It’s been a strange past two weeks surrounding the Auburn Tigers football program. Coach Gus Malzahn hired a new offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, …
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War Eagle, everybody! Christmas season is roaring in, and it’s hard to believe that Auburn’s appearance in this year’s Music City Bowl is just 2 weeks away. Fall seems to go by quicker and quicker each year. On the hardwood this week, the men’s basketball team has a couple of interesting matchups, with road trips to UAB Saturday, and North Carolina State next Wednesday evening.
Normally Auburn and UAB play a fairly close game, but I’m not so sure that will happen, this year. Auburn has just a single loss this season, to mighty Duke by a half dozen points. UAB has lost to Georgia, Florida State, College of Charleston, and Memphis. The loss to FSU was by 18, and the last couple of losses were by more than 20 points. We will have to see if Auburn plays down to this team, or if the Tigers will run away with it. This game tips off at 6:30 PM Central Time Saturday, on the CBS Sports Network.
North Carolina State will be a significant challenge. Like Auburn, they’ve only lost once, a close 79-75 decision at Wisconsin. The Wolfpack rebounded from that loss by knocking off Vanderbilt 80-65 in Miami. As I look down the NC State schedule, I notice that in 10 games they have broken the 100 point mark 5 times. Auburn has only broken 100 twice. Beating Vanderbilt by that margin is impressive. The Commodores have long been a thorn in Auburn’s side, in basketball.
The drama this week with the Auburn football program is that the Tigers have hired an offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, and that head coach Gus Malzahn will call plays. I think this is a good thing. I’d rather have the head coach take ownership, than the back and forth rumors we’ve heard for the last 3 years. There has been just one time in Auburn history, where the offense averaged 30 or more points per game over a season, for 4 straight years. That was from 1993-1996. The head coach, Terry Bowden called the plays, and it worked out ok. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik has gone on record this week, stating that Gus Malzahn is one of the best play callers in the business.
The more I look at the Purdue football team, the more I’m struck by the inconsistency. This team was good enough to mangle Ohio State by 29 points, and bad enough to lose to Eastern Michigan. Purdue took a 41-10 beating at Minnesota, as well. Boilermaker losses were to Northwestern, Eastern Michigan, Missouri, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They beat Boston College, Nebraska, Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and Indiana.
Auburn and Purdue will tangle on Friday, December 29th, at 12:30 PM, on ESPN. I plan to have my usual open thread cranked up and ready to go. I’m worried about this game. Auburn is coming off a rather disappointing season, while Purdue is happy to have just made a bowl game this year. A team in turmoil meets an up and coming team, looking to make a mark. Auburn will be in trouble if they try to mail it in against this team.
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Auburn Athletic Director Allen Greene has been noticeably quite during recent news reports, rumors and speculation about the future of Auburn football. On Monday the AD penned an open letter to the fan base in which he talked about several Tiger sports but specifically addressed fan’s concern with the football program.
Below, we have posted an excerpt of Greene’s remarks. You can read his entire letter here.
“Throughout the season, Coach Malzahn and I had discussions focused on placing our student-athletes in the best competitive position for the future. To confirm, Coach Malzahn is dedicated to this program and he has my support as we work together to move forward. Our discussions are ongoing, and we will focus on evolving in all facets of the program to achieve better and more consistent results. Rest assured, my commitment to overseeing and managing the effort to put Auburn football back at the level we expect and you deserve will be unrelenting.
We have the most passionate fan base in the country, who love Auburn and all it represents. You, the fans, are the driving force in our effort to make you proud. Of course, it stings when we fall short of our lofty expectations, but in true Auburn fashion, we will dust ourselves off and recommit to our goals.
To reiterate, my responsibility is to serve Auburn, and more specifically, our coaches, staff and student-athletes. Among other things, successfully navigating this endeavor requires collaboration, trust, passion and resilience – qualities our young men and women learn every day as student-athletes.
As the end of football season draws near, I look forward to the upcoming bowl game and enjoying the winter sports season, which includes men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics and swimming & diving.
One of the many reasons I’m happy to call Auburn home is because of your fierce loyalty to the orange and blue. Thank you for your passion, and thank you for welcoming my family with open arms. Continue to believe in Auburn and love it.
War Eagle and Happy Holidays!”
