With Nick Saban and Brett Bielma drawing all the attention and flack for their endorsement against HUNH offenses, we believe at TET that not enough interest is being shown for legislating against some of the real problems of the game. While other college football outlets might be reluctant to tackle these issues, we have no such compunction here. The following is a list of such high football crimes and the punishment we expect to be metered out, as suggested by notable college football blogger Draco.
Not Filling In Your Student Section. While every generation believes the next is going to hell, this would surely be my leading argument in any civil proceeding attempting to provide proof thereof. Apparently, Nick Saban was on to something with these little snot-nosed, entitled punks, not just leaving early but showing up at all. Why even matriculate at a football factory at all if you’re not lining up in the snow and rain for hours before a game? Cut the size of the box or give away the tickets if you must. Penalty: NCAA level infraction, loss of one schollie per year for every % point below 90 for conference games. (not even students can be expected to attend the cupcakes en masse).
Coaches Covering Their Lips While Mouthing Plays On the Sidelines. Since when was stealing an opposing team’s signals supposed to get so complicated? HD television opened this bit of clandestine observation open to even the casual viewer at home and no longer for just assistant coaches with binoculars in the press box and stands. Also, what else is one to do with a degree in sign language and lip-reading? If they’re going to snap the ball in eight seconds without allowing the substitution of defenders, it’s only fair that it is known what play they’re calling beforehand. Penalty: Dead-ball foul and loss of down.
More Than One Player With the Same Jersey Number. No longer is it allowable to just not allow them on the field at the same time. Can we please try and weed down the roster a bit? 100 slots should be plenty, even if you’re Nick Saban. Basketball doesn’t have this problem! It’s too confusing for the average fan. As a bonus, it’ll prevent some teams from retiring too many numbers, which is bound to catch up to us in a few hundred years. Penalty: Dead-ball foul and ejection of all players wearing the same number for a cumulative four quarters. continue reading
Let’s put aside all this talk about being the best college coach in America. When Nick Saban boarded a plane recently to Indianapolis to whine about the Hurry-Up, No-Huddle Offense to the NCAA Rules Committee, he effectively told his rivals in the SEC that he has no answer for it.
The Old Nick Saban is dead.
The new one wears pink panties and answers to Nicki. The new Saban listens to Spandau Ballet in the car and cries with his wife while watching The Notebook. I bet he sits when he pees.
Forget those national championships. Late in his career, Saban just threw in the towel. He’s announced to the world that he can’t stop Gus Malzahn. Somebody put a sun dress on that statue outside of Bryant Denny Stadium.
Alabama just thought Harvey Updyke was an embarrassment. They are paying Saban $7 million a year and his answer to stopping the HUNH is to fly to Indianapolis and beg for mercy?
Washington St. coach Mike Leach thought it was some kind of joke when he heard the news that Saban was spearheading legislation to slowdown the offense in the name of safety.
“My suggestion is rather than spending a bunch of time coming up with a bunch of really stupid rules, spend that time coaching harder,” Leach said. “Worry about your own team and try to make your product better rather than trying to change the game so you don’t have to do anything.”
Under the proposed rule change, offenses would be prevented from snapping the ball until the 40-second clock hits 29 seconds (excluding the last two minutes of a half).
“The 10-second rule is like asking basketball to take away the shot clock – Boring!” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy tweeted Thursday. “It’s like asking a blitzing linebacker to raise his hand.”
Not surprisingly, Saban has been unavailable for comment since his meeting with the committee. Then again, with it being Valentine’s Day on Friday, he’s probably been too busy counting the roses that Ms. Terry sent him on his special day.
Fortunately, most experts doubt the legislation will pass this year. This is not just an Auburn-Alabama issue. Texas A&M and Ole Miss run similar attacks, not to mention most of the Pac-12 and Big 12 conference schools.
Saban being a sissy won’t be enough to move the needle – not yet anyway. But you can bet he won’t stop trying. It’s the sign of an aging coach. Rather than adapt, you just try to change the rules to your favor.
He reminds me of the kid on the playground that cries because the basketball goal is too high to reach. The tough ones adapt, the weak ones go inside and cry to mama.
Somebody find Nicki a shoulder to cry on and get him one of those umbrella drinks while you’re at it.
What a joke.
Sunny Golloway won his debut game at Auburn. (photo:Julie Bennett, al.com)
Just days after schools and businesses were closed in Auburn, Ala. for snow and ice, the Auburn Tigers opened their 2014 baseball season Friday in the Snow Bird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Tigers made new Coach Sunny Golloway‘s debut a happy one with a 4-0 shutout of Indiana State.
The victory came behind the pitching of Senior starter Dillon Ortman and closer RS Sophomore Justin Camp. The two combined to throw nine scoreless innings.
