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Auburn Tigers

Auburn Tigers
University Auburn University
Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA NCAA Division I (FBS)
Athletic director Jay Jacobs
Location Auburn, AL
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium
Basketball arena Auburn Arena
Baseball stadium Plainsman Park
Mascot Aubie
Nickname Tigers
Fight song War Eagle (Auburn Fight Song)
     Midnight Navy       Burnt Orange
Website .com.auburntigerswww
Auburn Tigers is the name given to Auburn University athletic teams. The University is a member of the Southeastern Conference and competes in NCAA Division I, fielding 19 varsity teams in 13 sports:


  • Championships 1
    • National championships 1.1
    • Conference championships 1.2
  • Varsity teams 2
    • Football 2.1
    • Swimming and diving 2.2
    • Men's basketball 2.3
    • Women's basketball 2.4
    • Baseball 2.5
    • Men's golf 2.6
    • Women's golf 2.7
    • Women's soccer 2.8
    • Equestrian 2.9
    • Track and field 2.10
  • Notable non-varsity sports 3
    • Rugby 3.1
  • Traditions 4
    • Tiger Walk 4.1
    • Toomer's Corner 4.2
      • Toomer's Trees and the Rolling Tradition 4.2.1
      • Toomer's Trees poisoned 4.2.2
    • War Eagle 4.3
    • Wreck Tech Pajama Parade 4.4
    • Rivals 4.5
    • Swimming and diving 4.6
  • References 5
  • External links 6


National championships

Auburn claims national championships in the following events:

Sport Championships Years
Men's Swimming and Diving 8 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Football 2 1957, 2010
Women's Swimming and Diving 5 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
Equestrian 3 2006, 2011, 2013
Women's Outdoor Track and Field 1 2006
Total National Championships: 22

Football and Equestrian championships are not sanctioned by the NCAA, though the NCAA Division I-FBS records book does acknowledge national championship selections for Football.

Conference championships

Conference affiliations:

Auburn has won conference championships in the following events:

Sport Championships Years
Men's Swimming & Diving 18 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Football 12 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013
Women's Golf 8 1989, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011
Baseball 6 1937, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1976, 1978
Men's Cross Country 6 1946, 1948, 1955, 1964, 1979, 1980
Women's Basketball 5 1981, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2009
Women's Swimming and Diving 5 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Men's Indoor Track and Field 4 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Men's Outdoor Track and Field 4 1954, 1955, 1961, 1979
Men's Golf 3 1976, 1981, 2002
Men's Basketball 3 1928, 1960, 1999
Equestrian 3 2004, 2010, 2011
Women's Soccer 2 2002, 2011
Men's Tennis 2 1983, 1984
Women's Tennis 1 2002
Total Conference Championships: 82

Equestrian competed in the Southern Equestrian Conference until the sport was officially sanctioned by the Southeastern Conference in 2013.

Varsity teams


Auburn claims two Bacardi Bowl played in Havana, Cuba. AU Football has won 12 conference championships (8 SEC), has had seven perfect seasons, and since the division of the conference in 1992, five outright western division championships (1997, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2013) along with three additional co-championships.[2] Auburn plays archrival Alabama each year in a game known as the Iron Bowl. In the overall series with Alabama, Auburn trails Alabama 42-35-1, despite holding an 18-14 advantage in games played since 1982. Of the 14 SEC member universities, Auburn currently ranks 5th in the number of SEC football championships, and has won the most SEC titles of any program in the last decade.

Auburn completed the 2004 football season with an unblemished 13–0 record winning the SEC championship, their first conference title since 1989 and their first outright title since 1987. However, this achievement was somewhat overshadowed by the Tigers being left out of the BCS championship game in deference to two other undefeated, higher ranked teams, USC and Oklahoma. The 2004 team was led by quarterback Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins), running backs Carnell Williams (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Ronnie Brown (Miami Dolphins), and cornerback Carlos Rogers (Washington Redskins).

Auburn completed the 2010 football season with a perfect record of 13-0 winning the SEC championship when they defeated the University of South Carolina 56-17, which set an SEC Championship Game record for most points scored and largest margin of victory. The Tigers went on to defeat the Oregon Ducks 22-19 in their first appearance in the BCS National Championship game on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The 2010 team was led by quarterback Cam Newton, who became the Heisman trophy winner of 2010 along with multiple other awards.

