AUBURN, Ala. — This Iron Bowl weekend will be a special one for one of the Tigers’ biggest fans, Auburn basketball legend Charles Barkley.
Auburn announced Thursday evening it will have “Charles Barkley Appreciation Night” at the Tigers’ home basketball game against Winthrop on Friday, Nov. 24. Auburn will unveil Barkley’s statue in front of Auburn Arena on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. CT.
According to Auburn’s press release, “the final version of statue will not be completed until spring, therefore the ceremony will feature a full-size replica until the final 2,500 pound fixture can be installed.”
Barkley will be the fourth former Auburn athlete to have a statue in his honor on campus, joining football’s Heisman Trophy-winning trio of Bo Jackson, Cam Newton and Pat Sullivan.
During Auburn’s Friday night game against Winthrop, which tips at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, the program will give away commemorative rally towels to the first 1,000 students. Special posters of Barkley will also be available.
Auburn used Jackson to announce Barkley would get his own statue at a football game last October. Barkley, who is from Leeds, Ala., is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame for his 11-time All-Star career in the NBA.
The current NBA on TNT analyst also has a friendly bet with current Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts for the Iron Bowl, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT next Saturday on CBS.
If Auburn wins, Hurts has to wear an Auburn jersey on Alabama’s campus. If Alabama wins, Barkley has to wear an Alabama jersey on a TNT broadcast.