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Sunday, March 28, 2010


Here are the links to Auburn and the Lady Tigers athletic competition this past weekend.
Way to represent ladies, WAR EAGLE!

The Men's department has been busy as well. Keep up the good work, guys.

I hate to post in such fashion, I have at my defense had medical problems this past week that will take several weeks to finalize. No worry, It's not life threatening, just a real pain in the a##.


Good To Great

Last year's Tiger mantra was "Do What we Do", it seems that this year it has changed to "Good to Great".
What this staff is trying to instill in this young team is from doing some things good last season,they need to turn it up to doing all things great this upcoming season.
Short, sweet, and to the point, the new Auburn mantra will be heard a lot this spring, and probably into the fall.

Andy Bitter has some more great info on the practice session held inside Jordan-Hare stadium on Pat Dye field this Saturday. Here are the links...

Enjoy your weekend, and

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Ramblings

Andy Bitter, who has the War Eagle Reader site does an excellent job covering our Tigers. These next two pieces are chocked full of good info.

Here is the video link to the full introductory press conference for Tony Barbee. It includes a Q&A se4ssion with the media. Worth a look.

What do you know, It seems one of Auburn's current stars has a past with Coach Barbee.

I hope to find interviews or pic's of the second practice. I'll post more when we get it.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tony Barbee Hired as Men's Basketball Coach

Jay Jocobs, Auburn's athletic director, has found his man.
Tony Barbee has been hired to replace Jeff Lebo, and resurrect Auburn's Men's basketball program.
Brian Henderson from Auburn Eagle has this report.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Catchin' up..

Here is a great story from about former Auburn coach Tommy Tubberville.

Andy Bitter has a nice read on the spring practice that’s about to start.

Andrew Gribble has an interesting look at Ten Players he thinks we need to watch.

Here are a couple more names involved in the coaching search. News via Andy Bitter.

Jay Jacobs is a busy man trying to find the right guy for Auburn's Men's basketball coach. Here is to hoping it goes really well for him.

Back with more soon,


Monday, March 22, 2010

Previously we looked at the offense and the questions surrounding that side of the ball that Auburn must answer, sooner rather than later. Now we will look at...

Defensive back is a place with the most questions, and if all can remain healthy, the most promise. A virtual plethora of returning Tigers with experience are to be found at DB this spring. Safeties, Corner backs, and extra package specialists abound, so the question is...
Can Auburn get good luck at this position for a change and dominate the passing game defensively?

Linebackers, as we found out last year are a rarity, for the Tigers. At least until the fall practice starts, Auburn is desperately thin at this position. Even with Darren Bates moving to LB and Jessell Curry enrolling early, the Tigers are only two deep without much experience past the starting three.
Can the Tigers find a way to get the most out of the newcomers at Linebacker?

Defensive lineman are the real backbone to previous Auburn defenses. The legends that played here are numerous, and very talented. Including the coach at this position, Tracy Rocker.
Can anyone step up and dominate the way Auburn fans are accustomed to seeing?

Auburn has a chance for a really exciting and memorable season in 2010. Getting thru the spring, and fall without major injuries will be a welcome relief, and something Auburn has not seen in several years.
Here's to hoping, and praying for a safe and productive spring practice.


Questions -That Need Answers

Good morning and War Eagle everyone.
Today we will look at the most pressing needs at Auburn for spring practice, and ask a question of each, and then after the A-Day game we will take a look at whether Auburn addressed those needs or not.


Returning two experienced wide outs is a huge plus for the 2010 Tigers, although that missing third receiver that Coach Taylor was looking for last season never really emerged. So the only question here is..
Who will step up and TAKE the third wide out role?

On the offensive line, Auburn is returning probably the best unit in America. With only the departure of Andrew McCain, the question here is...
What will the coaches decide to do about filling an empty right side O-Line spot?

At running back, Auburn graduated one of the best ever to play the game in an Orange and Blue jersey, Ben Tate.
Coach Chizik has stated in a press conference that Mario Fannin will get the chance to fill those shoes. The question is..
Can Mario Fannin become a workhorse at tailback at Auburn?

