Auburn Website Retroactively Claims ’93 National Title Despite Being Ineligible For Postseason That Year, Tigers Coach Defends Decision

Update: Auburn has added a citation to its website and says it is not claiming the additional national titles. It is citing the NCAA record book now. War Blogle put together a great graphic that shows what the site used to look like, along with the April update. 

So in short, Auburn itself isn’t claiming all five titles, but it is pointing out that the NCAA does.

Earlier: In 1993, Auburn’s football team went undefeated. The Tigers, though, due to NCAA sanctions, were ineligible for the postseason, and thus, did not play in the SEC Championship or make an appearance in a bowl game. 

Florida State won the national championship that season. The Seminoles finished No. 1 in nearly every poll, including the AP, FWAA, New York Times, UPI, and both USA Today rankings. Florida State (12-1), beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, 18-16. 

Auburn, however, is claiming it won a national championship in 1993, as the Tigers split the National Championship Foundation’s crown with three other teams. 

That generated some disagreement from the Twitterverse. 

One of Auburn’s current coaches, Dameyune Craig, was a redshirt freshman on the ’93 Tigers team. He defended his school’s reasoning for claiming the title.

Craig is correct with one of his points. Auburn beat Florida and Alabama in 1993, the two teams that played for the SEC title.


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