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DECISION 2019: VOTE WILLIS College and Magnolia
PART ONE OF OUR DECISION 2019 SERIES BEGINS AS WE STUMP FOR A RETURN TO THE GREAT VALUES OF THE RECENT PAST. ENJOY. … Everyone …
Winnie and I will be at the Pancake Pantry in Nashville (close to Vanderbilt Stadium) at 10 AM on Dec 28th chowing down on some flapjacks and bacon, if you are going to the game, come by and join us.
We will be easy to spot, look for the orange avalanche of clothing.
Who is going, let us know.
We can change meeting spots if someone knows a place close to Nissan Stadium that sells breakfast/lunch in a hurry.
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Kenny Dillingham was announced Monday as the new Offensive coordinator at Auburn. Dillingham spent 3 years at Memphis serving in 2018 as the Offensive Coordinator. The (Memphis) Tigers had 12,945 yards and 129 touchdowns in the 2016 and 2017 years combined, reaching as high as ranked as number 4 in total offense in 2017.
Welcome to the Auburn Family QB Coach & Offensive Coordinator @KennyDillingham!
2018 Fast Facts:
1⃣ 3,000+ Yd Passer
2⃣ 1,000+ Yd Rushers
1⃣ 1,000+ Yd Receiver
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 10, 2018
Dillingham was a part of a coaching staff that broke just about every school record an offense could break in 2017. Memphis in 2017 set records in points (592), plays (941), total yards (6,917), passing yards (4,355), completions (307), attempts (488), offensive touchdowns (72), and passing touchdowns (39). Memphis also became the first program in college football history to have a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and 1,000-yard receiver. In 2018, Memphis was ranked 7th in scoring offense (44.2 PPG), 3rd in rushing offense (285.54 YPG), and 4th in total offense (534.3 YPG).
Dillingham (28) is the youngest offensive coordinator in the SEC (Alabama and Tennessee haven’t hired an OC). He has had a quick ascent in the college football world and has had great success everywhere he’s been. He will have the chance to prove himself at the highest level in college football. War Eagle, Coach!
Kenny Dillingham will be running the offensive show at Auburn, or at least that’s the lip *service* coach Gus Malzahn is giving the media.
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The Auburn Tigers never trailed Dayton, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t any drama. If you quit watching at halftime when it was a 51–32 blowout, you would have missed a pretty good game.
The Flyers are a very talented team, and despite the first half onslaught where Auburn forced turnovers time and time again, Dayton quietly crept back to within six points early in the second half. The size of the lead constantly changed, but the only issue was how many points the Tigers responded with each time the Flyers went on a run. When all was said and done, the game ended with Auburn winning 82–72 final score, fairly representative of the lead it held most of the game.
Dayton isn’t enjoying quite the year it might have expected for a reputable mid-major team. But, then again, what is to be expected under Anthony Grant? The former Alabama Crimson Tide coach let the Tuscaloosa program languish before eventually being fired. Still, the talent on Dayton’s team was obvious. The Flyers out-shot and out-rebounded Auburn in most phases of the the game.
Dayton stayed in the game for two reasons, and Auburn dominated for a sole reason. First, Dayton shot extremely well from downtown, hitting 48 percent of its three-point attempts. It seemed like every time Auburn sank a dagger to end a Dayton run, the Flyers would run down the court and bury a long ball. Contested, long range, it didn’t matter. The Flyers hit every other shot.
The other reason they stayed in the game was second-chance points. On the off chance they missed a shot, Auburn was unable or unwilling to box out in the paint and keep Dayton from easy tip-ins. In all, the Flyers had 14 offensive rebounds, which should never have happened with Auburn’s trio of big men.
Despite the shooting statistics, the one thing that really mattered was Auburn’s ability to force turnovers repeatedly. The Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which was especially big in the first half when Auburn jumped out to a tremendous and likely unconquerable lead. The 23–10 turnover margin could have been worse as Jared Harper, who may be the best point man in the conference, was uncharacteristically sloppy in the second half.
Coach Bruce Pearl had his team slow down the pace in the second half, which put a lot of pressure on Harper. Pressure is something Harper is great with, but putting the ball in his hands more than usual led to some Auburn turnovers simply because of the time of possession. In addition, he and Bryce Brown continued to improve their slashing to the bucket even though it wasn’t effective in this game and led to several blocks.
While Harper might have had a few turnovers, he was spectacular on offense. He had 20 points on 4–7 long-range shooting and a perfect 6–6 line from the charity stripe.
