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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Auburn MBK Highlights vs. Victory

A Hopeful Look @ Recruiting

Auburn has one of the best defensive classes already verbally committed for this February's signing class. One position that really needs some strong influx is at Linebacker. Listen as head coach Matt Glover of Pinson Valley talks about his linebacker Zach Cunningham. 

In case you didn't know this, Auburn commit 4 star wide receiver Earnest Robinson, is also a Pinson Valley player.

X's & O's

Coach Gene Chizik talks about execution of the plays that are called by Scot Loeffler.

"We Rallied Around Him"

 Listen as CJ Uzomah talks about true Freshman Jonathan Wallace the newly named starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers.

 Jonathan Wallace meets with the media after the announcement that he will be the starter for the Auburn Tigers against New Mexico State.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Case For Jonathan Wallace

Cam Newton the last winning quarterback at Auburn

The popular ESPN College Game Day segment has inspired this old man to make a case for Jonathan Wallace to be the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers throughout the rest of the season. I am not a lawyer, and have only served on one jury, so my actual legal experience is basically squadoosh!

 Evidence exhibit A
 Wallace is the only Auburn quarterback not nursing any injuries. If the coaches are to be believed, Frazier has a bum shoulder, and Moseley has a tired shoulder. When Moseley was brought into his very first action of the season, he limped in from the sideline. He had yet to play a down in 2012, and he limped into the game! 

 Evidence exhibit B
 Jonathan has taken snaps at "key times", a Gene Chizik trademarked phrase, in games on the road, and at home.

 Evidence exhibit C 
 The only two drives that resulted in a touchdown in the same quarter of play for Auburn this entire season, came with Jonathan Wallace at quarterback. 

 Evidence exhibit D 
 Have you listened to this young man in an interview? He has maturity well beyond Freshman status.
Listen as Wallace runs through the questions. 

 It's no secret, every year somewhere there is a quarterback that the fans want to see play. Somehow when things aren't going really well, the answer always seems to be "play the backup QB" from the fans. The fans think that the backup will somehow be able to perform better than the guy that won the starting job.

 In this case, the fans are correct, and the coaching staff needs to listen to them. One reason to listen is this seems to be the only topic with the fans that doesn't involve someone packing suitcases. The other reason, is that it took most of these same coaches 5 games into the 2010 season to realize what a special talent Auburn had with Cam Newton. Chizik openly admits that he had to be persuaded by the offensive coaches to even grant Newton a scholarship.

 Finally, Jonathan Wallace performed head and shoulders above what either of the two QB's have. Sure, it was mostly against the backups of the Texas A&M  defense, and The Aggie defensive coordinator may have "called off the dogs", but nonetheless, Wallace did something with this offense, that the other two could not. He put together two scoring drives that resulted in touchdowns,and had ZERO interceptions on the day.

 I rest my case.


The Kiss of Death

This will be one of the more morbid posts about Auburn football that you will ever read. Just try to put yourself in the place of these young men, and look at things the way they have seen them. Maybe, you will have a better appreciation for what they are, and have been, going through.

 We go back to that dreadful day in June when Desmonte Leonard opened fire into a crowd of people, killing  three, two of which were part of the Auburn football family.
Here is a quote from

"...police say he opened fire at University Heights apartments off West Longleaf Drive at about 10 p.m. Saturday. The shooting left three men dead, including two former Auburn University football players, and three others wounded".

If this were the only obstacle this team faced, we might not be writing about it in October. As death usually is, this was just one cold horrible event this very young team has had to try and overcome. There would be more, much more.

 On September 3rd we heard of the death of Iris Prosch. The mother of starting fullback Jay Prosch, who had transferred to Auburn from Illinois to be closer to his Mom. She had a grade 4 cancer of the brain known as glioblastoma multiforme.

 Then a long time coach's assistant died unexpectedly just prior to the LSU game. Here is a short clip from the Ledger - Enquierer and sports writer Aaron Brenner.

"Chizik revealed that a student coach with the football team, Joe Bagwell, unexpectedly passed away earlier Saturday at East Alabama Medical Center. Bagwell, a Huntsville native and Auburn graduate, was in his first year as a student coach, after previously serving as an athletic trainer".

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 The chilling grip of death wasn't thru with this Auburn team yet, as news that Rita Chizik, the Mother of head coach Gene Chizik died unexpectedly. Auburn University released this statement.

