AU taking steps to bring excitement back

AUBURN, Ala. -- "It’s a new day."

You see it on billboards as you drive to Auburn University. You see it on posters hung up all over campus. You see it around the football complex, reminding not just the fans and the community, but the players, too. It’s a new day for Auburn football.

Last season, the Tigers finished a woeful 3-9 and didn’t win a single conference game for the first time in over 20 years. There were off-the-field incidents and speculation that certain players gave up midway through the season. It came as no surprise when they let go head coach Gene Chizik and his entire coaching staff just two years removed from a national championship.