Not Arnold Zwicky.
Auburn University announced today that the famed linguist is coming out of retirement for a second time, this time to try his hand at competition in the SEC.
“I’m just thankful to Auburn for giving me a chance to show that I can still compete at the highest level,” Zwicky said.
Fans may have some doubts about this possibility. After dominating the Big Ten conference for a generation at Ohio State, Zwicky seemed to be on the downside of a hall-
Zwicky’s latest retirement from Stanford followed a season in which he published very little, due to unspecified injuries, and it looked like he was relinquishing his last editorial position for good when he retired for a second time in 2010.
Auburn Academic Director Bryan “Buddy” Jones issued a statement welcoming Zwicky out of retirement again. “Auburn Linguistics is on the verge of making a huge impact in the SEC, and we feel that Zwicky’s experience and leadership will push us to the top of the conference standings this year.”
The addition of Zwicky in a year when the SEC was expected to be less competitive on the national stage adds an interesting twist to Academic Linguistics. If Zwicky can stay healthy, he makes Auburn a favorite in the SEC race and possibly even a national contender.