Everything is a God Thing™ down at Auburn. Even lies.
Thanks to one website we now know the Auburn coaching staff is composed of liars. Ordinarily, nobody would care. Someone telling a lie is sort of like a dog biting the mailman—common.
Even TV shows like House recognizes that “Everybody lies.”
What makes Auburn’s lie news is the Jesus preaching hypocrisy that goes on within the institution and the Auburn family. Without a doubt Gene Chizik’s book published by “Christian” fiction and non-fiction publisher Tyndale House is just one example of the God-theme Auburn pushes. If the book purports to have any advice on leadership or winning from Auburn’s Chizik, then it will likely be listed in the fiction category. The only advice Chizik can give on how to win is to “acquire” a liar and a thief to be your team’s quarterback. And only a work of fiction would pretend that Mississippi State was the only SEC school that offered to pay for the quarterback.
But the latest Auburn lie is worth examining—it shows the used-car salesman approach of Auburn assistant coach Trooper Taylor. According to the report from Sports By Brooks, “Today two sources confirmed to me that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett not only never considered Taylor for any position on the NFL team’s coaching staff, he was never in contact with Taylor about any manner of employment. In fact, from what I’ve been told by a source familiar with Garrett’s thinking, Taylor might the last person Garrett would hire for his wide receivers coach because of the well-chronicled, poor work habits of ex-Taylor protege Dez Bryant. (Taylor coached Bryant at Oklahoma State in 2009.)”
That has to hurt. But the truth usually does.
And it should be used as a tool to battle the falsehoods so often spread on the recruiting trail.
But we should remember that this really isn’t a lie to the Auburn family. See, it is Noble Lie(tm by Socrates & Plato). If the saying brings in the recruits while it might not really be true then it is OK.
It is what Jesus would do.