Charles Barkley has an interesting opinion about how Auburn football fans view themselves after Nick Saban’s success at Alabama.
Speaking on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, the former Tigers basketball star touched on Auburn’s place within the SEC and suggested Tigers fans “have an inferiority complex” because of Saban’s gains in Tuscaloosa.
Check out Barkley’s comments below, courtesy of AL.com’s Mark Heim.
“We have an inferiority complex because the greatest football coach in history is over in Tuscaloosa. I think Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach in history over there in Tuscaloosa. … But Auburn is the greatest school. Once you go there, you are a part of a family, a fraternity. Even when I got back now, it’s the most amazing thing. When I travel around the country, the world, we say, ‘War Eagles.’ It is pretty special.”
It’s clear Barkley still thinks highly of Auburn, where he played from 1981-84 before he produced a hall-of-fame career as a professional. He views Auburn as “the greatest school,” as any person that loved his time on the Plains should.
Still, that comment about Saban’s effect on Auburn fans is fascinating to consider. It’s highly debatable, of course, and it’s impossible to know how many Auburn fans have “an inferiority complex” because “the greatest football coach in history is over in Tuscaloosa.” Perhaps Barkley feels that way, but other Tigers fans might disagree.
Still, his perspective is interesting to consider.