Jump to content
Null

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 06/22/2022 in all areas

  1. I agree with this. At the same time, the excuses for AU are on thin ice with me. For instance, we complained for years that we needed a football only facility to compete. Now we’ve invested close to $100 million on one and it suddenly doesn’t matter. We say we need to win, but get virtually no bump when we do. Now it’s the NIL. Our staff needs to do their jobs and close.
    12 points
  2. Tap the brakes buddy... Please insert the disclaimer by the investment companies here: the one that reminds everyone that past performance does not indicate future returns.... Auburn's roster was full of empty jerseys - players who were not going to make an impact on the field at Auburn or any SEC program. I am not going to do the research, but outside of Tank, look at the RB room (one SEC back), WR room (one SEC receiver) and of course our lack of OL recruiting and depth are still hurting us today. Look at where our transfers went (SEC programs?) and the impact made and were any drafted. No... Harsin didn't inherit a program with a strong roster or even one that was full of SEC - East talent. Before you go crazy - why is Vegas and all the pundits picking Auburn to win 6 or 7 games this year? And Vegas wins - A LOT. If we had a full roster, we would have not dumped 5 games last year, down the stretch. Starters were beat down and we had no depth. Case in point: Our number #2 QB that the old staff was using couldn't even make the 3 deep at UCF this spring, after getting 'coached up' at UK last year. Think about that - he was our #2 and now can't make the 3 deep at UCF by the same coach who recruited him twice and insisted he was our #2 AT AUBURN! I Love the old HC (for how he represented), but he wasn't great at evaluating talent. What's the line from the movie, A Few Good Men? Kevin Bacon said them, "Those are the facts of this case and they are indisputable." Something like that. We agreed on a lot this past week, but not on this one.
    11 points
  3. A coach’s 2nd/3rd recruiting classes at a top tier SEC school should almost always be top 10 or better classes. Coaches have hopium and vision to sell without being tied down by a negative track record. It typically doesn’t get easier. If you’re waiting on a dynamic 2022 season to save Harsin’s recruiting then you’ll be very disappointed. Whiffing as badly as we’ve done on a deep and talented state class is troubling. It’s almost like no matter what he does the kids refuse to commit. I think he’s a dead man walking already.
    10 points
  4. bird has never taken a break in the 14 years I've known him......until now there are many reasons. I can tell you he is in San Padre Island, atm, with the family.
    10 points
  5. Agreed at some point we just have to put up or shut up. I have said this previously but sometimes I'm not sure it fans expectations align with the PTB. Our fans want to be what Alabama and Georgia currently are. Those in charge seem mostly fine with 8-4 and occasional big years. The Football Facility is a step in the right direction but it's at least five years late. It's now just the normal (even if it's better most big programs are at least comparable). NIL is now the big thing (and will be for the foreseeable future). We are yet again behind the curve. Not one player on our team has signed an NIL deal that has been big news. That's a problem. Now we're looking at bidding wars and taking the high ground. Recruits walk in to Auburn and hear about hard work and earning everything. Then they walk into Tennessee and hear how much they can get paid before every touching a practice field. I hate what they have let NIL become. This was everyone's worst fears come true. It should not be a recruiting tool but it is. Now college is a professional sport with no salary cap, no tampering rules, and a highly disfunctional transfer portal. College sports are quickly becoming harder and harder for me to be interested in at the moment. Bruce Pearl couldn't even get the kid he wanted because Tennessee was willing to drop $2m on him and we weren't.
    9 points
  6. It's a big deal for the simple fact of perception. Without a strong QB commitment, you are missing the most important leader for your recruiting class. That is why schools always want to lock down their QB as early as possible in the recruiting cycle. WR recruits want to go somewhere wherein you can sell the QB throwing them the ball. OL recruits want to play in an offense that will allow them to shine - hence they are also attracted to schools that can sell an elite QB recruit. And then RB's want to play in an offense that has OL recruits. So it's all interconnected. Your QB recruit is the most important because they champion the confidence in the entire offense/HC. If you can convince a 5-star QB to sign with your school, then that coach will be perceived to know what he is doing. When you struggle to land a QB, the perception is bad because it personifies poor confidence....and poor confidence lingers and radiates.
