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  1. 33 points
    I barely know where to start. If you have followed my posts, you know I grew up in Auburn, daughter of the late Dr. John Freeman, AU botany professor and my sweet mom, an Auburn High biology teacher who still lives there. Daddy was a rabid football fan, and his job, as part of the Lions Club, was to guard the TV tower, so he always got in free. Though AU student tix for football cost only $4 when I was there, guess who couldn't care less about going? RIGHT. But my parents were part of a botany/microbiology department supper club that lived and breathed hoops. I can remember all of the guests coming back to our bedrooms to greet us where we were company-confined, hopefully watching "The Brady Bunch" or if we were really blessed, "The Wizard of Oz" on its reruns. Those were the Sonny Smith years, and his daughter was one year ahead of me in school. Those were also the "Coach Pat Dye" years, with his son one year below me. (You know, these coaches have real kids with real lives and to us, they're just people we know.) Did I care one thing about basketball? NOPE. Elitist I, "college is for academics", thank you. Go ahead and laugh at my transformation. Fast forward to now. No one is more surprised than I at myself and how I have changed over time into a college sports fanatic...pretty much Auburn primarily and whomever plays "the other." It brings me into new memory moments and great conversations with my husband, too. I've followed the ups and the downs of "the sport in spring training" right now, and I'm not going there. (My posts already do.) But several days away from the threshold of the Final Four, I just cannot get this thought out of my mind: "Pearl and the team have abso-blooming-lutely made basketball FUN, fun, fun." They have united our fanbase behind a deserving bunch of never-quitters. The sheer enthusiasm and passion of Coach Pearl has captivated us...especially G.Will Mac, and I am right there with you! They have gone high when others would go low, and they have left sports media with their jaws dropped. They have, by being themselves, taught the bluebloods a thing about humility and perseverance. They HAVE made Auburn University a basketball school, and they have made "the other" insanely jealous that they are not. I guess my memory lane is to say, if any of them read AU Family...thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for giving us something fun and meaningful behind which to rally. Thank you for taking my mind off of other sports (truly). Thank you for being so passionate to let us in to who you are. I truly, truly believe it's YOUR year, and I believe YOU will take it all. But even if not...this run has been more than I could have ever imagined. I don't know these young men personally, but I want to adopt every one. I saw Coach Pearl going into the movie theater on East University Drive a couple of years ago when I took my mom to a movie...AND he autographed my phone when I took it to an early game. He was as intensely marvelous then as he was now. He is his own cheering section, but he'll have the most reluctant on his feet before long...you just can't NOT. Life is short. I believe in leaving it all on the field, the court, the mission field. There is no question in my mind that Coach Pearl is changing lives beyond how to nail a 3-pointer, and it's clear to see why the young men continue to play and pray as they do. I can't EVEN...and I'm glad. What an amazing surprise it all continues to be. Carry on, now...this is the place to pour out your soul... ❤️ P.S. Daddy would have LOVED this. Mama is having a blast.
  2. 23 points
    I want to point out that this wasn’t a simple patella dislocation. This athlete had total dislocation of BOTH knees with tibial fractures. This would be a devastating injury on one knee alone. In addition, with total knee dislocation, there is disruption of the blood flow to the leg. The staff on scene from AU and LSU were amazing, and in effect saved this athlete’s legs from possible amputation (if things had gone unrelieved for too long) with their quick and thorough work on scene through her hospital care. Prayers for her and WDE. Kudos to LSU.
