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Shall We Play a Game?

By on August 31st, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »

I sometimes feel the future of the 2020 football season is like a new Cold War. If only for the war of words expressed to the press and public by various pundits, league Presidents, coaches and fans. It is an issue that strikes deep into the heart of the sport. The nature and variety of response to the Covid-19 phenomenon among the Power Five conferences is a direct split of opinion that is as divisive as any other in the last century since the invention of the forward pass or the addition of face masks.

The real kind on helmets, not the fabric ones of the current day.

Personally as many people must, I have my own opinions both on the illness itself, the various responses, and the measures being discussed and taken. But I feel this is not the venue for me to express those particularly, as the length of this article would be insufficient space to delve into how and why the American public could argue for so long over $4.4 Trillion spent in the course of two decade-or-more-long wars on another continent yet not even blink when $3.3 Trillion was spent in a single week last spring.

Too short by about a thousand pages. Maybe even more. But we can save that for another day.

In the current vein of this article, the issues seem to boil down to whether College Football, or any organized sport can be played, observed and supported safely. Safely for the players on the field, safely for the staffs and supporting officials and safely for fans in the stadium. The Power Five conferences have ruled and the split in response, action and resolve has produced both a geographic and philosophical split that stretches from ocean to ocean and Lakes to Gulf.

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To Forgive, or Not to Forgive (that IS the question)–repost

By on July 31st, 2020 in Football, Memories, News, Other Sports 4 Comments »

With the news of Harvey Updyke's death, I hope I am keeping my promise.

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When Will College Sports Return?

By on May 4th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
The national pandemic has affected almost all of us in some way, including our coverage of Auburn Sports here at Track ‘Em Tigers. At the end of March, we announced in an article that there’s not much we can bring our readers due to the cancellation of all collegiate sports. In the interim, not much has changed in the sports... Read Full Story

Could There Really Be No College Football in 2020?

By on March 28th, 2020 in Football, News 8 Comments »
“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” That’s the way legendary journalist Jim McKay used to introduce ABC’s popular TV show, The Wide World of Sports. I was reminded of the phrase this week when the Sumner Olympics were postponed.I’ve heard some friends say it’s almost agonizing to not have any sports to f... Read Full Story

Carolina May Rue the Day of Cam Newton’s Release

By on March 25th, 2020 in Football, News 6 Comments »
On Tuesday the Carolina Panthers released the winningest quarterback in the history of the franchise. Auburn’s 2010 national championship quarterback, Cam Newton, has been the face of the program since Carolina made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2011. Newton has had to deal with some health issues recently, but I’m not... Read Full Story

NCAA’s Decision to Cancel Championships Makes No Sense

This writer understands the need for caution when the CDC warns against large crowds. However, what I can’t understand is why couldn't the NCAA postpone the NCAA Tournament (and the other championships) till April or even May. If the threat is still there in a month or two, then a decision could be made at that time to cancel all championships.

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Regular Season Wrapup

By on March 8th, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
Samir Doughty Was Deadly against the Vols      War Eagle, everybody! Yesterday, Auburn wrapped up the basketball regular season with a resounding pummeling of the Tennessee Vols, 85-63, in Knoxville. The win came at a good time, breaking a 2-game losing streak, and giving the Tigers some momentum headed into the SEC Tourname... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Looks for Answers after Struggling Mightily in Opening Weeks

By on February 26th, 2020 in News, Other Sports 8 Comments »
The success of the Clint Myers era took Auburn softball from a mediocre SEC team to a national powerhouse almost overnight. The success led to Auburn becoming a nationally-recognized brand, earning invites to premier early season tournaments. Separated by mere days, Auburn played in Palm Springs, California and Clearwater, Flori... Read Full Story

Musings From The Plains—College Football Free Agency Edition

The NCAA inched a step closer to free agency this past week when the ACC joined the Big Ten Conference in support of allowing athletes to transfer to another school without losing a year of eligibility. Currently, football and basketball players must sit out a year before becoming eligible. The proposed change would do away with... Read Full Story

A Wild Week in Auburn Basketball!

