Alabama Football Game Notes: Auburn
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
» Alabama Game Notes IRON BOWL LOGO UNVEILED
In a press conference held Monday, Oct. 30. 2000, in Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama, Auburn University and The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) unveiled the new official logos for the annual Iron Bowl.
The logo is being used for the third consecutive year.
The logos are part of a new licensing and marketing program launched in conjunction with the game returning to the home fields of each university. The two universities will jointly own the rights to the new Iron Bowl identity.
"For many, the Auburn-Alabama game has been the biggest, most divisive day of the year," said David Housel, Auburn's Director of Athletics. "The collaborative mark shows that Auburn and Alabama can work together to honor the moment and honor the day. In our passion for the game, we are one."
"In my experience as a coach, there is no other rivalry that matches the Alabama-Auburn game," said Alabama's Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "This is the greatest collegiate rivalry in the country and it is only fitting that the two schools have combined to present a mark symbolizing this great game."
The universities first competed on the football field in 1893, in Birmingham. The game was eventually dubbed the "Iron Bowl" because of the large iron ore deposits around which Birmingham was built. The game took a 40-year hiatus after 1907, but was reborn in 1948. Since then, the Iron Bowl, played annually on the last Saturday of football season, has become legendary.
"Just as the Super Bowl is still called the Super Bowl no matter where the game is played, the name "Iron Bowl" has become synonymous with the Auburn/Alabama game," said Bill Battle, CEO of CLC.
"The new Iron Bowl program will further strengthen this national identity and add an exciting dimension to the long-standing history of the series."
The Collegiate Licensing Company is the oldest and largest licensing representative in the nation. CLC's members include more than 180 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, the Heisman Trophy, and the NCAA (including the Men's and Women's Final Four, the College World Series and all NCAA Championships). Based in Atlanta, CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 60 licensing professionals with the capability to establish and manage every aspect of a collegiate licensing program.
TIDE-TIGER FAST FACTS
*Since 1956, either Alabama or Auburn has been ranked in the final Associated Press poll.
*Alabama and Auburn have never had losing records in the same season.
*In the previous 66 meetings, Alabama has outscored Auburn, 1,297 to 1,084. The average score of the Alabama-Auburn game is 19.65 to 16.4 in favor of the Crimson Tide.
*The team leading at halftime has won 72.3 percent (48 of 66) of the games in this series. Auburn has led at halftime in each of the last three seasons, winning only the 2000 meeting in Tuscaloosa. In 1999, the Tigers led 14-6 at the half, but lost 28-17 after a 20-point fourth-quarter by the Crimson Tide. In 1998, the Tigers took a 17-14 lead into the dressing room, but lost 31-17.
*The game has been tied at the half seven times, with Alabama winning six of those games.
*There have been 22 shutouts in the series, with Alabama winning 14 of those games, the most recent 17-0 in 1992. Auburn's last shutout was a 9-0 win last year in Tuscaloosa.
*The two teams have played five one-point games, including two of the last three years. Auburn is 4-1 in games decided by one point.
1949 -- Auburn 14, Alabama 13
On July 13, 1948, the two circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society from the University of Alabama and Auburn University joined together to sponsor a trophy devoted to sportsmanship between the two universities. The ODK-James E. Foy V Sportsmanship Trophy is a tradition which symbolizes the good relationship between the two schools. Originally the trophy was displayed in Birmingham in Loveman's store window the week prior to the football game between the two universities. Then, in a parade preceding the game, the trophy would be carried in a convertible with the Omicron Delta Kappa presidents from each school on either side.
The parade was stopped in the 1960s but the trophy has continued to be awarded every year. The trophy is now awarded to the winner at halftime of the Alabama-Auburn basketball game on their home court. The trophy remains in their care until next year's presentation takes place. In January 1978, the trophy was dedicated to Dean James E. Foy, V upon his retirement as the Dean of Student Affairs at Auburn University. He began serving in that position in 1950 after serving as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Alabama.
TIDE AND TIGERS ON THE TUBE
The 2002 Alabama-Auburn game will be the 28th televised game in the series, dating back to the very first televised game in 1964. Alabama owns a 17-10 (.634) record in those previous 27 games. In addition, the Alabama-Auburn game has been televised 22 times in the last 23 years, with the 1993 game being the exception. The first televised game in this historic series was aired by NBC Sports in 1964. Since then the game has also been televised by ABC, ESPN and CBS.
Year Result of Game Network
TIDE AND TIGERS AT VARIOUS SITES
The Alabama-Auburn football rivalry as had only four homes in its 67-year existence, including Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Auburn. The city of Birmingham, the state's largest city, has served as host for the annual showdown 53 times, including every year from 1904-88. The Alabama-Auburn game has been played four times in Montgomery, the state capital. Auburn (four) and Tuscaloosa (three) have also served as hosts for this event. The first meeting in Montgomery took place during the 1893 season, with Auburn winning 40-16. The two teams last played in the state capital in 1903, with the Tide claiming an 18-6 victory. Tuscaloosa played host to the event in 1895 (40-0), 1901 (17-0) and 2000 (9-0), with Auburn winning all three games. Below is a breakdown of the series at various sites.