The Tigers have a new look for 2014. The new coach started five freshman in the opener. And Golloway has brought in the west coast style of ball of the hit and run, bunting, and putting a lot of pressure on the defense.
It has been a successful formula for the former Sooner coach, who in nine seasons in Norman, took his team to 8 NCAA Regionals, 4 Super Regionals (hosting 3) and one College World Series.
The freshman Tigers provided five of Auburn’s seven hits with Damon Haecker getting it started by driving in Jordan Ebert on a two-out single in the second inning. Then Blake Austin hit a two out single in the sixth to drive home Keegan Thompson and Damek Tomscha. Finally J.J. Shaffer scored an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice bunt by Thompson.
“I thought we played the way we needed to play,” said Golloway “We pitched and we played defense, and that’s what we’ve been preaching to our guys.”
Golloway said he told his team before the game, “The most important game we’re going to play is this first game. We’ve got to get some confidence and learn how to win.”
Well the Tigers have won that most important game. Now it’s one down and 56 to go.
Auburn continues in the Snowbird Classic today as they face Ohio State at 11 a.m. CT in Port Charlotte. Senior Michael O’Neal will take the mound for Auburn.
Go Tigers beat the Buckeyes!
Auburn keeps a great cornerback signee.
War Eagle, everybody! After a bit of bad post-signing-day news, it appears that Auburn football signee Kalvaraz Bessent will likely be joining the team after all. After reports surfaced last week that Bessent had been arrested on felony drug charges, things did not look good for his future. Today, all charges have been dropped! Evidently, common sense prevailed, and Auburn is plus one in the secondary. We’re relieved for Mr. Bessent’s sake, and glad to have another good Auburn man on the team!
With recent developments coming to light, it has been revealed that University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban are two key supporters of a radical proposed NCAA rule change that would drastically limit the pace at which offenses could operate.
Having been fascinated by the possible implications of such a rule change and the monumental stupidity required to even believe it should be put into place, I sat down with both Bielema and Saban individually to discuss their reasons for advocating such a cause and what led them to their pitiful state.
How do those four and five stars pan out at Auburn?
(Photo by Acid Reign.)
War Eagle, everybody! This morning, from the snow-covered hills of the Tragic City, we’ll talk some Auburn recruiting. More specifically, we’ll look at how Auburn’s last five classes have contributed, with an emphasis on four and five star players. Four years ago, I looked back at five years of recruiting and what had become of those classes. I bemoaned Auburn’s numbers, as it seemed that a ton of players from Tommy Tuberville’s last few classes had not been able to contribute. How different are things now, four years later?
Before I begin charting recruits, I need to say a word or two about a top recruit this winter. Folks, I cannot believe the backlash linebacker Rashaan Evans has received for choosing Alabama over Auburn. There’s no call for the vitriol he and his family have received. Last time I checked, this is supposed to be a free country, and a young student does have the right to choose where he goes to college. We Tiger fans would have liked to have seen Evans in orange and blue in the coming years. It won’t happen. He’s decided to go to Alabama. Here’s where we wish Evans well, and move on. Leave the name-calling and worse to other fanbases.
Speaking of moving on, that’s clearly what’s happened with the Auburn coaching staff in regards to 2014 signee Kalvaraz Bessent. About a week ago, Bessent was arrested on felony drug charges. While the Auburn coaching staff has declined to comment much on the situation, they’ve added a new commit this week. JUCO cornerback Joseph Turner is on board, and welcome to the Auburn Tigers.
So, how have Auburn’s four and five stars from the Gene Chizik era turned out? For reference, I’m going to use 247sports star ratings for this, citing ease of use of their material. After the jump, we’ll take a look.
Hal Herring was an All SEC Center and Linebacker for Auburn
The year was 1957. The Auburn Tigers won the National Championship and did so with a lock down defense. Just as Auburn won a national championship in 2010 behind the play calling of an offensive guru named Gus Malzahn, the Tigers of ’57 won it behind the play calling of another guru, but that time it was on defense.
It was a different era. It was a time when players went both ways and games were defined by who was the toughest. Hand to hand combat might better describe what took place on the gridiron. It was a game where (unlike today’s offenses that put up big numbers) defenses choked the life out of offenses.
It was in that environment that a former SEC and NFL star player had become the defensive coordinator for Auburn. Having a separate coach just for defense had been an almost unheard of practice. Up to that time, coaches like players had gone both ways. The name of that early defensive guru? … Former Tiger great, Hal Herring.
He was a pioneer in coaching defense exclusively. He was also one of the best. In fact, he may have been the best to ever coach the ‘D’ at Auburn. He coached on The Plains for 13 years and all of those seasons his defenses were in the top 10 nationally including a No.1 ranking six times. Auburn’s reputation over the years as being a tough defensive team is due in large part to Hal Herring.
