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Anyone remember Shug Jordan and his 57 Auburn team.

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by UF67ee, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. UF67ee

    UF67ee All American

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    Ralph "Shug" Jordan (1951-75)
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    Record against top 10 teams: 15-27 (35.7 percent)

    Shug Jordan had a rebuilding job on his hands when he took over the Auburn football program. It wasn't until his fourth season as the Tigers' coach that he knocked off a top-10 opponent.

    Before Auburn's victory in 2018 against Washington, the Tigers had not defeated a top-10 opponent in a season opener since Jordan did it as the coach of the program in 1957. That was a 7-0 victory against No. 8 Tennessee. The Tigers went undefeated and won the AP national title, the program's first national championship. The Tigers finished with a 10-0 record thanks to a defense that recorded six shutouts while allowing only 2.8 points per game.

    His 25-year career included as many top-10 victories as Tuberville's 10-year career at Auburn.
     
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  2. Crusher

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    It might be noteworthy that the 1957 Auburn football team was on NCAA probation.
     
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  3. cocodrilo

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    The highlight of Jordan's Auburn career was a 30-27 loss to Florida in 1966 on a field goal by Steve Spurrier.
     
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  4. rpmGator

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    Yes and no

    I remember Shug but nap time was more important in 57
     
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  5. CalGator

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    No, and as a Gator fan I’m not sure why I would be expected to. You also realize that the only people that could honestly answer yes to your question would be in their 70s.
     
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  6. sierragator

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    1957 was before my time. I remember Jordan, Barfield, and Dye coaching the warplaineagles back in the day. I remember the Gators first win at Auburn in 1973... 12-8.
     
  7. thale410

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    Seems like we could pick any random day on the calendar in the last 75 years and it would be 50/50 that the Barners would be sanctioned.
     
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  8. DoctorGator

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    Even more noteworthy is that their SEC championship that year was not stripped like our 1984 title was, nor were they not allowed to win that title like we were not in 1985 and 1990. And just to set the record straight, Auburn's 1983, 1987, 1988, and 1989 (tie) SEC championships were won by teams that went on probation for crimes committed during the procurement of those championships. And those titles were not stripped. In other words, Auburn's FIRST FIVE SEC Football Championships would have been stripped from them if they had been treated in the same manner that our 1984 team was treated. Bama's 1989 and 1992 SEC titles would have been similarly stripped if they had been so treated. Of course, Bama and Auburn are in the same state as the SEC Offices, so they were always safe from that kind of treatment.
     
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  9. rpmGator

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    Pat Sullivan is still their best player ever

    Bama and Auburn voted for us but the Vols led the charge and was given the title
     
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  10. cocodrilo

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    NTTAWWT
     
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  11. Crusher

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    That's not entirely true if you were a fan of the SEC as a kid. I'm 57 and recall Shug quite well. I always viewed him as being a somewhat stodgy, set in his ways coach even by that era's standards.
     
  12. Crusher

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    I don't think anyone was really given the title...if you look on the SEC website it says "vacated." That the Vols led the charge in having that vote taken may well have been in part motivated by the notion that they would be awarded a title they didn't earn when the 1984 title was stripped, but in the end that didn't happen.
     
  13. Skink

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    Hey, I didn't want to pass up the rare opportunity to agree with you Cal.

    I'm wondering why this is on our board. Can we expect it to be followed by Vince Dooley or Robert Neyland? Screw Auburn

    Go Gators
     
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  14. g8rl8

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    I think it's safe to say that nobody remember's Shug's 1957 Auburn team.

    Even those of us who are old enough to have witnessed that season have likely forgotten it by now.
     
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  15. DoctorGator

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    Yes, they voted for us, but then Dye and Perkins had the gall to continuously and downright viciously attack us in the press, saying that they disagreed with their presidents'votes and lecturing us on how to run a clean program. The Vols and Vanderbilt under AD Roy Kramer led the charge. Mississippi State was the ONLY SEC member that voted for us and actually backed us in the press, as the media was having its feeding frenzy. To this day, because of that, I pull for MSU against anybody not named Florida.
     
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  16. Gatorfred

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    I read the post as a positive Tommy T thread.
     
  17. WhattaGator

    WhattaGator Ever Vigilant Psycho Mod Moderator VIP Member "Cook Shack Chef"

    It's the offseason, remember??? :D
     
  18. UF67ee

    UF67ee All American

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    My point was how good that defense was. This was quite an accomplishment..... see below. Yeah, didn't expect anyone to remember....
    The Tigers finished with a 10-0 record thanks to a defense that recorded six shutouts while allowing only 2.8 points per game. AND, it's the off season...........why can't we post sec history stuff?

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  19. gator954

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    Junior year and I remember, nobody could score on them.
     
  20. mh2os

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    Not 1957, but I saw the 1958 game at Florida Field which was perhaps the best defensive game I ever saw. Gators lost 7-6, but it was a titanic battle and I remember seeing a lot of blood on the uniforms. Vel Heckman, an All-American defensive tackle for Gators was magnificent. Always loved the Auburn rivalry and hated Auburn.
     
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