Thursday, December 11, 2008

Airport adventure

Several beat reporters, including myself, saw Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs, associate ADs Tim Jackson and Mark Richard and former player/color commentator Quentin Riggins coming off a chartered plane that returned from Fort Worth, Texas this evening.
The plane landed at approximately 5:45 p.m. Someone believed to be an airport attendant got in a car and drove it to within the plane's wingspan. The group got off the plane and all got into a dealership SUV without acknowledging the media, creating what my colleague Andrew Gribble (of The Opelika-Auburn News) termed a "unnecessarily dramatic exit."
The SUV exited the airport through a side exit. Minutes later, the SUV drove back to the airport where Riggins and Richard were dropped off right next to their cars. They got directly into their cars, but Riggins offered a "no comment" on the situation.
Though TCU officials have not confirmed that Auburn received permission to speak with coach Gary Patterson, this is more than a strong indicator that Auburn did, in fact, interview him today as ESPN first reported.

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