In This Issue
A World on Watch: Listen in! Two international experts on intelligence and cyber security discuss challenges facing our country today as Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ronald L. Burgess ’74 interviews U.S. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers ’81, director of the National Security Agency.
Hullabaloo in Auburn: The story behind the headlines involving the removal of 1950 football coach Earl Brown, the involvement of a governor, one great triumph, many tragic losses, and the arrival of Ralph “Shug” Jordan.
A Helping Hand: When a fireworks accident took most of his right hand, Tallapoosa county sheriff’s investigator Tom Dowling ’10 thought his story was over. With faith, perseverance and a few Auburn students, he’s begun a new chapter.
The Aftermath of the 1950 Winless Football Season
In late summer 1950, the young men of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s football team
arrived on campus for preseason practice. Enthusiasm filled the air. Although Coach Earl
Brown, who had come to Auburn as head coach in 1948, had won only three games in those two
years, the stunning December 1949, 14-13 Auburn victory over Alabama had lifted the
spirits of the Tiger fans. Everyone expected 1950 to be a very good year. But Travis
Tidwell, the senior quarterback who had directed that win, had graduated.
Remember those days at the Sani-Freeze (aka “The Flush”)? The Auburn icon was
re-created by building science students for this year’s Auburn Alumni Association
Hospitality Tailgate, beginning at the Alumni Center three hours before home-game kickoffs.
O-Town Ice Cream will even be offering vintage Sani-Freeze flavors.