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Auburn President Jay Gogue Addresses the Family

If you’ve listened to Finebaum (why?!) or any other radio show in the last few weeks, you’ve heard callers and hosts bring up the lack of response from the Auburn administration to the recent struggles on the football field. My question is why should they have to say anything? We’re seven games into the season and it’s not good. Is it normal for a president to just come out and say something just to keep the fans calm? They are there to run the school.

However, Auburn president Jay Gogue apparently did feel that it was time to give a general, broad response to the many emails regarding the football team he had recieved recently, because he did so in a statement today. Instead of giving the answers that some may want to hear, he reminds us of what we should be doing as Auburn fans.

A Message to the Auburn Family about Auburn Football

The Auburn spirit is part of everything we do – in the classroom and beyond. It includes the spirit we show when we support those who represent us on the playing field.

Later today, Auburn students and the local community will gather to cheer on the football team as they practice. I encourage others to follow their example by coming together and getting behind the young men who wear the orange and blue each fall Saturday.

In the past few weeks, many of you have contacted me, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts about the football program. I know your concerns are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them. As we do every year, the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process.

For everything there is a time, and now is the time to support. The young men and women – our students – who make up Auburn University are grateful for the dedication of their extended Auburn Family. So am I.

War Eagle!

Jay Gogue

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Marcus 10/25/2012 at 3:02 pm

Wonder what he’s really trying to say?

CHB 10/25/2012 at 3:33 pm

House cleaning time.

JB 10/25/2012 at 4:00 pm

Must we keep calling ourselves the “Auburn Family?” I personally can’t stand calling our alumni and fans a “family.” The whole thing sounds kind of hokey. I’m a proud fan and alumnus. The family thing doesn’t fit.

JG Class of '10 10/25/2012 at 4:19 pm


I and many other auburn friends and alums dearly hold the love of everything Auburn close to our hearts. Many instantly feel a connection anytime we see someone wearing orange and blue or hear the words “War Eagle”. Auburn is more than just a place to us or a team to cheer for. It has had a profound influence and affect on thousands of lives and each and every one of those individuals are part of a unique bond that connects each one of them. I believe that there is no word except family that would successfully describe this bond. I hope that one day you too will recognize the uniqueness of the Auburn bond and feel like we really are a big family. Georgia and Bama may have their “Nations” but we here at Auburn are a part of a Family!

War Eagle!

erg 10/25/2012 at 4:20 pm

Here’s my screenplay idea, entitled “The Family”. I need someone to write it.


– Gene Chizik, strong Christian family man who works in a coal mine;
– Jay Gouge, kind and nurturing grandfather and full-time gardener;
– Pat Dye, crazy uncle & rambling street corner preacher;
– Cam Newton, adopted prodigy child;
– Nick Saban, as ‘the Devil’ and coal mine owner

….somebody keep this going…

Marcus 10/25/2012 at 5:06 pm

That certainly wasn’t a “vote of confidence”.

SabanIsTheDevil 10/25/2012 at 9:30 pm

It’s time to clean house. For the live of god you can buy a ticket for $14 bucks… Two years ago you could hardly park for $14…. This is beyond pathetic, it’s sad. I am livid.

johnmark22 10/26/2012 at 8:47 am

New Mexico St. tickets — $7.

SabanIsTheDevil 10/25/2012 at 10:59 pm



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