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Watch the 1993 and 1994 Auburn episodes of Florida Football Highlights with Steve Spurrier

Watch the 1993 and 1994 Auburn episodes of Florida Football Highlights with Steve Spurrier

I’m supplementing the meager Auburn-South Carolina history stories with old Spurrier stuff (when he was at Florida. And San Francisco). Since we won’t see the Gators again until 2094 or something (unless they decide to start playing football and meet us in Atlanta), I feel good about it. The man is the Gamecocks’ coach; I […]

Remembering Spurrier to Beasley

Remembering Spurrier to Beasley

You think of them as legends, but legends in two different realms or universes or Wikipedia categories or something. Finding old articles that don’t just mention them in the same sentence but that document an actual football play that started with one and ended with the other is like what I would imagine reading some […]

The original capacity of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium was twice as much as everyone says

The original capacity of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium was twice as much as everyone says

I stumbled across my current favorite example of how almost everything you’ve been told about Auburn history is wrong while doing some digging for an Auburn Magazine story on the history of Jordan-Hare Stadium, this year being its 75th anniversary and all (I mean, I guess it is… who knows…). It’s a favorite because it’s […]

As Kroger expands, we look back at the first and most recent artist renderings of the legendary Auburn grocery store

As Kroger expands, we look back at the first and most recent artist renderings of the legendary Auburn grocery store

Publix’s come, Bruno’s goes, Winn-Dixies shall not rise again. But Kroger… Kroger remains constant. It thrives. It is constantly packed. After work, after church, it is simply impossible for someone who has lived in Auburn for more than five years to walk its hallowed, narrow aisles without trying to avoid someone you don’t have time […]

Did Auburn players ring cowbells during a Mississippi State game in the late 1960s?

Did Auburn players ring cowbells during a Mississippi State game in the late 1960s?

All the talk about Auburn fans giving Mississippi State a taste of its own artificial medicine by bringing their own cowbells to the MSU game? Auburn fan Ann Adams says it’s nothing new, and she decided to have a little show and tell at work Friday morning to prove it. Adams’ brother, Billy Erwin, played […]

Mississippi State considered handheld mirrors, cow tails as replacement traditions when cowbells were banned in 1975

Mississippi State considered handheld mirrors, cow tails as replacement traditions when cowbells were banned in 1975

Tradition, tradition, the cowbells are a tradition. Of course, no doubt, we get it. But forty years ago, when that tradition was threatened, it apparently wasn’t the cowbell, per se, that was so beloved by Mississippi State fans, but what it did: Limited their opponents to only four senses. “Mississippi State officials say they are […]

The University of Alabama tried to buy 1,000 cowbells from Mississippi State to bring to the 1974 Iron Bowl; Texas fans took them to annoy Auburn at the Gator Bowl

The University of Alabama tried to buy 1,000 cowbells from Mississippi State to bring to the 1974 Iron Bowl; Texas fans took them to annoy Auburn at the Gator Bowl

The latest chapter in the cowbell controversy: Auburn fans are taking cowbells to Saturday’s game against Mississippi State. Or at least some Auburn fans are. Or at least there are a couple of pictures of Auburn-ed out cowbells being retweeted with exclamation points of varying degrees of endorsement or embarrassment. The noise from the brouhaha, […]

Former AU quarterback Phil Gargis talks about the 1974 Auburn-Mississippi State game that led to cowbell ban

Former AU quarterback Phil Gargis talks about the 1974 Auburn-Mississippi State game that led to cowbell ban

When the Mississippi State fans rattled their cowbells on Nov. 9, 1974, the person they were trying to rattle the most was Phil Gargis. Gargis, Auburn’s tough-as-nails starting quarterback from 1974-1976 , was under center for the Tigers for their showdown with the Bulldogs in Jackson, ground zero for the cowbell controversy that still rages […]

Watch Terry Bowden’s press conference response to 1993 Mississippi State allegations that Auburn inflated football with helium

Watch Terry Bowden’s press conference response to 1993 Mississippi State allegations that Auburn inflated football with helium

It’s one thing to read about it. But watching Terry Bowden (who somehow kept a straight face) actually respond to charges from Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill that Auburn was spiking its footballs with helium is a nice reminder that, no, it isn’t some apocryphal tailgate tale people trot out once a year… it came […]

VIDEO: Locker room interviews with Auburn players after the 1994 Auburn-LSU Interception game

VIDEO: Locker room interviews with Auburn players after the 1994 Auburn-LSU Interception game

I’m sure some people didn’t him still being in there so often, but Lord knows I wasn’t one of them. No one rubbed Auburn players’ heads the way Pat Dye did (in this case, Chris Shelling’s), and I was fine with him doing it as long as he wanted. (Can’t see the video? Try here.) […]

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