In the early 1600s, the Christopher Marlowe play called The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus (aka Doctor Faustus) was published. It was a controversial story about a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for magical powers. Even if you have not read the story, no doubt you know through many reincarnations (The Twilight Zone, The Simpsons, Damn Yankees, The Devil's Advocate) that the consequences outweigh the advantages.
That said, what would you give up for a National Championship in football? I am not saying Auburn made any backroom handshakes with Lucifer or that what happened in 2010 has any effects on the 2013 baseball team but this sports program has gone from king of the hill to downright disparity.
I was reading an article on cbssports.com: Best in College Sports: Which school had the best year in sports? Some excerpts:
The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has been ranking athletic programs for years with Stanford winning the last 19 trophies. The NACDA ranking weighs every sport equally, meaning a football national title is worth the same number of points (100) as a women's water polo title. But the CBSSports.com Best in College Sports Award is more reflective of those sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. We rated five sports -- football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and a "wild card" sport.
For our formula -- which takes into account only schools that field FBS football programs -- we weighed football three times as much, while men's basketball is worth twice as many points as the other sports that are part of the formula.
After reading some comments, many figured Louisville would be #1 from their hoops national championship, Sugar Bowl win, and their baseball . Then I saw this astute comment: appearance
Okay, braniacs. So everyone has figured out that Louisville is number 1. But who among the BCS is the worst?
I am thinking Boston College. They did not make the post-season in baseball, softball, gymnastics, men or women hoops and 2-10 in football. They made the hockey tournament but lost in the 1st round. I am not sure about the other "wild card" sports.
Which brings me to the Auburn Tigers. Consider the following for the 2012-2013 school year:
Football: 3-9 (0-8 in conference play); Their first winless SEC season since going 0-6 in 1980, head coach fired.
Men's Basketball: 9-22 (3-15); They have gone 35–59 (12–38) in the last three seasons.
Women's Basketball: 19-15 (5-11); Participated in the WNIT.
Baseball: 33-23 (13-17); Did not make the post-season, head coach fired.
The Wild Cards - Gymnastics: lost in the NCAA Regionals. Softball: 30-23 (7-17); No post-season, head coach fired after 17 seasons. Volleyball: 17-13 (8-12) ; No post-season.
According to the more sensible CBS formula, here is how the SEC stacks up:
|School||Football||Football CBS||M BB||M BB CBS||W BB||Baseball||TOTAL||Wild Card *|
|Alabama||100||300||0||0||0||25||325||M Golf #1|
|Texas A&M||75||225||0||0||50||50||325||Out M Trk #1|
|Georgia||80||240||0||0||73||0||313||W Swim #1|
|Arkansas||0||0||0||0||0||50||50||In M Track #1|
* I did not calculate every little "Wild Card" sport because there are only so many hours in a day.
I am no scholar on the history of Auburn athletics, but was 2012-2013 the worst year in Auburn sports EVER?
Bonus Question: How has Athletics Director Jay Jacobs kept his job?
If you add in the melancholy of the famed oak trees of Toomer's Corner being removed this past April, it cannot be happy times for Auburn fans.