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Sent to Jay Jacobs – Other National Championships

By on January 31st, 2014 in Member Post 12 Comments »

Mr. Jacobs,

I’ve seen several articles today that have quoted you as saying the athletic department is considering claiming additional football titles. This is a terrible idea. Auburn is better than that.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

As flawed as the pre-BCS system was for declaring/deciding a national champion, it was the system we had. Pre-1936 when the AP started their poll, there wasn’t a concept of a national champion. How can Auburn honestly and truthfully claim anything from 1910, 1913, or 1914? Show the Auburn family a national newspaper from 1913 declaring Auburn the national champion. If Auburn is going to accept a single person’s opinion (i.e. Billingsley), then why not let someone declare Auburn the champ every year?

I believe that…I can count only on what I earn.

Auburn did not earn the 1993 championship. The team was on probation. USC may have forfeited the 2004 championship game, but Auburn still did not win the game. Auburn did not earn that championship.

Please stop considering to claim these titles. Auburn has earned just two football national championships, 1957 and 2010. Auburn is a great place with a great tradition, and great family. Auburn does not need to claim extra titles to be great. Extra titles are not needed to recruit top 10, top 20 classes every year. Extra titles are not needed to attract championship caliber coaches. Extra past titles will not give Auburn future titles. Auburn is not like other schools who have already claimed bogus titles. Don’t let Auburn be bogus.

I believe in Auburn and love it,

Mike B


  1. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:


    Don’t you think that Mr. Jacobs was talking about future titles?


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

  2. AUJTJarhead AUJTJarhead says:

    No, NO NO! We are not the insecure Bammers! We don’t need to claim anything. WE are legit!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    I partially agree with this post. BUT …

    I don’t think it would be wrong to claim the championships that the NCAA already recognizes that Auburn is entitled to. Adding ones beyond what the NCAA recognizes would be questionable.

    The NCAA Recognizes Auburn as having ‘5’ legitimate National Championships:
    1913, 1957, 1983, 1993, 2010.

    Notice that list leaves off a lot of other great years like 2004.

    But there would be nothing wrong with claiming what the NCAA already recognizes.

    • Mike Mike says:

      The NCAA doesn’t “recognize” those titles. It “acknowledges” that individual selectors are there and who those selectors have recognized. I could be mistaken, but even next year I don’t think the NCAA is running the College Football Playoff and still won’t declare an FBS champion. It’s the BCS conferences that are running the CFP.

      • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

        Respectfully disagree.
        You laid out a good case on why you are not for claiming any more NC’s and that’s fine. But the NCAA record book DOES List Auburn for having 3 more National Championship’s. The AU administration is considering a total of seven teams because they were all awarded NC’s by one or more of the “selectors” you mentioned. BUT the ’13,’83,and ’93 teams are a group set apart from the rest of that seven because they are most definitely listed in the NCAA record book along with 1957 and 2010.

  4. wpleagle wpleagle says:

    I could not disagree more, so long as the titles are researched and supportable.
    I am sure you are aware that some of championships in question go waaaay back, to days where the NC was not the process it is now.
    In my most humble opinion, if a title is supportable, then claim it. And that goes for 1983 and 2004, both years where superb teams were denied.

    • Mike Mike says:

      You should not have to “research” a title. Either it happened or it didn’t.

      • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

        The problem is that they did happen and the AU administration has been too rigid to consider recognizing them until now.

  5. DBAU81 says:

    There have been several Auburn teams that were deserving of a national championship but did not win it according to the commonly-accepted standards at the time. 1983 is the best example. But we shouldn’t try to re- history. Leave this alone and focus on the present and the future.

  6. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I think i have been around long enough to realize the issue at hand. I think i am objective enough to comment. Personally i am not insecure with university to manufacture or accept less than legitimate, conclusive championships.i am not a bammer… this isn’t and never has been a measuring contest. And that has been their attitude from the start.