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“We’ll Continue to Grind”—Auburn AD Allen Greene   

By on October 16th, 2018 in Football 9 Comments »

Sitting in Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday I was filled with a torrent of emotions not unlike those of most Auburn fans watching the Tigers allow another win to slip through their grasp. As the seconds ticked off the clock in the 30–24 loss to Tennessee, I knew that the coming week would see calls on social media and on Auburn chat boards calling for changes. The answer to where the program goes next is not an easy one, either, as Jay Coulter pointed out in his Monday editorial.

While I don’t propose to know how the situation will come out, I do know, like most of you reading these words, that I love Auburn. So after having a couple of days to settle down and gather my thoughts, I can only say, I’m not giving up on this season. Stay with me here because this is not an effort at pumping sunshine into what we all know is a dire situation.

I just don’t want to give up on the players. As far as I can see they still fight to the end in every game, and I owe it to them as a fan not to give any less in my support for them. There’s still a lot of football left to play. Are the odds in Auburn’s favor? It certainly doesn’t look like it. But I can’t see how making major changes to the program in midseason could help. Many will differ on that, and I certainly understand those feelings.

But, the one charged with stewardship of the program is Auburn Athletic Director Allen Greene. He weighed in on the question yesterday at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club. When asked about the job security of the coaching staff, the AD said he plans to continue to support coach Malzahn. “Every one of us who are a former athlete or coach, expects more than anybody else expects of us,” said Greene. “So when you don’t have the outcomes you desire, that’s a frustrating thing. But he [Malzahn] is committed to working through it, and I’m committed to being there with him, and we’ll continue the grind.”

After turnovers and blown referee calls helped keep this team from having a 6–1 or even 7–0 record, my immediate concern moving forward is how much, mentally, the players can overcome? Sometimes there’s a thin line between success and failure, and often believing you can win is the difference. After three disheartening losses you have to wonder how much gas is left in the tank.

So despite Greene’s show of support, Gus has tremendous pressure on him now not to only win but keep this team believing after falling from preseason hype as a playoff contender. That has to be a tall order in the present climate. Can he do it? We will have the answer by Thanksgiving weekend. In the short run, the best thing to help the team believe would be a win. Maybe, just maybe, it will come this weekend in Oxford. For the player’s sake I hope it does.

9 Comments

  1. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    I’m not sure who wrote this but it was given to me in the early fifties by Coach Eddie Harrelson at Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA.

    “If you like to win but don’t think you can,
    It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
    The game doesn’t always go to the stronger or faster team,
    But, sooner or later, the team that wins,
    Is the one that thinks they can!”

    WAR EAGLE !!!
    GO BIG BLUE !!!
    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!
    GO BEAR HUNTING SATURDAY !!!

  2. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    Grinding it out is all you can do now after what is already a bad season BUT Steven Leath needs to resign.

  3. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Gus just finished his Tuesday presser. Disappointment and staying true to his starters was the overall gist. It’s true though, Gus sticks by his players through thick and thin…. seethe JJ era (I’m a broken record for this but it’s true). He said Stidham will again start vs. Ole Miss and continues to be our best chance to win. Greene realizes a buyout is not realistic so what do we do? We can only sit back, Hope for improvement and better consistency. Maybe we’ll sneak up on someone before the year is over but that’s all we have left. We’re all in the same boat.

  4. meathead530 says:

    Gus needs to stop using his heart to coach and use his head.

  5. WDEGirl says:

    Welp, there is no plan….Gus has confirmed he’s sticking with Stidham. For those of you tired of hearing the same excuses from Gus in 6 years of pressers, can’t even watch the Auburn Review anymore because it’s just the same gravelly monotone voice with no excitement or emotion of any kind and exasperated with him continually riding dead horses, this is for you:

    Gus Malzahn, “I don’t want to change anything, plan anything, or motivate anything as a Coach. I don’t want to change anything planned or motivated, or plan anything changed or motivated, or motivate anything changed, planned, or motivated, or repair anything changed, planned, or motivated.”

    There, I made it easy for you Gus. Just say that from now on!
    (those of a certain age in the 80’s will get what this is a take on ; )

  6. Tigerpharm says:

    Spot on ATM. We need to keep supporting the players. Gus isn’t going any where till after the season, “if then”. Right now the players need our support!

  7. zotus zotus says:

    B Marcello reported that Steven Leath released his thoughts to Auburn Undercover through a school spokesperson.

    Here’s what Steven Leath passed on the public through his staff:

    “Dr. Leath fully agrees with Allen that no one is satisfied with where we are at this point in the season and we likewise must do all we can to ensure Auburn coaches and student-athletes are in the best possible position to succeed.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Man oh man! Just when I thought I’d seen it all, the goings-on around Dr. Leath’s office gets harder and harder to fathom.

    Given the precarious situation that Auburn University finds itself in today because of past decisions that Dr. Leath has made as president of Auburn University, it is utterly astonishing that Dr. Leath has chosen to have his staff issue such a trite, unimaginative and embarrassing statement.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Dr. Leath is embarrassing himself and he is embarrassing Auburn.

    How can Dr. Leath have such a tin ear?

    Does Steven Leath not understand that now is not the time to send his staff out to talk about him, in this situation, in the 3rd person, for Pete’s sake?

    How can Dr. Leath be so obtuse?

    Does Steven Leath not understand that whether — “Dr. Leath fully agrees with Allen Greene” (or not) — has absolutely nothing to do with Steven Leath taking responsibility for the decisions that Steven Leath made before Allen Greene became Auburn’s AD, for Pete’s sake?

    P.S. There is a crisis of leadership right now at Auburn University. Now is the time for the men and women who sit in the positions of power as members of the Auburn Board of Trustees to step up to their responsibility, and do it with full transparency. Auburn people everywhere are counting on it. WDE!

  8. JuscAUse says:

    I know I’m an old timer, but I miss the days when Shug and Pat Dye would apologize to the fans and then apologize to the players for not having them ready to play the game. Doug Smith hated to hear Coach Dye apologize. He knew they were catching it the next week in practice. I don’t sense this at all in todays game. At least under Gus.

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