Aubie

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Aubie
Aubie-01.jpg
UniversityAuburn University
ConferenceSEC
DescriptionAnthropomorphic tiger
First seen1979
Hall of Fame2006
Websitewww.auburn.edu/aubie

Aubie is the official tiger mascot of Auburn University. Aubie is an anthropomorphic tiger.

Aubie has won a record nine mascot national championships (his latest coming in 2016),[1] more than any other mascot in the United States. Aubie was named the 2014 Capital One Mascot of the Year and was among the first three college mascots inducted to the Mascot Hall of Fame, inducted on August 15, 2006.

History

Aubie carries an Auburn flag during pre-game in Jordan-Hare Stadium

Aubie's existence began as a cartoon character that first appeared on the Auburn/Hardin-Simmons football program cover on October 3, 1959.[2] Birmingham Post-Herald artist Phil Neel created the cartoon Tiger who continued to appear on Auburn program covers for 18 years. Aubie's look changed through the years. In 1962, he began to stand upright and in the next year, 1963, wore clothes for the first time—a blue tie, polk a dot pants, and straw hat. Aubie's appearances on game programs occurred during a successful period in head football coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan's teams. The Tigers were victorious in the first nine games which had Aubie on the cover and in his first six years, Auburn posted a 23-2-1 home record. Auburn's home record during the eighteen years Aubie served as Cover Tiger was 63-16-2. Aubie's regular appearance on the game program cover ended on October 23, 1976, when Auburn beat Florida State, 31-19, but Aubie returned to Auburn's cover in the Iron Bowl against Alabama on November 30, 1991, Auburn's last home game at Birmingham's Legion Field.

Aubie at Jordan-Hare Stadium as a giant foam "#1" finger

In 1979, Aubie came to life at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. James Lloyd, Auburn spirit director for the Student Government Association, with help from the Auburn Alumni Association, contacted Brooks-Van Horn Costumes in New York, N.Y. The Company was provided with copies of the 1961 Auburn-Alabama and 1962 Auburn-Georgia Tech game programs to use for reference in creating a costume of the cartoon character. The firm, which also provided costumes for Walt Disney, designed and produced a Tiger costume for $1,350. Individual contributions from various Auburn clubs, alumni and friends helped pay for the first costume.

Aubie on his moped

Aubie was introduced at the Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center on February 28, 1979, and helped lead first-year Auburn coach Sonny Smith's team to an upset of Vanderbilt in his first appearance as a live Tiger mascot. The following day, Aubie returned to the arena and the Tigers beat Georgia in the longest game in SEC tournament history, four overtimes. Before the weekend was complete, Aubie helped lead the ninth-place team in the regular season to the semifinals of the tournament.

National championships

Aubie and supporters celebrate after Aubie wins first place at the 2012 UCA Mascot National Championship in Orlando
Aubie with the Auburn University flag
Aubie with Samford Hall in the background

Aubie won his first Universal Cheerleaders Association mascot national championship in 1991 and has won nine overall which is more than any other collegiate mascot. Aubie was inducted into the inaugural class of the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named the 2014 Capital One Mascot of the Year.

Directors of Aubie

Directors of The Aubie Program are a part of SGA Cabinet and consist of 3 co-directors (Director of Scheduling, Director of Fundraising, and Director of Publicity) who assist in the day-to-day logistics of Aubie. Their main goal is to aid the Friends of Aubie in bringing Auburn's beloved tiger mascot to life. Other responsibilities of the co-directors include, but are not limited to: assisting Aubie at all home football games, escorting Aubie to and from weekly appearances, attending weekly meetings, assisting in fundraising campaigns, and helping with the publicity and management of Friend of Aubie tryouts.

References

  1. ^ http://www.varsity.com/uploads/events/eventid_1809/files/Mascot_DivisionIA_FinalsResults.pdf
  2. ^ "Aubie the Tiger - About". Auburn University. Retrieved 5 April 2012.

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