For all the talk this week of the SEC’s schedule being held hostage by Alabama and Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia have been pretty darn vocal about keeping their rivalry alive, too. And with good reason… it’s the Deep South’s oldest rivalry dating back to 1892.
Tuesday, Bulldog coach Mark Richt let everyone know that his school doesn’t want the UGA/AU game to go away. Yesterday, Auburn officials took a similar stance:
“Our Auburn/Georgia rivalry is a big thing. Particularly the proximity, the difference we’ve had with different coaches, administrators being at Georgia, being at Auburn, an Auburn graduate being at Georgia. We have to be real careful moving forward…
There’s certain things about college football, that just because you change them doesn’t mean it’s better. The South’s oldest rivalry, that’s important.”
– Auburn AD Jay Jacobs
“That’s very important, one of the oldest rivalries in football. It’s important to our fans, it’s important to our players and coaches…
Of course, me personally, I like the way it’s been with the 6-1-1 (format). I know playing Georgia’s very important to Auburn fans, and if you look back from the last seven years, the conference has been very successful at the end. That’s the most important thing.”
– Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
No need to fear, Auburn and Georgia fans. It doesn’t look like LSU has the votes to ix-nay your rivalry anytime soon.