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Bruce Pearl to Tennessee?

By on March 30th, 2015 in Basketball 5 Comments »

bruce pearl 3Apparently some Tennessee fans want their coach back. Yeah that coach – our coach. Following Friday’s firing of men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall, the Volunteers are in the market for their third coach in three years. As is the norm these days, fans took the logical route to raising money for Bruce Pearl’s buyout:

As we go to press, things have been a little slow. Only 27 donors have stepped up so far, and they have raised a whopping $771. Clearly Payton Manning must be on spring break and away from his computer. With a $5 million buyout in place at Auburn, things are going to need to heat up in a hurry.

According to the site, if the money is raised, “…we’re cashing it, putting it in a dump truck, and driving it down to Auburn to bring our savior home.”

Right now, a Fiat should be sufficient.

Kidding aside, would Pearl really entertain it? It’s hard to know what he’s thinking. At this juncture his roots remain much deeper in Knoxville. It’s where he earned his stripes, and the fans clearly love him. He continues to do charity work in the area.

On the other hand, it’s also the place that fired him. The divorce was messy and ugly. While there is still clearly love for the fan base, the administration may be another story. Plus, you’re talking about $5 million. This is not football. And we’re not talking about Duke or Kentucky.

Football remains king in Tennessee. I’m not sure how many boosters are willing to put up that kind of dough to get Pearl out of his contract. They’ll still have to pay him big money if they get him out of Auburn. The money is there among the alumni base, but I just don’t see it happening.

From all outward indications, it seems that Pearl really loves Auburn. The students have bought into his plan, lining up hours before tipoff just to get a seat inside Auburn Arena. He’s brought Charles Barkley and Chuck Person back into the fold, along with other big-time donors. Pearl has every tool at his disposal to win.

Watching his starters come off the court a final time following the loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament, it was apparent that he’s emotionally attached. Tears ran down his cheeks as his players made their way to the bench.

It’s unlikely that Pearl will leave this year, but Auburn officials and fans should get used to this being a yearly occurrence. Suitors will come calling each year. It’s the ultimate compliment to both Pearl and Auburn.

Let’s just hope it’s not us putting the GoFundMe site up next year to keep him.

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Count On Me

635554727721290337-Gus-Malzahn-Will-Muschamp In recent years, the Auburn football program typically makes the headlines at some point or another during the offseason. Whether it's for the latest recruiting scandal, injury reports, or even the occasional suspension, drama typically follows the program during spring practice. But this offseason has been a different story --... Read Full Story

When Did We Start Believing in the Malzhan Offense?

By on March 26th, 2015 in Football 4 Comments »
Fannin 2009 An underdog Auburn offense shined against the Rebels in 2009.(AP Photo Todd Graves.)      War Eagle, everybody! It's a spring break Thursday, and not much is happening this week in the Auburn football world. Today, we'll take a trip down memory lane, back to coach Gus Malzhan's first year in Auburn. When Malzhan was first n... Read Full Story

Can Auburn Softball Keep Up the Pace Against a Murderer’s Row Schedule?

By on March 25th, 2015 in Other Sports 2 Comments »
550f74ec1e8c3.image -wade rackley The No. 8 Auburn softball team is doing something that hasn't been seen on the Plains since before the NCAA dulled down baseball bats after the 2010 season - provide exciting, power hitting performances on the diamond. The 32 - 2 Tigers are filling the stadium with fans and the air with home run bombs. The Orange and Blue hit a... Read Full Story

Is Sunny Golloway Following Bruce Pearl’s Example?

By on March 24th, 2015 in Baseball 5 Comments »
10770886-Auburn media The Auburn Basketball Team is not a part of this year's March Madness, but after Bruce Pearl gave the program a "can do" transfusion coupled with an exciting run in the SEC Tournament, the future of basketball on The Plains is looking positive for the first time in several years.It's also been an exciting spring for the Softball... Read Full Story

Don’t Plan on a Visit from Notre Dame Anytime Soon

By on March 23rd, 2015 in Football 7 Comments »
If we learned anything last season it’s that strength of schedule matters. Ask Baylor and TCU. Getting the stamp of approval from the college football playoff committee means winning more than just your conference. You need at least one marquee win over another Big Five conference team. Finding those opponents is proving to b... Read Full Story

Spring Break Awaits the Tigers!

By on March 19th, 2015 in Football 3 Comments »
Sunset 2014 JHS A bit of a rest for the practicing football players.(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! By the time spring football practice concludes this afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will be about a third of the way through spring drills. The Tigers will then break for spring like the rest of the students and won't resume pra... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball May be In the Midst of an Historic Season

By on March 18th, 2015 in Other Sports 2 Comments »
10900441 The Auburn softball team is tearing through their season and in the process setting records along the way. The Tigers are 29 - 2 on the year after completing a sweep of Ole Miss Monday night to open Southeastern Conference play.With each win Auburn is steady climbing in national recognition. After the Tigers defeated the Rebels ... Read Full Story

Who Would be Your Pick to Play Running Back at Auburn? – (with poll)

By on March 17th, 2015 in Football 8 Comments »
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Question is, who will succeed All-SEC running back Cameron Artis-Payne? ... Trying to decide on who will be the lead back from this group for Malzahn’s “run first” offense is a good problem to have. Moreover it would be fun to watch all three play, using their different styles and fresh legs to wear down opponents.

