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  1. does anyone know for a fact if riley has turned us down? seems rumors i hear are we are waiting on him after offering to make him rich and that chip is the fallback guy. and it makes sense chip would wait since the opportunity would be such a step forward for him if he succeeds.
  2. Report: Noel Mazzone not leaving Texas A&M for Auburn offensive coordinator job James Crepea | Auburn's week-long search for a new offensive coordinator may have turned to a man who previously held the position, but apparently not for long. Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 1999-2001, was reportedly under consideration but will remain in College Station, according to the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman. Earlier Thursday, Travis Haney of 247Sports reported via anonymous sources that Mazzone was "in mix - and could be (the) leader" in the search. Mazzone becomes the second candidate to be made public and subsequently stay at his current position, joining Oklahoma State's Mike Yurcich. Where things stand with Auburn OC search after 1 week Auburn's offensive coordinator search is one week old and the identity of who will be calling plays for the Tigers in 2017 is no more clear than when Rhett Lashlee left the Plains for UConn Mazzone, who earned $965,000 last year in College Station, is scheduled to earn a salary of $600,000 with a $200,000 retention bonus is each of the next two years. If he were to leave Texas A&M for another SEC coaching position, Mazzone would owe 100 percent of his remaining base salary, or approximately $1.2 million. By comparison, Kevin Steele owed LSU $500,000 and split that buyout when he came to Auburn last year. Mazzone's son, Taylor, is a quality control assistant at Texas A&M and served as quarterbacks coach under his father at UCLA for three years. It was a package deal for the Mazzone's at Texas A&M and would almost certainly be again if he were to leave.
  3. Bo Davis speaks publicly for first time about Alabama departure, NCAA investigation Matt Zenitz | Bo Davis was walking into his trucking company's Birmingham office in October when a fellow truck driver recognized him. "You're Bo Davis, right?" the other driver said. "Nah, I'm not," Davis, the former Alabama defensive line coach, responded, "There's a guy that's named Bo Davis, and everyone says I look like him, but I'm not him." The driver, a football fan, knew that wasn't true. "Nah, man. You can't bull**** me. I know who you are," he said, smiling. Recently, the two bumped into each other again outside the company office. "What are you still doing out here?" the man asked Davis. "I didn't think I'd see you out here anymore. We figured you'd already be back coaching again." "Nope," Davis said. "Still here." Hasn't former Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis suffered enough? He broke the NCAA's bump rule and didn't tell the truth about it. He was forced to resign and spend a year away from football. How long before he's paid his debt in full? Less than a year ago, Davis was arguably the top defensive line coach in college football and was fresh off helping the Tide win a national championship. Now, he's relegated to working as a truck driver while continuing to deal with the fallout of an NCAA investigation that led to his departure from Alabama last April. Eight months later, Davis' career and life remain in limbo as he continues to wait for the NCAA to make a ruling on his case. The 46-year old has gone from making $475,000 as Alabama's defensive line coach to working a job that typically pays $18 an hour and $50,000 per year. 'I was numb' Davis was called into Alabama athletic director Bill Battle's office last April 27, two days after the second of Davis' three meetings with the NCAA. Davis wasn't expecting to be fired, so it was shocking when Battle said to him: Based on the information we have, we have to either fire you or you can resign. "At that time, I was just in a mind shock," Davis told in his first public comments since leaving Alabama. "I was numb. I vaguely remember bits and pieces of the day after that because I was just totally out of it after that, kind of like, 'What the hell just happened here?'" The alleged violations weren't outrageous -- impermissible contact with recruits during a meeting that was allegedly pre-arranged. A different SEC coach received a one-game suspension in 2015 for impermissible contact. What made this more serious for Davis is he wasn't forthcoming with information during his first two meetings with the NCAA. According to sources, it all stems from a meeting that took place on Dec. 11, 2014 at Episcopal High School in Texas. The NCAA believes Davis pre-arranged a visit with then-sophomores Marvin Wilson, Walker Little and Jhamon Ausbon and junior Giovanni Pancotti, at least 18 months before coaches were allowed to have off-campus visits with sophomores and at least six months before coaches were allowed to have such contact with juniors. The investigation began in May 2015 after the NCAA received a tip about Davis meeting with the four players, a visit that was allegedly set up by someone close to the Alabama program. During an interview with the NCAA, Episcopal coach Steve Leisz said that person close to the Tide program contacted him about pulling the four players out of class. That person was later present as Davis met with the players for approximately 20 minutes, according to Leisz. Projecting Alabama's 2017 depth chart Spring practice is only two months away The NCAA met with Davis for the first time in September 2015. In a room with Alabama and NCAA officials, Davis said his only visit to Episcopal was in May and denied interacting with the players and seeing the person who allegedly arranged the meeting. The NCAA met with Davis again last April 25 after interviewing two of the four players involved in the alleged visit, Ausbon and Pancotti. Davis shared with investigators that he realized after reviewing his recruiting notes that he did in fact visit the school in December, though he denied again meeting with the players or seeing