They Are Still Our Tigers
Should Auburn have switched offensive styles in 2012? Should Gene Chizik have tried to get Barrett Trotter to return? Why can’t Scott Loeffler develop a quarterback or more importantly call better plays?
Has a championship coaching staff forgot how to coach? Will Chizik be retained at season’s end? Will there be a top to bottom house cleaning in the athletic offices?
These are just some of the many questions swirling around the Auburn Football program today. Auburn fans are understandably frustrated, hurt, and in some cases down right angry.
I don’t pretend to know the answers to any of the questions. But I do know there is one thing that concerns me greatly. Lost in the maze of what has become Auburn’s titanic losing season, is the players.
Make no mistake, they are the ones that are hurting the most. No one wants to win more than they do.
Playing college football is tough enough. Winning games on Saturday is the only reward that most will ever get for all their hard work. The summer work outs, two a days, time in the weight room, and grinding practices … this is not where they wanted to be.
Its amazing to those outside of this region of the country, just how important College football is to the fabric of the South. Assuredly not every one in Dixie lives and dies with their team’s success.
But enough place serious importance on it that when their team is not doing well, their lives are disproportionably affected.
Yes we all recognize that there is more to life than college football. However, from Labor day to Jan. 1st, our actions belie our words.
Still what we need to keep in mind is, these players didn’t come to football tradition rich Auburn University for this kind of season. This is not what they signed up for. This is not what they labored through so many hot summer days for.
They came to Auburn to have fun winning games and possibly be a part of something special … maybe even a championship season. Now, at least for this season, those dreams are gone.
But history proves that Auburn will be back; probably not this year but certainly sooner than most are currently predicting. And a lot of these players will be part of that comeback.
Until that time Auburn fan … stay behind these players. If you are a ticket holder, show up every Saturday early and stay late. Support this team like they were 6-1 and not 1-6.
Do it because no one wants to win more than they do. Do it because they need it now more than ever. And do it because win or lose …
They are still our Tigers.