Shades of Jeff Burger? Probably Not.

By Posted on: August 4th, 2014 in Football 22 Comments »
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So much for the big announcement. Gus Malzahn’s declaration that Nick Marshall would not start the opener against Arkansas really didn’t give fans the definitive answer they were expecting. All we know for sure is that he won’t take the first snap.

This is nothing new for Auburn and its quarterbacks. Back in 1987, Tiger quarterback Jeff Burger found himself in a similar situation minus the weed. He accepted a ride on a plane from a friend of a teammate, which was a violation of NCAA rules and for a time was ruled ineligible.

Just prior to Auburn’s game with Florida, the NCAA relented and reinstated Burger’s eligibility. However, it wasn’t over yet. Some at the University insisted on Burger being punished by the school.

Finally, Auburn coach Pat Dye relented and benched him as the starter against the Gators – for one play. It was the ultimate middle finger to University officials pushing for the punishment. Burger and his Tigers defeated Florida 29-6 and went on to capture the SEC Title.

Something tells me Marshall will sit more than one play, but will likely be on the field before the halftime show cranks up…

Tired of worrying about Marshall? Take a closer look at the offensive line. Replacing All-American Greg Robinson and fullback Jay Prosch was a bad enough hit for Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant. Now, perhaps Auburn’s top returner on the line, Alex Kozan is gone for the year with a back injury.

Tre Mason was special. Auburn’s offensive line turned him into Superman. With Kozan gone, there has to be some concern among coaches. The 6-foot-4 300 pound Kozan had bonded with fellow lineman Reese Dismukes this summer at Navy SEALS Training in San Diego. Now Dismukes will be expected to do even more.

Coaches are expected to shuffle players around in the coming days, with Chad Slade, Patrick Miller and Avery Young all getting looks at different positions. Malzahn tried to downplay the loss.

“Obviously that’s a big blow for our guys up front with the type of year he had and the type of player he is,” said Malzahn.

“With that being said, we do have quality depth up front. I’ll take you back to the spring: Avery Young played some guard. That was good. We will kind of mix and match probably the first week or so, and we’ll see what happens with that.”

While very concerning, if there’s any place Auburn can absorb it, it’s on the line – I think…

Been worried about Tony Barbee since was fired by Auburn this spring? Yeah, I bet. Especially considering how fan friendly he was during his tenure on the Plains. Well, you can sleep easy now. Barbee has been hired as a “special assistant” to Kentucky coach John Calipari. Barbee played for Calipari at UMass and coached under him at Memphis.

Isn’t it amazing that Bruce Pearl has done more for Auburn recruiting in four months without being allowed to leave campus than Barbee did his entire tenure? Can you say, W-O-R-S-T Auburn basketball coach ever? And hey, we all know, that’s saying a lot.

Until next time…

Nick Marshall Will Not Start Against Arkansas

By Posted on: August 1st, 2014 in Football, News 14 Comments »
Nick Marshall will lead No.3 Auburn in it's quest for the Tigers' 2nd SEC Championship in three years. (photo: Julie Bennett, al.com)

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Gus Malzahn said today that he would not be starting Quarterback Nick Marshall or Corner back Jonathan Mincy in the Tigers opener against Arkansas on Aug.30. He made the announcement in his press conference following the first day of fall practice. Gus said the action is “part of their punishment.”

He also gave some bad news on Offensive Lineman Alex Kozan. The All SEC Guard will miss the entire season due to a back injury. “That’s a big blow for our guys up front,” Malzahn said. “With the type of year he had and the type of player he is.”

Watch the video here for the rest of Coach Malzahn’s comments during his press conference.

                                

Tempering Steele

By Posted on: August 1st, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 3 Comments »


                                                           A properly tempered sword will sport Auburn colors*

First off, let me say that I enjoy reading Phil Steele’s magazine and daily blog. If ever I need to know how many starting offensive linemen are returning for a given team year to year, or how each SEC team’s yards per play compares to any other at a glance, it’s just a quick search in his archived articles. His annual articles related to such data and his comprehensive magazine are anticipated by college football fans for weeks before thier publication dates. They’re a wonderful blend of hard numbers and oftentimes very astute analysis.

