Saturday, March 27, 2010

AU gets third commit for 2011!

The Auburn Tiger football team gained a new member of the family today. Anthony Swain, a highly touted safety from Gadsden City high school in Gadsden, Alabama committed to Auburn becoming the 3rd commitment of the 2011 recruiting class. Swain committed to AU over several SEC offers including AL, TN and KY and was being heavily recruited by several other teams across the Southeast. Swain is 6'2", 215 lbs and has been clocked in the mid 4.5 range in the forty yard dash.

Swain visited AU a few weeks ago with his good friend and teammate Daryl Collins. Both came away with great things to say about AU and Swain walked away with his first offer. He visited Auburn again today for Junior Day and was so impressed with what he saw that he committed before leaving. The Auburn coaches love Swains abilities on the football field and describe him as a player that can run with anybody, but is also known as a player that loves to hit. His ability as a big time hitter rivals any high school linebacker prospect and gives Swain the option to play the safety position or the linebacker position in college. He's being recruited to AU to play safety as it stands today though, and it looks like Auburn got a good one. War Eagle and welcome to the family Anthony Swain!

Here's a nice video after todays practice...

Andy Bitter put together a nice video of Coach Chizik and Cameron Newton following todays practice. Check it out below...

Another Interesting Video In Case You Missed It...

Another video in case you missed it. This video is a little snippet of football practice from the 24th. The coaches aren't letting anybody see much of practice...and for good reason...but at least we get to see a little of Malzahn working with the QB's.

In Case You Missed It...

For those of you who may have missed the actual press conference of the Tony Barbee hire, I found this little jewel to hook you up. Enjoy...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun With PowerPoint....

30 Official Chillvillians!!!!!

There are now 30 Official Cillvillians. I can't thank each and every one of you enough for following and checking up on my little piece of the Auburn world. I hope you all enjoy you're time here and I thank you very much for joining. Please post in the comment section and tell me what you think on any of the posts. I enjoy conversating with all of my Auburn brothers and sisters. As a special gift for the Chillvillians, I give you the article in the news-paper that proves Bo Jackson ran less than a 4.2 forty. This will be usefull the next time some bammer starts spouting off about how fast one of their players are. HaHaHa! Last but certainly not least, War Eagle! War Eagle Forever!




Quote of the Day.

For those of you that have not followed from the beginning, every now and then I will post a "Qoute of the Day". It's just a quote from someone that's either worth noting on said day, or just a quote that I happen to be enjoying on said day.

Todays quote of the day has to come from Auburns new head basketball coach Tony Barbee. It's his week...Might as well give him the "Qoute of the Day"

Tony Barbee at his presser: "The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights."

War Eagle Tony Barbee...That says it all.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Great Background Synopsis on Barbee....

Once again my good friend and owner of AuburnEagle.com Scott Reaves did an outstanding reporting job. In a post on his website, he gives Auburn fans an excellent background on our new basketball coach Tony Barbee. It goes as follows...

Tony Barbee, who has served as head coach at UTEP the past four seasons and was the 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year, has been named the head basketball coach at Auburn University, Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs announced Wednesday.

In Barbee's four years, he led the UTEP program to three consecutive winning records, including a 26-7 mark during the 2009-10 season. The Miners won the Conference USA regular season title and made the NCAA Tournament this season.

Prior to his stint at UTEP, Barbee spent six highly successful seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, where he was considered one of the nation's top recruiters.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tony Barbee into the Auburn Family," Jacobs said. "Coach Barbee has a vision of competing for championships at Auburn, and the passion to get us there. He is a phenomenal coach, an outstanding recruiter and a fierce competitor.

"Coach Barbee also shares Auburn values and is the right man to lead our team and represent Auburn University and the Auburn Family," Jacobs said. "The bottom line is Tony Barbee is a winner. We could not be happier to have him as the new face of Auburn Basketball as we prepare to open a new era in a new arena next season."

Barbee, 38, will be formally introduced as Auburn's 20th head coach on Thursday.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to join the Auburn Family and proud to be the next head coach at Auburn," Barbee said. "We have challenges in front of us, but we also have great opportunities with everything Auburn has to offer-a great university, outstanding community, tremendous fan support, and a terrific new arena and practice facility. The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights."

In just his second season at UTEP, Barbee directed the program to a 19-14 mark, followed by a 23-14 record in 2008-09 while making a postseason appearance.

While at Memphis from 2000-06, the Tigers won 148 games, an average of nearly 25 victories per season. Memphis also made six consecutive postseason tournament appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2003, '04, '06) and three appearances in the NIT (2001, '02, `05). They enjoyed six straight 20-win seasons and earned final Associated Press top-25 rankings on three occasions - fourth in 2006, 19th in 2003, and 24th in 2004.

The Tigers had a banner 2005-06 campaign, posting a 33-4 record while reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Memphis captured Conference USA regular season and tournament crowns.

Memphis claimed a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular season crown and finished first in the league's National Division in 2002 and 2003.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Barbee played for and coached under Kentucky head coach John Calipari. He played for Calipari at Massachusetts before reuniting with him as an assistant coach at Memphis.

He was named the top assistant in Conference USA in Street & Smith's 2005-06 preseason college basketball yearbook. He was also honored by Rivals.com as the No. 3 recruiter in the country while at Memphis. HoopScoop magazine tabbed him as one of the nation's top assistant coaches in 2004.

Memphis produced top-10 recruiting classes in each of Barbee's last six years on staff, including a 2001 group that was rated number one in the country.

Four players coached by Barbee are currently in the NBA-Rodney Carney (Philadelphia 76ers), Joey Dorsey (Sacramento Kings), Chris Douglas-Roberts (New Jersey Nets), and Marcus Camby (Portland Trail Blazers).

Barbee began his coaching career as an assistant at UMass from 1996-98, where he was involved with two NCAA Tournament teams. He joined the Wyoming coaching staff for the 1998-99 season, where the Cowboys finished 18-10 and advanced to the second round of the NIT.

He returned to UMass as an assistant for the 1999-00 campaign. UMass reached the postseason NIT that year.

Barbee worked as a graduate assistant at UMass during the 1995-96 season. The Minutemen finished with a 35-2 mark, advancing to the NCAA Final Four under Calipari.

As a player at Massachusetts, Barbee was instrumental in the Minutemen posting a 91-39 record and earning four straight postseason tournament bids. UMass won back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament titles in 1992 and 1993. Barbee still ranks among the school's all-time leaders in numerous statistical categories, including scoring (1,643 points). He was a second-team All-Atlantic 10 player in 1991 and 1993, and All-Atlantic 10 Freshman team member in 1990.

He helped UMass reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 1992, and the Final Four of the NIT in 1991.

Barbee played professionally in Spain and France after his playing career at UMass.

Barbee earned his B.A. in sports management from UMass in 1993, with a minor in African-American studies. He and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Hayden Alexandra, and son, Andrew Marsh.

To see the original post you can click HERE

AU's letter of agreement with Barbee....

My good friend and owner of AuburnEagle.com, Scott Reaves posted the following to his website. It's Auburn's letter of agreement with new head coach Tony Barbee, which I thought was very interesting.




March 24, 2010

Dear Coach Barbee,

On behalf of Auburn University, I congratulate you on becoming our head
mens basketball coach. This letter is a summary of the agreement we
have reached. Auburn has offered the position of head mens basketball
coach to you, and you have accepted. The basic terms of our agreement
are set forth below, and it is understood that this letter does not
contain all of the terms of the agreement. You and Auburn will enter
into a separate written contract setting forth the entirety of our
agreement as soon as practical.

The basic terms of our agreement are:

1. You will become the head mens basketball coach effective today.

2. You will be paid $1.5 million annually, consisting of a base salary
($225,000) and payments for assignment of your endorsement, radio,
television and internet rights, fundraising and personal appearances
($1,275,000). The term of the agreement will be six years.

3. You will receive two dealer cars through our dealer car program or
two car allowances each equal to five percent of your base salary.

4. In addition to the annual income of $1.5 million, you will be
eligible for academic and performance bonuses on an annual basis.

5. You will be responsible for assembling a coaching staff subject to
approval by Auburn.

6. You will be responsible for operating the mens basketball program in
accordance with Auburn, SEC and NCAA rules and bylaws and within the
budget established by Auburn. One of our primary goals is to have our
student-athletes graduate with an undergraduate degree, and you will
support our student-athletes in their efforts.

7. We will work together in a timely and cooperative manner to agree
upon the remaining terms set forth in the contract to be executed.

8. The terms of the agreement are contingent upon a review of your
background information, NCAA, etc.

I look forward to our future successes together. Welcome to the Auburn
family. God Bless and War Eagle!

