We will continue to discuss ways to do just that, and we are always glad to hear constructive criticism from Auburn men like you.
God bless, and War Eagle!
Jay Jacobs '85 '88
The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms with one of defensive coordinator Dom Capers' most productive players to join their staff.
Former Pittsburgh and Carolina outside linebacker Kevin Greene has been hired to coach the outside linebackers, a club source said. No contract has been signed yet but the club is expected to announce his addition in the next week or so.
I have a question regarding A-Day. Why does Auburn charge people to buy a ticket to this game? Wouldn't it be in AU's best interests to get as many people to Auburn and in the stadium as possible? If they gave away tickets, more people would come which means more money spent on cokes and hot dogs in the stadium, not to mention buying a t-shirt at Anders or buying some lemonade at Toomer's or buying gas within the city. Florida and Alabama don't charge admission to this game. Do the benefits of having more people coming to Auburn not outweigh a smaller number of people paying $5 to see a glorified exhibition?
Let's pack the stadium and do whatever we can to create another good reason to come to Auburn.
They definitely aren't talking about the fans b/c if any SEC fans made a family friendly list, they can go to C-USA (or hell, whichever is worst).
...having Mrs. Kiffin make in-home visits to recruits.
UT Reporting Possible Secondary Violation
UT is reporting a possible secondary violation involving the simulation of a game experience for recruits on an official visit.
According to UT spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter, coaches used smoke machines as recruits entered the field from the tunnel inside Neyland Stadium when the Vols hosted prospects on official visits earlier this month.
UT does not use any special effects as players enter the field on gameday, leaving the line a little blurry as to whether using smoke during a recruiting visit actually consitutues the simulation of a game experience.
"They reported it just to be safe," Carpenter said.
My favorite memory of the Mark Gottfried era is the 94-40 beatdown in 1998 when he started yelling at the student section going into the locker room at halftime. Jackass.
Really? Not enough scholarships to give one to one of the best punters in the country?
I can't believe Willis could ever leave AU for SPUAT. But why did he? Why wasn't he given a raise comparable to the other new assistants before it got to this point? Supposedly Auburn told him they would match any other offer and would take care of him eventually but Willis never went back to AU after SPUAT offered. It shouldn't have taken JJ weeks to give Willis a bump to $400K or whatever the number is. And don't give me this "Willis gets the title of Associate Head Coach". Whatever, that title is meaningless. I blame him for letting it get to this point but I blame Willis for not showing a little loyalty to his school and to the players he was recruiting. But why should he show loyalty? He was told he would be retained, he was fired, did not have a job for days, rehired at his same salary and then saw newcomers to AU making twice as much as him. See this quote from Terrance Coleman...
"He told me a story," Coleman says. "He told me that he was going to be at Auburn when I came there. He was sitting in my living room two nights ago and told me that. He also told me some not so nice things about Alabama so I am not happy about this. I didn't know he was like that."
Terrance, coaches will tell you anything to get you to come to your school. Their only loyalty is to the paycheck. I believe Pat Dye once said something to that effect. And I know I've heard the Sabear say that if it was up to him, he'd take less money if there weren't any fans in the stands and it was just football. Remember that, Bammers, next time he says "RTR" or that he loves Alabama. Know that he doesn't and never will, it's just what he has to say to keep the cash rolling. Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, Pete Carroll, Nick Saban, Tracy Rocker, James Willis, all of them love the paycheck and not the school. And if Notre Dame comes at Saban with more money that SPUAT can't match, he'll leave in a heartbeat. And if SPUAT matches it he'll stay. Not because the Capstone was tugging at his heartstrings or Mama called or whatever, only because it was best for his career. And if Texas or whomever comes at Chizik in three years with a busload of cash, Chizik will leave his "dream job" faster than you can say "5-19".
But what makes me sick is I think it's written in UAT contracts to use the word tradition because Willis has already used it. Was it a shot at Auburn or just what he's supposed to say? I'm going with the latter.
This had to be a hard decision for Willis. It comes at a bad time for Auburn two weeks before signing day. According to Terrance Coleman, Willis was bad-mouthing SPUAT no more than two days ago all the while knowing he was sleeping with the enemy. This is another reason I never blame a player for going pro early, get money, get paid while you can. This is further proof that recruits need to look at the school and not the coaches because they will leave your ass in a heartbeat while you are stuck at a school that maybe you didn't want to go to but you bought into whatever the coaches were saying they could do for you when really, they want you for what you can do for them.
Auburn will survive this. They will find a good coach to replace Willis and move on. They will get recruits from Mobile in the future. This does not guarantee SPUAT a MNC or Auburn last place in the SEC West next year. It's a blip in the overall big picture of the schools but it does guarantee that loyalty in college athletics is officially dead and it is a professional league without professional players.
