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A Few Bowl Season Thoughts…

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The basketball team… broke a three-game losing streak with a win against Winthrop on Wednesday night. To demand immediate success from Bruce Pearl would be unfair – to him and his players. This is a process that will take some time, and a whole lot of patience from the fans. However, I will say this – the effort displayed on the court is much stronger than any outing I witnessed from one of Tony Barbee’s squads. Bruce Pearl doesn’t demand perfection. Instead, he demands a fighting attitude that will give 100% effort until the buzzer sounds. I like that.

I read that Auburn sold not one… but two of its ticket allotments for the Outback Bowl. This is terrific news for potential bowl matchups for years to come. Bowl games love three things: sponsorship money, television rights, and ticket sales. With Auburn, bowl officials understand that they’re getting a passionate fanbase that will travel with their team wherever the location may be. That’s the Auburn family.

It sure is great to see Coach Boom back… in the correct shade of orange and blue for his third stint at Auburn. Muschamp’s confident, no B.S. attitude towards the defense surely is encouraging – a nice change from the passive coaches of past years that use Malzahn’s up-tempo offense as an excuse for a lack of quality production on the defensive side of the ball. Just think: in next year’s Iron Bowl, we’ll have Kiffin/Saban on one sideline, and Gus/Muschamp on the other. That’s terrifying and further proves why the state of Alabama reigns supreme in college football.

I was awake when news broke… of Jakell Mitchell’s murder late at night last weekend. My heart breaks for the team, the coaching staff, and Jakell’s friends and family. I have never felt unsafe in Auburn, but this is absolutely sickening to hear from the town and community that has served as a second home for the majority of my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jakell’s loved ones suffering through these tragic times.

To serve as a reminder for the upcoming recruiting season… former 2-star (yes, 2-star) Auburn defensive tackle Sen-Derrick Marks just pocketed a $600,000 bonus check last night for recording his eighth sack of the season for the Jaguars. So no matter what these recruiting services state in the upcoming months, there will always be some highly-rated busts as well as some hidden underrated gems across the country. It just comes down to how future coaching staffs utilize these talented athletes’ abilities on the playing field.

The leak of Michigan’s 6 year, 49 million deal… to Jim Harbaugh sure will stick the Wolverines in some mighty hot water if the current 49ers coach decides to take his business elsewhere. Future coaching candidates will demand similar treatment from Michigan’s athletic department, so I’m interested to know exactly where the leak originated, and whether or not it was from Harbaugh’s people in order to serve as a platform for potential NFL offers.

Until next time…

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A New Look to the Auburn Offense.

By on December 18th, 2014 in Football 15 Comments »
New Offense

Again this week, we'll be looking ahead in time. Last week we touched on who's coming back on defense, and how that side of the ball might fit together. This week, we'll focus on the offense. One thing's certain. Just about every offensive skill player that Auburn started last season will either graduate or move on early to the NFL.

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Auburn Men and Women Play Doubleheader Tonight in the Arena (Update:Tigers Win!)

By on December 17th, 2014 in Baseball 1 Comment »
kt-harrell-011ae48a4f0f7965-julie Bennett The Auburn Women's Basketball Team will play their final home game of the nonconference schedule tonight as the Tigers host Savannah State at 5:30 p.m. It will be the first game of a doubleheader with the Auburn Men taking on Winthrop in the second game.While the women are finishing up their nonconference home games, the men wil... Read Full Story

The Next Great Auburn Running Back Tandem

By on December 16th, 2014 in Football 6 Comments »
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These two 5-star players could be the best tandem to play at Auburn since 2005 when the Dynamic Duo of Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams finished their careers on The Plains as First Round Draft picks.

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Is the State Big Enough to Handle the Iron Bowl?

By on December 15th, 2014 in Football 10 Comments »
Only in Alabama can you make $1.35 million annually and still be the second highest-paid coordinator in the state. That’s where Alabama’s Kirby Smart finds himself after Auburn’s hire of Will Muschamp. If college football is in the midst of a historic arms race, then Armageddon is likely to happen at next year’s Iron Bow... Read Full Story

Jakell Mitchell Gone … “Too Young and Too Soon”

By on December 14th, 2014 in Football, Memories 4 Comments »
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When the news came that Auburn Redshirt freshman Jakell Mitchell had lost his life in a tragic shooting incident Sunday morning, it was almost surreal. This couldn't be happening again. Not now and not to such another young life. He was just 18 years old...

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We Plan to “Compete for a Championship Every Year” – Will Muschamp (with video)

By on December 13th, 2014 in Football, News 3 Comments »
628x471 Gus Malzahn introduced Will Muschamp as Auburn's new Defensive Coordinator this morning, saying he was glad to get a person who would be, "..the right fit for Auburn." Muschamp, who will be on his third tenure with the Tigers, said he was happy to be back at, "..such a special place." While Muschamp said he would one day like t... Read Full Story

BREAKING: Will Muschamp Headed Back To Auburn

By on December 12th, 2014 in Football, News 19 Comments »
will-muschamp2 With a week filled with rumors and speculations, it is finally official -- Will Muschamp is headed back to the Plains as defensive coordinator. Coach Gus Malzahn confirmed the news on Friday night, as you can read his statement released to the media below... "I'm excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coord... Read Full Story

Rebuilding a Defense.

