"I have never said this was something that was done specifically for athletes," Gundlach said. "My concern was that the athletes were something that was going to call attention to it and lead to embarrassing situations. If the athletes weren't there, nobody would care.
"Since I've been thinking about the athletic rules and other such things, it is clear that everything Petee did for athletes was also available for other students. In terms of the letter of NCAA regulations, there are probably no problems."
So, in the end, Auburn fans will tout their great vindication against the New York Times, the Tuscaloosa Times, Warren St. John, Bear Bryant, TiderInsider.com, and just about every other conspirator against their program, all the while missing the fact that their football program escaped sanction because the lax standards in the sociology department applied to everyone. Does it really make you feel better to have your school indicted as an academic institution instead of your football program? Wait, don't answer that question, Mr. Lowder.