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Is Dameyune Craig Back in the Picture?

By on January 2nd, 2013 in Football 16 Comments »

Dameyune CraigAll was quiet on the coaching front yesterday, but that will be changing fast. Gus Malzahn is expected to name as many as three new assistant coaches over the next 48 hours.

Auburn Undercover is reporting that former Auburn quarterback and current Florida State assistant Dameyune Craig may still be a candidate to return to the Plains. Craig turned down a Malzahn offer a few weeks back, but now is believed to be reconsidering…

With Norv Turner getting the boot at San Diego on Monday, it looks like special teams coach Rich Bisaccia is almost a lock to join Malzahn’s staff. It’s widely speculated that he’ll also coach running backs.

The Yonkers, N.Y. native earned a reputation as one of the best special team coaches in the NFL during his nine year tenure with Tampa Bay that resulted in a Super Bowl title. He joined the Chargers in 2011.

Bisaccia is a high intensity guy who sports a chin-beard and a shaved head. According to those who played for him, he’s a worker and a motivator. Sounds like a fit to me…

I wish Corey Lemonier well, but I can’t help but think he’s making a big mistake leaving for the NFL early. Sure the money is hard to pass up, especially if you go in the first round of the draft. But there’s no guarantee he’ll go early and it’s an understatement to say that he was far from dominating this season.

Lemonier has all the intangibles to be great, but he looks awful raw right now. I wish him the best…

The SEC has good reason to beat its chest. It has dominated the game like no other over the last decade. However, if the last 48 hours are any indication, the Big 10 is closing fast.

While Georgia and South Carolina escaped with wins yesterday, they were far from dominating. It’s obvious the Big 10 has gotten the message: Speed wins. Nebraska and Michigan were both noticeably faster than years past. They may finally be catching up…

It’s hard to understand the play calling by the Mad Hatter on Monday night. Talk about grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. There’s no arguing Les Miles is among the best; but if I’m an LSU fan, I’m still dumbfounded over the offensive and defensive play selection against Clemson in the fourth quarter. I guess you just take the good with the bad. And it was plain horrible on New Year’s Eve…

Auburn welcomes Florida State to town tonight in its final non-conference basketball game before SEC play begins next week. The Tigers (5-7) are coming off a tough 2-point loss to 12th ranked Illinois over the weekend.

The Seminoles (8-4) are riding a four game winning streak after defeating Tulsa 82-63 on Saturday. FSU humiliated Auburn a year ago in Tallahassee 85-56. Auburn coach Tony Barbee says scheduling the Illini and FSU back-to-back was done to get the Tigers ready for SEC play.

“They are the type of teams that we are going to see throughout the SEC,” he says. “They have more size and athletic ability man for man, and they are certainly teams that are viable candidates for the NCAA Tournament.”

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT from Auburn Arena. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South.

16 Comments

  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Agree about LSU’s play calling, especially their final possession with about 3 minutes remaining. They had to make 2 yards for a first down. TWO. They were the biggest cats on the field, their QB was iffy throwing the ball, and they were doing okay running. I mean, all they had to do was make TWO yards on second and two.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Lemonier is picked to go in the second round. Not too shabby for his size. He’ll be fine if he works hard.

    In other news, did anyone see this video of Vandy’s Coach Franklin giving a fan a hug? http://youtu.be/CBXOWSF8P5k

    Enjoyed the read this am, Jay.

    WAR EAGLE!

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I would LOVE for DC to come back to the Plains….trying not to get my hopes up….also trying NOT to turn on the Jox…..wish me luck; I need it.

  4. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    I hate to see Lemonier go but late first round to early second round money is to much to pass up of risk losing by staying for one more season. Good luck Corey. I wonder how much hiring Garner weighs into Craig’s reconsidering the position. Garner recruited Craig to the plains the first time around. Good read Jay.

  5. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Good all around BODA GETTA….

    – Corey Lemonier – served as an excellent back up in the 2010 season, but really hasn’t done anything since. I fault the coaching… not him necessarily. He never quit. Still, I know its hard to “know” when to make the jump. I wish him well and appreciate him making room on our team. He will always be known as an AU man. Best of luck in the NFL.

