Former Auburn star Charles Barkley doesn’t shy away from doing everything in his power to make sure that Auburn University is competing at the highest level. Just as a reminder of Barkley’s concern for Auburn athletics, we point you to the time when he basically admitted that he tried to illegally recruit Dirk Nowitzki to play at Auburn.
With that in mind, a report from Christina Chambers of NBC 38 in Alabama that Barkley is “pushing hard” for Auburn to look beyond Bobby Petrino’s baggage and hire the coach to replace the recently fired Gene Chizik.
NBC 38′s Christina Chambers spoke with Sir Charles Barkley Tuesday. He’s pushing hard for Petrino. Barkley was against the hiring of Chizik from the beginning throwing his weight behind Turner Gill to be the next head coach, but says this time, Auburn needs to get it right, and it starts with Petrino.
“I understand he has some baggage but he’s a hell of a coach, and we shouldn’t try to play judge and jury and moral judge. He made a mistake, he admitted to his mistake, we have to hire a guy who we know can win, and that’s him,” said Charles Barkley over the phone. “It’s unfortunate about what happened to Chizik, but it’s time for Auburn to move on,” he said.
Petrino has his baggage. Auburn has its own issues. So this could be a chance for both to come together and repair their reputations together. And of course, win a bunch of football games. Which is obviously the most important part of this for Auburn.