Sincerely,
Jay Jacobs
Athletics Director

You can view Scott Reaves's original post HERE

Tony Barbee has his press conference...

New Auburn basketball coach Tony Barbee was officially named the new successor to Jeff lebo Thurday, March 25th. In his press conference, addressing media from across the state, fans could get a small glimps into what a high character and high energy coach he is.

Barbee said, "We're going to go after and attract the best players in the country, that fit with me, that fit with Auburn University and fit the Auburn family,' We're not going to be afraid to go after the best players in the state of Alabama, the southeast region and the best players anywhere in the country. I can't wait to get to work. This is going to be a lot of fun. Let's all get on the train. Let's enjoy the ride."

Barbee continued, "This men's basketball program at the best university in the state of Alabama, making it one of the best basketball programs in this conference. When you do that, you're one of the best basketball programs in the country."

He then turned to Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and said...

"Jay, I won't disappoint you."
 
For a more complete story on the Tony Barbee press conference, as well as a slideshow go HERE and check out Charles Goldbergs report.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Auburn Gets Its Coach!

On Wednesday, Auburn got its coach. Tony Barbee was pin-pointed early on by athletic director Jay Jacobs as a top contender for the head basketball coaching job and a coach Auburn would be lucky to get. Barbee interviewed with Jay Jacobs Tuesday and Wednesday and came away with the job.

As Auburn fans know, AU just spent $90 million plus on a brand new, state of the art arena, fitted with everything imaginable to attract the fan as well as the recruit. To say that Jay Jacobs and other Auburn officials are going to make basketball at Auburn an emphasis would be an understatement. The investments Auburn is making says they want to win championships. In the coaching search, Auburn had to go out and get a coach that could take the Tiger basketball team to the heights Auburn envisions; A coach that can recruit, has experience as a head coach and will bring new life to the program. Tony Barbee has a great chance to be that coach. He fits the description to a tee.

Barbee is 38 years old. He's been the head coach at UTEP for the last three seasons and has done an excellent job there. Under his guidence the UTEP Miners have acquired 14, 19 and 23 wins over the last three seasons respectivly. This year his UTEP team went 26-7, which included an NCAA tournament birth. His UTEP Miners teams got better every year he was there. Barbee coaches an up-tempo style on offense and defense and focuses on an unselfish style of play, moving the ball around alot on the offensive end.

Before Barbee came to UTEP, he was an assistant coach for John Calipari's highly successfull teams at Memphis for six years and played for Calipari at UMASS as well. Not only is Barbee considered one of college basketballs top up and coming young coaches, but he is also known as one of the better recruiters in the country as well. Barbee was recognized as the number 3 overall recruiter in the country while at Memphis by Rivals.com.

Overall, Barbee is just a winner. He's been a winner everywhere he's been. He went to 15 consecutive postseason tournaments as a player and coach from 1992-06. He was with Calipari for 148 wins in six years at Memphis, including an Elite 8 appearance. He took UTEP from the bottom to a 26-7 final season and an NCAA tourny birth. Auburn got the coach they wanted and the coach they needed as well. War Eagle!

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors....

Thank goodness spring football practice starts today. Football practices will hopefully break up the day to day operations of the rumor mill, which is in full swing as Auburn fans try and figure out who will be the next Tiger basketball coach.


The front-runner for the vacant coaching job seemed to be former Kentucky and current Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith. Smith however, has come out in recent days saying he was happy being the Golden Gopher head coach and wasn't leaving.


One of the hotter names circulating and possibly the 2nd choice by Jay Jacobs, if Tubby Smith was indeed the first choice, is Tony Barbee. Barbee has been the head coach at UTEP for the last three seasons and has done an excellent job there. Under his guidence the UTEP Miners have acquired 14, 19 and 23 wins over the last three seasons respectivly. Barbee coaches an up-tempo style on offense and defense and focuses on an unselfish style of play, moving the ball around alot on the offensive end. Before Barbee came to UTEP, he was an assistant coach for John Calipari's highly successfull teams at Memphis and played for Calipari at UMASS as well. Not only is Barbee considered one of college basketballs top up and coming young coaches, but he is also known as one of the better recruiters in the country as well. Barbee is set to interview for the vacant job this week.


Jay Jacobs will also interview North Texas head coach Johnny Jones this week. Jones has accumulated a 150-121 record at North Texas in his nine year tenure there. This season his North Texas team boasted an impressive 24-9 record, which included an NCAA tournament bid. Coach Jones was a seasoned college assistant coach before getting his head coaching job at North Texas. He was an assistant for 13 years at LSU, 3 years at Memphis and one year at Alabama.


Wright State head coach Brad Brownell will also interview for the Auburn job this week. Brownell has been at Wright State for the last 4 years and has compiled a 20 win season each year he's been there. Brownell has also gained a reputation for being a high energy coach who is also a very good recruiter. Before coaching at Wright St., Brownell coached 12 years at UNC-Willmington as either an assistant or head coach. He had accumulated a 147-73 record in his coaching career before this years 20-12 team. Brownell will turn 42 in November.


Another candidate reported to interview for the vacant Auburn job this week is Sam Houston State's Bob Marlin. Marlin is 225-130 in 12 years at Sam Houston State including a 25-8 record this year, which included winning the Southland Conference tournament and an NCAA tournament bid. Marlin has also had six 20 win seasons in his twelve seasons as head coach of the Bearkats. Marlin is heralded at Sam Houston for being their winningest coach in school history, as well as the second winningest coach in Southland Conference history.

Other candidates that have been mentioned and could become contenders for the job are Chuck Person and Mike Anderson, although both look like long-shots as of today.

Spring Practice Starts Today!

The Auburn football team starts spring practice today. The Auburn coaching staff has been eagerly anticipating the start of spring practice so they can begin to replace starters at critical areas on the team. The starting QB (Chris Todd) and the starting RB (Ben Tate) are two key positions the coaches and fans will be watching closely this spring. My good friend and colleague, Scott Reaves of AuburnEagle.com recently wrote a nice preview. You can check out his article HERE. Also, below is a tentative practice schedule for this spring, which by the way is closed to the general public. All times are subject to change.

Spring Practice Dates, (Times - CST)

Wed., March 24th - 9 a.m.

Fri., March 26th - 9 a.m.

Sat., March 27th - 10 a.m.

Mon., March 29th - 9 a.m.

Wed., March 31st - 9 a.m.

Fri., April 2nd - 9 a.m.

Sat., April 3rd - 10 a.m.

Mon., April 5th - 9 a.m.

Wed., April 7th - 9 a.m.

Sat., April 10th - 10 a.m.

Mon., April 12th - 9 a.m.

Wed., April 14th - 9 a.m.

Fri., April 16th - 10 a.m.

Sat., April 17th - 1 p.m. A-Day, Jordan Hare Stadium

Mon., April 19th - 9 a.m.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Major Story Breaking?


Phillip Marshall, the senior writer at Auburn Undercover may be on the verge of breaking a major story in college basketball. According to a recent interview Marshall did with Auburn basketball signee Jalen Steele, Alabama, UGA, UCLA, Miami and Cincinnati have been pursuing Steele since the firing of former head coach Jeff Lebo. If the allegations are true it could be a major NCAA violation. Once a player has signed his or her letter of intent to play for a school, other schools are prohibited from recruiting that player. Steele signed his letter with Auburn in November. Check out the full article HERE

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Auburn's offer list up over 60 and counting....

Much has been said already about Auburns recruiting efforts for the 2011 class. For the first time in a long time, Auburn is recruiting on a national scale instead of focusing mainly on kids in-state and in the nearby surrounding regions of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi. Auburn didn't jump out right away and offer tons of players right out of the shoot. Auburn offered a few players early they felt like would be good fits, but recently they have extended several offers to players they have been closely watching and evaluating. Head Coach Gene Chizik and recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper have been quoted numerous times saying they are looking for the "right fit" for Auburn. Just because a player can play football, does not mean he can play football at Auburn. The official offer list is now up to over 60 players and growing of players they feel can play at Auburn. The coaches have had time now to talk to teachers, guidence couselors, neighbors and parents etc. and have been able to pinpoint several players they believe will be great additions to the Auburn family. Here is the list of those 60 plus prospects Auburn has officially offered as of today....