Tight ends are something of a misnomer in Gus Malzhan's offensive scheme. They truly must be able to block for run support, just not always the defensive tackle or outside linebacker. These guys have to be able to run fast enough to stay ahead of the play and pick out whomever is going to a threat and eliminate that threat, even if it is a defensive back. Plus the position requires precise route running, great hands, and the ability to be able to scramble around to help the QB if other passing options fail.
Fortunately for Auburn we have Mr. Everything as far as tight ends goes in one Phillip Lutzenkirchen.
The only question here is..
Who will be his back up?
Now for the question on everyone's mind.
It's a multi-part query, with several twists.
Can Cameron Newton win the starting QB job in the spring?
If so, Can Mr. Newton grasp Gus Malzhan's complicated offense by the time the season starts?
If not, Who will win the job?
Who will be the backup QB in the rotation?
Can Auburn win 10 games this season if Cameron Newton doesn't win the job?

As you can see there are a lot of questions surrounding this Auburn Tiger team. If you allow for injuries, and rotation, Auburn may still be a couple of years away from contending regularly for the SEC crown.

Tomorrow we will try and look at the defense.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Let the celebration begin...

Our friends over at Auburn Eagle have a great message board that is fun and entertaining. STAT, who is seasoned as a sports writer, and a fellow blogger, has this to share with all Auburn Tiger fans. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were but without it, we go nowhere”

With spring football about to crank up next week, this is the best time of the year to be optimistic about our football team. It’s the time of the year, we pack away most of our doubts and focus on everything that will make Auburn a better football team in 2010. For now, Auburn has yet to lose a game in 2010 and the sky is the limit for Gene Chizik’s second installment.
Forget that Chris Todd and Ben Tate will be missing from the offensive lineup because we have Cameron Newton and Michael Dyer, who will grace the Top Five of the Heisman hopefuls. Last year’s 68th ranked defense is all but a memory now and we would do best to forget the past. Auburn’s top 5 recruiting class is full of defensive stars, which should plug all the defensive holes from 2009.
The road to Atlanta runs through Auburn in 2010 and those professional players that don the dark pink across the state will suffer a long awaited pounding. Records will fall this year my friends and awards will be suitable for our players and coaches alike. I tell you now; it will be the show of all shows’ leaving in our path of destruction, broken wills and hearts of opposing players and fans.
Join now and avoid the wait for the bandwagon is upon us. There is no time to order hushpuppies because the race to greatness has already begun. Spread the word, this shall be the year of the Tiger and we won’t come home until the final victory is ours. You are either with us or against us, so leave the gloomy thoughts and prognostications at home. Suit up for victory or hide behind your excuses and doubt.
I must warn you, there is the formality of 12 regular season games, a conference title and a national championship to be won but we will be gracious in victory. Let those in the media question us each week only to bow down to our greatness when the final whistle is blown. There will be stories told for ages about this distinguished team that emerged from Auburn and it’s eagle of war that took flight to conquer the nation.


Man This Is AUsome!

In case you have had your head in the tourney and not looked outside of your bracket, Auburn has a new website to aide in recruiting. Check this baby out!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Strength of Auburn Football-Offensive Line

I don’t know if this falls under cautious optimism or just plain drinking the Kool Aid….
Auburn’s offensive line returns some of the best talent in the conference and maybe in the country. These young men are experienced, proven, and reliable. Let’s first look at who they are, and then, how having an experienced line helps Auburn’s team this coming season.

Looking at them from the Quarterbacks view, from left to right, we’ll start with left tackle Lee Ziemba.

Left Tackle Lee Ziemba  6’ 8” 308 Senior       
Left Guard Mike Berry 6’ 3” 311 Senior         
Center Ryan Pugh 6’ 4” 289 Senior         
Right Guard Byron Isom 6’ 3” 291 Senior          
Right Tackle To Be Determined

There are a number of variables here that we as fans don’t have first hand knowledge of. One of which, is how and if the existing group will be moved to make room for the open spot. It is possible that Bart Eddins is named right guard and Byron Isom is moved to right tackle.