By on December 12th, 2014 in Football 13 Comments »
Defenders next year

I think it’s safe to say that Auburn will look different on defense next season, but does Auburn have the players to be successful on that side of the ball? We’ll take a look at who’s coming back ...

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Reese Dismukes Recognized as One of the Best Players in History of the Game – Wins Rimington Trophy

By on December 11th, 2014 in Football, News 4 Comments »
hi-res-bd95ec40f89bf061d41391db732ce96e_crop_north - Reese Dismukes Reese Dismukes joined some of the greats of the game of college football tonight when he was honored as the 2014 Rimington Trophy winner. The award recognizes college football's best center. The announcement came at ESPN's College Football Awards Show sponsored by Home Depot. His Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes told Reese, "Th... Read Full Story

Wednesday from the Eagle’s Nest

Eagle's Nest Does anyone else wish they could push the rewind button on the 2014 season? In some cases I would love to; however, there are others I would rather erase permanently: two early fumbles in Starkville, an early fumble in Tuscaloosa, and Reese Dismukes’ unintentional, accidental snap fumble snafu (feel free to start printing thos... Read Full Story

Quan Bray and Jonathan Mincy Named 2nd Team All-SEC

By on December 9th, 2014 in Football Comment »
10381900 - AU Media On Monday Auburn placed six Tigers on the AP All-SEC Team. The Coaches All-SEC Team was released this afternoon with two additional Tigers being named All-SEC. Reese Dismukes and Cameron Artis-Payne were elected again for First Team honors while Sammie Coates and Jonathan Jones were consensus Second Team selections. Joining Coa... Read Full Story

Pat Sullivan, “An Unbelievable Man”

By on December 9th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »
Picture-1402- Pat sullivan A milestone occurred this past week in college football, one which hardly caused a ripple across news outlets. It was an end to an era. The end to one of the best careers in the sport as college football legend, Pat Sullivan, announced his retirement. It's difficult to explain to younger generations what Pat Sullivan meant not ... Read Full Story

Breaking – Cam Newton in Auto Accident in Charlotte (Updated)

By on December 9th, 2014 in News 3 Comments »
B4b2V1hCYAAKWep Cam Netwon was involved in a serious car accident in Charlotte today. The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. Reports are that his truck flipped a couple of times before coming to rest on its side. Newton and the other driver were both transported to the hospital. Cam was strapped to a board before being placed in ... Read Full Story

Six Auburn Players on AP All-SEC Team

By on December 8th, 2014 in Football 3 Comments »
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Noticeably absent from the list is Quarterback Nick Marshall despite scoring 29 touchdowns and completing 163 of 271 passes (60.1%) for 2,315 yards and rushing for 780 yards. Those numbers deserved at least an honorable mention. Maybe he'll be considered on ...

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A New Year’s Day Snoozer

By on December 8th, 2014 in Football 19 Comments »
outback bowl Yawn. Yesterday’s announcement that Auburn will face Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl barely woke me from my Sunday nap. Don’t get me wrong; Tampa is a fine destination, and New Year’s Day still means something, but the thoughts of facing a Big 10 team in another Florida bowl leaves me underwhelmed. Go ahead and call me a sp... Read Full Story

Auburn to Play In New Year’s Day Outback Bowl

By on December 7th, 2014 in Football 13 Comments »
John+Outback+Bowl+Florida+v+Penn+State+iIAjP9bRjK7l After much speculation that Auburn would be playing in the Gator Bowl, the Tigers have accepted a bid to play in the January 1st Outback Bowl in Tampa. The Tigers' opponent will be Wisconsin of the Big 10. The game will pit the No. 19 Tigers against the No.18 Badgers.Auburn and Wisconsin are tied 1-1-1 in the all-time bowl serie... Read Full Story

College Football TV Schedule (for Week 15) ‘Conference Championship Weekend’

By on December 5th, 2014 in Football Comment »
NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri This is the last weekend of college football before the Bowl Season begins. There are five conference championship games on tap, beginning tonight with the MAC championship at 6:00.These last games may provide some drama as fans will tune in to see if teams like Georgia Tech can upset Florida State, or if Missouri can make a com... Read Full Story

Friday Morning Musings…

By on December 5th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 8 Comments »
NCAA Football: Auburn at Alabama It’s a shame that Nick Marshall couldn’t receive the win last weekend… following an unbelievable performance from the senior quarterback. Accounting for over 500 total yards of offense, last Saturday’s Iron Bowl was Nick Marshall’s greatest game in an Auburn uniform. Nick always gave it his all – calm and composed ... Read Full Story

Defensive Musings.

By on December 4th, 2014 in Football 12 Comments »
Who runs the defense What does the past tell us about Auburn defensive coordinators?(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody. The regular football season has come and gone, and we are left with a week to speculate about the future. We'll be interested to see which bowl game our Tigers are headed to, but the more burning question is the se... Read Full Story

Tidbits around College Football (with poll)

By on December 3rd, 2014 in Football 12 Comments »
NCAA Football: Gator Bowl-Mississippi State vs Northwestern It's purely speculation as to whether or not he takes what is now being called a 'true' offer extended by Malzahn to be the next Auburn DC.  Up to this headline I felt that pigs would fly before Muschamp returns to the Plains for a DC position.  Here's why: Muschamp now has a taste of the HC position. Granted, his interview su... Read Full Story