However, the story of the night wasn’t Harper but fellow guard Bryce Brown. Part of what is tabbed by many as perhaps the best back-court in the SEC, if not the nation, Brown had a career night scoring 34 points. At one point, he hit four consecutive long balls. He was white hot in the first half, although he cooled off in the second half and finished with a 6–13 line. He hit almost 50 per cent from downtown, and that’s why he’s earned the nickname, Downtown Bryce Brown.
The Auburn backcourt did all of the heavy lifting, causing coach Pearl to have some choice postgame words about his players in the SEC Network interviw. In particular, Pearl was not fond of Chuma Okeke’s performance as he scored just two points in the last game before Danjel Purifoy’s return. Okeke wasn’t quite absent from the stat line as he had a trio of steals and a couple of blocks. But, Pearl was vocal about his disappearance on offense after starting the year hot. His three rebounds were half his usual totals, and his points were a season low. This was a game where Okeke needed to battle if he wanted to retain his starting position.
The rest of the Tigers weren’t sharp on offense, either. Samir Doughty and Austin Wiley chipped in eight points apiece, minuscule in comparison to Harper and Brown. Malik Dunbar was completely off against the Flyers, attempting two threes and air-balling both of them. This game was a chance for several players to make a statement before Purifoy returned, but nobody seemed up to the challenge.
Purifoy has now finished his suspension following the FBI probe. The 6-foot, 7-inch forward averaged 11 points in the 2016–2017 season as a freshman. Readers may recall that he had to sit out the previous year because the NCAA clearinghouse wouldn’t clear him academically. As a freshman, Purifoy was a streaky player who would have five or six straight games in double figures followed by a streak of low single-digit finishes. Expect him to emerge more mature and ready to take on a larger role. Purifoy can do it all, which makes him an intriguing player.
Auburn hasn’t quite figured out its rotation, and at this stage of the season, it seems that forcing Austin Wiley into the lineup is causing some issues. The question is, whose minutes are going to suffer? Will Wiley or Okeke lose minutes? We will see when Auburn takes on UAB Saturday at 6:30 in Birmingham.
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Another year of college football is in the books, which means it’s bowl season baby! Truly one of the greatest times of the sports year, but honestly, this year feels a little underwhelming. Maybe it’s the matchups, or maybe we put too much emphasis on the College Football Playoff. Don’t worry, I’m here to spice it up.
We all know the matchups, but let’s look at the games in terms of mascot matchups. The rules of the game are simple: I’m going to look at each game like both mascots are battling to the death, Roman gladiator style. Here are my Top Ten mascot matchups(with a couple honorable mentions).
10. Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles
We are at number ten on the list and this might be the most unique matchup we have this season. It’s Eagle vs Eagle, brother vs brother. So which eagle is superior? We have redneck eagles against, well… midwestern eagles? I’ve never watched Eagles fight, but I imagine it’s watching two eagles fly in a circle over and over again. If I’ve learned one thing from living in the south, you never underestimate a redneck in a fight, give me the Georgia Southern Eagles.
9. Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
I don’t know if any have ever owned a bulldog, but my dad had a pug for 7 years, and to me that’s close enough. This dog didn’t do a damn thing, you’d be lucky to get him to go outside for a little while. That being said, how would a bulldog stand a chance against a hawk? Hawks can lift up to 60 pounds, which seems hard to believe, but I watched YouTube videos on it so it must be true.
Bulldogs would have to use the buddy system so that with their combined weight, it would be really difficult for the hawks to scoop them up. Here’s something else, bulldogs aren’t very smart. You think they’d stick to the buddy system? No. They’d get a sniff of something and be off and running alone. That’s why I’m taking the Hawkeyes here, just not a fair fight.
8. West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange
On NCAA 14, I always loved playing as West Virginia. Let me take a break from this regularly scheduled programming to bring you the following announcement…BRING BACK NCAA 14 YOU COWARDS. And we’re back, the real puzzling aspect with this matchup is what to do about the Syracuse mascot. They’re called the Syracuse Orange, but what is “Orange” //hits vape.
To me, we can look at this in one or two ways” the Mountaineers are going to be battling literal oranges, as in the fruit, or they are going to fight a bunch of men in the Orange mascot suits, which is what I am going to believe. So now we have rednecks with old time rifles, fighting against people dressed up as oranges with eyes. As much as I want to take Syracuse, because nothing gives me more joy than imagining a stampede of oranges running up on mountaineers, I have to take West Virginia here. I’m sorry Syracuse fans, I’m not strong enough.