And of course the usual suspects of incoming players, red shirt freshmen, and underclassmen that improve dramatically to fill in the open spot.
The one sure thing this coaching staff has proven, that they will play whomever is the best for this team.

How does an experienced line help the Auburn Tigers this season?
On many levels, some listed above, it’s a huge advantage for this coaching staff. Four starting seniors is the recipe for the making of a special group.

At the Quarterback position, knowing the linemen have been there and done that, together makes learning the job much easier. That’s where Auburn is, in the QB spot. Learning and executing the complicated, and often spectacular, Gus Malzahn offense, with precision and fierceness, is the order of the day for Auburn’s quarterback.

At the running back position it’s the biggest blessing you could imagine to have this group in front of you. You can bet this group of backs knows how valuable an experienced line can be to production. Look for another 1,000 yard rushing performance from an Auburn running back this season. Coach Chizik has penciled in the name of Mario Fannin as the heir apparent to Ben Tate’s spot, vacated by graduation. He will have to earn the spot though.

As you can see, the offensive line is a primary reason for Auburn’s offense to succeed this coming season.
Making things easier for all the other players to complete their tasks on each play, having confidence that these senior linemen will do their part.

The future is now! Auburn has an opportunity to excel on the field this fall; with all the right pieces in place a special season is ahead for our Tigers.


Thursday, March 18, 2010


Just in case you were wondering about recruiting...
It's an endeavor best taken year round by coaches at the college level, that want to get the best players/student athletes to their respective schools.
As of this writing the recruiting governance that is the NCAA lists Feb. 5th through April 14th as a Quiet Period.
By NCAA rules this means....
"the college coach may not have any in-person contact with said individual or their parents off the college's campus. The coach may NOT watch them play or visit your high school during this period. the potential student athlete or their parents MAY visit a college campus during this time.A coach may write or telephone them at this time.

Starting April 15th( I hate that date by the way), the Evaluation Period begins. We'll discuss those terms later.
I would expect to see the Tiger Prowl to start as soon as possible after the Spring practice ends April 18th. Last year the Tiger Prowl was a huge success, so look for bigger and better results this year.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jay G. Tate had a few minutes t interview Mr. Ben Tate. The former Tiger star has a few interesting quotes. It's definitely worth your time.

Jay G. Tate also spoke with our friend Mr. Charles Barkley, about Auburn's search for a new basketball coach.

Our friends over at AuburnTron have a bracket style chart for you to see how Auburn won the "Best Uniforms in College Football" national poll.

for those of you who need your recruiting monkey stroked, The Mayor of Chillville has your fix.
This very interesting and informative article is well done, and worth your time.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The football news around Auburn is really at a snail’s pace right now. What with spring practice around the corner, and all, this looks to be a good thing. Staying out of the news has perks. Making the news this time of year usually isn’t a good thing…
Thanks to Track'Em Tigers for the story.
Over at Track ‘Em Tigers there is this plea for help, from an Auburn fan that just happens to be a Missionary. Please help if you can…

Football related, and past Auburn great related. Here is a look at some “Bo Toys”…

Men's golf secured a victory claiming the top six positions at the Auburn Shootout.

The Auburn Women's Swimming and Diving Team is sending 10 competitors to the NCAA's.

Women's Equestrian dominates!

The Lady Tiger's lost a close contest to Ohio State on the road.

The Auburn Softball Team is gaining momentum, and earning individual honors as well.

Auburn's Women's Tennis Team earned some respect this past weekend in SEC action downing #20 South Carolina


Friday, March 12, 2010

As the future of Auburn's basketball program is now headed in a different direction, coaching wise, the search for a replacement for former Head Coach Jeff Lebo has already started. Andy Bitter has this on some potential candidates.

Lee Ziemba gets some love from Chris Low at Here's the video link..

