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    Bruce Pearl on radio this morning

    the knock on bruce from tennessee fans that loved him say the fast style he coaches is fun to watch but that his teams lose a lot of their legs by the end of the season. i have no idea but i am interested to see what some of y'all think.
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    Gus on quarterback situation

    i am going to quit worrying about it and just enjoy what i can.
  3. at least salty can be likable .........cough cough.....but dunna quote me on it.............lol
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    Last Call for the Gus Bus?

    i will pull for Auburn regardless of who might be coaching. i believe in loyalty even when i think we can do better. and i hope any auburn fans that pull against auburn burn in hell along with timmies hamster..................
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    UAB Preview/Review

    Auburn basketball opponent preview: UAB Updated 10:30 AM; Posted 10:30 AM UAB head coach Robert Ehsan celebrates a score over Auburn during the second half Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) 0 shares By Sam Blum | SBlum@al.com SBlum@al.com No. 8 Auburn (8-1) will play what is effectively its first road game of the season against UAB (6-3) on Saturday night in Birmingham. The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. inside Legacy Arena, and is officially considered a neutral site game. The Tigers have won four games in a row, and most recently defeated a tough Dayton team by 10 points on Saturday. The team is coming off of finals week, and has a chance to beat the Blazers for the second year in a row. When Bruce Pearl first took the Auburn job in 2014, it was UAB that went to the NCAA Tournament that season. Now, it’s Auburn that has the more well-established program. It will still be a challenge for Auburn. Here’s everything you need to know about UAB. SCOUTING UAB UAB is 4-0 in Birmingham this season, but they have yet to be tested at home. In fact, all six of their wins are against not very good teams. Their best win of the season came at home against Mercer, which says a lot about the competition they’ve beaten this season. Their losses have come against much better teams. Florida State, Charleston and Memphis. The issue is those losses have come by a combined 59 points — nearly 20 points per game. Against the best competition, the Blazers have been bad. UAB is in its third season under head coach Rob Ehsan, and last season was the better of the two. The team finished No. 105 in Kenpom’s rankings with a 20-13 record. They did not play in the postseason. This year’s UAB team really struggles from the 3-point line, and score 59.1 percent of their points from inside the arc, which is 13th in Division I. They’re the No. 5 offensive rebounding team in the country. Their most experienced player, and one of their top scorers is Lewis Sullivan, a four-year senior who has scored in double-figures in all but two games this season. UAB last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015 when Jerod Haase was the head coach. LAST TIME THEY PLAYED This will be the 21st meeting between the two in-state rivals, and the teams have each won 10 times. The last meeting came a year ago, when the two programs linked up in Auburn. The Tigers won that game, 85-80 on Dec. 9, 2017. Auburn got out to a huge lead to start, going up by as many as 15 points in the first half, before the Blazers made a game of it. Bryce Brown had 27 points. Jared Harper had 21 points. Deseasn Murray had 18 points, and the rest scored 19 points in the Tigers win. “Just a great rivalry game,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said after the game. “Had we lost the game, I would’ve come in here and sung UAB’s praises. ... Sometimes you could from a personnel standpoint you could really point to this and go, ‘God, we’re not going to get this done.’ ... So many guys had to step up to be able to get this win.” HOW AUBURN WINS Auburn will have to do a better job on the glass in this game. They were out-rebounded by 10 against Dayton. And though it wasn’t too costly, it’s not a recipe for success. The Tigers don’t necessarily have to win the rebounding battle, but if they do, it would be hard to envision UAB having a chance in this game. They would do well to force the Blazers into shooting from the perimeter to be successful. Auburn will get their 3-point shots, but the same might not be said for a UAB team that doesn’t have any bonafide shooters on their roster STAT TO KNOW Last season, UAB scored its biggest win on of the season on March 3 over Western Kentucky. They won that game by 28 points. It was just the ninth loss of the season for WKU, who was ranked in Kenpom’s Top 50. Five days later, though, the season ended for UAB with a loss to Western Kentucky in the CUSA tournament. They lost that game by 28 points. PLAYER TO WATCH Jalen Perry seems to be the one player on the team that can make 3-pointers with any effectiveness. He’s made a third of his 39 attempts this season, and is the only Blazer with more than 10 makes on the year. It’s not necessarily an X-Factor for UAB, but he does provide something slightly different than other shooters on the team.
