Reading about all of the success that Auburn’s new head softball coach brings to the job, particularly the national championships, got my attention. Winning college national titles in any sport is difficult to accomplish.
Clint Myers is coming in to Auburn with a truly impressive record. He has won has won eight national championships as a head softball coach, including two at Arizona State, his most recent job.
Making the move to Auburn, I think he will have the opportunity to continue his success here. From what I can see the coach will have the facilities he needs and the support from the university necessary to compete at the highest level.
When I was coaching football at Auburn we came close to winning a national championship, but we weren’t able to make that happen. We were real, real close to winning it all in 1983 and probably should have won it that season.
Our 1988 team was really strong, too. If we didn’t screw up in Baton Rouge and get beat by one point down there we would have played out in Arizona for the national championship vs. Notre Dame to close that season.
Then the following year if they had a four-team playoff in place like college football has adopted, we might have been one of those teams. We had two losses that came early in the year, but I am not sure there was a better team in the country at the end of the season.
That 1989 team got better and better the more it played. If you graded us on how we performed at the end of the regular season against Alabama, which was the No. 2 ranked team in the nation at the time, you had to be impressed. We followed that with a strong performance in defeating Ohio State at the bowl game.
I am sure both of the coaches Auburn just hired realize the university has the desire and resources to compete for championships because that is what they were doing at their previous jobs and they wouldn’t take a step backwards. I also think that the other new head coach for the 2013 season, Gus Malzahn, believes Auburn is a place where he can compete for championships in football, and that is why he is so excited about returning to the place where he was a part of making that happen three seasons ago.
(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 writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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