Chris also like Ben Tates future at RB in the NFL.
The speculation as to whether or not Auburn would be looking for a new basketball coach ended rather quickly. News surfaced today and the school confirmed, that Jeff Lebo is no longer the basketball coach at Auburn.
Jay Jacobs anticipates the search will last a good while because some of the candidates on his already aquired "short list" are still concentrating on post season play.
Here are two stories, one from Andy Bitter at War Eagle Extra, and the other from Jay G. Tate at The Montgomery Advertiser.

I personally want state that we wish Jeff Lebo and his family the best. Our prayers go out to them. War Eagle coach!
There are so many Auburn teams in action this weekend, it's hard to keep track of it all. Not all of the news is about current teams though as we find out in this next piece.

Men's baseball prepares for a tough series with number 2 ranked Arizona State.

Men's golf has the Tigers gearing up for the summer with a respectable showing out West.

The swim team's are busy too.

Track and Field is in full gear.

Auburn's athletes are not just concerned with sports, but their communities also. War Eagle Reneisha Hobbs!

The Equestrian team is representing Auburn with class and doing an excellent job of competing as well.

The ladies golf team is in full attack mode. Ranked number 3 in the country, they are a formidable, well balanced, and taking their show on the road.

It's an SEC vs. Big 10(11 or 12, but who's counting) in Gymnastics this weekend. Good luck ladies, and War Eagle!

The Women's softball team starts SEC play this weekend at home against Kentucky. If you are in or around Auburn, go by and support the ladies. It's going to be a beautiful weekend weather wise, and what's better than free admission, and softball in the sun?
There has been some healthy discussion going on all over Auburn's sports blogs. There is an anticipation of what is to happen next with Auburn's Men's basketball program.
The only way Jacobs hires another Roundball Coach... Is if one were to suddenly appear, and have an interest in Auburn. Someone like The Rifleman..

I would think it would take serious money to get any respectable basketball coach. The question is will Auburn spend the money?
Question number two is, has Lebo been promised another year, the first in the new arena? I could see the powers that be thinking the old B/E being a deterrent to recruiting. Jacobs has said so himself. So, why wouldn’t he promise Lebo another year, especially after he pulled in his best recruiting class this past time?


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Here are two good articles from our friends at They both deal with the recent Pro Day at Auburn.

Jeff Lebo, the Auburn Men’s basketball coach has probably coached his last game at Auburn. By all accounts Jeff is a great person although he has not brought the program to a higher level in his six years at Auburn.

Thanks to Jay at Track “Em for an insight to the situation.


Monday, March 8, 2010

The dream exists in Auburn fans minds that "we" can have a Championship team this coming season. This of course is possible, but highly unlikely. It would seem to be an unrealistic expectation to make the jump into the National spotlight after just one and a half recruiting classes this staff has assmbled.
Auburn fans would be wise to remember that most of last years class was recruited by the former coaching staff.
Still, this coaching staff that Coach Chizik has employed has all the right characteristics to get the most from their players.
It's nice to dream, that's our job as fans
The key will be what Coach Chizik and his staff will do for an encore on the recruiting front in February of 2011.
The most pressing needs for the '11 class will be Offensive, and Defensive linemen. Here's my list of where Auburn needs to fill in for graduating players, and attrition. The numbers go like this...

Offensive Line - 4
Defensive Line - 6
Linebackers - 3
Defensive Backs and/or Safties - 3
Running Backs - 3
Quarterbacks - 3
Wide Recievers/Tightends - 3
Athletes - 3

I know the number exceeds 25, alas it is till within the 28 allowed by the SEC
Let's hear what you think.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Unfortunately the ride is over for the Lady Tiger basketball team. A loss to Kentucky in the tournament ended any hopes of post season play.
A good job this year the Women's team did. Battling all kinds of obstacles, they kept pursuing the dream.
War Eagle Ladies!
Andy Bitter has this report.

Anna Thompson who pitches for the Women's softball team is H.O.T. hot. Don't believe me?
A no-no is as hot as it gets!

Women's Tennis is finding it rough going in the SEC early.

The Men's tennis team has too.

In men's golf, the Border Olympics is the name of the game.

The Swimming and Diving teams are in Austin Texas competing.

