By 1905, Alabama followers had seen enough.
Changes were made in how the football team was chosen and in who the leader, or coach, of the team would be.
In '05 Alabama captured the rivalry game by a score of 30-0.
For the 1906 season J.W.H. Pollard, also known as "Doc," was brought in from Lehigh to take over the reins in Tuscaloosa.
Pollard had been a disaster at Lehigh against the Eastern powers of the day, winning only one game in his single season as head coach.
But, in the Deep South, he thrived against the simple defenses and primitive offensive schemes of the region.
In 1906 Pollard's boys shut out Auburn 10-0 and the following year the two teams played to a 6-6 tie.
It was at that point Auburn accused Alabama of cheating and lying.
The men on the Plains had a truly superior leader in Coach "Iron" Mike Donahue, a two-fisted Irishman who had been the star quarterback at Yale around the turn of the century.
Coach Donahue was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Auburn stadium sits on Donahue Drive to this day.
Let there be no doubt, Iron Mike knew junk when he saw it.
He called Alabama and their "ringer" coach on it. But, was he correct in doing so?
Donahue accused Pollard of using illegal multiple motion and shift activity. He further advised that he had "known of Pollard" when he was at Lehigh and his Engineers were shut out in 10 of their 12 games that season.
In their defense, the Alabama folks suggested Pollard simply employed "elaborate" formations.
Further, fans of the Crimson Tide felt the hot-tempered Irishman was "blowing his top over nothing" and pointed out Iron Mike did not even coach in the 1907 encounter which ended in a 6-6 tie.
Iron Mike pointed the finger directly at Pollard and maintained the Alabama administration had orchestrated a hiring of referees process that yielded only those who would look favorably upon the "illegal" shifts and gadgets of Pollard.
Donahue stated, this was something Pollard could not get away with in the vastly more sophisticated Eastern leagues as it was downright cheating, and if it as not stopped, the entire future of college football in the South was at risk.
The subject of "bought refs" is still debated today.
To further complicate matters, the people responsible for putting on the Auburn-Alabama show, school administrators, could not agree on how much money to pay the players.
For one reason or the other, 1907 would be the last time Auburn and Alabama would face each other until 1948.
At the rate they were progressing, that may have been a good thing.