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This and that in Auburn

By on February 19th, 2017 in Football 5 Comments »
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     War Eagle, everybody! It’s another brisk February morning in the state of Alabama, and I’ll look back on the week that was. We have leaking Tiger basketball defense, trouble with the trees, softball off to a great start, offensive football meetings without the head coach running it, Auburn financial news, and more.

     We will start with the money. A couple of years ago around this time, I put out a bit of an alarmist post about what risks there might be when Auburn athletics start regularly operating at a deficit. It turns out that the sky is not actually falling. In Auburn’s annual report to the NCAA, the Athletic Department reported a surplus of $15.2 million. This follows the year before, where the Tigers showed a surplus of $9.2 million.

     The Athletic Department got out of the hole basically by going out and finding more revenue. The 2014 department brought in total revenues of $113,716,004. The 2016 report lists $140,070,593. Auburn did sign a new media rights deal during this period, which accounts for a chunk of the deal, but there are other positive factors as well. The success of the SEC Network has boosted the budgets of every team in the SEC. Auburn has seen increased ticket sales and game guarantees. I would not expect the budget to stay that far in the black in coming years. New stadium projects should easily eat up any surpluses for the next several years as the price tag for the new game day facility is expected to be $28 million.

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A New Start For Auburn Baseball

By on February 17th, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
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Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics It’s hard to believe it's that time of year again. It's time for baseball, the great American pastime. And on the college level, baseball usually comes before the beginning of spring. And, like spring, it awakens thoughts of new life.It brings hope and stirs the imagination like no other sport. After all it is part of the Amer... Read Full Story

Auburn Basketball Drops Another

By on February 15th, 2017 in Basketball 7 Comments »
C4uHeQRUYAARSjx Auburn dropped its second consecutive game on Tuesday night against 15th-ranked Florida, 114–95. The Gators set a school record for most points scored in a conference game. This should be the nail in the coffin for Auburn's NCAA Tournament hopes, as the Tigers' conference record drops to 5–8. Joe Lunardi predicts that four ... Read Full Story

Auburn Leaves Puerto Vallarta 3–1, SIUE Next

By on February 14th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
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Auburn kicked off the season with a win against the No. 1 team in the nation before dropping a close game to the 14th ranked Washington Cougars, The Tigers wrapped up the trip to Mexico with two wins. Read how the Tigers accomplished these wins and see who they play next.

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Tuesday Ramblings From The Plains (Valentine’s Day Edition)

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A look at what's happening this week on The Plains: from Valentines to Toomer Oaks to recruiting to Auburn chances at March Madness and more.

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Tigers Notch “Worst Loss” Of Pearl’s Tenure

By on February 13th, 2017 in Basketball, Memories 3 Comments »
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The Tigers were flirting with "the bubble" once again as they headed into a matchup with Ole Miss. The winner of the game would move into the top half of the SEC. Auburn played its best half of basketball before playing its: worst.

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Malzahn Doubles Down on Recruiting

By on February 13th, 2017 in Football, News 12 Comments »
We may never know why assistant coach Scott Fountain was shown the door by Gus Malzahn. Coming off one of the best recruiting jobs of his career, Fountain was ceremonially dumped last week to make room for former Memphis coach Larry Porter.Porter is regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country and is expected to help Mal... Read Full Story

New Look Tigers Split Doubleheader in Mexico

By on February 10th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 23 Comments »
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The Women's College World Series runners-up returned to action in a spectacular matchup in Mexico against the National Champion Oklahoma Sooners before taking on the Washington Huskies in the nightcap game. Read about the action.

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Changes and Turnover

By on February 9th, 2017 in Football, News 10 Comments »
Addition Let's put the press in the corner of the end zone AND take away their parking.     War Eagle, everybody! Wow, has this been a mind-blowing week. There is lots of news in the Auburn world, and quite a bit of it is of the head-scratching variety. The program has announced a new construction project that will add a toweri... Read Full Story

Why Would Auburn’s Best Recruiter Not Be Returning In 2017?

