USC transfer QB Jack Sears backing off commitment to San Diego State – NBCSports.com

USC transfer QB Jack Sears backing off commitment to San Diego State  NBCSports.com

On three-year contract, Bo Pelini to make $2.3 million annually as LSU’s DC – NBCSports.com

On three-year contract, Bo Pelini to make $2.3 million annually as LSU’s DC  NBCSports.com

Auburn announces policies for Gameday event on Saturday – 247Sports

Auburn announces policies for Gameday event on Saturday  247Sports

Auburn announces policies for GameDay event on Saturday – 247Sports

Auburn announces policies for GameDay event on Saturday  247Sports

After being medically cleared, Alabama’s Nigel Knott enters transfer portal – NBCSports.com

After being medically cleared, Alabama’s Nigel Knott enters transfer portal  NBCSports.com

Auburn Basketball Review – Week 13 (South Carolina, Iowa State)

I usually try to begin these articles with a brief overview of what happened this week in Auburn Basketball. But this week is going to be different. With the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday, I thought I would take this opportunity to share what Kobe means to me.

Growing up in Alabama, every kid I knew wanted to play either Football or Baseball. But not me, all I wanted was to play basketball. Basketball has always meant more to me than any other sport. Why? I’m not sure, it just hits my soul different while dribbling a ball on a court.

As a lifelong Miami Heat fan, I didn’t grow up a fan of Kobe’s. I grew up watching Dywane Wade and wanting him to surpass Kobe as the second greatest shooting guard ever, behind Michael of course. But Kobe always had my respect. My fondest memory of Kobe was the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 Finals against the Orlando Magic. I was too young to remember #8 Kobe and the three peat, but my dad would always tell me stories about how fun it was to watch Kobe and Shaq play together.

My generation grew up idolizing Kobe, to this day I still crinkle up a piece of trash and shoot it in the bin while yelling, “KOBE”. As great of a playing career as Kobe had, what he was doing in his retirement was shaping up to being even better. Mentoring younger players in the NBA, his role with growing the NBA brand in Asia, and supporting women in College Basketball and the WNBA were just the tip of the iceberg. This doesn’t even mention his role as a husband, father, and aspiring film maker.

Was Kobe perfect? No, but that’s what made him special. We as a people got to see Kobe change and become truly one of humanities greats. At 41, Kobe still had a second life ahead of him. I feel for his family, and I hope they will be able to overcome this tragedy, especially with the loss of Gianna. No one’s thoughts and prayers can bring Kobe back. All we can do now is remember the man he was, and how we can be better because of Kobe’s legacy.

Game 18 vs South Carolina

After a losing streak that seemed to last more than just a week, Auburn got back in the win column with a hard-fought victory against South Carolina. I’ve always disliked playing against Frank Martin’s squad because they have been Bruce’s kryptonite over the past few seasons. Auburn got the best of Frank Martin’s squad tonight, shooting almost 40% from three as a team and over 85% from the free throw line! The Tigers also won the rebound and turnover battle, which usually indicates that they will win the game.

I don’t usually try to bash the Auburn beat writers, because I get that their job can be very difficult. However, I hate when they post a picture of the arena before a weekday game and comment that the crowd hasn’t shown up yet. It’s pretty tough to make a weekday game with a 6pm tip when most people get off work at 5pm and live out of town. If I live two hours away, of course I’m going to be late. Rant over, the crowd has been great the past couple of years, with or without long winning streaks.

Remember when I said last week that the bench can help us win at home? Well Devin Cambridge really took that to heart and practically beat the Gamecocks by himself. With a career high 26 points in only 21 minutes of playing time, Devin essentially doused himself in gasoline and lit a match. Out of Auburn’s 10 three pointers, Devin had 6 of them. Most of Devin’s threes were heavily contested, but it just didn’t matter. The only question now is where do we want the Devin Cambridge statue?

It was also a nice bounce back game for J’Von McCormick. After struggling in Auburn’s two blowout losses a couple weeks ago, J’Von poured in 13 points and 5 assists to go along with just 2 turnovers. McCormick looked more like himself on Wednesday night, playing with more poise and a sense of calmness. When he’s at his best, J’Von is so good at getting other people involved on offense.

Game 19 vs Iowa State

You want to know what I call a sizable lead that almost turns into a disaster? A typical Auburn game. After being up by as much as 18, the Tigers went on to beat Iowa State by 4 in the first game of the Big 12/ SEC showdown. 11 representatives from NBA teams were at the matchup on Saturday to see potential lottery picks Isaac Okoro and Tyrese Hailiburton. What they saw was Isaac getting the upper hand.