"The Chiziks appreciate the prayers and support that have been sent from the Auburn family. We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time,"

These events have shaped this team in ways that many can not comprehend. I read an interesting story on the effects that death has had on this team. It is HERE if you would like to read it. Here is an excerpt from that story, that may help many of us to realize a little of what this team is dealing with.

 "In hospice we visit the family regularly for a year to 18 months after a loved one dies, 3 – 4 months will hardly scratch the surface of the compound grief this team and coaches are facing, it will take time. Brother Chet is probably doing all he can, but it will take time.

 As a trained professional with death and dying, when my dad died and then his brother 3 days later and then a week later when I went back to work at the hospital and experienced many deaths over a 3 day period I had had enough death for a while. I had been used to covering 10 floors and remembering every patient and visit to chart at the end of rounds, but after my compound deaths I had to write myself notes when I left each room so I could do my charting".

 I have this post ready just prior to the Texas A&M game, and then the students and Alumni put together an impromptu Pep Rally for the players after practice Thursday afternoon. Seeing those events inspired me. So, I'll wait and post this later(now if you are reading this). This team has been through enough. I hope you will understand.


Monday, October 29, 2012

2013 Auburn Football Schedule

 It appears that Auburn officials have been listening to the fans when it comes to having quality opponents from outside the conference, play at JHS.

 Here is the newly released 2013 Auburn football schedule.

August 31:  Washington State
Sept. 7:  Arkansas State
Sept. 14:  Miss State
Sept. 21:  at LSU
Sept. 28:  Open
Oct. 5:  Ole Miss
Oct. 12:  Western Carolina
Oct. 19:  at Texas A&M
Oct. 26:  Florida Atlantic
Nov. 2:  at Arkansas
Nov.9:  at Tennessee
Nov. 16:  Georgia
Nov.30:  Alabama

Who Then?

 I want to state for the record that I am a Gene Chizik fan. As a Christian, I also am pulling for Gene to turn things around at Auburn, and that somehow he gets to keep his job there. Eventually he will take another team to the football championship, I truly believe that. 

 What I can gather from reading his book All In his beliefs and mine are relatively the same. I get the sense that he and I could become good friends if he didn't have such a high profile lifestyle.

 Maybe we all think that about someone who is famous, maybe I am reaching, I know I am digressing, so let me get to the true context of this post. My hope as I stated is that Chizik can somehow pull off a miracle, if not and the powers at Auburn choose to go in another direction to lead this team, who then will they go after?

 I was fortunate enough to have a lengthy discussion with some very intelligent people on twitter last night, and we came up with some names. Two of which are real surprises, to me at least. Lets take a look at those names, and a brief peek into their resume's.

 Al Golden  
 He is currently with Miami. My belief is the he was misled about the situation there. I would not be happy if I were in his shoes, is he happy in Miami? Would he leave for Auburn?

  Golden arrived in Coral Gables after spending five seasons (2006-2010) as the head coach at Temple University. Over five seasons at Temple, Golden took the Owls to unprecedented heights. Before his arrival, TU had just two winning seasons over its previous 26 years and had only won 22 percent of its games over the previous 30 years.-via the Miami hurricane official site

   Named defensive coordinator by Virginia head coach Al Groh in 2001, Golden became the youngest defensive coordinator in Division I-A.[1] He had spent the previous season at his alma mater, Penn State University, serving as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator under Joe Paterno.[1] From 2001 to 2004, the Cavaliers' defense improved under his tutelage, ranking 108th in total defense in his first year to ranking 18th in total defense in 2004. In the same time period, Virginia's scoring defense went from 74th in the nation (27.6 ppg) to 17th (17.7 ppg) utilizing Golden's 3–4 defense. - wikipedia

Chris Peterson 
 The head coach of Boise State, who once again is in the chase for a BCS bowl.

 Success has come at extraordinary levels for Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen during his five years guiding the program. Petersen is the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, boasting a 61-5 record for a winning percentage of .924. The mark is the second-highest amongst active coaches at any four-year institution, regardless of division or association. He is also one of just six coaches nationally to have won multiple Bowl Championship Series games at his current school.-  boise state bronco official site

  Would he leave Boise State, where some say he has it made? Would he relish a chance to show he can coach at the nations premier football conference?

 Charlie Strong
 Strong is a former Gator defensive coordinator who was also their recruiting coordinator. Lots of fans love this pick because he knows the SEC, and he recruited well in the ares that Auburn historically does the highest percentage of their recruiting.

