Auburn Falls to 3-27 in SEC Play This Academic Year… And No One Seems to Care

By Posted on: March 18th, 2013 in Baseball, Basketball, Football 18 Comments »

jacobs sideburnsReflecting 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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  1. bornatiger says:

    I more than care but without the deep pockets all I can do is sit back root for my team no matter how bad it gets and wait for a better day wde

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Tell it like it is, Jay! It is depressing. When an organization under-performs, three things are possible. The first thing one assesses is are the resources there? I don’t think one can make the poor-mouth arguement at Auburn. Our coaches have facilities as good or better than anyone else in the SEC.

    …..Next question is accountability. Are folks at all levels being held accountable for their performances? This goes far beyond simply firing the football coach after a really bad year. If you had to fire the coach, the accountability system failed. You need quantifiable metrics at every level, attainable goals, and means of charting it. Does the Auburn athletics program have any of this sort of thing in place? Obviously statistics on every competition are meticulously kept, and nicely published on the auburntigers.com website. I couldn’t do what I do on the blog without it!

    …..This brings us to morale in the department. Sure, Jacobs and Gogue seem unconcerned to the public. And it could be said that if your leaders show panic to the public, you’re done as an effective organization. Bad morale can come from a number of sources. Unreasonable demands, lack of consequences, the wrong people being brought in, uneven discipline, and even just excessive brow-beating. Ultimately morale becomes poor when your workforce does not believe in the vision of the leaders.

    …..I’ll confess that I don’t follow baseball much at all, and cannot make any sort of reasoned statement in that sport. All I’ll say there is that we knew Auburn’s first two SEC opponents were tough. Tony Barbee’s a whole different question. Seems like every statement he makes about his team to the media is how unhappy he is with their play. In his words, his players are sad-sack, lazy, bumbling boobs that will never get the job done. Well, guess what, coach? You’ve said that enough times that the players now believe it.

    ……And of course, we saw lots of bull-headed unwillingness to change during Auburn’s disastrous football season. If the players don’t believe, they won’t get it done. That’s the bottom line. And I think it’s become increasingly clear that the rank and file at Auburn don’t believe in Jay Jacobs. For whatever reasons, the man has lost his ability to lead the Auburn nation.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Excellent observations although I don’t think Jay Jacobs ever had what it takes to get the job done.

    • uglyjoe says:

      I’m glad that Barbee’s attitude is not just my imagination. Up to just a couple of weeks ago, seemed to me that everytime he made an excuse, it was always somebody else’s fault. I don’t know if he deserves another year or not, but his attitude certainly does not.

  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    I really think we all care ~ we just don’t know what to do about it. All that I have talked to are afraid to give up their TUF after all the years of commitment and lose what little priority they have. The AD knows he has us over a barrel. We don’t want to not support the students who have worked hard to get where they are. They are us and will be us in the future so it’s almost not fair to them what the AD has done. I am also still giving to my alma mater as the university is also important to me. But to pay the exorbitant salaries in the AD with no accountability is beyond my comprehension. It will have to be up to those with DEEP pockets that can only affect the change ~ which is sad. Those are the ones who have to put the pressure on. But guess what? They are the ones that put them there in the first place to be able to direct their actions. It seems it will be up to the president to make a business decision but he is getting close to retirement also. What to do?! The masses are at a loss with no direction. Can’t some great grad with business sense help us??!!!

  4. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Depressing but true… Good article Jay.

  5. mikeautiger says:

    A growing trend, things are going in a downward spiraling direction, something needs to be done by the deep pockets because us little people have already been sucked dry by the cost of tickets.

  6. au25432 says:

    By your logic, if the baseball team wins the next 5 SEC games, Jay Jacobs must be doing a better job? Its rediculous to revisit this issue every time a team loses. If you think Jay Jacobs had anything to do with the baseball team losing to No. 2 Vandy or the basketball team finishing last in the SEC, you are delusional.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      Jay Jacobs is responsible for the hiring of all coaches within the Atheletic Department and if you think he is not directly responsible for the health of the Atheletic Department then you might as well apply that “delusional” stamp to your forehead as well.

  7. Im4Auburn says:

    I’m disappointed in you Jay,
    I’m a long time reader and I’ve always enjoyed Track’emTigers. But as of late, it seems you have to emphasize the negative. You have made it clear how you feel about Jay Jacobs. Why do you have to keep harping on it? After a while all your doing is dividing the fan base and lowering the standards of this site. I mean, we get it, Jay Coulter wants to see Jay Jacobs gone. TET use to be one of the best sites along with Phillip Marshall’s and I would like to see it return to not being divisive.

