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Phillip Marshall: A great year, but time to move on

June 14, 2014

A year ago, I embarked on a new adventure when I accepted a job as a senior writer for For one whose adult life has been about being a reporter and a columnist, it was a strange feeling to essentially work for the school I covered.

It turned out to be a most enjoyable year.

Lots of people went out of their way to make it comfortable. I wrote lots of stories that I hope were enjoyable about good people involved in Auburn athletics. I was able to express my opinion in columns. Though I, no doubt, caused heartburn for some folks along the way, I wasn’t censored.

In short, I had a lot of fun.

But even when you are old, things change. This is the last column I will write for Starting Monday, I will return to be former job as senior editor at


To detail the reasons would be boring for those who have honored me by coming here to read my offerings for the past year. None of them are about any negative feelings or negative experiences from my time writing for this web site.

 It’s been fun and rewarding to work with my longtime friend and colleague Charles Goldberg, who continues to do a terrific job. Auburn coaches, administrators and players have gone out of their way to be helpful, and I’ve made lots of new friends. Beyond that, I’m not going to mention names because I know I would leave some out.

It was quite a year to cover Auburn from the inside. The football team’s spectacular turnaround from 3-9 to the BCS Championship Game is one of the more remarkable stories I have covered in 44-plus years. To be able to be in the locker room postgame week after week was a rewarding experience I won’t forget.

I’ll always remember Chris Davis’ 109-yard sprint into history, Tre Mason’s remarkable season, Ricardo Louis remarkable catch, the rise of quarterback Nick Marshall, the sun going down over the Rose Bowl. It was a great year to do what I do.



My professional life won’t be a lot different in the days ahead. I’ll still be reporting and commenting on Auburn athletics. It will just be on a different platform.

Come see me!


Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for Follow Marshall on Twitter:




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