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Podcast: Allen Greene’s interesting perspective on Gus Malzahn – 247Sports

Podcast: Allen Greene’s interesting perspective on Gus Malzahn  247Sports

Listen to a portion of our interview with Allen Greene as Brandon Marcello breaks it all down.

Erin Falconer claims SEC Title as Tigers grab three podium finishes in SEC Swimming & Diving Championship

Erin Falconer claimed the first SEC Title of her career on Thursday at the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, winning the 200 free to claim Auburn’s first individual conference title since 2017. Her win was one of three podium…

Former Auburn receiver Kyle Davis headed to CFL – 247Sports

Former Auburn receiver Kyle Davis headed to CFL  247Sports

Former Auburn receiver Kyle Davis is on the move again. Davis, a former 4-star prospect, landed at FAU after he was booted from the Auburn roster during the …

Georgia Tech Football: Jackets get big time recruit on campus – Yellow Jacked Up

Georgia Tech Football: Jackets get big time recruit on campus  Yellow Jacked Up

The Georgia Tech football recruiting staff was able to get one of the top talents in the Peach State on campus on Thursday.

California and San Diego State reportedly agree to a 2024–2025 home-and-home series – California Golden Blogs

California and San Diego State reportedly agree to a 2024–2025 home-and-home series  California Golden Blogs

According to fbsschedules.com, the California Golden Bears and the San Diego State Aztecs have agreed to a home-and-home set of games in 2024 and 2025.

Tennessee basketball: How Kentucky, Duke and LSU developments affected Vols season Wednesday – FanSided

Tennessee basketball: How Kentucky, Duke and LSU developments affected Vols season Wednesday  FanSided

Tennessee basketball’s season was affected by three key developments Wednesday. Here’s how the Blue Devils, Tigers and Wildcats all affected the …

Highlights of Auburn’s 79-56 Win Over Arkansas

Auburn made four of their first five 3-pointers, then led the Razorbacks by a score of 22-1, and then cruised to a 23-point win. It was literally never in doubt.

3 takeaways: Auburn runs Arkansas out of the gym in blowout 79-56 win – Montgomery Advertiser

3 takeaways: Auburn runs Arkansas out of the gym in blowout 79-56 win  Montgomery Advertiser

The Tigers finally got to play the type of game they like to play, and they dominated without being perfect because their defense continued to shine.

Kent State football releases 2019 schedule | Sports | kentwired.com – Kentwired

Kent State football releases 2019 schedule | Sports | kentwired.com  Kentwired

Sun Devils, Tigers and Badgers, oh my. For the second straight season Kent State will play three games against “Power 5” opponents. The Mid-American …

Georgia to swap Auburn, Tennessee on schedule in 2020 – 247Sports

  1. Georgia to swap Auburn, Tennessee on schedule in 2020  247Sports
  2. The Most Wanted for 2020  247Sports
  3. Georgia president confirms Auburn rivalry is being moved earlier in the season  Saturday Down South
  4. Georgia football: SEC discusses moving Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry  FanSided
  5. UGA football games with Tennessee and Auburn to flip beginning in 2020  SicEmDawgs.com
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Georgia to swap Auburn, Tennessee on schedule in 2020 – 247Sports

Georgia to swap Auburn, Tennessee on schedule in 2020  247Sports

UGA President Jere Moorhead confirmed on Wednesday that Auburn will have a different spot in Georgia’s schedule in 2020 — so will Tennessee.

Auburn Already an Early Favorite For Week 1 Matchup With Oregon Next Season – 12up

Auburn Already an Early Favorite For Week 1 Matchup With Oregon Next Season  12up

Auburn Tigers are early favorites for their season opening game against the Oregon Ducks, building hype for next season.

Projected spread released for Oregon’s opener vs Auburn – 247Sports

Projected spread released for Oregon’s opener vs Auburn  247Sports

College Football will be back in just over six months and the Ducks will open the season in a rematch of the 2011 BCS National Title Game. Las Vegas hasn’t …

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff – The Daily Star-Journal

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff  The Daily Star-Journal

AUBURN — Gus Malzahn’s newest defensive assistant will be the same as one of his most recent defensive assistants.

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff – Newton County Times

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff  Newton County Times

AUBURN — Gus Malzahn’s newest defensive assistant will be the same as one of his most recent defensive assistants.

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff – KULR-TV

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff  KULR-TV

AUBURN — Gus Malzahn’s newest defensive assistant will be the same as one of his most recent defensive assistants.

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff – Clearfield Progress

Auburn football: McGriff returns to Tigers, replaces Brown on staff  Clearfield Progress

AUBURN — Gus Malzahn’s newest defensive assistant will be the same as one of his most recent defensive assistants.

Players, fans react to Wesley ‘Crime Dawg’ McGriff’s arrival – 247Sports

Players, fans react to Wesley ‘Crime Dawg’ McGriff’s arrival  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Wesley McGriff is headed back to the Plains. The coach they call “Crime Dawg” spent the previous two seasons as the defensive …

Auburn announces hire of defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff – Saturday Down South

Auburn announces hire of defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff  Saturday Down South

Gus Malzahn’s Auburn coaching staff is now set heading into spring camp as former Tiger assistant Wesley McGriff is coming back to the Plains. “We’re excited …

Tigers Go 4-1 in Busy Softball Weekend

Auburn softball hosted UAB, Furman, Drake and Texas Tech in this past weekend’s Plainsman Invitational, a fan favorite event. Fans were able to get a two-for-one on Saturday and Sunday, as one ticket would be good for both games. The schedule was moved around slightly as weather postponed Auburn’s second game on Friday with Furman, but not before Auburn run-ruled UAB in the first game of the weekend.

