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The Passing of a College Football Icon

By on January 17th, 2018 in Memories, News 3 Comments »


College football’s most iconic voice was silenced over the weekend as the legendary Keith Jackson passed away at 89. He set the standard by which succeeding sportscasters are measured.

He called major league baseball, NBA basketball, PGA Tour golf, the Olympic Games and much more, but it’s college football where he made his mark.

When great moments in the sport are remembered, Keith Jackson’s voice is remembered more than any other. From the Iron Bowl to the Rose Bowl, he called them all, including Bear Bryant’s last Iron Bowl game in 1982.

Auburn University released the following statement along with a video of the “Bo over the top” play in that ’82 Iron Bowl.

“We’re saddened by the passing of iconic college football voice, Keith Jackson.

Listen to his call of “Bo Over the Top” in 1982.”

“First things first. Fourth-and-goal and a half a yard.”

Jackson was a southern boy from Georgia who always wove folksy phrases in his descriptions, the most famous of which may have been “Whoa Nellie.” After a stint in the Marines he enrolled in the journalism school, Washington State, that produced the famed Edward R. Murrow. That school has released a video tribute to Jackson’s life and career. It’s a must see story for all sports fans. We include it here for our readers. 

RIP Keith!

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A Critical Time to be Searching for Offensive Line Coach at Auburn – (Update: Grimes Returns)

By on January 17th, 2018 in Football, News 5 Comments »
635941715050755674-83d8add3-2f4b-4f7f-a3d2-654a1bd1f7b6 Auburn assistant coach Herb Hand is leaving the Plains for the brown, brown grass of Texas. It was announced on Tuesday that the offensive line coach will join the Longhorns as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.While coaching turnover is part of the game, the timing of this move is not good for the Tigers with ju... Read Full Story

It Feels Good to be in First Place … Auburn Basketball is Fun Again!

By on January 15th, 2018 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
Bryce Brown (2) celebrates the win. 
Tennessee vs Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2016. 
Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics After starting the season with a 12–1 record, Auburn basketball received little attention from the national media. That’s changed now that the Tigers (16–1) possess the nation’s longest winning streak and are sitting in first place in the SEC with a 4–0 mark. And as Coach Pearl said Saturday, “It sure does feel good ... Read Full Story

The Defensive Year That Was

By on January 11th, 2018 in Football 5 Comments »
Defensive Review A year of passes defended!(John Reed-USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody. It's time now to look back on a year that had its spectacular moments and its disappointments. I think going into this past season, most of us fans were looking to see 9 or 10 wins, or else a staff of coaches was going to get sent packing ... Read Full Story

What Can Auburn Fans Expect from Asa Martin: A Scouting Report

By on January 10th, 2018 in Football, News 6 Comments »

Asa Martin may be Auburn's highest-rated recruit this cycle and fills an immediate need at Auburn. What can fans expect?

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Auburn Extends Winning Streak

By on January 10th, 2018 in Basketball 4 Comments »
usa_today_10496083.0 Auburn overcame a 45–35 halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in the SEC and extend its winning streak to 13 games with an 85–70 victory over Ole Miss. The win also snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Rebels that dates back to the 2011–2012 season.With a top-25 ranking, the target is now on Auburn's back. Even with adve... Read Full Story

“Worst Case Scenario” Ends The 2017 Football Season

By on January 9th, 2018 in Football 18 Comments »
e5b5f92490fa7a347068c096d350a7be--auburn-game-auburn-football The 2018 football season has ended about as painlessly as ripping off that band-aid you’ve avoided doing for so long. The other team in the state of Alabama won its 17th national championship (by its measurement).  Georgia made a run for the ages and went through all of the proper playoff protocol—winning the SEC East, ... Read Full Story

Tigers Earn National Respect

By on January 9th, 2018 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
Bruce-Pearl-Dakota-Sumpter-Auburn-Athletics-UConn_lnghjq For a stretch of two or three weeks, it seemed like the moment would never come. The wins were piling up but Auburn basketball was not receiving any national attention outside of the passing comments of how good this team could be with the two suspended players. After all, it was the team across the state that was garnering all ... Read Full Story

Monday Musings From The Plains

By on January 8th, 2018 in Football, News 16 Comments »
-1082a2621a041f29 What is normally a day of high interest in college football is a complete downer for many Auburn fans. It’s discouraging to have to watch the school’s two biggest rivals play for a national championship. It’s a feeling only exacerbated by the fact Auburn dismantled both of those teams in dominating wins during the regular ... Read Full Story

Unfinished Business

By on January 6th, 2018 in Football, News 10 Comments »

So now, the “unfinished business” is all on Auburn. You have a starting quarterback returning, some really decent recruits already signed (some of whom were able to participate in bowl practices), and some who are committed but not yet signed. Additionally, on the unfinished business list is the hiring of an athletic director to …

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Auburn Softball News and Notes

By on January 6th, 2018 in News, Other Sports, Softball 1 Comment »
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Auburn softball vs Georgia on Friday, April 22, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.  
Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

Auburn softball hits the diamond for practice this week. Check out some of the latest news on recruiting, signing, and future games.

