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Gogue Statement Backfires

By on October 25th, 2012 in Football 31 Comments »
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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.

War Eagle!

Jay Gogue

31 Comments

  1. AETiger AETiger says:

    Is Gogue’s statement is supposed to show leadership? f so, I am really starting to question the leadership of our beloved alma mater. What was the purpose of this “say nothing” statement?

  2. mikeautiger says:

    This was the statement I thought we would have heard from JJ by now. You have heard it before. “We will evaluate the football program at the end of the season as we always do.” No support but who wants that kiss of death anyway. I am glad the president tried to stir up some support for the kids and the game this week.

    I don’ know if it is my competitive spirit wanting to get another crack at winning or my spirit feels like something good might happen this weekend. Either one I will be there supporting my Tigers!

    War Eagle

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      It’s certainly peculiar that Gogue didn’t allow Jacobs to put the statement out. He’s been adamant that Jacobs runs the athletic department, yet it was him speaking out, not Jacobs.

  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Post season events will help me further evaluate our current institutional and athletic department leadership.

  4. restless6 says:

    Chizik is a goner. The tenseness of the statement and lack of voiced support for Chizik is a giveaway.

  5. restless6 says:

    Who’s “We” in the sentence about making decisions at the end of the year?

  6. pushinwithrope says:

    Maybe he just delivered the perfect mid season speech. Do we really want a true democracy electing our football coach? The non committal tone may light the perfect fire under the right bottoms. Well documented that chiz told JJ in the spring that this “switch” in approaches would/could cause serious issues this year with understanding that it would be the foundation of competing year in and year out with our foes . We just might see a different bunch take the field this Saturday !

    • mvhcpa says:

      Pushinwithrope,

      I am at a failure to see how whatever is happening right now will be “the foundation of competing” in the future.

      Michael Val
      (who is glad he doesn’t understand football programs, so he can simply watch and cheer–or cry)

  7. restless6 says:

    The last paragraph’s first sentence seems broken. Support who? This statement had a few things going on for sure.

  8. restless6 says:

    Also, by ending with “So am I” indicates that he is signaling he has less pride than the students. The language is interesting.

  9. restless6 says:

    “So am I” signals a distancing from the football program. He seems detached throughout the statement.

    My guess is the “we” in the statement is calling the shots, not him.

    This statement would of been better off not released.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      On a paid site I visit frequently… the same speculation is going on.

      The “insiders” indicate that a huge departure has occured and they point to two key events to mark that departure:

      1) Gouge shows know signs of support to either Chizik or Jacobs

      2) And that today the practice was opened to “students”.

      They make the case that because of the last event… this is a huge departure from Chizik clandestine operations. According to that I guess we are to assume that things are in full motion?

      Honestly, until I see ACTION I will consider this statement from a gentle older gentlemen who is simply trying to keep the peace. I feel like Restless… I think unless you are meaning to do something – you probably should just stay silent.

      WDE

  10. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    The fact that he said he has been contacted by many people tells me that the contact was from contributers to AU. If you aren’t a big bucks supporter, you don’t get the ear of the prez. Means to me he has had pressure put on him to do something. After all he is the true “buck stops here” guy.

    Like my father in law has said many times….If you want the answer to a question, follow the money, it will lead you to the truth every time.

    IMO, nothing will change until after the season is thankfully over. We will lose 9 or 10 games and then the soap opera will start. I just am hopeful for a happy ending.

    • tigertracker says:

      I think the most interesting part to me is where he says “I know your concerns…I share many of them.” Now rumors of a big departure. Practice opened to students. No endorsement for chiz.” now if only that letter had said,” we will pound with mason 4 quarters this week. And watch as Sammie Coates hauls in every ball in a 15′ radius.

  11. Evan says:

    Jay,

    Please update your RSS feed, it hasn’t updated since Oct. 8.

    Thanks,
    Evan

  12. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    That is inspiring. And does anyone wonder how a guy like Bobby Lowder got his start?

    I am not surprised though. As I have said many times… nobody in leadership is listening. They are content to run out the season and allow a re-start next year. This season is shot anyway. It has been since we lost to Arkansas.

    My reasons for saying this (some I have heard here that make logical sense):

    1) Auburn isn’t paying another buy out clause on a coach’s contract and Chizik’s contract does prevent him from being fired due to losing. If I had to guess, I would bet that all of them have this type of contract language giving them some kind of cash pay out (big three – Football, baseball and basketball).

    2) AU isn’t ready to coach search again anyway. We never are. Besides, in football programs alone we all know that likely UT, UK, UA and AU are all going to be looking for a head coach in the next year or two. AU will take choose sloppy seconds and once again attempt to underwhelm trying to attract a talented coach. We will go after somone with inexperience… good thing Terry Bowden and his brothers are out of the State. But watch UT and UA climb back into National Relevance by getting a big time coach. My bet, AU uses the time and hires a guy like Turner Gill. What could it hurt?

    3) Truth is that Auburn won’t be motivated by a desire to get back into national prominence until folks stop buying tickets. Only when the money stops flowing will the University start getting motivated to make a change. With some of the folks here – I don’t think we will see a serious drop in AU turn out until sometime next season (if all things remain the same).

    4) Who knows… maybe Chizik somehow puts it back together in a year or three?

    Meanwhile… the clock ticks. I am not a betting man… but I got a funny feeling my earlier prediction will be closer than any of us cares for it to be.

    Dr. Gouge, action’s speak louder than words. Obviously.

    My advice to the President: lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

    WDE

  13. DBAU81 says:

    What else could he say at this stage? This statement is better than some empty, insincere “vote of confidence” that would neither fool nor reassure anyone. I am glad that the statement came from the president and not JJ because it may be an indication that JJ’s days are numbered. Change is coming – we just have to hunker down and support the team through the rest of the season and then hope for the best.

  14. AUdacious_Dude says:

    If Gouge were smart, he would be on Lowder’s plane to Arkansas to see Mr. Petrino tonight.

  15. AubieCE AubieCE says:

    Coach Chizik = dead man walking

  16. WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

    I think the last time we heard anything out of Gouge about football was the Jerraud Powers incident, so he should just bite, I mean SLAP, Chizik on the hand for this subpar season and give him another chance.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      It may all come down to which candidates are really interested in Auburn. You they are all salivating at the potential bidding war between us, Arkansas, and Tennessee, just to name a few. We may be stuck with our current crop of numbskulls if the braintrust shies away from the bidding war.

  17. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    I was in Auburn yesterday for the Auburn/Alabama girls soccer game. Great win by the Auburn girls in the last 30 seconds of the second overtime.

    I did roam the campus and talked to other Auburn fans and the assumption was that Chizik and perhaps Jacobs will be gone after the game with Alabama. These are difficult times for Auburn, but they will be back. It takes an elite group of players to successfully run a pro style offense in college and I feel that Auburn should have stayed with the spread.

    I will still be at the game on Saturday, win or lose. WDE!

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