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More to Come?

By on October 31st, 2017 in Football, News 12 Comments »
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Julie Bennett | al.com

So, a guy walks into a bar. Then he says, wow, that hurt.

Imagine walking into an office one day as a head football coach and walking out without a job. Wow, that hurt—even though former Florida head coach Jim McElwain had to know it was coming.

Yes, Florida was the first SEC university to show a head coach his walking papers after only two and one-half years, the first two years resulting in back-to-back SEC East titles.

But this is big-time college football and “what have you done for me lately” is being more and more ubiquitous. I’m sorry, I try and make an indefatigable attempt at not using big words.

And, on the heels of that tidbit of news, it’s now being said that Tennessee Volunteer fans are being encouraged to “empty” Neyland Stadium in response to Butch Jones still being head coach.

What else will happen on the coaching carousel of 2017? Well, those with cause to worry are Coaches Ed Orgeron at LSU, Barry Odom at Missouri, Matt Luke at Ole Miss, Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, and of course, Butch Jones at Tennessee.

We will learn the outcomes of the above, if any, as the season progresses but let’s talk Auburn.

Auburn travels on the road this Saturday to face the Aggies of Texas A&M. This is a game where the visiting team has been victorious since the Aggies joined the SEC. Let’s hope that doesn’t change this year!

Auburn goes in a two-touchdown favorite at Kyle Field and, as I stated in a comment to a previous post, Auburn needs to get off to an early start. Early, as in getting things going in the first quarter (and not letting up at all) and early, as in another 11:00 AM CT kickoff.

I think the above will be key components as to how well Auburn manages this trip to the Lone Star State.

Certainly, Auburn should handle the Aggies. Mississippi State certainly did, and we all know what Auburn did to the Maroon Dogs. But, of course, we also know that doesn’t matter. Do I think it is Auburn’s game to lose? Yes, much the same as that trip to, yes, let’s forget about that.

Auburn hopes to be back to almost full strength and, for the record, I am hopeful we don’t need full strength to win this one. I’d much prefer saving the “full strength” squad for the Number 2 and, then, Number 1 teams in the nation.

On another note, the Auburn–Georgia game time will not be announced until after the games this weekend. Auburn–Georgia will kick off at either 2:30 CT on CBS or at 6:00 CT on ESPN, depending on what CBS decides. But, AubTigerman will have all of these for you when the time comes.

And, due to the early kickoff on Saturday and Acid Reign’s GameDay Open Thread, I will allow this to be my little piece of TET for this week.

It’s Still Great to be an Auburn Tiger and…

War Eagle!

12 Comments

  1. uglyjoe says:

    So here’s a thought I had this morning…. We’ve all been talking about wanting to fire Gus, but nobody’s really brought up the idea of Gus firing us. Is there any chance that perhaps someone like Arkansas might want to get a local boy back home to coach their team. If so I am betting that the powers that be at Auburn would be happy to work out a smaller buyout deal with Arkansas to get rid of Gus. Just a thought….

  2. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Gus won't go back to Arkansas this season. It would cost the Hawgs too much. Bret has a double-digit-millions buyout, then Gus would owe Auburn a huge chunk, then Arkansas would have to shell out at least 4 million a year for Gus. And Arkansas would be trading all that dough for a guy that has gone 15-12 (correction 15-14/early morning math!) in the SEC over the last 4 years.

    …..I don't think Orgeron goes, either. No, he won't beat Bama. But he took care of Florida and Auburn, and that should give him time, in year one. LSU should run the table from this point, and finish 9-3 or 10-2.

    …..I will be open-threading/play-by-play this weekend. The UGA game is a question mark. If CBS picks it up, I'll have to miss it. I can get in most of the game if it is at night…

    • uglyjoe says:

      My theory was based on Arkansas, or another school, wanting to get Gus, and Auburn reducing the buyout in order for him to go….. Under the scenario that Auburn wanted to fire Gus anyway and then would not have to pay Gus a buyout.

  3. SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

    This week's game is gonna go a long way in protecting one of those guys in the picture above this article …. Hope it's Gus that comes out on top.

  4. multipurposepaper says:

    Losing @ A&M would begin the nightmare scenario for us. The clamoring for Gus’s head would be deafening but we are in no position to hire a head football coach right now. JJ is on the way out and we have a law firm camped out dealing with all manner of athletic department issues.

    So we would have a new president making his most high profile hire without the benefit of an AD who he will also be replacing? Yuck.

    Even those of us who think Gus has not been very good need to fervently hope he pulls out at least a 9-3 season to cool his seat and allow Leath to get the AD leadership fixed first.

  5. AUNation AUNation says:

    Sooo…. with Pettway out “for an extended period” our season now relies completely on KJ staying healthy. Something he has not been able to do for many stretches since arriving on the Plains. That news was like a kick in the stomach… Can Malik Miller step up and be the bruiser compliment? I’m doubtful from the small sample size I’ve seen.

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      Either Malik Miller or, perhaps, Kam Martin. News reports are now saying that Bubba Petway suffered a fractured scapula in the game against Arky and may, in fact, be a season-ending injury.

      • AUNation AUNation says:

        Yeah that’s the news I was referring to. I don’t think Martin can fill that role, but he can spell KJ. Either way, Chip and Gus are going to have to come off this, just a couple of ball carriers per game, strategy and use the whole roster. If KJ goes down now we are in trouble.

  6. idnod idnod says:

    We’re in trouble.

  7. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Willis can carry the rock!!!

  8. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Let’s not forget the speedy end-around with Stove or whomever — And, maybe now is the time for Sal Canella to really come into play.

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