the person who allegedly pre-arranged the meeting. It wasn't until the third meeting with the NCAA a week after leaving Alabama that an emotional Davis admitted seeing the players that day as well as the person who allegedly arranged the meeting, though he denied again that the visit with the players was set up in advance. Davis told investigators that Leisz set up the meeting with the players and allegedly told Davis: "Hey, I've got some younger kids I want you to meet." When Davis responded "You know I can't do that," Leisz allegedly answered, "Who's going to know?" According to what Davis' side told the NCAA, the coach then led Davis to a room with the four players for a meeting that Davis' side said consisted of Davis simply introducing himself to the players. "I think about it all the time and wish I handled it differently," said Davis, who declined to discuss the details of the alleged violations or the NCAA investigation with aside from acknowledging that he should have been more forthcoming during the NCAA interviews. "I just wish I had really thought things over before answering their questions and that I had just been honest with myself and honest with them." During the week after his meeting with Battle, Davis had to clean out his office, turn in his school-issued truck and explain to his wife and three kids why he was essentially fired. "It was devastating having to explain that to my children," Davis said. "I was honest with my kids. I just told them, 'Your dad made a mistake, and he no longer works at Alabama.'" 'It's been very difficult' While Alabama played Clemson in the national title game on Jan. 9, Davis was in an 18-wheeler on his way back to Alabama from South Carolina, nearing the end of a workday that began at 4 a.m. His wife called at halftime to let him know that Alabama was up 14-7. The next phone call came after Clemson won. "You're not going to believe this," his wife said. "Alabama won?" Davis asked. "No. Clemson won," she responded. A surprised Davis accidentally swerved the truck as he responded, "What!?!" While Davis remains in contact with several of his former Tide players, he didn't watch any Alabama games this past season. The past eight months have primarily been spent working at the trucking company. A typical office day is 8 to 5. Davis is also on the road three or four days a week, traveling as far as South Carolina and Pennsylvania to recover company trucks. Tide player having breakthrough year while coping with mom's cancer battle "I don't really talk to anyone about it. I really just keep it to myself. I really just try to fight through" While Davis received a settlement payment of $317,000 from Alabama, approximately $100,000 of that went towards taxes while the rest has been helping to take care of other financial responsibilities, including investments that Davis made before he parted ways with Alabama. Davis has already paid his lawyer $40,000 during the last eight months. There are also other monthly financial obligations, like providing for his 73-year old mother who is dealing with dementia. She lives with Davis, his wife and their three children. Davis' wife went back to work in August to help with expenses and because the family no longer had health insurance coverage from Alabama. Despite interest from several schools, a college team likely won't hire Davis while the NCAA investigation is ongoing and until he's served whatever penalty he gets from the NCAA. "It's been very difficult," Davis said. "There was a period when it first happened of 'What the hell just happened here?' Felt really destroyed. With my family, I was trying not to be depressed. Trying to fight through that. You kind of feel like you're worthless. You just feel like, 'What am I here for?' You can't work. You're not doing what you're supposed to do, so what good are you here? And that's something I've had to deal with. That's a phase I went through. It was a very low time. I didn't want to be around anybody. Didn't even want to be around my family. But it was a time that I had to push myself through." 'I just want my life back' A visit with the Miami Dolphins was Davis' most recent brief and unpaid football opportunity. The lengthiest trip was a training camp internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars that allowed Davis to work with the team's defensive line. Davis also worked three days with the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line, a day with Kirby Smart at Georgia and a day with the Atlanta Falcons. While Davis enjoys any opportunity to be back around football, the brief visits make him miss being around the game on a full-time basis. "It makes you realize what you enjoy doing," Davis said. "I'll tell anyone this. If you love doing something and you're passionate about what you do, once it's taken away from you, it really destroys you. It makes you realize what you had." Davis recently had a conversation with two of his former stars at Alabama, Jonathan Allen and A'Shawn Robinson. Davis and Robinson were on FaceTime while Robinson had Allen on speakerphone on his other phone, allowing the three of them to talk. They discussed Allen's strong senior season with the Tide, Robinson's rookie year with the Detroit Lions and laughed together as they talked about how Davis used to shout out "You're late" whenever a player wasn't on time for a defensive line meeting. During the conversation, Allen and Robinson asked Davis, "How are you doing, Coach? Are you OK?" Davis responded like he typically does when one of his former players asks that question. "I just tell them, 'This is life,'" Davis said. "I try to teach them that. Even once you get knocked down, you can't just stay down. I always tell them that things happen, but you have to get back up and continue on with your life. That's what I try to teach them, 'Don't wallow in your own self-pity because it's not going to help you.' I made a mistake, and I was wrong. I admit that. I should have been more upfront, and I realize that now. "I just want people to know that I know I was wrong, and I just want my life back and to be able to support my family."