  6. Gus Malzahn not surprised by fans’ anger: ‘I get that and understand that’ Updated 11:23 AM; Posted 11:23 AM Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walks the field before an NCAA college football game against Alabama State, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt) AP (Vasha Hunt) 0 shares By Sam Blum | SBlum@al.com SBlum@al.com Go to any message board, search his name on Twitter, or just start up a friendly conversation within these city limits — it’s not likely that you’ll see many fans of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. In his own words, gets it and understands it. Auburn finished the season at 7-5, well below expectations, with blowout losses and other embarrassing headlines dominating a difficult season. “I’ve been here I guess nine years,” Malzahn said on Thursday night, in his first public comments in 19 days. I’ve been here when we’ve won championships and I’ve been here when we’ve had tough seasons, and our fans expect to win championships and I do too. “But when you go 7-5, and there were times too we weren’t as disciplined as we’ve been in the past. I think that has something to do with the frustration too. I get that and understand that. That’s what motivates me to get this thing turned around.” Malzahn hinted that he thought there was inaccurate reporting from outlets suggesting that high-powered team boosters wanted him fired. But he added that “as a head coach, you take care and you control the things you can control.” He’s basically bet the house on having a good season next year — promising at every available opportunity that he will right the ship next season. It’s worth noting he made similar statements after a 4-2 start this season, only to see his team go 3-3 down the stretch and play in the Music City Bowl. “I think the bottom line is when you go 7-5 and you have aspirations of winning a championship, which we did, and go 7-5, no one is going to be happy,” Malzahn said. “I’m not happy. I know our fans aren’t. But I will tell you this, we’ve got really a lot to look forward to next year.” Auburn still has a game left this season, when it faces Purdue on Dec. 28 in Nashville. But largely, the story of this season is written. A win might salvage what has been a bitter and rumor-filled 20 days since the regular season ended, but it won’t by any means make this year a success. Malzahn didn’t say otherwise. While he shot down many of the reports of a tumultuous three weeks, there was no escaping the reality of an unsuccessful season, and he didn’t try to do that. “I’m very excited," Malzahn said. "I love Auburn. I love being here. I’ve been here a long time. I know what it takes and I’m really just excited about moving forward.”
  7. How Auburn will use new offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham during Music City Bowl prep Updated 9:23 AM; Posted 9:23 AM Auburn offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham took part in his first practice with the Tigers on Thursday as they began preparation for the Music City Bowl. 0 shares By Tom Green | tgreen@al.com tgreen@al.com As Auburn returned to the practice field Thursday afternoon to begin preparations for the Music City Bowl, there was a new face among the crowd — newly hire offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham. The 28-year-old assistant, who was hired from Memphis late Sunday night and began his new position on Monday, took in his first practice with Auburn on Thursday as he gets acclimated to his new role and surroundings. While Dillingham has officially joined Gus Malzahn’s staff, don’t expect him to go full bore with the Tigers over the next few weeks leading up to the bowl game against Purdue on Dec. 28 in Nashville, Tenn. “Right now, he's just getting acclimated,” Malzahn said. “He's getting used to our players, our coaches. Today, for the most part, he was just kind of seeing how we operate.” Auburn will hold seven straight practices between Thursday and Wednesday before players are given a few days off ahead of the holidays. The Tigers will then report to Nashville on Dec. 23 before having a regular week of practice on site, with three full days of practice from Dec. 24-26 followed by a walk-through the day before the Music City Bowl. Why Gus Malzahn decided to take over full-time play-calling once again Gus Malzahn is getting back to his roots and will assume play-calling duties for Auburn beginning with the Music City Bowl. Under NCAA rules, teams are permitted a maximum of 15 bowl practices, though Auburn will only be using 11 of those available practices due to scheduling semantics. Still, that gives Dillingham 11 opportunities, plus the bowl game, to get accustomed to how Malzahn operates and familiarize himself with the Tigers’ offensive personnel before spring practices. That included a close look at Auburn’s younger players on Thursday, when the Tigers had a short scrimmage toward the end of their first bowl