Auburn completed the 2013 regular season with an 11-1 record by knocking off then #1 Alabama. Auburn went on to defeat #5 Missouri 59-42 in the 2013 SEC Championship Game to claim its eighth SEC championship. Auburn faced #1 Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl, falling to the Seminoles in the final seconds, 31-34. The Tigers finished the season with a 12-2 record and ranked #2 in the final AP and Coaches polls.

Swimming and diving

In the last decade under former head coach David Marsh, Auburn's swimming and diving program became a virtual dynasty in the SEC and the NCAA winning five consecutive NCAA men's championships from 2003 through 2007 and women's championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The Auburn men have won the SEC Championship 14 out of the last 15 years and also won national championships in 1997, 1999, and 2009. The Auburn men won their 13th consecutive SEC Title in 2008, while the Auburn women took home their fifth SEC Championship in the last six years. The Auburn men's 44 consecutive, five year dual meet win record came to an end on January 11, 2007 when they lost to Texas 130-113 exactly five years to the date of their last loss in 2001, also to Texas.

Auburn swimmers have represented the U.S. and several other countries in recent Olympics. Auburn's most famous swimmer is Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, winner of three gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Auburn's most successful female Olympic swimmer is Kirsty Coventry (swimming for her home country of Zimbabwe) who won a gold, silver and bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Marsh left Auburn after the 2007 season to become the Head Elite Coach and CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Center of Excellence in Charlotte, North Carolina and was succeeded by former Auburn head coach Richard Quick who led Stanford and Texas to 12 NCAA titles in two decades of coaching between 1984 and 2005.

Men's basketball

The Auburn men's basketball team has enjoyed off-and-on success over the years. Its best known alumnus is Charles Barkley.

Other NBA players from Auburn are Chuck Person, Wesley Person, Chris Porter, Marquis Daniels, Moochie Norris, and Pat Burke.

Women's basketball

The Auburn women's Kentucky and Vanderbilt, Auburn has won four regular season SEC championships and four SEC Tournament championships. AU has made sixteen appearances in the NCAA women's basketball tournament and only twice, in the Tigers first appearance in 1982 and in 2008, have the Tigers lost in the first round. Auburn played in three consecutive National Championship games from 1988–1990 and won the Women's NIT in 2003. When Coach Joe Ciampi announced his retirement after twenty-five years at the end of the 2003–2004 season, the resulting search snared the highly experienced, former Purdue and US National and Olympic team head coach, Nell Fortner. Standout former Auburn players include: Ruthie Bolton, Vickie Orr, Carolyn Jones, Chantel Tremitiere and Monique Morehouse.


Men's golf

The men's golf team has won three SEC Championships: 1976, 1981, 2002. Chip Spratlin claimed the 1995 NCAA Championship.

Women's golf

Auburn's women's golf team has risen to be extremely competitive in the NCAA in recent years. Since 1999, they hold an 854-167-13 (.826 win percentage) record. The team has been in five NCAA finals and finished second in 2002 and then third in 2005. The program has a total of eight SEC Championships (1989, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011). The seven titles is third all-time for Women's golf.[3] In October 2005, Auburn was named the #3 team nationally out of 229 total teams since 1999 by GolfWeek magazine. Auburn's highest finish in the NCAA tournament was a tie for 2nd in 2002.[4]

Since 1996, the team has been headed by Coach Kim Evans, a 1981 alumna, who has turned the program into one of the most competitive in the nation. Coach Evans has helped develop All-Americans, SEC Players of the Year as well as three SEC Freshman of the Year. She has led the Tigers to eight-straight NCAA appearances. She is by far the winningest Coach in Auburn Golf History, having over 1100 wins and winning six of Auburn's seven total SEC Titles. Evans was named National Coach of the Year in 2003 and has coached 8 individual All-Americans while at Auburn.