In his best game of the season so far, Isaac Okoro put Auburn on his back and scored 19 points on 7-11 shooting. It was even more dominating to watch because Okoro was getting whatever look he wanted on offense. When Isaac gets to the rim constantly, there’s no limit to what he can do in a game. The shooting will come, his stroke already looks better than it did at the beginning of the year. Teams are going to give Okoro that 3-point shot, and he should take it when he can.

Isaac is going to get the majority of the credit, but Samir Doughty had a real nice game on Saturday. Scoring 18 points and being the primary defender on Haliburton is no easy task. It was nice to see Samir get back on track after struggling the past couple of weeks. He’s the leader of the team and Auburn is going to go as far as Doughty can carry them.

Of those 18 points, 7 came from the free throw line. This may not seem like a big deal but it is, with only a couple of reliable free throw shooters on the team, Samir is going to be taking all our late game free throws this year, much like Jared Harper did last year. Going back to Samir’s defense, he held Haliburton to only 12 points, which is about 6 points below his average. That’s what I love most about Samir, he’s not afraid of anyone. I loved the story about him talking trash to Okoro in Auburn’s first practice, just shows the kind of player Samir is!

Week 14 Preview

This week has Auburn going to Ole Miss on Tuesday, who just got their first conference win of the season over the weekend at Georgia. As always, there’s no easy win in the SEC, especially on the road where Auburn has struggled this year in conference play. It would be great to come away with a win before Kentucky comes to town on Saturday.

Speaking of Saturday, College Gameday is coming for the first time for a basketball game!! Depending on how Auburn decides to operate during the show, I encourage anyone that can make it for College Gameday to show up at Auburn Arena bright and early. This is what Bruce envisioned for the program when he first arrived. These are the kinds of games that get Auburn on the map with potential recruits (looking at you Jalen Green).

The game itself should be a lot of fun. I’m sure Coach Cal hasn’t forgotten that this Auburn team beat him in the NCAA tournament last season. I’ll be fascinated to see what Bruce Pearl does against Ashton Hagans, arguably the best point guard in America.

However the game turns out, I expect Auburn Arena to be the loudest it’s been all season with the support of the best fans in the country!

Tigers should be motivated to win at Ole Miss, Pearl says – 247Sports

Tigers should be motivated to win at Ole Miss, Pearl says  247Sports

Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey enters transfer portal, per report – NBCSports.com

Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey enters transfer portal, per report  NBCSports.com

USC safety C.J. Pollard enters transfer portal – NBCSports.com

USC safety C.J. Pollard enters transfer portal  NBCSports.com

9 former Auburn players on XFL rosters – 247Sports

9 former Auburn players on XFL rosters  247Sports

Opinion: College basketball is getting crazier by the week because of its beautiful chaos – AZCentral.com

Opinion: College basketball is getting crazier by the week because of its beautiful chaos  AZCentral.com

All signs point to Bo Pelini being next LSU defensive coordinator – NBCSports.com

All signs point to Bo Pelini being next LSU defensive coordinator  NBCSports.com

Monday Auburn basketball, football & baseball Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Monday Auburn basketball, football & baseball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Projecting the remainder of Auburn’s basketball season – 247Sports

Projecting the remainder of Auburn’s basketball season  247Sports

VIP Recruiting Buzz: Decision this week likely for Tigers target – 247Sports

VIP Recruiting Buzz: Decision this week likely for Tigers target  247Sports

Reddit Theory Wonders If LSU Wins The National Title If They Beat Auburn In 2016 – The Daily Caller

Reddit Theory Wonders If LSU Wins The National Title If They Beat Auburn In 2016  The Daily Caller

5-star lineman Broderick Jones shares the latest on his recruitment following weekend visit to Georgia – Saturday Down South

5-star lineman Broderick Jones shares the latest on his recruitment following weekend visit to Georgia  Saturday Down South

Jason Caldwell’s Monday morning quarterback column – 247Sports

Jason Caldwell’s Monday morning quarterback column  247Sports

How each Top 25 college football team wins next season’s national title – ESPN

How each Top 25 college football team wins next season’s national title  ESPN

Ranking Alabama’s 5 toughest games in 2020 – 247Sports

Ranking Alabama’s 5 toughest games in 2020  247Sports

Monday Musings From The Plains

After dropping their last two games due to poor shooting Auburn basketball bounced back Saturday with a hot first half to win their SEC-Big 12 Classic game against Iowa State. The Tigers downed the Cyclones 80-76 with four Tigers scoring in double digits. Although the Cyclones made a game of it at the end, it was not enough to overcome Auburn’s fast start. 

The win sets up what could possibly be the Tigers’ biggest ever home game this Saturday when Bruce Pearl’s Tigers play Kentucky in front of a national audience. ESPN’s College Basketball Game Day will be on campus for the first time ever when the Wildcats come to town.

The Media giant is already billing it as a rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game between the two SEC Schools when an Auburn victory put the Tigers in the Final Four. You can be sure the Wildcats will be looking for some revenge. However, the Auburn Arena is a tough place for visiting teams. One thing’s for sure the place will be rocking.