practice. Dillingham is also unlikely to be overly involved in offensive meetings and gameplanning as he gets his bearings. While Dillingham, in a statement made in the Auburn release introducing him, cited the similarities between Malzahn’s offense and Mike Norvell’s offense, these next two weeks will be as much — if not more — about learning as it is teaching. “For the bowl, you’ve got to build upon what you have done,” Malzahn said. “You can’t change everything completely. I think it’s more kind of building upon what we’ve down this year and getting the best plan possible for this game with the players we have with everything that goes with it. Kenny is going to do probably more observing as far as that goes. Kodi (Burns) has been with me a long time and Kodi’s a bright, young man that has a lot of fresh ideas too. It will be building upon what we’ve done so far this year and try to put the best plan together to play offense.” As for the bowl itself, Malzahn said Dillingham will be up in the coaching booth — where he spent gamedays while at Memphis — and assist with the offense during the game against Purdue, adding that “he will not get full force until we get to the spring as far as that goes.” Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
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    Gus on quarterback situation

    Gus Malzahn feels ‘very good’ about Auburn’s quarterback situation in 2019 Updated 11:24 AM; Posted 10:48 AM By Tom Green | tgreen@al.com tgreen@al.com Auburn will be breaking in a new starting quarterback in 2019, and while no indications have been made about who would be the favorite to assume the starting role, head coach Gus Malzahn is optimistic about the options he will have at his disposal. After Jarrett Stidham officially declared for the NFL Draft last week, one of the biggest questions surrounding the 2019 Tigers is who will succeed him behind center, with Auburn set to return three scholarship quarterbacks — Malik Willis, Cord Sandberg and Joey Gatewood — as well as one quarterback currently committed to the 2019 class in four-star dual-threat option Bo Nix. “I’m confident with the guys we have,” Malzahn said Thursday. “And then obviously the guys we’ve got coming int. Looking forward to working with those guys. I feel very good about it. Put it that way. That’s probably the best way to answer that.” Replacing Stidham is no simple task for Auburn, as the redshirt-junior — despite some struggles this season — will finish his career as one of the program’s most prolific passers after just two seasons of action. Stidham enters his final game, the Music City Bowl on Dec. 28 against Purdue, as sixth on the program’s all-time passing list with 5,518 yards, as well as fourth in career completions with 455. In two seasons, Stidham completed 63.4 percent of his passes, throwing 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over 26 games. Why Gus Malzahn is taking over play-calling duties once again Gus Malzahn is getting back to his roots and will assume play-calling duties for Auburn beginning with the Music City Bowl. In replacing Stidham, Malzahn will have to choose between those four aforementioned options, though he declined to say if the Tigers would seek another quarterback before next season. Auburn already missed out on former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who last week signed with Missouri, and other graduate transfer options could be on the table in the coming months. “We’ll see,” Malzahn said. “I’m not ready to say yes or no with that, but I will say this: I feel very good about the guys we have.” It’s a statement Malzahn made despite the fact the four quarterbacks Auburn is set to have compete for the job this offseason have limited experience at this level. Willis, a rising junior, will be the most veteran option of the group. He has served as Stidham’s backup for much of the last two seasons, though his playing time has been sporadic and oftentimes limited to handing the ball off on the zone-read. In 14 games over the last two years, Willis has completed 10-of-13 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown while adding another 257 yards and two touchdowns rushing, averaging 10.28 yards per carry. Sandberg and Gatewood were both true freshmen this season, though they appeared in one game combined. Sandberg, a former minor league baseball player who is older than all of Auburn’s other quarterbacks saw limited action in Week 2 against Alabama State, when he completed his only pass attempt for 22 yards and added 35 yards on three carries. Gatewood, meanwhile, has not seen the field despite enrolling early in January and arriving as one of the highest-rated prep quarterbacks at Auburn in quite some time. Gatewood, who struggled passing the ball in the spring, saw his freshman campaign derailed by an early-season thumb injury that buried him as fifth on the quarterback depth chart — behind Stidham, Willis, Sandberg