Home-runs have been the single biggest concern of the last two Auburn teams regardless of whether it was under now-departed Clint Myers or second year coach Mickey Dean. However, Auburn has crushed the long ball in this short season and is one of the leaders in the nation in that category with three players in the NCAA’s Top 20. Casey McCrackin is tied for second with five dingers in just ten games. Tannon Snow and Alyssa Rivera have four apiece. That puts the Auburn Tigers fifth in the nation with 18 total long balls in just ten games.

Rivera jumped on UAB in the first inning, but not with the moon shot as she doubled home Tannon and Taylon Snow. It was one of five doubles on the day, which was a welcome sign for some softball fans that had began to wonder if the Tigers could get it done any other way than the long ball.

Auburn’s offense exploded in the fourth inning for six runs and the Tigers didn’t have to hit in the fifth. Makayla Martin was phenomenal, once again, with seven strikeouts and just one hit on the afternoon, holding the Blazers scoreless.

On Saturday, Drake put up a fantastic fight against Auburn, yet …


lost the battle 2-0. The game was scoreless into the fifth inning when Auburn picked up a run on a Taylon Snow grounder that scored pinch runner Bree Fornis. Her speed was the difference in the game when Drake’s second baseman Kennedy Franks decided to go to first with runners on first and second with one out instead of holding the speedy Fornis at third. Tannon Snow added an insurance homer in the sixth on a 1-1 count to seal the deal. Auburn had just two hits and three walks which paled in comparison to the twelve K’s that Nicole Newman piled up. Martin didn’t have quite the dominant day nevertheless she held Drake scoreless while scattering five hits. And she did have eight punch-outs on the outing.

Auburn had to turn around and play Texas Tech on a very short break and the Tigers dropped their third game of the season with a 4-5 score to the Red Raiders. Kendall Veach went yard on a two run shot to put Auburn up 2-0. The lead didn’t last an inning as a solo shot from Zoe Jones and a Jessia Hartwell double plated two more for the Red Raiders. Hartwell would drive in the deciding run later in the fifth.

A wild pitch scored Taylon Snow to tie the game, but Trenity Edwards quickly answered with another solo shot. Another throwing error allowed Carmyn Greenwood to score the Tiger’s final game, though Auburn had a chance to win it. With Morgan Podany representing the tying run on third and two of Auburn’s best hitters in Taylon Snow and Casey McCrackin due up Podany was unable to score when Snow struck out and McCrackin hit a grounder to second to end the game. Auburn’s bats weren’t bad against Tech with seven hits, four walks, and only four Ks. They just couldn’t string them together for runs.

Ashley Swindle was unable to do anything against the Red Raiders. She had no strikeouts and two walks and took the loss in her four inning appearance, giving up four hits and surrendering four runs. Ashley now owns two of Auburn’s three losses, though Chardonnay Harris did give up a run in relief before Martin came in to shut down Tech. Swindle has yet to pitch for more than inning without giving up at least three runs in an outing.

Auburn had an offensive explosion on Sunday against UAB and Furman for a second time. There were no ill-effects from the short turn-around as the Tigers began play at 11AM and started their second game of the day at 2:30. Auburn outscored the duo of teams 26-4. Surprisingly, it took three innings for the Auburn bats to come alive as the first match-up was scoreless after two innings of play. McCracking and Tannon Snow had back-to-back homers to open the flood gates, as the Tigers scored eight runs in the third and never looked back, scoring seven more. Transfer pitcher Lexi Handley allowed just one run on three hits with four Ks in four innings before Swindle mopped up in the last inning.

UAB took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as the Blazers added an unearned run before former Auburn Tiger Jenna Olzewski singled home the second run. She had two hits on the day including a come-backer at Makayla Martin. The ball the Auburn pitcher before Olzewski scampered safely to first.

After a scoreless first inning for the Tigers, Martin shut down the Blazers until the fifth after the game was well out of reach. Auburn’s bats got hot in the second inning that the Tigers batted around and scored seven runs. The outburst included another Alyssa Rivera homer and scoring singles by the Snow sisters. Martin earned another win with Swindle making a short appearance in the last inning before the game ended 11-3.

The Tigers are now 7-3 and host the Tiger Invitational with Villanova, North Dakota State, Troy, and Eastern Illinois coming to Jane B Moore. Weather permitting; the Tigers will play double headers each day from this Friday to Sunday starting with Villanova Friday afternoon at 2PM. Auburn’s first four games will be on the WatchESPN App.