    9 points
  7. Thank you for keeping us in the fight with you! It was an inspiring season and we are thankful for it. War Eagle!
    9 points
  8. Auburn Commits: 4* IOL Bradyn Joiner - solid 4* S Terrance Love - solid Auburn Leads: 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb - 90% confidence 4* WR Karmello English - 90% confidence 4* WR Khai Prean - 75% confidence 4* TE Jelani Thurman - 55% confidence 4* OT/IOL DJ Chester - 65% confidence 3* IOL RyQueze McElderry (UGA commit) - 55% confidence 4* DL/Edge Keldric Faulk - 85% confidence 3* DL Joshua Horton - 70% 4* LB Lewis Carter - 65% NR Jacorious Hart - 70% Auburn Has a Legitimate Chance 4* QB Brock Glenn - competing with Ohio State, FSU, and Georgia 4* RB Roderick Robinson II - though he's committed to UCLA we're right there 3* WR Lamar Seymore - battling with Pitt and UCF (depends how bad we want him) 4* OT Bo Hughley - between us and UGA where he is committed 4* Stanton Ramil - Auburn vs Tennessee with UT having the edge right now 3* Connor Lew - we might have a slight lead but UGA and Clemson are pushing hard 5* DL James Smith - believe it or not we're in consideration. Likely behind but not out. 4* DL Daevin Hobbs - hometown UNC leads but we're closing the gap 4* DL Rueben Bain - hometown Miami is the favorite but he keeps visiting AU 4* DL Darron Reed - if we win games we have a chance 4* DL Wilky Denaud - I think we might lead but FSU and Tenn got in earlier 5* ER Jaquavious Russaw - believe it or not we have a chance especially if we win games 4* ER Gabriel Harris (UGA commit) - really likes the early playing time idea 4* Jaiden Ausberry - staff just has to do enough it's obvious they won't be fired 4* CJ Allen (UGA commit) - IF the mutts keep pursuing their preferred linebackers and win Allen might get processed. We easily get him in that scenario. 4* Stanquan Clark - really likes Auburn but is a south Florida guy 3* Phil Picciotti - Auburn is in his top group but my money is on Penn State or Oklahoma who have pushed harder NR LB Justin Jefferson (JuCo) - hotly pursued by most but I like where Auburn sits. 4* CB Ja'Keem Jackson - I think it's 50/50 right now between AU and Tenn Auburn is still trying and/or this player might be a fallback target 4* WR Daquayvious Sorey - I think we're behind here but should we miss somewhere we might turn up the heat 3* WR Ja'Kobi Lane - he is a whopping 6'5" but that Arizona distance is tough NR Malik Benson (JuCo) - beginning phases of the recruitment 4* TE Jackson Bowers - I'm not sure if he'd listen but should we miss on Thurman this would be my guess for next man up 4* OT Zechariah Owens - we're trying he's just not biting 3* OT Vysen Lang - fallback plan 4* DL Kelby Collins - I don't know what in the world got in his ear but we don't seem to have this connection. Still trying. NR DL Elijah Davis (JuCo) - fallback option 4* ER Tausili Akana - we're trying but Utah is a long ways away 4* Rico Walker - North Carolina kids want to stay in state but we're trying 3* ER Ashley Williams - fallback option 4* LB Troy Bowles - no chance but we're trying 3* LB Eric Muse - fallback option NR LB Marcellius Pulliam - fallback option 4* CB Ethan Nation - not clear how hard we're pushing but there is a connection 3* CB Dale Miller - fallback option 3* S Bryce Thornton - fallback option Please move on they're not happening and/or we're not pursuing 4* WR William Fowles - I have never seen reporters so instantly say "not happening" after a recruit visited. Not sure what didn't click for him. 5* DL Peter Woods - just another Thompson HS player unserious about Auburn. 4* DL Hunter Osborne - Auburn doesn't really value him that high. He is way low on our board for whatever reason. When we're a hat on his table it'll be for show don't feel down when he goes somewhere else. 4* DL Jamaal Jarrett - we were serious contenders until a visit to Georgia where he canceled his visit here and his Big Cat Weekend visit. It's unfortunate but we lost this one (though we started very far behind). 4* DL Anthony James (Washington commit) - I just want to clarify that the kid showed up to campus very much lighter than he was listed. He is about to see a steep drop off in his ratings. 4* DL Sydir Mitchell - I saw some people complaining when it became obvious he was a Georgia lock. Thing is, we have never had any reason to ever believe he was coming to Auburn other than he was friends with Jarrett. 5* ER Chandavian Bradley - I have no idea why his name keeps getting mentioned. We have not had much contact or interactions up to this point. He isn't coming here and frankly I am not sure how hard we have tried with him. 5* CB Tony Mitchell - please God don't hold even an ounce of hope here. He is the biggest troll in this recruiting class. He literally told a UF reporter to put in a crystal ball for the Gators just to troll them. He isn't coming here. I don't care how many "Top ___" we make or don't make for him. I hate that T-Rob is coaching for the Tide. 5* CB Jahlil Hurley - he used Auburn to make Alabama jealous and now that he got them to come crying and kissing his behind he's all turd again. Yet again I'll say that I despise T-Rob coaching for the Tide. 4* S Avery Stuart - he has us in his top group and will announce his decision pretty soon. It's all for show; we have not pursued Stuart and no one expects him to sign with us. Don't buy the headline when it says "Stuart signs with Kentucky over Auburn, FSU, Arkansas, and others". We're in a rough spot. I have a hard time figuring out how we reach 25 in this class with the names we have now. December is a long ways away though.
