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Enough With the Nick Marshall Story

By on August 11th, 2014 in Football 19 Comments »

The Nick Marshall ordeal is over. On Sunday, he did what he had to do. He apologized to the Auburn Family. Case closed.

“I made a mistake and I’m just trying to gain my trust back from the coaches,” Marshall said. “I let my family down and I’m also trying to gain their trust back and also the Auburn fans. The incident that happened, it’s just going to change me as a better man on and off the field.”

Enough said.

 Marshall made his statement on the first day coaches made him available to the media. For the record, Jonathan Mincy also apologized to fans. Both will be punished and move on. Isn’t it amazing how Marshall and Mincy continue to get attention for their transgressions while Alabama has had four incidents with its players since this all started? …

Much was made last week about the release of the blood-alcohol level of former Auburn star Phillip Lutzenkirchen who was killed in a car accident in Georgia a few weeks back. Many argued the facts should have been kept private.

I disagree.

I have a daughter at Auburn. I have a teenage son. I preach continuously about getting in a car with someone who has been drinking. They need to know this can happen to anyone.

The death of Lutzenkirchen was a tremendous shock to this age group. People this age don’t die, or so they believe. As painful as it was to read, it needed to be reported. Does this dampen the legacy of Lutzenkirchen?

Not even a little.

It was a dumb mistake that cost him his life. Unfortunately, it’s something many of us did when we were young. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and say I did it. It was beyond a stupid move. I was just blessed no one was hurt.

If this news saves one life, it will be worth it. As for Lutzenkirchen, he will always be one of the greatest players to ever wear an Auburn uniform. As good as he was on the field, he was a million times better off.

One mistake doesn’t change things…

blue helmets 2I know I’m going to get hammered for this statement and most likely fall in the minority. I like the alternative uniforms some teams are wearing these days and think it would be cool if Auburn would do the same on occasion.

I said it.

There have been some mighty sharp alternative Auburn uniforms floating around online. I’m not suggesting wearing them for Georgia or Alabama, but what’s the harm in doing it for San Jose St. or Samford?

I don’t see how it takes away from the Auburn tradition to spice things up every now and then. In full disclosure, I loved the orange jerseys worn back in the Doug Barfield era. It was one of the few bright spots in a miserable period of Tiger football.

Another confession: I loved those orange face masks worn during the 1983 season. I’d love to bring them back. As for the orange outline around the numbers during the Terry Bowden era, I hated the look.

Go big or go home.


  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Speaking for myself I hope the Marshall story is over. As somone who has been critical of the starting senior quarterback who has already been considered for the Heisman in early polls but as history has already proven that is probably doubtful. He has already demonstrated his focus isn’t where it shouldh be. He knew the attention it would get. He certainly should of understood what was at stake after already being kicked out of one SEC program.

    Still, Nick did what he had to do. Something he probably should have done from the very start. I am surprised at how sheltered he has been – both from his family and auburn and the auburn family. In my opinion he should have been made to go to the courthouse and paid the fine instead of his Mother. But he did have to stand in front of his team. Maybe that is enough.Time will tell.

    It will be interesting to see if auburn will back him for heisman.

    About PL, it sounded bad as the details started coming in. At least he was responsible enough to not be behind the wheel. But i think you ellude to the proper picture here… and it also pulls in the situation with marshall… everything you do matters. I think this needs to continue to be discussed. Like you maybe it will be a cautionary tale.

    Funny that you also point to bama. My opinion that all this matters is because we are auburn, and we are decidely different. We say so with our creed. That matters to me.

    About the uniforms… I am for tradition. Not to mention the stigma that goes with losing while in those special uniforms. Yes they are cool, but yet another distraction from where our attention needs to be.


  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Lutzie’s life was one we will cherish. His death proves he was human. End of story.

    We hear more of Marshall and Mincy because we, or at least I, won’t read anything written about Alabama during the off season. I broke this rule once. I had to read about Kiffin being hired, just had to, and I still chuckle.

    Alternate Unis? Uh, no! Emphatically, NO!

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I’d prefer to stay with the classic uniform look, but it’s not going to bother me too much if they do a game with some new look. Biggest thing to me is readability. If I can’t read the player numbers, it’s no good! Also, I notices that Georgia, for instance had some funky all-red combo a year or two ago, and the players didn’t have their name on the back. Those things will cancel out any “cool” factor, for me!

