An Iron Bowl Week to Forget
Typically this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Combining the Thanksgiving holiday with the Iron Bowl is heaven on earth. Food, Family and Football. It’s hard to top.
This year things are different.
With the Iron Bowl resembling more of an execution date than a matchup between two top SEC programs, Auburn people are angrier than I’ve seen them in my lifetime. Not during the collapse of Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville or even Doug Barfield have Auburn people been so united in demanding change – and not just with the coaching staff.
With alumni and fans growing more frustrated by the minute, Auburn president Jay Gogue continues to come across in the media as clueless and unaware, reminiscent of Baghdad Bob.
When asked on Friday why he’s waited so long to make a decision on the future of Gene Chizik, he replied, “You never know until the season is over what you’ve got,” Gogue said. “We’ll wait until the end of the season and review the program.”
What part of the season has he missed? And what exactly did he hope would change? When Auburn fell to Ole Miss by 21 points on Oct. 13 and then to Vanderbilt a week later, did he really believe Chizik was going to miraculously turn things around?
When asked to comment on reports that Chizik hired outside security to monitor the off-campus activities of his players, Gogue said that he’d read about it in the newspaper.
What else is going on at Auburn that Gogue is unaware of? Auburn leadership has never looked worse – ever.
The effects of this season could be far reaching. With it looking more like Jay Jacobs will remain as athletic director, Auburn people have already started to splinter. When noted Auburn writer Phillip Marshall questioned in a column last week whether Jacobs is completely to blame, his website, Auburn Undercover exploded.
Some openly accused Marshall of shilling for Jacobs’s job, while others said much worse. It got so bad, they turned the comment section off on the article. And to think, Gogue’s has yet to show his hand.
Anything short of Jacobs and Chizik being shown the door next Sunday, and you may see angry mobs with pitchforks on the president’s lawn. And I’m only half joking.
Auburn stands to lose more than just a football game next Saturday. The real action will take place off the field, after the game. While Auburn burns, Alabama continues its charge toward another national title.
Meanwhile, Baghdad Bob and the good ole boys try to make it work on the Plains. It’s enough to make up vomit your turkey and dressing.
Somebody helps us.