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Ex-Auburn A.D. Preaches Competition, Not Hate In Iron Bowl Rivalry

Former Auburn athletic director and sports information director David Housel believes it’s time to ratchet down some of the hate in the Iron Bowl rivalry.  (Who doesn’t?)

Speaking at a quarterback club in Montgomery yesterday, Housel made it clear that he’s no fan of accused tree-poisoner Harvey Updyke, but he also believes Auburn fans need to move on from the poisoning at Toomer’s Corner:

“Some Auburn fans, who pull for the school I love, are starting to come across as tree-worshipers.  We’ve been rolling that corner for years, way before we started rolling those trees.  Some of our fans just need to get over it and move on.  There’s much more to Auburn than two oak trees.”

Housel also believes that a classless act during last year’s Iron Bowl actually helped illuminate what’s right with the Iron Bowl rivalry:

“You know, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ (played on the PA as a gig at Cam Newton) and all that.  But you know what?  The guy who did that was fired the next day.  I thought that was a fine statement made by the University of Alabama about what this rivalry can and should be about.  I thought Alabama showed real class there.  There’s no room for hate.  There’s room for competition, but there’s no room for hate.”

No room for hate?  Apparently Housel doesn’t listen to Paul Finebaum’s show very often.

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