In 1999, Strong joined the South Carolina Gamecocks as defensive coordinator, becoming the first African American coordinator in Southeastern Conference (SEC) history. His stifling defenses and charismatic personality created buzz that he would be possibly the first black head coach in the SEC, but job offers were slim. Sylvester Croom eventually broke the color barrier in the SEC coaching ranks.
Strong was hired as defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators before the 2003 season. Florida head coach Ron Zook was fired midway through the Gators' 2004 season, but continued to coach until the bowl game; Strong served as interim coach of the Gators for one game, the December 2004 Peach Bowl. Florida lost the game, 27–10, to the Miami Hurricanes. Florida credits the regular season to Zook and the Peach Bowl to Strong. When Urban Meyer was hired as Florida's head coach, Strong was the only assistant coach retained from Zook's staff. - wikipedia

A man with a proven track record as an assistant coach for 27 years and winning two national titles, Strong has a clear vision of re-building the Cardinals' football program based on character, hard work and honor.
In two seasons at Louisville, Strong has guided the Cardinals to consecutive bowl appearances, and the school's first BIG EAST title since 2006. He is only the third coach in U of L history to guide his first two teams to bowl games and 14 wins after inheriting a team that won just 15 games in the three seasons before Strong was hired.- via louisville cardinal official site

 Greg Schiano 
 He is currently the head football coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. He was at Rutgers at the height of Rutgers football prowess. His ties to the NFL would be very attractive to most recruits.

 Schiano served as defensive coordinator for the University of Miami from 1999 to 2000. In 1999, UM finished the year ranked 12th in the NCAA's Division I-A in points allowed per game (17.2), and in 2000 moved up to 5th (15.5 points allowed per game) - wikipedia

Named the ninth head coach in franchise history on January 27, 2012, Greg Schiano enters his first season at the helm of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.
This will mark the fourth season of NFL experience for Schiano, who also brings to Tampa Bay a wealth of experience from his 21 seasons working amongst the college ranks. - tampa bay buccaneers official site

One other name thrown in by a fan at the game Saturday. Tracy Rocker, because we would be mean as hell if he was the coach, and the attitude of the team needs to change. 

 So, there you have it. A qualified, and varied list of fans candidates for replacing Gene Chizik at Auburn if he is fired at season's end. Give us your thoughts in the comments section, and as always


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Auburn Military Recognition

Jonathan Wallace Speaks

Wallace played much better Saturday night against A&M, than any other AU quarterback has this season. Listen to him speak, and you get the sense that he has the "it" factor. Just like my buddy Gary said, "he should be the starter at QB for Auburn".

Thoughts on AU vs Texas A&M

Auburn entering the field vs Texas A&M

As I sit here at my desk at 8:00am Sunday, I am at a loss for the words to describe what I witnessed the night before.

 First, let me start with the good stuff. As always Jordan-Hare was beautiful. The grand lady never disappoints as a venue for college football. The house was packed nearly to capacity. The Auburn faithful showing their support for the players.

 The Texas A&M fans were very nice. Many were there in support of loved ones on the Aggie team. I overheard remarks like this one from an Aggie fan "Man, that eagle was the coolest thing I have ever seen at a football game".

 The crowd response to Military Appreciation Day at JHS was one to make you proud. At one time during the pregame festivities all veterans and current military were asked to stand. The roar from the crowd was spectacular, and revealed a very appreciative feeling for those who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms.

 The flyover by four F-16 fighter jets was something to behold. The events of the night made me proud to be an American, and an Auburn fan.

 Then the game began.

 There is no way to sugarcoat what I saw. I won't point fingers, and I won't call for changes on or off the field. I will say that I have never, in all my life, seen an Auburn football team play worse than what I saw last night. Never.

 I have to skip the actual analysis of the game, because I just don't have anything positive to say at all about the display on the field of play.

 I only hope that things will get better at Auburn. I feel very confident that this will happen. I have no idea when they happen. I am heartbroken for the Seniors on this football team. Going from the pinnacle to the basement this fast has to be painful. I know as a fan, it hasn't been fun.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Johnny Football Preview

By: Rick Palmedo


Oh how the mighty have fallen. Coming off another dismal performance against the Vanderbilt Commodores Auburn finds themselves with a 1-6 record including 0-5 in the conference. It truly is mind boggling to think that just 2 seasons ago this team hoisted the crystal football signifying them as the best team in the land.


Once again the offense struggled to put points on the board against Vandy. For every step forward the squad took the took two steps back. Now with TE Phillip L out for the season Auburn has lost one of its top offensive threats. That doesn't bode well for this weeks showdown with Texas A&M.

