Enough With the Nick Marshall Story
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.”
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 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…
I 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.