Auburn grads, students say Hugh Freeze hire reflects school handling of rape cases: ‘Embarrassing’

When Madeline Burkhardt, a third-generation Auburn University graduate, heard about the school’s hire of head football coach Hugh Freeze, she pulled out her notes app and started typing a letter.

She felt someone should know the story of her grandmother, Mary Rosser Burkhardt, who was one of a small number of female graduates in the 1930s. Burkhardt grew up hearing her grandmother’s tales of greasing down the railroad tracks before a big game. If anyone spoke during the alma mater song, she would shush them, Burkhardt said.



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