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Sources: Auburn, Georgia expected to move earlier in schedule – 247Sports

Sources: Auburn, Georgia expected to move earlier in schedule  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn, Georgia and the SEC are nearing an agreement to move the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to earlier in the 2020 season in an …

Sources: Auburn, Georgia expected to move earlier in schedule – 247Sports

Sources: Auburn, Georgia expected to move earlier in schedule  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn, Georgia and the SEC are nearing an agreement to move the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to earlier in the 2020 season in an …

Highlights of Auburn’s 64-53 Win Over Vanderbilt

The last time Auburn beat Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym was in 2000. The Tigers held off a late run from the Commodores to break that streak, and to (hopefully) get back on track for the rest of the season. Enjoy.

Mel Kiper high on former Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham – 247Sports

Mel Kiper high on former Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham  247Sports

Count ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. as another expert in Jarrett Stidham corner. The former Auburn quarterback is coming off a strong week at the Senior Bowl, …

Interesting Tidbits on Baseball Opening Weekend, Basketball, and Dirk Nowitzki

Happy Tuesday everyone. Take a break from building your ark to catch up on all of the interesting tidbits you need to know.

– First and foremost, keep this officer and his family in your thoughts this week.

– It was a wild opening weekend for Baseball. See how the team fared in the opener, where they fell short in game two, and how they bounced back in the rubber match.

– Catch up with former Auburn Tiger and current Detroit Tiger (kinda) Casey Mize.

– Learn more about current Auburn pitcher Davis Daniel.

– Men’s Basketball won at Memorial Gym for the first time since 2000, that’s a long time. Here are some interesting stats from that game.

– Auburn put together another great defensive performance, continuing a recent trend. Also, Okeke is heating up (I’m already tired of ‘Okeke, do you love me?’ jokes).

– A look at where Auburn would stand in the SEC Tourney, some bracketology news, and the most recent AP Poll.

Auburn beat Alabama in Women’s Basketball. And when I say ‘beat’, I really mean embarrassed.

– Updates from Softball’s weekend, including some noteworthy stats.

– Finally, Dirk Nowitzki at Auburn?

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

Maroon and White Audible: Mississippi State Basketball can’t afford a loss against Georgia – Maroon and White Nation

Maroon and White Audible: Mississippi State Basketball can’t afford a loss against Georgia  Maroon and White Nation

The Mississippi State basketball team put their season back on track with a win against Arkansas and can’t afford a loss to a bad Georgia team.

Support staffer leaves for Kansas – 247Sports

Support staffer leaves for Kansas  247Sports

Auburn defensive analyst Devin Ducote has taken a job as a consultant for special teams on Les Miles’ staff at Kansas. Ducote served the last three seasons as …

Report: Auburn staffer leaving for job with Kansas – Saturday Down South

Report: Auburn staffer leaving for job with Kansas  Saturday Down South

The Auburn Tigers have had a lot of staff turnover this offseason, and on Monday, another support staffer was reportedly on his way out. This time, the support …

Panthers 2019 mock draft: Finding a new starting left tackle – Panthers Wire

Panthers 2019 mock draft: Finding a new starting left tackle  Panthers Wire

The Panthers absolutely have to find a reliable starter at the left tackle position this year. In our latest seven-round mock draft simulation, we picked a prospect at …

What Are Auburn’s Chances to Make Back-to-Back NCAA Tournament Appearance?

The Vanderbilt basketball team is winless in SEC play yet Auburn’s 64-53 basketball victory Saturday may have been the most important game of the year for the Tigers. Reeling from an unexpected loss to Ole Miss at home made Auburn’s game in Memorial Gymnasium a must win.

And not because it was a road win or because it was the Tigers first win in Nashville in 20 years. No the reason the game was crucial was because the impact a loss would have been on Auburn’s post season resume. Had the Tigers dropped the contest, it would have seriously hurt their standing with the selection committee for the NCAA Tournament.

Although the victory was sweet it leaves us with some concerns about a recently sluggish offense. The Tigers shot only 34.7 for the game – the second-lowest offensive production of the season. Most see Auburn’s strength as shooting the three-shot. And when the three’s are falling they are a tough team to beat when they are not, they become average. But those 3-point shots don’t open up if they can’t score inside.

So how did they get the win? “We had great effort and energy defensively, and I thought that was a real key for us,” said coach Pearl. “The communication in the huddle was about winning. It was about getting stops. It was about executing. They came here to win, and we made some progress.

It was the Tigers second road win this season improving their record to 18-7 and 6-6 in SEC play and giving them momentum as they head down the final stretch.

It just goes to show what a good coach can do, when one area of a team’s game is off, to make adjustments and get a win. The real strength of Auburn’s basketball team is not the 3-shot, it’s the coach.

Pearl’s taken some heat lately for some of Auburn’s losses but after an up and down season he has this team in a good position to become only the third team in the last three decades to go to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. With six SEC games left in the regular season, my money is on Bruce Pearl.

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2020 Class Preview: Quarterback – College and Magnolia

2020 Class Preview: Quarterback  College and Magnolia

For the first time in a couple of cycles, Auburn is still in search for their QB of the class.

Auburn Softball Report: Top performers, schedule, notes and more – 247Sports

Auburn Softball Report: Top performers, schedule, notes and more  247Sports

A look back at the week that was and ahead at the week to come in Auburn softball. THE WEEK THAT WAS No. 20 Auburn (7-3) went 4-1 in the Plainsman …

Auburn walks off with a baseball series win – 247Sports

Auburn walks off with a baseball series win  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama – Sophomore Auburn left-hander Jack Owen was at his best when he was called upon. Two freshmen made sure he got the fruits of his …

ESPN Computer Names The 10 CFB Playoff Favorites – The Spun

ESPN Computer Names The 10 CFB Playoff Favorites  The Spun

Among the many outlets crafting their previews and lists of playoff favorites for next season is ESPN, who recently released an early look at 2019.