IRON BOWL RANKINGS
Since 1955, Alabama or Auburn has been ranked entering the Iron Bowl every year with the exception of 1982 and 1998.
*Alabama has been ranked 34 times entering the game. Bama is 24-9 (.727) in those previous 33 games.
*The 2002 game marks the first time since 1999 that Alabama has entered the Auburn game ranked in the Top 25. The Crimson Tide is ranked 9th in this week's AP poll. UA was ranked 8th entering the 1999 games.
*Auburn has been ranked 22 times entering the Alabama game. The Tigers are 14-8 (.636) against Alabama when ranked in the Top 25.
*The 2002 game marks the first time since 1999 that Auburn was unranked entering the Iron Bowl.
*The highest ranked team has posted a 35-9 (.795) record in the series since 1955.
1955 (10) Auburn 26, Alabama 0
Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione is 1-0 against the Tigers following last year's 31-7 win on the Plains.
TUBERVILLE VS. ALABAMA
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville will coach his fourth Alabama-Auburn game this Saturday afternoon. He is 1-2 (.333) in the series after last year's 31-7 loss at home to the Crimson Tide. In 2000, Tuberville directed the Tigers to a 9-0 win here at Bryant-Denny Stadium as AU clinched the SEC Western Division title. Tuberville lost his Alabama-Auburn debut on the Plains in 1999, losing 28-17. In all, Tuberville is 2-8 (.200) in his career against the Crimson Tide, including an 1-6 (.143) mark as head coach at Ole Miss (1995-98) and Auburn (1999-Present). Tuberville was also 0-4 (.000) against Auburn while at Ole Miss. Tuberville was an assistant to Larry Lacewell at Arkansas State when the Crimson Tide beat the Indians 34-7 in 1982. As an assistant at Miami under Dennis Erickson, Tuberville split two meetings with Alabama. In the 1990 Sugar Bowl, Miami beat Alabama 33-25 to claim the national championship.
In the 1993 Sugar Bowl, No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 Miami 34-13 to win the national title.
ALABAMA-AUBURN HISTORY BOOKS
One of the nation's most storied football series, the Alabama-Auburn series has had two books written about its great rivalry. Bill Cromartie (Atlanta, Ga.) has written a book entitled Braggin' Rights, a game-by-game history of one of the nation's greatest rivalries. The book is now in its fourth printing. In addition, Scott Brown and Will Collier co-authored the book The Uncivil War, a look at the rivalry that divides family, friends and the entire state. The book was published in 1995. Most recently, Sports Illustrated's Ivan Maisel and Kelly Whitseide co-authored a book, War in Dixie, on the Alabama-Auburn rivalry.
Dennis Franchione became only the sixth coach in Alabama history to win his first Alabama-Auburn game. In addition, Coach Fran joined Red Drew (1948) and Gene Stallings (1990) as the only UA coaches to win their first Alabama-Auburn game since World War II.
The 2001 season marked the fourth time in five years a coach has made his debut in the traditional series rivalry. In 1997, Alabama coach Mike DuBose coached his very first Alabama-Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Alabama squandered a fourth-quarter lead and lost 18-17 in the game's final minute. In 1998, Auburn interim coach Bill Oliver, a former defensive coordinator at Alabama, coached his only Alabama-Auburn game at Legion Field. Auburn's Tommy Tuberville made his debut in the series in Auburn in 1999 and Coach Fran will debut this year on the Plains.
*Terry Bowden (1993) is the only Auburn coach since World War II to win his first Alabama-Auburn game.
*Alabama and Auburn both made coaching debuts in 1997 (DuBose) and 1998 (Oliver) in this series. The last time coaches debuted in back-to-back seasons was Auburn's Ralph "Shug" Jordan in 1957 and Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant in 1958.
*The last Alabama head coach to win his first Alabama-Auburn game was Gene Stallings in 1990. The last Auburn coach to win his debut was Terry Bowden in 1993.
*Here are the results of Alabama and Auburn coaches in their first Alabama-Auburn football game.
Alabama Coaching Debuts vs. Auburn
E.B. Beaumont L 32-22 Feb. 22, 1893
Auburn Coaching Debuts vs. Alabama
D.M. Balliet W 32-22 Feb. 22, 1893
*Alabama coach Dennis Franchione enjoyed a successful debut in last year's Alabama-Auburn game, leading the Crimson Tide to a 31-7 win on the Plains. The 31 points and the 24-point margin of victory by Alabama are the second-most points and victory margin by a first-year coach against Auburn.
*Former UA coach Red Drew led the Crimson Tide to a 55-0 win over Auburn in his first game in 1948, which also happened to be the renewal game in the series that was halted in 1906.