Quarterbacks
Jeff Driskel - 6'3" - 225 - 4.5 forty - Oviedo, FL (Hagerty) - U.S. Army All-American. May be the top dual-threat QB in high-school football. Some have even compared Jeff to Tim Tebow. Whether Driskel is the next Tebow is yet to be seen. He does however have an amazing arm, can make any throw needed and has more than enough athletic ability and speed to buy time in the pocket. He will commit this summer and most expect it to come down to AU or FL. - Driskel Highlight Video from ESPN

Kiehl Frazier - 6'3" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Springdale, Ark (Shiloh Christian) - Staking his claim to the best dual-threat QB in high-school football is Kiehl Frazier. He put up ridiculous numbers as a junior, throwing for 3,817 yards and 48 TD's. He also ran for 746 yards and added 14 more TD's on the ground. Auburn would love to get Frazier and so would everyone else in the country. Right now he seems to be wide open between his list of suitors, which include AU, ARK, LSU, Miami, N.D. and Michigan. - Frazier Highlight Video

C.J. Uzomah - 6'5" - 235 - 4.7 forty - Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett) - Uzomah is a little more raw than Driskel and Frazier, but he has tons of tools to work with and a lot of upside. He's very smart at the QB position and usually makes a good decision with the ball. He also has very good agility and moves around in the pocket well. He has offers from AU, AL, Clem, TN, UGA and LSU.

Christian Lemay - 6'2" - 200 - 4.5 forty - Matthews, NC (Butler) - Lemay has only narrowed it down to 10. AU is among them, but his offer list is a who's who in college football. Auburn will be fighting FL, UGA, AL, Clemson, TN, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and others for his services. - Lemay Highlight

Michael Brewer - 6'1" - 175 - 4.7 forty - Austin, TX (Lake Travis) - TX Tech Commit. Likes Tuberville alot. Shocker if he switches.

Running Backs

Isaiah Crowell - 5'11" - 190 - 4.4 forty - Columbus, GA (Carver) - Really likes AU and plans to return for a visit for A-Day. Could be AU/UA battle, but Crowell has offers from everybody and is easily one of the top 5 RB's in the class of 2011. He has outstanding speed and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. - Crowell Highlight 

Aaron Green - 5'10" - 180 - 4.4 forty - San Antonio, TX (James Madison) - AU is a long shot as of right now. Green is a lightning fast speed back who might actually be a little faster than his listed 4.4 speed. He has offers from everybody and he's already been to TX who has rolled out the red carpet for him. Auburn's trying to get him to visit, along with everybody else. - Green Highlight 

Demetrius Hart - 5'8" - 190 - 4.4 forty - 275 Bench - 475 Squat - Orlando, FL (Dr. Phillips) - Hart is an explosive player with big time speed. He'll play RB at the college level, but could also be a kick returner for whoever he signs with as well. He says he wants to take all of his visits before he makes a decision, but he does have a top 3 already. AU, AL and FL are his favorites in no particular order. - Hart Highlight 

Mike Blakely - 5'9" - 195 - 4.4 forty - Bradenton, FL (Manatee) - Blakely could be the best RB in the state of Florida this year and is without a doubt one of the best RB's in the country. He loves Clemson, which was the first school to offer him and they've done a great job recruiting him, as he's already developed some relationships there. He also likes Florida a lot right now as well. AU is probably his 3rd team up though and he will visit AU at the end of the month. - Blakely Highlights 

Andrew Buie - 5'9" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian) - AU is a long shot right now as they are not mentioned in his top 5, but the Tigers are trying to get a visit from Buie and have officially offered.

Brent Calloway: 6'1" - 210 - 4.6 forty - Russellville, AL - AL Commit at LB. Probably won't switch unless he changes his mind and wants to play RB.

Wide Receivers

Nickalos Brassell - 6'2" - 175 - Batesville, MS (South Panola) - Brassell will be one of the top WR prospects in the South this year and possibly the country. He was named All-State as a sophomore after leading the state of MS in yards per catch. He says he's wide open but USC and AL probably lead. AU is trying hard to get a visit from him this fall.

Hakeem Flowers 6'2" - 175 - 4.4 forty - Greenville, SC (Wade Hampton) - Flowers is an interesting prospect as he can play WR or DB in college. He probably projects as a WR, but he can play either way. He's also interesting because he has somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 scholarship offers already. His offer list includes every top Division I school and then some. He claims no leaders at this point and is wide open between about 20 teams. - Flowers Highlight

Danny Woodson Jr. - 6'2" - 200 - 4.5 forty - 35 inch Vertical - Mobile, AL (LeFlore) - AU led, then AL (who was his childhood favorite) offered and put extreme pressure on him to commit. He committed to AL and he and his family are happy about it. He probably won't change his mind, but Auburn won't give up on him...and in recruiting, you never know.

Daryl Collins - 6'0" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Gadsden, AL (Gadsden City) - AU is trailing TN and AL right now but the good news for Auburn fans is AU has been on Collins from the beginning and was one of the first to offer. Collins says he likes many things about Auburn, from the coaches, to the city and enviornment. He says he really likes the idea of playing for Trooper Taylor as well.

Tacoi Sumler - 5'8" - 155 - 4.3 forty - 33 Inch Vertical - Miami, FL (Columbus) - It's hard to tell exactly where Sumler will play in college. He could play WR or RB. Most like him at WR because of his unbelievable speed and good hands. He's one of the few players in high school this year who runs a true 4.3 forty. Says he's wide open between 10 teams. - Sumler Highlights

Shamir Jeffery - 6'2" - 195 - 4.6 forty - St. Matthews, SC (Calhoun County) - His brother Alshon signed with South Carolina in February, so the Gamecoacks have an early lead in landing Shamir. AU is trying to get him to visit before he makes his decision.

Javares McRoy - 5'9" - 165 - 4.5 forty - Lakeland, FL - TX Tech Commit. Going with his brother. Shocker if he switches.

Sammy Watkins - 6'1" - 180 - 4.5 forty - Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers) - Watkins is a big time play-maker with good size, speed and agility. Most project Watkins as a WR in college, but his athletic ability could allow him to play both sides of the ball. Watkins will probably not make his decision until closer to signing day. AU is in his top 3.

Tight Ends

Jay Rome - 6'6" - 240 - Valdosta, GA - AU is probably in his top 5, but are behind UGA and FL at the moment. Rome plans on taking all of his visits before he decides and I expect AU to be one of those visits.

Brandon Fulse - 6'4" - 250 - 4.8 forty - Fort Meade, FL - U.S. Army Al-American. Fuse is without a doubt one of the best TE prospects in the country. He actually plays both ways in high school, starring at DE as well and some colleges think he would make a great defensive lineman. AU, as well as several other teams across the country, love his soft hands to go with his outstanding physical strength and athletic ability and believe he will be a great TE. He won't make his decision until close to signing day though, after he takes all of his visits. Auburn should be one of those visits, as his former teammate is Onterio McCalebb who is recruiting him to AU too.

Offensive Linemen

Spencer Region - 6'6" - 330 - Somerville, AL (Cullman) - AU Commit. Grew up an AL fan, but had a falling out with Nick Saban and immediately switched his commitment to AU. - Region Highlights 

Reese Dismukes - 6'3" - 272 - Spanish Fort, AL -  He grew up an Auburn fan, but was planning on announcing his intentions to play for Alabama a couple of weeks ago. That was before his good friend Spencer Region had a falling out with Nick Saban and made the switch to AU. Because of what transpired with Region, Dismukes put his decision on hold. Auburn jumped on the opportunity and has made up a lot of ground with Dismukes over the last couple of weeks. Projected as a true center in college and one of the top OL in the state of Alabama this year, expect Dismukes to land at either AU or AL and as it stands rigt now, AU probably holds a slight lead.

Brey Cook - 6'7" - 315 - 335 Bench - 435 Squat - Springdale, Ark (Har-Ber) - Brey Cook is one of the most sought after players in the country, reguardless of position. He's receiving extreme recruiting pressure everywhere he goes. Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma to name a few, have pulled out all the stops in effort to garner his signature. Cook wants to make a decision as soon as possible and says he may have his decision made by this spring. As to who the lucky school will be is anybody's guess. At this point, Cook is just trying to narrow down his list and go from there. He has been to AU on an unofficial and has an offer from the Tigers, though there is no word on where AU stands.

Watts Dantzler - 6'7" - 315 - 310 Bench - 430 Squat - Dalton, GA - Dantzler is one of the top OL in Georgia and in the country this year. He already holds an impressive offer list from some of the biggest football schools in the south and one of them is from Auburn. Although his offer list has grown to nearly 20, he says he already has a top 5 list of favorites. They include AU, AL, UGA, TN and Vandy in no particular order. Dantzler is an excellent student and will have no problems qualifying. He plans to announce his decision on his birthday, November 16th. - Dantzler Highlights 

Jordan Prestwood - 6'6" - 265 - 4.9 forty - 300 Bench - 450 Squat - Plant City, FL - Prestwood plays TE for his Plant City high-school team but many schools, including Auburn think he'll be an outstanding tackle. Prestwood shows exceptional footwork, lateral movement and athleticism for a guy his size, so it's easy to understand why coach Grimes thinks he could play OL at AU. Prestwood visited AU for junior day and came away impressed with what he saw. However, it will be a tough job to pry him away from his childhood favorite Florida State Seminoles, as they have offered him as well.

