Gus Malzahn (above) is heading into his fifth season as head coach of the Tigers.
I talk to a lot of Auburn people throughout the year and as we head into the heart of the summer I can already tell there is a lot of anticipation about the 2017 football season.
Some years I talk to folks who say they are scared of who the Tigers are going to play and some even dread the thought of their team struggling. However, I am not getting that at all. That is not the mindset I have encountered with the fans this year who seem eager to get the season kicked off with a lot of hope their team will do very well.
Talking to Auburn’s coaching staff, including Gus Malzahn, and talking to the players, I can tell they are really looking forward to getting things kicked off in September.
That attitude makes perfect sense to me when you consider the players who are coming back from last year’s team and the newcomers who have been added to the roster.
It sure seems like this whole group, coaches and players together, is working hard to build a winning chemistry and enjoying the process of trying to make positive things happen in preparation for another fall of Southeastern Conference football.
I also sense the same thing happening with Coach Bruce Pearl’s basketball program. The expectation among the coaches, players and fans is that better days are on the horizon and that is going to be the case starting with the upcoming season.
I have been around Auburn for 35 years now and have grown to love this place. I can’t remember a time when the university’s athletic program had this many quality coaches on board working with the men’s and women’s teams in every sport. That is exciting.
I think Auburn people have a lot to look forward to for the 2017-18 sports year, but considering it is still late June we are going to have to wait a while.