'Aubie is the official tiger mascot of Auburn University. Aubie is an anthropomorphic tiger.
Aubie has very animated characteristics such as his strut walk, quick turns, and exaggerated pointing. His style is to mix tiger and human traits such as using props, riding a moped, leading the band, and performing clownish pranks. Aubie made his debut in 1979 and is a popular beloved character among Auburn fans and one of the more animated mascots in the country.
Aubie has won a record nine mascot national championships (his latest coming in 2016), more than any other mascot in the United States. Aubie was named the 2014 Capital One Mascot of the Year and was among the first three college mascots inducted to the Mascot Hall of Fame, inducted on August 15, 2006.
Aubie's existence began as a cartoon character that first appeared on the Auburn/Hardin-Simmons football program cover on October 3, 1959. Birmingham Post-Herald artist Phil Neel created the cartoon Tiger who continued to appear on Auburn program covers for 18 years. Aubie's look changed through the years. In 1962, he began to stand upright and the next year, 1963, wore clothes for the first time—a blue tie and straw hat. Aubie's appearances on game programs proved to be somewhat of a good luck charm for head football coach ralph "Shug" Jordan's teams. The Tigers were victorious in the first nine games Aubie graced the cover and in his first six years, Auburn posted a 23-2-1 home record. Auburn's home record during the eighteen years Aubie served as Cover Tiger was 63-16-2. Aubie's regular appearance on the game program cover ended on October 23, 1976, when Auburn beat Florida State, 31-19, but Aubie returned to Auburn’s cover in the Iron Bowl against Alabama on November 30, 1991, Auburn's last home game at Birmingham's Legion Field.
In 1979, Aubie came to life at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament. James Lloyd, Auburn spirit director for the Student Government Association, with help from the Auburn Alumni Association, contacted Brooks-Van Horn Costumes in New York, N.Y. The Company was provided with copies of the 1961 Auburn-Alabama and 1962 Auburn-Georgia Tech game programs to use for reference in creating a costume of the cartoon character. The firm, which also provided costumes for Walt Disney, designed and produced a Tiger costume for $1,350. Individual contributions from various Auburn clubs, alumni and friends helped pay for the first costume.
Aubie was introduced at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on February 28, 1979, and helped lead first-year Auburn coach Sonny Smith's team to an upset of Vanderbilt in his first appearance as a live Tiger mascot. The following day, Aubie returned to the arena and the Tigers beat Georgia in the longest game in SEC tournament history, four overtimes. Before the weekend was complete, Aubie helped lead the ninth-place team in the regular season to the semifinals of the tournament.
Aubie won his first Universal Cheerleaders Association mascot national championship in 1991 and has won nine overall which is more than any other collegiate mascot. Aubie was inducted into the inaugural class of the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 and was named the 2014 Capital One Mascot of the Year.
|Championship Years||"Friends Of Aubie"|
|1991||Michael Jernigan, Chris Wood and Rob Thompson|
|1995||Trey Humphreys, Mike Murphy, and Billy Stephens|
