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jvilletiger25
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Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
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AUBURN, Alabama — The clock is nearing midnight in Auburn. The long-discussed construction of a football-only complex on campus is no longer a dream, and the project has reached a turning point behind the scenes, sources tell Auburn Undercover. Fundraising has or will soon hit the halfway mark of the estimated $60 million price tag for the facility, and administrators could initiate public discussions concerning the project with the Auburn University board of trustees June 7, those sources said. Auburn athletics director Allen Greene would not confirm whether his department will present plans to the board of trustees, and he also declined to provide specific financial details when reached Thursday by Auburn Undercover. Greene, however, did say he is happy with Auburn fans' support during the first large fundraising effort of his career at Auburn, and movement on the project could happen soon.


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“We’re really, really close and we’re in a really good spot with what we’ve been asked to do from a fundraising perspective,” Greene said. “The board, I think, is really interested and engaged with this project, and they want to have a better understanding of scale and scope of other folks in the [SEC] and to help us better understand and better plan as we move forward with our plans for our project.” Greene has made it a priority to raise funds and pitch the football-only facility to boosters and alumni since he replaced Jay Jacobs as Auburn’s athletics director in February 2018. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn pledged $2 million toward the facility in September, and several notable alumni have also promised sizable donations, Auburn Undercover has learned. That total is expected to eclipse $30 million soon, sources familiar with the fundraising said. Greene told Auburn Undercover in February he expected the timeline for the facility — from the design phase to its grand opening — to be completed in three years or less should the board approve all of the necessary steps along the way. Should that happen, Auburn will begin the largest construction project for the athletics department since Auburn Arena opened its doors in 2010. The basketball arena cost $86 million. The design phase for the football facility should encompass one year, and construction will require an additional year. Administrators in the athletics department grew increasingly confident in March and April as fundraising efforts ramped up under Greene, sources told Auburn Undercover at the time (March 27 and April 24).


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LanierSpots
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Fundraising has or will soon hit the halfway mark of the estimated $60 million


Jay Jacobs would have raised that in a weekend



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jvilletiger25
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Jay Jacobs would have raised that in a weekend


You're probably right. That guy was shitty at hiring coaches and coaches contracts. But dude could fund raise like a mofo.


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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
Hell, Jacobs had twice that cash in his retirement account


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AA7
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Jay Jacobs would have raised that in a weekend

Too bad he would have never thought about doing it


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LanierSpots
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That guy was shitty at hiring coaches


Hired Gus
Hired Bruce
Hired the creepy softball coach who took us to the end




jvilletiger25
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Hired Gus 


I rest my case


LanierSpots
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I rest my case


All 3 coaches took us to the championship game.

Sounds like 3 solid hires for Auburn considering the history of those programs




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blzr
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
How many Auburn coaches have been better than Gus? I’d love to see a list


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How many Auburn coaches have been better than Gus? I’d love to see a list



By stats or “eyeball test” ?


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jangalang
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
I want to see the stats list


LanierSpots
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I want to see the stats list


Only a couple have a better winning percentage and non have had the highs as him


But we should probably fire him anyway because the eye test fails and stats dont matter any more.





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Shug .675
Bartfield .536
Dye .711
Bowden .731
Oliver .400
Tubby .680
Chiz .635
Gus Bus .692

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jangalang
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
He is a HC and in some HC responsibilities he does well year to year. As a HC he is fine. As a HC with an offense tied to him, he has yielded a mixed bag of results: looks beautiful in some years, painful in others.

The stat test is remarkable though. No other Auburn coach has ever faced the schedule that he goes toe to toe with every year yet he’s still among the best.


jvilletiger25
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
He's not a championship coach. If you're fine with that, good on you. I'd rather have someone that can take us to the next level. Just look at the basketball program, and what a great coach can do for you. I'll give Jacobs props for Pearl and the basketball program. And being a football school with way more tradition, we should expect better.

I'd love for Gus to get his shite together and take the next step. He runs a clean program. He's not a shitty human being. He's down to earth. But I haven't seen him be able to adjust, or stick to what he does best. And we are falling further and further behind in recruiting.
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AUCE05
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
Valid position. My only counter would be where is an available elite coach? Saban and Dabo are the only two I would call elite.


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Tigerman97
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But dude could fund raise like a mofo.


I'm not suggesting he couldn't, but if that is the case why did we fall so far behind the rest of the SEC under his leadership in facilities for football?


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LanierSpots
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
So I want to make sure I have things right. Gus is not a championship coach and Bruce is even though Gus has taken the football program farther than Bruce has taken the basketball program? I want to just understand that.



GenesChin
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Bruce is even though Gus has taken the football program farther than Bruce has taken the basketball program?


Bruce has 2 championships, Gus has 1 championship


Also, the bar for Auburn basketball is considerably lower than football. You have to realize that

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auyushu
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The stat test is remarkable though. No other Auburn coach has ever faced the schedule that he goes toe to toe with every year yet he’s still among the best.




Wait, what? Pat Dye would like to say hi here.


jvilletiger25
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re: Update from Greene: Auburn 'close' to hitting goal for football facility
Are you serious Clark? Auburn basketball has been a joke, and Pearl just took us to final 4.

Some of you guys act like we're Miss State or something. Auburn is one of the top football programs in the country. A mediocre coach can win 8 games in their sleep here (Tubs, Malzahn). A championship coach would have Auburn winning 10+ games on a regular basis.


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