That being said, at other times much of Phil’s analysis is either puzzlingly vague or laughably absurd. Many of his regular articles are either overly simplistic or completely irrellevant in any rational analysis. Why this occurs in amongst his other fine articles is unknown. I can only surmise that as his entire business revolves around keeping his readers engaged, he sometimes chums the water every now and then just to keep them occupied while he works on other more relevant material.

For example, some of his more common articles involve the return of key position players for various teams. While this might seem to be an important factor in assessing a team’s potential, it is often misleading in the extreme. Take last year’s report on % of Offensive Yards Returning. I looked at what Phil reported and added the actual yards per game in 2013 for each of the SEC teams. Sorting first for Phil’s numbers from his mid-summer article shows what seems like important data on returning talent.

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However, when you sort by actual yards gained during the season, you see that such analysis is completely useless in terms of predicting or analyzing what any one team will do.

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Granted, he pegged a few teams correctly – Alabama and LSU started and ended in the top five and Vandy and the Gators stayed at the bottom, but few other teams are anywhere near what his numbers would suggest by the end of the season, least of all the team that led the SEC in running the ball last year. Marshall, Artis-Payne and Grant had zero yards in 2012, and although Tre Mason was a thousand-yard running back, it was under an entirely different offensive scheme that woefully under-utilized his true talent.

So my question is, if Phil Steele’s data is so often irrelevant day to day, what about his predictions for the coming year?


An aide to British military commander Field Marshal Haig wrote this in a report following a tank demonstration in 1916.

Predictions by even the most experienced and rational people are notoriously inaccurate, often spectacularly so. Mr Steele is not immune to this, and his latest predictions posted last month are no exception to this rule.

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On the surface this seems an impressive list of likely candidates, especially given Phil’s extensive research which he describes in the article. His discussion is impressive, compelling and seemingly accurate. But before we take this (and the glaring omission of Auburn) to heart, take a look at what he predicted last year and more importantly how those “National Championship Mold” teams fared in 2013.

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These were Phil’s most likely champions in 2013. Notice anything about them? Perhaps this tabulation might help.

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While Phil had the eventual BCS champion Florida State and five other 11+ win teams in that list, he also had two LOSING teams listed, and two other mediocre teams who barely finished over .500 for the year. For all the detailed analysis he describes, that just seems to be a surprising number of low achievement teams for this to be a valid method of predicting outcomes. I mean, what if you just took the top 14 teams from the 2012 final BCS standing?

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Florida State is still there, along with the horrendously bad self-blocking 2013 Gators. But what about at the rest of the field? In my selection there are eight 11+ win teams, half of the top ten teams in the final BCS standings for 2013.

Phil’s analysis must have taken long hours of detailed comparisons and study. Mine took about ten seconds. Just long enough to type ’2012 season final BCS’ in a Google search window and choose the right link. Herein lies the problem with detailed statistical analysis, predictions, and making sense of the wealth of data generated by NCAA football. How each team performs this coming year will rely on a number of issues, of which game experience at positions and previous achievement may play a part, but by no means will that be decisive in predicting results. In fact, most of what is generated in preseason predictions is pure chaff (to use a safe-for-work term). Kernels of truth might exist in such analysis, but separating that out from the sheaf of irrelevant statistical data they are bundled with is all but impossible.

The limitations of this sort of analysis should be readily apparent. I don’t mean to imply that Phil Steele’s work isn’t worthwhile. It is, but only when you use descretion interpreting his predictions. They are by their very nature inaccurate, and his data at times misleading. Just because Slippery Rock returns 100% of their offensive line, and LSU is replacing both starting tackles doesn’t mean that the Rock will be more successful than the Bayou Bengals in the upcoming season. Many other factors involved in their overall performance will have a much greater impact than whether certain positions have multiple-year starters or not.

Factors like continuity of coaching staffs, quality of players, position coaches, offensive and defensive schemes, schedule and team morale defy precise measurement but often have a dramatic effect on team overall performance. Judging those qualities accurately requires a more profound understanding of each team and its component parts than can be found on in broad brush statistical analysis, however comprehensive it may seem. Phil Steele’s blog and magazine provide important data and good information on NCAA teams, but they do not convey complete understanding of each team’s potential for the coming season. For that you will have to dig a little deeper into each one, their coaching staff, players, offensive/defensive philosophies and quality of play as a unit.