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Bruce Pearl Breaks the Streaks vs the Vols

By on January 4th, 2018 in Basketball, News 7 Comments »
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Auburn has been largely ignored in college basketball ranks despite having one of the longest winning streaks in the country. That likely ended with a statement win against Pearl's old team as the Tigers knocked off the No.23 Vols in a convincing 94–84 win.

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What Can Auburn Fans Expect from Joey Gatewood: A Scouting Report

By on January 4th, 2018 in Football, News 16 Comments »

Joey Gatewood was Auburn's crown jewel for the first early recruiting period. What can fans expect from the dual-threat quarterback? Here are Zach's thoughts.

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What’s Ailing the Auburn Offense?

By on January 3rd, 2018 in Football 6 Comments »

Auburn looked lost and unprepared, once again after a layoff. And despite receiving a massive contract, coach Malzahn turned in the biggest clunker of his career.

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A Bitter End to a Remarkable Season

By on January 3rd, 2018 in Football 44 Comments »
burkett The season ends with a whimper. The team didn’t want to be there, and neither did the fans—even the ones that showed up to the game. It was pretty apparent from the minute I entered the gates which side was more grateful to be in the building that day.And frankly, I can’t blame Auburn fans. This was a season that could hav... Read Full Story

Kerryon Johnson Has Made His Decision

By on January 2nd, 2018 in Football, News 8 Comments »

KJ, you will always be an Auburn Man! (Updated to include the decisions of C. Davis, K. Pettway, and Jeff Holland.)

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Tigers Fall Flat in Atlanta (Grading Auburn’s 34–27 loss to Central Florida)

By on January 2nd, 2018 in Football 33 Comments »
Peach Final

War Eagle everybody. It’s time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn’s disappointing 34–27 loss to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl. Not since 2007, when Auburn dropped a 26–23 decision to South Florida in a late game at Jordan Hare Stadium, has Auburn lost to a team not currently in a Power Five conference. I suppose one could try to salve yesterday’s pain by saluting UCF as the only unbeaten team in the bowl subdivision. For this Auburn Tiger, it was a sad day where the Auburn football program dropped the ball in numerous ways.

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Conquer the Knights! (Auburn vs. Central Florida Open Thread)

By on January 1st, 2018 in Football 10 Comments »
EagleFalcon It's a Peach Bowl extravaganza!(Can we pretend that this statue outside the stadium is an Eagle?)     War Eagle, everybody, and Happy New Year! This New Year's morning, the Auburn Tigers will take on American Conference Champion, undefeated Central Florida. It's a chance for the Tigers to become only the 7th team in sc... Read Full Story

Happy New Year from Track ‘Em Tigers!

By on December 31st, 2017 in Football, Memories 10 Comments »
Happy-New-Year-Images-2018-HD-2 Happy New Year, folks, from the staff here at Track 'Em Tigers! On New Year's day, Acid Reign will be doing his regular play by play Open Thread of the Peach Bowl. So be sure to check back here and add your thoughts to the discussion as the game unfolds. War Eagle and ...Beat UCF!... Read Full Story

Malzahn says Auburn has Game Face On and is “Locked In” for Peach Bowl

By on December 30th, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
636477370029927038-120117SECPressConference06 Christmas came and went in a hurry this year. It seems like only last week that Auburn was finishing off Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and now we are staring down the barrel of the final game of the year.The college football season goes by too fast. We’ll try to make the most of this last weekend here at Track’ Em Tigers.I hope ... Read Full Story

Can the Tigers Run Down Central Florida?

By on December 28th, 2017 in Football 17 Comments »
UCF Killins The SEC doesn't have speed like this, or so this running back claims.     War Eagle, everybody! It is finally an Auburn football game week again! On Monday morning, New Year's Day, the Auburn Tigers will take on the nation's only remaining undefeated team in Atlanta. The University of Central Florida Golden Knights, ch... Read Full Story