Thursday, October 25, 2012
Auburn president pens open letter to fans
By Chris Low
It wasn't the dreaded vote of confidence that was handed down Thursday by the Auburn president.
In fact, far from it.
Jay Gogue assured fans in an open letter posted on the university's website that the football program would be "evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process."
Does that sound like Gene Chizik will be back next year as coach? Read into it what you will, but clearly Gogue is being peppered by fans and boosters clamoring for a change as the Tigers (1-6, 0-5 SEC) are off to their worst start in 60 years.
"I know your concerns are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them," wrote Gogue, adding that the program would be evaluated at season's end like it is every year.
He urged fans to support the program.
"For everything there is a time, and now is the time to support," Gogue wrote.
Again, not exactly a ringing endorsement for Chizik, who has a $7.5 million buyout.
Below is Gogue's letter in its entirety:
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.