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  1. Softball Practice 2018 Season

    I guess it was due to MLK holiday as well. No big deal, we live maybe 4 miles away, retired. We watch practice a few times a year. My wife was out of town visiting with her sisters, and I just decided to get some exercise and watch practice. I am sure I could have gone in the back way.
  2. Softball Practice 2018 Season

    I went today, they were practicing, but all of the gates were locked.
  3. Vote for Coach Pearl in Infiniti Coaches Charity

    Voted --Everyone needs to vote everyday. Thanks
  4. Let help Coach Pearl and his charity by voting. http://promo.espn.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2018/index
  5. UCONN role call

    Season ticket holder. I will be there with my grandson. I go to about all the home games.
  6. Chuck Person

    Jonathan Hardison‏Verified account @FOX6Hardison 29m29 minutes ago More BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Attorney in Birmingham CONFIRMS they will announce new charges in a public corruption case tomorrow at noon
  7. Chuck Person

    How can you fire someone that you say has done nothing wrong? Wrong being SEC and NCAA.
  8. I am no lawyer, but I am saying they are not exempt from this law, because private university take state and federal funds.
  9. AUBURN, Ala. – Annie Smith has joined the Auburn softball program as an assistant coach, head coach Mickey Dean announced Thursday. Smith was most recently on the staff at LSU.“We’re excited to have Annie join our program,” Dean said. “She’s had the experience of coaching in the Southeastern Conference. She’s had experience as a head coach and was the coach of the year in her conference multiple times. I think she is a coach that the players will find it easy to relate to.”Smith comes to Auburn after stints at LSU, Georgia Southern, Mississippi State and Missouri where she coached seven All-Americans, 49 All-Conference selections and 36 All-Region honorees. Smith’s squads have been equally as impressive in the classroom, garnering 123 NFCA Academic Scholar-Athlete honors.“I am very excited for this opportunity to work with Coach Dean and Auburn University,” Smith said. “He has a great vision for the program. Auburn is a great university with a great softball program and in the best softball conference in the country.”Smith also boasts professional experience, as she was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league this past summer, where she guided former Auburn standout Emily Carosone.Before her brief stint with LSU, Smith served as the head coach at Georgia Southern, where she complied 176 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament twice. Smith and the Eagles captured the Southern Conference title in 2012 and in 2014. The Eagles also won the conference tournament in 2012 and 2013.For her efforts, Smith was honored as the conference’s coach of the year in 2012 and 2014.Smith currently stands as the quickest coach in Georgia Southern history to 100 wins, while her teams rewrote the record books for home runs, doubles and fielding percentage. She was instrumental in the development of the three-time conference pitcher of the year and the two-time freshman of the year in the league.Smith joined the Eagles from Mississippi State, where she spent five seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach following the 2007 season.The Manhattan, Kan. native helped the Bulldogs to 295 victories and six NCAA Regional appearances. She worked with three USA Softball National Team members and the back-to-back SEC Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004.Smith’s duties at Mississippi State primarily focused on offense and the outfield while also acting as the recruiting coordinator.Smith began her coaching career at Missouri where she started as a graduate assistant in 1996 before being elevated to assistant coach in 1999.While with the Tigers, she and the team made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Big 12 Conference title in 1997.Smith received her bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Grinnell College where she was a captain on the softball team. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Missouri in health and exercise science with an emphasis in sports psychology. http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/092117aac.html
  10. European Tour