and former walk-on Devin Adams, and to an extent, Wildcat quarterbacks Ryan Davis and Boobee Whitlow. Then there’s Nix, the nation’s top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. An Auburn legacy—his father is former Tigers great Patrick Nix—Nix has been committed to Malzahn since Jan. 10, and he is expected to sign his letter of intent next week during the early signing period. There is a chance that he and other early signees will be on campus in time to participate in a couple of bowl practices. As for the Music City Bowl itself, Malzahn was not ready to say if Stidham’s decision to turn pro early will impact how the Tigers handle the quarterback position in the bowl game. Stidham will play against Purdue, but it would be understandable if Malzahn and new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham wanted to get reps for the other quarterbacks too given than it’s just an exhibition game and they will need to prepare for life without Stidham soon enough. “We’ll see where that goes,” Malzahn said. “But I will tell you this, all those other quarterbacks are getting a lot more time this week in practice. More attention. More time. More reps. You know, just to help for next year and their development in the spring.” Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
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    The Turds Bring in DJ Durkin

    bama fans have come out saying we have a lot of nerve when we still kiss up to dye after he repeatedly beat his wife in supposed drunken ragesand they claim this happened several times.. i like coach dye and have no idea if this is true. i will be sad if it is. my point is not to smear dye but to inform auburn fans why bama fans are mostly not too bothered by durkin.
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    CGM contract not changed!!!

    Gus Malzahn: ‘My contract has not changed one bit’ Updated Dec 13, 7:10 PM; Posted Dec 13, 6:03 PM Gus Malzahn said no changes have been made to his contract. (Kevin C. Cox) 537 shares By Tom Green | tgreen@al.com tgreen@al.com Gus Malzahn wanted to clear the air. Speaking to the media for the first time in 19 days, since his postgame press conference during the Iron Bowl, Malzahn wanted to make something clear about his contract to be Auburn’s coach in wake of reports that he was being forced to renegotiate his new seven-year, $49 million deal. “A couple things I wanted to clear up that are out there,” Malzahn said. “First of all, my contract has not changed one bit. I was never told I had to change my contract to keep my job. I have the support of our athletic director and president. There’s nobody hamstringing me from doing our job." The reports surfaced following Auburn’s regular-season finale loss to top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl, which was the Tigers' most lopsided loss of the Malzahn era and dropped the team to 7-5 on the year. The disappointing season came on the heels of an SEC West title in 2017, when Auburn knocked off two top-ranked teams -- Georgia and Alabama -- in a span of three weeks to clinch the division. Although the Tigers lost the SEC Championship Game to Georgia and then dropped their Peach Bowl appearance against undefeated UCF, the team headed into 2018 with sky-high expectations. With the Tigers returning much of their defense and starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Auburn was expected to again vie for an SEC West crown, widely viewed as Alabama’s top competition in the division, and be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Those plans were derailed early on, with Auburn losing on a last-second field goal against LSU in Week 3, then dropping games against Mississippi State and Tennessee before falling to rivals Georgia and Alabama. Prior to the Georgia loss, Malzahn got a vote of confidence from athletic director Allen Greene, who said Malzahn would be the Tigers' coach for the long run, and Auburn president Steven Leath echoed those sentiments a couple weeks later ahead of the Iron Bowl. Although Auburn’s administration was oddly silent about those reports in recent weeks, Greene on Monday published an open letter to fans reiterating his support for Malzahn. “They’re both on the same page for helping us moving forward,” Malzahn said of Greene and Leath. Still, it was an underwhelming season for Malzahn, who is the fifth-highest paid coach in the country this season and whose contract featured a $32 million buyout as of this month. His buyout also ranks fifth among college head coaches. Those shortcomings resulted in unrest among Auburn fans, and reports surfaced in recent weeks that Malzahn was asked by administrators and boosters to renegotiate his contract and lessen the buyout, all of which he categorically denied on Thursday. “I think the bottom line is when you go 7-5 and you have aspirations of winning a championship, which we did, and go 7-5, no one is going to be happy,” Malzahn said. “I’m not happy. I know our fans aren’t. But I will tell you this, we’ve got really a lot to look forward to next year. We’ve got the majority of our team coming back. Recruiting is going really good. Not just good but really good. And I think that’s a tribute to our coaches. It’s a tribute to the type of people we’re recruiting, their families and everything that goes with that. So the guys that we’ve got coming back with the class we’re about to sign, I’m very excited. I love Auburn. I love being here. I’ve been here a long time. I know what it takes and I’m really just excited about moving forward.” Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
