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Each week throughout the remainder of the season, AuburnUndercover.com will give you a sitdown Q&A session with a former coach. It will feature a nationally known coach or one more closely associated with Auburn.
We will post the featured guest’s name in the forums and you post your questions. We will pick 10 to 15 of the better questions.
This week’s guest is Auburn Heisman Trophy winner and current Samford coach Pat Sullivan.
Post your questions here:
This post was edited by jsablich 4 years ago
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
Coach Sullivan I was a little kid who worshipped you when I was in elementary school. I wore my number 7 jersey every chance I got...my mom would have to hide it from me just to wash it. My best friend was a big Johnny Musso fan and we probaly got into more than a dozen fights arguing over who the best player was, you ultimately proved me right by winning the heisman. My father pointed me in the right direction, but you made me an Auburn man for life and I thank you for that. My question...I was a little too young to remember Coach Jordan very well, what is your fondest memory of Shug?
How do you think you would've fared in today's college game where passing is more of the norm than when you played? Would've you wanted to play in a pass-happy system?
This post was edited by AuburnTigers197 4 years ago
Thanks for many a pleasant afternoon between 1969 and 1971, especially at Athens and Knoxville in 1971 and at Gainesville in 1970. I''ve always been very happy that you decided to "walk with Shug". What recollections might you share of conversations with Coach Bear Bryant, either when you were still at John Carroll or after you were at Auburn?
Good friends are hard to find. Enjoy every moment you have with them.
Coach Sullivan, I have always been proud of you as an Auburn football player, but more importantly as an Auburn man and fellow alumni. What were your fondest memories of Auburn as a player, coach and now as a fan/alumni?
thanks and War Eagle!
This is for the Auburn Family and everyone who played here before we did. I love ya'll, War Eagle!' Nosa Equae 10/19/13 Kyle Field Texas A&M
"There's no doubt, we're going up."
I have met you numerous times and though I know you don't know me from Adam, I have always found you courteous and cordial and I truly appreciate and respect the way you share your time. I still have the first autograph you gave me, on a poster with Terry Beasley, that has hung in my office now for ten years.
Could you please share some anecdotes about your recruitment, i.e. meetings with coach Bryant and Coach Jordan, and why you chose Auburn?
Also, what was the game you remember most at Auburn?
Finally, why you decided to step away from professional football, particular with the WFL an option?
This post was edited by Wishiwasbo 4 years ago
We actually went to Auburn at the same time. You had seen me around enough to say hi when we passed and I was friends with Alvin Bressler at Shades Valley.
I was at the Florida game- their homecoming- in 1970. Before the game ALL the Gators thought they would kick our butts. Our first possion was 3 and out. Then WOW!!! We score every time we have the ball for the rest of the first half. Then to start the 3rd quarter you threw the bomb to Beasly. I'll never forget that play. Beasly catches it on the dead run with a Florida player close behind. Then he puts in a gear I've never seen and just leaves him. Of course, the game was a rout. I raced back to Auburn on Sunday just to see the replay of that one play.
My other unforgetable moment was your first game. Auburn was not much of a passing team. Well hardly ever passed. But that recruiting class with you and all the recievers changed everything. Your first play was a bomb downfield. Incomplete. And the stadium stood and roared. They knew that a new era had arrived. Thanks for the memories, Coach!
First of all, I just want to thank you for going to Auburn and, along with your teammates, giving all of us such wonderful lifelong memories. As proud as all your fans are with your college career and winning the Heisman Trophy, I would venture to say that all the people at John Carroll and Auburn are more proud of the way you've represented both schools and lived your life since the end of your playing career. I think you are the greatest QB and leader ever to play at Auburn. My question: At what point did you decide to go to Auburn and why? Also, which school ended up being your #2 choice? God bless you and your family!
"Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"
What do you think is the hardest thing Auburn has to overcome recruiting in state against UAT? Thank you.
There was a particular instance during your career at Auburn when on a 4th down, Coach Jordan sent in the punter. You sent the punter back out and called a pass play to Terry Beasley, a pass which he dropped. I think it was the Bluebonnet Bowl against Houston. Could you please recount that story for us?
Dear Mr. Sullivan,
Thanks for the chin strap after the Tennessee game. It's one of the happiest moments of my younger days.
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Teddy Roosevelt
Coach Sullivan, I was in school when you were. You changed the face of Auburn football. We were and still are so proud of you and your accomplishments. I am very glad to see that Coach Chizik has been having many former players back this season. Do you think with the current coaching staff and a new look for the team, that Auburn will be a force in the SEC for a long time?
Auburn...a family tradition since 1905
this may be late to get in the mix of questions but if it is not, Can you tell me where is Jeff Burger now and how is he doing? He is another one who was treated wrongly by the media. So many at AU admired that young man. I wish that he knew how well he is spoken of, to this day.
Terry Beasley seemed to be ahead of his time. What his was 40 time? How do you think he would fare in today's game?
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