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The Most Powerful University in Alabama (and maybe the world)

By on March 24th, 2013 in Member Post 4 Comments »

Auburn University is located in East Alabama and shares the state with the University of Alabama. It’s well 
ed that the Crimson Tide is the greatest athletic entity in the entire known universe with a 
Superhero football coach who never wastes time walking on water since he can fly. Followers, fans, and 
alumni will also admit, under extreme duress, that Bama also has an education system and will then claim
 it’s also the greatest. Howthen could anyone in his or her right mind proclaim Auburn as most powerful
you might  (and will  ask) ?  Let me enlighten you.

First, the State of Alabama and the other States to which Bama folks have migrated have roughly a 1,236
 to 1 advantage in numbers over Auburn. The U of A has a much larger name recognition all over the 
world and parts of West Virginia. Transients, aliens(terrestrial and otherwise ), and migrants to the State 
of Alabama are immediatelysurrounded by Bama fans and forced to choose an allegiance to one school 
or the other. The combination of threats of bodily harm and the aforementioned large Bama name
 recognition naturally tends to make the decision quite easy.

Next, there are forces constantly at work promoting UA while denigrating all things Auburn. The Machine
 at UA controls not only the campus but to a large degree, State politics and politics affect Auburn both
 directly and indirectly; favorably and adversely. Manywill deny the existence of The Machine which
operates like a CIA fraternity but I’ve seenand heard admissions of its existence by state politicians,
students who
 participate, andUA students outside the clandestine organization who dare to run for SGA
 offices. There have 
been ed cross burnings, slight physical attacks and vociferous verbal assaults.

The most powerful force at work for UA and against AU is the state’s media. Sound paranoid ? Maybe, but
 here are some facts. Two Birmingham based talk radio shows that arethe largest in coverage in the state with
one of those formerly and soon to beagain nation-wide via satellite, are staffed by UA grads and converts 
with a token AU person or two toportray balance. One need only to listen to the vast majority of caller
participants to understand the agenda and direction of the shows. One also can’t begrudge radio for vying 
for the highest possible Arbitron and other ratings but that seems secondary to the true agenda of the empire
birthed and nurtured by the late Bert Bank “best known as thefounder ofthe Alabama Football Radio Network”
per Wikipedia. Many in local radio don’t even know how the wheels of Bama media 
domination were begun.

Here I will speculate that Mr. Bank or one his minions was responsible for bringing Paul Finebaum to
 Birmingham from the obscurity of Shreveport, Louisiana to become the Minister of Propaganda for The
 U of A.  I personally witnessed Paul being escorted into a custom tailor shop by two welldressed gentlemen
 and I’m sure the now defunct Birmingham Post Herald provided that service for all their new employees. It at
 least got Finebaum outof those polyester leisure sits. Now Paul and his sycophants will argue that he will
quickly speak ill of Bama and I agree but only when it’s the party line and carries the blessing of people named
 Bryant, Bromberg, Drummond, and other prominent members ofthe Crimson Society. The difference in talk
 show people “joking” about Auburn and“joking” about Bama is like hitting someone on the head with an iron
 pipe or a feather.Auburn gets the pipe in case you missed my symbolism. 

Now let’s not forget the pen that’s mightier than the sword, eagle, or tiger. A Phoenixis rising from the rotting 
carcasses of the state’s Big Three Newspapers and that bird Media Group/Advance
 Publications, Inc. The Alabama Mediagroup is the Mother of all print and electronic media in this state and
 the MotherSuperior is Ms. Cindy Martin, President/CEO and graduate of, uh, oh yeah,The University of

 There’s no inference here and I understand she is a hardworking and resourceful ladywho more or less
 brought the electronic media to life to supplant the dying print version while presiding overboth. What I know
 for sure is I contacted her about the BirminghamNews’ heavy imbalance in choosing which reader responses 
and “soundoffs” to publish, predominantly anti Auburn diatribes, even though Alabama was enjoying 
unprecedented football success and nothing was chosen about that. She passed that off to Mr. KevinWendt the
content editor who informed me he would address that with the select group who decides which comments to
publish. I got immediate results. It got worse. In the for-what’ its-worth vein, my bill for Birmingham News’ 3 day a week plan was the same as I was charged for 7 days but I get access to the eversion that I already had. Whoopee!

