Lyn Scarbough: Sports writer, Auburn fan

By KRYSTI SHALLENBERGER

Lyn Scarbrough

Lyn Scarbrough in his section in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Photo by Rob Markham.

Lyn Scarbrough has attended 370 consecutive Auburn games and sat in section 9, row 23 and 24 at Jordan-Hare Stadium since 1970.

“It’s my passion,” said Scarbrough, “I love Auburn, love sports and love good sports journalism.”

A Highland Lakes resident, Lyn Scarbrough travels the South writing, editing and directing marketing for Lindy Sports, one of the top sports magazine publishers in the nation. He covers Major League Baseball, the Superbowl, NFL Draft, college football and basketball and even fantasy football.

Scarbrough’s father, who played freshman football under Ralph “Shug” Jordan, took him to his first Auburn football game against Mississippi State in 1957.

“We won 15 to 7,” he said.

Although a passionate Auburn fan, Scarbrough appreciates the traditions and passion of the fan base for all college teams.

“Just because I’m an Auburn fan, doesn’t mean that I don’t love the night games at Baton Rouge in Tiger Stadium and the Volunteer navy at the University of Tennessee among other fantastic traditions,” he said.

A Birmingham native, Scarbrough graduated from Hueytown High School and wrote for The Birmingham News as a journalism student at Auburn. He has worked in all avenues in journalism, from PR to print sales; he also hosts a radio show on ESPN Louisiana.

“You won’t get rich in journalism,” said Scarbrough, “but the benefits and perks are intangible. I have interviewed every Heisman Trophy winner that Auburn had, as well as Tim Tebow and wonderful coaches and players. I can call up a high school and tell them I’m in the area and want to cover their game, and I will have a press pass, parking spot and seat in six hours.”

Scarbrough is also a committee chairman and on the advisory board for local bowl games such as PapaJohns.com and the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Outside of the sports, he has served on the board for Lifesong, formerly known as Life International, the first international non-denominational ministry group to minister to orphans

In Birmingham, Scarbrough is on the board of directors for the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club and sings in the men’s choir at Green Valley Baptist Church. He has three sons, who each attended Auburn University. Nov. 27 will be his 51st Iron Bowl game.

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