Women's soccer

Auburn Soccer has been one of the top programs of the SEC. The team started in 1993 and after some growing pains is now a constant player in the SEC Conference championship race. Auburn won four straight SEC West division titles between 2001–2004 and a fifth in 2006. They won the Regular Season SEC title in 2002. Despite all the success, Auburn has yet to win an SEC Tournament, though they have finished Runner-Up three times.

The 2006 Auburn soccer season saw the Tigers playing only five seniors and 13 freshmen who saw significant playing time. Despite the youth, Auburn went on to an 11-5-3 including a 5-3-3 mark in the SEC to retake the SEC Western division title. The Season ended on a 3-1 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament to California in Tallahassee, Florida.

The 2011 Auburn soccer team defeated Florida, 3-2 to win the SEC Tournament on 11/6/11.


Women's equestrian debuted in 1996 and became the school's 21st varsity sport five years later. The team has been led by Greg Williams since its debut. In 2004, the team won its first championship at the Southern Equestrian Championships, which started in 2003.[5] In 2006, the team won its first Varsity Equestrian National Championship, capturing Auburn's first national title outside of football and swimming and diving. The team earned its first Hunt Seat national title in 2008, while the Tigers finished third in the overall standings.[6] The team won their second national championship in 2011 their third in 2013.

Although equestrian is not yet sanctioned by the South Carolina. The NCAA classified equestrian as an emerging sport in 1998. 40 Division I and Division II schools are required for the sport to be recognized by the NCAA. Currently, there are 23 programs, and more are expected to be added each year.[7][8]

Track and field

Auburn's Women's Track and Field won the 2006 National NCAA Outdoor title convincingly by outscoring USC 57-38.50. The track title was the 4th National Championship won by Auburn in 2006. In Outdoor Track and Field, the previous highest finish for the Women was 14th in 2002 and 2003. The Auburn men have finished second in the NCAA Outdoor championships twice in 2003 and 2008. The men have earned two third place finishes in 2000 and 2007. The Auburn team was coached for 28 years by Mel Rosen, for whom the Hutsell-Rosen Track was in part named in 2006.

Notable non-varsity sports


The Auburn University Rugby Football Club was founded in 1973.[9] Auburn plays Division 1

  • Auburn Tigers official athletics site
  • "Auburn University 2005 Football Media Guide". Retrieved 2005-12-04. 
  • "Auburn Tigers 2007 SEC Swimming and Diving Champions". Archived from the original on 14 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-10. 

External links

  1. ^ List of American football stadiums by capacity
  2. ^ "All-Time Football Standings". Southeastern Conference. 2006. Archived from the original on 2005-12-25. Retrieved 2006-05-08. 
  3. ^ "No. 6 Women's Golf Rallies In Final Round To Win SEC Championship". Auburn University. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Auburn Women's Golf named No. 3 Program since 1999". Auburn University. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  5. ^ "South Carolina Ready To Host Southern Equestrian Championships". CSTV. 2008-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Auburn Equestrian Rides to a National Championship in Hunt Seat". CSTV. 2008-04-19. Archived from the original on 30 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  7. ^ "Varsity Equestrian: About". Varsity Equestrian. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  8. ^ Turner, Ronnie (2008-04-16). "Equestrian earning its spurs as NCAA sport". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  9. ^ SCRC Conference Members,
  10. ^ Grow Rugby, Brad Kilpatrick on starting a rugby endowment, August 28, 2012,
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  13. ^ "History of the Toomer's Oaks". Auburn Magazine (Auburn University) (Winter 2007). Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  14. ^ Chip Patterson (23 April 2013). "PHOTO: Toomer's oaks getting removed at Auburn".  
  15. ^ PFRN 'Al from Dadeville' January 27 LONG version, (, 2011-01-27, retrieved 2011-02-18 
  16. ^ Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?, (, 2011-02-17, retrieved 2011-02-18 
  17. ^ "Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner oaks poisoned with herbicide, likely to die".  
  18. ^ Toomer's Oaks,, 2011-02-16, archived from the original on 22 February 2011, retrieved 2011-02-16 
  19. ^ "Auburn University: Toomer's Corner oaks poisoned".  
  20. ^ "Finebaum: Feds involved in Toomers tree poisoning".  
  21. ^ "Trees at Toomer's Corner poisoned".  
  22. ^ "'"Toomer's Corners oaks poisoning: Paul Finebaum caller closed with 'Roll d*mn Tide.  
  23. ^ "Toomer's Corner trees poisoning: An arrest reported, a sports world appalled at vandalism".  
  24. ^ MyFoxAtlanta Staff (23 April 2013). "Toomer's Corner oak trees cut down". 
  25. ^ Brandon Marcello. "Auburn fans, officials breathe sigh of relief as Harvey Updyke drama ends (video)". 
  26. ^ "Arrest made in Toomer's Corner poisoning".  
  27. ^ "Arrest made in AU tree poisioning case".  
  28. ^ "Harvey Updyke ordered to pay nearly $800K for poisoning Toomer's Oaks". Opelika-Auburn News. 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  29. ^ Ferguson, Justin (2013-07-25). "Court date set for Updyke restitution hearing". Auburn Plainsman (Auburn, Alabama). p. A1. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  30. ^ "Wreck Tech Pajama Parade, Pep Rally Set For Friday Evening". 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 