But before the ESPN crew arrives to set up for Game Day, the Tigers have to take care of business on the road against Ole Miss Tuesday in Oxford, Miss. That game is set to be broadcast at 8 CT by either ESPN or ESPNU.

*** 
There was a lot of pressure on Gus Malzahn to win in 2019 but that pressure will rise exponentially in 2020. Can Auburn football be a national contender in 2020? I think they can.

Although the Tigers lost a ton of experience along the defensive line, Auburn has enough talent and resources to make a run at a national championship. And the Tigers have momentum heading into the new year after Gus Malzahn out coached Nick Saban in the Iron Bowl. 

That momentum got a boost this week when Auburn announced it signed defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to a three year contract. His $2.5 million dollar deal will make him the highest salaried DC in the nation. This writer believes Steele may be worth every penny of the new deal.

If new offensive coordinator Chad Morris can help improve the passing game, keeping Steele around may be just what is needed to get the Tigers in the playoffs. We’ll see …

***
San Francisco defensive end Dee Ford was a freshman when Auburn won the 2010 BCS National Championship and a senior when the Tigers played for a national championship in 2013. This Sunday, he will be taking the field at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. 

His appearance on football’s biggest stage marks the fifth straight year for an Auburn player to be in the Super Bowl. I don’t know about you but I’ll be pulling for Dee to win that coveted ring.

Until Next time …

War Eagle!

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Auburn basketball freshman Isaac Okoro earning respect – 247Sports

Auburn basketball freshman Isaac Okoro earning respect  247Sports

Auburn picks up commitment from 4-star 2020 JUCO defensive end – Saturday Down South

Auburn picks up commitment from 4-star 2020 JUCO defensive end  Saturday Down South

4-star DE commits to Auburn – 247Sports

4-star DE commits to Auburn  247Sports

10 potential targets for Falcons at pick No. 16 – Falcons Wire

10 potential targets for Falcons at pick No. 16  Falcons Wire

Alabama basketball holds on to defeat Kansas State, 77-74 – Roll Tide Wire

Alabama basketball holds on to defeat Kansas State, 77-74  Roll Tide Wire

PFF reveals preseason college football rankings – 247Sports

PFF reveals preseason college football rankings  247Sports

DYKSTRA: Auburn backcourt proves up to high-profile challenge again

Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton don’t share many things in common, but a notable exception is that both are projected as top-5 picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. That list of similarities grew by one on Saturday as Haliburton joined…

AU weathers Cyclones comeback for win in SEC/Big 12 Challenge – 247Sports

AU weathers Cyclones comeback for win in SEC/Big 12 Challenge  247Sports

Auburn reports record revenue, multi-million dollar profit for 2019 – Saturday Down South

Auburn reports record revenue, multi-million dollar profit for 2019  Saturday Down South

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s win over Iowa State – 247Sports

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s win over Iowa State  247Sports

Watch: Jalen Hurts gives back to community, feels the love in return to Alabama – Yellowhammer News

Watch: Jalen Hurts gives back to community, feels the love in return to Alabama  Yellowhammer News

ESPN’s College GameDay announces SEC location for next Saturday’s action – Saturday Down South

ESPN’s College GameDay announces SEC location for next Saturday’s action  Saturday Down South

College Basketball Gameday show coming to Auburn Arena – 247Sports

College Basketball Gameday show coming to Auburn Arena  247Sports

Auburn basketball: Another game within a game – Fly War Eagle

Auburn basketball: Another game within a game  Fly War Eagle

Jacksonville WR enjoys first look at FSU under Mike Norvell – 247Sports

Jacksonville WR enjoys first look at FSU under Mike Norvell  247Sports

Why Bruce Pearl is relying on bench players less than ever – 247Sports

Why Bruce Pearl is relying on bench players less than ever  247Sports

Texas A&M officially hires assistant who was at Florida State for a month – NBCSports.com

Texas A&M officially hires assistant who was at Florida State for a month  NBCSports.com

Pearl looking to represent AU and SEC well as Iowa State visits – 247Sports

Pearl looking to represent AU and SEC well as Iowa State visits  247Sports

Teams with the best chance at making their CFP debut in 2020 – 247Sports

Teams with the best chance at making their CFP debut in 2020  247Sports

RB Bradrick Shaw granted sixth season, won’t use it at Wisconsin – NBCSports.com

RB Bradrick Shaw granted sixth season, won’t use it at Wisconsin  NBCSports.com

Friday Auburn basketball, football & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Friday Auburn basketball, football & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Ed Orgeron, LSU reach six-year extension worth more than $42 million – ESPN

