Is Auburn’s president supervising his athletic department?

Did Auburn’s president confirm a complete lack of institutional control over the Auburn Athletic Department?

The Birmingham News reported, “Auburn President Jay Gogue said last week he is uncertain the status of the NCAA investigation.”

Oh, but it gets better.

And more clueless.

Also from the Birmingham News: “I’ve never heard anything about it other than what I read in the newspapers,” Gogue said. “I have not a clue what’s going on. I haven’t heard anything. I just see it’s a constant story.”

That begs the question. What else is Gogue in the dark about involving Auburn’s Athletic Department?

Does Gogue supervise the athletic department? Or does it supervise itself? Does it tell the president what he should know, or does it tell the president want it wants him to know?

If Gogue isn’t following the serious NCAA investigation of Auburn, then it is a clear lack of institutional leadership—and that means there is no real control of athletic interests by the academic side of the university. If you don’t know what is going on in that department, you can’t control that department.

Is Gogue simply a figurehead? A real leader would demand information from his subordinates. And a real leader would get that information.

Without a real leader there can be no effective university oversight.

Maybe the NCAA should talk to the president of Auburn to see how little oversight there really is.

It is unbelievable that a president at an SEC school would get information about an NCAA investigation from the newspaper.