One that got away: Tigers can’t hold lead, fall in 13 innings – 247Sports

One that got away: Tigers can’t hold lead, fall in 13 innings  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama – It was a tale of three games Saturday at Plainsman Park, and it didn’t end well for Auburn’s baseball team. For five innings, the Tigers.

Season-best 197.100 highlights Auburn gymnastics win over Arkansas

The No. 11 Auburn gymnastics team closed out the SEC home season in fashion Friday night with a season-high 197.100 in front another sellout crowd as the Tigers knocked off No. 21 Arkansas (196.175) to improve to 6-1 (5-1) on…

Source: DBs coach Greg Brown working on deal to leave Auburn – 247Sports

Source: DBs coach Greg Brown working on deal to leave Auburn  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn secondary coach Greg Brown is the leading candidate to join Purdue’s staff as cornerbacks coach, a source tells Auburn …

Former Auburn All-American Mike Mitchell named 2019 SEC Legend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Auburn All-American and All-SEC performer Mike Mitchell has been selected as Auburn’s 2019 Southeastern Conference Legend. Mitchell will be honored posthumously at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., March 13-17.

Interesting Tidbits on Baseball, Basketball Woes, and Candy Hearts

Happy Friday Auburn fans. Cruise on through to President’s Day weekend by catching up on all of the important tidbits you need to know. None of you are working, anyway.

Baseball starts tonight. Get caught up on everything you need to know heading into opening weekend.

– Most importantly, check out the new dugouts.

– The fastest man in Auburn is the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week.

– 2019 football preseason power rankings are out. See where Auburn ranks.

– Speaking of football, take a look at some the underappreciated players from last season.

– Also, Auburn continues to address its biggest need on the recruiting trail.

– See what Marlon Davidson had to say about his decision to stay, and learn more about Auburn’s newest position coach.

– The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for Men’s BBall. This letter sums up much of the experience.

– Although it’s not quite time to hit the March Madness panic button, something has to change.

Updates on Austin Wiley here.

– Softball dominated UAB in their home opener.

– Gymnastics looks to firm up lineups as the season hits the home stretch.

– Last, but not least, check out our 2019 batch of Candy Hearts.

 

Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

Tennessee Vols morning report: SEC Media Days schedule, baseball opener – FanSided

Tennessee Vols morning report: SEC Media Days schedule, baseball opener  FanSided

The Tennessee Vols’ schedule at 2019 SEC Media Days and baseball season opening lead our Volunteers news for Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: Bracket power shifting to SEC – ESPN

NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: Bracket power shifting to SEC  ESPN

Here’s your updated source for all the latest on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Is it Panic Button Time for Auburn Basketball?

It was the year of high expectations. Auburn started out highly ranked but after out of conference play, the Tigers looked less and less like a contender and more like a pretender.

That paragraph could be applied to two different Auburn teams this year. While failing to meet expectations is something very familiar to Auburn football fans, it is a new occurrence to Auburn basketball fans. As many old-school Auburn basketball followers will tell you, simply having expectations for the Tigers is something new, which has softened the blow for the slide back to center for the Auburn basketball fan.

Regardless of the raging commentary between two sides of Auburn basketball fans, the fact remains that this team is struggling mightily. Judging these young men is a tough thing to do and should be done with the understanding that they are young men. And while the aim isn’t to be tough on these Auburn men, some serious introspection should be done.

To avoid being a season of disappointment, Auburn would have to put together great post-season play. A month ago, that was understood. Now, Auburn is in serious contention to not even make the Big Dance and give them a shot at redeeming what has so far been a disappointing season.

Yes, the Tigers are still firmly in the mix thanks to an SEC conference that is playing really good ball. Yes, losing Wednesady to Ole Miss in and of itself shouldn’t be the sole reason to slap the panic button, as disgusting of a game as it was. Fans are quick to look at single games as a judgment on an entire season. Wednesdayt’s performance was the game where the single loss caused a lot of fans to start questioning the entirety of the season.

Auburn is winless against current ranked teams. The Tigers have now lost two games at home, a place they simply do not lose. They are below .500 in conference with Kentucky and Tennessee looming. And Wednesday night Auburn scored a new low with just 26 first half points at home. A very telling, non-statistic yet important aspect of Auburn’s success were the lack of support in last night’s game. Fans simply did not show up. Statistically, neither did Auburn’s shooting.

Credit Ole Miss for coming to Auburn Arena and shooting the clutch shots that it needed to turn the lights out on Auburn. Statistically, they weren’t great from long range, hitting under 40 percent. It was how they did it. At one point, Ole Miss hit four triples with one second left on the shot clock. A fifth time, they missed the shot, got the rebound and ran the shot clock down before missing another shot and getting yet another rebound, putting Auburn’s squad on defense for over a minute. As talented as Auburn is, as suffocating as they can be in situations, one maddening fact about this squad is the ability to make heroes out of their opponents. It defies statistics. Only Auburn could play flawless defense over and over and still play into their opponents hands.

