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3.16.2010

Barkley speaks out

Hey everyone. Your favorite former Auburn player who was an NBA All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers during the late 1980s and 90s has spoken out about Auburn's coaching search.

Charles Barkley was a guest on WJOX's "The Roundtable" show this afternoon.

Here is what he had to say:

  • On Jeff Lebo: ``Jeff is a nice guy, but he didn't win. It's not personal. Every coach is going to get fired at some point. He was there for six years and he didn't win."

  • On his recent talk with Jay Jacobs: ``I told him anything he needs me to do, I'll do. There's not a person is basketball I don't know or can't find out about. If he wants me to do a background check on any coach in the country, I can get it done. I can find out the truth. I'm there for him."

  • On what Auburn needs: ``We need to bring some excitement into the new building. We can't hide behind the crutch that we don't have a good building anymore … or good practice facilities. You can win at Auburn. Auburn is a good program. We're never going to be North Carolina or Duke, but we've had success and if you put the right coach in there, we can be successful again."

  • On if Auburn needs to hire a black coach: ``I've never demanded that they hire a black coach. I said I thought Turner Gill's resume was better than Gene Chizik's. And it was. Gene did a great job. I wish him success. Most people always think the white guy is the best guy for the job. That's why we have no minority coaches in football -- because a majority of the people who run these schools are white. They're always going to hire a while guy. The best candidate? That's b.s. I don't care who Auburn hires. I just want them to hire a good coach.

    ``Everybody went crazy. I said the exact same thing about Alabama when they hired Mike Shula over Sylvester Croom. Clearly race had a lot to do with that. Mike Shula -- that was the saddest day of my life when he got fired."

  • More on the Shula/Croom controversy: ``That was a travesty. I know how the South works down here. We've got a bunch of rednecks down here. It is what it is."

  • On his role in the search: ``I don't try to run the Auburn program. If I ran the program, Mike Anderson would have been the coach last time. We need some excitement."

  • On his relationship with Jay Jacobs: ``Me and Jay have always been cool. Jay knows -- I'm always going to be myself. I ain't never gonna be no kiss-ass brother. I'm my own man. I'm not one of these Alabama guys who listens to Finebaum and Scarbinsky. I know how this thing works."

  • On if candidates have called him: ``I've had 10 guys call. I told them -- I don't pull any strings down at Auburn. I'm not running the program. For some reason, they think I'm going to hire the next coach, which is not true."

36 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Say it ain't so.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I wonder who the 10 guys who called him are.

5:19 PM  
Blogger bharris007 said...

Well...at least him and Jay Jacobs talk. I think that is a rather large revelation given his array of past comments.

It seems since the Chizik era began there is much more communication between current admin and former Auburn letterman. That can only help.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Bellefay1 said...

Turrrible.

I've always liked Chuck...even when he says stupid things. In a related note...this might be the most awkward picture of Charles well, ever.

http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/36905/nirvana-with-charles_jpg_595x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpg

5:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

How many Hotties called him?

5:25 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I see Charles and I have something in common. I ain't never gonna be no kiss-ass brother either.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

2.0 has her final exam tomorrow. 7 months worth of studies distilled into one exam.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Transcriber Tate - thanks for this thread. Very interesting/entertaining material which I would have never seen.


Did I ever tell y'all how good the homemade chicken & dumplings are that MrsTHT whipped up?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Obligatory repost...
Is everyone signed up for the Bracket Challenge yet?

Go to the Tourney Pick'em on Yahoo Fantasy Sports...
Join a group and use the following to enter...

GROUP ID: 26461
PASSWORD: hatebama

5:34 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I thought that was rather tame for Chucky. When I saw the headline I feared the worse was coming, but it wasn't bad.


And we get a great nick name...Kiss@$$ brotha

5:35 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I want to know who the guys are that called Barkley to inquire about the job...

5:36 PM  
Blogger IV said...

Good luck to 2.0. I know that she can do it. If she can't, are you going to let her come back home THT? I ain't no kiss-ass brother either.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Great pic Bellefay1-
I remember that SNL, Freakin awesome.
Nirvana tore up the stage

5:44 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I think that we score a good hire for the new BB coach, Who? I don't know, I just have a gut feeling that it is going to be a good one to go along with the new arena. Take your time JJ and do it right. Is it football season yet?

5:47 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

IV,
I concur. We professionals can do that.

5:49 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

THT,
Good luck to 2.0. I'm sure she will pass with flying colors!! That always stresses me out when my son-in-law is taking his finals in law school. A whole semester based on the final exam. Talk about pressure. I'm glad I'm not taking anymore tests.

5:52 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Straight talk as usual. I agree that it is good for JJ and Charles to be talking. Also good that Charles offered his help. Thanks for the info JGT.

6:15 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

All and all, pretty reasonable stuff from the Chuckster.

6:23 PM  
Blogger The Wizard of Jetwood said...

Ebro ...

I concur.

I could quibble, but I won't.

6:35 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

"I love Auburn win, lose or tie;
I love Auburn like my name was Pat
Dye"

6:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I am also quite confident that 2.0 will do very well. She's very smart and she's worked hard for the past 7 months. Actually, you have to do perfect. It's 100=Pass and anything else = No pass.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hey Greensboro! Is that HP Wes or someone else? Speak up!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Even a restrained dose of the Chuckster still amounts to no more than just diarrhea of the mouth.

Being a "straight shooter" doesn't mandate that you spew out everything the instant it crosses your mind. That sort of opinionated spewing is more like a redneck than a straight shooter.

Besides that ....I suspect that he lied just to make his case. Even more redneckery.

7:05 PM  
Blogger wes said...

HP Wes in la casa.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

In case it isn't obvious, I'm not a fan. I haven't been a fan since 1996, when I lived in Phoenix and got a constant dose of his shenanigans.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hi Wes!

Hoopie - you sure it's not just because Mr. Barkley didn't take your call?

7:15 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

In fact, I would love to take him and his pathetic golf swing out on the golf course and take his money. I've got cronic back problems and haven't played in 3 years, but even hurt could muster up a low 80's score just to take him.

Is he in Leeds? I'll meet him at the Anniston RTJ course.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Whew!...that felt good. Now that that's over with, I won't spend anymore time on him for another year.

7:21 PM  
Blogger wes said...

just got the kids to bed...now waiting for the wife to get home and catch the latest installment of LOST (the scifi series, not the AU basketball season).

7:23 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Mrs. Hoopie is gonna watch the Biggest Loser(why???). I'm waiting for a biz call.

We don't have HBO, but luckily the neighbor recorded "The Pacific" and we'll watch that this weekend.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that's funny, Wes. I'm watching NCIS after which I'll watch Star Trek Next Gen. reruns.

7:36 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Speaking of The Pacific, HBO has decided to start airing the first episode online for free in case you don't get HBO. You can find it here.

Also, in case anybody missed it when I said yesterday, the character Eugene Sledge, who was featured a little bit in the first episode and will be a major character as the mini-series moves along, is an Auburn man. He wrote one of the best war memoirs ever, "With the Old Breed".

7:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ ... a sad one.

7:46 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Good stuff from the Chuckster. You gotta admire a man that speaks his mind regardless of the consequences. It is evident that he loves Auburn.

CH=B I sooooo want that to be the intro song for the games this year. Or at least let the band play it during the games.

7:51 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Cool new AU site. Recruits should really like this.

http://auburnwareagle.com/

7:52 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Well, I actually agree with a lot of what Charles had to say, which is scary.

11:51 PM  

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