By on February 23rd, 2020 in Basketball 6 Comments »
Auburn Freshmen, Including Devan Cambridge, Really Stepped Up!(AP photo Julie Bennett)     War Eagle, everybody! What a strange week in Auburn basketball. A week ago, a trip to the snow in Missouri, and a double digit loss, had us reeling with a huge headache. Then Auburn really stunk up the joint in Athens, Georgia at midwe... Read Full Story

Tigers On the Road at Missouri Today

By on February 15th, 2020 in Basketball 2 Comments »
Can the Tigers Win without Isaac Okoro?     War Eagle, everybody! Today the Auburn Tigers leave the soggy south and head to Missouri Arena for a battle of Tigers. It has been a harrowing week of close Auburn wins, but it has not been without cost. The Tigers weathered a couple of hits at the forward positions, with Danjel Pu... Read Full Story

Auburn Baseball is Back – Tigers Win Opening Game in Front of Sellout Crowd

By on February 14th, 2020 in Baseball, News 1 Comment »
With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it's that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for America’s sport, at least on the college level. Baseball is back on the Plains. Auburn opened the 2020 season Saturday with a 5–3 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a full house. Tanner Burns and... Read Full Story

After Buzzer Beater Comeback against LSU, Auburn Looks for Payback against Tide

By on February 11th, 2020 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
There was a different feeling from Auburn basketball’s showdown versus LSU than last week’s take down of the Kentucky Wildcats. The showdown with Kentucky brought fanfare that accompanies blueblood teams and with it came College Gameday, a first for Auburn. The Kentucky game was the prime-time event, and though it was a hard... Read Full Story

A Football Look Ahead

By on February 7th, 2020 in Football 6 Comments »
What Will Auburn's Playing Rotation Look Like in 2020?     War Eagle, everybody! National signing day has come and gone once again, and Auburn's roster for the season is now close to being set. In addition, this morning Auburn announced the hiring of Al Pogue as a defensive backs coach, so we now have a good idea who the on-... Read Full Story

Auburn Looks to Cap Off Strong Class on National Signing Day

By on February 5th, 2020 in Football, News 17 Comments »
Today is National Signing Day (NSD). Before 2017 it was a day of anticipation and even excitement for college football fans hungry for some football news in the offseason. That was before the NCAA instituted an early signing period. There is little doubt the drama has all but disappeared with the majority of top players on the b... Read Full Story

Tigers Put the Brakes on Kentucky!

By on February 2nd, 2020 in Basketball 4 Comments »
Danjel Purifoy on the Defensive End(John Reed, USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! The Auburn Tigers' mens basketball team got their first win over a top-25-ranked opponent yesterday, defeating the 13th-ranked Wildcats, 75–66. The win moved Auburn to 19–2 on the season, and the Tigers picked up a big signature wi... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on January 27th, 2020 in Basketball, Football, News 7 Comments »

From ESPN's College GameDay first ever visit to campus to Auburn's fifth consecutive year to be represented in the Super Bowl to Auburn Football's chances at a championship in 2020 and more in this edition of Monday Musings.

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Tigers Drop Two, South Carolina Comes to Auburn Arena

By on January 22nd, 2020 in Basketball, News 1 Comment »
Auburn was soaring to the top of college basketball when it traveled to Coleman Coliseum to take on the Crimson Tide. The Tigers were ranked in the top five and were one of two unbeaten teams in America. There is nothing that Auburn fans love more than to beat Alabama, which Auburn has done fairly regularly since Bruce Pearl cam... Read Full Story

Malzahn Ready to Turn Chad Morris Loose With Offense

By on January 21st, 2020 in Football, News 3 Comments »

Many see the rise of Dabo Sweeney at Clemson being directly related to Morris’ ability to coach record-setting QB Tajh Boyd, recruiting Deshaun Watson and installing an offense that is still, for the most part, run by the Purple Tigers today.

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A Look Back, and Ahead

By on January 17th, 2020 in Basketball, Football 12 Comments »
There is some apprehension about the year ahead(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! As the bleak midwinter settles in with frost and northern winds, it is time to assess recent events in football and beyond. A year of excitement and disappointment in football has passed. Despite a loss last Wednesday at Tuscaloosa... Read Full Story

Midweek Ramblings From The Plains—Coaching Changes Edition

In 2018 Auburn hired former Auburn great and MLB star Gabe Gross to be its hitting coach, and the move has paid dividends. In two seasons with Gross as the hitting coach, the Tigers have had back-to-back years with the highest run totals in 10 years. The Auburn legend helped the Tigers make it to the College World Series in 1997... Read Full Story
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