Auburn's swimming and diving team has a fierce rivalry with Texas, as the two have combined for 17 NCAA National Titles since 1981 (9 for Texas, 8 for Auburn) and between 1999 and 2007 won every national title awarded. The two regularly face off in a meet during the regular season, Auburn's men own a 12-9 record over the Longhorns. The women just recently began an annual series, with the Tigers winning the series so far 3-1. Texas was the only team to beat the Auburn men between 2001 and 2007.

Swimming and diving

The baseball team also has in-state rivalries with the Samford Bulldogs and Troy Trojans.

While basketball does not enjoy the popularity as football at Auburn, the Iron Bowl of Basketball is very competitive. It is also popular for the halftime ceremony in which the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award is awarded to the school that won the football matchup earlier that academic year.

Some of Auburn's former rivals included the Clemson Tigers, the Texas Longhorns, and the Florida State Seminoles.

Auburn also has a very competitive football rivalry with the LSU Tigers, commonly referred to as the Tiger Bowl. The two share more than just a nickname, as they have both enjoyed success in the SEC's Western Division. Auburn or LSU has won at least a share of the SEC Western Division championship for eight of the last eleven years, and appeared in the SEC Championship game in seven of those years. Auburn won it outright in 2000, 2004, and 2010, LSU won it outright in 2007, 2011, and LSU won tiebreakers against Auburn in 2001 and 2005, and against Ole Miss in 2003. The only four times Auburn or LSU did not go to Atlanta in the last eleven years was 2002 when Arkansas won the three-way tie breaker with the two Tiger teams, in 2006 when Arkansas made it to Atlanta with a win over Auburn, and 2008 and 2009 when Alabama won the division.

Georgia. The series is extremely close, with Auburn leading the series 55-54-8 as of the end of the 2013 season. It is one of the longest running and most played series in the NCAA.

Auburn has two primary rivals, the Amen Corner. The Alabama Crimson Tide is the most heated rival, and this rivalry is considered to be one of the most intense in the country. Competitions between the schools are known as the Iron Bowl. Alabama holds the all-time edge with a record of 42 wins, 35 losses and 1 tie.


[30] The Wreck Tech Pajama Parade originated in 1896, when a group of mischievous Auburn

Wreck Tech Pajama Parade

There are many stories surrounding the origins of Auburn's battle cry, "War Eagle." The most popular account involves the first Auburn football game in 1892 between Auburn and the golden eagle has embodied the spirit of this tradition. The eagle was once housed on campus in The Eagle's Cage, but the cage was taken down and the eagle moved to a nearby raptor center.

