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Monday Musings

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A New Era in Accessibility.

Expect to see a lot more of the Auburn football team this spring. While former coach Gene Chizik preferred keeping a lid on practices, Gus Malzahn is opening things up a bit. While we won’t be returning to the open policies of Tommy Tuberville, the media will have a half hour a day to watch practice. Unfortunately, fans will still be locked out when things get started Wednesday.

Malzahn also plans to make coaches and players more accessible after practice. Auburn will practice 14 times before closing things out on A-Day April 20th…

I don’t know about you, but sentencing for Harvey Updyke last week was somewhat anti-climatic. The Toomer’s Tree killer was given a three year prison sentence, but in reality will only serve another six months. He’ll be placed on five years probation and will be prohibited from attending any college sporting events or speaking with the media. He’ll have a nightly curfew of 7 p.m. I say there’s no way he goes five years without violating parole. I predict at least two additional visits to the big house in the coming years…

Watching all the upsets by these small schools in March Madness makes you wonder why programs like Auburn and Georgia can’t compete. These small programs don’t have the shoe contracts or recruiting budgets of schools in the SEC, yet find a way to compete. As long as I’ve watched Auburn basketball, I’ve never been able to figure it out…

While some still believe this Auburn baseball team has a chance to be good, starting off 0-6 in conference makes you really question that logic. Then again, opening against the second and third ranked teams in the country is no easy task. You have to believe a good team would at least grab one win. Losing both series to Vanderbilt and LSU was maybe expected, get swept six straight was certainly not.

I’ll hold off passing judgement on this team for a few weeks, before putting them in the basket with football and basketball. It’s a big hole to overcome, but all is not lost – yet…

We saw this coming from 10 miles away. The Toomer’s Oaks slated to come down in a few weeks will quickly be converted to souvenirs. However, if you were hoping to buy a big slab of wood with Toomer’s written on it, you’re out of luck. Because of licensing issues, they’ll be called Auburn Oaks. Nobody loves the tradition of rolling those trees more than me, but without the Toomer’ name on them, the appeal is just not there. I’ll pass…

Word is, Auburn will be putting up power lines along Toomer’s Corner next season for fans to roll. There won’t actually be power running to them like the old days, but it will take the tradition back to where it started. Before fans turned to the oaks, they rolled the power lines situated on the corner. It may be four years before the soil is suitable for planting on the site. All in all, this is probably the best short term solution…

Despite them being our hated rival, you hate to see Alabama athletic director Mal Moore exit like he did. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone on either side of the rivalry that had a bad word to say about him. He’s had some tough personal battles in recent years. I hope he finds peace in retirement… 

5 Comments

  1. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    Gus + more open media policy = good for Auburn.

    Updyke – Little to no deterrent value in sentencing. More incidents to follow.

    Baseball Team – Here we go again.

    Toomer’s Oaks – Adapt and carry on.

    Mal Moore – Moore deserves what accolades may come his way. He guided UA’s athletic dept. through some incredibly tough times and came out on top. Even his retirement is a preemptive strike at UA’s greatest rival (Can we even claim rival status anymore or are we just a homecoming afterthought in every sport?). Any hope of luring a top shelf AD has just been obliterated. Once again we wait too long and miss the golden opportunity.

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I agree with TGT. I think he said it best…

      But I will go one step further:

      baseball team = basketball team

      Mal Moore = Good AD

      Jay Jacobs = Bad AD

      AU = Mediocrity until AD is replaced.

      WDE

  2. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Good stuff Jay. I think you are low on Harveys future visits to cell number 2. I set the over under at 5…one per year. Personally, I am glad it is over and the sad looking trees are coming down. At least I have my Son of Toomers tree still thriving and ready for fall rolling.

    I just don’t know what is wrong with AU baseball, we have plenty of talent and still can’t compete against the elite. Maybe we need some maturity.

    Lastly, I am so AU football starved I will savor every tidbit coming out of Spring practice. It doesn’t feel like Spring in Huntsville though. Wind chill never got out of the 20’s today. Will someone please shoot that groundhog.