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Before he was hired it seemed, if I remember correctly, it was stated or implied he was waiting to see if he was going to be offered a position by Bielema. Never heard back then that he had been offered the asst coach - TEs and turned it down in order to accept the same job at Auburn. Back then I thought he either got tired of waiting in limbo or was finally offered some position that was off the field. His history reminds me of Mac Lorendo, literally growing up on his team's practice fields. Interesting he would turn down the same job at ark to accept it at Auburn. Several possible motivations come to mind. For us, the best possible one is he saw something in CGM and the rest of the staff that made it clear to him that Auburn was the best place to be which caused him to make this really major move, from a physical, mental and emotional viewpoint, for himself and his family.
I mean, from his history and his Dad's history, this has got to be one dyed-in-the-wool ark family.
I hope they stay so long they come to love Auburn and become an Auburn family too.
I'm not implying anything here. I know most coaches have been assistants at a number of schools and it's part of the job and they do their best no matter what school they're coaching and I'm sure Coach Horton will do a great job for Auburn. I just bet this was a more gut-wrenching decision for him than for some of our other new coaches.
This post was edited by Weve Won 9 on 1/16/2013 at 10:33 AM
"Brick by brick, my citizens. Brick by brick"
Great article, Horton sounds like a great hire for AU!!
I really like his comments about the players. This coaching staff sounds like they know how to fix player issues on and off the field. Lets TRUST these coaches and give them time.
This is a really good article, thanks PM. Coach Tim Horton seems like he has certainly got his priorities in order.
It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!!!
I'm on the "Gus Bus" and loving the ride!
Malzahn said that he would recruit coaches with high character to his staff. Seems he has succeeded in doing that. Much more important than the number of stars that a recruit has on his profile.
Good article. Sounds like a great guy with his head in the right place. War Eagle!
"...A lot of times, if there are problem children, they will eliminate themselves. The fence-riders will either get on or they won't be here. It's pretty simple."
Well, Coach Tim just brilliantly characterized Dee Liner! (Note first sentence above)
"We're all family here. Other people say, ‘Hey, we love our sports. We love this and that,’ but here at Auburn, we love Auburn.” Bo Jackson
Great article! What a great staff. Hasn't it been said spomewhere, "Greatness attracts greatness?"
I am thinking that OUR Coach Horton was very instrumental in keeping that team together last year duriing their difficult times. Four games lost on the last play of the game! Holy mackrel.
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"The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."
I'm 84 and was a vet student in '57 when Shug's kid were the champs and I waited decades for another one (we were screwed in '04). Finally got to see a bonafide championship in '10 and as I'm selfish, I want to hang around to see another. Waaar Eagle!
I was a freshman at Arkansas in 1964, Ken Hatfield, Jerry Jones, and Jimmy Johnson were seniors and I know how special that place was to me back in the day, so I know the mixed emotions Coach Horton must have today. Welcome, Coach Horton, you will love Auburn and the Auburn Family. Over the years I have become totally War Eagle, hence the Warhog 1 online name. WDE and IGTBAAT
It's better to have Coaches who can recruit than have recruiters who can't Coach!
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