7. UAB Blazers vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
My wife has always wanted for us to get a Husky. It would be great, they’re smart, loyal, and they look freaking majestic. I would love to have a bunch of huskies following me around all the time. And the huskies are going to need more than their smarts to defeat a dragon, technically a blazer, but I’m going to call it a dragon.
Now what do we know about dragons? They’re highly dangerous, often the villains in movies, and very powerful. But they do have weaknesses. It depends on what type of dragon we are dealing with, if it’s a dragon from Shrek, you just give it a few compliments. Dragons from The Hobbit love gold, so that seems easy enough. Unfortunately, dogs can’t speak, and have no sense of money. Give me the blazers in just not a fair fight.
6. Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks
This isn’t the best matchup on my list, but this one is my favorite. It provides my favorite mental image of them all. Imagine, if you will, we are back at the coliseum, the Spartans come out first, dressed in their armor with their swords and shields. They’re getting themselves pumped up in whatever fashion Spartans pumped themselves up.
And then, out of the other door, ducks come out. Surely those Spartans didn’t train their whole lives to take on a flock of ducks, right? But what they don’t know is that these ducks have a plan. Ducks can’t fight, but they can poop. That’s their play, flying in formation and pooping all over the Spartans until they can’t take anymore. Sure, it’s not a great plan, but it’s ducks! Give me the upset, I want the ducks.
5. Kentucky Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Actual underrated game in terms of football, and underrated in terms of mascots. Two different species of cats, big cats, going at it. If you’re wondering what the difference is between a Wildcat and a Nittany Lion is, I did some research for you. Wildcats are a species of small cats, mostly found in Europe and Africa. Nittany Lions on the other and is, well, not even a real animal, it’s just a mascot.
For these purposes, we are going to see a Nittany Lion is smaller than normal African Lions. Nittany Lions have the size advantage, but Wildcats are faster and more agile. It really depends on the style you prefer: big and strong, or agile and fast? It’s like that scene in Dark Knight when Christian Bale asks Morgan Freeman to make him a new suit because he needed to be faster. I prefer being fast, that’s why I’m going with the Wildcats in a close battle.
4. Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines
Now that we are entering that top 4, you could talk me into rearranging numbers 2-4 in any order. It really was splitting hairs trying to decide where to rank these matchups. A wolverine, as in not Hugh Jackman, but if it was Hugh Jackman fighting a bunch of gators, you’d best believe that would be in the number 1 spot.
An actual wolverine is a carnivore that resembles a small bear. An adult wolverine only weighs between 20-55 pounds. The gators would have a clear advantage in terms of size. Wolverines tend to hunt Wolves and Lynxes, and they usually hunt in packs. Gators tend to keep to themselves, unless they feel threatened, or are hungry. The wolverines would have to surprise the gators in order to have a chance of winning. I don’t think they would have much luck, and that’s why I’m picking the Gators in a close fight.
3. Baylor Bears vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
This might be one of my spiciest takes, but I didn’t like the movie The Revenant. Yeah, thought it was overrated. That being said, the bear scene was just really well done. Before that movie, I didn’t really think of bears as being overly threatening. Now, if I ever go hiking, I’m taking at least one person that I know I can outrun.
Commodores are a rank in the military, specifically in the Navy. So, I could plop down someone from today’s world, but that’s not what Vanderbilt’s mascot portrays. They portray someone from a couple hundred years ago, and that’s what the bear has to fight. I’m imagining someone with a pistol and a sword going up against a bear. I feel like the commodore would get the first attack in with his pistol, and that would slow the bear down for a second, before it recovers and comes on a hate fueled rampage. The commodore can’t climb because of all the heavy equipment, and there’s no way they can outrun a bear. I predict the bears start slow, but come out and maul the commodores later in the fight.
2. Clemson Tigers vs. Notre Dame Irish
Hey, the Tigers are back! And this time they get to fight more humans. But, not just any humans, drunk, Catholic Irishmen. This battle goes in one of two ways, and there’s no in between.
Scenario #1: the Irish drink as much as they can handle, gaining powers such as super strength and durability, and go toe-to-toe with the tigers. Scenario #2: the Irish drink, and fall over in an alcohol-induced nap while the tigers maul them as they sleep.
There is no middle ground here. It’s just a manner of which scenario you choose to believe will happen. I’ve never personally met an Irish person before, but I have heard rumors about them, and I want to believe they are true. I’m picking the upset, and hoping the drunk super-powered Irish can pull the upset against the confused tigers.
1. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers
The number 1 spot, king of the hill, best matchup of the year is the Blue Raiders vs the Mountaineers. We have multiple factors in play here: both parties are from the South, which means both qualify into the redneck category. What do you do when two sets of rednecks are fighting? Sit back and enjoy the show.
As I’m writing this, I’m only about 70% sure I know who would win this fight. I know Middle Tennessee’s mascot is a horse, so let’s imagine the Blue Raiders are from the Old West, makes it a fair fight. Mountaineers have already won one matchup today. Can they make it two?
I’m giving the edge to the Mountaineers, and here’s why: mountain men know the terrain better, they grew up in the woods, and know how to use it as an advantage. I think it’s a really close fight, but the Mountaineers come out on top.
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Auburn Tigers
Come on, you thought we wouldn’t have something about Auburn in this? Even though I am a homer, this matchup is interesting in terms of a mascot battle. When doing research, I honestly thought Boilermakers were a type of trains. According to the Google machine, a Boilermaker is someone who works on and repairs boilers. So now we have a group of tigers (which is called an ambush or a stealth) against men who work with heavy equipment. It took me fifteen minutes to try and come up with a reason why boilermakers would win in a matchup against tigers, but I can’t, unless it was just an army of buff sweaty men against a few tigers. However, in a surprising move, I’m taking the Tigers.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Washington State Cougars
You might be asking yourself why I think Cougars stand a chance against Mother Nature. And that’s a fair point, on the surface, cougars should not be able to even damage a cyclone. But these aren’t normal cougars, they are cougars that are trained by Mike Leach himself. If anyone can figure out how to defeat an act of nature, it’s that man. I think the key to defeating a cyclone is misdirection, you can’t stay in the same place. Eventually, the cyclone will just get tired and give up chasing you, like your dad in the family backyard football game. All that being said, I’m taking the upset. Go Cougs!
It’s Monday and Auburn has an OC. Catch up on all of the Tidbits you may have missed this weekend.
-Auburn RB Asa Martin is transferring away from what projects to be a crowded backfield.
-Derrick Brown is an awesome guy.
-If you’re into the NFL, here’s a good update on how former Auburn players did this weekend.
-Here are highlights from the recent win over Dayton.
The search for Bill Snyder’s successor at Kansas State appears to have reach its conclusion as the Wildcats have reportedly found their new head coach.
Tennessee basketball is behind the Duke Blue Devils in both the AP and Coaches Polls despite the Volunteers’ win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
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Are these the worst of times for Auburn football? It’s a question lots of people are asking these days. Is Auburn really on the edge of a long downward spiral that could continue for years? It certainly feels like a program staring into the great abyss.
Auburn has a reputation for doing stupid things. The unsuccessful coup attempt against Tommy Tuberville in 2003 tops the list. There have been many others. But what we are witnessing today is unprecedented. Forget Alabama or Georgia taking Auburn down. It’s being destroyed from within and that’s what hurts so bad.
All signs point to this football program heading into a deep slumber, not unlike we’ve seen at Tennessee over the last quarter century. While Auburn’s two biggest rivals are in lock-step, determined to own college football, in-fighting at the trustee level and poor presidential leadership threaten to bring an SEC powerhouse to its knees.
Gus Malzahn is not the problem. He is the by-product of a series of poor choices at key leadership posts starting in the president’s office. Jay Gogue’s ineffectiveness caused Auburn to fall behind. Choosing not to dispose of former athletic director Jay Jacobs in a timely matter and subsequently not staying on the cutting edge with a football-only facility and doing enough gameday improvements pushed Auburn significantly behind its rivals.
Steven Leath (along with board support) has only sped up the process with the ill-fated contract negotiations with Malzahn last year. Instead of doing what’s right for the program, he’s instead decided to double-down and attempt to keep his own job. It doesn’t take a Philadelphia lawyer to see that Leath is interested in one person – himself.
In the end, this all falls back on a weak board of trustees who has allowed this charade to go on by not having the guts to make a change. Forget what you hear about this being Leath’s decision. Anyone who believes that also thinks everyone lives like The Brady Bunch.
Name me anyone in business who makes a $49 million blunder and lives to tell about it? Exactly. Rather than admit a mistake, suck it up, and move on, these leaders have decided to inflict more harm on Auburn people by ensuring that Malzahn has no chance of success moving forward.
Auburn is burning. Numerous reports say there is serious disagreement among board members. New Athletic Director Allen Greene has been neutered by Leath and reports say decisions are being made by board members loyal to Leath. Contrast this to the athletics fundraising being done in Tuscaloosa and Athens and it will make you long for the days of Doug Barfield.