  3. 21 points
    Today was AU-Some! It was everything to see my son’s teammates come out to support he & Ant at the War Eagle Invitational today & it meant even more when I saw the Head Football coach, Gus Malzahn at the meet supporting them. It said a lot & it meant a lot. Coach Malzahn is a genuine guy & is holding true to his word that we spoke about during the recruiting process, which was allowing these 2 sport athletes to 💯% participate in track & field as they wished. They are some important pieces to the Auburn Football program but Coach G stood by his word! It says a lot about him as a head coach especially in the SEC & today I couldnt thank him enough! It gave me chills to see him & hang out with him today because he could have been doing something else with his free time today.... It made me feel like these guys are important to him & his program. This is what makes us a family, this is what its all about! Im proud to be an Auburn Mom #WarEagle🦅 5A1DE61C-9063-4708-8A92-38196CD9B62D.MP4 A3CD231E-FDD0-4AC3-ABB7-57E670EFF951.mov
  4. 20 points
  5. 20 points
    I just want you to know you are in all of our prayers. We could not be more proud of you, and we are all heartbroken to have watched you go down on the court You are a great example as an Auburn man and we appreciate you and your teammates. I know it’s a long shot that you or anyone close to you reads this, but it is definitely worth the thread. Any other posts are welcome, if anything to show him and our team, we all care way more than their skills on the court. War Eagle Chuma!
  6. 19 points
    During spring camp, Coach Gus Malzahn spoke of running the offense at a high tempo and the need to limit substitution. He noted opposing teams were able to counter Auburn’s substitutions with different personnel groupings, which defeated Auburn’s intent of substituting specific players to execute individual plays. One of Malzahn’s goals this spring was to identify players who could play multiple roles on offense to limit substitutions. One of the players who could benefit from this plan is Harold Joiner, a redshirt freshman with plenty of talent. At 6-4, 220 pounds, Joiner was signed as an athlete with the potential to play wide receiver or running back but finds himself in more of an H-Back role in 2019. A-Day Assignments: During this year’s A-Day Game to wrap up spring practice, Harold Joiner moved around on the field to take advantage of his athletic ability. He lined up as a running back 12 times, in the slot eight times and at flanker five times. An additional role he might carry this season is the wildcat quarterback, a formation not executed during the final scrimmage game. His versatility will allow Auburn to play him at multiple facets, which should create mismatches against the opposition. Charles Clay and Mario Fannin Role: During the Malzahn offensive era at Auburn, Gus Malzahn has utilized certain players in a “role” capacity. These are players who are not full-time starters but take enough snaps to make a major contribution to the offense. These “role players” have accounted for nearly 25 percent of Auburn’s impact plays in Malzahn’s offense. While at Tulsa, Gus Malzahn converted Charles Clay, a three-star running back into an H-Back during his freshman season. At 6-3, 222 pounds, Malzahn took advantage of Clay’s skill set to become a significant contributor during the 2007 season. Under Gus Malzahn, Clay ran the football 82 times for 449 yards and caught 107 passes for 1488 yards during 2007 and 2008. Clay finished his Tulsa career with 3455 combined offensive yards and 38 touchdowns. He was later drafted into the NFL as a tight end and entered his ninth season in the NFL this year. When Malzahn arrived at Auburn as the offensive coordinator, he made the same adjustment with Mario Fannin, who had been a part-time starter at running back under Tommy Tuberville. Malzahn converted Fannin into more of an H-Back role during 2009, and 2010 and Fannin finished his last two seasons with 1266 yards and ten touchdowns as a role player. Though Mario Fannin only had 154 offensive touches during his last two seasons, he accounted for 25 impact plays. Harold Joiner 2019: Should Harold Joiner be utilized in the offense, in the same manner, Charles Clay was implemented at Tulsa, Joiner could be one of the leaders in impact plays this season. Clay ran vertical routes as Tulsa’s H-Back, often making plays downfield on seam routes and wheel routes. Malzahn frequently ran his offense with two-back sets, featuring Clay more as a receiver out of the backfield, though he ran the ball like a running back. Auburn showed this look only one time during A-Day, on Joey Gatewood’s first offensive series at quarterback. Malzahn at Tulsa would flood both backs out of the backfield on the same side of the field. The first back (often Charles Clay) would run a seam route and the second back would check down short. This often left one of the backs uncovered, making an easy read for the quarterback to throw to the wide open running back. With the success, Malzahn had with Charles Clay at Tulsa and Mario Fannin at Auburn, it is not a stretch to see him replicating it with Harold Joiner this season.
