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Auburn President Jay Gogue Pens Open Letter About Struggling Football Program

| by Alex Groberman

Auburn is 1-6 so far this year, and there is a very good chance that the Tigers will ultimately finish the season with more than nine losses. Do the math: Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama are locks to beat this squad. That leaves outings against New Mexico State and Alabama A&M as their only shots at avoiding complete embarrassment. And presuming that Auburn does win those games and does finish with three victories on the year – it’s not like anyone is going to be happy with that.

In an effort to ease the nerves of all the angry Tigers fans currently attending classes at his university, Auburn President Jay Gogue published a public letter today talking about the state of the football team.

Yes, things are that bad down there.

The letter:

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A Message to the Auburn Family about Auburn Football

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.

War Eagle!

Jay Gogue

So there you have it.

Frankly, Gogue’s time probably would have been better spent trying to see if there are any NCAA loopholes that would permit Cam Newton’s return. That’s about the only thing that can save this program right now.

(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)

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