Auburn, Ala. —
In two short seasons, the Auburn Tigers have gone from the penthouse to the outhouse.
Led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, the Tigers were undefeated BCS champions in 2010. This year the Tigers are a two-win team, winless in the SEC and having their worst season since 1950.
For local Auburn fans like Billy Goodson, owner of World Camp Strength and Conditioning, a change at the top is necessary.
“The team is not as disappointing as the coaching staff,” said Goodson. “The guys just seem very unprepared and disorganized. It's very hard to watch. It's one thing to play hard and lose. It's another to look like you don't belong on the field. It's time for a change. I supported the coaching staff through last season, but it's clear to me they have lost control of the team. There's no fire or motivation. Time to move on. I'll support the team no matter the record, but this is the least prepared, not the least talented team, I've ever watched take the field.”
Royal Baker, a Commercial Bank banker, agrees with Goodson.
“It's tough to see a team win a national championship and then not win any SEC games,” Baker said. “Obviously there is some type of coaching issue. I always support the players, but using the phrase, ‘We have a young team’ only works for a year or two.”
The Tigers are 0-7 in the SEC and 2-8 overall.
For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.