Flags flying above Jordan-Hare Stadium commemorate Auburn’s national championship teams of 1957 and 2010.
The school now might add flags for other years, such as 1983, 1993 and 2004.
Wait, you say. Auburn didn’t win national titles those years.
Yes, it did. If you consider little known and defunct groups like the National Championship Foundation, the Maxwell Ratings and the GBE College Football Ratings.
Auburn is considering joining other college football programs that recognize teams that were declared national champs by groups like the ones just mentioned, according to an article at auburn.247sports.com.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said:
“If other schools are using these same polls to declare a national championship, we should at least consider it,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. “I don’t think there’s a better time for the Auburn family to consider it than right here at the end of the BCS era. As we transition into another playoff format for the national champion, I just think we need to look hard at it.”
Michael Skotnicki, an offensive lineman on the 1983 team who wrote a book called “Auburn’s Unclaimed National Championships,” presents the case for several Auburn teams that he feels should be recognized, including ones in 1913, 1983 and 1993.
“Texas A&M decided upon entering the SEC that they would add the 1919 and 1927 titles. Minnesota added the 1904 title last summer. USC added the 1939 title in 2004. Ole Miss claims three national titles and not one is AP, Coaches’ Poll or BCS. Why should Auburn be any different? In this day and age, why should Auburn be so stuffy about it?”
Should schools recognize other lesser known national championships? What do you think?
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