For Auburn to even keep this game close the offense is going to have to do something it hasn't been able to do all year, score points. Nothing I've seen lately says they're up to the task.


Poor tackling, wrong pursuit angels, and an overall lack of desire has become commonplace with this defensive unit. Take away the play of some of the youngsters and there's not a lot to write home about.

Now a much maligned defense faces the SEC's number one offense. Over 300 yards through the air combined with over 200 yards on the ground presents a myriad of problems for Auburn's defense. Can the Tigers do enough to contain Johnny Football and the Aggies? We shall see Saturday night.


What more needs to be said about one of the two new members to the SEC. They are talented, fast, and score points in bunches. They play enough defense to keep them in games. Their only two losses come to teams with a combined one loss between them and that was because they played each other (LSBooo and UF)

Playing the game at home and especially at home at night might be the only advantage Auburn has. Jordan-Hare at night is an extremely tough venue to win in for any team. But this just doesn't seem to be the Tigers year.

Look for A&M to score early, often, and continuously as the Tigers D just can't stop them. Auburn falls to 1-7 0-6 in the conference. Ohhhh how the mighty have fallen.




PS. It could be worse


Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Senior Class

 Take a good look at these names. Memorize them and keep them in your thoughts.

Dengelo Benton
Anthony Morgan
Ikeem Means
T'Sharvan Bell
Onterio McCalebb
Daren Bates
Jonathan Evans
Phillip Lutzenkirchen
Ashton Richardson
John Sullen
Jamar Travis
Emory Blake
Travante Stallworth

 They started when they were about 8 years old. Most of them played in he backyards of America dreaming one day to be playing in front of thousands. For this fortunate few, their dreams came true. 

 None of these young men wanted to go through what their team is having to go through ever, much less for their Senior college football season. Everyone of them thought they had a great opportunity to go out with a bang. Here is to hoping that bang can come before they end their career at Auburn.


Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy at SEC Media Day

Auburn Tigers at student pep rally

A Message to the Auburn Family about Auburn Football

 The Auburn spirit is part of everything we do – in the classroom and beyond. It includes the spirit we show when we support those who represent us on the playing field. 

 Later today, Auburn students and the local community will gather to cheer on the football team as they practice. I encourage others to follow their example by coming together and getting behind the young men who wear the orange and blue each fall Saturday.

 In the past few weeks, many of you have contacted me, and I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share your thoughts about the football program. I know your concerns are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them. As we do every year, the football program will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process.

 For everything there is a time, and now is the time to support. The young men and women – our students – who make up Auburn University are grateful for the dedication of their extended Auburn Family. So am I.

 War Eagle!
Jay Gogue

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Dee Ford, Piano Man

Martinez 10 24 12

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Women's Basketball Facility Tour

Grading The Coaches Part 2

By Rick Palmedo
defensive linemen Craig Sanders & Corey Lemonier


Coach - Mike Pelton

The defensive line has been the subject of many a discussion because of the lack of not only run stopping but also because of the inability to create a pass rush or generate sacks.

The D line has been woeful from the first game on despite having some very talented football players lining up on it. And let's face it the D line has regressed as the season has gone on. Defensive tackles create absolutely zero push and defensive ends tend to over-run almost every play leaving the linebackers and defensive backs to make virtually every tackle.
Lack of physical play and so many missed assignments are a direct result of coaching. Without a physical presence up front opposing offenses are executing their game plans at will.
As of this moment there doesn't seem to be anything to suggest this will change as the season continues.




Coach - Tommy Thigpen

Linebacker at Auburn has always been a position of strength and speed. That's not been the case this year. The inability to cover receivers in the flat or out of the backfield has allowed teams to methodically move up and down the field.

Also having players play out of position out of necessity does not help the situation at all. Darren Bates is truly a safety not a linebacker but has risen to the challenge time and time again. It's  a shame he couldn't have played his career at safety where he would have excelled.
Poor tackling has plagued the linebacking position also. How many times have we seen a player appear to be down only to be let go and run for another 20+ yards. I'll tell you it's too many!! Lack of sacks from the linebacking position is also troubling. Getting in the backfield and then whiffing on the tackle has become much to commonplace.
The last thing I'd like to say is that I like the youth movement that is taking place in the linebacking Corp. The young guys seem hungry and although they may not make every play they are at least showing aggressiveness and a lot of potential.



7 Points - Touchdown Auburn!

Further proof that the Auburn football team suffers from the lack of offensive output. Take a look at these Auburn losses and see just how close AU came to being 4-3 instead of the 1-6 we are.