  7. 19 points
    Hey guys! Just sharing footage from the 4x1 on Saturday.... Auburn is Lane 4.... Schwartz is 2nd leg / Worm is 4th. They won posting a time of 39. 80.... Enjoy #WarEagle 35DFC730-E686-4ABE-AFCF-3E1F4C3D7CCC.mp4
  8. 18 points
    This is exactly what Gus needs while he gets this team sorted out and evaluates his QBs. Honestly, Gus owe's Bruce a solid for taking the spotlight off of football.
  9. 17 points
    If we just had chumma to put on Jerome th this isn't even a game
  10. 16 points
    Each season Auburn like every other program must replace personnel to reload or rebuild from the season before. There is a mixture of returning starters and the arrival of new faces ready to make their contribution to the team. Then there are the returning players, who saw limited action the season before but are moving up to become starters or significant contributors. The 2019 Auburn offense will be a mixture of all three elements and the returning numbers hint to a potentially dangerous and explosive offense. The Numbers: From 2004-2018, Auburn has averaged 94.5 career “impact plays” compiled by returning talent from the season before, returning the following season. (Impact plays being plays of at least 15-yards.) Just the loss of Darius Slayton and Ryan Davis meant the loss of 63-career impact plays combined. How will Auburn reload their offense in 2019 and who will step up to be the future playmakers? The 2004 Auburn Offense: Coming into the 2004 season, Auburn returned personnel responsible for 146 career impact plays. The return of Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Jason Campbell made for an outstanding backfield. The Tigers receiving corps of Devin Aromashodu, Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor and Anthony Mix gave Auburn a diverse passing offense. Added to the mix was a solid offensive line and the offense was prepped for success under new offensive coordinator, Al Borges. Auburn’s offense generated 112 impact plays that season, a significant increase from the 88 compiled during 2003. It was one of the most efficient offenses in the country and a primary reason why Auburn went 13-0 during 2004. The 2005 Auburn Offense: Despite the loss of an All-Conference backfield, the 2005 Auburn offense returned their entire receiving corps from 2004, which was the catalyst for a combined 125 returning impact plays. Auburn had to break in a new starting quarterback (Brandon Cox) and running back (Kenny Irons) that season but they still managed to finish the season ranked as the No. 25 offense in total offense and the No. 18 scoring offense in 2005. Auburn managed to combine their returning starters with new contributors for a very efficient offense. 2006 and 2007 Auburn Offenses: During these two seasons, we witnessed a drop off in offensive production. The 2006 Auburn roster returned only 88 career impact plays, and the 2007 team had only 76. Auburn was unable to match the talent level at the “skill positions” as they accomplished during 2004 and 2005. The reduction in offensive talent resulted in a decrease in offensive production. 2008 Auburn offense: The 2008 Auburn offense was a prime example of coaching and not having a proven commodity at quarterback affecting the production of the offense. New offensive coordinator Tony Franklin was never given the opportunity to mess with his assistants and his offense never honestly got off the ground. He did not make it through the season as Auburn struggled offensively, playing two different quarterbacks. Franklin was never a good fit under Tommy Tuberville and the talent available that season suffered from it. The 2008 Auburn Tigers had 111 combined career impact plays from personnel returning from the previous season. 2009 Auburn offense: The 2009 Auburn offense returned only 70 career impact plays, but Gus Malzahn obtained the most of it, installing his offense as Auburn’s latest offensive coordinator. Chris Todd and Ben Tate produced strong senior campaigns and the emergence of Terrell Zachery, and Darvin Adams was a pleasant surprise for the offense that season. When healthy, Onterio McCalebb proved to be a good change of pace in the backfield. The 2009 Auburn offense finished the season with 120 impact plays, breaking the record of the 2004 Auburn offense. 