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Outlining the next Auburn Head Coach

By on December 18th, 2020 in Football 24 Comments »

So we’re back in the hunt for a new head football coach. Based upon the common complaints I’ve heard from the Auburn fan base over the years, I thought I’d list the criteria for a successful Auburn coach, so we could identify the best choice out of the considerable number of candidates out there.

What I believe the next Auburn coach should be:

  • An innovative offensive-minded coach with a new scheme who can take a poorly recruited Auburn team and immediately compete for a Southeastern Conference or National Championship in his first year
  • A winner. Someone who has a history of winning seasons for his entire time as a collegiate head coach.
  •  Someone with at least a decade of coaching at the collegiate level competitively, preferably in the Southeastern Conference,
  • Someone who has a history of at least one win over a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team as a coordinator. Even better if he’s got at least two in the same situation as a head coach.
  • An honorable, scandal-free team administrator who can develop student athletes not only as players but as individuals in their student and future careers. Someone whom the players all seem to admire, work hard for and emulate in work ethic, social acumen and support for Auburn.
  • A no-nonsense discipline-minded coach who doesn’t tolerate bad behavior, quickly acts in instances of on- or off-field shenanigans and isn’t afraid to dismiss a bad egg, no matter what his contribution to the team is.
  • Someone who values input from former Auburn players and readily involves them on his staff as both assistants and position coaches.
  • Someone who unquestionably supports other sports programs of the University, the teams, athletes and coaches with his time, effort and attendance.
  • An individual with class, who never seems to make foolish or crass statements publicly, never denigrates efforts of opposing players, teams, coaches or is ever found losing his temper anywhere near a media microphone. A fair and stoic professional both in public and in his personal life.

Know anyone who fits that description?

I do. He was just fired as the coach of a major Southeastern Conference team and is now on the market for a head coaching position.

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The End of an Era

By on December 13th, 2020 in Football 21 Comments »
The Sun Has Set On Head Coach Gus Malzahn(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody. A sad regular season has come to an end with the firing of Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn. I shall remember Gus as the coach that took us to the brink of greatness early on and then battled to get back there the rest of his tenur... Read Full Story

Attack the Aggies! (Auburn vs. Texas A&M Open Thread)

By on December 5th, 2020 in Football 9 Comments »
Tigers Can Secure a Good Bowl Game Today(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning the Auburn Tigers return to the field to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The Tigers are reeling after an Iron Bowl beatdown in Tuscaloosa last weekend and need to get back on the winning track. Winning this week and next we... Read Full Story

Top the Tide! (Auburn at Alabama Open Thread)

By on November 28th, 2020 in Football 5 Comments »
A Hostile Venue Awaits        War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon the the Auburn Tigers take the perilous journey to Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They'll take on the number-one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in a made-for-TV showdown. Alabama can continue ITS march towards a championship while Auburn tries to... Read Full Story

It Is Iron Bowl Week!

By on November 27th, 2020 in Football 1 Comment »
Tiger Basketball Kicked Off with a Win over St. Joe     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday afternoon the Auburn Tigers will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Auburn has a 5–2 record in SEC-only competition this year with 3 games remaining. Alabama is undefeated at 7–0 an... Read Full Story

Auburn Survives Tennessee! (Grading Auburn’s 30-17 Victory over Tennessee)

By on November 22nd, 2020 in Football Comments Off on Auburn Survives Tennessee! (Grading Auburn’s 30-17 Victory over Tennessee)
Auburn Uncorked a Couple of Back Breakers on the Vols(USA Today Sports, John Reed)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's home win over the Tennessee Volunteers by the score of 30–17. Auburn appeared quite rusty after a 3-week layoff for virus reasons. The Tigers had some early success... Read Full Story

Trample Tennessee! (Auburn vs. Tennessee Open Thread)

By on November 21st, 2020 in Football Comments Off on Trample Tennessee! (Auburn vs. Tennessee Open Thread)
Tigers Must Avenge a Home Loss from 2 Years Ago     War Eagle, everybody! This evening the the Auburn Tigers return to the field to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. Auburn hopes to gain likely bowl eligibility and momentum headed into next week's Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee hopes to stop a 4-game losing streak and de... Read Full Story

The Big Orange Week

By on November 20th, 2020 in Football 5 Comments »
Tigers Play for the First Time since Halloween.\(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday evening, the Auburn Tigers will host the Tennessee Volunteers in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn has a 4–2 record in SEC-only competition this year with 4 games remaining. After winning its first 2 games,... Read Full Story

An Extended Bye Period

By on November 13th, 2020 in Football 11 Comments »
Auburn's Trip to Starkville Has been Postponed to Mid-December(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody. We have made it to or beyond the midseason in this year's SEC slate of action. This week, there have been quite a few cancellations or postponements due to the COVID 19 pandemic. In addition to Auburn at Mississippi ... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Dead-End Edition

