Auburn’s highly anticipated A-Day is scheduled for April 19, but the ESPN-televised football scrimmage isn’t the only highlight of a weekend-long celebration that honors Tigers of the past, present and future.
WEDNESDAY, April 16
A-Day weekend really kicks off on Wednesday April 16 with a Montgomery showdown between Auburn’s surprising softball team and their cross-state rivals, Alabama. The Tigers are 31-6 (6-3 SEC) and ranked 21st in all three polls as of March 25. Auburn won its third straight SEC series last weekend, taking two of three on the road at tenth-ranked Kentucky. The Tide currently sits at 31-5 (11-1 SEC) and is ranked as high as fifth in the various polls. The Tide and Tigers tangle at 6:30 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. This is the only regular season meeting between the two teams. Reserved seats are already sold out. Some general admission tickets remain available at $7 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.funinmontgomery.com.
FRIDAY, April 18
Tiger Trail Induction Ceremony
Events move to campus on Friday where six former Auburn greats will be inducted into the Tiger Trail.
Auburn running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown and offensive tackle Cleve Wester (football), Auburn guard Doc Robinson (basketball), former swimming coach Richard Quick, and soccer All-Star Megan Rivera make up the 2014 Tiger Trail class.
The Tiger Trail is a series of granite plaques inlaid into the sidewalks of downtown Auburn. The plaques pay tribute to past Auburn athletic greats, celebrating the time each spent in Auburn. The six 2014 inductees join 114 Tiger greats added to the Tiger Trail since its inception in 1995.
The Tiger Trail honors athletes and administrators in all sports. The City of Auburn Tiger Trail viewer offers an interactive map with the plaque location and bio of all inductees. Among the 114 honorees are current Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig, former athletic director David Housel, Auburn coaches Pat Dye and Shug Jordan, baseball great Frank Thomas, Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, Olympic gold medalist in swimming Rowdy Gaines, and women’s basketball legend Ruthie Bolton.
Brown and Williams were a dynamic duo of thunder and lightning that topped the SEC and helped Auburn to an unbeaten season in 2004. Combined, Brown and Williams racked up 6,538 rushing yards and 73 touchdowns during their Auburn careers.
Brown and Williams made NFL history becoming the first running back tandem from a single school to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft in the same year. Both were selected in the top five picks, another SEC and NFL record. Brown was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the second pick of the 2005 draft.
Williams went to Tampa Bay with the fifth selection.
Brown was twice named All SEC Honorable Mention.
Doc Robinson was twice an All American and once an Honorable Mention All American during his four year career on the Auburn hardwood. He was also a two-time All SEC first team pick. His 1332 career points ranks 15th in Auburn history and his 568 career assists is third. Robinson was part of a senior class that won a school-record 85 games. During his career he averaged 11.5 points and 5 assists. In 1999 Robinson helped lead Auburn to a 29-4 record, the school’s lone number one seed in the NCAA tournament and a berth in the Sweet 16. He was Auburn’s team MVP for three consecutive years. Robinson was enshrined in the 2009 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends.
Richard Quick coached the record-setting Auburn swimming and diving teams from 1978-82 and returned again to lead the Tiger program in 2007 after achieving numerous collegiate and Olympic successes. He served as US Olympic coach three times and captured seven national titles during stays at Stanford and Texas.
During his first tenure on the Plains, Quick coached David Marsh who went on to win a dozen national titles and 17 SEC titles as Auburn coach. Quick returned to Auburn when Marshall departed in 2007 and promptly led the Tigers to back-to-back national championships. Quick died in 2009 after a battle with brain cancer.
Wester was an offensive tackle on Auburn’s undefeated 1957 national championship team.
After leaving Auburn he opened Cleve Wester’s Tire Mart and built a thriving business in Albany Georgia. Wester remained close to the Auburn program and was one of the leading voices calling for the Tigers to hire Pat Dye in 1981.
Wester was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2009 the Southwest Georgia Auburn Club honored him by establishing an endowed scholarship in his name. Wester died later that year.
Rivera was Auburn’s first All American in soccer as a freshman and she went on to earn four straight All American selections, also an Auburn first. Rivera, a goalkeeper for the Tiger soccer team led Auburn to four straight SEC titles, including an SEC crown in her senior season in 2004.
In the 2004 campaign, Auburn topped the league in fewest goals allowed. Over the course of her career, Rivera dominated Auburn and SEC record books, accumulating 33 career shutouts. She earned eight All-Region honors, four All-SEC team honors and an SEC Freshman of the Year award.
The Tiger Trail induction ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on April 18.
Tickets are $25. Contact the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at 334-887-7011 for more information or to make reservations.
Other Friday events include:
- 2 pm War Eagle Invitational Track Meet at Hutsell-Rosen Track
- 4-6 pm Football Locker Room Tours (free admission, Enter Gate 10)
- 6 pm Bo Bikes Bama Silent Auction at the Jule Collins Smith Museum, 6 pm (Tickets)
- 6 pm Auburn Baseball vs. South Carolina, Plainsman Park 6 pm (Tickets)
The campus opens for tailgating at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.
SATURDAY, April 19
A-Day Football Game
The defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers take the field for the annual A-Day football scrimmage at 2 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Gates open at noon.
Pregame festivities start at 1 p.m. with the recognition of the 2013 SEC Champion football team scheduled for 1:45.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance online
The game will be televised live by ESPN and carried on the Auburn IMG radio network.
A post-game autograph session begins approximately ten minutes after the game ends and will last an estimated 45 minutes. Coaches and players will be available for autographs.
At 4 pm the resurgent Auburn baseball team takes on South Carolina at Plainsman Park in the second of a three-game weekend set.
Auburn is currently 19-10 after dropping two of three to Missouri last weekend. The Gamecocks are 24-3 and ranked second in the latest Baseball America poll.
Single game tickets are $8 and available online.
Other Saturday events include:
- 7 am Bo Bikes Bama (62-mile charity ride) starting from Jule Collins Smith Museum (Register)
- 9 am Punt Pass and Kick Competion for kids grades 1 – 6 (Info)
- 9:30 am Bo Bikes Bama (22-mile charity ride) starting from Jule Collins Smith Museum (Register)
- 11 am War Eagle Invitational Track Meet at Hutsell-Rosen Track
- 11 am Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest and Athletic Alumni BBQ on Campus Green
SUNDAY, April 20
The weekend ends with the third of a three-game set between the Auburn Tiger baseball team and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Single game tickets are $8 and available online.
First pitch is set for 1 p.m.