    8 points
  9. I feel the same way Devil, the State is loaded and we’re sitting here watching Penn State come down here taking top 20 talent?
    8 points
  10. I keep seeing that narrative from people in the know... I gotta say it sounds like a coping tool to me. We see players committing to dumpster fires without waiting to see their year. Harsin isn't the only coach on a warm-to-hot seat. There are some (Thurman, Russaw, Smith) that become more likely but most of these kids will commit before we get to the end of the season. Winning cures a lot but Auburn historically hasn't seen too much of a difference. After winning the National Championship and after going to the one in 2013 we really didn't see massive bumps. My fear is we're not playing the NIL game like our opponents and it's going to bite us in the ass. To answer your question, Akana/Walker/Owens are three I think we could see some traction with were we to win 7+
    8 points
  11. Not to start an argument, but other than Cristobal, not sure who we would have hired that had a resume ( a winning reputation with some skins on the wall ) who would attract talent. Considering every Auburn HC in our history - this guy is the most accomplished of every single hire we have ever made for football. And we made a run at Venables and Cristobal. Auburn is in transition right now ( a rebuild project ) and at least Harsin has a rep for developing talent. Let's see if he can build and develop a program. I am patiently hoping so. Honest question - you think we could hire a credible coach if we recycle Harsin after one or two seasons?
    8 points
  12. Omaha was so damn fun. Cannot recommend it enough to any sports fans but especially baseball. I hope to go back next year or the next even if Auburn doesn't make it. Omaha is a cool town. Capitol District and The Old Market were a lot of fun. M's was good restaurant and Mr. Toad was such a cool old British/Irish(?) pub. It's a shame we couldn't get the bats going last Saturday but the atmosphere was awesome. Wish more Auburn fans made the journey. It looked like Ole MIss out numbered us 3:1 but baseball is way bigger for them and I get it. Was telling my buddy that Auburn is ripe for being a top level baseball program. I know football is #1 and basketball has been hot but baseball could be our most consistent and best sport. I really hope we keep this up and become a powerhouse. It would be great to go to Omaha and win titles!
    8 points
  13. Who pissed in your wheaties.... we're the king of Pac 12
    8 points
  14. No offense, but this was a hell of a lot more than a “nice season.” Unless you’re just trying to be funny like Golf, which I don’t think. I really hate the mentality that every season is championship or “bridesmaid.” This year was incredible. And fun.
    8 points
  15. You assume he even likes football much less thinks an unaccomplished child still in highschool is worth $9.5 million to come to his alma mater.
    7 points
  16. With some of the big dogs now offering. I think that speaks highly of Harsins eye as a talent evaluator
    7 points
  17. The hood has been removed. First step towards Christian Fascism led by the Federalist society's mission since they were founded. Legislate through the courts. Looking forward to contraceptives being banned and gay marriage being overruled.
    7 points
  18. At this point it’s not even about high quality OL. We struggle to get any OL at all. We got 1 OL signee in the last class. I don’t even see how that’s possible at a place like Auburn
    7 points
  19. Penn State has an extremely good track-record with evaluating and developing Edge rushers and DE's (look at the last 3 or 4 NFL drafts for proof). Regardless of what Bama or Georgia do (both programs have the luxury of picking and choosing at that position), I find it hard to believe that he's good enough for Penn State but too much of a "problem" for Auburn. The fact of the matter is, Bryan Harsin needs to start building some momentum - particularly instate where it is quite frankly getting very embarrassing. These kids look around to their peers; and landing a Top 100 instate kid would have at least shown something to the rest of the kids in this class. The whole "oh he's a bit of a diva" thing makes even less sense considering the whole Marquis Robinson saga.