  4. hey ellitor do it if you need to. i have no probs at all. i am not sure i would get my answer anyway.
  5. honesty is so refreshing!
  6. i hear comments like we need more thugs on the team to win.i am not sure there has never been a down period i have not heard this. i guess that is about as simple as i can get. bama just had a kid arrested yesterday for assault or robbery with a firearm. many people think bama cheats to win and i bet the majority on here do as well. personally i am not willing to sell the farm on honor to win. but i am just curious as to why others might think different.
  7. my own personal opinion is the creed is what separates us from folks like the turds across the state. and trust me even tho we are struggling i like the separation. i am just curious on why some folks of a different generation would believe differently than me any why. it is not a devious trap or anything i am just curious and the other thread was just beat to death..........
  8. my apologies.........i have never seen one.
  9. i tried to do a poll so more people would participate be honest but i failed terribly. i imagine some will not answer this question out in the open and being open makes this post more of a fight waiting to happen other than why folks think what they do. so here goes............ would any of you be willing to forgo the auburn creed if it guaranteed a 10-12 win season each year or better? and since i know there are quality people on here maybe i can get a different insight on the why's. thanks for any help in not getting the thread locked before we have a few answers.
  10. How John Franklin III feels about Jarrett Stidham joining Auburn quarterback competition James Crepea | John Franklin III came to Auburn to compete and presumably win the starting quarterback job. Even with the benefit of spring practice, Franklin was unable to edge Sean White in the longest quarterback battle of Gus Malzahn's college coaching career and saw limited time last season. With former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a yet-to-be named new offensive coordinator joining the Tigers, the competition for the starting job will be intense as Franklin prepares for his final college season. Franklin wasn't bothered that Auburn brought in a prominent newcomer to join the mix though. "They did it with me," Franklin said. "Competition - you bring in the best of the best every year. At this level, you're going to have to compete wherever you go. "It didn't bother me. They're trying to get the best; everybody wants to be the best. You just got to come in and play." Franklin was 14 of 26 for 204 yards with a touchdown and had 46 carries for 430 yards and two scores last season. His only start came against Vanderbilt, when an injured White took over at halftime. White has adopted the underdog mentality as he enters a position battle with Stidham, who threw for 1,265 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions for Baylor in 2015. Jarrett Stidham a 'good fit' for Auburn offense, Rhett Lashlee says Auburn is once again turning to a dual-threat transfer to revitalize a beleaguered passing game. Franklin doesn't have the luxury of time though. He maintain his intention is to stay at Auburn for his final season and says he's open to changing positions if need be. Franklin said there was no "hostility" between the quarterbacks when Stidham joined the team for bowl practices on campus in December. "Sean and Jeremy (Johnson) welcomed me last year when I walked in the door; it's the same thing," Franklin said. "We all need family and we're all going to compete. When Sean won, I congratulated him. "This spring, it's whoever the coaches feel like is best for the team; that's who (will) go and we'll ride behind them regardless whether it's me or not."
