Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sadness at my second home

To all the Auburn faithful and any real sports fan, watch this video. I LOVE Paul Finebaum. The last line is priceless.

Like so many of my dearest friends, I too "believe in Auburn and love it." I cherish my 5 and a half years there more than many others, but in recent weeks, it has been so sad to be an Auburn Tiger. I love Tommy Tuberville. I love that he believes in Jesus; I love that he wins football games; mostly I love that he is NOT a good ole' boy. But that exception ultimately got him fired.

I hoped and prayed that the Auburn powers that be would redeem themselves and make a good decision regarding our new coach, but the corrupt board of trustees have muddied the waters again. I know nothing about Gene Chizik except for his 5-19 record. I know nothing about Turner Gill except that the Auburn fan base was behind him and he is in a biracial marriage.

There are many issues I could discuss at length here--the corruption of the BOT, the incompetency of Jay Jacobs, to mistreatment of Tommy Tuberville, the horrible timing of it all, the underlying issue (as the media is claiming) of race... I am still getting my thoughts together, so I'll just briefly share my thoughts...

As an Auburn loyal, I am behind Gene Chizik and hope that he has a successful career at Auburn. I am sad, however, in what is being discussed as a result of this decision. What is the saddest (well maybe not, but in my heart it is really sad.) is that none of this would have been discussed had Tuberville not been forced to resign... Jay Jacobs and our BOT looks a-fool.

Racism is such a sad condition. Living in Montgomery brought me face to face with it in a way that I had never before been exposed... I thought that I developed a broader world view there, but with personal case-by-case issues, I have since realized that it is not a black and white issue. Pun intended... What will it take to overcome our biases and truly just love humanity...?

7 comments:

hicksfamilycircus said...

Hi Kristy,
I too feel your pain as a loyal and passionate AUBURN person. I believe in Auburn the school, the town, the team and the family, not just the football realm. It is heart breaking. However, to help you out a little I thought I would let you know that we already have a coach who is in a biracial marriage so I've been told (James Willis - linebacker coach). As sad as it is that we have to even discuss race, and as disappointing as the BOT is, I choose to believe that the race issue was just a rediculous media bandwagon. Unfotunately it has scarred our beloved school. We can only pray for the Tubbervilles and our Alma Mater. Only true Auburn fans understand the love we have for what is Auburn University.

Kristy said...

I like your outlook, and I too hope it was a ridiculous media bandwagon approach. Now that it is being talked about so much, it will become an issue that will be attacked and defended. I know that our school will overcome it--these are tough times!

Lori said...

well written kristy. i too was super sad at the firing, uh, resignation, of TT. he was such a decent guy! i'll always loooovvvveee Auburn University...but it is embarrassing to be associated with this mess. i had been paying some attention to it, but didn't really realize what a big deal it was until Jacobs and Pat Dye sent emails out to alumni...that cued me in that something was fishy. i'll support Chizik b/c the team will need all the support they can get...but these are hard times on the plains...

Jesse Faris said...

A thousand times AMEN.

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Tiffany Norris said...

I know we keep up on Facebook, but I've been missing your blog! Hope things are going well!