War Eagle

Police traced the call to the home of Harvey Updyke Jr. of Dadeville. Updyke, a retired Texas state trooper, was taken into custody at 1:26 am CST on February 17, 2011 and charged with one count of criminal mischief, a class C felony in Alabama. On March 22, 2013, he received a 3 year split sentence, which includes 6 months incarceration and jail credit for time already served. Upon release, Updyke was sentenced to 5 years supervised probation with a 7 pm curfew. He is also prohibited from attending any collegiate sports event and banned from Auburn University property. The efforts made by the University to save the trees proved to be unsuccessful. "It came to a point where we realized it wasn't going to work, and the amount of poison in the ground was such that the trees were not going to survive," said Mike Clardy, Director of Communications For Auburn University. The oak trees at Toomer's Corner were removed on April 23, 2013.[24][25][26][27] On November 8, 2013, Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III ruled that Updyke (who had moved to Louisiana) owes Auburn University $796,731.98 in restitution, to be paid in installments of $500 per month.[28] Auburn University had sought more than $1 million in damages, the greater part of which was based on a soil-analysis estimate of $521,396.74 by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Updyke was released to 5 years' supervised probation after having served 104 days of incarceration.[29]

Auburn University and city police both launched investigations into the matter. Finebaum later reported that Federal authorities are also involved and are worried the poison could be in the groundwater supply. Both Auburn University President Jay Gogue and University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore have condemned this act.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

The caller's claims prompted Auburn to take soil samples. On February 16, 2011, Auburn officials announced that the live oak trees at Toomer's Corner had been poisoned with a large quantity of Spike 80DF, a herbicide governed by Alabama state agricultural laws and the Environmental Protection Agency; Spike 80DF is not used by Auburn University. Tests of soil samples showed the lowest levels of Spike 80DF to be 0.78ppm, which experts say is enough to be a "very lethal dose." The highest levels of concentration were measured to be 51ppm. Gary Keever, an Auburn University professor of horticulture and a member of Auburn's Tree Preservation Committee has said "[Spike 80DF] is extremely active and persistent [and] it's likely to be in the soil for 3 to 5 years."

On January 27, 2011, a man going by the name of Al and claiming to be from Dadeville, a town 30 minutes from Auburn, called into Paul Finebaum's sports talk radio show. "Al" admitted to poisoning the trees with a herbicide called Spike 80DF (Tebuthiuron) the weekend following the 2010 Iron Bowl, an away game the Tigers played on Friday, November 26, 2010, in Tuscaloosa; Auburn came back from a 24–0 second-quarter deficit to win 28–27. He said he did this in retaliation for photos that he claimed to have seen in the Birmingham News that depicted Auburn fans rolling Toomer's Corner after announcement of former University of Alabama head-coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's death in 1983 as well as of an Auburn #2 (number of 2010 Auburn quarterback Cam Newton) Under Armour t-shirt taped to Bryant's statue earlier in the 2010 season. He ended his call by saying, "Roll damn Tide!" An exhaustive search of newspapers found no evidence of Toomer's being rolled upon Bryant's death.[15][16]

Toomer's Trees poisoned

Hanging over the corner were two massive southern live oak trees, and anytime anything good happened concerning Auburn, toilet paper could usually be found hanging from the trees.[13] Also known as "rolling the corner", this tradition is thought to have originated in the 1950s to celebrate away victories; however, in recent years it has become a way to celebrate anything good that happens concerning Auburn. On January 10, 2011 when Auburn Football won the BCS National Championship game, a celebration was held at the corner which involved the traditional papering. The trees were removed on April 23, 2013 due to poisoning in 2010. A temporary structure will be erected by the city and university until the new gateway to Samford Park opens in 2014.[14]

Toomer's Trees and the Rolling Tradition

The intersection of Magnolia Avenue and College street[12] in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus, is known as Toomer's Corner. It is named for businessman and State Senator Sheldon Toomer who founded the Bank of Auburn on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and College street in 1907. Toomer's Drugs is a small business on the corner that has been an Auburn landmark for over 130 years.

Fans rolling the trees opposite Toomer's Drugs after a home win over Clemson in 2010
Toomers' Corner

Toomer's Corner

Before each Auburn home football game, thousands of Auburn fans line Donahue Avenue to cheer on the team as they walk from the Auburn Athletic Complex to Alabama—the Iron Bowl. On that day, an estimated 20,000 fans packed the one block section of road leading to the stadium. According to former athletic director David Housel, Tiger Walk has become "the most copied tradition in all of college football."[11] As it grew in popularity, the Tiger Walk has become a fixture for road games. Fans will gather at visiting stadiums and cheer the team on from the buses into the stadium.[11]

Tiger Walk



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