With all that being said, it looks like I’m losing the battle to myself as to the power and dominance of one 
school over the other but here’s the skinny.

In football, head-to-head with Bama, Auburn trails 42-34-1…8 games down.Since the game has moved to the
respective campuses, it’s even at 12-12.

The Wall Street Journal says Auburn’s football program is valued at 508.1 million while Bama’s is 476.0 million.

Auburn, using other school’s criteria in claiming National Championships, would have 9 which is not too shabby.
 If that were to be booed and belittled, then Bama would have to start subtracting.

Finally, with Mark Emmert as president of the NCAA and a Bama grad,Derrick Crawford as Chief of the
 enforcement division, Bama has a very powerful advantage over all rivals. Emmert is the former leader 
of LSU and hired Nick Saban to run that program. Even though an NCAA rule prohibits amateur athletes
 to promote private businesses with or without compensation, football players at Alabama have been doing
 just that for at least 4years without losing eligibility as provided by rule  This covers a lot of wins and
 3 crystal footballs and nothing will be done about it. Whining Aubie ? Damn straight. We endured an NCAA 
colonoscopy that showed nary a polyp of impropriety, but we have sinned in the past and paid the price.

What I’m saying is Auburn can stand proudly in the shadow of the greatest program of all times and be on equal
 footing despite swimming with our feet and hands tied making us “The most powerful program in history.
“Just think what we could accomplish on an even playing field. It boggles the mind !


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I cancelled my subscription to the B’ham News largely because they kept shrinking the Sunday comics section, but that was basically the last straw. I long for the days of the great rs who appreciate the spectacle of great college football, and don’t spend each day trying to drum up negative themed speculations. I enjoyed the News sportsrs of old such as Alf Van Hoose and Clyde Bolton. The younger editorialists don’t get that, and it’s a shame. I get my fix of great sports reporting over at AuburnUndercover, these days. Phillip Marshall is one of those great ones.

    ……That said, I do think Charles Goldberg does a very good job on the Auburn beat within the constraints he has.

    …..Really, in this day and age both radio and newspaper businesses are struggling. Their predominant concern has to be selling advertising. If they think having a pro-Bama bent helps their business, they’ll do it. And I’ve heard Finebaum many times say things to stir up a Bama hornets nest, too. Ratings and advertisers, that’s where it’s at.

    …..One thing that amuses me during football season is those Tiffin motorhome commercials. You won’t find a more staunch family of Tide supporters, but they’ve got no problem airing commercials on the Auburn Network that appear to be pro-Auburn. It’s all about selling campers, and in these times of high fuel costs, they do what they must to stay in business.

    • auh20 auh20 says:

      Ditto. Finebaum, though, only speaks ill of Bama when it’s the party line like the 3 Mike’s, Dubose after the fall, Price after the Ball, and Shula after all.

  2. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    While the facts you point out here may be true… Auburn will be stuck in mediocrity until it hires an Athletic director that is a professional at his job. Someone who can understand the political landscape of an educational institution while knowing what it takes to win on the field. Someone who can spot another leader and get them interested in your program. Someone who can inspire others. Someone who can provide leadership and guidance. Someone who can look across the table at a coach who has given up on trying and put a firm boot up their derrieres to get the motivated again.

    Auburn is lacking this today. While Jay Jacobs is Auburn man, he lacks in business acumen. He also lacks in leadership. His leadership has put us in an endless loop of mediocrity.

    Auburn is also lacking when it comes to a President running the university. We can’t forget Jay Gouge. He has also failed to lead. In anything really…

    Auburn needs change.

    While some in the family disagree – I think Bobby Lowder served in this capacity for a while… because no one else would and Auburn moved forward. Think what Auburn could be if they actually had leaders in the AD and President’s jobs…. AU might be unstoppable.

    Our baseball program is in disrepair but we have one of the nicest baseball facilities in the SEC.

    Our basketball program is in disrepair but again, we have one of the nicest new venues in the SEC.

    And last… our Football program is trying to recover from two years of disrepair after winning an improbable championship. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

    But I don’t think anything changes until we have that leadership in the front office… and at the top. We can’t wait to much longer because the edge we had in the beginning of this century is wearing thin.

    AU needs a change in leadership fast!

    You about enduring the naysayers. I say shut them up with winning. It can be done…