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Auburn offered Prince William a scholarship

Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:21 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Often times we enjoy kidding about schools recruiting young, as the competition for the top talent has led to younger and younger prospects on coaches' radars. But few people can say they received a scholarship offer Auburn at birth.

When Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1982, then-head coach Pat Dye sent the future king an honorary football scholarship to join the Tigers. The Spring 2011 edition of the Auburn Athletics Department quarterly magazine, Tiger Roar, brought the royal scholarship offer to light.

"Shortly after William's birth, Coach Pat Dye sent the future king an honorary Auburn football scholarship, as official as any honorary scholarship could be, signed by Coach Dye himself, sealed and delivered," explained former Auburn athletics director David Housel. "Somewhere in Coach Dye's files or within the archives of the athletic department or university there is a letter, a nice note actually, from Buckingham Palace, thanking Coach Dye and Auburn for the scholarship, letting him know that Prince Charles and Diana appreciated Auburn's courtesy and thoughtfulness. They were confident Prince William would appreciate and consider the offer as he grew older."

Instead of joining the Tigers, William opted instead to attend St. Andrews in Scotland - where he met his now-wife Kate Middleton. The story makes for an interesting "what if" for Auburn fans, though I think the recently named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would agree that things have worked out pretty well without a stop in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 3:46 pm

Auburn offered Prince William a scholarship

When did we all become women reading articles on TMZ? What kind of an article is this mess?

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:46 pm

Auburn offered Prince William a scholarship

This is a non story, but Patterson could have made something of it. Why didn't he go on to speculate what position Prince William might have played or the subject that he would have studied if he had played for Auburn. Other than that this was a complete waste of my time. Patterson must be the latest intern cbssports has hired as evidenced by this fluff piece with contains no substance. I know that cbssports likes to ease in their young/new writers but this is ridiculous. Even my 5 year old niece can compose a better story than this.

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