  11. Gus Malzahn thanks departed OC Chip Lindsey, promises improved offense Updated Dec 13, 7:56 PM; Posted Dec 13, 7:54 PM Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey walk the field at Mercedes Benz Stadium Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga. 0 shares By Sam Blum | SBlum@al.com SBlum@al.com Gus Malzahn started and ended with two comments about departed offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. They had two different messages — one mentioned him by name, and one did not. “I’d really like to start out is thanking Chip Lindsey for his time here at Auburn,” Malzahn said. “Chip helped us win an SEC West championship. He’s a very good coach, a great person, great family. We wish him nothing but the best at Kansas.” And at the end of his 21-minute press conference, when asked if he’ll operate the offense differently next season, Malzahn was bold and confident in response. “I expect us to be quite a bit better,” he said. Lindsey was reported to be leaving Auburn on Dec. 3, and was officially announced as Kansas' offensive coordinator on Dec. 4. At the time, Auburn did not put out an official statement about his departure. Malzahn did announce that he would be calling the plays on offense for the bowl game and the foreseeable future in Auburn’s press release about the hire of new OC Kenny Dillingham. He expanded on that plan during Thursday’s press conference. He previously had delegated play calling duties to Lindsey during his two seasons with the Tigers. Auburn (7-5) ranked No. 94 in total offense this season, and fourth-to-last in the SEC. They averaged 5.47 yards per play on offense, and had 38 offensive touchdowns. Malzahn was kind in his departing words to LIndsey, but was definitely excited about the changes and improvement he could bring to Auburn’s stagnant offense. And in Lawrence, Kansas, they’re excited to have its new OC, with Les Miles telling the Kansas City Star that it’s a great day when you can add Chip Lindsey. Both schools are moving forward, and Malzahn will go back to his past as he refurbishes an old role going forward. “We’ll operate like we have in the past when I called the plays," Malzahn said, "everything as far as that goes with it.”
  12. Why Gus Malzahn decided to once again take over play-calling for Auburn Updated Dec 13, 8:02 PM; Posted Dec 13, 8:02 PM Gus Malzahn decided to take over play-calling duties for Auburn moving forward following the departure of former offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. ((Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)) 23 shares By Tom Green | tgreen@al.com tgreen@al.com Nearly two years ago, Gus Malzahn sat at a table inside Auburn Arena as he introduced Chip Lindsey as the Tigers’ new offensive coordinator and announced that he would be stepping away from play-calling for good. “My old offensive clipboard, I’m retiring it,” Malzahn said Jan. 21, 2017. “… I retired it officially, so that kind of tells you where I’m at.” Fast forward to this week, and Malzahn has decided to dust off that clipboard and get back to his roots. When Malzahn announced the hiring of new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kenny Dillingham late Sunday night, perhaps the biggest piece of news in Auburn’s press release came in the second paragraph, where it stated clearly that “moving forward, Malzahn will return to offensive playcalling duties for Auburn.” It will be the first time since early in the 2016 season that Malzahn will have full control of his offense. That season, after the Tigers got off to a terrible start offensively, he handed over the keys to then-offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. That hiatus is now over, beginning with Auburn’s upcoming appearance in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 28 against Purdue in Nashville, Tenn. “Really, that's probably my true comfort zone,” Malzahn said Thursday. “I'm really looking forward not just to the bowl game but going into next year. We've got a lot of our guys back. We've got a chance to be really good on offense. So, real excited about that. That's something that I'm really looking forward to.” Malzahn: "My contract has not changed one bit" Gus Malzahn shot down reports that his contract was renegotiated in recent weeks. Malzahn