The Cult of Aub

When it comes time to circle the wagons, nobody does it like the Auburn Family. Story after story brought bad news to the Auburn masses Wednesday, but the stories had nothing to do with Auburn. This was some vast conspiracy controlled by some wizard in Tuscaloosa with cohorts in Bristol, New York City and other exotic places.

So, what is an Aub to do?

Why not prank call a reporter?

The telephone number of one Thayer Evans of Fox Sports was purportedly passed around Facebook and Auburn Internet message boards Wednesday evening.

One outraged Auburn fan defended the conduct (on what is now an inaccessible Facebook status update, but was screen grabbed by an attentive tipster). The Auburn fan (who holds a law degree) declared, “Thayer Evans’ cell # is (713) XXX-XXXX. Call him and let him know what you think of his ‘reporting’ on the Cam Newton situation.”

Then he defended it. He said, “Actions have consequences…even for members of the media. … “honesty and truthfulness and obedience to law are (part of the Auburn Creed). Mr. Evans believes in neither. That his aims coincide with yours is not an excuse for you to advocate such mendacity and lawlessness.”

On one notorious Auburn message board, Tiger fans were devising ways to make the best use of the telephone number. CraigsList was one option jovially suggested. (The Capstone Report sent an email to Mr. Evans in an effort to determine if he received any of these prank calls or if these Auburn fans were only Internet tough guys.)

But there are other signs of the Auburn Family on display during this crisis. Football fans are passionate about the sport; teams are almost sacred.


But some take the devotion to an extreme. These photographs were being passed around showing the Auburn devotion to Cam on display during the most recent football game. (Warning: some Christians might find the following photographs offensive.)

Aubie the Auburn Tiger mascot at Saturday’s game wore preacher robes and carried a sign that said, “When the Lord be blessin, the Devil be messin.”

If you doubt the authenticity of the photograph, the Auburn Beat tweeted that it really happened.

Perhaps most disturbing was this image of Cam being crucified that made an appearance on one Auburn message board in the signature line of a fan.

Cult or simply devotion? You can find extreme behavior in any group, but the Can Newton crisis is showing a bad side of the Auburn Family.