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Last Week Was Fun, But What Does the Future Hold?

By on October 28th, 2017 in Football, News 46 Comments »
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Julie Bennet | al.com

I wonder how the debacle in Tiger Stadium would have turned out if Auburn had played the style of offense we saw against Arkansas. I think we would have witnessed a better game, to say the least.

Rumors are again making circles around the Internet related to the imminent demise of AD Jay Jacobs. There has been nothing published that even remotely references anything other than “sources state.”  I don’t know if these rumors are true, but I certainly have no credible evidence to substantiate any arguments to the contrary. I also have zilch to support the rumors. We will find out whenever an announcement is made.

The topic of Coach Gus Malzahn and “what to do about Gus?”—in some manner—has bounced around for a while but especially after the LSU game. There are a number of things that irritate, frustrate, aggravate, and exasperate me as relates to Gus. I don’t have the time and space to go into this, but I’m sure these are shared by many, and you already know what they are.

I am not yet on the firing side of the fence. I hope that thought process has no reason to change this season. My quandary, as has been expressed elsewhere on TET, is who does Auburn hire?

This is a year when we could see numerous coaching changes made just in the SEC. And there may be other changes at the FBS level. So, the competition for seriously qualified coaches is going to be fierce.

Take care of Texas A&M and Georgia and it will probably be a moot point. Win out and make the SEC Championship game and it’s a no-brainer.

The wife and I attended a fun little social Wednesday night at the home of former Auburn and NFL player Wayne Gandy who played host to Atlanta Auburn Club’s “Circle of 100”. In addition to Wayne and his lovely wife, Angelia, in attendance were head baseball coach Butch Thompson, former Auburn and NFL players Steve Wallace and Jason Campbell, and head of AU basketball operations, Randall Dickey. It was a very nice evening and Wayne has the epitome of a “man cave!”

This week Auburn has a bye so, hopefully, there’s a chance for the players to rest, recuperate, and ready themselves for what, I’m afraid, will be a tough road game in College Station. it will also be a chance for the coaches to instill a proper game plan, resulting in what all Tiger fans want.

Texas A&M only allowed Bama to score 27 while scoring 19 against the Tide defense. I am not sure if that speaks more to the A&M defense, an off-game for Bama, a combination thereof, or the 12th Man. But, on the road at Kyle Field I would take that score if in Auburn’s favor.

Auburn will have to be ready to play and play early. That means early, as in getting off to a fast start, and early, as in the 11:00 AM CT kickoff.

Until next time, It’s Great to be an Auburn Tiger and…

WAR EAGLE.

46 Comments

  1. almightytmc says:

    I think the obvious comment is that Gus beats the teams he should beat. And loses to teams he is getting paid vast sums of money to beat. Auburn is paying good money for the results it gets. I suppose it comes down to the fans and administration. Are getting a good return nfor the cash investment?

  2. almightytmc says:

    I will add one thing. I watched the AU- Army game. And the razorbacks were going through the motions by the third quarter. They were not expending much effort. And they look like a team thats going to mail it in the rest of the year. Let’s be honest Bert’s gone and the team has quit. Auburn should have hung 90 points on them.

  3. almightytmc says:

    *should read AU- arky

  4. uglyjoe says:

    So, let’s get the rumor mill cranked up. After last night, suppose FSU should buy out Jimbo Fisher’s contract… And further let’s say that Auburn decides to get rid of Gus… Any chance that Auburn would be interested in Jimbo Fisher?

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Arkansas is down 2 touchdowns at Ole Miss, 21-7 late in the first quarter. They can’t cover the Ole Miss receivers.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Ole Miss has the rout going on. Up 31-7 over Arky, and we still have over 10 minutes left in the first half!

  7. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ….The Arkansas blocking schemes give them a chance to break a big run here and there. Had a great trap-block setup for an 18 yard gain. But then, tackled in the backfield the next play. Story of their season…

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……Mark Richt has apparently taken his “UGA letdown” ways with him to Miami. The unbeaten Hurricanes were in the playoff talk this week.

    …..Fast forward to this Saturday, and Miami trails a bad North Carolina team, 3-0 midway through the second quarter. Letdown!

  9. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    I see no way that Ole Miss keeps interim head coach Matt Luke past this season and the performance by the Razorbacks this year could mean that Bret “Bert” Bielema will be gone. And may as well add Barry Odom and Butch Jones to the “hot seat” list and maybe even Jim McElwain unless the Gators somehow manage to beat UGA. Still not sure about Kevin Sumlin but if the Aggies win at home next week (shudder) then he probably stays no matter the thoughts of one board member. And, of course, we don’t know, from the administration standpoint, where Gus Malzahn stands.
    So, with all of these potential changes, I think CGM has to lose 2 out of 3 against the Aggies, UGA, and Bama before any change will take place this year.
    Obviously, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart are extremely safe. And I think Derek Mason, Dan Mullen and Will Muschamp will be okay.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      And numerous reports out today that Jim McElwain is out as the University of Florida head football coach. So, Florida has pulled the trigger first. I wonder if they will go after Dan Mullen who used to be at Florida? And, Mullen already has a relationship with Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklan from Stricklin’s time at Mississippi State.
      I’m sure there will be more on this along with possibly other changes down the road.

