For the second time in the calendar year, the Auburn Tigers have been accused of stealing signals.
On Thursday night, the team topped the Kansas State Wildcats, 20-14. However, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder believes it was a credit to more than good game-planning, per ESPN.
“They’re getting our signals,” Snyder relayed to ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Ponder after halftime. He also added that Kansas State had made some adjustments to its signals during the break.
Although Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn denied the claims, via ESPN’s report, it isn’t the first time the Auburn sideline has come under fire for such allegations.
During last season’s BCS title game against the Florida State Seminoles, the Tigers faced similar criticism after racing out to a 21-3 lead late in the first half. That led to Seminoles wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin informing the team of what exactly was going on.
The Dameyune whom Benjamin is referring to is Auburn offensive coach Dameyune Craig. Ironically, Craig was Florida State’s quarterbacks coach from 2010 to 2012.
The Seminoles used towels when calling plays for the remainder of the game.
On Thursday night, the Wildcats offense appeared frustrated all night long. The attack managed just 285 total yards of offense while committing three turnovers. Furthermore, the team rushed for just 40 yards on 30 carries.
It’ll be interesting to watch to see if the Tigers’ future opponents will keep these instances in mind before playing Auburn. One would think more secrecy and change will be utilized.
But whether the Tigers had the signals figured out or not, no one is to blame other than Snyder and the Kansas State coaching staff. Trying to decipher an opponent’s signals is a key part of the game.
Apparently the Wildcats missed the memo that changing and rotating signals constantly is just as important.