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Will Wade not happy with timing of LSU’s schedule this week – Saturday Down South

Will Wade not happy with timing of LSU’s schedule this week  Saturday Down South

Musings From The Plains – (College Football Free Agency Edition)

The NCAA inched a step closer to free agency this past week when the ACC joined the Bin Ten Conference is support of allowing athletes to transfer to another school without losing a year of eligibility. Currently, football and basketball players must sit out a year before becoming eligible. The proposed change would do away with that rule.

Of course the NCAA Board of Governors would have to approve the change; something that seems likely since the governing body instituted a change last season allowing football players, who have played in less than four games, to enter a transfer portal. Implementing what two of the Power 5 Conferences are advocating could solidify free agency in college athletics and change college sports forever. Many see that as a good thing. But this writer fails to see its merit.

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Head baseball coach Bruce Thompson is looking for some answers today following Auburn being swept by UCF over the weekend. As far as this writer can tell, Auburn has never been swept at home by a non conference opponent. And what makes it so perplexing is the Tigers lost it at the plate and on the mound.

Auburn (5-3) came into the contest having scored the most runs (61) since 1951 through their first five games and Tiger pitchers had struck out the most batters (62) since the 2000 season.

“I just think it was a rhythm and momentum of one single series against one opponent,” said Thompson. “The realization in getting out of this one feeling and getting back to the overall perspective is what I’d like to see our guys get to in the next 24 or 48 hours.” We would too coach, we would too.

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Speaking of embarrassing losses, the softball team had a weekend they would like to have back. The Tigers went 1-4 in the Mary Nutter Classic, in Cathedral City, Calif. They lost two close games by 2 runs but were run-ruled twice; losing to No. 1 UCLA 11-1 and being shut out by No. 16 Arizona State. No doubt the competition was tough. But when’s the last time you can remember Auburn softball being run-ruled twice in a tournament? I certainly can’t recollect that happening before.
 
Auburn coach Mickey Dean said, “You can’t be fair-weather fans with this team, but they are playing hard and they are going to get better.” Maybe the learning experience will help them win the Tiger Invitational which starts Friday at Jane B. Moore Field.

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Auburn basketball was sailing along at 21-2 before their best player, Isaac Okoro, suffered an injury against Bama on February 12. Since that game, Auburn has struggled in losses to Mizzou and Georgia. And on Saturday the Tigers found themselves down by 17 points at half time to the Tennessee Volunteers. 

Yet they came back to notch their fifth come from behind game of the year. But this time Okoro was not the difference – Bruce Pearl was. Trailing the Vols by 17, Pearl had a “come to Jesus meeting” with his team behind close doors. Players would not divulge what the coach said but acknowledge it lit a fire under them as the Tigers came back for their 23rd victory beating the Vols 73 – 66.

With the basketball season drawing to a close, the No. 15 Tigers are tied for second place and are playing to get a double bye in the up coming SEC Tournament. Ole Miss comes to town Tuesday before Auburn has a tough game at Kentucky Saturday. If (and that’s a big “if”) the Tigers win those two, they will be just one game way from first place.

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Although I’m looking forward to March Madness, it won’t be long before football returns to the Plains. Auburn A-Day is just 47 days away. It would be nice if the newly commissioned statues of Cliff Hare, Shug Jordan, and Pat Dye could be ready by then but I know that’s an impossibility. However, just thinking about being back in Jordan-Hare is enough to get this football fan dreaming about what a new season can bring.
Until next time …

War Eagle!

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LSU leads top 10 teams with most combine invites – The Union Journal

LSU leads top 10 teams with most combine invites  The Union Journal

Ole Miss vs. Auburn Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 2-25-2020 – Winners and Whiners

Ole Miss vs. Auburn Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 2-25-2020  Winners and Whiners

Auburn DT Derrick Brown remains sky-high in NFL Network rankings – 247Sports

Auburn DT Derrick Brown remains sky-high in NFL Network rankings  247Sports

UK Wildcats vs Auburn Tigers Round 2 is a sellout – A Sea Of Blue

UK Wildcats vs Auburn Tigers Round 2 is a sellout  A Sea Of Blue

Tennessee Vols morning report: Football staff made official – All For Tennessee

Tennessee Vols morning report: Football staff made official  All For Tennessee

Tennessee Vols morning report: Football staff made official – All for Tennessee

Tennessee Vols morning report: Football staff made official  All for Tennessee

Extra Innings: 10 takeaways from the first full week of SEC baseball – Saturday Down South

Extra Innings: 10 takeaways from the first full week of SEC baseball  Saturday Down South

Auburn Baseball Review – 2/24/2020

After a great start to the season, Auburn’s bats went cold in a bad way. Auburn started off a 3 game series against UCF on friday and the Knights brought it all weekend. Auburn lost all 3 games and they weren’t even close. This is the first non-conference series sweep under Butch Thompson. Check out the recaps below:

GAME 1

GAME 2

GAME 3

Auburn looks to rebound with a midweek miniseries against Alabama A&M Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tigers are 5-3 on the season.

SEC Basketball Power Rankings for Week 17 – A Sea Of Blue

SEC Basketball Power Rankings for Week 17  A Sea Of Blue

Elite LB recruit giving Tigers a good look – 247Sports

Elite LB recruit giving Tigers a good look  247Sports

College Basketball Power Rankings – Win over Baylor, losses by Gonzaga and SDSU propel Kansas to No. 1 – ESPN

College Basketball Power Rankings – Win over Baylor, losses by Gonzaga and SDSU propel Kansas to No. 1  ESPN

11 LB prospects for Falcons to watch at the combine – Falcons Wire

11 LB prospects for Falcons to watch at the combine  Falcons Wire

College basketball power rankings: Kansas is new No. 1 in revamped Top 25 – FanSided

College basketball power rankings: Kansas is new No. 1 in revamped Top 25  FanSided

Auburn swept in ’embarrassing’ weekend for the Tigers – 247Sports

Auburn swept in ’embarrassing’ weekend for the Tigers  247Sports

A way-too-early prediction of how the media will pick the SEC West to finish in 2020 – Saturday Down South

A way-too-early prediction of how the media will pick the SEC West to finish in 2020  Saturday Down South

A Wild Week in Auburn Basketball!

The Auburn freshmen, including Devan Cambridge really stepped up!
(AP photo Julie Bennett.)

     War Eagle, everybody! What a strange week in Auburn basketball. A week ago, we were reeling in the headache from a trip to the snow in Missouri, and a double digit loss. Then Auburn really stunk up the joint in Athens, Georgia at midweek. I did not have a whole lot of hope with Tennessee coming to town yesterday. Instead, Auburn erased a 17 point second half deficit with an 18-0 run, and flushed Tennessee down the stretch for a big 73-66 win over the visiting Volunteers.

     Auburn has built their 22-4 record mainly on defense, forcing turnovers, limiting the other team’s best player, and not allowing easy shots. This Tiger team will not finish with a reputation for shooting. Cold streaks where the team can’t hit layups, much less anything outside the paint are the norm, unfortunately.

     A lot depends upon the free throw line for Auburn, offensively. The Tigers drive the lane, and it is really just a gamble on how the referees call the game. Sometimes Auburn gets refs that won’t call anything unless it is a football-style tackle. And then we get a game where any stray hand in the lane sends Auburn to the line. I’m reminded of the Kentucky game Auburn won at the free throw line, a few weeks ago. Then we have a game like the game at Missouri a week ago, where the refs were maddeningly inconsistent. At least they were, till Devan Cambridge was called for deliberately stepping on a Mizzou player’s leg. After that, any judgement call went against Auburn, and heavily contributed to the loss.

     The most disturbing facet of this Auburn team the past few weeks is allowing way too many easy shots for the opponent. When the Tigers can’t shoot straight, and are allowing dunks and layups, and easy 3s in the half court offense, hopes for victory are dim. I have to give head coach Bruce Pearl credit, yesterday. He emptied the bench, and let the young guys loose. Freshmen Allen Flannigan, Devan Cambridge and Jaylin Williams contributed great defense, and timely shooting. Williams probably had the play of the game, when he drove down the lane, tossed the ball to the backboard, then rebound-slammed the ball home for a thunderous dunk. Williams also contributed 3 steals in limited minutes.

     Forcing turnovers won the game against Tennessee. Tennessee had 24 turnovers, and 18 of those were steals by numerous different Auburn players. That, and actually making free throws down the stretch. For better or worse, Auburn’s offensive plan this season is to pass the ball around the perimeter till the shot clock gets to 10 seconds, then somebody drives the lane, hoping for either a close-range shot or a called foul. When Auburn gets the foul call, then misses at the line, the other team pulls ahead.

     While I’m bagging on referees today, I’ll touch on something that has been a big gripe all season. Auburn likes to throw the ball into the paint to Austin Wiley. When that happens, Wiley is immediately double-teamed by most teams Auburn plays. Wiley then gets mugged. He will then fumble the ball or put it on the floor and it gets raked out. And who can blame him, while he is getting held and near-tackled by two big men? We need more foul calls, here. I’d also like Wiley to get better at the turn and shoot. That might be the only weakness in his game. Otherwise, Wiley is a terror inside, scooping up rebounds like crazy and altering shots.

     For all the woe and hand-wringing over Auburn basketball this season, this team sits at 22-4, and will almost certainly get a March Madness bid. When Isaac Okoro returns, this will be one of the top teams in the SEC, and we could see another run like last year. In any event, 20-win teams have been really rare in my years of following Auburn basketball, and I salute these players and coaches regardless of what happens going forward this year.

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New three year deal at Auburn for Chad Morris winds up saving Arkansas money – NBCSports.com

New three year deal at Auburn for Chad Morris winds up saving Arkansas money  NBCSports.com

NFL Scouting Combine 2020: 10 Players to Watch in Indianapolis – Newsweek

NFL Scouting Combine 2020: 10 Players to Watch in Indianapolis  Newsweek

NFL Scouting Combine 2020: 10 Players to Watch in Indianapolis – Newsweek

NFL Scouting Combine 2020: 10 Players to Watch in Indianapolis  Newsweek

‘Friends of Scouting’ luncheon set for Thursday – Daily Mountain Eagle

‘Friends of Scouting’ luncheon set for Thursday  Daily Mountain Eagle

Kentucky Basketball vs Florida Gators: 6 takeaways and postgame news from Wildcats’ win – A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky Basketball vs Florida Gators: 6 takeaways and postgame news from Wildcats’ win  A Sea Of Blue

DYKSTRA: Ranking the SEC teams heading into stretch run

With two weeks left in the regular season, it seems like a good time to check in on the SEC standings and where everyone is stacking up with the SEC Tournament around the corner and Selection Sunday right after that.

Alabama losing special teams staffer to the New England Patriots – NBCSports.com

Alabama losing special teams staffer to the New England Patriots  NBCSports.com

Auburn Twitter account trolls Tennessee after Tigers take down Vols – Saturday Down South

Auburn Twitter account trolls Tennessee after Tigers take down Vols  Saturday Down South

College football’s highest paid coaches in 2020 – 247Sports

College football’s highest paid coaches in 2020  247Sports

Alabama vs. Auburn: 2019 Iron Bowl time, stream, series history – NCAA.com

Alabama vs. Auburn: 2019 Iron Bowl time, stream, series history  NCAA.com

Predicting which SEC teams will lose 2 more games in 2020 than in 2019 – Saturday Down South

Predicting which SEC teams will lose 2 more games in 2020 than in 2019  Saturday Down South

Tennessee Vols at #13 Auburn Tigers: Preview, Prediction, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch – For The Win

Tennessee Vols at #13 Auburn Tigers: Preview, Prediction, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch  For The Win

Auburn Twitter account trolls Tennessee after Tigers take down Vols – Saturday Down South

  1. Auburn Twitter account trolls Tennessee after Tigers take down Vols  Saturday Down South
  2. Tennessee Vols at #13 Auburn Tigers: Preview, Prediction, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch  For The Win
  3. Auburn Fan Who Yelled Racist Remark During Tennessee Game Was Ejected, Banned  The Spun
  4. What channel, time is Tennessee vs. Auburn?  247Sports
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SEC Basketball: The 5 breakout stars of the 2019-20 season – Saturday Down South

SEC Basketball: The 5 breakout stars of the 2019-20 season  Saturday Down South

Navy’s David Forney dies after he’s found unresponsive in his dorm room – ESPN

Navy’s David Forney dies after he’s found unresponsive in his dorm room  ESPN

What channel, time is Tennessee vs. Auburn? – 247Sports

What channel, time is Tennessee vs. Auburn?  247Sports

Auburn A-Day start time is set – 247Sports

Auburn A-Day start time is set  247Sports

Auburn sets A-Day game for April 11 – WHNT News 19

Auburn sets A-Day game for April 11  WHNT News 19

Auburn sets A-Day game for April 11 – whnt.com

Auburn sets A-Day game for April 11  whnt.com

Penn State reaches financial settlement with Joe Paterno’s family – ESPN

Penn State reaches financial settlement with Joe Paterno’s family  ESPN

Pearl: Okoro’s return ‘pending’ as he worries about AU’s offense – 247Sports

Pearl: Okoro’s return ‘pending’ as he worries about AU’s offense  247Sports

Authorities share duffle bag photo from Greg Robinson drug bust – 247Sports

Authorities share duffle bag photo from Greg Robinson drug bust  247Sports

11 TEs for the Falcons to watch at the combine – Falcons Wire

11 TEs for the Falcons to watch at the combine  Falcons Wire

These are the top 10 recruits in the state of Alabama – 247Sports

These are the top 10 recruits in the state of Alabama  247Sports

SDS Mailbag: SEC-Bachelor crossovers, Jamie Newman hype and SEC Tournament predictions – Saturday Down South

SDS Mailbag: SEC-Bachelor crossovers, Jamie Newman hype and SEC Tournament predictions  Saturday Down South

Charles Barkley on The Bachelor drama: ‘Dump that loser, Madi!’ – 247Sports

Charles Barkley on The Bachelor drama: ‘Dump that loser, Madi!’  247Sports

Tennessee Vols morning report: 2020 SEC Media Days details announced – All for Tennessee

Tennessee Vols morning report: 2020 SEC Media Days details announced  All for Tennessee

Auburn releases contract details for coordinators Kevin Steele, Chad Morris – Saturday Down South

Auburn releases contract details for coordinators Kevin Steele, Chad Morris  Saturday Down South

Starting 5: The SEC’s foul epidemic, Duke goes down and Texas’ crowd disappoints – Saturday Down South

Starting 5: The SEC’s foul epidemic, Duke goes down and Texas’ crowd disappoints  Saturday Down South

Auburn Baseball Review – 2/21/2020

Auburn was in action Wednesday night against Oakland. Coming off a 4-0 series sweep of UIC over the weekend, the bats started hot and continued into last night. Auburn tallied 7 runs in the second and followed up with 1 run in the 6th, 3 runs in the 7th, and 6 runs in the 8th. The Tigers soared to a 17-1 win. Highlights below:

The Tigers are next in action tonight against UCF on SECN+ at 3:00 Auburn time.

SEC 360: SEC coaching hires that totally (well, maybe) could have happened – Saturday Down South

SEC 360: SEC coaching hires that totally (well, maybe) could have happened  Saturday Down South

Pearl says his Tigers need to fight through ‘the grind’ – 247Sports

Pearl says his Tigers need to fight through ‘the grind’  247Sports

The Roundtable: Will Auburn turn things around on the court? – 247Sports

The Roundtable: Will Auburn turn things around on the court?  247Sports

US Senate Election 2020: Watch Alabama GOP debate on WVTM 13 – WVTM13

US Senate Election 2020: Watch Alabama GOP debate on WVTM 13  WVTM13

Auburn will have SEC’s highest-paid coordinators in 2020 – 247Sports

Auburn will have SEC’s highest-paid coordinators in 2020  247Sports

SEC Football Announces 2020 Media Days Schedule – The Spun

SEC Football Announces 2020 Media Days Schedule  The Spun

West Coast woes: Arizona State torches Auburn softball team – 247Sports

West Coast woes: Arizona State torches Auburn softball team  247Sports

Georgia basketball: Upset over Auburn a possible preview for next season – Dawn of the Dawg

Georgia basketball: Upset over Auburn a possible preview for next season  Dawn of the Dawg

Top247 running back excited to get back to Auburn – 247Sports

Top247 running back excited to get back to Auburn  247Sports

Early Auburn offer excites talented young football prospect – 247Sports

Early Auburn offer excites talented young football prospect  247Sports

Tennessee Vols morning report: Phillip Fulmer Tennessean interview – All for Tennessee

Tennessee Vols morning report: Phillip Fulmer Tennessean interview  All for Tennessee

Georgia basketball: Three takeaways from the Dawgs’ upset over Auburn – Dawn of the Dawg

Georgia basketball: Three takeaways from the Dawgs’ upset over Auburn  Dawn of the Dawg

Georgia basketball: Three takeaways from the Dawgs’ upset over Auburn – Dawn of the Dawg

Georgia basketball: Three takeaways from the Dawgs’ upset over Auburn  Dawn of the Dawg

Kentucky Football: Wildcats finally getting love in preseason rankings – A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky Football: Wildcats finally getting love in preseason rankings  A Sea Of Blue

Will Alabama fans make an Auburn coach their next senator? – ESPN

Will Alabama fans make an Auburn coach their next senator?  ESPN

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker 3.0: What the national experts predict Denver will do – The Denver Post

Broncos 2020 NFL mock draft tracker 3.0: What the national experts predict Denver will do  The Denver Post

Will Alabama fans make an Auburn coach their next senator? – ESPN

Will Alabama fans make an Auburn coach their next senator?  ESPN

J’Von McCormick scores 22, Auburn falls 65-55 at Georgia – NBC 15 WPMI

J’Von McCormick scores 22, Auburn falls 65-55 at Georgia  NBC 15 WPMI

Poor shooting leaves Auburn with road loss to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — For the second straight conference game, the Auburn Tigers found the road to be rather unkind.

Twitter reacts to No. 13 Auburn’s loss at Georgia – 247Sports

Twitter reacts to No. 13 Auburn’s loss at Georgia  247Sports

Former Rams OT Robinson allegedly transporting marijuana across border – Ramblin’ Fan

Former Rams OT Robinson allegedly transporting marijuana across border  Ramblin’ Fan

Auburn Tigers Basketball upset by Georgia Bulldogs – A Sea Of Blue

Auburn Tigers Basketball upset by Georgia Bulldogs  A Sea Of Blue

Report: Ole Miss DB enters name into NCAA transfer portal – Saturday Down South

Report: Ole Miss DB enters name into NCAA transfer portal  Saturday Down South

LSU taking its 2020 spring game off-campus – NBCSports.com

LSU taking its 2020 spring game off-campus  NBCSports.com

Several commits and targets make latest Top 247 – 247Sports

Several commits and targets make latest Top 247  247Sports

Georgia QB D’Wan Mathis (brain cyst) medically cleared, will fully participate in spring practice – NBCSports.com

Georgia QB D’Wan Mathis (brain cyst) medically cleared, will fully participate in spring practice  NBCSports.com

West Virginia names Dontae Wright as outside LBs coach – NBCSports.com

West Virginia names Dontae Wright as outside LBs coach  NBCSports.com

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