Former Auburn head coach Pat Dye claims Auburn will never match the tradition of Alabama.
What will the world be like 500 years from now? Take a moment to think about it. Flying cars? Maybe. World Peace? Hard to say. Auburn matching Alabama's football tradition? Not a chance, at least according to former Auburn coach Pat Dye. Dye went on The Paul Finebaum show on Tuesday, and was brutally honest about how the Tigers stack up with the Crimson Tide—at least off the field, that is.
"Everybody in Alabama tends to gauge a program by what's going on in Tuscaloosa," Dye told The Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday. "I was there. I don't look at our situation at Auburn comparing it to Alabama because you can't compare the two.
"We could play football for another 500 years and we couldn't catch up with the tradition Alabama has got, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good football program and a strong football program. It doesn't mean we can't have football teams that recruit good enough to beat Alabama on occasion."
I don't think that's too controversial of an opinion, because let's get something straight: He's not saying the Tigers can't compete—they absolutely can—he's just saying that Auburn will never be on the level of Alabama, and he's probably right.
Auburn has won just two Iron Bowls since 2008.
I'm not sure how the Tigers will perform 500 years from now, but as long as Nick Saban is at Alabama, I'm not optimistic about Auburn's chances in the short-term.