Since I came to Auburn a little more than 30 years ago one thing I have noticed is that Auburn has been able to attract good kids into the program to build competitive teams around. I think that is reflected by the fact that during that period Florida is the only team that has more SEC Championships than Auburn.
The Tigers haven't had great seasons every year, but the proof is there that you can win SEC and national championships at Auburn. Whoever the Tigers hire needs to have those as his goals and believe that he can do it.
Whoever the Tigers hire needs to be able to recruit effectively in this area, and Auburn has a great base to recruit from with so many outstanding high school coaches in this region who are developing large numbers of Division I level prospects.
It will certainly help the new coach that kids like to come to Auburn. It is always going to be a challenge to recruit the best kids in the state vs. Alabama, but if you do a good job of that at Auburn you are going to have success on that front.
You can also have success finding outstanding players in Florida and Georgia. Even colleges as far away as Stanford have found success going to this region for recruits and that is not a bad football team that Pac-12 school has put together out on the West Coast.
Recruiting is where it starts in building for success in college football. Once you sign good players you have to build an environment for the guys you bring in to get better every year they are a part of the program so they can grow and mature as football players and young men.
There is no environment in the SEC better for doing that than Auburn, and I am very familiar with Auburn's competitors in the SEC. They all have good things to sell to recruits, but there is something different and special about Auburn, and kids can sense it when they get on the Auburn campus.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.