By on November 9th, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »
The 2020 season is still ongoing, but what we've learned as we come to the middle of the Southeastern Conference schedule is as different as black and white or light and shadow in a classic film noir motion picture. Few could imagine some of these mid-season realities such as only two conference teams able to keep opponents from... Read Full Story

Auburn Destroys LSU! (Grading Auburn’s 48–11 Victory over LSU)

By on November 1st, 2020 in Football 3 Comments »
Nowhere to Run for the Bayou Bengals(AP Photo, Butch Dill)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's crushing 48–11 win over the LSU Tigers. This game started out as a defensive struggle as the first quarter ended with no score. After a sounding out period, the Auburn offense took flight ... Read Full Story

Lash LSU! (Auburn vs. LSU Open Thread)

By on October 31st, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
A Tigers vs. Tigers Showdown(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This afternoon the the Auburn Tigers return home to take on the LSU Tigers. This game features two dangerous, wounded teams trying to climb back into the SEC Western Division Race. Although both teams have 2 SEC losses versus zero for the Alabama Cri... Read Full Story

A Spooky Halloween Bash

By on October 30th, 2020 in Football 3 Comments »
Auburn Has Not Beaten LSU Since 2016(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday afternoon, the Auburn Tigers will host the LSU Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn sits just a game over 50 percent, at 3–2. LSU rests at 2–2. Both teams need a win to remain among the winning teams in the SE... Read Full Story

Auburn Grabs a Win in Oxford! (Grading Auburn’s 35–28 Victory at Ole Miss)

By on October 25th, 2020 in Football 5 Comments »
A Fabulous Catch and Run by Seth Williams!(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)     War Eagle everybody! It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's wild 35–28 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. A grinding ground game shootout nearly got away when a tiring Auburn defense gave up a go-ahead touchdown and extra point in the late ... Read Full Story

Outrace Ole Miss! (Auburn at Ole Miss Open Thread)

By on October 24th, 2020 in Football Comments Off on Outrace Ole Miss! (Auburn at Ole Miss Open Thread)
A Gray Sky in Oxford(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, Auburn travels back to the SEC Western Division for an important matchup. The Auburn Tigers will visit the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi. The game is a chance to climb back into the SEC West race for both teams and, especially in the O... Read Full Story

Down To the Crossroads

By on October 23rd, 2020 in Football 2 Comments »
Auburn Has Not Lost in Oxford Since 2012(Photo by Acid Reign)     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday morning, the Auburn Tigers will take on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi. The Tigers are coming off a disappointing loss to South Carolina in Columbia. Ole Miss has lost 2 in a row in disappointing fashion. Against Alab... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Lonely-Place Edition

By on October 20th, 2020 in Football Comments Off on Tiger Eye Review – Lonely-Place Edition
As we approach the midpoint in this abbreviated 2020 season in the Southeastern Conference, some disturbing trends are becoming apparent. For one, the threat of interruption by COVID-19 related issues from false positives to rescheduled games was evident as four teams missed playing opportunities. How this will play out in the f... Read Full Story

Auburn Drops One in Columbia. (Grading Auburn’s 30-22 Loss at South Carolina)

By on October 18th, 2020 in Football 10 Comments »
No Answers in the Defensive Backfield(Photo: Todd van Emst, Auburn Athletics)     War Eagle everybody. It's time now for the Acid Reign Report on Auburn's dismal 30–22 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Auburn ripped out to a 16–7 lead in the second quarter before the offense became a dysfunctional mess, and the defen... Read Full Story

Gouge the Gamecocks! (Auburn at South Carolina Open Thread)

By on October 17th, 2020 in Football Comments Off on Gouge the Gamecocks! (Auburn at South Carolina Open Thread)
A Fantastic Day for Football     War Eagle, everybody! This morning, Auburn travels back to the SEC Eastern Division where the Tigers will have played 3 of their first 4 games, to visit the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina. This game is an add-on game in an odd year, but every game is important in an SEC-... Read Full Story

A Vicious Bird Fight This Week

By on October 16th, 2020 in Football Comments Off on A Vicious Bird Fight This Week
Auburn Has Not Lost in Columbia, South Carolina     War Eagle, everybody! Saturday morning, the Auburn Tigers will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bryce Williams Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The Tigers are coming off a narrow victory in tropical storm rains over the Arkansas Razorbacks at home at Auburn. Sout... Read Full Story

Tiger Eye Review – Killing Edition

By on October 13th, 2020 in Football 4 Comments »
Many things can be killed by singular events: hopes, dreams, confidence, expectations. Fans in both Gainesville and Knoxville can surely relate to this. So can those in Starkville, Mississippi—and that name now takes on new, ironic meaning after the effusion of excitement by that fan base on the results of its first game in th... Read Full Story
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