This is going to be a controversial post, and I hope it doesn't blackball me from the site.
I very much believe in the accepted definition of what it means to be an Auburn man/woman. They are principles that I believe in, and know that, for the most part, is embodied in our university.
I also believe that, when it comes to major college football, Shug Jordan is gone. Not just in life, but in principle. I believe we continually kid ourselves, and try to put ourselves on moral high-ground by creating this persona of a coach that despite his shortcomings is worth having because he embodies these principles. Behind the scenes it's typically a different story.
Please don't confuse what I'm saying with me advocating that principles and morals don't matter when hiring a leader. I'm not saying that at all. I'm also not trying to make a case for hiring Bobby Petrino or anyone else with a shady past. What I am saying is that we need to stop pretending like Pat Dye and everyone after were saints, and that just because our fans are exceptional that our coaches are too.