Published January 31, 2014 - 11:25amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Auburn has two official national championship banners, one for 1957 and one for 2010. But there may be seven more coming soon.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs told 247Sports the school might recognize as many as seven more national championship teams in the future. Jacobs’ sentiment is if other schools do it, why don’t we?
“If other schools are using these same polls to declare a national championship, we should at least consider it,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told the site. “I don’t think there’s a better time for the Auburn family to consider it than right here at the end of the BCS era.
“As we transition into another playoff format for the national champion, I just think we need to look hard at it.”
The seven other teams Jacobs speaks of is 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004, where all seven either went undefeated or won the conference championship…or both. The 1913, 1983 and 1993 are recognized in the NCAA record book.
The one team that will stir debate and likely has the best argument was the undefeated 2004 SEC Championship team that was snubbed in the BCS Championship game for undefeated Oklahoma and USC. The Trojans won, and they had to vacate the championship due to the Reggie Bush-NCAA controversy.
And nobody can even begin to mention this argument without mentioning Alabama claiming 15 national championships. Ten of Alabama’s 15 claimed championships came from the AP Poll, Coaches’ Poll or both. The remaining five were pre-World War II titles.
The article notes that Texas A&M declared themselves 1919 and 1927 national champions to bolster their trophy case when they entered the SEC. Minnesota also went as far back as 1904 to claim a title.
“We’re so competitive. We compare ourselves to other schools,” Jacobs said. “If they’re counting something that we’re not counting, and we’re on equal footing, wouldn’t it be wise to count it.
“I think it’s something we need to consider right now. It’s been talked about here and there, but lets get it out there now and look at it and see what we should do.”
For those who don’t accept Jacob’s argument, he may just declare them un-American.
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