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Shug’s Swan Song: Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s final Auburn Football Review

It was the last time Carl was so right. It came after a game that was so wrong. Shug: “It wasn’t the greatest swan song in the world yesterday.” No, it wasn’t. And it always sucks. Shug’s final Iron Bowl, final game—a blowout to Bama. But despite the gridiron grotesqueries it documents, Shug’s final Auburn Football Review is sheer ecstasy, vintage video of Auburn’s Valhalla, where former Tiger heroes are received and given stadium seats built for two.

There are the Shug-isms: “I’ll miss the competition but I don’t think I’m so old that the adrenaline wont still flow as I watch Auburn football teams play”…”I guess you’d call it a misdirection play. That’s one of those fancy new expressions used by some of the young coaches”… “That was just a little salute. I wasn’t trying to act like Muhammad Ali”… “That was the first of two fumbles yesterday that there was some controversy over. After 43 years of coaching I still don’t know what a fumble is. I guess that’s an indication of some stupidity or something.”

The incredible South Central Bell commercials aren’t even edited out (telephones are amazing).

But perhaps what’s best is the “Salute to Shug” to end it all. Lloyd Nix. Pat Sullivan. Bill Newton. And—oh man—”Pimp, David, Pimp!” Langner.

It’s beautiful. Even The Man thought so.

“You’re so right, Carl,” he said for the last time. “You can’t help get a little emotional about something like that.”

Video provided by Allen Spain.

Related: Watch the play that cost Auburn the 1974 Iron Bowl / Shake it, Shug.

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