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With Canty Gone, Will the Tigers Fold?

By on February 14th, 2016 in Basketball 3 Comments »

untitledBefore we delve into the train wreck that has become Auburn basketball’s season, let me first say how awesome a wife I have. She was the first to let me know about the Canty news.

Canty decided to forego his senior season at Auburn and enter the NBA draft. A surprise? Certainly. But the overlooked aspect of his decision relates  to how things happened, not just the decision. Sure, it’s easy to say we believe he should finish his education or better his draft stock by staying. But, it isn’t always that simple. It would appear that this situation may even be more complex than any of us really understand. 

Canty let the news out on Instagram that he was leaving. “I wanna thank Auburn university for everything you guys done for me and letting me pursue my degree here and play the game I love at one of the highest level,” Canty wrote. “Unfortunately life is like a battery you gotta have your positives and negatives…..I decided to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA Draft and part ways from auburn university….I can’t thank coach Pearl and his staff enough for taking me in and embracing me I love coach Pearl like a father figure best coach in the Land……Very soon it’ll be a new king of the jungle hitting his wrist letting ya know what time it is lol ….only the strong survive so again Auburn and coach Pearl and the staff thank you guys for everything……God Got me #AllGlorytoGod #WarDamEagle”

But the story starts well before his series of posts on social media. The standout guard, who was a leading scorer in the SEC at the midpoint of the season, was suspended from the team just days before the news broke.  Coincidence? Perhaps. Suspension is nothing new to Bruce Pearl’s squad. Neither is injury. Nor ineligibility.

So, Auburn’s  up and down season where it dropped Kentucky and Alabama in back to back games followed by six straight losses may have come to an absolute grinding halt this past week. The losses weren’t even close, and the future is not looking any better. 

While many reporters are circling the news that an altercation between an Auburn staff member and Canty led to the suspension, it would appear that the trouble truly began weeks before. After the Alabama win, Canty went an abysmal 5 – 35 from three-point land over the next four games, scoring just 35 points. Even on TV, his change in attitude was apparent, though he wasn’t the only player showing frustration. Senior Cinmeon Bowers was suspended and listed as having an “attitude detrimental to the team.”

Regardless of the reason, Canty is gone and with him almost any chance of Auburn winning any remaining games on the schedule. The Tigers who looked to tie, and perhaps better, last year’s SEC record of four wins will actually regress, unless they can somehow pull out a win against Mississippi State.  The question is, will they fight for it or just pack it in? 

Without Canty and other injured Tigers, Auburn has been blown out in the first half of every single game since a dreadful loss against Florida. The injuries are just as important as Canty’s dismissal. Of the current starting five for the Tigers, only Harris MIGHT start for any other SEC team, and that isn’t saying much. 

This team is without any firepower to compete, and the players know it. It would seem that Auburn has shut it down for the season. 

While that is hard for a fan base that desperately wants to win and has embraced basketball faster than anyone imagined, perhaps it is a good thing. The injuries and suspensions are allowing Auburn to grow depth with younger, albeit less skilled, players. This should greatly benefit the team in the future.

A lackluster season that will end in complete disarray may actually serve Tiger fans better than finishing above .500 and having a solid showing in the SEC tournament. That result may cement Pearl a little longer at Auburn and keep Memphis from calling, as many predict they will.

In the meantime, watching Auburn basketball is hard, especially watching a team that has seemingly called it quits for 2016. Take heart and keep the faith as exposing these younger players will be a good thing. 

 

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Kareem Canty to the NBA

By on February 12th, 2016 in Basketball, News 3 Comments »
canty-kareem-usnews-getty-ftr_1bwak1xabdl2x14v9635nyv9zd Kareem Canty has left The Plains for the NBA draft. I hope the grass is greener for Mr. Canty. However, arguing with your coaches does not bode well at the next level. I believe Coach Pearl is a good coach. The question is, can he get the team to believe that they can win without Canty?It is not only possible, but I have seen ... Read Full Story

National Championship Whispers Are in the Spring Air

By on February 12th, 2016 in Baseball, News 8 Comments »
auburn spring Now that high school players have signed the dotted line pledging their allegiance to their new college football programs, there is weeping and moaning among the fans which signifies to most that college football is now in hibernation.Basketball has now taken center court, but here on the Plains, the men’s team continues to st... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Returns to The Plains

By on February 11th, 2016 in Other Sports 5 Comments »
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Your SEC Champs kick off the 2016 season Thursday in the most anticipated softball season on record. Read about the lineup and meet your future stars!

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Does Auburn Enjoy a Home Field Advantage?