Jamar Lewter - 6'7" - 285 - Washington, D.C. (Ballou) - 275 Bench - 330 Squat - Lewter is a player whose stock is continually rising. He's got great feet and agility to go with his huge frame, which has many college coaches hot on his trail. Lewter plans to make his decision sometime in the summer but wants to take all of his visits before he does.

Taylor Doyle - 6'5" - 270 - Austin, TX (Lake Travis) - TX Commit. Shocker if he switches.

Thomas O'Reilly - 6'3" - 315 - Marietta, GA (Pope) - If Watts Dantzler isn't the best OL in Georgia this year, Thomas O'Reilly very well could be. O'Reilly is a big, strong and deceptivly quick OL that already has offers from several big time schools. He says right now his list of favorites are Ga Tech, UGA, FL, AU and AL in no particular order. Auburn expects to see O'Reilly in person this fall for an official visit. He doesn't have a time set for when his announcment will come, but does say he would like to stay closer to home. - O'Reilly Highlight 

Greg Robinson - 6'5" - 296 - 365 Bench - 525 Squat - Thibodaux, LA - Robinson is considered a heavy lean to LSU as it stands right now. He's grown up an LSU fan and believes that's where his heart is at the moment. He does however, want to take his visits before he makes his decision final just to make sure and AU should get a visit.

Antonio Richardson - 6'6" - 310 - 305 Bench - 500 Squat - Nashville, TN (Ensworth) - Richardson is definitly a big time, elite OL prospect. He holds offers from AU, AL, UGA, LSU, TN, OK, USC and others. Most think he'll end up in the SEC somewhere, even though he hasn't named a top 5 yet. He likes SEC football and says he's wide open between the teams that have offered him. He's looking for the right fit for him, will visit several schools this summer and will take his time making his decision.

Christian Westerman - 6'5" - 290 - Chandler, AZ (Hamilton) - 400 Bench - Westerman is arguably the nations top OL prospect for 2011. He has over 25 scholarship offers from every major football program in college football. TX is rumored to be the leader for his services as they have been recruiting him hard for well over a year, but Westerman claims no leaders at this time. He has not yet set a date for his announcement. - Westerman Highlights

Defensive Ends

LaMichael Fanning - 6'6" - 285 - Auburn, AL - Fanning played DE at Calloway high school in Georgia up until last year, when he moved with his mom and transferred to Auburn high. At Auburn High, he's played mostly DT. In college he could play either, as he's big and strong enough to play inside, but quick enough to play outside. He lists his current favorites as AU, AL and UGA, but he won't make his decision until closer to signing day.

Stephon Tuitt - 6'5" - 260 - Monroe, Ga - Tuitt is a speed rusher who can make tons of plays from the DE spot. Some teams that are recruiting him actually like him as a LB because of his speed and think he could thrive there. The two in-state schools, UGA and Ga Tech have been on him hard early, but Auburn has gotten on him recently as well. Auburn expects Tuitt in for a visit sometime in March. Tuitt wants to take some visits before he decides, but would like to have his mind made up this summer.

Xzavier Dickson - 6'3" - 240 - Griffen, GA - Dickson is an interesting prospect. He grew up a Georgia fan, claims AL as his slight leader, but really likes AU and FL too. Expect his decision to come after a fierce recruiting battle that may go until signing day.

Sterling Bailey - 6'5" - 235 - 4.7 forty - Gainesville, GA (East Hall) - Bailey doesn't have a top list of favorite schools at the moment but he's already been to S. Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Clemson. He already liked the hometown UGA Bulldogs before his visit and they certainly didn't hurt themselves when he visited Athens last month. Auburn is throwing their hat in the ring as well and is trying to secure a visit from Bailey before he makes his decision. They've got plenty of time, as he doesn't expect to make a decision any time soon.

Keymiya Harrell - 6'6" - 235 - Plantersville, AL (Dallas County) - AU slightly leads AL, TN and Miss St. Harrell visited the plains in January and liked what he saw, but his recruitment is far from over. He plans on taking all of his visits before making a decision.

Ray Drew - 6'5" - 245 - 4.7 forty - Thomasville, GA (Thomas County Central) - He says at the moment he's favoring playing at either FSU or UGA, but he won't make his decision until closer to signing day so that could change. He does like AU and that gives the Tigers plenty of time to secure a visit and try to do what they can to land his services. Drew has close to 20 offers at this time so look for his recruitment to be intense.

JaBrian Niles - 6'3" - 225 - 4.5 forty - 300 Bench - Mobile, AL (Davidson) - Niles grew up an AU fan and really likes Auburn. He recently picked up an offer from the Tigers to go along with offers from other big time schools such as FL, FSU, Ole Miss and AL. As it stands right now, the Tigers are the odds on favorite to land Niles this February.

Defensive Tackles

Gabe Wright - 6'3" - 275 - 395 Bench - Columbus, GA (Carver) - Wright is one of the top players in high-school this year reguardless of position and as good of a DT as there is. He has offers from everybody, including FSU, UGA, AL and AU. He visited AU on Febrary 25th with his teammate Isiah Crowell and came away with glowing remarks for Auburn. He says he's wide open and AU will be one of his finalists when he makes his decision. - Wright Highlights 

Bo Tillman - 6'6" - 280 - Wesson, MS (Copiah Lincoln C.C.) - Tillman originally signed with Southern Miss out of Franklin County high school in Meadville, MS and was a 4 star DT prospect. However, he failed to qualify and enrolled at Copiah Lincoln C.C. and has been working on his grades there, while prepping for the SEC. Bo Tillman's half brother, Marcus is in his senior year at Ole Miss and his cousin Josh Tillman is a heavy Ole Miss lean. Bo Tillman will probably end up at one of the Mississippi schools or Auburn and have three years to play two.

Kevin McReynolds - 6'2" - 280 - 395 Bench - Washington, D.C. (St. Johns College High) - McReynolds holds offers from several big time schools including LSU, USC, Ohio St. and UNC and others. Recently, he picked up an offer from Auburn and says the idea of playing for Tracy Rocker is very intriguing to him. The Tigers have been recruiting McReynolds very hard as of late and will be one of his finalists when he makes his decision. His decision though, won't come for a while as he plans to take all of his visits first to make sure he makes the right decision. As it stands right now, AU is in good shape with the big DT. - McReynolds Highlight 

Linebackers

Denzel Perryman - 6'0" - 215 - Coral Gables, FL - Perryman is one of the top LB prospects in the country for 2011. In fact, Perryman already holds somewhere around 15 scholarship offers from many of the top programs around the country, including one from AU. He claims to be wide open at this time and will take his visits before announcing his favorite school.

Chris Landrum - 6'2" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Sweet Water, AL - Landrum visited Auburn early in February and picked up an offer from the Tigers. He came away very impressed with the Auburn coaches and said he is seriously considering AU. However, it will be a tough battle with his childhood favorite Alabama, who recently offered Landrum as well. He says he wants to take more visits and take his time with recruiting, but look for the battle for Landrum to be between AU and AL.

Arrington Jenkins - 6'2" - 217 - Miami, FL (Killian) - Jenkins plays DE and OLB for Killian High and he's caught the attention of Auburn, FSU and Ole Miss, who have all offered. A date for Jenkins announcement is not set as of yet and he plans to take his visits before he decides. Auburn will be one of those visits.

Lateek Townsend - 6'2" - 200 - 4.6 forty - Bennettsville, S.C. (Marlboro County) - Townsend stars on both offense and defense for his high school team, playing LB and FB. He projects as a LB in college and he'll have his choice of just about anywhere he wants to go. Lateek has at least 20 offers and claims he's wide open right now, wants to take his visits and find what he feels are the right surroundings for him. Auburn is hoping to get one of those visits.

Terrance Smith - 6'4" - 210 - 4.6 forty - 315 Bench - 425 Squat - Decatur, GA (Southwest Dekalb) - Smith is another highly touted LB prospect that has offers from all the big dogs. Right now he seems to be favoring either AL or FSU, but Auburn is trying to get him to visit and have offered a scholarship. AU will have to make up time quickly though. Smith wants to make his decision early this summer.