2010 Auburn offense: The 2010 Auburn offense was a combination of great returning talent combined with a once in a lifetime talent in Cam Newton. Auburn returned 180 career impact plays from their returning personnel and added a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback to produce one of the greatest college football offenses. The 2010 Auburn offense had a veteran offensive line that would pave the way for a record-setting 144 impact plays generated that season. Auburn went undefeated and won the BCS National Championship behind a stellar offense. 2013 Auburn offense: Amazingly, the 2013 Auburn offense returned only 38 career impact plays from the season before. Gus Malzahn in his first season as head coach at Auburn managed to build one of the greatest rushing attacks in Southeastern Conference History. Behind a great offensive line, quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason was brilliant in Auburn’s read-option scheme that flowed in a HUNH philosophy. Auburn produced 136 impact plays that season and were virtually unstoppable after the LSU loss. 2019 Auburn offense: The Tigers return 125 career impact plays from returning personnel, tied for the third most by an Auburn team over the past 16 seasons. The three other Auburn teams with as many returning impact plays combined for a record of 35-3. The key to success for those three teams was the consistent performance from the OL and QB positions. The current word coming out of spring camp is that the starting OL appears to be gelling as a unit, which is good news for the offense. There is a serious competition at the quarterback position between Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood to decide which signal caller will mesh with Auburn’s returning talent. The 2019 Auburn offense will also add the third element of new players and personnel who saw limited action during 2018. The numbers indicate Auburn will reload on offense this season rather than rebuilding. Totals for combined impact plays returning: 2004: 146 2005: 125 2006: 88 2007: 76 2008: 111 2009: 70 2010: 180 2011: 82 2012: 109 (Emory Blake and Onterio McCalebb accounted for 76.) 2013: 38 2014: 119 2015: 64 2016: 34 2017: 75 2018: 75 2019: 125 War Eagle!
  11. 16 points
    It is absolutely true. His name is Don Fuell, a QB from Guntersville. I wrote sports column for the Plainsman in 1957 and hence got to know all the coaches and players. bama was really pissed that they lost Fuell to Auburn. They sent two guys to Fuell's apt. posing as encyclopedia salesmen just to check it all out. I could tell you a lot more details about this deal but will leave it there. But it cemented my dislike for all things bama forever.
  12. 15 points
    As I previously noted, Auburn’s 2019 offense returns the third most impact plays of any Auburn offense from 2004-2018. The previous top-3 offenses with the most returning impact plays combined for a 35-3 record. Here is Auburn top returning talent as it relates to creating plays of at least 15-yards. Seth Williams (WR) 18 Eli Stove (WR) 18 Kam Martin (RB) 18 Will Hastings (WR) 17 JaTarvious Whitlow (RB) 16 Anthony Schwartz (WR) 14 Shaun Shiver (RB) 5 Malik Miller (RB) 5 Sal Cannella (WR-TE) 4 Marquis McClain (WR) 1 Matthew Hill (WR) 1 John Shenker (TE) 1 There is plenty of talent above to field an explosive offense and it doesn’t include… D.J. Williams (RB) Harold Joiner (HB) Bo Nix (QB) Joey Gatewood (QB) Shedrick Jackson (WR) Mark-Antony Richards (RB) Ja’Varrius Johnson (WR) – Expected to become the next Ryan Davis. Jay Jay Wilson (TE) – Transfer The 2010 Auburn offense returned the most “impact plays” with 180 and finished the season with a school record of 144 with the addition of Cam Newton at quarterback. Here is the breakdown of impact plays during the 2010 season and how current personnel might compare. Cam Newton (QB) 32 (These are running and receiving plays, which is a tall challenge for Bo Nix or Joey Gatewood). Darvin Adams (WR) 23 – Seth Williams had 18 on just 26 receptions during 2018. Onterio McCalebb (RB) 19 – Combination of Shaun Shivers and Kam Martin. Michael Dyer (RB) 18 – JaTarvious Whitlow had 16 during 2018. Terrell Zachery (WR) 13 – Anthony Schwartz Emory Blake (WR) 13 – Matthew Hill Mario Fannin (HB) 8 – Harold Joiner Philip Lutzenkirchen (TE) 4 – John Shenker The 2019 Auburn offense has more depth at RB and WR than the 2010 Auburn offense. The roster comparison did not include Eli Stove and Will Hastings who have combined for 35 career impact plays. It did not include running backs D.J. Williams and Mark-Antony Richards or wide receivers Shedrick Jackson, Marquis McClain and Sal Cannella. If the offensive line can continue to improve and remain healthy, this could be a banner year on offense. War Eagle!
