times reporter on Friday. "As far as the team goes, we know what we have worked for. We know how many hours we have put in in study hall. We know if you don't have a certain grade point average you are going to be in study hall and have your classes checked. I don't think it is even a question that we have to answer among ourselves. We know what goes on over there. It is not even an issue.

"Our guys have done their jobs to the best of their ability," Herring added. "Knowing the integrity and kind of people that are over there in the academic offices and the guys in charge of our classes, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt they have done nothing wrong. The investigation is going on so it will speak for itself when it comes out."

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