Pete Carroll's Thoughts on "Dirty" leaving...
I don't get why all these coaches are leaving SPUAT, especially to Tennessee. I mean, isn't Tuscaloosa the Mecca for all coaches? I know I've seen people praying towards it in Jasper.
McCalebb enrolling in Auburn, ready to run
Posted by Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News
January 12, 2009 5:59 PM
Running back Onterio McCalebb, the last of three Auburn signees eligible to enroll this spring, will be in school this week and be available for spring practice.
A big-time Auburn signee out of high school in Fort Meade, Fla., McCalebb is coming from Hargrove Military Academy as the No. 1 prep school running back in the nation, according to Rivals. He's the No. 4 prep school player overall. AuburnSports.com reported McCalebb's eligibility Monday afternoon.
McCalebb joins junior college defensive lineman Nick Fairley and junior college linebacker Eltoro Freeman as mid-year qualifiers. McCalebb has all four years of eligibility remaining because prep school play doesn't count against college eligibility. Fairley and Freeman each have three years remaining. Auburn had tried to persuade offensive lineman Jermaine Johnson to follow the same path, but he went to the University of Miami.
Police: Tests show Barkley legally drunk
PHOENIX -- Charles Barkley is taking a leave of absence from the broadcast booth.
The announcement by Turner Sports came Friday, hours after police said the 45-year-old former NBA star was legally drunk when police arrested him Dec. 31 on suspicion of drunken driving in Scottsdale, Ariz. Test results show Barkley had a blood-alcohol level at .149, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Arizona. Barkley will be off the air for a minimum of several weeks and no return date has been set, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it. "I have spoken with Charles Barkley regarding the incident. .. and I understand he has hired a lawyer to represent him regarding this matter," said David Levy, president of TNT Sports, in a statement. "When I spoke with Charles, he was apologetic for the events that transpired and it was obvious he understands the significance of the situation. This is an important time for Charles as he deals with the legal and personal issues that confront him. Charles is a valued part of the Turner Sports organization and we are concerned for his well-being." A Gilbert officer working a regional DUI task force stopped Barkley shortly after he left a popular nightclub at about 1:30 a.m. He failed field sobriety tests but was cooperative. Barkley was booked and released at a field command post and later issued a statement saying he was disappointed he put himself in that situation. Barkley's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.
Ignore the "worthless Auburn fan" and picture that is obviously a Bammer and focus on how riled up Brando gets. Obviously, Gary isn't the first one to call Brando out or his fuse wouldn't be so short. Also, Gary wasn't anonymous (like so many Bammer lurkers who follow this blog) as he said his name and that he was an AU grad.
Tulsa's offense was impressive. They run the ball with the running backs and every now and then the QB. I like that. The offensive line gets in a run stance and they come off the ball fast and the RBs run north-south. I also liked it when they mixed in a little of the option. One thing that I hadn't thought about is the new pistol formation, where the QB is in a 1/2 shotgun formation with the RB behind him. Then he receives the snap and just turns around to hand it to the RB who is already running towards the line. Seems quicker than being under center and going back 2-3 steps and then handing off.
Listen to Hour 2 on January 5th.
If you didn't see the mullet on the player from UT last night in the Fiesta Bowl, watch this video.
I am so glad this is the last year that Fox is broadcasting the BCS games. They are terrible. Their analysts don't watch college games all year, they are NFL guys, and then they bring them in for one game and they don't know what they are talking about. The play by play guy, whomever he was, said that the BCS ramifications for Utah were huge depending on the outcome of the Fiesta Bowl. How exactly? The BCS is required to give the winner of the National Championship Game the trophy. Game over, whether Texas, Utah, Ohio State or Cincinnati wins has no effect on the BCS National Champion. The only legitimate body that can give Utah a national championship is the AP poll and if those guys knew anything they would know that the AP is not part of the BCS. I'll say this for ESPN, they get on my nerve sometimes with their over-promoting of themselves but at least they are dedicated to college football and don't half ass their coverage of it.
This looks like a scene where Tony, Paulie, Silvio, Christopher and Bobby Bacala are planning to go whack Big Pussy (played by Nick Saban).
Virginia Tech calls their version the "Wild Turkey". Now that is a good name for it.
From The Smoking Gun: "...Charles Barkley told Arizona cops that he ran a stop sign because he was in a hurry to pick up a girl who had "given him (oral sex) one week earlier," which the former NBA star described as "the best one he had ever had in his life." According to a Gilbert Police Department report." No reaction to the whole shmear yet from his employers at TNT. Because of the New Year's holiday, the network doesn't have its usual Thursday night doubleheader scheduled. Nor have the good people of Alabama who may someday see his name on the ballot in the race for governor weighed in.
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