  10. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Gonna have to get up from this couch soon. Miami nodded awake, and leads UNC 7-6 at the half. Ole Miss and Arkansas got a little wild late, and Ole Miss takes a 31-21 lead in at half. It was 31-7, at one point.

  11. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Ole Miss gets an interception with Arky going for it on 4th down – then promptly fumbles an exchange that the Razorbacks picked up and took in for the TD. Ole Miss leading 37-35 with 5:55 left in the game. I really thought this was going to be a blowout but turns out to be very different.

  12. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    And Arky comes back to win 38-37 on a 34-yard FG. Ole Miss used all three time outs in an attempt to ice the kicker to no avail.

  13. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Auburn’s loss to LSU was an EPIC DEBACLE !
    Had we won that game, errybody would be soo happy now.

    Mississippi blew a 24 point lead. I am not surprised.

    Auburn MUST develop a “killer instinct” these next 4 games and not let the foot off the gas pedal.

    Our D will keep us in all 4 games. It is up to the Offense to get enough points on the board to win.

  14. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Pretty stunning finish to that Ole Miss/Arky game. Looks like Ole Miss got really sloppy for several stretches.

  15. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……I’m kinda surprised that Penn State and Georgia are having their way in big rivalry games. Penn State up 14-3 on Ohio State, and UGA up 21-0 over Florida, early.

  16. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    With the understanding that anything can still occur, Miss St is not looking bad against aTm. The Aggies and their defense leaving something, at this point, to be desired.

  17. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Watching that, as well as UT giving up a swift score to Kentucky.

  18. meathead530 says:

    The tigers can do something great these final four games. Hopefully Gus won’t get in the way.

    Watched the Penn State – Ohio State game. Reminded me of the 2009 Iron Bowl.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      You are correct, but will they? Based on what I am seeing in the Miss ST vs Aggie game, Auburn should reign supreme. While it is, at this point, a low-scoring affair, the Aggie defense isn’t yet giving me cause for concern.

  19. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……MSU is a hairy team to defend. Getting pressure on their QB doesn’t always work. They have schemes to get people free, if you blitz. Gap control is paramount, and then a guy like Fitzgerald can pick a man-to-man secondary apart, too.

  20. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    And please don’t start talking about bringing in Dan Mullen as Auburn’s next head coach. I still cannot get over Mullen, and perhaps his wife, as it relates to the entire Cam Newton thing. Sorry, they started that crap and, other than as the coach of an opposing team, prefer he not be on an Auburn sideline. Just my 2 cents…

  21. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    But, I am happy that State is keeping the Aggies in check tonight.

  22. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Halftime in College Station and Clanga leads the home Aggies 14-0. In the second quarter, KY leads TN 14-6.

  23. almightytmc says:

    Scott Frost.

  24. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I vote no on Mullen, too. I do have to admit that he’s got MSU competitive, though. Scott Frost is an excellent suggestion, if Nebraska doesn’t snap him up first!

    • jlobailey says:

      PJ Fleck, Chris Peterson, Brent Venables, and Chad Morris all intrigue me. HOWEVER, we shouldn’t be firing our HC at 6-2.

      • sparkey sparkey says:

        PJ Fleck would coach things the way someone is supposed to coach a football team. He would look Saban and Smart right in the eye and tell them we must be dealt with and we will not bow to anyone.

  25. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Cousin Eddie is a great coach!!

  26. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    I mean, who does not like Christmas Vacation?

  27. almightytmc says:

    Well, Gus is staying another year. I didn’t expect Florida to pull the pin so quick.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      With the news out of Gainesville, and still potential news yet to come out of Knoxville and maybe even Fayetteville and College Station, this isn’t the time to really think about joining in the coaching carousel.
      Just my opinion but Auburn would then be looking at competing against maybe four schools for a head coach; just within the SEC.
      I’m honestly not sure how well that would work although it would also muddy the waters for those other SEC schools as well.

  28. Tigers5711 says:

    I would give Gus another year. Admittedly he really frustrates me too but maybe 2018 will improve AND 2017 is not over yet. Really premature to fire a 6-2 coach who has 4 games to go and an outside shot at winning the SEC again. GA & Bama are very good but they were good in 2013 too and we swept them. It’s a long shot but possible especially as we play at JH. Remember GM is the only head coach in the SEC other than Saban who knows how to win the SEC and has done it and the same for knowing how to get us into the NC game and has done that too. Also he found the best DC in Kevin Steel we’ve had in many years and it shows on the field. WDE.

  29. almightytmc says:

    If not for Kevin Steele, CGM would be in the middle of contract negotiations with Arkansas right now. Gus has a ham handed puppet master approach to running the offense it’s a kiss of death to this squad. Unfortunately, with the current atmosphere in Lee county and around the coaching world , Auburn will be hard pressed to swing for the fences on a new hire. And seriously, there aren’t very many (if any) big sure-fire names out there. Therefore, (and thanks to Jay Jacobs shortsightedness) the future will be wrought with damnable chagrin. Frost loves Nebraska, Norvell will play catchup for years, Gruden??? Nope.

    Why not offer Chris Peterson $10 million a year? Good coach, great developer of talent and would be the hire of the decade. $10 million a year is where the wage market for the SEC will be within the next few years anyway. And.. If possible, have everyone get out of his way and let him have autonomy. I can envision great success especially when dabam retires. Because if Saban retires Peterson will be on the $10 mil first call list in Tuscaloosa.

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