Clemson L26-19...
 Lost by 7 points. Had the Auburn offense scored one more touchdown, what would have happened?

Miss State L28-10...
 The 5 offensive turnovers in this game were too much for the Auburn defense to overcome.

LSU L12-10...
 Lost by two points. Zero points scored in the second half by Auburn. Easily the best defensive output thus far in 2012.

Arkansas L24-7...
 What can we say, we got beat. Auburn's offense managed just 7 points the entire game, and lost 88 yards rushing due to poor play calling, and sacks. Still AU only trailed 10-7 at the beginning of the 4th quarter.

Ole Miss L41-20...
 At the start of the fourth quarter the score was UM 24 AU 20. A touchdown by Auburn and the complexion of the game changes, maybe even a victory.

 Vanderbilt L17-13...
 Most sickening performance yet by our offense. 

While we are not giving anyone a pass, the case we are trying to make, is that everything is not as bleak as it is being made out to be. A single touchdown by the offense in the fourth quarter in each game would have made these games much more interesting. At the very least Auburn would be sitting at 4-3 right now with some hope of making a bowl game.

Granted, Auburn's troubles are not all on the offense. This however, lets us see just how close we are everywhere, except on the offensive side of the ball.

War Eagle!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Locker Room Report

Thanks to Auburn Athletics for the video. This episode is shot after the tough l;oss on the road to Vanderbilt.

How Far Gone?

The real question we have to ask is, how far gone is the Auburn football program?

 The answer it seems is as varied as the opinions surrounding the most devastating slide of a football program not on probation, in modern college football history. We have heard calls for replacing the entire decision making group of the AU Athletic Department, and all of Auburn's football coaches, to fire Scot Loeffler  NOW!

 What many  fans don't realize is, that Jay Jacobs, and Gene Chizik won't fire offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler during the season. That is simply not how they operate. Has the AU offense really improved on a weekly basis? No, it hasn't made any radical improvement. We see signs each week that some of the players are getting the idea of how to play in this league, but I believe that is more to do with the talent that Chizik has recruited than simply coaching them up.

 What then? Does AU fire Gene Chizik too? Has that already been decided by the powers that be at AU? You nor I really know the answer to that. Let's look at things with a calm thought, and try to dissect exactly where we are at this point in time.

 The defense. 

As each week passes, there have been improvements. Not great strides, but steady improvement nonetheless. 

 Have they played well enough to keep Auburn in the game each week? I think so, yes. Auburn has lost most of it's games in the fourth quarter, and most of those games, led at some point in the second half of play. The offense is really where the problem starts, and ends. This is not to say that the defense gets a pass, because there are some problems, but we get real football answers from VanGorder as to why, and they make sense with what we are seeing on the field.

 During the entire time former coach Gus Malzahn was at Auburn, there were plenty of skeptics against the Hurry Up No Huddle (HUNH) style of offense. The biggest complaint they had was that the defense wasn't getting rested before they were asked to go back on the field.That's not the case anymore. If the defense isn't getting any rest, its because the offense isn't moving the ball.

 The Offense.

 We know that the Auburn offense isn't scoring enough points to help win games. One of the reasons appears to be that the plays take too long to be called in, and the offense does not have enough time to set, motion, and realign to get the play started. This single factor has led to more false starts than I have ever seen from a football team at this level. Put plain and simple that is coaching. If it ain't working, fix it!

 Which leads me to the next most obvious point. If it works, call it again! Not on the next play, but the basic rule of offense is to run plays that work, until you make the defense adjust to that play, then play  off of that adjustment. It keeps the defense guessing. 

 Which leads me to the point of this post. Auburn football is at an all time low. Especially from a fans perspective so close to the euphoria of winning the ultimate prize. It's not just the wins and losses, its how the games have been lost. In my opinion, which counts for nada- zilch- zero, everything could be much better with just an average offense output. That has to come first, from our coaching staff.

 Here is to hoping we can see that this week....


Highlights vs Vanderbilt

 Yeah, it was just the Vanderbilt Commodores.

 The defense looked better for the most part, and made great adjustments after opening drives of each half.

 Video is courtesy of Auburn Athletics.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Video Extra

Video provided by Aaron Brenner of follow Aaron on twitter @wareagleextra

Next is Chad Slade.

Scot Loeffler talks with media post game. Video courtesy of

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Post Vanderbilt Thoughts

Where do I start?

