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Al Borges returns with fond memories of Auburn
Oct. 2, 2015

Al Borges made the offensive calls for Auburn from 2004-07

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― Al Borges jokes no one has time to listen to all the jobs on his coaching resume.

He's been offensive coordinator at California, Portland State Boise State, Oregon, UCLA, Indiana, San Diego State, Michigan, San Jose State ― and Auburn.

Ah, Auburn.

"When I think of Auburn, I think of nothing but plus," said Borges, Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2004-07. "My four years coaching there, I wouldn't trade anything for it."

Borges will return Saturday, as offensive coordinator at San Jose State, in Auburn's 3 p.m. homecoming game in Jordan-Hare Stadium that will be televised by the SEC Network.

Borges was on Tommy Tuberville's staff and helped the Tigers, to a 13-0 record in 2004. He coached with past, and now present, Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in the 2006-07 seasons.

"I think the Auburn fans and the media remember what his presence did to Jason Campbell," says San Jose State coach Ron Caragher. "Jason Campbell, under Al's guidance, had an outstanding senior year. They were undefeated. Al had a big part of that. Everywhere he's gone he's done an outstanding job."

Borges, born in California and coached just about everywhere, says he has fond memories of his Auburn experience.

"What made my job so good really to me was the Auburn fans. The Auburn fans were awesome. They didn't always like me, because I'm an offensive coordinator; there's always times they're not going to like me, but they were always respectful and good to me and they were always — I don’t know, I always had just a great feeling about Auburn football and Auburn people. I’m going to tell you something, and this is an honest assessment, when I was 20-something years old, I would never thought I would want to live in Alabama or would live in Alabama, but after my five years I lived in Alabama, it was awesome. I loved living in Alabama and I wouldn't mind living in Alabama again.

"It's just amazing that you go through an experience, you learn a lot of stuff. You learn a lot of stuff about yourself that you didn’t know, even — I'd been coaching a long time when I went to Auburn, and it was really neat. It's good for me to come back. 

"We're going to go in there, we're going to play and we're going to leave. It would be nice if there was more time and I could see some people, but I am looking forward to it. The game will be fun and we'll see what we can do."

Borges got Auburn right away.

"Some of my favorite memories are beating Alabama, that's probably the greatest deal," he said. "My four years there we were fortunate to win every year, and that makes your life so much easier if you live in Alabama. That's No. 1, first through fourth. Some years we played really good against them, some years we didn’t and still won, and that’s really the bottom line in that thing.

"I've been part of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry for three years. I’ve been in the big ones now. UCLA-USC, Michigan-Ohio State, Auburn-Alabama — but that one is special and those are the ones that — if there’s a special memory, that would be it."

Borges remembers his time with Muschamp on the practice field this way:

"We were not near as good on offense as we were my first two years and we were good on defense. We would run this two-minute drill at the end of practice and the defense would inevitably kick our butt and I would inevitably get mad, because I do that. Will would go, 'OK, it's time for the Al Borges drill.' He knew when the drill was over, I was going to be mad. That I do remember. I remember it like it was yesterday."

Now, he'll face Muschamp on Saturday.

"Some things look a little different, but not too much. That sic 'em mentality is still pretty well intact."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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