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Auburn has finally padded its historical title résumé?

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Despite losing to Florida State in the BCS title game this past January, it appears Auburn has managed to more than double its championship résumé.

Back in January, AU athletic director Jay Jacobs acknowledged that the athletic department was considering adding as many as seven national championships (1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004) to the two they already claimed (1957, 2010). While not going so far as to retroactively claim all seven, the football program appears to have added nearly half that number.

From the school’s official website:

Auburn Titles

The school also states that “[t]he NCAA recognizes Auburn as National Champions in 2010, 1993, 1983, 1957 and 1913.” That’s not actually the case but, as it was when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, we won’t stop ’em as they’re on a roll.

The NCAA doesn’t “recognize” any champions; rather, The Association, in its Football Bowl Subdivision Records book, lists various organizations or entities that have awarded national championships through the years, with “[t]he criteria for being included in this historical list of poll selectors is that the poll be national in scope, either through distribution in newspaper, television, radio and/or computer online.” All told, the NCAA lists a whopping total of 38 “National Champion Major Selectors.” In Auburn’s case, the unbeaten 1913 team was named national champion by six organizations (Chicago and Harvard also claim titles for that year), the one-loss 1983 team by 10 (Miami was the AP, FWAA and UPI champ) and the undefeated 1993 team by four (Florida State was the AP, FWAA and UPI champ).

You could justify claiming the 1913 title — it was a century ago and who really knows? — as well as the 1983 title — Miami and Nebraska may have played the Game of the Century, but all three ended with one loss and AU beat more ranked teams than any of them — but to claim the 1993 title is laughable at best. Not only were the Tigers on probation that year — they were banned from television and postseason play, missing out on the SEC championship game a bowl berth — but Florida State had what was arguably one of the greatest teams in college football history.

But, who are we to argue when Blutarsky’s rolling on The Plains?

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32 Responses to “Auburn has finally padded its historical title résumé?”
  1. fitz66 says: May 16, 2014 4:01 PM

    Interestingly enough, Auburn doesn’t recognize NCAA sanctions.

  2. tigersdawgs says: May 16, 2014 4:06 PM

    Why not claim them, everyone else does!

  3. 8to80texansblog says: May 16, 2014 4:29 PM

    A&M did this a few years back much to the chagrin of many Aggies….

    It’s a joke and I don’t see why administrators can’t see that.

  4. thefiesty1 says: May 16, 2014 4:36 PM

    Germans bombed Pearl Harbor… Ha, Ha. Kind of like comparing apples and oranges.

  5. auburntigers34 says: May 16, 2014 4:51 PM

    Doing this seems totally pointless and more than a little bammerish. The 1983 team definitely got shafted though.

    At least they didn’t try to claim the “People’s National Championship” from 2004……even though, like the 83 team, the 04 team was definitely shafted by ESPN’s dream match up of USC/Oklahoma.

  6. jgater1981 says: May 16, 2014 5:19 PM

    Everyone knows Notre Dame has the actual right to the NC in 1993.

  7. Deb says: May 16, 2014 5:58 PM

    Notre Dame is one program that should never talk about being shafted when it comes to titles. At least not to anyone who knows football history.

    Alabama has 15 titles and people like to fuss because some of them came in the 20s. But people also whine about the titles we’ve won in the last five years. I’ve been a diehard Steelers fan for 38 years, and though no team has been more dominate in the Super Bowl era, people whine about those titles, too.

    The point is that losers are gonna whine whether or not the titles can be verified. So if you’ve got a trophy, put it in the trophy case and screw ’em.

    Looking forward to your thumbs down. I’m starting a jewelry line on e-bay. Roll Tide :)

  8. timmons94 says: May 16, 2014 6:19 PM

    Lol at 1983. Huskers greatest team ever. Btw went to auburn in 1982. Beat auburn 41-7. Beat them 17-3 in 1981. Huskers lost by 1 on Miami home field. The triplets would of crushed auburn once again in 1983

  9. rolltide510 says: May 16, 2014 6:52 PM

    Claiming pre-WW2 championships is one thing – I’m not a fan of it myself, but its common. But to claim a year when there was actually a national championship game that you didn’t play in, and a different team was given crowned champions for winning?

  10. musketmaniac says: May 16, 2014 7:15 PM

    Deb, we agree again. I actually believe that Notre Dame players should be ineligible for the Heisman trophy. Notre Dame is the only team with an individual T.v. contract. guaranteed to be on national t.v. every game. With t.v. and pay per view airing more games, the advantage is not as big, but in the 80s and 90s Irish players had a huge advantage.

  11. irishdodger says: May 16, 2014 8:19 PM


    Sorry but you are incorrect. The Irish have a contract w/ NBC to televise all of their HOME games. All the AWAY games are up for grabs by the likes of ABC/ESPN, CBS, etc.

    If Notre Dame used the same basis as Alabama in counting NCs, they’d have 21…but they’ve resisted doing the revisionist history so far.

    Auburn would have gotten boat raced by both the one-loss Seminoles & the one-loss Irish in 1993. SEC fans love to tell ND fans that they live in the past…maybe (at least I appreciate the past)…but just b/c the SEC (Bama) has dominated in the latter part of the BCS era doesn’t mean they dominated in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. Bama under Bear was the lone exception as they dominated a weak SEC. It would’ve helped had they integrated earlier….they can thank USC for that.

  12. Deb says: May 16, 2014 10:02 PM

    Speaking of revisionist history …

    irishdodger, you can blather all the nonsense you want about Notre Dame. You’re welcome to your illusions. But when you blather about the Tide, I take exception.