    7 points
  20. 3 Regional Titles in 4 years...2 Super Regional Titles in 3 years. People need to get the college football national championship mentality out of their mind with other sports. Applying the "Just Auburn Being Auburn" nonsense to this baseball program the last 5 years is short-sided at best, and dumb as hell at worst.
    7 points
  21. Other than Height and Tennison, Harvey I feel like Auburn has come out ahead for the most part. Only negative is Olinemen but that subject has been beaten like a dead horse.
    6 points
  22. 4* RB Jeremiah Cobb will announce his commitment Friday. It is my expectation that he will pick Auburn. Hoping maybe this gets the ball rolling a little bit.
    6 points
  23. I honestly feel awful being this negative and pessimistic. Have always tried to be positive (especially about recruiting). The Brock Glenn situation is frustrating. We have been on this kid from the jump before anyone valued him highly. Now Ohio State, Georgia, and even LSU are all jumping in late pushing his decision back. Used to be kids would tell these late schools to kick rocks. Now they're flashing big $ in front of his face and we're falling to the wayside. It used to be the coaches, facilities, campus, and culture that mattered the most. Now it's all about money. We're dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars on kids to put an oval pigskin into a rectangle. Meanwhile I'm busting my ass just to get over 50k as a teacher. Again, I wrestled in college, I am so happy these kids can profit off their own image and likeness. I'm just not a fan of literally buying recruits. Bryce Young is a prime example. He got $1m for what? Did he do commercials? Public appearances? Social media promotions? The only hope is the NCAA grows a pair of balls and figures out some reasonable limitations. That or a few high dollar players don't pan out and the bubble pops.
    6 points
  24. The problem with losing Brock Glenn (if that happens) is much more than losing a borderline 4 star QB. It speaks to the staff's inability to recruit. Especially on the offensive side. Outside of Cadillac, this offensive staff has shown zero ability to recruit. The 2022 class included seven offensive recruits. Seven. That's pitiful. Glenn is exactly the kind of guy we should land, even if we can't compete with the UGA's and UA's. The guy is named Auburn. His parents love Auburn. We had him as our top QB target (after a few misses) way before FSU and Ohio State. Should have been a slam dunk. From a personnel standpoint, it's not the end of the world, only because losing one guy never is. But we need to stack up quality QB commits every year. It's the most important position on the field. I like Geriner, but he is not a sure thing. Elite programs bring in higher ranked QB's than Geriner and Glenn every year. If Geriner or Calzada don't work out, we have a huge problem, unless we get lucky with our fallback-even-further plan.
    6 points
  25. Not really. Auburn has historically sold itself. And our brand is bigger than ever. Tons of other teams without results are doing better than us. Good recruiters make the kids believe it’s going to be great experience for them and they are going to win championships, even if every person outside the building believes otherwise. This staff just doesn’t have it. And it starts at the top. I don’t think it can be overstated how much that Smoke Monday instagram video damaged Harsin. Kids are not currently attracted to Auburn football. Period. They aren’t connecting with CBH. Period. I’m not sure there’s any version of Harsin at Auburn that will succeed. Hopefully I’m wrong.
    6 points
  26. Maybe that's the problem. Why name your kid Auburn? Bout as bad as naming them Allie Bama... Updyke style.
    6 points
  27. …Except for the 200 years that it was not.
    6 points
  28. Funny how you say a crime drop in the 90s I’m inexplicable, and then proceed to try and explain it. A part of my “solution” is individual accountability for individual choices. No one is forcing people to make a decision to violate laws. Failing to hold people accountable only encourages more broken laws. It’s silly that you refuse to understand that. You can continue to try to criticize me for being proud of my service to our country and humanity in general. I have no problem with that at all. It takes people willing to take out the trash to provide you an environment where you can whine and moan in safety.
    6 points
  29. Big time QB’s aren’t scared of anybody in front of them. Texas has Ewers who is one of the highest rated QB’s in 247sports history and then got Arch Manning to commit yesterday. I don’t think guys are scared to compete with Geriner
    6 points
  30. This would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. Such a weird thing to do. If you can't handle a message board without snitching, how do you survive in real life? My two cents on @NWALA Tiger's question: A couple of the best posters left. Auburn football is not very exciting at the moment. Some of us are extremely unhappy with the current state of this country, although I will leave that discussion to the political forum. Regardless of political beliefs, it's been a rough and divisive several years and it's easy to take frustrations out on a message board.
    6 points
  31. The amount of you that think forcing your religious beliefs onto others in a secular nation is okay, fine and dandy is absolutely disgusting. The separation of church and state and the establishment clause exist for a reason to produce a secular nation and without them its a slippery slope to a theocratic government such as the Emirates.