admitted Thursday that when he introduced Lindsey as offensive coordinator two years ago, he believed at the time that it was “very accurate” that he would be retiring his playsheet and taking a step back as a head coach. Circumstances change, however, and after a disappointing 2018 season offensively, Malzahn felt in his heart that he needed to get back to what made him so successful as a coach and what facilitated his rise through the coaching ranks. “The demands of this job each year gets more challenging, but sometimes as a coach you have to evaluate where you are at,” Malzahn said. “Sometimes things change, and they have, so I just evaluated where we are at and it is best for us if I move forward calling plays. I love to do that. That is really who I am at my core.” Malzahn first made a name for himself as a playcaller in Arkansas as a high school coach at Hughes, Shiloh Christian and Springdale, where his offensive scheme helped him reach the pinnacle of football in the state. He parlayed that into a college gig, serving as offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2006 before leaving for the same position at Tulsa in 2007 and 2008. While at Tulsa, Malzahn helped produce the nation’s most prolific offense for two seasons. He then left for Auburn to become offensive coordinator under Gene Chizik, helping the Tigers win a national championship in 2010 with Heisman winner Cam Newton. That year, Auburn had the nation’s No. 7 scoring offense and No. 5 rushing attack. Following a one-year sting as head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, Malzahn returned to Auburn as head coach. He was the Tigers’ primary play-caller during his first three seasons, helping the program to an SEC title and leading the nation in rushing in 2013, then following it with the No. 27 scoring offense in 2014. The offense took a step back in 2015 due to struggles at quarterback, which again hindered success in 2016, ultimately leading to Malzahn ceding control to Lashlee just a few games into that campaign. At the time, Malzahn said it was “not realistic” to be both a head coach and play-caller, adding that “sometimes reality hits you.” “That is really how I got to this point,” Malzahn said of calling plays. “It has been a process, I think, too, as a head coach you learn, and you grow. I think it is fair to say that has happened to me in both areas, but I am very confident right now that this is the right thing to do. I expect to be doing this thing for a long time like this, so I am really looking forward to it.” Malzahn’s decision to assume playcalling played into his decision to hire Dillingham, who did not call plays at Memphis under Mike Norvell, leading Malzahn to say it was “the perfect fit” from that standpoint. Now, following a season in which Auburn’s offense hit several new statistical lows, Malzahn expects to see a bounceback performance in 2019 while he calls the plays. "I expect us to be quite a bit better,” Malzahn said. “We'll operate like we have in the past when I called the plays, everything as far as that goes with it." Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.
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    Gus admits error with Martin

    Gus Malzahn admits error counting Asa Martin’s participation, offers different details Updated Dec 13, 9:24 PM; Posted Dec 13, 7:38 PM Asa Martin is tackled by Smoke Monday during scrimmage Thursday. Auburn football scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics) 0 shares By Sam Blum | SBlum@al.com SBlum@al.com Auburn’s coaches botched Asa Martin’s redshirt by playing him in a fifth game against Mississippi State on Oct. 6. At least one coach told members of his family after that game that they could still redshirt the freshman when it wasn’t possible. During Gus Malzahn’s first press conference in 19 days, the Auburn head coach acknowledged there was a mistake in counting the number of games Martin played in — but downplayed its importance and disputed crucial details of Martin’s mother, Sharay Harris', account. Harris said issues started when she went to then-offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and asked if they could preserve his redshirt and not play him against Mississippi State. He ended up playing in that game, burning his redshirt, while she claimed an assistant coach made it clear after the game he didn’t know that was the case. The confusion originated from Auburn not counting his participation in a Sept. 22 game against Arkansas — a mistake that team spokesman acknowledged on Dec. 6. Martin announced he was transferring from the program on Saturday, two days after that original report. Malzahn offered a different timeline than Harris. “So it was a new rule this year with the four games,” Malzahn said, referring to the NCAA’s redshirt rule, allowing athletes to play in four games without losing eligibility. “Earlier in the year, there was a coach that thought it was three, and