on Bo’s show today? Said his “Springdale source” assured him that it doesn’t matter whether GM beats UGA, loses anywhere along the way, or wins it all - He is coming to Arkansas, because he absolutely despises Auburn; that he wants to come here as bad as Ark wants him. (this is a close paraphrase of Irwin’s response to Bo about his knowledge on the matter). Mike also said this is the same person who told him long before JL was let go that he was going to be fired. He said some other things that were interesting, but I found this particular commentary interesting because it is almost exactly what I posited earlier here. That is, if the PTB fired Long they must have had a very high degree of certainty that GM was coming over after this season no matter how his Auburn team finished.
Obviously, This is more rumor and hearsay, but at least his source didn’t say, no way… Gus is locked into Auburn after his fantastic finish.
He beats UGA. A. He announces he is leaving AU for Arkansas before the playoff (I just don’t see it); B. We wait until AU loses sometime January to announce. (I don’t see how we can do that, if the deal falls through we miss the early signing period AND all the good coaches are gone)
I just don’t see how this can work out if AU beats UGA.
I’ve been following Mike Erwin for probably 40 years. He is a jewel. His info may not be totally true in this situation, but I wouldn’t bet against him. He has never sugar coated anything, and if he thinks his contact is reputable, then believe it.
I trust Mike Irwin, too. I still don’t see it happening despite his source’s confidence. I have no doubt his source is someone who’d “know” but I’m still skeptical the source isn’t just believing what he wants to believe. However, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. I’ve always heard it from someone who quotes big donors in NWA (probably Springdale.)
I’ve become convinced that Gus is indeed Plan A & that he would indeed come, but I still don’t see him leaving if they win the SECCG & get into the playoffs. He’d have a strong chance of winning it all. I can’t imagine the UA can wait until the last game is played & I can’t imagine AU letting him stay if he announces before they’re played.
So when Gus doesn’t come, and we get Plan D,E,F…they (money spenders) can point fingers at someone else and say not our fault when we look worse than we already do, but hopefully we all remember this and remind them.
This very thing has been reported, mentioned, pointed to, whatever, for several weeks now on FB, radio, and anywhere people will listen. The PTB and most of the fans in general at Auburn have grown weary of Gus for better than a year now. Those of us that can remember how things were when Ken Hatfield was fired here, it’s much the same there. The number of wins ain’t enough, can’t beat so and so, can’t win the big one, don’t like the style of play, etc…
No disrespect to Mike Irwin and his sources but the chances of us waiting until January to hire Gus would have to be less than 1%. I just don’t see how that would be feasible. Even if Auburn loses to UGA I think the chances of hiring Gus are low. I would like to see it happen but it just doesn’t seem plausible.
It is time to narrow our focus to Norvell or Venables. Those are the top two realistic choices in my opinion.