    • AUwaterboy says:

      Agree, TET is the best site. Also agree, maybe this post is enough on the JJ subject for awhile. Spring football should give us some different stories to read.

    • War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

      I think it’s a great discussion. What’s divisive about a discussion? Everyone can make up their own mind. And believe me every time the tigers lose ~it’s definitely on everyone’s mind. JJ has done a good job all by himself to divide the fan base. Why does that lower the standards of this site? It’s just the theme of the day and every one is discussing it so why not TET?

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Believe me, we’d all rather be posting about better subjects! I do try to avoid divisive issues mostly, but it’s just gotten too hard to deny that there are problems. I may not always agree, but I do think Jacobs is a subject that needs to be discussed. And know that I read and think about every opinion I read here, and elsewhere. I’ve still not completely made up my mind, for what it’s worth.

  9. WoodrowAU95 says:

    I wish I had majored in athletic directing while I was a student at Auburn! I chose poorly. Wow, at the job security!!!

  10. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Major collapse in the Auburn athletic program. Root cause? Jay Jacobs and Jay Gouge.

    Talk about the walking dead. You don’t need to watch AMC, hell, just look at Auburn Athletics. And I am absolutely concerned for the very reason you mentioned Jay… nobody but us seems to care. Truth is that until there is a change in the leadership on the plains… you might as well be whistling Dixie for all the good it will do ya.

    Prediction: Look for the Auburn baseball team to fall apart. Yes, this weekend was its first major test. There will be more. But this outing was utter disaster. And after the PR blitz that made the most out of the powder puff start… this team just proved its (lack of) metal against Vandy. And guess what… AU just ain’t got “IT”. I don’t know if you have ever heard the man talk… all I can say is “un-inspiring”. I fault the man who hired the coach! Get rid of him and bring in a person that knows what they are doing in running a major program. If the coach fails after that… get rid of him!

    The AU basketball team stumbled around with only one major win (in my humble opinion) against rival bama… but the real reason for the win is that Cam Newton was on the sideline and the team played outside of itself. The rest of the season it finished at the bottom of the conference. Tony Barbee is a “do as I say” coach. Only problem is that “he doesn’t apparently know what he is saying because these kids are not buying it. Again, I fault the man who hired the coach! And in this case… I blame the coach too. To be fair – give him a year after the new AD – then if he can’t perform – ITS TIME TO TAKE THE LONG WALK IN THE WOODS.

    And yes friends and fans, if Gus and crew roles out a dud… I will be on that train too. Why? Because this University has allowed the unthinkable to happen. Enough is enough.

    We need MAJOR REGIME CHANGE. Jacobs was never intended to run our athletic program as anything other than an interim AD. It’s obvious to the blind AND deaf that he has absolutely no experience in doing his job.

    He somehow connected when he hired Chizik. Yes, there were several things in motion in 2009. But let’s face it… even a broken clock is right twice a day. Regardless, his efforts are going to start to have lasting effects if it is allowed to continue. I think the damage he is doing is catastrophic.

    Not to put “too fine a point on it” Jay is an Auburn man. Still – EVEN Jay Jacobs eventually has to admit – he isn’t getting it done. He needs to do what is right for his University. He needs to step down and walk away. I know that is tough when the money is good especially in a tough economy – but if values his reputation its about the only thing he can do. He will always be able to claim 2010 on his resume. But it’s painfully obvious to me now… after so much data… and more piling up – Jay got lucky!

    The thing that keeps coming back to me is the quote from a fan – “we need a winner, not a loser!” Oh the irony…

    War Eagle!

  11. DBAU81 says:

    JJ needs to go, but having survived the absolute disaster that was the 2012 football season, he’s going to be with us for the foreseeable future unless Gus can’t get things turned around. The people with the real influence won’t force a change until then because they don’t care enough about the other sports. That may be incredibly frustrating for the rank and file fans like us, but those seem to be the facts of life in the Loveliest Village in 2013 A.D.

    • sparkey sparkey says:

      I agree with you. Though I’ll say this, any of us that go to the football games this upcoming season are just as guilty about letting JJ stay at Auburn as anybody else. You want a real change, then all of the rank and file fans need to stop going to the football games period. That seems to be the only thing that will change anything. And before you say I’m not supportive of Auburn if I do something like that, don’t bother. I’m not the one forcing the mass of the people to protest like that. I’m not the one that made Auburn crash and burn like it has. Jay Jacobs did and he’s the one that did. Blame him not me and the others out there like me.