Regardless of the defense it was the shooting and turnovers that buried Auburn. Auburn hit only 25 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc with Chuma Okeke hitting more of them than guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper combined. The two guards were 2-20 combining for just 18 points. Okeke did his best to keep Auburn in the game scoring 23 points nearly half of Auburn’s paltry 55 points.

Just weeks ago, Auburn’s losses were easy to accept by pointing to aberrations: bad shooting here, poor rebounding there. However, over the last month one thing is painfully obvious; Jared Harper is having his worst year wearing orange and blue. And that isn’t even up for debate. Harper added six turnovers Wednesday night. Three of them were simply head scratching, such as a failed alley-oop or dribbling into the lane with three defenders waiting. His turnovers per game have crept up each year from 1.5 to 2.1, to a 2.5 mark this year. While 2.5 don’t sound like a lot, it’s been the rate in SEC play that is simply scary. Harper had only three games with four or more turnovers in his first two years. He has six this year with back-to-back games of five and six, respectively.

Auburn’s high hopes for the season were boosted mostly by the return of Austin Wiley and Daniel Purifoy. Yet neither have been a factor, and it is simply baffling. Auburn was 12-1 to start the season and in those games, Wiley had double-digit points in eight. That corresponds to the start of SEC play where Wiley has yet to score double digits.

It doesn’t help that Wiley battled a lower body injury that kept him out of several games. But the truth is Wiley hasn’t played to the level that he was sold to fans as a top draft pick coming out of high school. As of Wednesday night, many fans on social media started using the term “soft” when it came to talking about the big man. His biggest problem, outside of being able to rebound against men the same size or larger is how he catches the ball on the block but finishes falling away from the basket – something a dominating player would never do.

In addition Daniel Purifoy hasn’t scored more than eight points and while he is starting to show up, he still hasn’t eclipsed the play fans saw from him as a freshman.

It may not be time to hit the panic button but Auburn has a long row to hoe to prevent a disappointing season. They start to work on that redemption Saturday at 11AM against Vandy in Nashville.

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Auburn women fall at Tennessee despite big night for Alexander

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Daisa Alexander matched a season-high with 22 points, but Auburn could not hold onto a halftime lead as Tennessee earned a 73-62 win Thursday night in Knoxville.

ESPN’s FPI predicts the SEC’s 5 best defenses in 2019 – Saturday Down South

ESPN’s FPI predicts the SEC’s 5 best defenses in 2019  Saturday Down South

The first version of ESPN’s Football Power Index was released Thursday. Alabama was ranked No. 2 overall, while defending national champion Clemson was …

Auburn in top 10 of major preseason power rankings for 2019 – 247Sports

  1. Auburn in top 10 of major preseason power rankings for 2019  247Sports
  2. ESPN’s FPI predicts the SEC’s 5 best defenses in 2019  Saturday Down South
  3. College Football Playoff path for top 10 FPI teams  WLS-TV
  4. ESPN Predicts The SEC’s 5 Best Teams In 2019  The Spun
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Auburn in top 10 of major preseason power rankings for 2019 – 247Sports

Auburn in top 10 of major preseason power rankings for 2019  247Sports

Auburn is in the top 10 despite way-too-early human polls leaving the Tigers out of the rankings or in the low 20s.

The Roundtable: Build the darn thing – 247Sports

The Roundtable: Build the darn thing  247Sports

Oh, we’ve got thoughts on the lack of facility upgrades, renovations and a new football complex at Auburn.

Underappreciated Tigers from the 2018 Auburn Football Season

It’s no secret that Auburn underachieved in 2018, but there were a lot of positives that got overshadowed by the negativity surrounding them throughout the campaign. You might agree with some of the players I put in here and disagree with others, and I’m certain I left someone out. Everyone had a role to play this season, but without further ado, let’s break down the most underappreciated football players of 2018.

Prince Tega Wanogho – It goes largely unnoticed because of the rest of the offensive line’s struggles in 2018, but Prince Tega was essential in 2018 as Jarrett Stidham’s blind side protector.

His technique, of all the players on the offensive line, improved the most throughout the 2018 season, and by the end of it he was holding his own against the likes of Isaiah Buggs, Anfernee Jennings, and Christian Miller. Surprisingly, he actually finished the season among the best graded tackles in the SEC by PFF, and with more time under JB Grimes I only expect his play to get better.

He still lost reps, but his presence and game sense was so massively improved from the beginning of the season that it’s hard not to call him the anchor of the offensive line going into 2019. Combine that with the new concepts that Kenny Dillingham will bring to the offense and there’s reason to be excited about the offensive line in 2019.

Jarrett Stidham – For all of the mistakes Stidham made in 2018 that cost Auburn a great deal of success, people are quick to forget that without his ability to threaten to stretch the field, the win against Texas A&M never happens. Without his ball speed and accuracy, none of those Darius Slayton back shoulder throws or Seth Williams fades and shallow posts ever happen.

