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War Eagle But Bye Bye

Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges has resigned and will not coach in the bowl game according to several published reports.
Borges has led AU’s offense for four years.

An on-line report in the Birmingham News first broke the long-rumored news that Borges will not return after leading an AU offense that is currently at the bottom of the SEC in most statistical categories.

Auburn’s offensive production declined in each of Borges’ next three seasons. Auburn ranked 37th in total offense in 2005 and 76th in 2006. Heading into the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson, Auburn ranks 101st in total offense this season and is in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference in almost every significant statistical category on offense.

According to the News, Borges and AU head coach Tommy Tuberville agreed to the departure over the last few days, and Tuberville is hoping to have a new coordinator in place before AU returns to practice.

Auburn is scheduled to begin bowl practice Friday, Dec. 14. AU will play Clemson Dec. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. has learned that current Troy offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is a leading candidate to replace Borges. Franklin employs a spread offense at Troy that ranks 17th in the nation in total offense this season with 452.8 yards per game.

Borges led a high-powered offense in his first year on the Plains as Auburn cruised to a 13-0 record behind quarterback Jason Campbell and running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. The Tigers’ offense was ranked 25th in total offense in 2004 but fell each year, ranking 37th in 2005, 76th in 2006 and 101st in 2007.

 The Way I see it is… basically we have been hearing all year that Borges and Tuberville have been butting heads on how to run the offence. Borges wanting to open it up Tommy wanting to keep things vanilla. If you remember from the Tuberville new deal talks Tommy wanted to have more power over how the program is run who knows if that was power to keep the lowders out of his decisions or whatever. But look, if there was a perfect time to bring in a new O.C. it would be NOW. I mean come on, they are doing it for Kodi. Borges offence didnt correspond to how Kodi runs things. Look at the prospect they are bringing in…Troy offensive coordinator. Have you seen Troy play? SPREAD SPREAD SPREAD…and some more SPREAD O. Tommy, just make sure you get the guy who is right for Mr. Burns.  Comments?

War eagle, -Nate

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