Kris Frost - 6'3" - 210 - 4.6 forty - 300 Bench - 385 Squat - Matthews, N.C. (Butler) - Frost is a big time prospect and will without a doubt be one of the top 5 players in North Carolina in 2011. He's already visited Auburn, as well as Virginia Tech, South Carolina, NC State, North Carolina and others. With around 10 offers, he's trying to visit as many schools as he can, so that he makes the right decision. That decision won't come until signing day and as of right now he says every team is equal and he has no leaders.

A.J. Johnson - 6'3" - 225 - 4.6 forty - Gainesville, GA - Johnson committed to TN last summer, but backed out of that verbal commitment when Lane Kiffen left for USC. He has now reopened his commitment and isn't expected to make a decision any time soon. His early list of favorites are TN, Miami and UGA, but AU is working hard to make up ground. - Johnson Highlights

Shannon Brown: AL commit. Probably won't switch.

Chris Sanders: UGA Commit. Shocker if he changes.

Cornerbacks

Jonathan Rose - 6'2" - 170 - 4.5 forty - Leeds, AL - AU leads AL, FSU, UGA and Southern Miss, who have all offered. He's the son of Charles Rose, who played safety for Auburn in the 90's. The younger Rose visited Auburn earlier in Feruary and impressed the Tiger coaches enough to receive an offer. Coaches Chizik and Lolly love his coverage skills and his size and think he could be a great corner for AU. Rose wants to take some visits and make sure he is making the right decision, but it will be a major shocker if he doesn't sign with Auburn.

Josh Turner - 6'0" - 185 - 4.4 forty - Oklahoma City, OK (Millwood) - Turner already has over 20 scholarship offers. He is a two-sport standout and also excells in basketball. So far Turner has been making the rounds in the midwest, seeing schools like TX and OK St. AU recently offered Turner and is trying to make up ground with him. - Turner Highlights

Cameron Martin - 6'2" - 170 - 4.5 forty - Mobile, AL (McGill Toolen) - Martin plays safety for McGill Toolen and has started there since his freshman year. It's unclear at this point exactly what position AU sees Martin playing on the plains, but they believe he has enough speed to play corner and at 6'2" his height would definitly be an asset there. If he doesn't play corner, he should be an excellent prospect at safety.

Derek King - 5'10" - 185 - 4.3 forty - 10.7 100 meter - Brentwood, TN (Brentwood Academy) - Wide open between AU, TN, AL, UGA and Ole Miss where his father played. He says he's got a long way to go before he makes his decision and it won't come until close to signing day.

Safeties

Izauea Lanier - 6'1" - 190 - 4.5 forty - East Mississippi C.C. - 1st AU Commit. Shocker if he changes. Signed with AU in 09 but had to go the Juco route to get his grades up. Now he's back, with 3 years to play 3/

Erique Florence - 6'2" - 180 - 4.4 forty - 235 Bech - 355 Squat - Valley, AL - AU leads AL, FL, LSU, FSU, UGA and Ga Tech who have all offered. Florence may be the top safety in the class of 2011. Erique is a terrific athlete who is a 3 sport star for Valley high school in football, basketball and baseball. His future however, is on the gridiron and his recruitment will be a heated battle. Florence is terrific in coverage and hits like a LB. Auburn was one of the first teams to offer Florence and he's been to AU a couple of times already. He took in the Iron Bowl last year and came away very impressed with the Tigers and the game day atmosphere. He recently stated AU had a slight lead. - Florence Highlights

Anthony Swain - 6'2" - 185 - 4.5 forty - Gadsden, AL (Gadsden City) - Swain visited AU a few weeks ago with his good friend and teammate Daryl Collins. Both came away with great things to say about AU and Swain walked away with his first offer. As it stands right now, AU is in very good shape with Swain and should be there as a finalist when he makes his decision. The Auburn coaches love Swains abilities on the football field and describe him as a player that can run with anybody, but will hit you too. Expect AU to make a very strong run at Swain all the way to the end.

Kadetrix Marcus - 6'0" - 185 - 4.6 forty - 37 Inch Vertical - Powder Springs, GA (Lindale) - Marcus says AU is very high on his early list of favorites and plans to come back to camp at AU. He has great size, decent speed and is known to be a very physical football player as well. He also has very good hands and could actually play WR in college as well. As it stands right now, Auburn looks like the team to beat.

Christion Jones - 6'0" - 185 - 4.5 forty - 335 Bench - 410 Squat - Adamsville, AL (Minor) - Jones has offers from TN, N.D., Ga Tech, Louisville and others but says AU has a strong lead. Jones plans to come back for a visit to the plains during spring practices. He has had nothing but glowing remarks for everything AU and at this point, it would be surprising if he didn't sign with the Tigers in February. - Jones Highlight 

Avery Walls - 5'11" - 185 - 4.5 forty - 31 Inch Vertical - McDonough, GA (Union Grove) - AU is in his top 5 of an impressive offer list that includes over 25 teams. Walls has already visited Auburn once, but should return again this fall. He will be one of the top safety prospects in high school football in 2011. - Walls Highlight

Wayne Lyons - 6'1" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Dillard) - Lyons is a very intense, agressive and physical player in the defensive backfield. He's got good size, speed, and is outstanding delivering the hit. Lyons has the big time football schools knocking down his door, but he's also very smart and even has a scholarship offer from Harvard. - Lyons Highlight 
Below is a list of recruits that are on the bubble of getting an offer. With these guys, Auburn is activly recruiting them and an offer could come at any time.
 
Quaterbacks

Stephen Rivers - 6'6" - 200 - Athens, AL - Rivers already has offers from TN, UCLA, Ariz St., Miss St., NC St. and others. Auburn is watching Rivers closely and could end up offering if some of their other QB prospects decide to go elsewhere, or if Rivers has a big year. If the Tigers do offer, most think they would be in good shape with Rivers, as he would love to play so close to home. He also grew up an Auburn fan, so that doesn't hurt either. Don't be surprised if Rivers gets an offer before signing day is over. Rivers Highlights

Offensive Linemen
Travis Bodenstein - 6'5" - 295 - 315 Bench - Springdale, Ark (Shiloh Christian) - Gus Malzahn offered Bodenstein when he was at Tulsa and even though an official offer hasn't come from Auburn yet, Malzahn has continued to recruit him hard. Bodenstein has been to Auburn several times since then on his own dime and claims to love the place. If Auburn were to offer, I believe they would be the favorite to sign him. Teammates with Kiehl Frazier. Bodenstein Highlights 

Alex Barr - 6'6" - 270 - 260 Bench - 400 Squat - Fayetteville, GA (Starr's Mill) - Barr is a player to watch in 2011. He hasn't received a lot of offers yet but he's being recruited by a lot of big time schools. GA Tech and Maryland have been recruiting him hard as well as AU. Alex likes Auburn and has plans to visit AU before making a decision.

Quincy McKinney - 6'4" - 295 - Columbus, GA (Carver) - McKinney already has offers from FSU, Ga Tech, MD, UNC, S. Carolina and others. Auburn hasn't offered yet but they have been activly recruiting him pretty hard. He hasn't visited Auburn yet, but says AU is in his top 5 along with Ga Tech, UNC, Clemson and Duke. Expect McKinney to visit Auburn sometime before he decides and he very well could receive an offer at any time. McKinney Highlights

Wide Receivers

Joseph Morrow - 6'5" - 200 - 4.5 forty - Ocean Springs, MS - Morrow already has offers from all of the in-state Mississippi schools and is receiving interest from many more. After a visit to Auburn recently though, he says there is no doubt AU is on top. Auburn is recruiting him hard and could offer at any time. If they do, it will only solidify his opinion of AU, but he doesn't plan on making a decision any time soon. He wants to wait and take his visits and make sure he's making the right decision. All signs though, point Morrow to AU on signing day. - Morrow Highlight Video 

 Defensive Ends

Devaunte Sigler - 6'4" - 250 - 4.6 forty - Mobile, AL (B.C. Rain) - Sigler is a DE/LB prospect that is being watched closely by Auburn, AL and others. He recently took a trip to Auburn and said he loved everything about AU. He also says he is really hoping for an offer from Auburn, because he could really see himself playing there. Sigler is planning on coming back to the plains several more times and will be in Auburn for junior day at the end of March.

Kameron Wood - 6'4" - 220 - 4.6 forty - Birmingham, AL (John Carroll) - Kameron has already visited Auburn and says if they offer he'll commit. He loves everything about Auburn, from the academics, to the people and the program. If Auburn doesn't offer, he'll likely get an offer from one of the other schools showing him interest, which includes several SEC schools. I would be shocked if Auburn doesn't offer at some point and Kameron becomes an Auburn Tiger.
Defensive Tackles

Jamichael Payne - 6'1" - 328 - Auburn, AL - Payne grew up an Auburn fan and is basicly jumping up and down for an Auburn offer. He loves Auburn. If he gets an offer, he'll probably commit on the spot. He has made his intentions known to the coaches and they want to see him lose some weight before they offer. If he hits the gym hard, loses the weight and has a good year, he'll get his offer and Auburn will have a massive DT in the middle. He's planning to camp at AU this summer. Payne Highlights

Allan Carson - 6'0" - 325 - Oxford, AL - Carson already has offers from TN and Illinois and he is also receiving lots of recruiting attenton from several other colleges, including Auburn. Auburn hopes to get a visit from him sometime this summer or fall and if he has a good showing at the camps, the Tigers are likely to offer.

