At 2 p.m. CDT Coach Gene Chizik's 14-0 Tigers will participate in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in which President Barack Obama will address the Tigers and congratulate them on their BCS title.
"We will be pulling out on buses at 7 in the morning, fly to Washington and get there about 1 o'clock and then we will go meet the president," says Auburn junior cornerback T'Sharvan Bell. "Everybody on the team is stoked about the trip to the White House. That is all everybody has been talking about lately."
The Tigers were originally scheduled to visit the White House on April 29th, but presidential business required a change of dates. While other Auburn teams have been to the White House for recognition ceremonies, it will be the first time an AU football team has been the guest of a president in Washington.
Bell says he isn't sure who is going to speak on behalf of the Auburn team that defeated Oregon 22-19 in the championship game. "Coach Chizik hasn't told us that yet," the defensive back says.
Auburn's traveling party includes the coaches and support personnel, a group of 60 people, plus 90 players.
"I think it is going to be a lot of fun," Bell says. "I have never been to the White House. It is a dream opportunity to get to do this."