Auburn AD: AU-Clemson Big Stage Matchup

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs discusses the decision to schedule a football series vs. Clemson.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Thursday that he is excited about a home and home football series scheduled with Clemson for 2010 and 2011.

In a renewal of a series that has been dormant since the 1998 Peach Bowl (Auburn 21, Clemson 17) following the 1997 season, Clemson will come to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2010 and AU will make a return trip to Clemson in 2011. The first time the two teams met was in 1899, a 34-0 Auburn victory in a game played in Auburn.

"I really do appreciate the commitment of the athletic director at Clemson, Terry Don Phillips, in helping us get this done," Jacobs says. "We have made a commitment we are going to play BCS quality opponents. Clemson has always been one, including some others in the ACC, that has been an attractive game for Auburn fans.

"Clemson is not that far away from Auburn and we can create a nice rivalry," Jacobs adds. "Clemson is a quality opponent, it will be an easy trip for our fans to make and we also will be able to create some national television exposure with this series."

Jacobs adds, "We are quite excited about this series vs. Clemson. It is something we have been working on for quite some time. They are going to be coming here in 2010 and we will be going there in 2011.

"We are already talking to people about games in 2012, 2013 and beyond. We are not going to get behind the eight-ball again on our football schedule. Now, at the same time, we have to balance out our Southeastern Conference schedule to make sure we end up in Atlanta (at the league championship game)."

Auburn's athletic director notes that he believes the Auburn-Clemson tickets will be in high demand because both programs have large fan followings and because it will be an easy drive to the game for most fans.

"It will definitely be a guaranteed sellout and that is what we want for our student-athletes and that is what Coach (Tommy) Tuberville wants, which is the highest stage we can build for him although the SEC stage is a pretty big one--the biggest in the nation.

"For our student-athletes and for our fans, I think getting Clemson on our schedule is a great thing," Jacobs adds.

Auburn and Clemson have played 45 times in football with Auburn winning 32 of the matchups, losing 11 and tying two.


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