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Y'all are all bammers
It was yesterday. The announcer said someone was from Auburn to Charles Barkley. Then the announcer said Auburn high school in Rockford, Illinois. Then the announcer
said that this school had about as much chance of making the NCAA tournament as
Charles's Auburn, our Auburn, did. Charles didn't look too amused.
You're right about athletics. Don't accept mediocrity. +1.
I was very fortunate to be a student and graduate of Auburn during the early Dye years. Having been a lifelong fan I can fondly remember many great wins by our football, basketball and baseball teams. Auburn fans know what winning looks like and how it feels. We obsess more than almost any fan base in America over our players and coaches and our leadership. Nobody is happy with where we are right now. The answer to the problem may not be quite as easy as changing athletic directors. Maybe our problem runs deeper than just the guy in charge. We as alumni and fans are an essential factor in the success of AU athletic programs. Our support and dollars grease the wheels of success. When we as fans stop supporting the programs we are not hurting the guys in charge, but instead we are hurting the student athletes who work incredibly hard to win games. I'm not suggesting that we turn a blind eye toward the folks in the AD department. They should be held accountable for their actions in regards to the programs they oversee.
Our current program reminds me of a poker game. As any gambler knows, you may win big, but you also might loose big. In 2010 we won big, with essentially the same staff in place in the AD's department that we have now. Jay Jacobs looked like a genius and most fans thought it was just the beginning of a long prosperous streak. But just like poker, our next few hands were a bust. Can we overcome? Of course we can. The question is can we as fans have enough patience to allow us to overcome? If we start over with a new AD and two new head coaches, rest assured that we won't be where we want in one year nor probably two years. What happens if in year three we are no better than where we are now? The bottom line right now is that Auburn isn't competitive in any SEC sport that matters. We will overcome our current situation but not until we understand what the problem is. The problem isn't one guy in the athletic department. A good starting point for us as fans is to start expecting wins. Winners conduct themselves differently than losers. Winners don't look for faults where none exist. Losers look for blame. They search for someone other than themselves to shoulder the burden of defeat.
In the end I can truly say that I don't know if Jay Jacobs is a good or bad athletic director. I've never met the man personally and certainly can't judge his character without knowing him, and yes, character is important. Regardless of what I personally think, Jay Jacobs is the leader of our current program. As an Auburn man I feel an obligation to stand beside him and support my school. If he is relieved of his duties down the road, so be it. He is and always will be an Auburn man, just like all of us. The English have a saying that sums up my personal beliefs about our situation:
"The King is dead. Long live the King"
I just want to contribute to this thread before it gets locked.
I like it
I Believe Auburn and Love IT...4 Life!
You should prepare yourself to live with the consequences of your decisions, whatever they may be.
"Those blue jerseys put the fear of God in people" -Pat Dye
JJ in way over his head, his choices have led to the demise of most of the AU athletic programs. Any body who would run David Marsh off and refuse to let him return and who keeps people like TJ involved in the AU athletic program is not management material. AU with that huge budget can do so much better but I fear we just don't really care, makes me sick
This post was edited by 79TIGER 13 months ago
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