Yet another big story breaks over the Loveliest Village of the Plains, and this one has the feel of a new dawn rising. The toxic Bobby Lowder has decided not to seek another term on Auburn’s board of trustees. The first two words of an editorial in the Opelika-Auburn News were these:
It was hard to know exactly how much power Lowder wielded over Auburn athletics because his modus operandi was to be seen but seldom heard. But I once asked another SEC athletic director who could be classified as his school’s Bobby Lowder, and the AD thought for several moments. Then he said:
“I’m not sure anywhere else has a Bobby Lowder.”
Conventional wisdom holds that Lowder, an Auburn grad who came to power as head of the Montgomery-based Colonial BancGroup (seized by the Feds in 2009), essentially fired Terry Bowden as football coach in the middle of the 1998 season and almost fired Tommy Tuberville five years later. It was a plane owned by Lowder’s bank that made the infamous flight to Sellersburg, Ind., carrying Auburn officials to interview then-Louisville coach Bobby Petrino — for a job that was technically not open.
Hope for Auburn? Toxic trustee Bobby Lowder steps aside -- Mark Bradley/AJC
The Meck Report / Blog - May 18, 2011 - 12:17p