But even then, the ultimate determination of how good or poor a team will be on the field of play during the season. For that, we’ll just have to wait and see how they do when the season starts. Until then, everyone is undefeated and for the true fan, will always have the potential to remain so for the year.

In Auburn’s case, I’ll put my money on Gus and the boys over Phil’s analysis any day. War Eagle.


It is usually a dangerous idea to test the temper of a Tiger

*Historical Note: Tempering is the process of applying heat to achieve greater toughness in steel by decreasing the hardness/brittleness while increasing ductility. Precise tempering at several temperatures across the entire cross section of a sword  enables it to be hard enough along the blade to hold a keen edge, but ductile enough at the spine to withstand severe distortion in close combat without shattering or deforming. Swordsmiths of antiquity perfected this technique visually, as the color of the metal changed in a pattern of orange, purple and blue at very precise temperature ranges. A properly tempered sword would be dark blue in the center (590 degrees F) and ranging to bright orange on the blade edge (439 degrees F) before being allowed to cool.

In other words, it had to look like an Auburn blade before it was cool(ed).

Fall Camp Begins!

By Posted on: July 31st, 2014 in Football 12 Comments »
Fall Practice Begins

Tiger Coaches will try to mold another SEC Champion!
(Photo by Acid Reign.)

     War Eagle, everybody! After a long, arduous off-season, Auburn begins fall practice tomorrow afternoon. The Tigers have about 4 weeks to get ready for the opening tilt at home against Arkansas on August 30th. I can’t wait for practice reports to return to my daily reading list!

     The Tigers will run one afternoon practice per day through Tuesday August 5th, which is the first day in pads. The Auburn football team will not get an off day till Friday, August 8th. There will be two-a-day practices on Wednesday, August 6th, and Saturday August 9th. Fan Day is Sunday, August 10th, before another afternoon workout. It’s pretty clear that these coaches are trying to build toughness, taking this team out each afternoon during the hottest part of the day in the August heat.

     Auburn begins this camp with 15 returning starters, including 9 from one of the nation’s top offenses. The only starters not returning on that offense are left tackle Greg Robinson and running back Tre Mason. News of what happens at those two spots during camp will be eagerly anticipated.

     While the defense returns only 6 starters, it does have 5 of the top 7 tacklers from last season coming back. This defense may have more talent than last year’s unit, with an infusion of newcomers expected to contribute. At the end of spring drills, a starting safety job was all but locked down by Derrick Moncrief, and several talented new defensive ends should have a chance to break into the playing rotation as pass rush specialists.

More Auburn ramblings after the jump!

     I think the burning question on most fans minds as camp begins is what the fate of Nick Marshall and Jonathan Mincy will be. The two were arrested in separate incidents during the off-season on drug possession charges, and head coach Gus Malzhan has indicated that there will be consequences. It’s possible that Malzhan will keep that resolution a secret till the opening minutes of the Arkansas game. That would force Arkansas to prepare plans for either Auburn quarterback. I’d rather see this issue addressed sooner. Otherwise, this will be a dark cloud that creeps into one practice report after another. With most of each practice closed to the media, journalists will always be looking for something to write about.

     There has been some hand-wringing this week over the news that Auburn has scheduled a series a couple of years from now with the Clemson Tigers. Some folks would have rather seen a higher profile opponent, and some claim to just be bored with Clemson. I think the series makes sense. Clemson is usually competing for their conference crown, and will make for a good addition when folks look at Auburn’s strength of schedule. Furthermore, this is a fairly easy trip for traveling Auburn fans to make.

     Clemson is an old rival, one that Auburn has played 49 times in the past. Auburn has played Clemson 4 times the past 10 years, and 3 very exciting games came out of that. Who can forget Auburn’s first game with the hurry-up, no huddle philosophy, when Kodi Burns dashed up the middle against a tired Clemson defense? Kodi Burns’ touchdown gave Auburn a 23-20 win in overtime. Then there was the Wes Byrum kick in overtime that downed Clemson in Jordan Hare Stadium. On Auburn’s visit to Clemson a year later, the visitors stormed out to a 21-7 lead, before wilting down the stretch in a 38-24 loss. In Atlanta 2 years ago, the Tiger teams had a hard fought battle before Clemson won it late, 26-19.