By on February 11th, 2016 in Football 14 Comments »
Home field advantage There's no place like home!(Photo by Acid Reign.)     War Eagle, everybody! Signing Day has come and gone, as has Fat Tuesday. The Auburn men's basketball team is now so depleted that we've got a center playing point guard. Reasons for optimism on the Plains right now rest in the hands of a surging women's basketball program... Read Full Story

Without Canty, the Tigers Limp On

By on February 9th, 2016 in Basketball 8 Comments »
usatsi_9067418 Auburn has lost five straight. Kareem Canty, the Tigers' top shooter, is currently suspended, and a 6-foot-7, 278 pound Cinmeon Bowers is starting at point guard in his place. Year in and year out, Auburn basketball continues to baffle me. And with just eight games remaining on the schedule, there is a very good chance that the ... Read Full Story

Cam Newton is Not Superman After All

By on February 8th, 2016 in Football 16 Comments »
508989964.0 The score board still lit up the night sky: "Denver 24 - Carolina 10." And inside the bowels of Levi Stadium players from both teams in Super Bowl 50 took questions from the media.None were more anticipated than the interview with Panthers' quarterback, Cam Newton. I have to admit,  I didn't see the interview live as I turned o... Read Full Story

Auburn Women Look to Finish Strong After Completing Season Sweep of Bama

By on February 8th, 2016 in Basketball 3 Comments »
11673420-katie Freking,AUofficialsite Lost in the news hype that comes this time of year with the Super Bowl is the fact the Auburn women's basketball team is playing some pretty good ball. The Tigers completed a season sweep of arch rival Alabama Sunday with a 59-55 victory in Tuscaloosa.It was the third consecutive win for Auburn (16 - 8). The Tigers led by one po... Read Full Story

What Auburn Fans Can Expect From Eli Stove: A Scouting Report

By on February 8th, 2016 in Football 1 Comment »
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Auburn finished national signing day 2016 with perhaps the best group of receivers in the nation. Rounding out Auburn's recruits is long-time recruit Eli Stove. Read Zach's scouting report.

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The One And Only – Cam Newton in the NFL

By on February 5th, 2016 in Football 8 Comments »
Cam Newton "What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?" William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act II Scene 2... Read Full Story

What Can Auburn Fans Expect From Nate Craig-Meyers: A Scouting Report

By on February 5th, 2016 in Football 8 Comments »
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Auburn landed perhaps the best group of receivers in the country and in program history. Highlighting that group is Nate Craig-Myers. What can fans expect? Here is a scouting report.

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Highs and Lows of Auburn Football

By on February 4th, 2016 in Football 11 Comments »
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This piece takes a walk down memory lane recounting the high's and low's of Auburn Football and ask the question: "Could 2016 be the year of another drastic turnaround in the team's fortunes?"

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National Signing Day Summary

By on February 3rd, 2016 in Football 15 Comments »
-Derrick Brown First and foremost, let me simply say WAR EAGLE!!Another National Signing Day is now history, and it remains to be seen how these recruits/signees develop. We all hope that Coach Gus Malzahn and the AU coaching staff filled the voids that exist on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.Before I continue with a list of the... Read Full Story

Auburn National Signing Day Open Thread

By on February 3rd, 2016 in Football 1 Comment »
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Please note that no comment totals were displayed on the front page counter as this was an Open Thread of the days happenings on NSD. To view the comments, click on the “Read Full Story.” Then view comments in the Open Thread box at the bottom of the article. The last comment will be posted at the top of the thread under “New Entry.”

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Auburn Primer for National Signing Day

By on February 2nd, 2016 in Football 6 Comments »
The Calm Before the Storm It's that time of the year when, once again, we turn our attention to those high school players deemed fit to play at the highest level in college football. These are the high school standouts who have numbers assigned to them based on their abilities at various positions.These numbers seemingly reflect how "good" any given play... Read Full Story

National Signing Day: 10 Years Later

By on February 1st, 2016 in Football 3 Comments »
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Recruiting is the life-blood of a program and years worth of work on the 2016 class is about to culminate for the Auburn coaching staff. But, some true understanding on the nature of recruiting can be found by reviewing the history of Auburn recruiting. Take a look at the class of 2006 and see how the 11th ranked class in the nation faired.

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Join us for National Signing Day 2016

By on February 1st, 2016 in Football 2 Comments »
signing_day_photo Okay, so we've watched, read, and analyzed what various recruits may do come Wednesday which is, of course, National Signing Day. Those of us here at Track 'Em Tigers want to provide our readers with as much information as possible as relates to recruits choosing their university, and to that extent, we will be providing a pri... Read Full Story

Tigers Struggle to Hit Threes, Lose Third Straight

By on February 1st, 2016 in Basketball Comment »
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The SEC and Big 12 squared off, with Auburn being the last matchup of the night. Auburn was the SEC's last chance to make a respectable showing in the series, but came up well short in the first half before rallying in the second. The Tigers dropped a third straight game, with this contest being at home. Read why.

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The Bigger Star: Bo or Cam?

By on February 1st, 2016 in Football 13 Comments »
Bo and Cam Is Cam Newton now the biggest star in all of American sports? If so, how does he compare to Bo Jackson back in his heyday? These are interesting questions to consider as Newton prepares to play on the country’s biggest stage this Sunday.Some will argue that LeBron James is bigger, and it would be hard to argue the point, but r... Read Full Story

How Receptive is Auburn to a Black Quarterback?

By on January 30th, 2016 in Football 17 Comments »
Future offense By anyone's measure, we've had some awesome ones!(Photo by Acid Reign)     By all rights, this time of the year everyone should be reading drivel by bloggers like me about recruiting. Problem is, that I just don't care. I'll let others dissect high-school tweets and such. I've never given much credit till a football player g... Read Full Story

Auburn Men’s Basketball Drops Seventh Straight Road Game

By on January 29th, 2016 in Basketball Comment »
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Two teams with SEC losing streaks met Wednesday night in Oxford. Ole Miss came away with a convincing win. Read how.

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