  11. COLUMN: Post-Lashlee: What Auburn needs on offense By Nathan King - Sports Reporter | 23 hours ago Source | Scott Sewell / USA TODAY Most Auburn fans, being either die-hard or casual, will all have differing opinions on the tenure of former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee had been with the Tigers since their magical 2013 season, the year in which Auburn was solidified as a perennial power for the first time since Cam Newton prowled campus. With Nick Marshall at the helm, the Auburn offense could be described as explosive, powerful and exhilarating. In the two years following Marshall’s departure, the once unstoppable “Auburn Fast” offense has stumbled. In 2015, the Tigers flirted with a .500 record, heavily due to stagnant offense. (See: averaged 20 points in losses and 27 points for the season) Granted, Auburn suffered from injuries to Sean White, who stepped in as a freshman after Heisman-hopeful junior Jeremy Johnson performed poorly in the early season. Auburn improved in 2016, averaging 31 points a game, but two recognizable themes lingered: inconsistent quarterback play throughout and embarrassing effort in losses. One thing was crystal clear in the 2016 season: Gus Malzahn had little to no grasp on the best rotation for his quarterback circus. Any time anyone under center would get into any sort of rhythm against the now national champion Clemson Tigers, they were pulled from the game in favor of a cold quarterback from the bench. It was not until the offense was handed over to Rhett Lashlee after the LSU game that the offense really flourished. (In the three games against Power 5 opponents under Malzahn’s play calling the offense averaged 16 points per game) Between all the disapprovals and unfortunate injuries, Sean White had an incredible outing this past season for the Tigers. The redshirt sophomore was the most efficient quarterback in the conference until the loss in Athens to Georgia. White’s inconsistency derived from his injuries, meaning backups Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III were needed. Johnson’s playing time was sparse, only really coming into the rotation during the Clemson QB nightmare, Iron Bowl, and blowout mop-up duty. John Franklin III was a real asset to the Auburn offense when all starters were healthy, serving as a swift change of pace from White, torching defenses with his speed and elusiveness. The issues arose when White wasn’t available. The first instance of this occurred when Auburn hosted Vanderbilt. John Franklin III was named the starter right before kickoff, puzzling many. Franklin passed for a whopping 9 yards in the first half, and Auburn tallied an abysmal 124 yards, trailing Vandy 13-10. When the second half begun, Sean White led the Auburn offense right down the field for a score on the first drive. This resurfaced the theme of confusion and led the Jordan-Hare crowd to question the ability of Lashlee and Malzahn to orchestrate a game plan when any sort of variation might occur. After the nail-biter against Vanderbilt, Auburn mustered 13 points a game against the FBS for the remainder of the season. Sean White played hurt in the loss at Georgia, did not play against Alabama, and broke his arm on the first drive against Oklahoma. These ill-fated injuries plagued the entire Auburn offense, which was no fault of Lashlee’s. The frustrations laid in the minds of the common Auburn fan, who could often predict a Tiger loss early on, when it was apparent that Auburn only came to play on one side of the ball. Auburn averaged nearly 39 points per game in Lashlee’s first two seasons, then declined to 29 PPG in the last two seasons. Lashlee’s departure was of his own accord, but it would make sense for Gus Malzahn to have to push him out. Malzahn’s position on the hot seat fluctuated in 2016, but ultimately ended with the 51-year-old coach feeling the heat, and needing a change. Lashlee, for all his efforts and everything he’s done under Malzahn, was that change. Quarterback development was a disappointment at times over the past few seasons, and Malzahn knows he can’t afford to waste the potential of Jarrett Stidham. If Stidham busts, Malzahn is likely out. The next offensive coordinator on the Plains needs to have his own identity, and needs to get very well-acquainted with #36 and #21. If Auburn is to succeed with Stidham at the helm, it needs to start with the SEC’s leading rusher and his fleet-footed sidekick. Kamryn Pettway spearheaded Auburn’s six-game midseason winning streak, molding into a powerful, and sometimes unstoppable runner. Kerryon Johnson played best when spelling Pettway, and nearly gave Auburn two thousand-yard rushers. Lashlee’s play calling wasn’t genius, it simply enforced the importance of running the ball, which is what the modern Auburn Tigers do best. The cat is out of the bag now: Gus Malzahn is not the “offensive genius” he was once heralded as. Lashlee lived in Malzahn’s shadow, which likely played a large role in his departure, seeing as the young coach has his first opportunity to make his own name. Lashlee’s replacement is tasked with developing the most hyped quarterback in Auburn since Cam Newton, and fulfilling the monstrous expectations that come with returning most of an offense’s starting lineup. And he needs to do so in his own way, and possibly even deviate heavily from the Malzahn style. We could see a very different Auburn team in 2017. In fact, most fans hope this is the case on the offensive end. At next season’s end, we could be looking at another subpar ending, with Malzahn on the hot seat again. The sky is the limit for Jarrett Stidham and the next offensive coordinator however, and there’s no reason to believe that Auburn can’t soar to the top of the SEC with a dominating defense, and an offense hungry to earn their stripes.
  12. dude you are going to have to try harder than that. is your real first name dick? go ahead and get the thread shut down.
  13. why? it could just be a joke from that darn kiff.
  14. heart i cannot look up cus i am afraid the sky is falling. it would appear that the longer this takes the worse we look and this makes me angry. i am tired of all the secrecy surrounding our program as well. it makes me feel as tho we are out of our league so we want to release as few details as possible to avoid looking bad which usually makes us look bad. and DAMMIT i want someone that is good and WANTS to be at my beloved auburn!
  15. i think lane or someone posted a tweet with a pic of the auburn jet at boca raton and some are running with it........