LineBackers

Ramik Wilson - 6'4" - 230 - 345 Bench - 455 Squat - Tampa, FL (Jefferson) - Wilson already has some offers from some pretty good schools. Tommy Tuberville and TX Tech have offered, as have UCF, Purdue, Illinois, East Carolina and others. However, Ramik says he loves Auburn and really wants to visit and see the Tigers up close and personal. Ramik stars at Jefferson on both sides of the ball, playing TE as well as LB. He projects as a LB in college because of his relentless pursuit and great hitting ability. Wilson is going to a couple different camps this summer including the Nike Rise Camp. When he does, I expect his name to skyrocket. Ramik's Offensive Highlights 

Jake Howton - 6'2" - 180 - 4.5 forty - Cordova, AL - Howton is a player several SEC schools are watching closely and are on the brink of offering. Auburn is one of those schools and as it stands right now, AU seems to be Howton's favorite. If Howton has a good senior year, there's little doubt he'll end up in the SEC somewhere, and if AU offers they are the odds on favorite. He recently visited AU and says he loved everything about his visit. Howton scores 3 TD's

Maleki Harris - 6'3" - 190 - 4.5 forty - Cordova, AL - Harris has offers from Vandy, Southern Miss and others but could receive one from Auburn. He visited AU recently and said he loved everything about his visit. Harris grew up an AL fan, but they have not shown interest. Since they aren't, Maleki says he could definitly see himself switching hs allegiance to AU. If the Tigers were to offer, they would have to be the front runner. Harris Highlight 

Matthew LeFlore - 6'3" - 215 - 4.6 forty - Cordova, TN - LeFlore doesn't have any offers but he's receiving strong interest from several teams accross the south. He lists his top 3 as AU, TN and Louisville but if Auburn were to offer he'd probably commit. His cousin is Daren Bates, who he is more like brothers with. They would love to play together at Auburn.

Cornerbacks

Dwayne McCalebb -  5'9" - 170 - 4.5 forty - 225 Bench - Fort Meade, FL - Dwayne is the younger brother of AU running-back Onterio. Dwayne hasn't received an offer yet, but says he's being recruited by several big time schools. FSU, AL, TX Tech, UGA, LSU and Auburn are all showing serious interest. Dwayne however, makes no bones about the fact that he really likes AU and wants to play with his brother if he can. While he's waiting on an offer, he plans to visit AU several times during the next year and has already planned trips in the spring and summer.

Jermaine Whitehead - 6'0" - 185 - 4.5 forty - Greenwood, MS (Amanda Elzy High) - Whitehead already has offers from Ole Miss, Miss St., TN  and others and is being recruiting pretty heavy by AU as well. He believes Auburn is getting close to offering and Whitehead is very interested in AU. He's planning a visit in April to check out the Tigers, but he says he's not close to making a decision yet. He probably won't until closer to signing day, after he's taken all his visits.

Safeties

Alex Dixon - 6'1" - 185 - 4.5 forty - Clearwater, FL (Countryside) - FSU, WVU and South Florida have already offered and Auburn is showing strong interest. Auburn hopes to get Dixon to visit sometime this summer and if they offer, will probably be in his top 3 at least. Even though he hasn't seen AU yet, he's had nothing but good things to say about Auburn.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Auburn's future scheldule....

The Decatur Daily put out an article today explaining some of the cash payouts to future Auburn opponents. The article starts....

"Auburn will pay $2.425 million for three of its four non-conference home games in 2010. That sum includes $1 million payouts to Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe as well as $425,000 to Tennessee-Chattanooga. The Tigers will not pay its fourth non-conference opponent, Clemson, because the teams agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for 2010-11."

Read the rest of the article below....
 
Decatur Daily Article

Friday, March 12, 2010

Jeff Lebo is done....

After weeks of rumors about Jeff Lebos future at AU, word finally came down Friday that Auburn will be making a change in basketball coaches for the 2010 season. Auburn finished with a very mediocre record this season at 15-17. A final record probably too tough to swallow for an Auburn team that had 5 seniors. Lebo was 96-93 overall through 6 seasons at Auburn and had a disappointing record of 35-61 in conference play. Four of Lebo's six seasons at AU, he lost in the first round of the SEC tournament. Lebo also never took one of his teams to the NCAA tournament during his 6 year tenure, which is an infamous feat only shared by one other SEC coach since the NCAA expanded the tournament field to 64 teams in 1985. His record during those 6 seasons are as follows....
  • 2004 - 14-17 overall, 4-12 in the SEC
  • 2005 - 12-16 overall, 4-12 in the SEC
  • 2006 - 17-15 overall, 7-9 in the SEC
  • 2007 - 14-16 overall, 4-12 in the SEC
  • 2008 - 24-12 overall, 10-6 in the SEC (NIT Invite)
  • 2009 - 15-17 overall, 6-10 in the SEC
Auburn will have to pay Lebo a $1.5 million buyout of his contract that had 3 years left on it. As to who will replace Lebo, the names that have began to surface as of Friday afternoon, are former Tiger Chuck Person, UAB Head Coach Mike Davis, Missouri Head Coach Mike Anderson, and UTEP Head Coach Tony Barbee.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Story by Andy Bitter....

I was going to write a story about Auburn's embattled basketball coach Jeff Lebo. I was going to write about Lebos chances of returning to coach in the new Auburn Arena next fall, the statistics that would be looked at by Jay Jacobs and basicly the good, bad and ugly of Lebos career. While surfing the net for information, I found Andy Bitter of the Columbus-Ledger Enquirer had already beat me to it....and well...he probably did a better job than I would have done. Ha! It's a really good and informative article and gives a great explanation to what will be happening with our basketball program over the next couple of weeks. You can read the article for yourself below....Oh and for the record, I still think he's retained to coach in the arena at least one year. The problem is, AU fans and ole Double J will want to see improvement. That's going to be tough losing 5 seniors.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2010/03/11/1047097/auburn-basketball-coach-jeff-lebos.html

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thank You to the Chillvillians...

There are now officially 15 Chillvillians! I would like to take this opportunity to show my thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you folks. I can't express enough how much I appreciate you guys following my ramblings. Thank you for joining and showing your support. Please leave me comments on the blog whenever you can and post your opinions. I always appreciate the feedback and my hope is that we will have some great Auburn discussions around here on a regular basis. Again, each and every one of you are very much appreciated. War Eagle!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Recruiters Report Card...

Much has been said about Auburn's top 5 recruiting class in 2010. The Tigers had a top 5 class almost unanimously by all of the "experts" and the players have been dissected. We’ve looked at their weight, their height, their speed and everything in between. Now it’s time to look at the guys who all of those big time players decided to play for. None of those highly touted players would be coming to Auburn if it weren’t for the guys out there selling Auburn on a daily basis.

Among the names of Orgeron, Garner, Harbison, Muschamp, and Thompson are recruiters at Auburn University that can go toe to toe with any of these guys. Rivals named two of Auburn’s assistants as top 25 recruiters. It’s a nice honor, but that’s just the tip of the ice-berg. The Auburn coaching staff, from top to bottom is as good of a group of recruiters as there is in the country. Curtis Luper, Trooper Taylor, Tommy Thigpen and Gus Malzahn have grabbed the headlines and credit for bringing in some of the top players Auburn got and they deserve it. However, the job that was done by Jeff Grimes, Tracy Rocker and Phillip Lolley shouldn’t be overlooked. Neither should Gene Chizik. Chizik has done a phenomenal job recruiting in his own right. But what the Auburn staff have done as that’s different, is change the atmosphere. They have completely changed the feel of the athletic department. There’s a new energy. There’s a new sense that everybody is pulling in the same direction. They’ve changed the culture at AU.


I'm going to pretend I'm qualified and give the coaching staff a Recruiting Report Card, from the Mayor....