I challenge anyone to tell me that Sean White or even Malik Willis could have made those throws. It would not have happened, and without Stidham’s arm, I find it unlikely Auburn even reaches .500 in 2018, let alone wins 8 games. Stidham wasn’t perfect in 2018, or 2017 for that matter, but what he brought to the table will be missed much more than I think the Auburn family realizes (unless Bo Nix shows an ability to stretch the field similarly)

Noah Igbinoghene – In Noah Igbinoghene’ s first season at cornerback, he massively overachieved relative to his expectations. Personally, I expected him to be the weakest link in Auburn’s secondary going into 2018, but not only did he hold his own, but by the end of the year, he was growing into the type of shutdown corner we’d sorely missed since Carlton Davis left for the NFL.

In particular I want to highlight his work against Washington in the season opener, where despite having multiple pass interference penalties, he had a number of key pass breakups and was a staple of Auburn’s defense, even in the red zone. He was an active tackler in the secondary, even forcing a fumble against Arkansas.

He needs to learn to keep his hands to himself sometimes, but overall he’s a really promising defender in a really promising defense.

KJ Britt – as a light rotational piece in 2018 and Auburn’s assumed leader at LB next year, KJ Britt was a shockingly effective difference maker with his effort and speed from sideline to sideline. At times I didn’t even realize KJ Britt was on the field until I saw his number crossing the screen after a simple effort play to force an incompletion or cover a crossing receiver perfectly.

That’s not to say he didn’t contribute against the run, as he had 21 tackles in 2018, 15 of which were solo. He simply fit perfectly into the rotation of Auburn’s linebacking corps in 2018, and now being expected to lead the new guard of the Auburn defense with Derrick Brown, I expect great things from him in 2019.

Andrew Williams, Tyrone Truesdell, and Coynis Miller Jr. – I group all these players together for the simple reason that their presence on the Defensive line made everyone else better. All three played crucial depth positions in Auburn’s lineup, so much so that I’m willing to bet the casual viewer didn’t even realize when each was on the field.

They all played inside defensive tackle with Dontavius Russell and Derrick Brown, and when the defense was forced to play on the field for upwards of 30 minutes a game, these depth pieces came in and offered the stars of the defense a chance to rest easy for a few moments.

In particular, Coynis Miller and Tyrone Truesdell figure to increase their roles in 2019 and develop their skills to rush the passer and stop the run. Next season keep an eye out for #8 and #94 on the field at the same time. I expect both will become bigger contributors as the old guard of Derrick Brown, Nick Coe, and Marlon Davidson leave for the NFL.

I know Auburn underachieved in 2018, but now is as good a time as any to look back on the good of this season as we head into newer and better things. It’s not just coach-speak, Auburn does have a bright future in football, and all these guys are part of the reason why.

Time For Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Plainsman Park

With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. It’s time for the game that has been called, “America’s past time.” Some may want to debate that label today but there’s no denying the sport is the nation’s oldest past time having been played since 1839.

On the college level, baseball usually comes quickly on the heals of football’s National Signing Day. For many Americans, baseball like spring awakens thoughts of new life.

It brings hope and stirs the imagination. After all it is a part of the American fabric. Coming at the start of spring every year it reminds us of new beginnings, new birth, and a chance to start over.

At the end of last season the Auburn Baseball Team was left with the feeling of what might have been. The Tigers came within one run and three outs of Auburn’s first trip to the College World Series in over 20 years. It was Auburn’s first trip to a super regional since 1999 Auburn where the No.9 Tigers forced a decisive game 3 against No. 1 Florida and came within one run and three outs of  making it to the big show.

In the 11th inning freshman outfielder Steven Williams climbed the right field wall to grab a line drive but the ball swerved off his glove and over the wall. Within seconds the entire Auburn team emptied out to surround and console Williams in right field while Florida dogpiled in the infield celebrating a 3-2 win.

Still it was a record setting season finishing at 43-23, winning the Raleigh Regional by outscoring its opponents 40-12 and advancing to the second super regional in program history. Yet it was a disheartening way to end  what had been the best season on the Plains since hosting a 2010 regional.

But Friday will start a new day as the Tigers open with a five day home stand on Hitchcock Field. Fourth year coach Butch Thompson is optimistic despite losing some key payers including first round over-all draft pick Casey Mize.

He will have a different team with18 new players on the roster. We expect juniors From Neurons to Neighborhoods: An Update: Workshop Summary
, Davis Daniel, and the four returning freshmen All-Americans Steven Williams, Working With Immigrant Families: A Practical Guide for Counselors (Family Therapy and Counseling)
Cody Greenhill, and Why Do We Always Come Back to This?
 to lead the way. In addition eight Tigers have been named among theThe Gift Of Tai Chi
by Perfect Game.

So after a long off season, it’s time for some peanuts and cracker jacks. It’s time for  Auburn baseball. Nothing beats sitting in Plainsman Park in the spring with a hotdog and coke watching the Tigers play.

Even thought the Tigers came up short in their quest to make it to Omaha in 2018, this is a new day, a new season. And that’s what baseball does. It reminds us of new beginnings, new birth, and a second chance. I can’t wait …

War Eagle!

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The 2019 Batch of Auburn Candy Hearts

You may have heard that the company that makes the candy hearts for Valentine’s Day went out of business. Well, I’ve worked a deal with them to continue making Auburn-themed ones. Yeah, I’m dead serious. Believe this.

You can go back and see the old ones (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), but here a few more that are relevant to this year. Feel free to use, but MUST CREDIT BLOGLE.















