“They know what 17- and 18-year-old men want and what gets them excited.”

I posted something last year about a disturbing trend in college football recruiting – that secondary violations were becoming something to take a certain degree of pride in as a promotional device for programs.

So I hear an echo in Trooper Taylor’s voice about the NCAA rule change regarding Tiger Prowl.

… [Gene Chizik] was in town Monday to participate in the Montgomery Auburn Club’s annual barbecue banquet. He spent plenty of time answering questions about the NCAA’s latest rule, and Auburn should consider it a badge of honor.

Assistant coach Trooper Taylor indicated as much last week, saying “we must be doing something right” when the NCAA begins restructuring its policies to undermine Auburn enterprises.

On a certain level, I understand the sentiment.  But there’s something sort of questionable about envelope-pushing like this, particularly when it sounds like Chizik intends to keep looking aggressively for a new edge and when he cites Big Cat Weekend as a success.  Then again, it’s Auburn.  What could possibly go wrong?

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7 responses to ““They know what 17- and 18-year-old men want and what gets them excited.”

  1. HVL Dawg

    Push the envelope???

    Two years ago we were howling with laughter on your blog about Alabama oversigning recruits.

    Now, not so much.

  2. Will (the other one)

    More fun w/ Google search: take out auburn and plug in the NATS school and you get 50,000+ results.
    Tech lies and cheats. But doesn’t get caught as often as Auburn.

  3. Doug

    About a year ago this time we were getting an earful from Vol fans, too, insisting that Kiffykins “must be doing something right” if he was getting as much press and riling up the rest of the SEC’s fanbases as much as he was. Didn’t work out great for them in the end, if memory serves.

    Give me Mark Richt and his boring ol’ sound bites and recruiting efforts any day.

  4. Cojones

    Next they will be using young coeds attending high school games. Wha…? Really?

  5. dave

    “we must be doing something right” when the NCAA begins restructuring its policies to undermine Auburn enterprises.

    Next thing you know they’ll outlaw bestiality.

  6. Dog in Fla

    Chiz, upon hearing word from Trooper that they’re doing something right if the NCAA banned it, is now thinking about sending Trooper to Olongapo City for some liberty and to pick out one of the used jeepneys. Trooper will have to cross the Sh!t River to get to the jeepney lots but then Trooper can use it on his sole recon recruiting missions when he returns to CONUS…

  7. Vious

    Coaches will always find a way around the rules so this door closes but another will open

    Auburn did something that helped them….so I am glad it was closed….our recruiting will still be solid