Reflecting on another stellar week of Auburn Athletics, I sat with a group of friends this weekend and tried to put into prospective how bad the situation is on the Plains. In case you missed it, and I pray that you did, Auburn was swept in a three game series by Vanderbilt at Plainsman Park.
On Friday, athletic director Jay Jacobs gave a vote of confidence to embattled basketball coach Tony Barbee. Coming off the worst season in Auburn history, and you know it’s monumental when you say that, Jacobs has pledged to assist Barbee in the rebuilding process.
“Coach Barbee and I will continue to work together to support our basketball program at the highest level so we can give our fans the kind of program they expect and deserve,” said Jacobs.
I don’t know about you, but I feel 100% better knowing that Jay is rolling up his sleeves and going to work on behalf of Auburn people everywhere. Meanwhile, Auburn president Jay Gogue was seen Friday walking on campus whistling Zippity Doo Dah.
Vanderbilt has long been the gold standard for futility in the SEC. As my friends discovered over a few cold beers this weekend, that’s no longer the case. Here are a few sobering stats to get you thinking:
- Auburn now stands 3-27 in the SEC this academic school year in football, basketball and baseball. With Auburn traveling to Baton Rouge on Friday, it stands to get worse.
- The Tigers have lost eight consecutive basketball games to Vanderbilt.
- Auburn baseball has lost five of the last six games against the Commodores. Granted, Vandy is a top five team, but that begs the question, ‘Why not Auburn?’
- Auburn has been outscored by Georgia and Alabama 146-21 over the last two seasons in football.
- The Tigers have not scored an offensive touchdown against Bama since Phillip Lutzenkirchen did his dance in the end-zone of Bryant Denny Stadium in 2010.
These were just a few depressing nuggets that Miller Lite pulled out of us on a warm spring night. We decided to stop there in case anyone became suicidal. After all, we had one friend whose wife just left him. But rightfully so, he was more depressed about the situation at Auburn.
I promise I’ll stop beating this dead horse at some point. I know it’s depressing to read this stuff on a Monday. I’m just stunned that Auburn people with deep pockets seem not to care.
It’s like they’ve double-downed on Gus Malzahn and pray that he makes everything right for all sports. The apathy is disturbing. Most everyone seems optimistic about football, but any success this fall will only mask the bigger issues taking place in the athletic department.
I’ll ask again, “Does anyone care?”
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