    Aug. 11, 2017 PONTE BUGGIANESE, Italy – Bryce Brown was as hot as the triple digit temperatures in Rome as he scored 20 points on six 3s as Anfernee McLemore had 18 points and Chuma Okeke and Jared Harper both double-doubled as Auburn defeated BC Silute of Lithuania 103-87 to remain perfect after two games of its Italian Tour in Comune di Ponte Buggianese on Friday. Danjel Purifoy added 14 points and seven rebounds while Okeke notched 13 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and two steals. Okeke, who had eight points and nine rebounds vs. Stella Azzurra in the opener, is averaging a double-double with 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two games. Harper had 10 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists to go along with a team-best three steals. "I thought the intensity was good," said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. "I thought the travel got to us a little bit more. All of the touring and being up on our feet a little bit, I didn't feel like we had our legs like we did the first night. This was a much better team, Lithuania." Falling behind 8-3, Auburn tied it for the first time at 13 on a Jared Harper jumper with 4:07 left in the first period. The Tigers took their first lead at 17-16 on an Okeke jumper and led 26-23 at the end of the opening 10-minute quarter. "It felt really good," said Okeke. "I was really prepared for this game and had a good night's sleep and a good pregame meal. I felt like we came out and played hard and did what we were supposed to do. That team was a real fundamentally-sound team with a lot of shooters." Auburn scored the first seven points of the second period, capped by back-to-back Brown 3s for a 36-24 lead with 8:23 left in the half. Brown made all four 3-point attempts in the first half and was 6-of-7 before missing his last three 3s. "I was very hot," said Brown. "I was feeling good knowing my point guard had my back and kept hitting me in the right places. Our chemistry is getting better, it's showing that our chemistry is getting better and better every game. We are going to continue to build off of that." The Tigers outscored BC Silute 20-17 in the second quarter to hold a 46-39 halftime lead. Back-to-back Brown 3s in a 20-second span made it 69-55 with 3:21 left in the third. Auburn notched its highest scoring quarter on the tour outscoring BC Silute 31-22 for a 77-61 lead after three periods. The Tigers led 99-77 after a McLemore 3-point play with 2:19 to go, and the bench emptied seconds later. The Tigers had nine dunks in the game led by McLemore with four. "It was a nice team effort, and we shared the ball," said McLemore, who was 7-of-9 from the field and had five rebounds. "Overall, we played well together, ran our stuff and did what Coach asked us to do. "They were a nice team, who played five guards at a time. It was a challenge for Horace, Chuma and me and the other bigs to get out on the wing and defend a bit. It was a good learning experience so I would rather do it now than have to do it in the fall." Mustapha Heron just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Desean Murray had eight points and seven boards. "This is just about learning," said Pearl. "This is about continuing to learn how to play together. I thought Jared Harper did a really nice job with his unit making the extra pass with his unit and finishing with a double-double with 10 assists. "Bryce Brown offensively and defensively played better. Surprisingly we scored more with the form of what we do. We didn't force the issue as much. I thought Chuma was really strong tonight, being really solid on both ends. Anfernee played well. When you score over 100 points, that's really good. Defensively, we've been playing better than that, and we need to." The Tigers shot 50 percent (40-of-80) from the floor, 35 percent (7-of-20) from 3-point range and 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the foul line. Auburn, which defeated Stella Azzurra 87-29 in Rome on Wednesday, will bus 170 miles to Treviso on Thursday, stopping to tour the Ferrari Museum along the way. The Tigers play at Veneto Select on Sunday at 12:30 pm in Montebelluna and close out the tour vs. the Italy All-Stars in Costa Masnaga on Monday at noon.
  11. European Tour

    Auburn Basketball‏Verified account @AuburnMBB 47s48 seconds ago More FINAL | @Bwb_2 scores 20 pts (6-10 3pt) to lead Auburn past BC Silute, 103-87. @akmclemore chips in 18 pts. and 5 rebs. #WarEagle
  12. European Tour

    Auburn Basketball‏Verified account @AuburnMBB 12s13 seconds ago More Auburn empties the bench leading 99-77 with 1:58 to play
  13. European Tour

    Tigers outscore BC Silute 31-22 in its highest scoring quarter of the game to lead 77-62 after the 3rd period. Bryce 20 pts (6-9 3s) #WDE
  14. European Tour

    Auburn Basketball‏Verified account @AuburnMBB 5m5 minutes ago More HALF: Auburn 46, BC Silute 39 Bryce 12 pts (4-4 3s); Anfernee Mc 9 pts; Chuma 7 pts, 8 reb; Mustapha 5 pts, 7 reb; Jared 4 pts, 7 ast
  15. Free Throw Shooting

    I am not a big fan of the changes in the way fouls are called, but if this is the way ref are going to call fouls, then hitting free throw is more important now than in the past. A team's ability to shut free throw will win or lose several games this year. Let me add, it slows the game down and changes the tempo of the game. Players will have to make adjustments in the way they have played all of their careers. With several calls, you could tell the players were like what did I do or I didn't touch the guy. In my opinion, toward the end of the game, when the outcome had been decided, the ref did not make so many questionable calls.