Troy head coach, AU athletic director weigh in on why teams have - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Latest Scores, Headlines and Analysis

  • SHOULD AUBURN AND ALABAMA PLAY TROY?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    YES
    91%
    102 votes
    NO
    9%
    10 votes

Troy head coach, AU athletic director weigh in on why teams haven't played

Posted: Updated:
Troy football coach Larry Blakeney Troy football coach Larry Blakeney
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs
  • Local SportsSPORTSMore>>

  • CVCC ranked No. 1 in new NJCAA baseball poll

    CVCC ranked No. 1 in new NJCAA baseball poll

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:22:46 GMT
    The Chattahoochee Valley Pirates are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the new NJCAA Division I Baseball Rankings released on Tuesday. The Pirates have won 15 of their last 16 games, including a 14-2 victoryMore >>
    The Chattahoochee Valley Pirates are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the new NJCAA Division I Baseball Rankings released on Tuesday. The Pirates have won 15 of their last 16 games, including a 14-2 victoryMore >>
  • Alexander, Daniels earn PIFL Player of the Week honors

    Alexander, Daniels earn PIFL Player of the Week honors

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:07:02 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus Lions swept the Professional Indoor Football League weekly player of the week honors for Week 3 of the season. Wide receiver Earl Alexander was named the Offensive Player ofMore >>
    COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus Lions swept the Professional Indoor Football League weekly player of the week honors for Week 3 of the season. Wide receiver Earl Alexander was named the Offensive Player ofMore >>
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.More >>
    By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Troy Trojans head football coach Larry Blakeney says when he talks to fans, the number one question they ask is about when the Trojans will play the Auburn Tigers or the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"Everybody in our league has played Auburn and Alabama," Blakeney says, adding that his team has to go out of state and play SEC teams like Georgia and South Carolina.

Blakeney's frustration about the Tide and Tigers' refusals to schedule their in-state neighbor recently boiled over when Blakeney told a Savannah, Georgia newspaper that the administrators over the two teams are "cowards" and "chicken".

In Montgomery Wednesday, WSFA 12 News asked Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs about the absence of play with Troy.

"Larry's a great guy," Jacobs says of the man he used to share an office with, "...when I was the tight end coach, he was the wide receivers coach [at Auburn]."

While Jacobs praises Blakeney's job at Troy, he says the reason the two teams haven't played boils down to schedules. "We're full through 2015," Jacobs said.

"It doesn't make any sense," Blakeney says. "It think would be a great thing for college football in this state. It would be a great thing for high school football in this state."

Asked if playing Troy is just not in the best interests of Auburn, Jacobs says the door is never closed. "We're always open to what we should and shouldn't do..." Jacobs explained.

Blakeney puts it this way. "Everybody thinks if Auburn or Alabama play Troy, they will be helping Troy. And, you know, I don't see it." Blakeney says to the two teams to, "...go ahead and send 'em a million and a half dollars out of state for whomever to come in and play."

Bottom line for Jacobs is finding what is best for Auburn's student-athletes.

Smiling, Blakeney says a game between the in-state SEC teams may happen, and he may watch it on TV if he's still alive.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.