Gene Chizik: Oversaw all of the players signed. Lost a few, but got most of the ones he wanted. Has completely changed the culture at Auburn and now AU is recruiting nationally for the first time, maybe in history. Auburn has gotten players through the years from far off states yes, but never on this scale. Not only that, but top to bottom you could argue that this is the most talented and highly rated class in Auburn history. Grade = A+

Trooper Taylor: Oversaw all of the WR's he brought in, plus Shon Coleman, Corey Lemonier, Demetruce McNeal and Joel Bonomolo. Is also pure energy. Highschool players want to play for this guy and he is a recruiting dynamo. Grade = A+

Curtis Luper: (Recruiting Coordinator) Got the #1 RB in the country according to ESPN. Also got the #1 Juco QB in Cam Newton. On top of that he had a big hand in the recruitment of Ed Christian, Trovon Reed and several others. Grade = A+

Tommy Thigpen: Thigpen has found himself as kind of the glue that makes it all stick. He's responsible for having a hand in so many players commitments. He seems to be a guy that likes to try and sell Auburn to anybody who will listen. Among the players he's been given credit for having a hand in are Jake Holland, Chris Davis, Ladarius Owens, Jeremy Richardson, Jonathan Mincy, Chad Slade and others. Grade = A+

Gus Malzahn: Gus is credited with having a hand in bringing in Michael Dyer, Dakota Mosley, Brandon Mosley, Cameron Newton and Ladarius Phillips. His recruitment went further than that though. He sat down with each and every offensive recruit and showed them specifically how they could prosper in his offense. He was instramental in getting Dyer to Auburn which is arguably the biggest signee AU got. He did a phenomenal job and deserves tons of credit. Grade = A+

Ted Roof: Roof did his part as well this year. He helped secure two big time line-backer commits in Jessel Curry and Jawara White. Like Malzahn though, his recruiting went further than that. He sat down and recruited every player AU signed on defense and showed them how they could succeed in what he was trying to do. If he would have been on the road more and responsible for more players, his grade would be higher. Grade = B+

Jeff Grimes: When AU hired Grimes I knew he was a good OL coach, but I had no idea how good of a recruiter he is. He's a fun guy to be around and is great at teaching fundamentals. That's two big selling points for him and he racked up this year. He had a hand in bringing in all of the OL of course, but he also recruited Kenneth carter, Craig Sanders and Jawara White. If you take into account these three guys, plus the #1 OL signing class in America according to Rivals, I don't see how you can't give the guy an...Grade = A+

Jay Boulware: Boulware is Auburn's special teams coordinator and he couldn't have done a better job this year in recruiting his special teams players. Cody Parkey and Steven Clark were the top two kickers on Auburn's board. They were the guys they wanted. Boulware went out and got them both. On top of that, he had a hand in getting Eric Mack to Auburn which was no small feat. Grade = A

Tracy Rocker: All you hear when kids talk about Coach Rocker is how he tells them like it is. He gives them the good and the bad and doesn't sugarcoat anything and they appreciate it. He's also been to the mountain-top as a player and other players respect that. He had a hand in getting the #1 defensive lineman on Auburn's board Jeffery Whitaker, but also was a big help in getting several others to AU. Those include Kenneth Carter, Antonio Goodwin, Shaun Kitchens, Demetruce McNeal and Corey Lemonier. If he hadn't missed out on a couple AU tried to get at the end, his grade would have been perfect.
Grade = A

Phillip Lolley: Lolley was all over the country recruiting for AU. He had a hand in bringing home Joel Bonomolo, Chris Davis, Ryan White, Jonathan Mincy, Justin Delaine, Ladarius Phillips and Demetruce McNeal. He did a really good job and if he would have had a hand in bringing in more of AU's top flight players, his grade would be higher. Grade = B

So you say, "Mayor...that's some pretty high grades. Looking through orange and blue glasses much?" I was in the business world for a long time. More specifically, an office setting where I was a manager. I cannot understate the difficulty managers, coaches or leaders of any kind have in trying to change the culture of a bad situation. What Gene Chizik and his staff have done is nothing short of miraculous and they've changed the entire culture at Auburn in less than two years. That's the reason these guys deserve such high grades in my opinion. It's the big picture....And they are doing everything in their power to take Auburn to the top.

Pro Day at Auburn...


Today Auburn will host scouts from a number of NFL teams. Six Auburn football players (including Ben Tate above) will get a chance to showcase their talents to those scouts and hopefully help their draft rating. Click below for the article I wrote today for AuburnEagle.com.

http://www.wareagleauburn.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=378:six-tigers-show-their-skills-today&catid=36:auburn-football

Sunday, March 7, 2010

An Early Look at the Offense....

The 2010 version of the Auburn offense should be just as good, if not better than the 2009 offense that finished 16th overall in total offense. There are of course, two big sets of shoes to fill. Ben Tate takes his 1,362 yards and 10 TDs to the NFL. Chris Todd, the often criticized Auburn QB is gone as well and takes his 145.73 QB rating, 2,612 yards and 22 TDs with him.

Other than those two spots though, Auburn is returning just about everybody. The offensive line should be the strength of the offense as they return 4 of 5 starters, all of which will be seniors in 2010. The receivers which should be loaded with talent and depth, will be a strength of the team as well and will help out whoever the QB is this fall tremendously. The odds-on favorite to replace Chris Todd as Auburns signal caller in 2010 is highly touted Cameron Newton. "Cam" is big (250 lbs), he's got a rocket for an arm and he's incredibly fast for a QB. When he gets in trouble, or when a play breaks down he can do tons of damage to defenses with his running ability. If he doesn't win the job, the likely starter will be Neil Caudle. Caudle is a senior who came in second to Todd in last years QB race and he is the ultimate team player.

At the running back spot, one of two things will happen in my opinion. Either "Super" Mario Fannin will finally put it all together and have an unbelievable year....OR...it will be running by committee. Gus Malzahn and Gene Chizik have both stated to the media that Fannin has been moved to RB from the HB position and they think he can carry the load for the Tigers this year. Either way, with Auburns veteran offensive line, the running backs should be able to equal last years total of 2,756 yards. The opinion of this blogger is that Fannin will have a good year, probably over 1000 yards, but the freshman pheonom Michael Dyer will be hard to keep off the field. By mid season he should be getting several touches and Onterio McCalebb should be getting several as well. So, let's take a look at what Auburns offensive depth chart could look like in 2010. (Warning: It's still early and this is an opinion)

  • QB - Cam Newton/Neil Caudle/Clint Moseley or Barrett Trotter
  • RB - Mario Fannin/Onterio McCalebb or Michael Dyer
  • HB - Eric Smith/Dontae Aycock/Trovon Reed/Antonio Goodwin
  • Z WR - Darvin Adams/Kodi Burns/Quindarius Carr/Trovon Reed/Shaun Kitchens
  • X WR - Terrell Zachery/Deangelo Benton/Emory Blake/Antonio Goodwin/Travante Stallworth
  • TE - Philip Lutzenkirchen/Jay Wisner/Dakota Mosley
  • LT - Lee Ziemba/A.J. Green/Jared Cooper
  • LG - Byron Isom/Eric Mack/Joel Bostrom/Chris Slade
  • C - Ryan Pugh/Bart Eddins/Bailey Woods
  • RG - Mike Berry/John Sullen/Andre Harris
  • RT - Roszell Gayden/Shon Coleman/Vance Smith/Ed Christian
* Wildcate QB - Kodi Burns/Dontae Aycock/Trovon Reed

Friday, March 5, 2010

Auburn is better than Alabama. It's a fact...

Well, the 2000's decade is over and let's face it...Auburn compares itself to Alabama and Alabama compares itself to Auburn. Both teams hate each other and both teams want to be better than each other. As Auburn fans, we want to beat Alabama in womens basketball, soccer, softball, baseball, chess and anything else we play them in. Football though, is King. Auburn fans want to beat Alabama in football more than anything else and we also want our football program to be better than theirs. Anyone who says otherwise, according to Jim Fyffe and yours truely for that matter, "Isn't to be trusted."

So, I decided to take a look at what happened in the decade of the 2000's and try and figure out just who was the state of Alabama's team of the decade.

The first stat that I thought would be the most telling would be plain and simple:
Overall Record
Auburn was 88-39 from 2000-2009 which comes out to a 69% winning percentage.
Alabama was 79-48 from 2000-2009 which comes out to a 62% winning percentage.

The next stat should obviously be:
Head to Head match-ups
Auburn beat Alabama in 2000, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 and 07 winning 7 out of 10 games in the decade.

But let's dig further....
Conference Record
Auburn went 52-28 in the SEC during the last decade.
Alabama went 46-34.

Non-Conference Record
Auburn went 36-11 outside of the SEC
Alabama went 33-14.

Bowl Record
Auburn did well in bowls going 6-3.
Alabama went 4-3.