 Oh yeah, right where we left off last week. This is getting old. I mean crusty beard, yellow teeth, and walking not so well, old. This is so old, it hurts to watch. The pain is in the voice of the play by play man extraordinaire Rod Bramblett, it's in his partner Stan White's voice, it's in Coach Chizik's voice, and it looks like it's only going to get worse.

 Gone is the chance at post season play. Gone is any hope of a winning record. Gone too is Phillip Lutzenkirchen, and Avery Young. Both lost to injury for the rest of the season. What little bit of satisfaction there is left to play for, is just a whisper of hope to beat our two rivals. Neither of which look anything like football teams that this Auburn team can beat.

 I can't and won't go into speculation as to what will happen at the end of the season. I'll leave that to all the stellar Athletic Directors that have internet access, and an opinion. I refuse to bash on any one person, player, or coach associated with this team. That would be too easy.

 Are changes in order? You bet they are. Are things looking bleak for this team? I'll have to admit that they do look that way. Do I think that this entire staff will be at Auburn next season? I don't see how that could happen, considering how our team has played thus far.

 It's easy to point fingers, call out names, when things are going bad. It's easy to state what you would do if you were the coach, or President of the university. What's not easy is to stay calm, and support this team, no matter what. But that is exactly what I hope to do, because I believe in Auburn, and love it!


Same Old Song

Once again we hear Coach Chizik tell us that the players are going to keep fighting, go back to work, and continue to try and improve. Here is the video proof.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2013 Auburn Football Schedule

thanks to AUlteredEgo for the pic

Thanks to the diligent Aaron Brenner, we now have the release of the Auburn inter conference schedule.

Aug. 31, TBD
Sept. 7, vs. Arkansas State
Sept. 14, vs. Mississippi State
Sept. 21, at LSU
Sept. 28, TBD
Oct. 5, vs. Ole Miss
Oct. 12, TBD
Oct. 19, at Texas A&M
Oct. 26, TBD
Nov. 2, at Arkansas
Nov. 9, at Tennessee
Nov. 16, vs. Georgia
Nov. 23, TBD
Nov. 30, vs. Alabama
*Auburn still has three non-conference games to schedule, and will have two idle weekends in 2013

You can read Brenner's story HERE.

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Timeout with Nosa Eguae courtesy of AU Athletics

Coach Chizik Talks Vanderbilt & More

Grading The Auburn Coaching Staff part 1

  The first place Auburn looks really good, and has recruited very well is special teams. Without question, Jay Boulware has been very instrumental in taking that part of the program and making it among the best in the nation. Even through this tumultuous season thus far, the special teams have been a let down for Auburn.

 The second place I look at on our young team is the offensive line. Without question Auburn has a terrific offensive line coach in Jeff Grimes. Listen carefully to the video below when he talks about the technique, and what is involved in being a really good offensive lineman.

 Coach Grimes is demanding, and expects his proteges to give every ounce of themselves  each and every snap that they play or practice. Also of note is that Auburn has recruited the offensive line class in the country when combining the past two classes. Coach Grimes gets high marks here as well.

 We will continue looking at the staff next week.

The Simple Truth

thanks to WDEagle for the pic

 I'll make this post short and sweet. The Key to beating Vanderbilt is run the damn ball! Run it left, run it right, and run option sweeps to the wide side of the field. Then for good measure run zone read plays with every QB we have.

 The Commodores are pretty good at stopping the pass, and should load the box against our Tigers to try and stop the run. The weakness of the Vanderbilt defense is they allow an even 5 yards per carry to their opponents this season. Which should play into the strength of the Auburn offense.

 The Tigers desperately need a victory if any hope of making a bowl game is to stay alive. Lose this Saturday in Nashville, and the only hope is to build toward an uncertain future. A future that may include far reaching changes in the Auburn athletic department.

 The big question for Auburn is will the play calling be formed around the weaknesses of the Vanderbilt defense, or some hope of becoming better at passing by the Offensive Coordinator? Time will tell. Scot Loeffler could help this struggling Auburn team win this game, by limiting the pass plays and attacking the Commodores with our best weapon, the Auburn running game.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Sifting Through The Noise

 I have been asked if I could play any musical instruments in the past, and my standard answer is that I can't play the radio without static. That may be lost on those of you who have only heard true digital satellite radio, but I think most of you understand what that statement is intended to define.

 This week, I have been asked who I thought would be a good replacement for our head football coach.
Not that I am surprised, or caught off guard about all the talking heads and their unified discussion points this week. I am however surprised that Auburn is winless in the league thus far this season.

