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I visited a retired Auburn alumnus today. He is one of the best in my profession and a very successful businessman. He is a smart person, always knows what he is doing, and works hard. He sold his company to his partners several years ago.
He shared with me several stories about his new venture in the 1980s. In several occasions, bad things--such as being told by his financial backer 5 days before Christmas of 1985 that he would not get any financial support (operational support) in the new year (i.e., he in fact lost his job/venture days before Christmas)--happened to him and his venture. Things were really bad at the moments.
Yet, in all cases, they turned out to be, in his words, "the best things could have happened" to him. In the case that he lost the support of his first financial backer days before the 1985 Christmas, he and his partners eventually found another financial backer in early 1986 and made his business venture succeed in 1 year. The price tag of having the second financial backer on board was to give up 30% control right (share) of his venture. The price tag of the first financial backer was 51% control right. Had the first financial backer not walked away and withdrawn its support, it would have received 51% of the net return of his firm, which was worth, accumulatively, hundreds of million $ in the last 25 years.
As I said, this alumnus knew what he was doing, worked hard, and was able to turn bad things to good things.
An analogy to auburn football---losing TJ Yeldon does not make us look good. It makes us look bad at this moment. Personally I was very upset about the way he handled it (he lied to us and coaches).
However, it may not be a bad thing for us in the short and long run. For one thing, as several others have pointed out, AU/AU football team may be better off without a student with possible character issue. Secondly, it makes CGC and his staff works extra hard in recruiting and coaching. Thirdly, it may give other RBs we have to shine (i.e., JR may turn out to be equal or better than TJ) and have us one more spot to get a big lineman. Finally, we know CGC is an excellent coach, a hard worker, and a person knowing what he is doing. There is every reason for me (us as fans) to expect that he and his staff will turn this "bad thing" into a good thing. I expect that CGC will lead us to the top again in a few short years, despite we have now lost TJ.
I am not worried about losing TJ anymore. I am extremely hopeful for the bright future of AU football.
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