  13. 15 points
    When the refs deserve blame, you call them on it. You cannot miss that call with 1.5 seconds left. Sorry. I mean, as long as we're playing "if", if UVA would have hit two more threes it wouldn't have mattered. Games like this are always going to be tight. All you ask for in games like this is to win or lose by what happens with the players on the court, not by the refs failing at their job. We got hosed.
  14. 15 points
  15. 14 points
    What I enjoyed in regards to Nix's performance is when plays broke down or were taken away he continued to try and extend the play through the air and not necessarily scramble. We haven't had a QB be a playmaker through the air in quite some time.
  16. 14 points
    At least "Coach" Barbee got to see it in person.
  17. 13 points
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  20. 13 points
    Hoos fan here. First thing I would like to say is we all have a great respect for the Auburn basketball program and your coach. We know this will be a tough game. Our team plays with no fear, but comes with respect at any team we play. The way your team played with such heart after losing such a great player was one of the greatest things I've seen all season. Our two teams are exactly that, teams. They play as one unit and do it in an efficient manner. Whomever wins this game will have earned there spot in the finals. I will try to address some of what has been mentioned here. The Pack-Line, at its most basic, is exactly as it has been described here. Most seasons prior to this one you are right, we would live and die by the 3 pointer. However, we have the speed to get out on most 3 point shooters. So if a player doesn't shoot it from the hip and quick, chances are we will be in his face with a hand. This is why we have defended the 3 ball so well this season. Edwards, if you go back and watch the condensed game, was putting up bombs, and the Pack-Line isn't made to put players out that deep. If you have five players that can drop bombs like that, then we are in trouble. We hadn't had a hot player like Edwards play against us all season. During the last 1/3 of the regular season we started creating more steals and getting more blocks. That has carried over into the post season and been a huge help to our team. One thing that is different about our team this year is our offense. Every player we put on the floor, minus Jack Salt, can score with the ball. What makes us difficult to defend is our passing and unselfishness. Players with a shot will give it up to players with an easier, more high-precentage shot. Jerome, Guy, and Clark in particular are all very good passers and have broken down other teams defense with their passing. Jerome, Guy, and Hunter will take the majority of our 3 pointers, but Diakite, Clark, Huff, and Key are all capable of hitting from out there. Huff in particular, though he hasn't played much, is a 5 that can hit the three and drive with the ball. Ty can hit bombs much like Edwards and our best three point shooter, Guy, can shoot from his hip and gets his shot of very quick. Clark is our quickest player and makes smart decisions for a freshman. He is our best on ball defender. Diakite has been playing lights out in the tournament. He has really given us a nice inside presence. Hunter is an NBA lottery pick who can play anywhere on the court and drive but has not been as good in the tournament as he was on the season as far as offense goes. He was the ACC Defensive player of the year and has been tough in the tournament. We do like to slow games down through defense, but also offense. On offense we are very patient and usually only take good shots. We are very comfortable late in the shot clock. We run a ton of screen action to get guys open. This year another huge improvement for our team has been points in the paint. We have won that battle more times than we have lost it. That is a huge change from the mid to outside shooting teams that we have been in years past and the mid was always limited. Diakite improving has been a huge part of this. We have also are a much better offensive rebounding team this season than in the past. It is true, we do get back quick but Tony has been leaving some players down to fight for boards. I believe we beat Purdue on the boards. Tony Bennett preaches calmness and this team has bought into that. We aren't usually easily rattled, and even if we get off course, we usually correct that by the end of the game. We don't expect an easy out here. Auburn is a great program with a great team and you are more than worthy of a spot in the final four. Your coach seems like a great guy who is anything but short of classy. I loved seeing the emotion he showed for your injured player. Your team seems to have that close-knit family approach that we have. So win or lose come Saturday, there will be no shame in either of these two teams game. It's going to be a battle to the end.