And here are some of the best from previous years that are still good:










These will always withstand the test of time…










Happy vAUlentine’s Day!

College Football Playoff path for top 10 FPI teams – WLS-TV

College Football Playoff path for top 10 FPI teams  WLS-TV

Take a look forward at what the College Football Playoff selection committee will be paying extra close attention to on each FPI top-10 team’s schedule.

War Eagle Whispers – 247Sports

War Eagle Whispers  247Sports

Here is the latest in Auburn football recruiting …. *** What is the status of 4-star defensive end Quandarrius Robinson… “>247Sports · CBS Sports Digital …

LSU’s March Madness Odds Still +8000 After Win at Kentucky – SportsBettingDime.com

LSU’s March Madness Odds Still +8000 After Win at Kentucky  SportsBettingDime.com

LSU is still +10000 to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Bovada and MyBookie. Tremont Waters and Naz Reid has the Bayou Bengals second in the SEC and …

Samford releases 2019 football schedule – FBSchedules.com

Samford releases 2019 football schedule  FBSchedules.com

The Samford Bulldogs have released their 2019 football schedule, which features a game at Auburn.

Tennessee basketball: How recent close games have all worked against Vols – FanSided

Tennessee basketball: How recent close games have all worked against Vols  FanSided

Tennessee basketball is doing everything right. But a collection of close games have worked against the Volunteers since Saturday.

Auburn Football Schedule 2019 – Athlon Sports

Auburn Football Schedule 2019  Athlon Sports

Here’s the Auburn football schedule with a full list of the Tigers’ 2019 opponents, game locations, with game times, TV channels coming as they’re announced.

Updated Way-Too-Early Top 25 college football rankings – ESPN

Updated Way-Too-Early Top 25 college football rankings  ESPN

Thanks to the transfer of Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley are moving up in the Way-Too-Early Top 25.

NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: LSU turns the corner at Kentucky – ESPN

NCAA tournament Bubble Watch: LSU turns the corner at Kentucky  ESPN

Here’s your updated source for all the latest on the NCAA tournament bubble.

Predicting the 2019 Over/Under Win Totals for the SEC – Stadium

Predicting the 2019 Over/Under Win Totals for the SEC  Stadium

I wrote in yesterday’s ACC-centric breakdown about how the schedule is one of the most important factors when looking at over/under win totals.

Watch: New OT commit Jonathan Buskey’s 2018 highlights – 247Sports

Watch: New OT commit Jonathan Buskey’s 2018 highlights  247Sports

Is new commit Jonathan Buskey Auburn’s left tackle of the future?

Auburn reportedly picks up commitment from talented 2020 JUCO offensive lineman – Saturday Down South

Auburn reportedly picks up commitment from talented 2020 JUCO offensive lineman  Saturday Down South

The Auburn Tigers just finished up a strong 2019 class (barring any incoming transfers or graduate transfers), and now they’re turning their attention to the 2020 …

Phillip’s unhinged thoughts: Decades, softball ranked and more – 247Sports

Phillip’s unhinged thoughts: Decades, softball ranked and more  247Sports

Starting in the 1960s, Auburn has had 24 football seasons in which it lost fewer than four games or played in the SEC Championship Game. It will come as no …

‘Staying ready’: Recovering Wiley could still reach his immense potential this season, Pearl says – Opelika Auburn News

‘Staying ready’: Recovering Wiley could still reach his immense potential this season, Pearl says  Opelika Auburn News

Most of Auburn hasn’t seen the best of Austin Wiley.

How the top 25 recruits of the Gus Malzahn era fared – 247Sports

How the top 25 recruits of the Gus Malzahn era fared  247Sports

Who panned out and who did not (or left the team)?

Every SEC team’s toughest game in 2019 – 247Sports

Every SEC team’s toughest game in 2019  247Sports

Admit it. You’ve peeked at your favorite SEC team’s 2019 schedule more often than you’d care to admit this offseason. We all do it, attempting to circle projected …

College Basketball Bracketology 2019: Gonzaga the biggest winner in the Committee’s sneak peek – SB Nation

College Basketball Bracketology 2019: Gonzaga the biggest winner in the Committee’s sneak peek  SB Nation

The top 16 of today’s projection matches what college basketball’s real bracket builders offered up on Saturday. That means Gonzaga replaces Michigan on the …

Tennessee basketball: Vols No.1 seed in the South region in the latest bracketology – FanSided

Tennessee basketball: Vols No.1 seed in the South region in the latest bracketology  FanSided

The Tennessee basketball team still on the top seed lines in the latest bracketology from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

Storied College Football Programs That Will Struggle in 2019 – Bleacher Report

Storied College Football Programs That Will Struggle in 2019  Bleacher Report

The college football offseason is a time reserved for hope. But if fans of certain storied teams spend the coming months expecting a breakout year, they’ll only be …

Uneven Opening Weekend for Auburn Softball

Coach Mickey Dean’s second Auburn squad came out crushing the ball in Gulf Shores on Friday afternoon. Readers may recall from last week’s The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand!
 that situational hitting had to improve if Auburn wanted to succeed this season. Though hitting has declined over the last couple of years, improvements are expected this season.

Auburn took down Tennessee State and Western Kentucky in the Friday doubleheader behind offensive outbursts featuring the long ball, which had been sorely lacking. The lack of home runs last year was the likeliest cause of the decline in hitting from the Clint Myers’ era.

Kendall Veach opened up the year with a 4–4 performance that included two dingers. She added a third round-tripper against WKU. Casey McCrackin and Alyssa Rivera added one apiece to give the Tigers five homers on the day. Auburn outscored TSU 11–4 before beating WKU 8-0 in a five inning mercy rule game. 

The Tigers were able to play a lot of players against TSU, including Makenna Dowell, Halley Nillen, and Bree Fornis. Dowell, a frequent starter last season and best glove on the field, struggles with hitting. Reserve player Fornis, who has been with the program for several years but previously unable to make much of an impact, laced a double in the WKU game. However, she was left on base three times after reaching on errors. 

Ashlee Swindle earned the opening day start but gave up three runs on the day, including two home runs. TSU’s last score resulted from an error after a right-field single. Makayala Martin continued to be a lock-down ace as she shut out the Hilltoppers.

Auburn is looking for the second starter after Martin. Swindle has the experience, Chardonnay Harris has the upside, and transfer Lexi Handley is looking to make a push. Although sources have said Swindle has been consistent, the consistency has led to opposing teams teeing off on her. This is likely the result of not having enough movement or spin on the ball. 

Saturday was a rough day for the Tigers as they dropped games to Missouri State and Louisiana Tech, 4–3 and 2–1, respectively. McCrackin added her second homer, and Bree Fornis showed power with her first ever dinger. McCrackin also had a double, and Justus Perry added the first of three runs via a walk. Auburn had six hits in game one but stranded six on the base paths, a troubling sign that bled into game two. Missouri State made the most of its seven hits, and Swindle took the loss despite striking out five hitters with just two walks. The Tigers’ lone error by catcher Kendall Veach in the second inning was the difference. 

Game two was similar to game one. Auburn continued to hit long balls as McCrackin homered again for Auburn’s lone score. Despite getting four other hits, Auburn stranded five base runners. Martin took the loss after giving up six hits and two earned runs. It was a very strange game that saw the Tigers struggle with situational hitting to move players into scoring position. Coach Dean believes in bunting any time there are players on first base, and Tech was ready for it when Dowell popped her bunt into the air. 

In the final day of the Sand Dollar Classic, Auburn took on Florida A&M for a 10–2 win before heading back to the Plains. The long-balling Tigers added three more homers from McCrackin, Tannon Snow, and Justus Perry. Auburn had 11 hits, led by Taylon Snow with three. Chardonnay Harris was fantastic as she struck out six batters and scattered five hits before Handley relieved her at the conclusion of the sixth inning. Handley allowed just one hit while striking out two.

Obviously, Auburn has to work on some things. While having 11 homers after the first week of softball is astounding, the two losses are frustrating for fans. Last season started much the same way with many of the same players starting out hot. McCrackin and Veach both began swinging hot bats against nonconference teams, but the entire team struggled when it got into the grueling SEC conference schedule.

Dean continues to push the pace on the base paths. Taylon Snow will be the key player as she takes over lead-off duties from now departed Victoria Draper. Snow brings a different style to the role. Draper, being a slapper, beat defenses with her speed. Snow does it with good old fashioned flat hitting and had nine hits on the weekend. While last season saw Draper crush the stolen base record, the Tigers are 6–8 in steal attempts so far this season. While that’s an acceptable number for now, SEC catchers will be much stingier. 

Auburn takes on UAB on Thursday in Auburn on Jane B. Moore field at 6:00 PM to open the Plainsman Invite. 

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Miami football could sign former 5-Star Auburn OT Calvin Ashley – FanSided

Miami football could sign former 5-Star Auburn OT Calvin Ashley  FanSided

Former five-star Auburn offensive tackle Calvin Ashley has entered his name into the transfer portal. Ashley is considering the Miami football program.

Podcast: A departure to remember, a basketball season to finish – 247Sports

Podcast: A departure to remember, a basketball season to finish  247Sports

One of the top recruits in Auburn history is out the door. Former 5-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley left the Auburn football program Monday after making …

Georgia working to flip another Auburn WR commit? – 247Sports

Georgia working to flip another Auburn WR commit?  247Sports

LAGRANGE, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers are no strangers to recruiting battles. A little less than a week… “>247Sports · CBS Sports Digital …

Breaking News: Eagles Land Commitment From 4* OT Kevin Pyne – BC Interruption

Breaking News: Eagles Land Commitment From 4* OT Kevin Pyne  BC Interruption

Steve Addazio and Company may have landed the highest rated recruit during their time in Chestnut Hill. Local 4* OT Kevin Pyne, who was once a 5*, and …

Stadium’s Pre-Spring College Football Top 25: #25-21 – Stadium

Stadium’s Pre-Spring College Football Top 25: #25-21  Stadium

With the 2019 college football season only 194 days away – and counting – it’s never too early to start projecting next fall’s Top 25 teams. My rankings probably …

Tennessee football: Vols top 25 S&P+ ranking more exciting than you think – FanSided

Tennessee football: Vols top 25 S&P+ ranking more exciting than you think  FanSided

Tennessee football’s Top 25 S&P+ projection for 2019 is more exciting for the Volunteers than that data even shows. Here’s a look at why.

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