    First, it’s well documented that the Associated Press handed the 1966 title to the Irish–which had tied with Michigan State–rather than awarding it to the undefeated, two-time champion Tide because Alabama was an all-white team. It’s okay with me that Bama didn’t get the title that year. Bear wanted to integrate the team, but even he couldn’t overcome segregationist politics. Some things are bigger than football, and if a message needed to be sent to the state, so be it.

    But Michigan State came ready to play in that matchup with Notre Dame, and Parseghian nonchalantly went for the tie–embarrassing the Spartans and his own players–because he knew the fix was in. Michigan State should have gotten that title.

    As for owing integration to USC … John McKay and Bear Bryant were close personal friends and that game was played because Bear asked McKay to set it up. Bear knew it would change history and it did. So don’t mouth off about Alabama owing its integration to USC. It owes its integration to that game and the cooperation between Bear and USC.

    Alabama dominated in the 1960s and 1970s because it had one of the best coaches in football history in Bear Bryant–and I think everyone knows that.

    Now you can go back to your fantasies about Notre Dame’s 21 titles.

  13. timmons94 says: May 16, 2014 11:04 PM

    Deb. go steelers. Did u like our draft ?? Speed.. Speed.. Like that kid from nd

  14. lbijake says: May 16, 2014 11:13 PM

    All the schools can claim all the titles they want, will not change history. The only ones who pay attention are the alumni who may donate a little more and other people who have nothing better to do.

    The most important game is the next one.

  15. Deb says: May 17, 2014 12:13 AM

    @timmons94 …

    Yes! Very happy with our picks–especially what our speedy first-rounder can do paired with Timmons! Like that kid from Notre Dame, too. But I’ll sure miss Keisel if they don’t re-sign him. Sad when age catches up to them.

    Think it’s going to be a good season!

  16. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 3:40 AM

    dodger, The Irish have had every game televised in my area since the 70s. My mountaineers can not get that coverage here and I live in Morgantown. I noticed you quick to correct me on the coverage. but completely avoided the ineligible for the heisman side of my post which is still in context considering no other schools had individual tv contract.

  17. 700levelvet says: May 17, 2014 6:04 AM

    So, I guess in a couple of years Auburn will claim they won last years national championship because the QB of the opposing team stole crab legs or something…

  18. tigersdawgs says: May 17, 2014 7:48 AM

    DEB, the 1941 title bama claims , they were 3rd in votes with only 1 vote and still claim it. Not to mention they were not undefeated and lost their bowl game. Waiting for explanation!

  19. 1990tiger says: May 17, 2014 8:52 AM

    “…but, as it was when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor…”

    Is this a joke or does someone need to brush up on their history???? General consensus is that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

  20. 700levelvet says: May 17, 2014 9:01 AM

    Lol .. No the general consensus is your a moron… You are now on double secret probation… Whatever that is.., Toga toga toga

  21. Deb says: May 17, 2014 1:42 PM

    @tigersdawgs …

    I can just picture you … standing there, arms arms on hips like a petulant three-year-old, demanding an explanation. It’s a sight to behold.

    First, you need to do your homework, because Alabama did win its bowl game that year, defeating the Aggies in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

    Second, I go with the 15 because Alabama’s been going with 15 since the 80s and it’s fun to say FIFTEEN. Plus I respect the legacies of coaches Wallace Wade and Frank Thomas–especially Wade. But we all understand (or should) that no official titles were awarded prior to 1950. Champions were named by a gaggle of pollsters/ranking systems, one of which included Bama in 1941, giving the Tide partial claim to a title that year.

    I’m not about to debate the worthiness of that claim or any from those decades–and no one else should either. Those waters are too murky. Like I said–if someone gave your team a trophy during that time, put it in the trophy case and forget about it.

  22. 1990tiger says: May 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    700levelvet says:

    Lol .. No the general consensus is your a moron… You are now on double secret probation… Whatever that is.., Toga toga toga
    gee, that was so witty. I’ll bet you’re the life of the few parties you go to.

  23. billsboy88 says: May 17, 2014 3:45 PM


    Go watch Animal House and then it will all make sense

  24. musketmaniac says: May 17, 2014 3:47 PM

    in 1942 wvu finished 2cd in the final season Ap poll. western Kentucky finished 1st. Wvu beat western Kentucky in the N.I.t. final. But because the A.P. did not vote again. Western Kentucky is considered the 1942 champion. shyt happens.

  25. gret9 says: May 17, 2014 6:14 PM

    93 FSU one of the greatest ever? If Kris Brown was a frosh in ’93 instead of ’95 and they aren’t even the best team that year.

  26. patbocam says: May 17, 2014 7:42 PM

    Bout damn time AU did this! Bama has been claiming Bullsh!t titles for years. If you can’t beat em join em! Better yet! Beat em and join em! Got sec nick? War damn eagle!

  27. cyraider says: May 18, 2014 12:32 PM

    So I’m not sure if that’s a dumb expression that’s supposed to be funny or not, but the Germans definitely didn’t fly from Europe, across all of Asia, across the pacific to Hawaii and bomb it. I believe you meant to say Japan. If u don’t know history you could at least know major movies about history….

    And Auburn is dumb.

  28. v2the4 says: May 18, 2014 12:39 PM


  29. noles44 says: May 18, 2014 5:40 PM

    Auburn fans and staff are idiots! 1993 was FSU ‘s title won out right on the field. Get a grip people!

  30. Romulus says: May 18, 2014 7:08 PM

    About time. And the ncaa does recognize those titles. Seems to wrong on the facts besides thinking the Germans bombing us

  31. 8to80texansblog says: May 19, 2014 10:03 AM

    I’m not sure if half of you are joking or not about the Pearl Harbor comment….

    Did any of you see Animal House?

  32. onlyoneleft says: May 19, 2014 10:39 AM

    No, they are not joking about the Pearl Harbor statement. Hell, they went to an SEC school. What do you expect?

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