Gogue Statement Backfires
Auburn president Jay Gogue, after being seemingly placed in the witness protection program for most of the football season, issued a statement today about the football program that said absolutely nothing. The aimless statement posted on the school website was four paragraphs long and made no mention of football coach Gene Chizik.
Gogue did encourage fans to support the players.
“Later today, Auburn students and the local community will gather to cheer on the football team as they practice,” said Gogue. “I encourage others to follow their example by coming together and getting behind the young men who wear the orange and blue each fall Saturday.”
If Gogue was hoping to calm the fan base, he missed big time. His note will only raise more speculation about Chizik. There was no offer of support for the fourth-year coach.
By saying nothing, he’s said a lot.
Here’s the entire text of President Gogue’s message:
A Message to the Auburn Family about Auburn Football
The Auburn spirit is part of everything we do – in the classroom and beyond. It includes the spirit we show when we support those who represent us on the playing field.
Later today, Auburn students and the local community will gather to cheer on the football team as they practice. I encourage others to follow their example by coming together and getting behind the young men who wear the orange and blue each fall Saturday.
In the past few weeks, many of you have contacted me, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts about the football program. I know your concerns are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them. As we do every year, the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process.
For everything there is a time, and now is the time to support. The young men and women – our students – who make up Auburn University are grateful for the dedication of their extended Auburn Family. So am I.