AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The kickoff for Auburn University's football game is just about 24 hours away and the ESPN crew is in Auburn ready for tomorrow's big game day show.
Entering the state of Alabama, ESPN's game day crew says the SEC is unlike any conference, and Auburn, is unlike any town. Kirk Herbstreit says, "We were debating last night between Auburn and Athens and some of the other sec towns and from an ESPN perspective I gotta tell you Auburn has the edge over the other towns."
ESPN on-air personalities Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler both say they know they're in Auburn...the minute their foot hits the ground. Fowler says, "It's hard to put a finger on it but it's..there's this close bond here between generations between alums who come back to the school there really is a kind of family feel, there's a real passion for the tigers."
"You can feel the tradition you can feel it whether we came here 10 or 20 years ago, whether we're here now as soon as you step on the campus it exudes tradition," added Herbstreit.
But it's not just the tradition of Auburn that fans and national sportscasters love, it's the heart.
"I think there's something special in the connection that people feel for this school and how it's maintained years after they leave." Says Fowler.
Herbstreit says the kindness of Auburn fans is everywhere, "We went to a restaurant last night that's just quaint, it's just a nice college town people are very friendly I could see how it you live in the south you would want your son or daughter to come to this school."