June 3, 2014
After six hard-working years as an Auburn assistant baseball coach, Scott Foxhall deserved better. He was victimized Monday by what can best be described as journalism amateur hour.
A little-known publication called College Baseball Daily posted a report that said flatly Foxhall had filed a lawsuit in the wake of his firing by first-year coach Sunny Golloway. And it was flatly wrong.
Anyone who has been a reporter for long has been wrong about something. But there is no excuse for ever being wrong about someone filing a lawsuit. Lawsuits are public record. If one has been filed, it’s very easy to find out. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
Foxhall has not filed any lawsuit, has not filed a grievance or even complained. He was saddened by the entire episode.
“I love this place,” Foxhall said. “To see my name saying I sued a place I love was hurtful. It was very disappointing to me. I let the people I thought were important know it wasn’t true. Then it’s hurtful toward me because it looks like I might be behaving badly as an employee. That’s not the case either. It was disappointing on all fronts.”
Foxhall arrived at Auburn in 2009 from College of Charleston with newly hired head coach John Pawlowski. He was primary recruiter in Pawlowski’s five seasons and this season before being let go.’
In Auburn, Foxhall immediately felt at home. He’d pitched two years for legendary Tiger coach Hal Baird before transferring to College of Charleston with Baird’s blessing.
That made the erroneous report even more disappointing.
“I consider this my school, especially after living here with my family,” Foxhall said. “I believe in the athletic department Jay (Jacobs) has set up, how he runs it and the values he has set for everybody. That made it hurtful to see something like that.”
The report also referred to “separate lawsuits” being filed. There are none of those either.
How has senior Trovon Reed, who moved from wide receiver to cornerback last spring, changed in his time at Auburn? Here is the answer in his own words.
“I wasn’t a leader. I’m more mature now. I know right from wrong. I’m not going to say I’m perfect, but I keep my name clean and keep my grades up. Coach never has to call me worrying about the little stuff. I’m a grown man now.”
Asked to describe summer workouts with strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell, Reed shakes his head and smiles.
“Rough,” he says. “It is rough. Coach Russell is locked and loaded. He’s ready. He’s one of the best strength coaches out there and gets it out of us every day.”
Auburn basketball assistant Chuck Person knows first-hand that Auburn can succeed in basketball. In 1986, he led the Tigers to the Elite Eight, where they lost a heartbreaker to eventual national champion Louisville.
“We had a great journey that year,” Person says. “We had some great players on our team. It was a special group of people. I couldn’t be where I am today without those guys. We were two minutes away from going to the Final Four. We’ll have a chance to correct that.”
Until next time …
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: