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The Circus Has Returned to Town (SEC Media Days Brings Back Football)

By on July 15th, 2019 in Football, News 1 Comment »

   (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

After a one-year hiatus, SEC Media Days returns to Hoover, Alabama today. The league met last year at the new venue for the College football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. However, the Circus returns to its more familiar surrounds at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel.

It all gets underway at 11:30 CT this morning and will run through Thursday. Players attending for Auburn along with Coach Gus Malzahn will be seniors Derrick Brown (DT), Marlon Davidson (DE), and Prince Tega Wanogho (OL).

I love the event. It’s uniquely southern. No other conference has been able to match the atmosphere. The-four day event is the biggest sporting extravaganza in college sports.

It definitely has a circus atmosphere with hundreds of fans jamming the building, with 1,200 media members frantically trying to get a question asked of one of the 14 coaches and 40 players, and with 30 radio stations and the SEC Network and ESPN broadcasting interviews live.

Probably outside of the Super Bowl, there is not another time when this many journalists meet at one place to ask questions and look for stories from coaches and players.

Many look forward to this week since the last down of the last college game was played back in January. In particular, the hysteria surrounding these four days serves to rev up the engines of SEC football fans.

It’s the unofficial start of the college football season but for die-hard fanatics like yours truly, it’s also the unofficial end to summer. Because from here to the first kickoff —it’s not summer anymore—it’s football season!

The schedule for the week:

Monday, July 15
Florida – Dan Mullen
LSU – Ed Orgeron
Missouri – Barry Odom

Tuesday, July 16
Georgia – Kirby Smart
Ole Miss – Matt Luke
Tennessee – Jeremy Pruitt
Texas A&M – Jimbo Fisher

Wednesday, July 17
Alabama – Nick Saban
Arkansas – Chad Morris
Mississippi State – Joe Moorhead
South Carolina – Will Muschamp

Thursday, July 18
Auburn – Gus Malzahn
Kentucky – Mark Stoops
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason

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Tribute to Track‘Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame—2019 Class

By on July 11th, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 2 Comments »
Auburn University has a football heritage that is one of the best in all of college sports. In fact, some of the greatest to ever play the game have worn the Orange and Blue. The Tigers have had four College Football Hall of Fame coaches, three Heisman Trophy winners, and are the twelfth-winningest program in Division I histo... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Retools and Looks to Reload

By on July 8th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
It was unfortunate how Mickey Dean's second Auburn squad limped down the stretch of the season before postseason play ended with a thud. Its fans, who love the program deeply, know just how far from the top the softball Tigers have fallen in a short period of time. And the bloodletting didn't end in regional play when Auburn was... Read Full Story

Track ‘Em Tigers (2019) Auburn Football Hall of Fame Ballot

By on July 5th, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 3 Comments »
Over the last few days here at Track‘Em Tigers, we have been taking nominations for our own Auburn Tigers Football Hall of Fame—class of 2019. It’s a challenging task to come up with a slate of names when one is looking at hundreds of great players from the past 125 years. So we always look to our readers for help in com... Read Full Story

Happy 4th of July from Track‘Em Tigers!

By on July 3rd, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 2 Comments »
Independence Day is that one time a year when all Americans are on the same page. No matter our ethnicity, our economic status, or our side of the political landscape …The celebration of our nation’s independence is a time we all cherish.Historically, it’s a time to break out the backyard barbecue, attend fireworks shows, ... Read Full Story

Nominations for Track’Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of Fame

By on July 1st, 2019 in Football, Memories, News 15 Comments »

It's that time of year that we take nominations of Auburn greats to go into this year's class of Track 'Em Tigers Auburn Football Hall of fame. If you would like to nominate some players or coaches, please look over the list of rules for the selection process. TET’s Hall now includes seventy-one former Auburn players and coaches. You can find a list of those names at the end of this article.

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Midweek Ramblings From The Plains (New President Edition)

From MLB baseball draft to which SEC football team has the toughest schedule, to what affect a change in presidents will have on Auburn athletics, and more in this edition of ramblings.

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Auburn Heads Back to Texas (Previewing Auburn’s SEC Opener Against Texas A&M)

By on June 22nd, 2019 in Football 2 Comments »
Eli Stove sticks a dagger in the Aggies!(AP Photo/Sam Craft)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for another Auburn game preview! On September 21st, Auburn will travel to College Station, Texas to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in its SEC season opener. Texas A&M was a dangerous team last season, that really had Au... Read Full Story

Butch Thompson Has Put Auburn Baseball Back on the National Map

By on June 19th, 2019 in Baseball, Other Sports 4 Comments »

Auburn was one of eight teams in Omaha and make no mistake about why. Coach Butch Thompson is the difference in where this program was four years ago and where it is today.

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Auburn and Louisville CWS Game Rescheduled for Wednesday 6-19-19

By on June 18th, 2019 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
After a five-hour rain delay Auburn’s College World Series game against Louisville was postponed Tuesday due to inclement weather. Both teams are facing elimination. The Cardinals were leading the game 4–1 at the end of the fourth inning when umpires suspended play. The NCAA has rescheduled the game for Wednesday, June 19, a... Read Full Story

Auburn Loses Heartbreaker in Opening Round of College World Series

By on June 17th, 2019 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
Auburn baseball had Mississippi State on the ropes in Sundays’ late game in the College World Series. The Tigers had  a 4–3 lead- in the bottom of the ninth, needing only one out to advance to the winner’s bracket, but it was not to be.Edouard Julien had almost single handily put the Tigers(38–27)  in a position to win... Read Full Story

Transition Year Ahead for Auburn Softball After Missing Another Women’s College World Series

By on June 12th, 2019 in Other Sports 6 Comments »
After years of failing to bring home the Women's College World Series Championship, the Pac-12 finally broke through to recapture the title that the conference once dominated. UCLA took down Oklahoma, the most stable and elite program in the country. The SEC wasn't represented in the finals for a second year as Alabama and Flori... Read Full Story

AUBURN WINS! … Tigers Punch Ticket to College World Series!

By on June 10th, 2019 in Baseball, News 8 Comments »
For the first time since Tim Hudson wore an Auburn uniform, the Auburn Tigers are making travel arrangements for Omaha, Nebraska. The Tigers beat 14th ranked North Carolina 14–7 to punch their ticket to the College World Series. And they did it dominating fashion, jumping on the Tar Heels in a 13-run first inning. The Tigers ... Read Full Story

Auburn and North Carolina Set to Play for Berth in College World Series

By on June 9th, 2019 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
Auburn overcame a three-run deficit to win the first game of the Chapel Hill NCAA Super Regional Saturday. But there were no late game heroics today as North Carolina forced a decisive third game for Monday. The Tigers had their opportunities. In fact they came oh so close in the filth inning. Trailing North Carolina 2–0, Edo... Read Full Story

Auburn Football Head Coaches

By on June 8th, 2019 in Football 9 Comments »
The last Auburn head coach to get hired away     War Eagle, everybody! This week, I thought about previewing Auburn's week two and week three football opponents. The Tigers have a couple of evening tilts scheduled against nonconference foes Tulane and Kent State. I took a brief look at the history of the two series, and lear... Read Full Story

Ralph “Shug” Jordan and D-Day

By on June 5th, 2019 in Memories 12 Comments »

Fifteen minutes after landing on Utah Beach, he was wounded in his arm and shoulder by shrapnel from a German 88-millimeter shell that landed nearby. The painful wound rendered his left arm useless, yet,
he bravely led his men on their mission, blowing holes through the beach defenses to allow ...

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Auburn Baseball Makes It to Super Regional, “Doing It for Rod”

By on June 3rd, 2019 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »

Rod was probably jumping and shouting, “Holy Cow!” as Auburn beat No. 3 Georgia Tech 4–1 to advance to its second consecutive Super Regional. And you can bet he will be looking down from heaven next weekend when his Tigers will be playing the No. 14 Tar Heels in the North Carolina Super Regional.

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Auburn Squares Off Against the Ducks in Arlington: Previewing Auburn’s Season-Opening Matchup Against the Oregon Ducks

By on May 30th, 2019 in Football 3 Comments »
I would imagine this costume will not be comfortable in Dallas in late August!(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)     War Eagle, everybody! It's time now for the first Auburn game preview of the year! On August 31st, Auburn will travel to Arlington, Texas to take on Oregon in the season opener. These are a pair of dangerous, yet... Read Full Story

Auburn Baseball Will be Playing for Rod Bramblett in Atlanta Regional

By on May 27th, 2019 in Baseball, News 8 Comments »

This will be the first time not to have popular play-by-play guy Rod Bramblett calling a regional game. Rod, who passed away Saturday, called Tiger games, along with Andy Burcham, for the past 25 years. He and Burcham ...

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Memorial Day 2019, Lest We Forget

By on May 27th, 2019 in Memories, News 4 Comments »

Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer. It’s a time we, as a nation, stop and remember our fallen heroes lest we forget what they have meant to our posterity. We don't know them all but we owe them all ...

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Breaking News: Auburn Confirms Rod Bramblett and Wife Involved in Fatal Car Wreck

By on May 25th, 2019 in Football, News 9 Comments »

Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula both passed away from injuries received in the accident. This is a tragic and sad day for the Bramblett family as well as the entire Auburn family. Rod became an icon at Auburn and will be sorely missed. God bless his memory, and God bless his family during ...

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