Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem
History tells us that despite Alabama’s recent run and Auburn’s woes, neither program is ever too far behind the other. Some may feel that’s being tested now. Nick Saban is the best college coach in the country. He may be the best coach to walk the sidelines in a generation.
As bad as things seem, they are not nearly as woeful as the situation back in the early 1980’s. Alabama was every bit as good as they are now, but Auburn’s situation was much worse.
There were still programs in the SEC who wouldn’t travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tennessee finally came in 1980. It would be nine more years before Alabama was ambushed in Jordan-Hare.
Some Auburn people believed the hurdles were too high to get back to the days of Sullivan and Beasley. Jordan was gone and Barfield never seem to get the backing of all Auburn people.
When favorite son, Vince Dooley backed out at the last minute, things seemed to grow darker.
It all changed in an instant with the support of money heavy alumni including Bobby Lowder and the hiring of Pat Dye. Everything changed when the expectation became more than just competing with Alabama.
Money is not an issue today. Teams beg to get on Auburn’s schedule. They are three seasons removed from a national championship. Coaches have proven they can out-recruit anyone in the country. In some spots, the raw talent has never been better.
Much like 32 years ago, Auburn needs to believe again. It must believe that it can compete not only with Alabama, but everyone else. There’s no question the coaches believe. In my heart, I believe most fans believe.
The work begins shortly on changing the mindset of the players. That’s why even some of the good former coaches had to go. There must be no doubt that Auburn is heading back to the top.
Sure Gus Malzahn is still on his honeymoon. But you have to like the direction he’s taken already. He’s a straight shooter. Things may get worse before they get better. But I feel a lot better than I did at the end of November.
Let’s hope the players do…
Looking for a reason to get out of the house tonight? Auburn Basketball is literally paying (and begging) you to come out and watch the home finale with Tennessee that tips off at 8 p.m. CT. There are numerous promotions going on, including buy one, get one free tickets and all you can eat meal deals. It’s a shame beers aren’t included.
The buy one, get one free deal will run you $15. For $25 you can gorge yourself for 40 minutes while watching really crappy basketball. The ticket price includes all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and drinks. It doesn’t get much cheaper than this for SEC basketball. Hold the jokes…