For the uninitiated, Clay Travis sent a couple of tweets out late last night:
Auburn "family" = absolutely silent.
No denial yet? Uh oh
Take money and lie = all in. Take money and tell truth = all out. Welcome to Auburn.
Here’s referring to this about the upcoming Real Sports HBO Special.
Clay wanted a response, here’s one from an Auburn fan and grad.
What would you like me to do? Sit here and say I condone cheating? That I have to think that, as an Auburn fan, anything the team does I have to agree with and take as a barometer for how to live my life? Am I also supposed to sit and agree and believe every allegations leveled at the program. Especially when one of the parties involved has been discredited by not only his former High School Coach, but by other Auburn players as well? Or Another Auburn player who’s distaste/distrust of the school is well documented, who is interviewed with another player who had all the talent in the world, but never saw a significant snap. Perhaps a fourth, who I can’t even remember playing for Auburn (but that’s just me in this case).
I can’t. I can’t sit here and do that. Why? Because when it comes to Auburn football and allegations, I honestly take a Serenity Prayer approach to the whole thing:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference
That’s not putting my head in the sand. That’s not arranging deckchairs on the Titanic or whatever other cliché or hyperbole you’d like to throw out. No, it’s just how it is. The last time I checked (and that was this morning) Gene Chizik is the head football coach at Auburn. Was he the head coach of these players? Nope. Their coach is currently in West Texas in some type of football purgatory.
Still, let’s take a realistic and rational approach to this. If there was a systematic cheating system in place that involved sex and money for players, why would it take more than 5 years for it to be uncovered. Better yet, if Auburn WAS paying players, don’t you think we could have done a lot better than this or this as our starting quarterback? Not to knock those guys (they’re still better football players than I could ever hope to be), but if we were actually paying players this systematically and this blatantly over the past few years, we could have done a bit better with our money.
You asked why Auburn fans weren’t responding. You also asked this question at around 11:30 CST. Most Auburn fans I know have actual jobs that require at least some modicum of sleep (present company excluded, I have a job, I just work nights). Asking this question and then getting dumbfounded by the lack of responses is akin to the drunk guy who shows up to your house at 2:00am and wonders why no one wants to party with him. We’ve got lives outside of football. We don’t get paid to fill content between commercials on Nashville Radio.
Are you expecting Auburn fans to riot or something? For us to take pitchforks and arms and burn down Samford Hall? Unlike Tennessee, we don’t have a chunk of rock that we can graffiti when we get pissed off.
Let’s take your worst case scenario and play it out. Let’s hypothetically suppose each of the allegations is true. What then? Are you hoping (like many Alabama fans are) that Auburn will get the Death Penalty and be forced to bump down to Division III, filling our schedule with Miles College, Tuskegee, and Birmingham Southern (Go Panthers)?
You chastise Auburn for taking a “no comment” approach at this point. What were you expecting? The school to have a full press release ready to deploy, issuing denial after denial. In some cases, that doesn’t really work out for the best. A “no comment” most of the time is just that. A lack of comment. It’s not some backhanded way of saying, “oh yeah, you guys totally busted us, but we’re just gonna clam up right now”. No, it’s a simple, “No Comment”.
You can continue to mock and belittle Auburn for saying “The Auburn Family” and “All In”. Bravo, you’re disagreeing with marketing. You might as well start shaking your fist in righteous anger at Alka-Seltzer, because they might say “Plop. Plop. Fizz. Fizz. Oh, what a relief it is” but damnit, you’re a Nexium man and Speedy the Alka-Seltzer imp (or whatever he is) is just wrong.
I won’t even sit here and take exception at the mocking of Auburn family, because trying to explain it to you would be like trying to explain why Democracy really works to a Marxist. At the end of the day, you’re just gonna believe what you’re gonna believe.
Do I think this is some grand Conspiracy Theory by Alabama Boosters to bring Auburn down? No. Not at all. That gives them too much credit. They actually have bigger things to worry about (like keeping Anthony Grant on the Capstone).
You asked for a comment from an Auburn fan. A response. Something besides a request for you to engage in Coprophagia (you can google that if you want but make sure Safe Search is on). Here it is plain and simple:
I, an Auburn fan, just don’t care. It might bother me in the back of my mind. It might gnaw at me slightly, but at the end of the day, I’ll believe Auburn is in trouble when the PLOI is dropped off at the Athletic Complex. Until then, these just become unsubstantiated allegations made by people with bitterness and resentment. If players were getting paid and in such a complex and blatant way, you’d think we’d either A) see the product on the field (I mean at least SMU got Eric Dickerson and Craig James) or B) it would have come out a LONG time ago. At my core, I’m a realist. Occam's Razor still applies here. You can say Auburn is “dirty” and “tarnished” and whatever other adjective you can throw from Roget’s. At the end of the day, I’m still an Auburn fan and I'll remain one. I’ve seen the best of times and the worst of times. My devotion is unwavering. You can call me oblivious, delusional, what have you. What I can do is trust people who have more time and energy invested in to this program. Men who’s cheating would cost them not only their jobs, but their lives.
This is just how I feel. I want to see actual hard evidence. Auburn produces engineers, not criminal masterminds. Even when we foray in to the later, it doesn’t take long until we’re busted.
What will never change is the love I have for my school and my town. A school that gave me the best four years of my life and the school I try to repay a debt to in any way I can.
You want to email? feel free. PlainsmanParkingLot@Gmail.com Have at it.