Did anyone really believe Kelly Bryant would come to Auburn? You would have to be a moron to jump on this sinking ship. He’d rather play at a basketball school where fans rarely show up for games on Saturday.
You know its bad when perhaps the most disgraced person in college football elects to take a small school coaching job and half the money rather than jump into the frying fan with Malzahn. Hugh Freeze may have screwed up, but he’s not stupid.
Of course, it can always get worse and it did. The biggest kick in the stomach was this weekend when high school coach turned South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley chose to stay a position coach instead of becoming offensive coordinator on the Plains. The idea of tripling his salary and changing his families fortunes forever was not enough to hop into this inferno.
Now is not the time to sit idly by and watch Rome burn. It’s time to be heard. Auburn needs real change and that starts with the president and board of trustees. Here’s to praying strong leadership emerges. Right now, it’s nowhere to be found.
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Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn has named his new offensive coordinator. University of Memphis OC, Kenny Dillingham will replace Chip Lindsey who left last week to join Les Miles at Kansas.
Dillingham who will also coach quarterbacks has been at Memphis for three years. Before that he coached at Arizona State as an offensive assistant in 2014-15.
Memphis ranked fourth in the nation this year in total offense (534.3 ypg), third in rushing offense (285.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring offense (43.6 ppg). The Tigers’ quarterback Brady White threw for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns and Doak Walker Award Darrell Henderson rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns. |
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to join one of the nation’s top football programs,” said Dillingham. “And work for Coach Malzahn, who has [helped the Tigers] win a national championship and produced some of the top offenses in Southeastern Conference history. Coach Norvell speaks very highly of Coach Malzahn and the similarities of how both offenses work. Auburn is a great university and community and my wife and I are extremely excited. I can’t wait to learn and add to the future successes of the Auburn football program.”
However, Auburn’s news release said Coach Malzahn will be handling play calling in 2019 and “Kodi Burns will add the role of passing game coordinator to his responsibilities.” So apparently the offense will be run similar to the way it was, with Rhette Lashlee, the first three years of Coach Malzahn’s tenure on the Plains.
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Auburn has hired Memphis offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, 29, to the same position, the team announced Sunday night.
- Auburn Tigers hire Kenny Dillingham, 29, as new offensive coordinator ESPN
- Auburn hires new offensive coordinator; Malzahn will return to offensive play calling duties WHNT News 19
- Auburn Reportedly Hires Memphis’ Kenny Dillingham as Offensive Coordinator Bleacher Report
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Note: I was not paid for this review, nor do I receive any money from purchases of the FOCO Jordan-Hare Stadium replica. I was simply supplied the product for review.
Those of you who’ve been around Track’Em Tigers know that we don’t do a whole lot of product reviews. Occasionally, something will catch our eye that warrants review. Such is the case with a new product by Forever Collectibles (FOCO).
I was contacted by them shortly after seeing their Stadium Series in stores. It caught my eye right away, and I have to say it’s very cool. It’s essentially a Lego-like replica of Jordan-Hare Stadium. The detail is amazing. It comes in 3,708 glorious pieces and is recommended for ages 12 and up.
FOCO is known for doing a number of these replica stadiums, including Fenway Park which is next on my list. In fact, a visit to their website shows replicas of stadiums covering not only college but MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and the Premier League.
I promised the folks at FOCO that I’d get a review up before Christmas, so in full disclosure, I’m not completely finished with construction, but thanks to my wife, we are making great progress.
Opening the box, you find six packages of parts along with the board used for construction. Admittedly, out of the box, the task looks daunting. Kudos to the designers at FOCO. The instructions are easy to follow and 100-percent visual with great pictures.
Once you get into the flow, construction moves fast. It’s pretty thrilling to see the stadium start coming together. I’m not a mechanical person. My wife loves to point that out. But, even for me, the process is painless and quite fun.
I’ve got big plans for the final product. It will sit on my desk in a place of honor. If all goes well, that will be sometime in the next few days. I can’t stress enough the detail involved. FOCO put in a lot of time getting it right. It looks just like Jordan-Hare Stadium!
So, to whom does this product appeal? The answer is simple and broad. Faor nyone who loves Auburn and likes to tackle cool projects, this is your Christmas gift. If you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that special Auburn person, you can’t go wrong with the Stadium Series from FOCO.
To order, click here.
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