2022 has been a special year for Auburn athletics. 2021 was not quite such for Auburn football, basketball, women’s basketball, or baseball.
The basketball season never had a chance to be, with NCAA violations hovering over Bruce Pearl’s program leading to self-imposing a postseason ban. Women’s basketball was at the end of the ‘Coach Flo’ era, while Butch Thompson’s diamond Tigers couldn’t replicate their 2019 College World Series success.
Auburn football is a different beast entirely. Coming into the season as an SEC enigma, the Tigers got off to a promising 6-2 start–one that screamed ‘not a contender’ by the beatdown Georgia gave them at home but still provided hope with wins over LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss–but became a conference punchline by the end of the season.
A 6-6 regular-season record and a Birmingham Bowl appearance ended up being plenty of fodder for the Gumps. Now, seemingly, The Auburn Plainsman has provided more ammunition by calling the 2021 Iron Bowl the Auburn athletics event of the year.
Tiger fans were not happy at that insinuation:
Perhaps the Auburn family will be happier come next year should a more deserving winner be chosen.