Barrett Trotter? Sit up and take note. Clint Mosely? Better get the picture.
And parents of players being recruited by Frank Chiznik and his staff, it’d be smart to keep your options open. Especially if your son plays quarterback.
Because for the second year in a row, Auburn is proving they aren’t interested in developing the talent they have. They want to win right now, and win at any cost.
We saw it last year with the insertion of a one-year-wonder at quarterback, whose father was shopping him for a hefty payout. Did Auburn look away? Heck no. They couldn’t bare the thought of losing to Bama again.
And while Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Mosely put in the time to be considered, Chiznik and company opted for the rented mule.
One year later, history looks like it’s repeating itself as the Tigers are welcoming former NC State three-year starter Russell Wilson to town. If he comes, Wilson, currently playing baseball in the Colorado Rockies organization, would spend just one season on the plains.
Talk radio is heating up with excitement over the prospect of Wilson coming to Auburn; the main scenario you hear: “He can mentor Keihl Frazier.”
Now, what do Newton, Wilson and Frazier all have in common? And what do Trotter, Mosely and even Caudle have in common? Is Auburn sending a message about their preference for that position?
And speaking of Newton and the cloud that continues to linger in Lee County, what would make a professional baseball player opt to become an amateur football player? For my Auburn friends, let me break it down more clearly for you:
Why would someone getting a healthy paycheck as a professional baseball player want to leave that to receive no pay to play football?
The great thing about history is it always seems to repeat itself, just no one in their right mind would believe it would repeat itself in Auburn so quickly.
Finally, if you’re the parents of an up and coming athlete, especially a quarterback, why in the world would you send him to Auburn? Will Auburn head coach Gene Chizik or his boy Friday Gus Malzahn pass over your son for the next one-hit-wonder?
Does this Auburn staff care anything about developing players, or is it just all about winning in the here and now?