 Now you are asking, what does one thing have to do with the other. Static. Pure and simple it's all just static. You see, there are many who think Auburn is not in good hands at all, because they are not competing for the conference championship this season. I am sure you have seen all the "Cam" references. You know, the ones that show the record Gene Chizik has with Cam Newton, and the one without Cam Newton.

 I wonder if Cam were used as a reference point for all other SEC schools what that would reveal. We know the SEC against Cam Newton is winless. I think Cam was a very special player at Auburn, and would never say anything contrary to that. Was he the sole reason Auburn won the BCS title in 2010? NO!

Too many players played big roles at crucial times that season to say one man won it all. Its preposterous to think otherwise. It took team effort, at all times during that season. It also took a special coach who could handle the pressure of the lies, and insinuations reported as fact by and incredulous media. Thank you Gene Chizik. 

 Chizik, and his inner circle kept the fire at bay, and guided that Auburn team through what we all thought was the most trying time in Auburn football history. Now because this Auburn team can't find their way at mid-season many of those same talking heads want to hang Chizik out to dry. A sad commentary on the state of Auburn fans, not on Auburn football.

 The definition of static in today's digital world? Too much inter-web buzz about who the next coach at Auburn will be.


Auburn Highlights vs. Ole Miss

Saturday, October 13, 2012

 Auburn was short handed against the Ole Miss Rebels. Starting center Reese Dismukes, and starters Dee Ford (DE) and Chris Davis (DB) did not make the trip to Oxford, MS with the team.

 We have several videos from and Aaron Brenner of to share with you. Follow up and some analysis will along in a couple days when the pain goes away.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Points of Interest: Ole Miss

 If you came here for a tourist guide of "The Grove', I am sorry to disappoint you, this is not where to find that information. rather, this is a list of points I hope to see this Auburn football team create in what I hope is a victory against the Rebel Black Bears.

 First and foremost, we have been promised a downhill running game since January. Where is it? Auburn must run the ball successfully against Ole Miss if the first SEC win of the season for Auburn is to come about in Oxford, MS this weekend.

  If we find ourselves in second and two during the early stages of the game, Auburn needs to run inside, and create first downs. "Keep Drives Alive" should be the motto here. First down after first down keeps the ball going forward, and the Ole Miss offense getting cold feet on the sidelines.

 Secondly, Auburn's offense must find a way to control the clock. See above. With the Auburn offense on the field, the Ole Miss offense won't be wearing out the defense of our beloved Tigers. This keeps the chances, I can't believe I have to type this, of pulling off an upset more in the probability range, than say, no chance at all.

 The next point of emphasis is that this young team needs to play with enthusiasm, and effectiveness. Execute the plays, and most importantly, play as a team. we as fans should push this point hard, and show our unwavering support for our gallant warriors of the gridiron.

 Lastly, the Auburn coaching staff must call the best possible plays to ensure the chances of all of the above points to be carried out. Gone hopefully is the three wide set on second and short, and more inside run plays, along with an occasional screen pass or play action pass play.

 Make all the snap counts on the first drive on the first "hike" called out by the QB, whoever that will be, and keep the game plan simple for our young Tigers. If we see these things come to fruition, then we will leave Oxford with some confidence, and more importantly a victory!


Kiehl Frazier in the Trenches

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Passion of Sammie

 Earlier this week Sammie Coates called out some of his Senior team mates, questioning their leadership and desire to win. here is an excerpt from his statement.

"We don't have leadership," said Coates. "Everybody talks about wanting to win, but nobody is showing how they want to win."

This was taken from an article on by Charles Goldberg

 Whenever a team mate calls out the team leaders, its usually to get everyone's attention that he is tired of and frustrated about, losing. Nobody likes to lose, and especially the way Auburn has found ways to lose this season.

 Up until the Arkansas game, Auburn has led scoring average in all of the first three quarters of the games it has played this season. The fourth quarter has proven to be the Achilles heel.

 Too much has been made of the quarterback change last Saturday. Coach Chizik was looking for someone to spark an inept offense, that quite frankly has been very inconsistent all season long. That spark was not found against the defensive unit the Hogs put on the field Saturday.

 The question remains about Sammie Coates and his frustration. Is this team floundering because no one will take charge on the field on Saturdays? Tough questions deserve tough answers, so I'll try my stab at it.

