Dye-Gest: Super Bowl Should Be A Good One

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about the pro football controversy regarding deflated footballs and college football recruiting in this addition of his Dye-Gest column.

I have gotten a chuckle out of all the hoopla surrounding the National Football League’s controversy about the footballs being under-inflated in New England’s playoff game victory over the Colts. The amount of attention it has received has been amazing and I am sure the NFL hopes it goes away as soon as possible.

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When I first heard about the situation it reminded me of when Jackie Sherrill was coaching at Mississippi State and accused Auburn of putting helium in the footballs because Terry Daniel was having such a great season as a punter. Of course, that wasn’t the case, but it might have seemed that way with the amount of hang time on the All-American’s punts.

While that was being discussed an Auburn professor explained that even if there was helium in the football it wouldn’t help a punter kick the ball higher or farther. There is probably an advantage of having footballs a bit under-inflated on a very cold day to make them easier for receivers to catch, but I doubt that had much to do with the outcome of the Patriots’ dominating victory over the Colts

Despite the distraction the football deflation story has caused I am really looking forward to this year’s Super Bowl, which I think has the potential to be a really good one between New England and Seattle.

Green Bay did some questionable things late in the game vs. the Seahawks that gave Seattle a chance to make their comeback, but the Seahawks deserve a lot of credit for how they took advantage of the opportunities.

In this part of the country people enjoy the NFL, but college football is of greater interest to most folks and I am in that group. I see where Auburn and most of the Southeastern Conference teams are again putting together recruiting classes that are ranked very highly, something that isn’t a surprise to anybody who follows college football.

As far as Auburn is concerned I think the excitement over hiring Coach Will Muschamp has provided a spark to the program. You always hate to see coaches get fired, but with the new coaches on the defensive staff I think there will be a positive impact on Auburn’s recruiting for this season and beyond.

In my opinion Auburn is an attractive place to recruit to for a variety of reasons. First of all, it’s a great university with a lot of great people on a beautiful campus.

Combine that with a tradition of success, an outstanding coaching staff led by Gus Malzahn, first class facilities that keep getting better, passionate fans and the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football in the SEC and there is no doubt that Auburn has a lot going for it.

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