     Next week, I will get back to previewing Auburn’s remaining 2014 opponents. On November 15th, Auburn heads to Athens to play Georgia. This game worries me more than any on Auburn’s schedule. It will be Auburn’s 6th SEC game in a row, and Athens has not been a hospitable place for the Tigers in the past decade. It used to be that Auburn beat Georgia more often in Athens than in Auburn, but those days are long gone. Except for the thrilling 31-30 Auburn win in 2005, the Tigers have lost the last 5 trips to east Georgia. There was the 26-7 loss that sent Auburn officials off on a plane to Louisville. There was a 45-20 beatdown administered in 2007. Auburn put up a fight in 2009, but couldn’t catch the ball in the end zone late, falling 31-24. I was there supporting the Tigers in their last trip to Athens, and the visitors weren’t even competitive in a 45-7 rout.

     I think the onus is on defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson against Georgia. Last season, Auburn slowed the dawgs for 3 quarters, then collapsed in the 4th quarter. Georgia roared down the field on 3 touchdown drives, and were knocking on the door again at the end of the game. In the past ten years facing the Bulldogs, Auburn has held Georgia below 30 points only twice. The 2004 SEC Champions held UGA to 6 points, and somehow in Tuberville’s last appearance at Jordan Hare the Tigers held Georgia to 17 points in a 17-13 loss.

     Otherwise, head coach Mark Richt’s offenses have had their way with the Tigers. Even playing against new starting quarterbacks hasn’t helped the Auburn defense. Georgia put up 37 with Matthew Stafford, 31 with Joe Cox at the helm, and 31 in Aaron Murray’s first season. This will be Hutson Mason’s first full year as the Bulldog starter, but if history is any indication, he’ll be playing like a pro by November. Mason has probably the best running back in the nation behind him in Todd Gurley. He has great receivers, including Sith Lord Khari Vion Chris Conley and Malcomb Mitchell to throw to. Here’s hoping Ellis Johnson has a plan this season that will defend Georgia for all 4 quarters.

We’ll look at the matchups next week.

Can Auburn Repeat as SEC Champions?

By Posted on: July 30th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 6 Comments »
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It’s finally here. The 2014 Auburn football season begins Friday. The Tigers officially begin “fall” camp in the heat of the day (3:10 p.m.) and will continue everyday for the next seven days before taking a one day break.

It will be a grueling schedule but that’s part of any pre season camp. Pre season practices are meant to serve sort of like boot camps, preparing and toughening a team for the battles that lay ahead. And no team or coaching staff has a more daunting task ahead of it than Auburn.

Last year the coaches had to get the team to release memories of the previous season’s losing record and believe in themselves. This year memories need to be released again, but this time it’s different.

This time it’s not a loosing season that needs to be put in the rearview mirror.

This time it’s an SEC Championship year that produced one of the most magical and miraculous seasons in the history of the sport – one that fell just 13 seconds short of a national championship. That’s going to be hard to do when the team’s motto is, “We need to be 13 seconds better in everything we do.” Yet the lesson in last season is that the impossible … sometimes can become the possible.

Senior Reese Dismukes acknowledges that last year’s heroics, no matter how wonderful, are not going to help the Tigers repeat as champions this year. However, he believes the team can use it as motivation. “We learned that we’re never out of it,” said Reese. “No matter what the situation is, anything can happen,”

Nevertheless, the Tigers will be playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation having to face no less than seven top 25 teams.

While many teams open with a cupcake of sorts, the Tigers begin with a conference game against Arkansas and then visit Big 12 power, Kansas State in the third week for a Thursday night match up. And after facing La Tech at home, have to play LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama. In addition, Auburn plays the Rebels, the Dogs, and the Tide on the road.

A tough assignment to be sure but Gus and crew are up to the challenge. When Gus became the Head Coach, he announced his goal was to win championships. He did that in his first year.

The question is can his Tigers become the first SEC team in 16 years to repeat as champions? Auburn has a great coaching staff, returns 14 starters, a veteran line, a stable full of quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers. In addition, most look for the defense to be much improved. So is it possible?

No one knows the answer but I do know one thing, if you look at Gus Malzahn’s coaching record, you can’t count him out. Gus is a proven winner who has never had a losing season as a college coach. And we know he is a focused and driven man who can’t stand losing.

