Auburn AD says school may claim 7 more national championships

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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.

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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.

Photo Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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  • What is it with the state of Alabama and wanting to claim National Championships?

  • Actually I think we are going to claim those and jump to 22. Sorry Auburn.

  • There never should have been a single banner put up that said anything more than most popular in the press. Contrast this with conference championships and division championship that have standards and are far more legitimate. Sadly the new play-off system is also a popularity contest by even a smaller committee. There has always been a legitimate way to name an NCAA national champion: All the conference champions go to a play-off. Till then, put up all the banners an institution wants, we all know what they mean.

    • I see your point, but I don’t think that is a legitimate way to determine the national champion unless there is some equity in the conferences. I know the whole “need to win your conference to win the national championship” that some people promote, but I don’t think that is the case. Let’s face it, some teams that don’t win their conference are better than teams that might win a weaker conference. There were probably 6-8 teams in the SEC last year that could consistently compete with anyone in the country. If the ultimate goal is to pick the best team, then your proposed system might make it more objective but it still doesn’t make it any more legitimate. Will be interesting to see the playoff and if the SEC can consistently get two teams into the group. When the team that didn’t win their conference wins the whole thing, watch the uprise it causes with fans from other schools in weaker conferences.

      • any reasonable person looks at bowl game results and agrees the conferences are not equal. But the question is: ?who should be called the champion of NCAA football each year? (notice i am avoiding saying subjective best team) and forget which conference has the most teams that should be ranked 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. etc.. Once the best team of each conference (for the whole season) is decided there is no need to play another game to decide who is better one week after the conference season, or a month after the conference season. There is only one question left to answer: ?Can the champion of any other conference prevail? Perhaps the ‘weaker’ conferences should have to play-off into the bracket. Once thing we know for sure: Football is too tough a game for longer seasons, long play-offs, and unlimited games. Injuries need preparation to avoid and time to heal. So we will never have a football season where we know for sure who #2 thru #16 really are. But speculation thru bowl games is good for the game as long as we don’t try to draw unsupported conclusions from the results. (unsupported conclusions = media and committees having a numbered list not based on real intra-conference rank and inter-conference results) There is no other way legit way to name a ‘champion’ but to have champions of sub-groups meet. Plus bowl games get to keep an important function for fans, because they can match popular opponents and let the result fuel speculation that has no connection to the title “NCAA Champion”

  • While they’re at it they should just go ahead and claim the most recent one too……
    Oh, wait a minute……..

  • I’ve supported this idea for years. AU was awarded the championship by at least one major poll in each of these years and has every right to claim them in a trophy case and in the record books. WDE!! 9 National Championships and counting!!

  • Auburn, you can’t go back and claim National Championships retroactively.
    And for A&M, they can put a trophy in the case, but it is not recognized.

    • So Auburn cant go back for past ones then no one can even the mighty Alabama – 1925 – AL used a 1927 poll – NO CHAMPIONSHIP, 1926 – 3 teams better and AL uses a 1941 poll to claim it NO – 1930 ND and AL ND got 6 polls AL got 1 poll AL uses a 1933 poll to claim NO, 1934 – AL claims again this time using a 1946 POLL – NO, 1941 AL finishes 20th uses same 1946 poll NO, 1961 Finally the 1st NC, 1964 and 1965 AP awards before bowl games and AL gets beat in bowls and AP changes the award because of the embarrassment NO to both. 1973 UPI gives before bowl and AL gets beat again UPI changes their NC to after bowl games because of the embarrassment again. 1978 AP only awards it and AL loses to USC that got the other polls NO again only 1 NC so far. 1979 – 2nd NC, 1992 – 3rd NC 2009- 4th NC 2011-2012 there 5th and 6th – now that is if the NCAA does not strip the 2011 and 2012 because of payouts to players through Western Union and it is documented the player is on camera and signed with ID for the monies.

  • I have no problem with AU claiming the ’13, ’83, or ’93 titles. They were recognized by the NCAA. As for the other four, going undefeated is great. Winning the conference title is even better. That doesn’t mean you won a national championship.
    All the titles that Bama claims are recognized by the NCAA. The NCAA records actually show Bama as having won 19 titles but UA doesn’t claim the titles from ’45, ’66, ’75, and ’77. So Auburn is making up championships while Bama chooses not to claim all of the titles that they’re entitled to. I think that says a lot right there.

    • So Auburn cant go back for past ones then no one can even the mighty Alabama – 1925 – AL used a 1927 poll – NO CHAMPIONSHIP, 1926 – 3 teams better and AL uses a 1941 poll to claim it NO – 1930 ND and AL ND got 6 polls AL got 1 poll AL uses a 1933 poll to claim NO, 1934 – AL claims again this time using a 1946 POLL – NO, 1941 AL finishes 20th uses same 1946 poll NO, 1961 Finally the 1st NC, 1964 and 1965 AP awards before bowl games and AL gets beat in bowls and AP changes the award because of the embarrassment NO to both. 1973 UPI gives before bowl and AL gets beat again UPI changes their NC to after bowl games because of the embarrassment again. 1978 AP only awards it and AL loses to USC that got the other polls NO again only 1 NC so far. 1979 – 2nd NC, 1992 – 3rd NC 2009- 4th NC 2011-2012 there 5th and 6th – now that is if the NCAA does not strip the 2011 and 2012 because of payouts to players through Western Union and it is documented the player is on camera and signed with ID for the monies. Alabama had 6 at the most if you don’t use polls from the future

  • There has always been a predominant selector for any year who selected the true
    National Champion. While some disagree with the selection,
    the team the selector chose for that year was widely accepted and agreed as the Natonal Champion. A school cannot now decide their team is the new champion for past years. You cannot go back and say chosen by a computer or use some new mathematical formula. The team chosen by the predominant
    selector of the day is the champion and will always be the champion. Even if the ncaa should decide to strip a team of a win or a championship, that team is still the champion; they played the game and they won. Even in Auburn’s case, if they should come back and make the true determination that Newton was ineligible because
    of rules violations, Auburn is still the champion for that year. In 1957, Auburn was on probation, and they are still the champion for that year.

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