  21. 13 points
    As a Kentucky fan, let me say that Auburn played a heck of a game today! I feel terrible for Okeke but at least it's something that he will recover from. Still, heartbreaking to have happen to any kid no matter who they play for. For the next week, anyway, I'm a temporary Auburn fan. Good luck the rest of the way!
  22. 12 points
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  24. 12 points
    Competition breeds success. If recruiting is done correctly and at a high level, then you should be bringing in players that are equal to or better than those brought in with prior classes. By doing so, players are put on notice that they will either need to step up or get pushed aside. That fear drives players to find ways to push past and fight through their own perceived barriers and limitations. They miraculously find ways to rise up and really compete with eachother all the while the bs players love to prop up as to why they can't or couldn't just fades away. Healthy programs have youth all over the place battling for PT. The great coaches recognize talent and ability and utilize whomever, regardless of age or seniority. That said, no matter the outcome of position battles, the fight and drive to be the best is infectious and forges the drive, attitudes, and mental toughness that define championship level teams.
  25. 12 points
  26. 12 points
    Me during the final minute
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  28. 11 points
    I agree about being a favorite. To me, one-cut backs make this play even more dangerous. Their ability to get the defenders to flow outside and then stick foot and go generates even more space. Shivers would be a demon running this play.
  29. 11 points
    IMO, the big winner of the spring was Gatewood. 180d turn around for the kid. Gus has a lot of flaws as a coach but the way he handles his kids is not one of these flaws.
  30. 11 points
    i will NEVER put minneapolis behind me and my hatred for sports officials intensifies with every day that passes
  31. 11 points
    MODS: Thread re-title suggestion: Joey Gatewood, but Mostly Not
  32. 11 points
    To me, those that were so hell bent on proving collusion should be equally determined to uncover the truth about this possible breach and do so with the same level of passion and fervor. After all, enforcing the law and protecting our elections and the Democratic process is paramount, right?
  33. 11 points
    Hi 3rd Gen. Thanks, as always, for the kindness. We're doing pretty good. Saw a surgeon at Moffit last week and they confirmed they wouldn't do surgery on me unless it was necessary for me to function. We didn't realize just how rare & aggressive my cancer is until he laid out the study and statistics from the expert on their board. (Not sure why we didn't "get it" before but....) won't go into the negative statistics because they're actually very scary but after a weekend of crying, yelling, gnashing of teeth (plus me taking a long drive to clear my head) we got it all out and after seeing my oncologist yesterday we're back in a good place and feeling the warmth of The Lord's arms around us. My scans are still fantastic and we're seeing a radiation Dr again to see if that might be useful but regardless it's just a matter of keeping my cancer at bay until they can't anymore. It could crop up somewhere else at any time and any place so we're just trusting in The Lord's plan and hoping Jesus has more use for me on earth for more years rather than less 😉. Regardless, we are planning our move to Knoxville over the summer to be with family so we're very excited about that! Just gotta have some garage sales and minimize so the move will be easier (I'm NOT excited about that....I hate garage sales) LOL!! But as long as The Good Lord allows me time I'm SO excited to be able to live somewhere with actual seasons again 😁! Anyway, sorry for the novel. We're just keeping our eyes up to Jesus and trusting in His plan!! God bless! Nathan
  34. 11 points
    Wear the shoes you are used to wearing. Now is not the time to try a different shoe.