Add all that up and I believe it’s definitely possible for the Tigers to repeat. After all, didn’t we learn last year that, “Anything is possible?”

Auburn Recruiting is also “Auburn Fast”

By Posted on: July 29th, 2014 in Featured Article, Football 13 Comments »
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                   Auburn’s latest recruit, 4-star Line backer Richard McBryde. (photo:Dennis Victory,al.com)

The middle of the dog days of summer means one thing in the south – college football is almost here. The off season is almost over and in just a few days Auburn will begin preseason training camp.

While the coaching staff has to get the Tigers prepared to defend their SEC Championship, another challenge always lies underneath the surface no matter what time of year it may be. Of course we’re talking about recruiting, the life blood of the sport.

Last year Auburn not only had unexpected success in reaching the BCS Championship game, the Tigers also had success in putting together a star studded Top Ten recruiting class.

In fact 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings (which equally weigh the ratings of all the major recruiting services) had the Tigers 2014 class ranked at No.6 in the nation. Auburn surprised many when they signed four of the top seven players in the state of Alabama and came close to going five out of seven.

Will Auburn be able to match that success in 2015?

This time last year Auburn had 13 verbal commits. The Tigers are ahead of schedule this year with nineteen having already committed. Just this past week, three top recruits committed to Auburn including Wide Receiver Nate Craig. Rivals rates him the No.1 overall prospect in the nation for the 2016 class.

While his commitment doesn’t make an immediate impact on this years rankings it could serve to influence some other top players to join the Tigers. The 6’3″ receiver is a consensus 5-star prospect out of Tampa Catholic. He chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama and Ohio State.

Also committing this week for the 2015 class was 3-star Defensive Back Chris Westry from Orange Beach, Fla. along with 4-star Inside-Line backer, Richard McBryde from Charles Henderson. McBryde chose Auburn over Alabama and Westry picked the Tigers over his in state school, Florida.

Not surprisingly, both players said they were swayed by the family atmosphere they felt on The Plains. McBryde was quoted as saying, “Every time I go to Auburn, they show me love.” He became Auburn’s 19th commitment, pushing the Tigers’ 2015 class in to fifth place nationally.

It seems that “Auburn Fast” applies to more than just the pace of the game. National signing day is still six months off and the Tigers do not have many spots left. However, there are still some top recruits left out there that Auburn is interested in signing.

To name just a few:

 - DT Daron Payne: A 5-star tackle from Birmingham says he grew up an Auburn fan and has the Tigers, in his top four along with Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas.
– OT Martez Ivey: The 5-star Lineman from Florida is being heavily recruited by Auburn and Florida. He grew up a Gators fan but his best friend is current Auburn commit and team mate Fullback, Chandler Cox.
– DT Trent Thompson: The No. 1 overall prospect in the country from Westover High in Albany, Ga. has listed Georgia and Auburn as one and two on his list.
– LB Jefferey Holland: 4-star receiver and linebacker from Jacksonville, Florida. Holland has wavered this summer between Auburn, Florida and UCLA. It may prove difficult to pull him away from his in state school.

Recruiting is something that is a 365 day endeavor for a winning program. The Tigers will be dueling the rest of the SEC the next few months not only on the field but on the recruiting trail as well. No fewer than seven SEC teams are presently ranked in the top 10 with Auburn at No.5.

It’s a battle every week. Successful programs can’t afford to take their time lining up new talent. So far though, Gus and crew are proving that they recruit just like they coach … Auburn Fast.

List of 2015 Auburn commitments after the jump:

