No you aren’t having a recurring nightmare. Unfortunately this is actually happening. Again. Just as they did in 2008, Auburn will limp into their 2012 matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tennessee looking for answers. I would have never guessed 4 years ago that we would make our very next trip to Nashville under arguably worse circumstances than we did in 2008. Think for a moment about the long odds this coaching staff had to overcome to make this a possibility. We should have all purchased lotto tickets, then again, maybe we gambled anyway without even realizing it. Jackpot!
To be fair, 2010 was amazing. We all know that if you are any kind of Auburn supporter you are going to get the third degree from other fan bases (it’s the SEC way). A national championship is a nice trump card to have in your arsenal when exchanging barbs with rival fans. However, I can’t help but feel like that is quickly becoming a hollow symbol for any kind of support for this staff. I just can’t wrap my head around the lack of direction the program currently shows.
Offensively, Auburn has been the metaphorical equivalent to a Sasquatch. I’ve heard about it. I’ve seen people talk about it on television. I’ve even seen pictures, but it never appears when it’s supposed to. I understand there are always growing pains when introducing a new coach and his scheme to a program, but at what point do those growing pains transition to total failure? When we don’t win a single conference game? When we get throttled by every team we play not named Alabama A&M or New Mexico State? The bad news is that it appears we are going to keep banging our heads against a wall until something gives. The good news is that people still haven’t given up trying to find Sasquatch.
Auburn can still put together a decent month of football in October but it all starts tomorrow with Vanderbilt. We are a few games too late to have a true turning point type of performance, but I would be very happy to see any kind of significant improvement in any given area. It’s understandably hard being ‘All In’ when you don’t know what you’re buying into.
If history has shown us anything this week, it’s that it can and will repeat itself. Auburn survived (and eventually thrived) the 2008 season. I have zero doubts that we will see a much better football team in the near future on the plains.
On a side note, I’d like to share that I first got involved with Track’EmTigers almost exactly 4 years ago. During that wretched 2008 season I ended up connecting with this very community that eventually became my absolute favorite Auburn sports blog and completely changed the way I viewed Auburn athletics. Whether I contribute here for years or am relieved of my duties today, I’ll always be grateful for the ability to have my voice heard here. I hope that in 4 more years I can look back on 2012 and share a similar perspective.
War Eagle everybody and thank you for reading. As a gift I have provided these pictures of Scot Loeffler as Kenny Powers (because he literally could be his twin) and Doc Brown from ‘Back to the Future’. Sadly I couldn’t bring myself to use the line, “GREAT SCOTT!” anywhere in my post because well he(Loeffler) hasn’t been all that great.