The 1957 National Champions surrendered the fewest points in modern history (28) and one of those touchdowns was an interception and the other three TD’s came against the second team. The Tigers won four games in that championship season, scoring seven points or fewer and six times Auburn shut out their opponent.
Many would say yeah, but that team couldn’t do that today because the game is more sophisticated. Well Hal was asked before the 2010 BCS Championship game if his players could match up today. His response was, “Easily … Back then, you kicked somebody’s a- – or you got kicked. It was for men only.”
But it wasn’t exclusively about out-manning the other guy. Like Auburn’s current offensive genius, Herring was an innovator who was constantly adjusting his defensive alignment; something that was ahead of its time in the 1950′s and 60′s. Many of the following generations of defensive coordinators owe their craft to Coach Herring. He (like Malzahn on offense) wrote a book about defensive football. He knew from which he talked. He coached for the great Shug Jordan and against some of the best in the game – guys like Bobby Dodd, Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi and Don Shula.
Herring didn’t just make his mark in life as a football coach. He was a husband, a father, and a teacher. A member of America’s greatest generation, he chose to leave college to help defend his country as an infantryman in World War II. After the war, he returned to Auburn and was named the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player in 1948. That same year he was selected All-SEC both as a center and linebacker. He went onto play professionally for the legendary Paul Brown, helping the Cleveland Browns win an NFL World Championship in 1950.
In 1965 he left Auburn to coach defense for the Atlanta Falcons and later coached for the San Diego Chargers. In 2002, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. But perhaps his most cherished honor came in 2001 when he was given the highest recognition Auburn can bestow on student-athletes who have distinguished themselves as alumni, The Walter Gilbert Award.
Sunday night Coach Herring passed away in Cuming, Ga. just two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at Ingram’s Funeral Home in Cuming. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
He will be missed. He was an Auburn Man. He was a man’s man. He was a football coach through and through. And he was the last of an era.
Bill Sewell aka. MyAuburn in the field at Crooked Oaks. (photo by AubTigerman)
Everyone needs a pastime, a hobby if you will. And the more avid you are about that hobby, the more enjoyment it will bring. Webster defines pastime as something that amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably. After college football season is over, nothing is more amusing to me than the pursuit of that great southern game bird, the Bobwhite Quail.
Nearly all my life I have had two passions. One is Auburn Football and the other is quail hunting. Recently I was able to combine both near the east Alabama town of Notasulga.
I met my friend Bill Sewell on a Friday afternoon at Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve. After getting checked into the lodge, Bill and I were treated to lunch with Coach Dye and a group of other hunters from across the state.
Hunting Preserve Manager Chico Canady with the author.
We then were introduced to Chico Canady, Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve Manager who put us with two of the best guides I have ever hunted with – Trey Trussell and Conni Sikes. Trey and Conni took us on an afternoon hunt; showing us a good time as the dogs were energetic and the birds were fast.
That evening, back at the lodge, we were joined by Track ‘em Tigers Founder and Publisher, Jay Coulter for another great meal with the coach. It didn’t matter that there was only the three of us; Coach Dye always serves as the host whether his guest are composed of a large corporate crowd or just a small group of friends. We had a great time talking Auburn Football and reminiscing with Coach about those great teams he had on The Plains.
The next morning started with a southern breakfast of grits, eggs, bacon, country jam and biscuits. After which the Coach, who is an expert on Japanese Maples, took Jay on a tour of his Quail Hollow Gardens Tree Farm while we went out on another day’s hunt.
Quail hunting has been called the gentleman’s sport but for me it’s more about being in the woods with friends and family. It’s about riding on a trailer through the woods on a crisp cool morning while the dogs yelp in anticipation in the box behind you.
It’s watching the dogs work in cooperation with the guides as they run with nose in the air searching for a scent and then suddenly freezing in a mili-second to point the place of the quarry. It’s the rush of excitement at the explosion of a covey of quail as they are flushed and burst into the air, flying in different directions. There’s just nothing else like it on God’s green earth.
But perhaps the best part of the quail hunt is the camaraderie of family and friends. And of course at Crooked Oaks, there is the added benefit of sharing your meals and stories of the day’s hunt with Coach Dye.
The rest of the guys had to leave early after Saturday’s hunt yet the coach still graciously took time from his work day on the tree farm to fellowship and share my last meal of the weekend.
I have hunted different places through out the south and I can say that if you’ve ever thought about taking in a quail hunt – there is no better place to enjoy a day or two of fellowship, great food , and the great outdoors than Coach Dye’s Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve. However, if you want to go this year, you better call Chico today … there’s only about seven weeks left for this season.
Reservations can be made by calling Chico at 334 524-1593.