    6 points
  32. We need some Supreme Court reform immediately. -lifetime appointments are dumb -Allowing wildly unpopular Presidents who lose the popular vote in their elections being able to nominate 1/3 of the court and affect the country for decades is dumb. The legitimacy and respect of our supreme Court is crumbling. It's effectively an arm of the Republican Party at this point. A lot of young high school girls in Red states are going to get alcohol poisonings from trying to drink their fetus to death.
    6 points
  33. It should be noted that because O-Line is such a developmental position, the number of highly rated players is much fewer than that of other positions. And honestly, we're close to being in a position where we just need warm bodies at OL.
    6 points
  34. The Twitter trolling, the camping out before games, the rather public push for #1, the Jabari/Chet/Paolo debate, etc you would really think this was the premier sport for a college with how much they’ve gotten right over the last ~8 years
    6 points
  35. We only want 3-star, blue collar, lunch pail, high character, high motor, gritty, student of the game-team players from great families who do all the little things right.
    6 points
  36. Bo wasn’t perfect but TJ gives me Jeremy Johnson flashbacks. If you give me TJ or Bo to make a play to win the game I’m picking Bo 10/10. I’ll be that guy and say a healthy Bo wins the Iron Bowl.
    6 points
  37. Thought UGA dropped him b/c they got who they wanted. Wasn't sure about Bama. He seems to get upset & wasn't happy we didn't visit him earlier in the year. TBQH, I'm not sure we're above only calling a kid once then stopping and acting like that's enough. It's not like we have too many other T100 kids beating down our doors....especially at EDGE where we need as many as we can get. Bama/UGA have the luxury of dropping kids that are a little extra
    6 points
  38. Everyone is thrilled when the Basketball lands in the Elite 8. That’s what the CWS is, the Elite 8 of baseball. Now we’re in the final 6. Huge strides for our baseball program to do this 2 of the last 4 years. Very proud of the kids and for Coach Thompson and his staff. (Need to hit the curve ball better, though 😅)
    6 points
  39. Well, it seems that it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask you do a deep dive on the top 100 colleges as well so we can have a more accurate description. Could you do that by Monday please?
    6 points
  40. Don't sweat it. Faulk is a quiet kid so it's likely the assumptions of an Auburn lock might have been misguided. It's also plausible that someone's info could be wrong. Ever since Harsin and company arrived reliable information has been harder to come by. Harsin's staff doesn't reveal as much.
    5 points
  41. I understand what he was saying, but it’s extremely important to keep in mind that the third trimester abortions basically aren’t happening. Most people wouldn’t advocate for that, and it’s not even feasible really. Roe v Wade didn’t even protect that. It didn’t stop trump from claiming that they’re aborting babies at 39 weeks in his debate with Hillary. But it was a made up crock of sh*t lie, of course, just like 90% of the stuff he says.
    5 points
  42. There were 9 O lineman taken in the first round of this years NFL draft. Bama and TAMU had 1 each. The other 7 were from the likes of NC State, BC, Northern Iowa, MSU, Iowa, and UT Chattanooga. Surely we can recruit, develop, and compete on NIL with programs like that. There’s plenty of talent out there and not all of it requires million dollar payouts. We’ve just been MIA on O line recruiting for several years.
    5 points
  43. I thought this was fun to watch and gives good perspective of what it looks like as a hitter. Emmah Rolfe will wear #4 in orange and blue next season. Watching this I suspect that by the time I decided to swing, the catcher would be throwing the ball back to the pitcher.
    5 points
  44. What changed and this will probably get me kicked out is when money got involved . Then certain “in” people cared more about pushing an agenda versus trying to be objective . It ultimately caused quite the schism , particularly after the debacle last summer.
    5 points
  45. So now that you’ve obtained the single biggest issue driving your voting decisions, was it worth it? All the votes for folks over the years that ultimately enabled Trumpism— is the payoff worth it?
    5 points
  46. Guns have more rights than women. Also... our mothers and grandmothers had more rights than the women and girls of today. What a dark day for our nation.
    5 points
  47. What caused some to think we were killing it is that when the kids leave after their visits, they are saying nice things. Sadly, this indicates nothing. What else are they going to say after three days of being treated like kings?
    5 points
  48. GG! Arkansas with a no-doubt 2 run homer. Updates are done for me. War Eagle to a great season. 8-0 Arkansas
    5 points
×
×
  • Create New...