By on February 8th, 2017 in Football, News 15 Comments »
-70f6a4c79852b6bbjuliebennett This is the time of year for the collegiate coaching carousel to be swirling. And there have been some surprise changes among the SEC coaching ranks in recent days. First, came news that LSU had relieved wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig of his duties the day after national signing day. Then Nick Saban and Steve Sarkisian pa... Read Full Story

Morning Musings: Picking Up Steam

By on February 8th, 2017 in Basketball, Football 5 Comments »
9774308-ncaa-basketball-georgia-auburn Auburn basketball... picked up its fifth conference and 16th total win last night after defeating Mississippi State in a high-scoring battle that seemed like it would never end, 98–92. Mustapha Heron led the way for the Tigers once again as he scored 17 points with six rebounds and four assists. And freshman center, Austin W... Read Full Story

Tuesday Ramblings From The Plains (Super Bowl Edition)

By on February 7th, 2017 in Baseball, Basketball, Football, News 14 Comments »
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28  during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  Getty images Jonathan Jones can now tell others never to give up on their dreams. The defensive back was an All-SEC selection at Auburn, went undrafted in 2016 but played in the Super Bowl Sunday night. He became the first former Auburn player to become a Super Bowl Champion as a rookie. I’m not a big Super Bowl fan or for that matter an... Read Full Story

Jared Harper Named SEC Freshman of the Week … Again

By on February 6th, 2017 in Basketball, News 2 Comments »
58992740c3038.image Auburn’s Jared Harper has garnered another SEC Freshman of the Week award as the league office made the announcement today in recognition of his play against Alabama and Tennessee. It was the Atlanta native’s second selection this season. The point guard had two rebounds and a steal against the Vols while hitting five three... Read Full Story

Pearl Takes Control of the State

By on February 6th, 2017 in Basketball, News 4 Comments »
Was Saturday a turning point in the tenure of Bruce Pearl? That’s a question we’ll know in time. What we do know is the 82–77 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa was a turning point in the state."There are some places where you win and they don't count any different in the win/loss column, but they just matter more. Even when I... Read Full Story

Tigers in the Top Ten Recruiting Again!

By on February 2nd, 2017 in Football 18 Comments »
Davidson Impact Will any newcomers make a big impact, like Marlon Davidson did?(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Another national signing day has come and gone, and I know I'll breathe easier in the coming months. I look forward to this circus every year with about the same amount of enthusiasm as I'd have for a trip to ... Read Full Story

National Signing Day – Short Wrap-Up

By on February 1st, 2017 in Football, News 9 Comments »
AU_NSD National Signing Day 2017 is for the most part over, and Auburn appears to have done "okay." For whatever it is worth, the Tigers seem to have signed another Top 10 class, coming in at #9 nationally.Auburn didn't end this year's NSD with a 5* "Boom" announcement like last year but, instead, started the day off with 5* Calvin Ash... Read Full Story

National Signing Day – Live Open Thread

By on February 1st, 2017 in Football, News Comment »
logo-768x677 War Eagle!!Welcome to Track 'Em Tigers and our Live Open Thread for National Signing Day 2017.Please feel free to join in below and follow us all day long as we keep you updated as recruits announce their commitments and Letters of Intent are received by the Auburn Athletic Department.Any surprises in store? Stick around and let... Read Full Story

National Signing Day – Track ‘Em Tigers Primer

By on January 31st, 2017 in Football, News 5 Comments »
Ready and Waiting Hello again and War Eagle!  Here is a bit of a National Signing Day primer where we re-visit what we know along with a couple of new developments that have occurred during the past 24 hours. Track 'Em Tigers will be hosting the NSD Live Open Thread starting at 7:00 AM CT and will be providing updates all day until all is said ... Read Full Story

T-Minus Ten Days

By on January 31st, 2017 in News, Other Sports 5 Comments »
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While Auburn's major men's sports programs struggled through 2016 and into 2017, fans were able to latch on to perhaps the premier sports program at Auburn. Auburn's softball team came within a pinch hit by a freshman from winning the first ever Women's College World series. However, Oklahoma walked away with the trophy. In the offseason, Auburn reloaded with the best recruiting class in program history. How will the combination of Clint Myer's recruiting and coaching react with the losses of legendary outgoing seniors like Jade Rhodes, Emily Carosone, and Tiffany Howard? Auburn fans won't have to wait long as the Tigers have a rematch with Oklahoma in just ten days.

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NSD 2017 – Join TET For Our Wednesday Live Blog

By on January 31st, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
AU_NSD Ah, National Signing Day 2017—the official visits are over, and those who follow recruiting await Wednesday with anticipation, hoping those recruits targeted by Auburn's coaching staff choose to play for the Tigers.National Signing Day is one of those yearly occurrences that fans seem either to like, dislike, or fall somewher... Read Full Story

Auburn Scores Huge Road Win, Vols Come To the Plains

By on January 31st, 2017 in Basketball, News 1 Comment »
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Auburn scored a huge win Saturday on the road in Ft Worth against a probable tournament team in TCU. It was a much-needed win after the slaughter the Tigers sustained against South Carolina. More importantly, fans witnessed the emergence of Austin Wiley. Still, it wasn't just Wiley who had a great game. Read more to see how Auburn won and what to expect against the Vols.

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