Former Auburn wide-receiver Tim Hawthorne announced his departure in similar fashion and Mario Fannin’s live USTREAM parties, though bangin’, will likely force retirement on several members of the media relations office unable to cope with the unimaginable potential for scandal.
But as Jerry noted today, few players in recently cached memory have given Auburn fans more message board fodder and a coach more reason to ban the hell out of social networking sites a la Mike Leach (“We’ll put mirrors in some of their lockers if that’s necessary but they don’t have to Twitter”) than Tyrik Rollison. Still, here’s hoping his latest – and now deleted – status update on Facebook was just the blowing off of steam, for our sake and his.
Here’s what we know:
January 25, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: is going to be an Auburn Tiger!!” – (profile photo is of an Auburn cake).
March 26, 2009 – “I’m trying to get my man Toney Clemons to come play for Auburn. He is no longer with Michigan and is looking for a new place to ball. We could use him at WR and I was asking for your help. Send him a message saying how much Auburn could use and how much you would like to see him on our squad. Anything from the heart will go a long way. Thanks for the help”
April 1, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: is GOING TOO be up at AUBURN this SUMMER. I Will play this Fall!!!
April 7, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: is ready to start for Auburn.”
April 23, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: is goin’ first overall in 2013. You best believe that lol.”
May 4, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: is the next big thing to hit Auburn.”
May 12, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: let everyone know…I’ma put Auburn on tha map!!!”
July 2009 – Rollison repeatedly pleads with Auburn fans to “do something about it” – it being the phenomenon of fake Tyrik Rollison Facebook profiles.
December 3, 2009 – “Tyrik Rollison: To the Auburn faithful, I’m sorry. I will get this issue corrected. I want all yall to know I expect more of myself and things will turn around. WAR EAGLE!!!”
February 11, 2010 – “Tyrik Rollison: QUIT TELLING ME TO TRANSFER SCHOOLS!…I’M WITH AUBURN AND THATS THE END OF IT!”
February 23, 2010 – “Tyrik Rollison: I’M DONE… I NEED A FRESH START.”
February 24, 2010 – “Tyrik Rollison: IS MOVING ON FROM AUBURN… I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO IS SUPPORTING ME.”
That graphic is a work of true genius.
In other news, Clint Moseley’s day is looking brighter. I knew I should have started that Fake Clint Moseley blog back during the bowl game. I’d have three or four good posts by now.
Nothing is sadder than seeing a player wanting to leave Auburn. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but when it does, man it sucks.
But I’ve never seen that 2/11 post.
There should be (might be?) a name for what happens when someone contemplates going after greener pastures, but eventually decides not to and gains a newfound respect for what he has. That type of thing happens all the time. So, whatever that is, maybe that will happen here.
AubOrange — I never saw it either — we weren’t FB friends. I got it (http://www.aunation.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=64621)- and all the other updates – from people who were, or at least claimed to be.
General message board consensus was that those suggesting a transfer weren’t, of course, Auburn fans…
Now there’s a transfer location being thrown out there; Sam Houston State.
Looks bleak. It’s especially sad when you look at those early posts, and you see that when he came in he was 100% Auburn and somehow, SOMEHOW, Auburn let him down.
I don’t really feel like we let him down at all. I’m sure he’s been given every opportunity any other player is given, and I guess things weren’t going how he wanted.
Sorry the he is leaving but looks like from early-on he was having trouble adapting to Auburn, Chiz and SEC level players. Odds on him starting had gone to about zero when Newton arrived and what do we need with 5 QBs? I hope he does well whereever he goes.. He was a good talent in HS and I’m sure there is a place where he can start enjoying the game again.
Well I don’t think he would leave unless he feels that he’s not being given those opportunities.
True, but what he feels and what actually happened may be two different things. I’ve got no hard feelings, and wish him luck in whatever he does, but I can’t imagine the coaches would not give him opportunities with the talent he has.
Rollison simply didn’t have the maturity or leadership skills and the staff knew it. That’s why they got Newton; they knew Rollison wasn’t ready because of the way he behaved.
Every team signs new QBs every year. Maybe it was just academics and he / coaches thought he might not be able to maintain eligibility. Maybe it was him being homesick
Passing judgments about others is a character flaw. Just saying.
The best QB in the 2009 Class
Robert Cooper – 6’4 204