Record Against Non-BCS Opponents
Auburn dominated Non-BCS Opponents running a perfect 25-0 record.
Alabama went 25-6

Numbers don't lie. Yes Alabama, you may have won yourself another mythical national championship, but Auburn is the state of Alabama's team of the decade. In the decade of the 2000's Auburn was better than Alabama....It's a fact.

AU Basketball Commit shows heart....

A lot of guys can run. A lot of guys can jump. A lot of guys can dunk and shoot and pass...But what seperates the good players from the great ones is heart. 2010 AU basketball signee Jalen Steele has proven he has heart, rarely seen in any level of sport. The 6'3" Steele had to be rushed to the emergency room Thursday afternoon for IVs, after suffering severe flu-like symptoms. That night, he was expected to lead his team in the AA Championship game. Lead them he did, scoring 46 points and taking player of the game honors in leading his team to an 86-80 victory. David Link has the full story below...

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/mar/04/steele-shines-with-46-points/

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Beard Eaves Memorial Coliseum Fun Facts...

Beard Eaves Memorial Coliseum saw it's last game on Wednesday night. The Auburn men's basketball team defeated Mississippi St. 89 - 80 in front of almost 10,000 fans. It was a nice farewell for Beard Eaves and a nice farewell to six seniors on the basketball team. They finished with a less than stellar year, but did pull to even overall on the season with a 15-15 record and 6-9 in the SEC. To the basketball teams credit, they fought hard in Bread Eaves' last game and Coach Lebo coached one of his best games of the year. The coliseum has seen many ups and downs in its 42 year history. I thought it would be fun to look at some highlights of our old Coliseum....

  • First game was against Pete Maravich and LSU. AU won 90-71
  • In that first game "Pistol" Pete scored 46 points, which would end up being the most points an opposing player would ever score against AU.
  • The famous Harlem Globetrotters played there many times.
  • In 1969, the Chicago Bulls played the Atlanta Hawks in a regular season game at BEMC.
  • In 1970, John Mengelt scored 60 points against Alabama, which was the BEMC record for most points scored in a game.
  • In 1974, the AU women played their first basketball game. They beat Alabama 69-31
  •  The coliseum was named for Coach Joel Eaves, who led Auburn to their first SEC championship in mens basketball. It's also named for Jeff Beard, one-time Auburn athletic director from 1951-1972.
  • In 1984 Auburn beat #1 Kentucky 82-63, which was the first time the Auburn men had beaten a #1 ranked opponent.
  • In 1989 the Auburn womens team beat #1 Tennessee, which was the first time the AU women had beaten a #1 ranked opponent.
  • In 1969 the Rolling Stones played two shows at BEMC
  • In 1972 BEMC hosted the Allmond Brothers Band, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, The Supremes, Issac Hayes and Rod Stewart.
  • In 1973 Elton John payed at the coliseum as well as Santana and Crosby, Steels and Nash.
  • The rock-a-thon continued in 1974 with The Beach Brothers returning, The Doobie Brothers and "The King" Elvis Presley.
  • Other musical acts that came to Beard Eaves through the years were names such as The Oak Ridge Boys, The Commodores, Olivia Newton John, Neil Diamond, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter, Barbara Mandrell and The Statler Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Denver, Chicago, The Eagles, Charlie Daniels, Heart, Jimmy Buffett, REM and many others.
  • President Gerald Ford spoke at Beard Eaves in 1982.
  • Bob Hope also brought his comedy act to BEMC in 1974.
  • Beard Eaves was home to other comedy acts as well, including Dana Carvey in 1988 and George Carlin in 1989.
  • BEMC was a stop on Tina Turners tour in 1985.
  • The most points an Auburn team ever scored in BEMC came in 1991, when AU beat Troy 141-116.
  • In 1993 the Auburn women played their first game on ESPN. They beat Alabama like a drum 93 - 67.
  • In 1998 the Auburn mens team set two records against rival Alabama. First, they beat them 94 - 40 which was Alabamas worst loss in school history. Second, they set a record for the largest margin of victory against an SEC team.
  • The 1999 Auburn men did not lose a game at home in BEMC. They went 15-0.
  • BEMC had several jerseys hanging from the rafters. They included Rex Frederick (57-59), John Mengelt (69-71), Charles Barkley (82-84), Chuck Peron (83-86), Wesley Person (91-94), Vickie Orr (85-89), Ruthie Bolton (85-89), Carolyn Bolton (88-91)
You can see extended Timelines at the Dothan Eagle here...http://www2.dothaneagle.com/dea/sports/college/auburn/article/beard-eaves-memorial_coliseum_timeline/135222/

Or in the Montgomery Advertiser here....http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100303/SPORTS0402/3030382

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AU Baseball getting in full swing...

The Auburn baseball Tigers are getting into full swing. Coach John Pawlowski is hoping his second year at AU is better than his first. Last year the Tigers slipped off some, missing the SEC tournament and finishing with a 31-25 record. This years baseball Tigers are 4-2 so far on the season and play their next game tonight, against Davidson. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 CST at Plainsman Park. Below is Auburn's baseball schedule for the season....

  • 2/19/10 - vs SEMO @ Auburn - SEMO - 13, AU - 8 = Loss
  • 2/20/10 - vs SEMO @ Auburn - AU - 9, SEMO - 8 = WIN
  • 2/21/10 - vs SEMO @ Auburn - AU - 6, SEMO - 1 = WIN
  • 2/26/10 - vs Boston College @ Auburn - AU - 6, BC - 5 = WIN
  • 2/27/10 - vs Missouri @ Auburn - Mizzo - 11, AU - 7 = Loss
  • 2/28/10 - vs Florida Atlantic @ Auburn - AU - 17, FAU - 4 = WIN
  • 3/2/10 - vs Davidson @ Auburn - AU - 7, Davidson - 6 = WIN
  • 3/3/10 - vs Davidson @ Auburn - AU - 7, Davidson - 6 = WIN
  • 3/5/10 - vs Miami (OH) @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 3/6/10 - vs Miami (OH) @ Auburn - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 3/7/10 - vs Miami (OH) @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 3/9/10 - vs Alabama @ Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery - 7 p.m. CST
  • 3/10/10 - vs Appalachian St. @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 3/12/10 - vs Arizona St. @ Tempe, AZ - 6:30 p.m. MT
  • 3/13/10 - vs Arizona St. @ Tempe, AZ - 6:30 p.m. MT
  • 3/14/10 - vs Arizona St. @ Tempe, AZ - 1:00 p.m. MT
  • 3/16/10 - vs Alabama A&M @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 3/17/10 - vs Alabama A&M @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 3/19/10 - vs UGA @ Athens, GA - 6:30 p.m. EST
  • 3/20/10 - vs UGA @ Athens, GA - 6:30 p.m. EST
  • 3/21/10 - vs UGA @ Athens, GA - 2:00 p.m. EST
  • 3/23/10 - vs Samford @ Birmingham, AL - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • 3/26/10 - vs S. Carolina @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 3/27/10 - vs S. Carolina @ Auburn - 12:00 p.m. CST
  • 3/28/10 - vs S. Carolina @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 3/31/10 - vs Troy @ Troy, AL - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/2/10 - vs Alabama @ Tuscaloosa, AL - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/3/10 - vs Alabama @ Tuscaloosa, AL - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/4/10 - vs Alabama @ Tuscaloosa, AL - 2:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/6/10 - vs Georgia St. @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/7/10 - vs South Alabama @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/9/10 - vs LSU @ Auburn - 7:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/10/10 - vs LSU @ Auburn - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/11/10 - vs LSU @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/16/10 - vs Vandy @ Nashville, TN - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/17/10 - vs Vandy @ Nashville, TN - 2:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/18/10 - vs Vandy @ Nashville, TN - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/20/10 - vs Troy @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/23/10 - vs Kentucky @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/24/10 - vs Kentucky @ Auburn - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/25/10 - vs Kentucky @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 4/27/10 - vs Samford @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 4/30/10 - vs Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark. - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/1/10 - vs Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark. - 2:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/2/10 - vs Arkansas @ Fayetteville, Ark. - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/7/10 - vs Mississippi St. @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/8/10 - vs Mississippi St. @ Auburn - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/9/10 - vs Mississippi St. @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/11/10 - vs South Alabama @ Mobile - 6:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/14/10 - vs Tennessee @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/15/10 - vs Tennessee @ Auburn - 3:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/16/10 - vs Tennessee @ Auburn - 1:00 p.m. CST
  • 5/18/10 - vs Jacksonville St. @ Auburn - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/20/10 - vs Ole Miss @ Oxford, MS - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/21/10 - vs Ole Miss @ Oxford, MS - 6:30 p.m. CST
  • 5/22/10 - vs Ole Miss @ Oxford, MS - 6:30 p.m. CST