ODK trophy presentation

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The day couldn’t have gone much better for the Auburn fans who showed up at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

The football team received the ODK trophy, given annually to the winner of the Iron Bowl, at halftime. And the basketball team dominated Alabama in the second half en route to an 88-76 victory.

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville accepted the ODK trophy, telling the crowd “Regardless of what you hear and read, we will have a football team next year. We’ve won six and we’re working on seven.”

                        

Former Auburn dean James Foy, whose name is on the ODK Trophy, sang the Auburn fight song, celebrated another Tiger victory over Alabama during ceremonies Sunday

Tommy Tuberville and the Auburn football team did indeed receive the ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for winning the Iron Bowl on Sunday. The trophy was awarded at halftime of the Auburn-Alabama basketball game at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, much to the delight of the largest Tiger crowd of the season.

The basketball team completed the day with an 88-76 victory over the Crimson Tide. That avenged a loss to Alabama last month and gave the Tigers their third win in four tries against Alabama in the last two years.

For those of you counting on the football trophy front, and that’s everybody, it is the sixth straight time Auburn has won the James Foy/ODK Trophy.

Tuberville soaked in the moment after a month of listening about Alabama’s recruiting class.

“Regardless of what you’ve read or heard, we will have a football team next year,” Tuberville told a roaring crowd. “We’ve won six and we’re working on seven. War Eagle!”

The basketball team seemed to follow Tuberville’s lead. Down by one at the half, the Tigers raced past Alabama.

It was just Hargrove’s second start of the season, and the first that didn’t come because Frank Tolbert was late for a practice. The move Sunday proved to be a masterstroke for Auburn coach Jeff Lebo, who took a good-natured shot at himself over the lineup change.

“I guess I’m dumb. We should have started him, I guess, all year.”

“Hargrove was – wow! — what a game he had,” said Alabama coach Mark Gottfried

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