Outgoing Auburn softball player rips program in deleted posts: ‘When you fail, you are immediately benched’

Outgoing Auburn Tigers softball player Carlee McCondichie elected not to use her fifth year of NCAA eligibility and eviscerated the program’s brass in since-deleted social media posts.

The utility player wrote on Twitter she loved playing at Auburn but revealed she does not have the “desire” to play anymore after getting benched on Senior Day.

Carlee McCondichie celebrates

Auburn batter Carlee McCondichie, #12, celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo homerun against Alabama in Rhoads Stadium Sunday in the final game of the series April 23, 2023. (Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA TODAY NETWORK)

“I will not be taking a 5th year,” she wrote. “his thread is not directed toward Auburn University. I love Auburn with my whole heart and every single girl that is part of the Auburn softball program. It is sad when a young girl who has played the sport for 18 years of her 22-year life has no interest or desire in playing a 5th year.

“That’s what happens when you play for a program where when you fail, you are immediately benched. A program where you aren’t pursued. A program where you are only looked at from an athletic perspective, not a personal perspective.”

McCondichie said she gave her all to the program. The Alabama native batted .303 with two home runs and 22 RBI as the Tigers went 43-19 during the season. The team was eliminated from the NCAA Regionals by Clemson.

Carlee McCondichie plays second base

Oklahoma’s Cydney Sanders, #1, celebrates beside Auburn’s Carlee McCondichie, #12, after hitting a double in the third inning of a college softball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Auburn Tigers at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 18, 2023. (BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK)


“For me, I can stand here confidently and say I gave my absolute all to the Auburn softball program. In return, I got benched as a starter on SENIOR DAY. This isn’t for attention, this is for the athletes to come. THEY DESERVE BETTER. STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE MUCH MORE THAN STUDENTS & MUCH MORE THAN ATHLETES.

“They are human beings. With that being said, I will always continue to support Auburn Softball PLAYERS. But for me, my softball career is OVER and the thought of even playing one game brings me much anxiety, sadly.”

Carlee McCondichie flips the ball

Auburn’s Carlee McCondichie, #12, lobs a ball to first base during a Lady Vols softball game against Auburn on Senior Day, at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK)

McCondichie since deleted the post. Multiple outlets caught McCondichie’s post, including OutKick, before it was deleted. There are only five seniors on the current Auburn roster for the 2024 season.

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