On Tuesday night, Auburn sent out the following tweet congratulating itself for putting a baker’s dozen worth of former graduate assistants and analysts into full-time coaching positions.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) May 18, 2016
And, yes, the stated purpose of the tweet is to give those former assistants and Auburn coaches who helped them get there a pat on the back for a job well done.
But I couldn’t see that tweet — with “GOOD PEOPLE” in extra large font across the center — and feel a wink-wink, nudge-nudge in light of the news out of Tuscaloosa this week.
An overly cynical view? Possible, perhaps even probable.
But it would also feel naive to think that, in this rivalry that burns at full blast for 365 years and any inch gained feels like a mile, that a tweet touting Auburn’s “GOOD PEOPLE” after two Tide players were arrested was just a simple coincidence.