Thursday, longtime Alabama commit Rueben Foster switched his commitment, announcing in public forum he would be playing for Auburn.
This really wasn’t a shock, as the player was moved to Auburn High School where he was a teammate of Curtis Luper’s and Trooper Taylor’s sons. Both Luper and Taylor coach for the fighting Chiziks.
Players switch their commitments all the time; this isn’t a Halley’s Comet sighting but any means. It happens every year.
It was how it was done, illustrating the pettiness of Auburn and its present coaching staff.
Last December, Bama received a commitment from a longtime Auburn recruit, TY Yeldon. Yeldon released this 150 word statement:
Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.
I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January.
I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.
What’s the big deal? Here was Foster’s statement on Thursday. Here’s a hint for you barners out there who can’t read…it’s word for word with Yeldon’s….
Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of thought and time into where I wanted to (continue) my football career. I am blessed that I am in the situation where I have several great opportunities, and I appreciate everyone attending this meeting. I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get on with all the work that I need to do for high school and get prepared for college, both academically and athletically.
I am going to enroll at Auburn University.
I have a lot of respect for Alabama and the coaches and all the other people and the fans. But at the end of the day, I felt like Auburn University is the place for me and my family and had the best situation for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about my decision, and I’m excited to get started.
Listening to the kid talk, there’s no way he wrote that. Hell, listening to him talk, there’s no way he can write.
This carefully orchestrated shot across the bow of the Alabama coaching staff illustrates beautifully, in perfect scale, the pettiness of the Auburn coaching staff. A coaching staff apparently consumed with Alabama.
However, a consumption that didn’t show in last year’s 42-14 beatdown on Pat Dye Field.
Auburn, you wonder why we think you are inferior to Alabama? It’s because you are. It’s because of childish, lame moves like this that expose you for who and what you are.
Auburn has long been referred to as “little brother” by Alabama fans. And it’s what Auburn is.
But let me offer, Auburn isn’t a little brother, as in the youngest. Auburn is a prototypical middle child.
Do a study of the birth order and you’ll see middle children behaving exactly the way the Auburn fambly does. Middle children feel lost, stuck in the middle. They don’t get the attention from being the oldest, and they don’t get the attention from being the youngest.
So they resort to doing stupid things to call attention to themselves, even into adulthood. Things that are shameless, obvious and sometimes downright sad. Stupid things like using a 17-year-old to communicate how hurt and upset they were that Alabama took one of their favorite players back in December.
The move was bush league. But then Auburn IS bush league.
There is serious talk of NCAA inquiries already made regarding a job Foster’s mother mysteriously received prior to the switch, and why the player was moved to Auburn High School in the first place. More to come on that.
The player himself is a stud, and Auburn needed him a heck of a lot more than Alabama. If he were a car, he would be a weekend convertable in an already packed 12-car garage in Tuscaloosa. For Auburn, he’s the family car. In other words, Alabama is loaded.
There’s a long way until February, and just like Cyrus Kouandjio, Brent Calloway, and TJ Yeldon, things can change.
But it’s the way Auburn chooses to go about its business that illustrates in high definition the inferiority and pettiness of the Auburn fambly.
You don’t and won’t see moves like this from the Alabama coaching staff, because they don’t have to operate like that. The University of Alabama is secure in its tradition, past, present and future. And when Nick Saban touched down in January 2007, Bama fans stopped worrying about recruiting. His track record at Bama on and off the field speaks to that.
But, Auburn, with moves like this…and towel waving, limosine rides, named weekends, neat-o catch phrases, singing “Lean On Me” in the stadium, and any of a hundred other examples…it’s just another reason why we laugh, as you tell us yourself “We are inferior.”
And we appreciate you validating that inferiority. Because you are.