May 14, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
ATLANTA -- Dr. Robert Schorr was with friends Tuesday night. He was with Auburn.
The long-time donor to various good causes at Auburn chatted with his friends, and his new coach at the Atlanta Auburn Club's annual meeting featuring another Tiger Trek stop for Gus Malzahn and with a guest appearance by Athletics Director Jay Jacobs.
It was a casual meeting with a casual Gus Malzahn chatting with fans, posing for photos and shaking hands for an extended time; and with Jacobs talking informally about the future of the athletic program.
The fans cheered the night.
Schorr, Auburn Class of '61, Ph.D., former Air Force navigator and special ops, has been a donor for 31 years and has 12 season tickets to prove it. He said he's enthused with the direction of Malzahn's football program.
"Absolutely. I'm Auburn," he said. "I don't criticism anybody -- oh, yeah, I say a few bad words during a game because I'm normal. I embarrass my wife sometimes. But I like where we're going. This isn't only college football. It's Auburn."
Schorr served in the Air Force for 33 years and spreads the Auburn word in his hometown of Acworth, Ga. That's when he's not in Auburn.
"I drop in classes with my adopted granddaughter and her boyfriend," he said. "They squire us around, and being around these kids sustains my faith in the future."
The Auburn faithful have remained with the Tigers. They demonstrated that when 83,000 fans showed up for the spring A-Day Game following last year's disappointing season.
"You had to be impressed with the numbers and the electricity in the air," Schorr said.
"Our players needed that," Malzahn said. "We made a statement to college football about Auburn."
Malzahn talked about every position on the team. That was on the field. Off the field, "we just finished one of the best academic semesters of all time. That tells me the players are buying into what we're doing."
Auburn players were given a week off. Congratulations. Your summer is over. Auburn players are back in school this week. Summer football workouts soon begin.
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