 I guarantee that someone has to take charge of the Auburn offense on Saturdays, and that someone has to be a QB. Like it or not, if you are the man in the huddle calling the plays, and you are in charge of reading the defense to change some of those play calls, then by God you better be in complete charge of that team on the field.

 Frazier, Moseley, or Wallace each have to pump up their offensive line to bust someone's ass, and have everybody's attention of the snap count. All of this is on the quarterbacks. No. One. Else!

 Auburn must get better. It's a plain and simple statement, but one that has more and more urgency. Here is to hoping that comes about, before it's too late.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Later, Than Usual

 My apologies to everyone for the late post game chat. I was out of town at a car show, and watched the game with some friends. I was embarrassed to say the least, as most of you are at how unprepared we looked at times.

 As usual we have to question the play calling/decision making by Coach Loeffler, and wonder what could have been. The continuing saga, of why doesn't Auburn run the ball more, and where is the power football we were promised in January of this year, has been more than difficult to endure.

 I love watching Auburn football. I could sit and listen to Rod Bramblett call AU football games 365 days a year. There is nothing more enjoyable or inspiring than to step into Jordan-Hare stadium on a fall Saturday. Many of you know these feelings, and most of you agree with what I am saying. Last Saturday had ZERO fun in it for us fans, and made me more than a little queasy to watch the utter humiliation our team suffered at the hands of Arkansas. 

 Most of you know that I will not bash on players, and that will always be the case. Coaches on the other hand, they are fair game. Our coaching staff offensively is not getting the job done. The young offensive line is playing just like a young offensive line will do, very inconsistent. 

 When I see our QB's continually throwing terrible passes missing wide open receivers, I have to question their development, and their willingness to achieve sound fundamentals. Auburn quarterbacks are not playing good football right now. The lone exception is young Jonathan Wallace. I would hate to see him thrust into the game, with all else that is wrong offensively. It might just ruin him.

 Here is to hoping that our beloved Tigers can find a way to get together, and win a SEC game against Ole Miss. If not, we may not see another win until Homecoming. Shudder the thought. 

 No matter what we are faced with though, I will continue to support our players, offer up prayers for them and their families, and hope that this coaching staff can pull it together and turn things around quickly!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Video Plus

 Auburn athletics has aired segments of "Auburn Football Everyday", the award winning show that goes inside Auburn University football, on the Auburn Athletics channel, which is on YouTube.

 Thankfully we are able to share some of those segments with you here.

This piece is called Inside the Trenches with Jeff Whitaker. Enjoy.

These videos are provided by Auburn 247 Sports.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Preparing for Arkansas: Interviews

Here are some videos from

 The first one is from Coach Loeffler as he discusses the situation and steps of improvement of Kiehl Frazier, along with others.

 This video is with Sammie Coates a Wide Receiver who talks about his one dropped ball against LSU.

  Here, Cody Parkey talks about how he works to reach, and maintain perfection on the football field.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kiehl Frazier Set to Improve

 Auburn fans everywhere are questioning the continued support of Kiehl Frazier by Coach Chizik and his staff. As we have stated here, Frazier may be the only hope at QB for the Tigers this season.

 Regardless, Frazier knows he can step up his play, and it seems he is intent on doing just that. Watch the following video, and please feel free to comment below. Just click on the word comment, and a box will appear for you.



 This month of October is as huge as any in recent memory for me. Not just coaching staff, but recruiting and keeping some of these potentially borderline NFL draftees from leaving early. It's also the time of harvest. Farmers and hunters alike flock to the fields to take from God's bounty. 

 Auburn needs to become a hunter. They need to take an attitude of "We are going to a Bowl game, no matter what we have to do". The question is, can they do it?

 Everyone saw just how bare the cupboard became when the Senior class that won the BCS National Championship graduated. Couple that with some untimely departures by some that would be leading this team right now, and you have a situation just like the one Auburn finds its self in.

 Losing seasons affect more than fans and coaches directly. Recruiting is won with winning coaches, or a staff that is rebuilding a team. Very few, if any, see Auburn as having to rebuild a football program, but that is exactly what Gene Chizik is having to do. That makes recruiting that much more important.

 This coaching staff has recruited well, now they must coach well, and continue recruiting well. That is a much easier task when you can make Bowl games, and win championships.

 Coach Chizik must find a way to get Kiehl Frazier more comfortable, and therefore more successful at QB, and keep his offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, from calling plays that keep that offense from being in a hole on second down. 2nd and 8 is better than 2nd and 13 every day of the week, so let's change up the play calling a little, and do what Auburn does best. Just win baby!