  35. 11 points
    IT'S MONDAY MORNING AND I'M STILL HAVEN'T COME DOWN OFF THE HIGH!! FINAL FOUR BABY!!!!
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    Why are you nervous? We have everything to gain and nothing to lose here. If UNC wins, then whatever, they were supposed to. They're UNC basketball for goodness sake. If we win, then the magic ride continues. The way I see it, everything from this point on is all gravy. With that, I still want to kick their ass.
  38. 11 points
    C'mon guy ...grow up.....
  39. 11 points
    Don't think this is the case. I don't know anyone who has been to practice but word is that Nix is running 2nd to Gatewood. Gatewood has been the best, by a bit.
  40. 10 points
    One thing you have to say about Gus is he runs a clean program. You also don't ever have to worry about his own personal conduct embarrassing Auburn. Most of the players he recruits have been a credit to the university and become fine young men. The small minority that don't are dealt with quickly and professionally. He has recruited very good talent to Auburn while going against some tough competitors. He obviously loves Auburn and wants the program to do well. All of those things are very important. Now if he can just get those wins to be 9 or more, instead of those 7s or 8s, that will be good. Edit: A thought about a minimum 9 wins per year. Gus's biggest obstacle in achieving that has been losing the games he never should have lost. We all know which ones those were. That is when those 8s could have very easily become 9s and 10s. He knows that too so I'm hoping he has corrected that trend.
  41. 10 points
    This might be unpopular, but to me, I think Shivers should start over Whitlow. He is much more dynamic and powerful. Also, he has the attitude I want in a RB. I feel he would be the type of back that gets stronger the more you feed him. 7-10 wouldn't even begin to tap his ability. IMO, Whitlow = P. Barber and Shivers = T. Mason. At the time I thought he was a really good hire. I'm way more impressed after the few months he's been at work. He is doing great things in recruiting and has brought in a whole new energy/vibe to the offense. A very personable and contagious attitude and personality. The kids love him. His work with the QBs and their rapid progression is a testament to him as a coach and teacher.
  42. 10 points
    None of them, nor you and I, are standing on the court, six feet away from it with a clear, unobstructed view being paid to catch it. The ref is. And there was another ref on the other side who could see it too. Steven Pearl even said afterward that they saw it and yelled but it was what it was. We put ourselves in position to win. And in fact, we had it. And it was taken, first by a blatant missed non-judgment call and then by a call they had not been making all night that they never should have had the opportunity to even attempt. Bruce as a coach has to take the so-called high road. I get to call a spade a spade - the ref failed at the one thing he is paid to do and cost us a title game shot.
  43. 10 points
    The media, lol. They can vote for whoever they want, it doesn't matter. Coach Pearl is the Coach of the Year, hands down.
  44. 10 points
    For us introverts 2-3 hours of handshaking, small talk, and kissing up to half-strangers leaves you feeling exhausted and ready to zone out for a few hours.
  45. 10 points
    SEC Shorts: Auburn basketball fan visits 2013 from future. This is hilarious.