one of them thought it was four. But after game six, everybody knew that he was playing.” Malzahn’s explanation here contradicts what Harris told AL.com about the timeline of her communication with the coaches. Game six was that Mississippi State game, and Harris said that the mistake was made after that game. Had it been before the MSU game, Auburn still would have been able to salvage the redshirt. “Yeah, it was a mistake from the standpoint that one thought it was three, one thought it was four,” Malzahn said. “But that was about game five, and then of course, game six, everybody was on the same page.” Again, this contradicted what Harris said. Her explanation was that one coach thought he played in four games, when he played in five games. Malzahn’s explanation basically pushes the mistake up one week, which would rid Auburn of having responsibility in mistakenly burning a player’s eligibility. While Harris offered details and a specific timeline of the conversation, Malzhan did not. “I think he played in six games,” Malzahn said. “It wasn’t like he just stopped playing you then.” The reality is Auburn didn’t play him from Oct. 6 until Nov. 17, or exactly six weeks. The only reason he did play in that Nov. 17 game — at the tail end of a 53-0 blowout — was because his redshirt was already burned. Malzahn basically did stop playing Martin, contradictory to his comments on Thursday. Malzahn did add that he was going to play “the best people," and that he was rooting for Martin, saying he was a “wonderful young man.” When asked if he thought the mistake led to Martin’s redshirt being burned, Malzahn was clear in his answer, but lacking in his explanation. “No," Malzahn said. "No. Not at all. Not at all.”
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    have quite the ceiling with Purifoy

    you just gave me hope. is the uab game going to be on tv? i looked up their schedule and all it said was radio..........thanx in advance.
  15. scout.com Dye-Gest: Important for Football Tigers to Set a Positive Tone ByMark Murphy 3-4 minutes Coach Pat Dye (Photo: Johnny Lawrence/Inside the Auburn Tigers) Like a lot of Auburn fans out there I have a better feeling about the football team’s offense now the Tigers have hired a new coordinator and are moving forward. I really like the idea of Coach Malzahn going back and calling the plays in his own offense, which nobody knows better than he does. The coaches are busy this time of year with their recruiting duties and preparing for the Music City Bowl. It is important that they do well with both assignments. My take is beating Purdue in the bowl game will help recruiting and set a positive tone moving forward into next season. A player not making the bowl trip is freshman Asa Martin. I was a guest on a radio show in Dothan and the guy tried to make a controversy out of it. The running back wanted to leave and the redshirt issue had nothing to do with it. He quit because he wanted to quit. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. My guess is it will be at Jacksonville State, UAB or some place like that. He is certainly no Roc Thomas as far as talent is concerned. It is time for things to settle down and get back to normal as Auburn gets ready to play Purdue in the bowl game. While Purdue might not be as talented as some teams the Tigers have played this year I think it is going to take Auburn’s best effort to come back from Nashville with a victory. Purdue has a really strong offense and is a dangerous football team. We all saw how they dominated Ohio State this year. I am excited as I can be about Bo Nix coming to Auburn. The quarterback led his Pinson Valley team to the Class 6A state championship with his dad, Patrick, as the head coach. I am not the least bit surprised at the success Bo had because he comes from a great family. I knew Bo’s granddaddy, I recruited his daddy, who was an outstanding quarterback for us, and I can say without reservation that the Nixes are a great Auburn family. Bo is the type of young man who is going to do all of the right things both on and off the football field to be a success. He has the type of leadership skills that coaches love to see from their players. If some little thing happens here or there, the type of situations that happen in all programs, he has the leadership skills to take care of it. He is that type of kid from that type of family. I can guarantee you he has been raised right. I am also excited to see what Malik Willis can do at quarterback next season. He has been here for two years now and he ought to be ready to make a move. I don’t know as much about Joey Gatewood, who is redshirting this year, but I know he is a big, athletic kid. The other returning quarterback, Cord Sandberg, is a good athlete, too, and what I have seen from him I like. Click Here to Sign Up for Premium Content Subscribe to Inside the Auburn Tigers Magazine and Football Newsletter Quail Hollow Gardens ">247Sports