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Over the past few weeks, I have read as many articles that I can find from the mods on this site along with other credible people (Heath Evans, Rob Pate, etc) and credible insiders on this board that discussed what happened to Auburn football. And I have to say I am more confused than ever.
Maybe my misinterpretations are the problem.
*Heath Evans adamantly says things changed in a big way - no mental or physical toughness, and he has known for a while that things were going down hill.
*Many blamed Trooper for being a cancer - no discipline, player favorites, etc.
*Many blamed Tim Jackson.
*Some people blamed Yox, but I felt your articles defended Yox. I thought I even read quotes from someone that stated that Yox lost his authority and control so it wasn't his fault - no discipline for players that didn't work out, that some players worked, others didn't, and that "favorites" got workout passes.
*I read over and over again that players quit, they didn't work hard, etc.
*At the end of the day, I was left with assessing 100% of the blame on Chizik.
* Players (like Lutz) have defended many of their coaches, in particular Yox.
* Yox says players didn't quit, Lutz says workouts weren't involuntary and that players were disciplined and pushed by Yox.
* Auburn has never had so many highly ranked athletes for Yox to work with. One would think he would do wonders with turning them into men very quickly. Yet the product on the field broke school records, for the worse.
* Yox thanks Chizik, Jacobs and Tim Jackson (really?) One would think that if Chizik and/or Jackson diminished his role, he wouldn't be thanking them at this point.
So here I am full circle with wondering what really happened with the physical toughness of our players the past couple of years. I absolutely believe Heath Evans. It wasn't our imagination that our players got manhandled repeatedly by teams with fewer highly ranked athletes. I also believe they quit. Saw it with my own eyes and when former players such as Heath Evans and Rob Pate say they quit, I believe that. However, I am still left with confusion as to the cause...
Maybe we will never know the full story.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jbt 16 months ago
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