  46. 10 points
    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/final-four-2019-five-reasons-auburn-will-win-the-ncaa-tournament-championship/ Final Four 2019: Five reasons Auburn will win the NCAA Tournament Championship The Tigers are the hottest team in the nation heading into the Final Four by Dennis Dodd Full disclosure: I've become a Bruce Pearl fan. I hadn't interacted with Auburn's coach in years. But I'm beginning to realize why schools keep hiring him. Yeah, yeah, I know he wins. But he plays the part well. I called him a "jolly rogue" heading into Sunday's Midwest Region final. What I like most about him is that in any discussion about his coaching abilities you have to mention his NCAA issues. If Pearl doesn't like it, he at least tolerates it. His background is part of his brand. But, good golly, can the man coach. Auburn was probably the least likely team to come out of the Midwest Region considering, well, Kentucky, North Carolina and Houston were there too – all higher seeds. Then, Pearl and Auburn had to play the championship game without its best inside force. The Tigers are a team of destiny. Don't be surprised if they win it all. Wait, here's why they will win it all: 1. Jerod Harper and Bryce Brown are the best backcourt in the country: That's not me talking, that's Harper and Brown themselves. Harper brought up the subject on the court Sunday after Midwest title game. Brown then agreed. They might not be wrong. A couple of guys who weren't exactly top-100 prospects are fueling the Tigers. They are the heart and soul, the top two leading scorers and best ball handlers. If Auburn is going to beat Virginia, Harper and Brown must outplay Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome. I suspect they will. To the naked eye, there are no two guards quicker down the court than Harper and Brown. That was important Sunday when Kentucky made the decision to guard the three. Pearl wisely let his guards run to the basket. Harper scored 13 of his 26 points in the overtime. Brown threw in 24. Together, they scored 50 of Auburn's 77 points because they had to. In the tournament Brown is averaging 18.2 points, shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 46.8 percent from the field. Harper is right behind at 17.5 and 6.5 assists. Together, they are accounting for 42 percent of Auburn's points in the tournament. 2. Auburn can play any style: Going into the Kentucky game, there was a lot of talk about tempo. Kentucky was going to keep it a half-court game, which was true. Except that Auburn rebounded from an early 30-20 deficit to take the game into overtime at 60-60. That marked the first time all season the Tigers had scored 60 or less and not lost. They were totally comfortable jamming the lane and playing quality defense against the Wildcats. Auburn will be more than comfortable playing Virginia's half-court style. The Wahoos will have to make shots against Auburn's suddenly formidable defense. 3. Auburn has weathered the loss of Chuma Okeke: So far. Auburn's best frontcourt force blew out his knee Friday. That left the heavy lifting to guys like 6-foot-11 Austin Wiley and 6-7 Anferee McLemore. They gummed up the lane just enough to throw off Kentucky. Chuma Okeke didn't play vs. Kentucky, but his teammates made sure he got to hold the Midwest Regional trophy. USATSI Auburn remains 334th in defensive rebounding (22.3 per game). It is underperforming in the tournament (20.5). There will have to more offensive production against Virginia but if the Cavaliers want to play that style – see Kentucky – Auburn can adapt. 4. The Tigers are a team of destiny: Auburn comes into the tournament as the hottest team. The Tigers have won 12 in a row, on the way winning the SEC Tournament, knocking off those bluebloods and getting to their first Final Four. Sunday was typical of their run -- Auburn was outshot, outrebounded and pummeled in the paint by Kentucky. Didn't matter. Auburn is No. 1 nationally in steal percentage. It is top 10 in percentage of points from beyond the arc. Against Kentucky, the guards got hot late and that was that. This just seems to be Auburn's time. It's not a traditional basketball school but, under Pearl, has put resources into hoops. In this tournament, the Tigers snuck one out by a point against New Mexico State, then blew out Kansas and North Carolina. Auburn isn't going to be intimidated by the moment. Bigger arena, bigger stakes, sure, but Pearl and the Tigers are on a roll. 5. Crank up the Pearl Jam: Auburn's coach is a force of nature, never turning down an interview. His week in Minneapolis is going to be epic. Pearl's presence reminds me of Jim Valvano's invasion of Albuquerque in 1983. Pearl will take over the town, if not the Final Four. Wow, the Sports Illustrated headline from back then, even fits: "How King Rat Became the Big Cheese." That's great for the media but there's something else going on with Pearl right now. He coached Bill Self, Roy Williams and John Calipari off their feet in consecutive games. Pearl was at his best Sunday, playing without Okeke. He correctly assumed Kentucky would go out to the arc to guard the 3-pointer. Auburn ended up tying for its second-fewest threes this season (seven). The Tigers adjusted, shooting 45 percent from inside the arc. Get ready: You've never heard "War Eagle" before this loud at a basketball game.
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