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Auburn still debating on adding more official national champions

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Apr 19, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) throws to receiver D'haquille Williams (1) during the second half of the A-Day spring game at Jordan Hare Stadium. (John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)

Adding three seasons as "champion" seasons to its website is not the final step in Auburn's quest for more national championships.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs brought up the idea of adding more national titles to the school's two official championships in January. Recently, the school added 1913, 1983 and 1993 as "champions" to its website. However, they're not official, and the school is still looking to add the official tag to additional seasons. And it's even forming a committee to look at the matter.

"We want to do what's best for Auburn, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks or says," Jacobs told AL.com. "The things that I said about it back in January is the same I feel today. If other schools are counting championships a certain way, then we should count that same exact way."

Jacobs added that the committee, set to meet in June, should make a decision before the season or otherwise table the discussion. He's also not a member of the committee. Jacobs was an offensive lineman on Auburn's 1983 team, so he recused himself.

In addition to the three seasons added as champions, the school is also considering 1910, 1914 and 2004 for official listing as national championship seasons. The 2004 team went undefeated but was left out of the BCS Championship after finishing third in the standings. After beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, it finished No. 2 in the AP poll.

The 1993 team was also undefeated but was ineligible for postseason play.

As we've said before, it's simply an exercise in self-congratulation. Nothing changes if any of the teams under consideration are added as "official" champions, except maybe for some sort of official notation. But even if all six are deemed official, Alabama will get to say it has almost double the number of "official" championships than Auburn does.

And isn't the arms race what this is about?

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