My friends over at Track 'Em Tigers have come up with another gem. Auburntigerman has a unique perspective on the Beard-Eaves building and his cherished memories of the "LADY"
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Auburn's Women's basketball team jumped all over the Florida Gators and never let up crushing the Lady Gators in the SEC Tournament.

Coach Luper was on the radio with Dunnaway and Brown discussing the upcoming Big Cat Weekend. He left no doubt that the staff has been "thoroughly educated" in the NCAA rules governing an event such as this.
This year's event will be bigger and better than last year with more potential student athlete's participating. The details are a secret of course, and if Coach Chizik wants the media to know the itinerary, Coach Chizik will be the one to inform them. A rather polite way of refusing to divulge the confidential stuff, huh?
The link to D&B radio is here.

Auburn's baseball team shines. Two wins by identical scores no less. Keep up the good work fellas.

When you must have a victory, and it means more than anything else, you can count on Auburn. The Men's basketball team closed out Beard-Eaves Coliseum with grand style. Miss. State only had to win tonight to have sole possesion of first place in the West division of the SEC, and improve their chances of going to the big dance. We got to play spoiler tonight. War Eagle Beard-Eaves, we loved every minute of ya!

Volleyball signed three to National Letters of Intent, as reported by the official site here.

AU FOOTBALL: Luper on recruiting: If it ain't broke ... | Opelika-Auburn News

Andrew Gribble has a conversation with Coach Luper and shares it with us here.
AU FOOTBALL: Luper on recruiting: If it ain't broke ... Opelika-Auburn News

Auburn Eagle's Brandon Henderson has a nice article on the return of Mike McNeil

We are getting closer to the start of spring practice, and the blogs are lighting up with enthusiastic supporters of the lads in Orange and Blue. I hope all that can make it to Jordan-Hare for A-Day are looking forward to the visit as I am.
Then, alas we must wait for what seems lke an eternity for summer to draw to a close and get ready for the upcoming football season.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This is the time of year we are just waiting for some kind of football news, about our beloved Tigers. Just a few years ago most of us had not considered giving recruiting any thought. Now it seems, that each day is recruiting day, and the coaching staffs that don't take advantage of the times allowed by the NCAA, well, they get left behind.
recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. the schools that do the best, are usually the ones with the best teams year in and year out.
Mark Schlabach of has this on the early recruiting and the efforts behind it.

In Women's basketball, there's news of post season honors.

The Lady gymnast are still nationally ranked. #16 in the country and getting better.
Jay G. Tate has an interesting look at Trooper Taylor, and the upcoming recruiting schedules.As mentioned yeasterday, Big Cat Weekend will be back and so will the famed Tiger Prowl.

Vote for Auburn's All-Decade Team here.

A very special article on the last basketball game to be played at Beard-Eaves.

Brad Davis has this report about on of this weekend's visitors.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Great news for Auburn fans who follow recruiting. Last year's sensational Big Cat Weekend is back minus the secondary violations. thanks to Charles Goldberg for the scoop.

Kevin McGrady over at the Bleacher Report has this news about Auburn's defense, and changes that are afoot.

This next piece comes from the guys at Auburn Eagle.It's a great EARLY look into recruiting and who Auburn is offering scholarships to. Also to the potential offers, and wannbes.

It's slow, so I'll keep you posted when I can.
An incredible story, and a fan favorite. That's the words to describe this next story from Kevin Scarbinsky of

Here's the continuing story of the inaugural induction of the Auburn Tiger Baseball Wall of Fame. It comes courtesy of and our friend Charles Goldberg.

Understanding the Auburn Men's Basketball team is a futile effort. One that defies logic and normalcy.
Andy Bitter has the recap of the victory over LSU's squad at Beard-Eaves Saturday night.
We told you it was a busy weekend for Auburn athletes. Here's the proof in short form.
In baseball theres
In men's hoops
In Women's basketball
Women's equestrian
Women's softball
In Tennis
In track and field
And finally, some football news on the recruiting front.

Thanks go to Andy Bitter, Your Official Auburn site, and Rivals free side for the info.