Is Auburn's Late-Season Run Good for the Program?

MrSEC DotComContributor IMarch 2, 2009

This is one of the those dirty little secrets that most fans don’t want to talk about.  They don’t like to admit that these types of thoughts enter their heads.

But with Auburn’s late-season run all the way to second place in the SEC West, it now appears that Jeff Lebo is quite safe on The Plains.

Yes, AU fans like winning. 

Yes, the Tigers might actually play their way onto the NCAA bubble if they can put together a deep, deep run in the SEC Tournament (though it’s doubtful).

Yes, winning might help with recruiting.

But it’s no secret Lebo was on the hot seat just a month ago.  His latest run (8-4 in his last 12 games) is by far his best run in conference play since arriving in Auburn.

And he’ll lose some key components from a very veteran team next year:
Korvotney Barber (12 points, 10 rebounds per game in SEC play), Rasheem Barrett (11 points per game in SEC play) and Quantez Robertson (second on the team in assists and has started all but one game in his Auburn career) are all seniors.

So, is this a Feltonian type run for Lebo?  The kind of run that will only postpone the inevitable? 

Or is this the flipping point for AU basketball under Lebo?

I guarantee you a lot of Auburn fans are contemplating those questions right now.