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Auburn Basketball Teaches Lessons Beyond the Court

By on March 16th, 2015 in Basketball 9 Comments »
Shame on me. A week ago in this space I questioned why anyone would make the trip to Nashville to watch this Auburn basketball team. Leave it to a group of kids who don’t know the word quit to teach a sometimes cynical middle-aged guy the meaning of team, commitment and belief. Those three magical wins in the SEC Tournament e... Read Full Story

“Nobody Expected Us To Be Here.” – Auburn Guard KT Harrell (Update: UK Stymies Tigers’ Dream)

By on March 14th, 2015 in Basketball 11 Comments »
-b12ec500ddb04ff3 Auburn was not supposed to be here. Not in the semifinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament. But here they are. The 13th-seeded and 15-19 Tigers will be taking on No. 1 and undefeated Kentucky at noon today.It's a lot to ask of these Tigers. It will take an almost supernatural effort to defeat the storied Wildcats. Nevertheless... Read Full Story

New Life For The Tigers (Update: Auburn Headed to Semi-Finals!)

bruce-pearl-ncaa-basketball-sec-conference-tournament-auburn-vs-texas-am Down by ten at the half, I was about to turn the television off. I had seen this one play out many times before, and wasn't ready to relive it again. So I pulled out my laptop and spent my free time elsewhere. However, I left the TV on in the background -- muted. I was in the middle of listening to Jason Isbell's Live From Ala... Read Full Story

Auburn Wins – Advances to SEC Tournament Quarterfinals!

By on March 12th, 2015 in Basketball 5 Comments »
k.c.-ross-miller-ncaa-basketball-sec-conference-tournament-auburn-vs-texas-am-850x560 Less than 24 hours removed from winning its first SEC Tournament game in six years, the Auburn Men's Basketball Team has advanced to the conference quarterfinals with a victory over fifth-seeded Texas A&M. After a sluggish first half that saw Auburn down by ten at the break (33-23), the Tigers came out and played great defe... Read Full Story

Spring Storylines

By on March 12th, 2015 in Football 3 Comments »
Spring Drills Begin

War Eagle, everybody! The Auburn Tiger football team is once again on the practice field, and the 2015 edition is starting to take shape. Everybody's undefeated at this point, and the sky is the limit. However, one can easily worry also, as questions remain to be answered. We'll take a look this morning at the state of the football team as spring drills proceed as well as make some projections on position starters for the Tigers.

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Can Auburn Basketball Advance in SEC Tournament Play? (Update Tigers Win!)

By on March 11th, 2015 in Basketball 4 Comments »
635546907539855323-K.T.-Harrell Auburn will be looking to revenge an early season loss to Mississippi State when the Tigers take on the Bulldogs tonight at 6 p.m. in the Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena .The Bulldogs won the two teams last meeting 78-71, on Jan. 21 at the Auburn Arena. It was a game that saw ... Read Full Story

Emily Carosone A Big Part of Auburn Softball’s No.12 National Ranking

By on March 11th, 2015 in Other Sports 3 Comments »
10866126-Auburn media Emily Carosone leads the SEC in slugging percentage (1.014), runs scored, and is currently tied for the conference lead in extra-base hits (18). She's proven to be an important cog in Auburn softball's current 25 - 2 record and No.12 national ranking. And on Tuesday the junior became only the second player in Auburn softball his... Read Full Story

Spring Practice is Really the First Day of the 2015 Football Season (with video)

By on March 10th, 2015 in Football Comment »
-db98797e1bf62d4a -juile Bennett Auburn Football ended last season on the losing end of four of their last five games. That's why Gus Malzahn opened his 2015 Spring practice press conference today by saying,“This is really the first true day of the next year. It’s time to move forward. Our coaches are extremely excited to get out there. Our players are exci... Read Full Story

Auburn Football Players Battle for Position as Spring Football Begins Today

By on March 10th, 2015 in Football 6 Comments »
NCAA Football: Auburn-Spring Game I love Auburn Football and like most Tiger fans, I have been going through withdrawal since the last second ticked off the clock in the Outback Bowl. However, today we all have something to smile about - spring practice begins on The Plains. Although the kickoff for the 2015 season is still six months away, we can now start thin... Read Full Story

Auburn’s Winter of Discontent is Finally Over

By on March 9th, 2015 in Basketball 9 Comments »
For those of you making the trip to Nashville on Wednesday to see Auburn take on Miss. State in the first round of the SEC Tournament, tip-off is set for 6 pm CT. Believe me, I didn’t just type that with a straight face. Who are we kidding? Would anyone outside of family and friends make the drive to see this Auburn basketball... Read Full Story

Rambling Around The Program

6_3272946 Aside from a rough basketball outing against Missouri, Auburn athletics has had a spectacular week. The SEC Network broadcast Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday, and in attendance was New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick. Also worth mentioning -- softball, baseball, and yes, even women’s basketball, triumphed for huge vi... Read Full Story

Spring Drills Are Nearly Here!

By on March 5th, 2015 in Football 6 Comments »
Spring Drills Soon Rebuilding a defense will be a top priority(Photo by Acid Reign.)      War Eagle, everybody! It's that time of year again. Warm one day, icy the next. That can only mean spring is just around the corner, and that means spring football! Auburn spring drills start next Tuesday, and we can hardly wait! I think all Auburn fans ... Read Full Story