Ed Orgeron, LSU reach six-year extension worth more than $42 million  ESPN

Ed Orgeron, LSU reach six-year extension worth more than $42 million – ESPN

Ed Orgeron, LSU reach six-year extension worth more than $42 million  ESPN

Vanderbilt potential landing spot for Clemson transfer QB Chase Brice – NBCSports.com

Vanderbilt potential landing spot for Clemson transfer QB Chase Brice  NBCSports.com

College football’s 100 best games of 2019: 20-1 – WTVD-TV

College football’s 100 best games of 2019: 20-1  WTVD-TV

College football’s 100 best games of 2019 — 20-1 – ESPN

College football’s 100 best games of 2019 — 20-1  ESPN

Coaching changes and the aftershocks on the recruiting trail – 247Sports

Coaching changes and the aftershocks on the recruiting trail  247Sports

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23 – Fort Morgan Times

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23  Fort Morgan Times

FanPulse Results: Week 9 – College and Magnolia

FanPulse Results: Week 9  College and Magnolia

Boston College’s leading receiver reverses course, pulls out of portal – NBCSports.com

Boston College’s leading receiver reverses course, pulls out of portal  NBCSports.com

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant – msnNOW

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant  msnNOW

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant – msnNOW

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant  msnNOW

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant – msnNOW

  1. New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant  msnNOW
  2. Details Emerge From Kevin Steele’s New Contract At Auburn  The Spun
  3. Report: Auburn makes Kevin Steele highest-paid defensive coordinator in nation  Saturday Down South
  4. Auburn DC Kevin Steele reportedly becomes highest-paid assistant  Yahoo Sports
  5. Kevin Steele set to be highest paid assistant coach in country  247Sports
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Nebraska loses one player to transfer portal, another to architecture – NBCSports.com

Nebraska loses one player to transfer portal, another to architecture  NBCSports.com

Thursday Auburn basketball, football & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Thursday Auburn basketball, football & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Teen indicted on two counts of manslaughter in Rod, Paula Bramblett’s deaths – Montgomery Advertiser

Teen indicted on two counts of manslaughter in Rod, Paula Bramblett’s deaths  Montgomery Advertiser

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23 – The Denver Post

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23  The Denver Post

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23 – The Denver Post

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker: What the national experts predict Denver will do as of Jan. 23  The Denver Post

Stanford’s leading tackler pulls name from transfer portal – NBCSports.com

Stanford’s leading tackler pulls name from transfer portal  NBCSports.com

ITAT Radio: Auburn hoops beats Gamecocks, football coaching news – 247Sports

ITAT Radio: Auburn hoops beats Gamecocks, football coaching news  247Sports

Teen indicted in car crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett – 247Sports

Teen indicted in car crash that killed Rod and Paula Bramblett  247Sports

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant – NBCSports.com

New deal will reportedly make Auburn DC Kevin Steele the nation’s highest-paid assistant  NBCSports.com

Details Emerge From Kevin Steele’s New Contract At Auburn – The Spun

Details Emerge From Kevin Steele’s New Contract At Auburn  The Spun

Kevin Steele set to be highest paid assistant coach in country – 247Sports

Kevin Steele set to be highest paid assistant coach in country  247Sports

Tigers land in-state kicker – 247Sports

Tigers land in-state kicker  247Sports

Dye-Gest Column: Auburn’s best-ever defensive lineman – 247Sports

Dye-Gest Column: Auburn’s best-ever defensive lineman  247Sports

UConn now up to nearly two-dozen players who have entered transfer portal – NBCSports.com

UConn now up to nearly two-dozen players who have entered transfer portal  NBCSports.com

7 Things: Bidens won’t be witnesses in impeachment trial, Doug Jones continues to be good for Chuck Schumer, Alabama AG calls for impeachment dismissal and more … – Yellowhammer News

7 Things: Bidens won’t be witnesses in impeachment trial, Doug Jones continues to be good for Chuck Schumer, Alabama AG calls for impeachment dismissal and more …  Yellowhammer News

College football’s 100 best games of 2019 — 40-21 – ESPN

College football’s 100 best games of 2019 — 40-21  ESPN

Conference Breakdown: Looking at the SEC heading into 2020 – 247Sports

Conference Breakdown: Looking at the SEC heading into 2020  247Sports

Kentucky’s Phil Hoskins granted sixth season of eligibility – NBCSports.com

Kentucky’s Phil Hoskins granted sixth season of eligibility  NBCSports.com

Auburn announces new three-year deal for DC Kevin Steele – NBCSports.com

Auburn announces new three-year deal for DC Kevin Steele  NBCSports.com

Auburn coordinator Kevin Steele agrees to new 3-year deal – FOXSports.com

Auburn coordinator Kevin Steele agrees to new 3-year deal  FOXSports.com

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s win over South Carolina – 247Sports

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s win over South Carolina  247Sports

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