  4. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    In my nightmares I see the orange jerseys of the Barfield era enhanced with the highlighter hell of Nike’s line for Oregon. I wake in a cold sweat and am reassured by the sure knowledge that future Auburn greats will wear the same classic color scheme as Cam, Bo, Pat, Terry and Tucker.

    There is something to be said for the permanence of the Auburn uniforms (and Alabama’s for that matter). There is no question of which team it is on the field at a glance. I even like the ‘storm trooper white’ look of the away uniforms. Tommy Tuberville created a mystique of the ‘invincible road warriors’ that I’d love to see repeated under Coach Malzahn.

    Leave the uniforms alone. I just got used to having more than a single bar across as a facemask. And where did all these dang kids on my lawn come from?

  5. LSU Jonno says:

    FYI, my RSS feed hasn’t been updated from TET in 3 days. Just sayin.

    “Many argued the facts should have been kept private. I disagree. I have a daughter at Auburn. I have a teenage son. I preach continuously about getting in a car with someone who has been drinking. They need to know this can happen to anyone…Does this dampen the legacy of Lutzenkirchen? Not even a little…”

    Well said.

  6. dzer13 says:

    I love that blue helmet! As long as we don’t turn into Oregon with a new uni for every game I’m good. Let the players vote on it. If they like it and it puts an extra skip in their step for a game or two that couldn’t hurt! 🙂

  7. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    What is this Marshall incident that you speak of?…

    On Lutzenkirchen: Choices have consequences…and it was a great teachable moment for my teenage boys to understand that their heroes are human and make mistakes. I was curious about the % and was alarmed at how high it was ON A SUNDAY MORNING…should have been heading to Sunday school.

    Let ’em play some games in a different uni. The kids seem to like that stuff and they get amped up over little things like that. Those are small consolations to give to the working men who are paying the bills. Besides, my uga friends pick on me whenever we go “throwback” and the only thing that changes is the equipment manager puts grey facemasks on the helmets…I get back at them though because of all their uni changes and tell them that I hear the dogs will come out wearing capes this year against UF.

    I saw my first college football commercial this morning and squealed a bit like a little girl…Let it begin! Let it begin!

    I got 99 problems and running over a 20 year old on a dirt track ain’t one of ’em…Anyone care to weigh in on the Tony Stewart incident? Accident or purposeful mishap???

    • War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

      The Stewart incident was aweful. The whole thing was stupid, the kid never should have left his car (it happens all the time though) and Stewart never should have been that close to him. That said, in the video you hear Stewart rev his car up when he approaches the kid, and given Stewarts bad temper, I bet he was trying to spray dirt on the kid but was closer than he thought. If my speculation is correct then several years of jail time for a lower degree murder charge should be forthcoming.

  8. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    Lots of heavy stuff on this thread. On a lighter note I’m in a quandry. My wife and I are expecting a baby to be born the week of the AU vs. Arky game, and we don’t have cable. I’m trying to figure out the best way to keep my wife happy, and be able to watch the game (which would have to be somewhere away from home). Any suggestions??

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      Whoa, whoa, whoa!!! We need to fill in some blanks first…

      First: CONGRATULATIONS, Daddio!

      Second: Is your wife an Auburn fan? and if she is, is she as excited as you about the upcoming season? This is important information to gauge whether you even get to watch/listen to the game at all…

      I’ve had luck with the ESPN3 app on my iPhone when games are provided.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      You can listen to the game on the internet. Once upon a time that or the radio was all you could do unless you were sitting in the stadium.

      Rod Bramlett wont lead you wrong.


    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      ……Congrats, indeed! In addition to the apps, if you’ve got internet access, the SEC’s website is supposed to be live-streaming all games, too. No idea what kind of quality it will be, though. Let’s see if I can find the link…

      ……It’s right here.

  9. Older Whiskey says:

    The discussion about alternate uniforms doesn’t seem to split along demographic lines. Although an older guy (Class of ’68), I’ve always wanted us to have two home jerseys – one blue, one orange. I don’t think it’s likely to happen.

    I’m sitting beneath the collage by Paul Miller from 1985 called “The Auburn Spirit”. Approximately 50 former players are depicted wearing uniforms. Although Auburn wore orange jerseys at times up until the mid-50s (and a couple of times in the late 70s), there are no orange jerseys in this collage. All white or blue. The orange jersey simply isn’t part of the Auburn tradition, and there’s no reason to change that, other than whim. I’m good with it.

  10. LeeBee says:

    The Auburn jersey is one of the better looking ones in the country — if not the best. Why should we want to screw that up?

  11. wpleagle wpleagle says: