Bengals’ Carl Lawson cautious about recovery timetable, hopes for Week 1 in Seattle – ClutchPoints

Bengals’ Carl Lawson cautious about recovery timetable, hopes for Week 1 in Seattle  ClutchPoints

The Cincinnati Bengals hope to have defensive end, Carl Lawson, back in the fold as soon as possible and he wants to get back for Week 1.

Auburn going with Richard Fitts in crucial Game 3 vs. UNC – 247Sports

Auburn going with Richard Fitts in crucial Game 3 vs. UNC  247Sports

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — With a berth in the College Baseball World Series on the line the Auburn Tigers will turn to true freshman Richard Fitts to lead …

Auburn offers 5-star shooting guard – 247Sports

Auburn offers 5-star shooting guard  247Sports

Auburn’s pursuit of 5-star talent continues. Auburn offered 5-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke, who is rated the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the class of …

2019-20 College Football Power… – Lineups

2019-20 College Football Power…  Lineups

Spring practices have been completed, and we are moving closer towards the college football season beginning. The usual names are up top, as Clemson and …

Daniel Jones’ first Giants minicamp a success: ‘I think I improved every day – SNY.tv

Daniel Jones’ first Giants minicamp a success: ‘I think I improved every day  SNY.tv

It may not be much, but minicamps give a quick glimpse into what the new pieces to a team can bring in the upcoming season. Daniel Jones, the Giants’ No.

Auburn moves to No. 1 on favorites list for offensive tackle – 247Sports

Auburn moves to No. 1 on favorites list for offensive tackle  247Sports

Brenden Coffey, a junior college football prospect from California, is high on the Tigers after a visit to Auburn.

4-star from Texas says Auburn clearly in the mix to sign him – 247Sports

4-star from Texas says Auburn clearly in the mix to sign him  247Sports

Chris Thompson discusses his official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

4-Star LB Commits to Alabama Over Auburn, Florida State and Many Others – 12up

4-Star LB Commits to Alabama Over Auburn, Florida State and Many Others  12up

The Alabama Crimson Tide have added four star linebacker Demouy Kennedy to their elite recruiting class.

BREAKING: 4-Star LB Commits to Alabama Over Auburn, Florida State and Many Others – 12up

BREAKING: 4-Star LB Commits to Alabama Over Auburn, Florida State and Many Others  12up

The Alabama Crimson Tide have added four star linebacker Demouy Kennedy to their elite recruiting class.

Details Emerge From Tragic Death Of College Football Announcer – The Spun

Details Emerge From Tragic Death Of College Football Announcer  The Spun

Details have emerged from the tragic accident that killed former Auburn announcer and his wife.

Details Emerge From Tragic Death Of College Football Announcer – The Spun

Details Emerge From Tragic Death Of College Football Announcer  The Spun

Details have emerged from the tragic accident that killed former Auburn announcer and his wife.

Live updates: Auburn Sunday baseball vs. UNC – 247Sports

Live updates: Auburn Sunday baseball vs. UNC  247Sports

Auburn goes for the Super Regional win on Sunday.

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s offensive explosion in super regional – 247Sports

Twitter reacts to Auburn’s offensive explosion in super regional  247Sports

Auburn was down three runs with one out in the eighth inning Saturday. The Tigers appeared set to go quietly into the afternoon down 0-1 in the Super Regional …

Auburn Football Head Coaches.

The last Auburn head coach to get hired away.

     War Eagle, everybody! This week, I thought about previewing Auburn’s week two and week three football opponents. The Tigers have a couple of evening tilts scheduled against non-conference foes Tulane and Kent State. I took a brief look at the history of the two series, and learned a few things. Auburn has an all-time losing record against Tulane, which surprised me. Against the Green Wave, Auburn has 28 wins, 34 losses, and 6 ties. As best I can tell, Auburn and Kent State have never played in football.

     Last season, Tulane showed improvement, completed the regular season 6-6, and had a big bowl win over Louisiana in the Cure Bowl to finish 7-6. Now an American Athletic Conference member, the Green Wave team will come into Auburn looking to spring the big upset, after a season opening tilt against Florida International, in New Orleans.

     Kent State finished last in the MAC East last season, and 2-10 overall. Frankly, I expect Auburn to work on issues these second and third weeks. The games will likely be boring, as Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn likes to show as little as possible in these sorts of contests. Auburn will line up, and try to run over both of these teams. Might have to do a little bit more against Tulane, but the Tigers should dominate Kent State.

     Rather than go through a mostly pointless position by position matchup, I decided to pull out the record book and look at Auburn SEC records, by head coach. My main source on this is a book from 1991, called Where Tradition Began, put together by Wayne Hester of the Birmingham News.

 

     The Southeastern Conference was put together in early December, of 1932. For this study, I’m considering only games between SEC opponents. Games earlier than 1933 don’t count, nor do tilts against foes when one or the other is no longer, or has not yet become an SEC member. Auburn has had 12 coaches since the conference was founded. I’m going to rank them from worst, to first, based strictly upon winning percentages in the SEC.

     The worst head coach in Auburn history was interim coach Bill Oliver, who won exactly zero percent of his SEC games in 1998, after the sudden resignation of Terry Bowden. Oliver’s SEC record was 0-3. Was Oliver the worst coach? Probably not. He inherited a pretty dismal situation, and the whole year was handled pretty messily. Oliver was basically told that he was going to be the next permanent. Then a struggle against Central Florida ensued, a bad beating by Georgia, then Auburn blew a 17-0 lead in the Iron Bowl. Oliver was not retained, and a lawsuit followed.

     Checking in at number 11 is Earl Brown. Brown took over a struggling post-war Auburn program in 1948, and lasted 3 seasons. His record in the SEC was 2-18-2, with his lone claim to fame being a stunning 14-13 upset of Alabama, in Birmingham in 1949. That works out to an SEC winning percentage of just 13.6 percent. Brown was fired, and a man named Ralph “Shug” Jordan campaigned for, and won the Auburn head coaching job.

     Auburn coach number 10 was Carl Voyles. Due to World War Two, Auburn suspended football operations in 1943, then resumed having a team in 1944. Voyles was given the task of ressurecting the Auburn program, and struggled badly. Voyles lasted 4 seasons, before being fired and replaced by Earl Brown. Voyles SEC record was 4-17, which works out to a winning percentage of 19.0.

     Coach number 9 was Gene Chizik, who was also the only Auburn head coach to win a consensus national championship, and the SEC championship in the year 2010. Chizik was hired in 2009, peaked in 2010, then suffered a number of embarrassing blowout losses the next couple of season, which led to his firing. Chizik’s SEC record finished at 16-17, an SEC winning percentage of 48.5.

     Number 8 in the countdown was Jack Meagher, who served 9 seasons on the Plains. He replaced Chet Wynne, who left for Kentucky in 1934. Meagher never won a championship, but did take Auburn to its first 2 bowl bid, the Bacardi Bowl in Havana in 1936, and the Orange Bowl in 1937. Meagher’s SEC record was 26-25-7, or a winning percentage of 50.9.

     Number 7 on the list only had 1 SEC season at Auburn, its first in 1933. Chet Wynne finished 2-2 in the SEC, or 50 percent. Wynne was hired away by Kentucky, following the 1933 season.

     Checking in at number 6 on the list is Doug Barfield, who replaced a legend in 1976, and lasted 5 seasons. Barfield was fired after going 0-6 in 1980 in the SEC. On the field, Barfield actually finished with a losing record, but Mississippi State was forced by the NCAA to forfeit a couple of wins over the Tigers. Officially, Barfield finished at 15-14-1, or an SEC winning percentage of 51.7 percent.

     Standing in at number 5 on the list is current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, who was hired in 2013 to replace Gene Chizik. Malzahn took Auburn from worst to first in the SEC, in 2013, but has been pretty mediocre since that year. Malzahn did get Auburn to the SEC title game in 2017, but then suffered a blow-out loss to Georgia. Malzahn’s current SEC record is 29-21, or 58 percent. That percentage will go up, or down this season and possibly beyond.

     The 4th best coach in Auburn history was also the longest-tenured. Ralph “Shug” Jordan started as head coach in Auburn in 1951, and retired at the end of the 1975 season. In his 25 seasons, Jordan one just 1 SEC title, and national title in 1957. A long string of probation seasons hamstrung the squad in the early 1960s, and then the school transitioned to the color television and integration eras with Jordan at the helm. His SEC record was 98-66-4, or 59.5 percent.

     Number 3 on the list is Tommy Tuberville. Hired in 1999, Tuberville won the SEC title only once in his 10 seasons, but won or tied for the SEC Western Division crown 5 times. Tuberville resigned after a disappointing 2008 season, and a blowout loss to Alabama. Tuberville finished with an Auburn SEC record of 52-30, or 63.41 percent.

     The 2nd best coach in Auburn history was Patrick Fain Dye, who was brought on in 1981. Dye served a dozen seasons, and won or shared the SEC title 4 times. He resigned under pressure at the end of the 1992, as Auburn was suffering allegations of improper benefits to players, and ended up on NCAA probation for a couple of seasons after Dye left. Dye was also important as an Auburn leader and administrator, taking a program drowning in red ink, to a fiscally solvent operation. Dye also was able to force Alabama to play the Tigers every other season in Auburn. Dye’s SEC record was 48-27-3, or 63.46 percent, just a photo-finish ahead of Tuberville.

     The top coach on the Auburn all-time SEC list may surprise you. Terry Bowden inherited an Auburn program on probation, and in turmoil when he took over in 1993. Bowden won his first 14 SEC games, and took the program to the SEC title game in 1997. Midway through the 1998 season, convinced that he was going to be fired, Bowden resigned. Bowden’s SEC record finished at 30-15-1, or 66.3 percent.

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Details surface from accident that killed Auburn’s Rod Bramblett – 247Sports

Details surface from accident that killed Auburn’s Rod Bramblett  247Sports

Those within the Auburn community and fans around the SEC remain in mourning following the recent death of Rod Bramblett, voice of the Auburn Tigers, and …

Details surface from accident that killed Auburn’s Rob Bramblett – 247Sports

Details surface from accident that killed Auburn’s Rob Bramblett  247Sports

Those within the Auburn community and fans around the SEC remain in mourning following the recent death of Rob Bramblett, voice of the Auburn Tigers, and …

Tigers hungry to keep postseason run going to CWS – 247Sports

Tigers hungry to keep postseason run going to CWS  247Sports

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina—It has been 22 years since the Auburn Tigers played in the College World Series, but on Saturday Coach Butch Thompson’s …

All of the bowl options for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2019 – One Foot Down

All of the bowl options for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2019  One Foot Down

Yes indeed this is still June and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are still 87 days away from the season-opener against the Louisville Cardinals — but it’s never too …

Tigers LB target, Trenton Simpson, sets decision date – 247Sports

Tigers LB target, Trenton Simpson, sets decision date  247Sports

One of Auburn’s top overall targets is just about ready to announce his college choice. Four-star linebacker Trenton Simpson of Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek …

Alabama Crimson Tide loses its Superfan Walt Gary – Bama Hammer

Alabama Crimson Tide loses its Superfan Walt Gary  Bama Hammer

Alabama Crimson Tide ‘Superfan’ Walt Gary passed away on Thursday at the age of 36. His story transcends being a fan and the sports that drive our passions.

Podcast: Finally some movement on an Auburn football facility – 247Sports

Podcast: Finally some movement on an Auburn football facility  247Sports

Discussing what it means after an informal push was made at the board of trustees meeting Friday.

Auburn baseball preparing for new venue, weather at UNC – 247Sports

Auburn baseball preparing for new venue, weather at UNC  247Sports

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina—Under gray skies with the threat of thunderstorms cutting short Auburn’s workout period at Boshamer Stadium on Friday, the …

Absolutely Alabama: A Day with Pat Dye – WBRC

Absolutely Alabama: A Day with Pat Dye  WBRC

When you’re one of the most famous football coaches in the history of the state, what do you do when the cheering and the championships end? If you’re Pat …

Interesting Tidbits on the Super Regional, Basketball, and #ChickenSchool

Happy Friday. I hope you’re feeling super because Baseball takes on UNC tomorrow in the Super Regional. Where else have I heard of an Auburn team playing UNC in a Sweet Sixteen? Catch up on that and all the other interesting tidbits of info you may have missed here. Enjoy.

– Let’s start with the Super Regional. Here’s the overall bracket , and here’s Auburn’s schedule. Also, check out pictures of the team’s sendoff.

– If you’re looking for a preview to be angry at, read this one from D1Baseball.

– The journey to get here was long and inconsistent. See how struggling pitchers and a big-armed outfielder helped round the team into form.

– I mentioned last time that the team is playing for something bigger than themselves, head coach Butch Thompson summarized that well.

– Baseball also showed well in the MLB Draft, including some late round guys that will have tough decisions to make. At least one drafted Tiger is still heading to The Plains, though.

– College Basketball is introducing a significant rule change that both Bryce Brown and Jared Harper think was caused by Auburn. Sorry Rules Oversight Panel, you can’t make Bruce change.

– With Jared Harper heading to the NBA, this backcourt injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.

– It was a big week for Basketball recruiting. See where Auburn’s top prospects rank nationally.

– Even injured, Chuma Okeke is still getting looks from the Nets and the 76ers.

– Is Gus Malzahn tapping into his sensitive side? Between that and Will Hastings’s senior spotlight, maybe I’m opening up. Geez.

– Learn more about a returning Football coach’s love for Auburn and who he is most impressed with this Spring.

– If you haven’t heard, the SEC lifted its ban on alcohol sales in SEC stadiums. See which schools won’t be participating right away. Do you think Auburn should serve alcohol at Jordan-Hare?

– In #GolfSchool news, see which US Open group you need to follow.

– Finally, Auburn is a #ChickenSchool?

 

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

SEC musings: On loosened alcohol restrictions, league’s new bowl games and Alabama’s biggest roadblock – Dallas News

SEC musings: On loosened alcohol restrictions, league’s new bowl games and Alabama’s biggest roadblock  Dallas News

Ben Baby, Texas A&M beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team and the SEC in a live chat…

Justin Powell commits to Auburn – A Sea Of Blue

Justin Powell commits to Auburn  A Sea Of Blue

In-state star Justin Powell had been gaining interest from the Kentucky Wildcats with his high level performances on Nike’s AAU circuit, but the North Oldham star …

Episode 12: Rest in peace, Rod – Yellowhammer News

Episode 12: Rest in peace, Rod  Yellowhammer News

DrunkAubie is back to talk about Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, who tragically died way too soon, Auburn baseball, football and basketball …

Alabama players react to the passing of superfan Walt Gary – 247Sports

Alabama players react to the passing of superfan Walt Gary  247Sports

Alabama superfan Walt Gary, who was well-known for giving Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban his score prediction every week before his radio show, passed …

Giants’ Zak DeOssie, NFLPA VP, makes case against 18-game NFL schedule – SNY.tv

Giants’ Zak DeOssie, NFLPA VP, makes case against 18-game NFL schedule  SNY.tv

As preliminary negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are underway in the NFL, the push for an 18-game schedule has once again entered the …

Auburn trustees offer support for football performance facility – 247Sports

Auburn trustees offer support for football performance facility  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–At Friday’s Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting officials offered support for what they called a “Football Performance Facility” and …

Auburn Trustees offer support for Football Performance Facility – 247Sports

Auburn Trustees offer support for Football Performance Facility  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–At Friday’s Auburn University Board of Trustees meeting officials offered support for what they called a “Football Performance Facility” and …

Way-too-early score predictions: Alabama vs. Tennessee – 247Sports

Way-too-early score predictions: Alabama vs. Tennessee  247Sports

To cap Tennessee week, here’s a look at the BamaOnLine staff’s way-too-early score predictions for Alabama’s Oct. 19 home game against the Volunteers.

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team – WPVI-TV

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team  WPVI-TV

More than anything, the traditions are what make college football so much fun. Some have been going on for decades, while others like the Iowa Wave are …

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team – KGO-TV

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team  KGO-TV

More than anything, the traditions are what make college football so much fun. Some have been going on for decades, while others like the Iowa Wave are …

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team – ESPN

The best football tradition for each Top 25 team  ESPN

More than anything, the traditions are what make college football so much fun. Some have been going on for decades, while others like the Iowa Wave are …

Outfielder Judd Ward bringing energy to Auburn baseball – 247Sports

Outfielder Judd Ward bringing energy to Auburn baseball  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama—If you just look at the numbers it won’t begin to tell you the whole story of what sophomore left fielder Judd Ward means to the Auburn …

Auburn Tigers honor Rod Bramblett during NCAA baseball tournament run – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Auburn Tigers honor Rod Bramblett during NCAA baseball tournament run  Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Auburn Tigers are trying to secure a berth in the College World Series while coping with off-field tragedies.

Oregon Ducks vs Auburn Tigers New Orleans Watch Party – New Orleans – Very Local New Orleans

Oregon Ducks vs Auburn Tigers New Orleans Watch Party – New Orleans  Very Local New Orleans

Get all your NCAA action at the American Sports Saloon, 1200 Decatur. Don’t watch the game, experience the game inside on our big screens and amplified …

Guard Tyrell Jones undergoes surgery – 247Sports

Guard Tyrell Jones undergoes surgery  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama — A key newcomer in Auburn’s basketball recruiting class underwent surgery recently and will miss offseason workouts, Auburn Undercover …

WATCH: Giants’ Saquon Barkley on ‘iconic’ Odell Beckham’s supposed dig at Eli Manning – SNY.tv

WATCH: Giants’ Saquon Barkley on ‘iconic’ Odell Beckham’s supposed dig at Eli Manning  SNY.tv

When Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. talked on Wednesday about having to get used to new QB Baker Mayfield’s arm strength, many took it as a dig at Eli …

Chuck Oliver: ‘No realistic scenario’ Malzahn is fired in 2019 – 247Sports

Chuck Oliver: ‘No realistic scenario’ Malzahn is fired in 2019  247Sports

Atlanta-based sports talk radio host Chuck Oliver says he sees “no realistic scenario” where Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is fired at the end of the coming season.

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

Thursday Auburn football, baseball & basketball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, basketball recruiting and the baseball Tigers are featured in Thursday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

WATCH: Giants’ Daniel Jones on potential QB competition with Eli Manning, more – SNY.tv

WATCH: Giants’ Daniel Jones on potential QB competition with Eli Manning, more  SNY.tv

While the expectation is that Eli Manning will be under center for the Giants in Week 1, head coach Pat Shurmur hasn’t totally closed the door on the possibility of …

Odell Beckham Jr. takes a shot at Eli Manning’s arm – SNY.tv

Odell Beckham Jr. takes a shot at Eli Manning’s arm  SNY.tv

It seems as if Odell Beckham Jr. is taking shots at Eli Manning from Cleveland. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday from Browns OTAs, Beckham said that he …

Ralph “Shug” Jordan and D-Day

On an early June evening 75 years ago, many thousands of young men waited in trepidation for a decision to be made. On stormy seas, in the depths of rolling cargo ships, they waited. Most were unable to sleep despite the exhaustion that comes from preparing for military operations, what with the incessant nausea- inducing movement of the ship, the gagging smell of gasoline, sweat and vomit, and the interminable delay. They fitfully stirred in their cramped quarters, both in exasperation and dread for the word to be sent.

A 33-year old captain waited with them. If the order was given, he was to command a Higgins boat full of veteran combat engineers in the second wave of the landing. While he and many of his men had done this before, they had never faced such a determined and prepared defense nor the sea and weather conditions expected during the proposed landing. Besides, extensive combat experience often serves more to heighten than relieve anxiety. Having already conducted opposed amphibious landings like this merely provided a precise reminder of the true dangers ahead. They knew their enemy and were fully aware of what was in store for them at the waters’ edge.

Late in the evening the order came. D-Day would be tomorrow, June 6, 1944.

The Captain would later say a newspaper clipping sent to him, written by his former history professor, helped him through that wait and what followed. He said he was entranced listening to the old man’s descriptions of past civilizations, both as a student in the classroom and after graduation when he was hired as an assistant coach by the same school. They would often discuss world events in casual conversations on the wide porch of the professor’s home, just across from Samford Hall. A fond memory of a time before the war.

Now he was participating in one of those great events, and as a keen student of history this fact was not lost on him. However small in the grand scheme of things, his role was absolutely vital to the soldiers around him. He was a proven combat leader, and the younger men would look to him first and foremost for both direction and inspiration, especially in the most extreme situations they would face on the morrow.

The clipping sent was cut from his Alma Mater’s student newspaper, a contribution written by his mentor and friend that he had received some months before. By now it was creased and worn, having been read time and again before being folded and put away in a uniform pocket, to be returned to later when he again sought inspiration or solace.

He unfolded it once more to read the faded text in the dim lighting below decks.

“I believe that this is a practical world and that I can only count on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work….

The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand!
 Fifteen minutes after landing on Utah Beach, he was wounded in his arm and shoulder by shrapnel from a German 88-millimeter shell that landed nearby. Despite the painful wound that rendered his left arm useless, he bravely led his men on their mission, blowing holes through the beach defenses to allow follow-on waves access to the heights overlooking the landing zone.

Later, The Gift Of Tai Chi
 that both coaching and playing football helped him complete his mission that day and the three painful days that followed before the shrapnel was finally removed by an Army doctor. The sense of “giving your all” to the cause, the mission or the task at hand pervaded his actions on the beach and the battlefields beyond, for which he was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Later, he was transferred to the Pacific Theater, conducting a fourth amphibious landing and fighting on Okinawa while soldiers in Europe celebrated VE Day. 

Like many men who served in that war, he would often refer to that experience years later, not in bravado or self glory but as life lessons for his children and the countless young men whom he coached, instilling in them the importance of devotion, loyalty, personal effort and teamwork. He communicated these messages in both word and deed in everything he did, and his student athletes revered him for it. So did the rest of the Auburn family, who put his name on the stadium while he was still leading his team, the first active coach in all of college football to be so honored.

I remember those lessons as well and heeded much of the same advice from my own father, who was also a wounded veteran of the war and an excellent coach, both in sports and life. I have also read that same creed many times, and it still resonates deeply all these years later.

THE AUBURN CREED

I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.”

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

-George Petrie (1944)

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Track ‘Em Tigers on June 5, 2014 and was titled: “To The Men of That Era.” We republish it now in honor of Coach Jordan and all the men who stormed the beaches on that fateful day 75 years ago. Our simple gratitude may not convey enough of what we truly owe them, but it is the very least that we can do to honor their achievement, their courage and their sacrifice from a very grateful nation,…“Thank you”)

 

Picture courtesy of long time reader, Zotus

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Tennessee football: Vols 5 best seasons with second-year head coach – FanSided

Tennessee football: Vols 5 best seasons with second-year head coach  FanSided

Jeremy Pruitt enters 2019 still trying to rebuild Tennessee football. Here are the Volunteers five best seasons with a second-year head coach.

Tennessee football: Could 2019 Vols upset Georgia as ESPN suggests? – FanSided

Tennessee football: Could 2019 Vols upset Georgia as ESPN suggests?  FanSided

Tennessee football is getting love from ESPN as Jeremy Pruitt enters his second year. The 2019 Volunteers are named a team for the UGA Dawgs to worry …

Paul Finebaum Has Strong Quotes About Alabama vs. Rivals – The Spun

Paul Finebaum Has Strong Quotes About Alabama vs. Rivals  The Spun

It is no secret that Alabama has dominated the SEC for the most part under Nick Saban.

LaRue turns down Blue Jays and is headed to Auburn – 247Sports

LaRue turns down Blue Jays and is headed to Auburn  247Sports

One of the top prospects in Alabama, Auburn signee Nate LaRue was projected to be a very high draft choice in 2019, but he was also a player who knew he …

Most Important Tigers: No. 35 gives Auburn a rush – 247Sports

Most Important Tigers: No. 35 gives Auburn a rush  247Sports

Auburn Undercover editor Brandon Marcello takes a look at the roster and ranks the top 50 players on the team entering the 2019 season. Think of it as a …

Wednesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Wednesday Auburn football, baseball & other Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Auburn football, baseball, basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf are featured in Wednesday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

Five opposing players to watch: Tennessee – 247Sports

Five opposing players to watch: Tennessee  247Sports

Here’s a look at five Tennessee players to be familiar with by Saturday, Oct. 19.

Four SEC schools not expecting to sell alcohol stadium-wide – 247Sports

Four SEC schools not expecting to sell alcohol stadium-wide  247Sports

The SEC has lifted its ban on alcohol with restrictions beginning Aug. 1, but nearly a quarter of the league isn’t expected to alter its current stance on beer …

Auburn Is There for the Taking. Can the Ducks Capitalize? – FishDuck

Auburn Is There for the Taking. Can the Ducks Capitalize?  FishDuck

During this summer hiatus and before fall camp bursts into view, let’s explore our first vital intersectional football game. The Ducks’ early matchup against…

Tennessee football: Al Wilson most worthy Vol ever for Hall of Fame – FanSided

Tennessee football: Al Wilson most worthy Vol ever for Hall of Fame  FanSided

Tennessee football legend Al Wilson is one of three Vols on the 2020 CFB Hall of Fame ballot. He is the most worthy Volunteers player ever. All three Tennessee football players who made the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame ballot raised eyebrows in different ways. Many questioned how the three Vols were not already in there given their accomplishments. One was defensive back Bobby Majors. The brother of Johnny Majors, he set an SEC record at the time for interceptions with 10 in 1971, and that’s a school record that still stands. Setting records like that should’ve put him in the Hall of …

Reggie White Jr.’s coaches know he’ll make a name for himself with Giants – SNY.tv

Reggie White Jr.’s coaches know he’ll make a name for himself with Giants  SNY.tv

There’s more to Giants undrafted rookie Reggie White Jr. than a familiar name, a familiar number, and familiar stomping grounds. No, White Jr. is not the son of …

Interesting Tidbits on Baseball’s Sweep, Big Cat Weekend, and Basketball

Happy Tuesday and what a weekend. I don’t know if there’s ever been a more emotional walk-off than Steven Williams’s this weekend. If only we could have heard Rod’s call. Catch up on that and all the other interesting tidbits you may have missed here. Enjoy.

– Baseball finally put it all together to sweep the Georgia Tech regional. I think they were playing for something, don’t you? Tanner Burns got the start in the game one slugfest against Coastal Carolina.

– Game two looked bleak until the 9th inning when Steven Williams did this. That bomb was only part of Williams’s outrageous weekend. See the full highlights here and watch the coaches and players discuss the moment.

– I love these Twitter reactions to Steven Williams.

– You shouldn’t be surprised, but Steven Williams is your National Player of the Week.

Pitching was the story in the game three rematch victory against the number three overall seed, Georgia Tech. See those sweet, sweet highlights here.

– See what the team said after advancing and watch them arrive back home to The Plains. Here’s the schedule for next weekend.

– The team already has a clear blueprint for beating UNC in the Sweet Sixteen, amirite?!

– That reminds me, did you know that Auburn is an #EverythingSchool?

– Finally in Baseball, is this recruiting issue a good one or a bad one to have?

– This past weekend was Big Cat weekend for the Football team. See which recruits were impressed.

– Here’s a good look at who was there and how long they stayed.

– Some noteworthy developments are from a 5-star TE and a 4-star DT from Georgia.

– Basketball added a JUCO transfer that could have an immediate impact. Bruce was also able to land a 4-star, sub-6ft point guard. Sound familiar?

– Bruce may not be done either. See which 5-star center is considering Auburn.

– Auburn also reinstated assistant coach Ira Bowman this weekend. Read the statement here.

– Your heartwAUrming story is Sam Cerio walking down the aisle at her wedding. You’re crying.

– I’ll leave you with this amazing top ten. #AUFast

 

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

Most Important Tigers: No. 36 adds new piece to passing game – 247Sports

Most Important Tigers: No. 36 adds new piece to passing game  247Sports

Auburn Undercover editor Brandon Marcello takes a look at the roster and ranks the top 50 players on the team entering the 2019 season. Think of it as a …

Belated 95 Days to Kickoff – Patrick Miller – College and Magnolia

Belated 95 Days to Kickoff – Patrick Miller  College and Magnolia

We’re back again today to count down the top 100 Auburn recruits of all-time* with two-a-days! Yesterday, we we took a look at two quarterbacks who weren’t able to live up to the hype. We start off today with Patrick Miller, a right tackle with plenty of promise who was never able to blossom for the Tigers. THE RECRUIT Coming out of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Miller was a late flip for the Tigers in Gene Chizik’s last class at Auburn. The 4* tackle was originally an LSU commit, and everything seemed like it was lining up for him to play for Les Miles and co. But days after the purple Tige…

Holland, Daniel selected in Major League Baseball Draft – 247Sports

Holland, Daniel selected in Major League Baseball Draft  247Sports

A dream for Auburn shortstop Will Holland came true on Tuesday when the Minnesota Twins selected him in the 5th round with the 149th pick overall in the 2019 …

What Alabama’s 2019 opponents are saying: Tennessee – 247Sports

What Alabama’s 2019 opponents are saying: Tennessee  247Sports

This story is part of an 11-week breakdown BamaOnLine is doing of every game on Alabama’s 2019 schedule (sorry, Western Carolina). We begin with the last …

Tuesday Auburn football & baseball Tiger Tidbits – 247Sports

Tuesday Auburn football & baseball Tiger Tidbits  247Sports

Updates on Auburn football, football recruiting and baseball are featured in Tuesday’s edition of Tiger Tidbits.

Tennessee football: Vols make cut for 2020 5-star TE Arik Gilbert – FanSided

Tennessee football: Vols make cut for 2020 5-star TE Arik Gilbert  FanSided

Tennessee football recruiting made the cut for an elite Georgia tight end. The Volunteers are in the top 10 for five-star Arik Gilbert of Marietta, Ga. Jeremy Pruitt has kept Tennessee football in the running for numerous elite prospects over the past couple of weeks as they continue to trim their lists, and Monday was no different. This time, the Vols made the cut for an extremely highly touted prospect. Five-star tight end Arik Gilbert of Marietta, Ga. trimmed his list to 10 schools, and the Vols were on there Monday evening. He’s listed as a tight end on Rivals, but among other services …

Tennessee football: Vols make cut for 2020 5-star TE Arik Gilbert – All For Tennessee

Tennessee football: Vols make cut for 2020 5-star TE Arik Gilbert  All For Tennessee

Tennessee football recruiting made the cut for an elite Atlanta area tight end. The Volunteers are in the top 10 for five-star Arik Gilbert of Marietta, Ga.

Carbon Hill mayor on minorities: ‘Without killing them out there’s no way to fix it’ – Yellowhammer News

Carbon Hill mayor on minorities: ‘Without killing them out there’s no way to fix it’  Yellowhammer News

The mayor of a small city in Walker County is defending comments he made on Facebook regarding “homosexuals,” “transvestites” and “socialists.”

Carbon Hill mayor on minorities: ‘Without killing them out there’s no way to fix it’ – Yellowhammer News

Carbon Hill mayor on minorities: ‘Without killing them out there’s no way to fix it’  Yellowhammer News

The mayor of a small city in Walker County is defending comments he made on Facebook regarding “homosexuals,” “transvestites” and “socialists.”

7 Things: Some think impeachment is here, Kamala Harris doesn’t understand Alabama pro-lifers, border issues galore and more … – Yellowhammer News

7 Things: Some think impeachment is here, Kamala Harris doesn’t understand Alabama pro-lifers, border issues galore and more …  Yellowhammer News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to caution against unpopular impeachment proceedings.

10 recruits Auburn moved up with at Big Cat – 247Sports

10 recruits Auburn moved up with at Big Cat  247Sports

Big Cat Weekend is in the books, and while the full impact of Auburn’s annual bash won’t be known for some time the Tigers likely already deem the event a …

10 recruits Auburn moved up with at Big Cat – 247Sports

10 recruits Auburn moved up with at Big Cat  247Sports

brought more than two dozen prospects to town with 4-star ratings or higher.

Dye-Gest column: Tigers still alive during an up and down season – 247Sports

Dye-Gest column: Tigers still alive during an up and down season  247Sports

Editor’s Note: College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye, a former head coach and athletic director at Auburn, writes a weekly column for Inside the Auburn …

Auburn-North Carolina super regional set for Saturday-Monday – 247Sports

Auburn-North Carolina super regional set for Saturday-Monday  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–Winning the Atlanta Regional last weekend at Georgia Tech, the Auburn Tigers (36-25) will have another ACC road challenge for the super …

Most important summer question facing every SEC team – 247Sports

Most important summer question facing every SEC team  247Sports

What will it take for a team not named Alabama or Georgia to win the SEC this season and get to the College Football Playoff? Sound execution in all areas and …

Auburn baseball signee taken No. 42 overall by Orioles – 247Sports

Auburn baseball signee taken No. 42 overall by Orioles  247Sports

Auburn signee Gunnar Henderson was drafted 42nd overall.

Auburn Baseball Makes it to Super Regional “Doing it for Rod”

After Auburn was announced as the No.2 seed in the Atlanta Regional, sophomore pitcher Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations
said the Tigers would be playing for Rod Bramblett and his family as well as for Auburn. It was a testament to the long time play-by-play announcer who was laid to rest along with his wife Paula, a day before the tournament began.

Just like the rest of the Auburn family, his passing weighed heavily on the Tigers’ hearts. Bramblett had called Auburn games, along with Andy Burcham, for the past 25 years. He and Burcham described every pitch and every play.

While Britt Bowen and Paul Ellen did a good job broadcasting the regional games, Rod’s presence was still felt as the Tigers wore his initials on their hats.

“Our hearts are still really sad,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “But I think we made a commitment for this entire series. I’d could see it in our guys whenever our backs were against the wall.”

The victory was the seventh all-time regional championship and the first back-to-back regional championships in program history. And they did it in convincing fashion sweeping the region in three games.

Rod was probably dancing and shouting, “Holy Cow!” as Auburn beat No.3 Georgia Tech  4-1 to advance to their second consecutive Super Regional. And you can bet he will be looking down from heaven next weekend when his Tigers will be playing the No.14 Tar Heels in the North Carolina Super Regional.

Outfielder Steven Williams was named the Region Most Valuable Player after delivering a walk-off, three-run home run on Saturday and then driving in two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday. The sophomore finished the regional 6-for-13 with three runs, one double and two home runs.

He summed up how the Tigers felt about winning the championship in a tweet after the game that read “War Eagle!!!!!!!!! #doitforRod.” 

And they did!

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Auburn paying close attention as MLB draft gets underway – 247Sports

Auburn paying close attention as MLB draft gets underway  247Sports

AUBURN, Alabama–With the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft beginning Monday night Coach Butch Thompson and Auburn will be watching closely with …

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