Sunday, August 10, 2014

Charles Barkley reveals why he nearly transferred to Auburn in new documentary

Charles Barkley is one of the most recognizable athletes to ever play for the Auburn Tigers. But there was a time when Barkley nearly made a decision that could have changed his Auburn legacy forever.

In the upcoming SEC Network documentary entitled "Bo, Barkley, and The Big Hurt," Barkley reveals why he almost transferred to rival Alabama after having a brief falling out with then-basketball coach Sonny Smith.

"I called the coaches at Alabama at the end of my sophomore year and told them I'm transferring to Alabama because I had just had enough," Barkley said.

"I got on him really bad one day and he couldn't take it any more," Smith says in the documentary. "He just walked off the floor and quit."

As history has it, Barkley eventually changed his mind following a three-hour conversation with Smith to work things out. The rest of his story is well known as Barkley stayed around Auburn for one more year before bolting to the NBA to begin a Hall of Fame career.

In the documentary, Barkley also discusses his struggles to maintain a healthy playing weight, life after basketball, and the state of Auburn athletics in the 1980s. Fellow Auburn greats Bo Jackson and Frank Thomas are also featured in the film.

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