– ATH Jason Smith, 4-star (6-1/180) Gulf Coast C.C., Perkinston, MS
– QB Tyler Queen, 4-star (6-2/229) North Cobb, Kennesaw, GA 
– CB Tony Bridges, 4-star (6-2/185) Gulf Coast C.C., Perkinston, MS
– LB Elijah Sullivan, 3-star (6-1/215) Tucker, GA
– LB Montavious Atkinson, 4-star (6-2/205) Langston Hughes, Fairburn, GA
– RB Kerryon Johnson, 4-star (6-0/200) Madison Academy, Madison, AL
– OL Bailey Sharp, 3-star (6-5/280) Sprayberry, Marietta, GA
– S Ben Edwards, 4-star (6-0/196) Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, FL
– OL Marquel Harrell, 3-star (6-3/295) Creekside, Fairburn, GA
– RB D’Anfernee McGriff, 4-star (6-1/230) Leon, Tallahassee, FL
– OL Kaleb Kim, 4-star (6-4/280) Mill Creek, Hoschton, GA
– DB Jordan Colbert, 4-star (6-2/205) Griffin, GA
– LB Darrell Williams, 4-star (6-3/227) Hoover, AL
– RB Jovon Robinson, 5-star (6-0/220) Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA
– FB Chandler Cox, 4-star (6-2/220) Apopka, FL
– OL Tyler Carr, 4-star (6-5/310) Southside-Gadsden, Gadsden, AL
– TE Jalen Harris, 3-star (6-5/238) St. James, Montgomery, AL
– DB Chris Westry, 3-star (6-4/180) Oakleaf, Oakleaf Park, FL
– LB Richard McBryde, 4-star (6-2/210) Charles Henderson, Troy, AL

Auburn’s Wellness Kitchen is a Move in the Right Direction

By Posted on: July 28th, 2014 in Football 10 Comments »
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Maybe seeing it in real terms is what got my attention. We have become immune to these exorbitant figures thrown around when coaches are fired. But when you break it down into a monthly number it blows your mind.

$209,457.84/month.

That’s what Gene Chizik has been receiving every payday since losing his job back in 2012. He’ll continue to receive it until the end of 2016. That’s $7.5 million for those at home keeping score.

While Gene draws a fat check for sitting on his ass, the NCAA punishes players who accept a free meal. Programs get far worse.

Auburn paid a huge price back in the early 1990’s because coaches helped Eric Ramsey with meal money for he and his wife and new baby. When Ramsey turned out to be a scumbag, who was more interested in bringing down Auburn than helping himself, it ended Pat Dye’s career and likely cost Auburn a national title in 1993.

The hypocrisy of it all is disgusting. We bring kids on campus from poor backgrounds, work them like dogs in the winter and summer and expect them to win big in the fall. And it’s all done in the name of amateurism.

News was made last week when it was reported that every SEC school will make more money on television next season than Notre Dame, who has its own network deal with NBC.

No doubt it’s a beautiful thing. But it’s past time to start sharing the wealth with these so-called student athletes. If you’ve been following the Ed O’Bannon case you know that changes are ahead.

The case is already paying dividends before the verdict. Last week, Auburn opened its new $6.6 million Wellness Kitchen, a facility aimed at giving student-athletes access to food whenever they need it. Back in April, the NCAA changed its rules, allowing athletes to receive unlimited food and snacks.

It’s 2014 and the NCAA is finally allowing players to eat when they are hungry. This only came about because Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier said there were times when he went to bed hungry as a player. Had the Huskies not won a championship, the NCAA would still be calling nutrition an unnecessary perk.

It’s past time that college presidents and the NCAA start giving money to those that produce it. It’s damn un-American to pay coaches insane salaries without sharing the wealth with players. Can we at least provide insurance for them after they leave school? Something tells me they have a few more pre-existing conditions than the average 22 year-old.

Kudos to athletic director Jay Jacobs for getting ahead of the issue and getting the new kitchen built in time for the season opener. It’s a small step toward giving players what they earn.

It’s time for the NCAA to move fast on these reforms – not because they are being sued, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Reliving the Moment

By Posted on: July 25th, 2014 in Football 5 Comments »

A full eight months have passed since that magical moment, and yet it’s everywhere. It’s been named the play of the year, the game of the year and widely accepted as the greatest play in college football history. I don’t know about you, but there’s rarely a week that goes by without me watching it at least a couple of times.

Now there’s a place to watch it 58 different ways. Auburn Athletics has collected dozens of videos reliving the moment and put it all in one place on YouTube. You can watch it up close, from the stands, see it the way the Orlando Auburn Club witnessed it or even how one Auburn fan stuck in an airport bar in Chicago celebrated.

Having a bad day? Fire this site up for five minutes and I dare you to walk away down. It’s that good. And just think, our Alabama friends will have to live with these images for the rest of their lives. It’s enough to make you want to watch it again.

Click here.