|1996||Billy Stephens (Metairie, LA), Mike Griffin (Auburn, AL) and Josh Agerton (Auburn, AL)|
|1999||J.G. Carver (Huntsville, AL), Jeff Holoman (Atlanta, GA), and Justin Moore (Oxford, AL)|
|2003||Taylor Griswold (Detroit, MI), Jeremy Legg (Franklin, TN), and Trey Mock (Marietta, GA)|
|2006||Evan Thomas, (Dothan, AL), David Smith (Ozark, AL) and Chris Delvizis (Brentwood, TN)|
|2012||Will Noel (Birmingham, AL), Peyton Alsobrook (Opelika, AL) and Kameron Kendrick (Hoover, AL)|
|2014||Martin Pursell (Sylacauga, AL), Daniel Toner (Atlanta, GA) and Connor Sharpton (Birmingham, AL)|
|Capital One Mascot of the Year 2014||Micah Mills (St. Louis, MO) ??|
Former Friends of Aubie
|Year||Head Friend of Aubie||Friends of Aubie|
|Barry Mask||Bob Harris, Viki Leach McGinty|
|1980-1981 (II)||Jim Mayo||Danny Richards, J.T. Thomas|
|1981-1982 (III)||Danny Richards||Mike Loncono, Greg O'Neil|
|1982-1983 (IV)||James Taylor||Mike Irwin, Bart Harmon|
|1983-1984 (V)||Mark Loveless||Jimmy Graves, Greg Stone|
|1984-1985 (VI)||Ken Cope||David Barrett, Carl Gleghorn|
|1985-1986 (VII)||Jack Clark||Warren Weeks, Jef Arnold|
|1986-1987 (VIII)||Randy Davis||Rob Jameson, Laurence Cartledge|
|1987-1988 (IX)||Rob Jameson||Troy Howard, Andy Sokol|
|1988-1989 (X)||Troy Howard||Michael Jernigan, Walter Ownbey|
|1989-1990 (XI)||Bob Short||Chris Wood, David Derrer|
|1990-1991 (XII)||Chris Wood||Michael Jernigan, Rob Thompson|
|1991-1992 (XIII)||David Reynolds||David Harvey, Tim Jordan|
|1992-1993 (XIV)||Harry Heigl||Tim Arnold, Eric Langley|
|1993-1994 (XV)||Eric Langley||Tim Arnold, Trey Humphreys|
|1994-1995 (XVI)||Trey Humphreys||Mike Murphy, Billy Stephens|
|1995-1996 (XVII)||Billy Stephens (Metairie, LA)||Mike Griffin (Auburn, AL), Josh Agerton (Auburn, AL)|
|1996-1997 (XVIII)||Josh Agerton||Eric Krausse, Brannon McKim|
|1997-1998 (XIX)||Eric Krausse||Brannon McKim, J.G. Carver|
|1998-1999 (XX)||J.G. Carver (Huntsville, AL)||Jeff Holoman (Dallas, TX), Justin Moore (Oxford, AL)|
|1999-2000 (XXI)||Jeff Holoman||Joel Darby, JD Simpson|
|2000-2001 (XXII)||Joel Darby||Damian Shepard, Drew Rodgers|
|2001-2002 (XXIII)||Drew Rogers||Taylor Griswold, Jeremy Legg|
|2002-2003 (XXIV)||Taylor Griswold (Detroit, MI)||Jeremy Legg (Franklin, TN), Trey Mock (Marietta, GA)|
|2003-2004 (XXV)||Trey Mock (Marietta, GA)||Matt Grainger (Homewood, AL), Chris Keenan (Spanish Fort, AL)|
|2004-2005 (XXVI)||Chris Keenan (Spanish Fort, AL)||Matt Grainger (Homewood, AL), Evan Thomas (Dothan, AL), David Smith (Ozark, AL)|
|2005-2006 (XXVII)||Evan Thomas, (Dothan, AL)||David Smith (Ozark, AL), Chris Delvizis (Brentwood, TN)|
|2006-2007 (XXVIII)||Chris Delvizis (Brentwood, TN)||Shelton Tate, Justin Shugart (Fairhope, AL)|
|2007-2008 (XXIX)||Justin Shugart (Fairhope, AL)||Brandon Bodie (Mobile, AL), Michael Young (Atlanta, GA)|
|2008-2009 (XXX)||Michael Young (Atlanta, GA)||Brandon Bodie (Mobile, AL), Tyler Weldon (Birmingham, AL)|
|2009-2010 (XXXI)||Tyler Weldon (Birmingham, AL)||Andy Gilliom, Logan Matthews, Matthew Layton|
|2010-2011 (XXXII)||Logan Matthews (Huntsville, AL)||Matthew Layton (Hoover, AL), Will Noel (Birmingham, AL)|
|2011-2012 (XXXIII)||Will Noel (Birmingham, AL)||Kameron Kendrick (Hoover, AL), Peyton Alsobrook (Opelika, AL)|
|2012-2013 (XXXIV)||Peyton Alsobrook (Opelika, AL)||Martin Pursell (Sylacauga, AL), Daniel Toner (Atlanta, GA)|
|2013-2014 (XXXV)||Martin Pursell (Sylacauga, AL)||Daniel Toner (Atlanta, GA), Connor Sharpton (Birmingham, AL)|
|2014-2015 (XXXVI)||Micah Mills (St. Louis, MO)|