    – Where there is smoke… or about Dameyune Craig… that is a name that just will not go away. Not that I don’t want him at AU.. no, far from it. I do. But I got the impression with his initial response he wasn’t interested. Then, I watched the FSU game last night… something looked unsettling on the FSU sideline. The game was never in question… but I thought Fisher looked a bit agitated all game long. He even got a penalty in the fourth quarter because of it. And maybe this has something to do with it. I mean, the game meant nothing. Jimbo knew it. Hell, the orange bowl was practically empty.

    – Add to the mix the potential hiring of Rich Bisaccia and AU now has an NFL tinge to it. Albeit that same tinge failed to produce anything with a DC last year. I think AU looks a lot differently come the spring,

    Q: how many positions remain to be filled??

    All in all, with just the folks we have on board, can you imagine our staff? We got a recruiting juggernaught. I just hope they given the green light to produce. And incidentally, our team average has slowly and quietly come back to the number 22 position. I still say AU finishes in the top 10.

    WDE

  6. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    With all due respect to the big ten… I am not sure if you can justify the statement that they are “catching up”.

    I watched the MSU game yesterday. How in the hell can any team win when your QB thows picks? They lost the turn over margin 4-3 yesterday. The main problem wasn’t necessarily giving NW pick six’s… it was the fact that MSU’s offense simply stunk. The time of possession difference was nearly 10 minutes. And as a result of a three and out offense… the defense simply got tired. Dan Mullen might have lucked out in a few games this year and got his team to a new year’s day bowl game… but in my opinion MSU still has MAJOR problems.

    UGA won thier game, And USC won theirs. I don’t think either game was “ecked” out. But that is just me.

    By I do agree with you about the LSU game. Talk about sloppy play! Very uncharacteristic of Les Miles. But you got to hand it to Taj Boyd, He is a scrappy QB for Clemson.

    WDE

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      South Carolina scored the winning TD with 11 seconds left on the clock….. What is your definition of eeking out a win?

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        AND, it wasn’t like they were marching down the field at will. There were some clutch passes and catches, and 4th down conversion, AND the final drive was sans Conner Shaw….if that wasn’t USCe eeking out a win, I don’t know what is….not that they didn’t deserve to win, but it was essentially, one incompletion or one return away from a loss.

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        The USC defense was dominant all day. The only offense that Michigan had was the play of Robinson.

        Besides… the USC offense wasn’t lead by their main guy during the last drive. It was lead by USC’s back up QB as Connor Shaw watched from the sidelines.

        A back up throws a 35 yard TD pass? Really? He did it like he belonged on the field. Like he was a starter.

        I guess my definition of “eeking” a win is the level of chaos on the side lines. When you KNOW your supposed to lose as opposed to being picked to win. I would call the 1972 AU-UA game eeking out a win if you need an example.

        BL: USC lived up to expectations by winning the game.

        UGA beat Nebraska by 2 TDs.

        On the contrary you could say that Clemson eeked a win from LSU.

        But that is just me.

        WDE

        • Todd92 Todd92 says:

          Thompson threw a floater that the Michigan defends like the keystone cops it resembled a Hail Mary more than a mid length pass. Yes USCe defense looked good but they still gave up 28 points. Winning the game in the last seconds in the fashion they did definitely fits in my definition of eeking out a win…especially when up until that pass USCe seemed to be sputtering and may have to try a 50+ yard fg. I’m not of the opinion that the Big? Is catching the SEC either but South Carolina was anything but a convincing victory.

          • wde1988 wde1988 says:

            Holy crap! Didn’t deserve to win? Perhaps you thinking about the MSU game. And incidentally… they lost.

            We will have to agree to disagree. I personally thought Clowny set the tone for USC.

            Was it a blow out like bama had? No. But just remember this wasn’t for anything but bragging rights. They were predicted to win… they won.

            But perhaps you might need to take it up with Steve?

            Huzzah for the SEC!

            WDE

    • Wombat Wombat says:

      “Uncharacteristic of Les Miles”? Not knowing how to manage the clock in the 4th quarter, with the game on the line is classic Miles. The only difference is his voodoo didn’t kick in to miraculously save the day.

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        No doubt he is a lucky SOB. But he normally has horsepower to back him up. All I know is that the guy has our number more than we have his…

        Again, if you want to talk eeking a game… I thought Dabo was a better example of that than Steve.

        But – it’s just perception.

        WDE

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