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We are going to start a new weekly feature here on AuburnUndercover.com - and we need your help. Every week for the remainder of the season, we will line up a former coach for an Auburn Q&A session. That coach might be a national name - or he might be one more closely associated with Auburn.
Our first guest will be former Pittsburgh, Kansas, Cincinnati and Murry State head coach Mike Gottfried.
Here's a brief bio:
Mike Gottfried (born 1945) was a NCAA Division I football coach at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas, and Murray State from 1978 to 1989. His overall record is 75-56-4. He coached two bowl games for the Pittsburgh Panthers, and developed Heisman candidate "Ironhead" Craig Heyward for the Panthers. He is also a former ESPN college football analyst and color commentator, and the uncle of former Alabama men's basketball head coach Mark Gottfried.
Mike Gottfried's autobiography was released on September 11, 2007. It is entitled Coach's Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap and is co-written by Ron Benson.
Mike Gottfried and his wife, Mickey, founded Team Focus in 2000. It is a cost free community outreach program aimed at young men without fathers. The program goal is to give opportunities for all team members to be "motivated, encouraged, and challenged". Mike felt drawn to start Team Focus because he lost his father at age eleven, and understood the difficulty and hardships young men without fathers have.
We will pick seven to ten of the best questions to ask Mike. Fire away...
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Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits. - Richard Nixon
"There's no doubt, we're going up."
One of the things that pleases me most about Auburn is the emphasis on faith and family with Chette Williams and the current coaching staff. Your Team Focus program sounds great! What age young men do you work with? Do you try to help them get started in a career after graduating from high school or college? How many communities are you in so far? What is the best way to contact you if we want to support your outreach?
JER68 said... (original post) What is the best way to contact you if we want to support your outreach?
JER68 said... (original post)
What is the best way to contact you if we want to support your outreach?
Team Focus is a year round mentoring program for fatherless boys. The program is free of charge.
Do you think coach Malzahn is ready to be a head coach at a major D-1 school or are there some areas you see he should try to strengthen before accepting any offers.
Question 2 - what kind of school would find coach Malzahn an attractive candidate as head coach.
Seriously, don't take me too serious.
Coach, Auburn had success in the past and now seems to be headed in the right direction. Besides a little luck what will it take for Auburn to win the MNC?
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Post your questions for Coach Gottfried!
Will Auburn get shutout of the National Championship game again if they win out?
Coach, with all the games this weekend, there were questions answered but also more questions arise as we compare how some teams played each other. USC beat Alabama but Auburn beat USC. LSU beats Florida and Alabama beat Florida like a drum. Florida beat KY like a drum but Auburn barely gets by KY. This all seems like a bit of a round robin situation where no team has a dominant presence in the SEC, either East or West. What do you feel like was the most important thing you saw this last weekend from all the high powered match-ups and also do you feel like there is even a national champ in the SEC this year?
Thanks in advance....
Why do you think Cam is still being left out of so many Heisman discussion at this point in the season?
How does Cam Newton compare to Auburn's other two Heisman winners? Does he have the stuff?
Coach, the seniors on the Auburn team have been through the gamit or gauntlet for the past fhree years. Their leadership and flexibility to learn new offenses and defenses seems to be what is really creating a cohesive team that has overcome a lot of adversity and is beginning play like champions. Do you thnk their faith and togetherness as a family can pull them through this season and carry over into the future? Thanks, War Eagle, and may God bless.
Coach--As everyone now knows, back in 2004, and undefeated Auburn team was left out of the BCS National Championship picture. Since then, 2 one or two loss SEC teams have not only got in to the BCS Championship Game, but have won it. How much of an impact do you think Auburn's being snubbed in 2004 do you think had on both LSU and Florida making it to the BCS National Championship game with 1 or 2 losses?
Coach- what team currently has the best chance to go undefeated, not including the non-BCS schools (TCU, Boise, ect.)?
Coach Gottfried -
Many are saying the SEC is "down" this year, however 5 teams are ranked. I would put the 6th SEC team against the 6th team in any other conference. Do you believe the SEC is "down," and if so which conference is better this year?
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Teddy Roosevelt
Would you explain in Kindergarten terms to our member Proud Tiger why Auburn's DC Ted Roof has to play a loose zone pass coverage versus a press man Cover 1?
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In recent decades coaches seem to have stepped up security measures regarding game planning including closing practices, covering their mouths during game time communications, and using decoy signals. How much espionage do you think is involved in major college football? What types of scouting/spying activities have you witnessed, and what is legal and illegal by NCAA rules? What measures are taken to ensure the security of communications lines between the coaches in the press box and on the field?
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