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How Does Auburn Athletics Stack Up?

By on November 19th, 2012 in Football 12 Comments »


How important is college football to a university? How important is the athletic director’s role? Above is a segment from 60 Minutes last night that looks at the college football industry. How does Auburn stack up? Does Jay Jacobs have the ability to grow Auburn? I’ll let you decide. It’s a fascinating look into big time athletics.


  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Jacobs: Haplessly Seeking Retirement

    It could be that this field, as many vocations, are taking rapid evolutions. We need an innovator, while Jacobs would succeed by old school metrics……

  2. AETiger AETiger says:

    This is a situation years in the making. All other athletic programs, funded by football. Causing ADs to become more creative in revenue generation & becoming beholden to TV money. We’ve seen it more & more. Each year all game times are dictated by almighty TV, causing inconvenience to the fans (how much fun is tailgating for a 11:00 CST game; conversely, how is that 3 hour drive after a 09:00 PM EST game?). Also, we see it on game day. Twenty years ago, no one would ever dream of paying to park @ AU; that was something those idiots at Legion Field had to do. Now, the free tailgating spots keep getting pushed further & further away from the stadium. In my twenty-five years as an alum, my tailgating spot has changed about ten different times due to construction or simply tailgating not being allowed in a spot we had tailgating at for years. All the while, raising ticket & priority pricing. And don’t get me started about having to buy tickets to games I will not use; example: AA&MU & NM State this year. I’ve about had it. This may have been my last year as a season ticket holder. I’ll always love my alma mater and hate UA; I may just do it in ATL in front of a big screen tv on game days.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..Us lazy part-time game attendees don’t really stake out a tailgating spot. If we’re not doing a restaurant (because it’s not open for a crazy kickoff time), we just plastic-bag everything in, and sit wherever. The planters around the Architecture building near Graves Amphitheater are a favorite. We carry in sandwiches, plastic bottles with beverage of choice, a few paper towels, and maybe a bag of chips.

      …..Here’s what I did for sandwiches earlier this year: Flatout-brand light Italian rollups, with a layer of fresh spinach leaves, a couple of slices of cajun roast beef, a layer of rondele garlic/herb spreadable cheese, chopped fresh cucumber bits, another two slices of cajun roast beef, tomato slices, and a couple of slices of aged swiss cheese.They were delicious! We had a can of Pringles sour cream and chives potato chips, and pre-game Gatorade bottles filled with drinkage. Portable, easy, and tossed in a convenient trash can when finished. No tailgate or parking fees applied.

      • mccullars says:

        Acid, Good tailgating plan!!!

      • AETiger AETiger says:

        Great plan, but not for setting up the satellite dish/tv/grill/tents/chairs/tables for 30 people, etc. It is a huge hassle, when trying to coordinate all that, plus parking for 6-7 vehicles.

        • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

          …..I’m sure. I consider my situation a benefit of being young, and not chained to a particular destination. However, I’ve certainly enjoyed various folks’ big screens, walking by, and enjoying some Bama misfortune or other.

      • Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

        My group arrives in Auburn several hours before a game and we get several pounds of bbq and sides at Moe’s or Price’s. There are plenty places to hang out and tailgate on the lawn near across from J&M. I am already looking forward to baseball season.

  3. almightytmc1 says:

    This sixty minutes peice is a real eye opener.

  4. WarEagleEngr says:

    Anyone else notice that around the 7:10 mark of that video there is a guy in an Auburn shirt amidst the Michigan fans in Cowboys stadium?

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  6. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Interesting – Thanks for posting.