Fairley Headed to Junior College

Athlete Nick Fairley did not pass the academic requirements necessary to play football at Auburn this season.

Auburn, Ala.--Football signee Nick Fairley received word from the NCAA Clearinghouse that he did not meet the academic requirements to enroll and play football at Auburn University this season. Fairley will enroll at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., for the fall semester.

The 6-4, 260-pound athlete from Williamson High School was involved in a lengthy process of getting his academic paperwork squared away after an unknown person in the Mobile City School system changed some of his high school grades. Ryan Williams, a 2007 signee from B.C. Rain High School, had the same problem but was accepted into Auburn after his transcripts were cleared.

Fairley, right, could have played many positions at the college level.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville noted that it was a difficult summer for Fairley and his family, and the prospect just missed qualifying. The Auburn staff is hoping to have Fairley enrolled by the fall semester of 2009.

Fairley was a finalist for the 5A Alabama Lineman of the Year as a senior and also averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds playing basketball. He would have likely been a defensive end at Auburn, but Fairley was also a dominant right tackle in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star game.

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