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  1. JB Grimes Returns to Auburn

    After the disappointing performance by the O line in the Peach Bowl, I said to family members that what we needed on the O line was a Reese Dismukes, somebody tough & mean. Now I read that Reese says Coach Crimes will bring the tenacity back to the O line. Bring it BACK since it hasn't been there. That alone makes me glad to welcome Coach Crimes back to the Plains.
  2. This is what it's all about!

    So proud of those guys & of Auburn's connection to Schmid! May it continue & may it spread!
  3. Wiley and Purifoy

    Regarding Wiley moving on to the NBA this year... I live in Memphis & have become something of a Grizzlies fan (tough year this) where I've seen the truth of Charles Barkley's view on players going to the NBA early. The crucial issue (says Chuck) is whether or not a guy is ready to be in some NBA team's regular rotation. Very few (says Chuck) of those who leave early are. So, they either sit on the bench, which does nothing for their development into successful NBA players, or they're sent to the D league where they play in some sketchy gyms before 25 people & nobody cares which team wins. Far better (says Chuck) for them to stay in college, play & develop skills, face pressure & learn to win, & have the experience of the Big Dance. So, I've watched Andrew Harrison with the Grizzlies, who left Kentucky after 2 years, played an entire year in the D league (when he could have been playing at Rupp & going deep into the tournament), & who still hasn't shown that a long NBA career is there for him (though, granted, in 3 years he's certainly made more money than I'll ever make). His brother Aaron has done even less. Kobi Simmons left Arizona after 1 year & is playing D league this year (I think the Grizzlies may have brought him up for a couple of games recently as a sort of "tryout" with the big boys since this season has gone off the rails, but he wouldn't have been there otherwise). That's better than playing before Arizona fans & going to the Big Dance? And you can look at him & tell he's not physically ready for the NBA. Then there's Dillon Brooks who played 4 years at Oregon & is 1 of few bright spots in a dismal Grizzlies year. They're calling him "the future." I think we'd agree on the front end that Chuck knows NBA basketball, & my minimal observations do nothing to disconfirm that. So, with all that, I hope the question Wiley is pursuing is whether or not he's ready to be in a team's regular rotation. If not, I think he'd be better off coming back to Auburn. And, FWIW, last year Chuck said he thought Wiley needed at least 2 years of development in college & probably 3.
  4. What players are out of bowl game?

    I'm really flip flopping in my response to players who choose not to play to preserve their draft status. Those of you who note the financial considerations of a player in an injury prone sport make a good point. Those of you who note the consideration they owe teammates especially but also the university & fans also make a good point. Let me note 1 other consideration. Bowl attendance is dropping already. If more star p!ayers skip bowl games so that fans believe their team has no chance to win, I would expect attendance to drop more steeply. What would that do to the whole bowl system? For those who say good riddance, I remind you it's a primary way for players to be rewarded for a good year & to begin preps for the next season (I'm clearly not talking about the CFP). I'd guess college football officials, TV sports officials, conference officials, etc. are significantly concerned.
  5. My thoughts from outside the stadium

    Really appreciate & agree with all you said, esp your analysis of the seccg game & that that game needs to go if the selection committee isn't going to value playing in it. I also think we're trending upward. Looking forward to what we're building. As always, IGTBAAT!
  6. Teams punished for playing in Championship games

    Apart from hating Bama, the primary reason I feel like their selection is wrong is the championship games yesterday. If they don't matter, then let's do away with them. Prior to yesterday we were in & Wisconsin was in. But both of us had to play while Bama sat home & watched, risking nothing, & get rewarded for that. Another poster suggested only conference champs should be considered. I'd be glad for that. Or maybe only those who make the conference championship game. But punishing those who make a championship game just seems wrong to me.
  7. Thank You AU Players and Coaches

    As tough as the loss today is, it doesn't diminish a 5 game win streak, especially one that came after such a disheartening loss at LSU. And nothing ever takes the shine off beating Bams! It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!! (Now if the situation with Bruce & the basketball team could just get worked out!)
  8. Auburn’s Schedule.

    I'm fine with playing UGa every year, but I agree with those who want to move them to earlier in the schedule. Playing them & Bama like we do, especially in years like next year when we play both on the road, seems like a serious disadvantage. Several years ago, UGa played Florida the week before us & they got that changed. I think we need to make a change as well.
  9. "Our Time" doesn't end now (my eat crow post)

    Thank heavens for small favors!
  10. A little perspective, please

    We had to expend a ton of emotional energy in the iron bowl, UGa got to coast thru Tech. We used some saved plays to beat bama, UGa got to see them. KJ wasn't 100%. He's not just our best RB, he seems to be the GUY the others rally round. Even so we started well & were about to go up by 2 scores until Jarett fumbled. After that fumble the momentum swung to UGa & we didn't seem to have enough in the tank to wrestle it away from them. Even so, we were still in the game heading to the 4th qtr. I wish it had ended differently. I wish we could have made that 1 play that might have made a difference. Instead, KJ fumbled. I don't recall him fumbling all year. Can anyone tell me if I'm right about that? I hate that he did that after all his marvelous play this season. Looking forward to next year. I hope Kam Pettway is back. I hope Kam Martin can learn to block so he can be on the field more. I hope Jarret can learn to play in such a way to help us get momentum back when it goes against us (in all 3 losses he seemed to play worse when things went bad, which is just when we need him raise his play). I hope our young players step up (thinking of you, Calvin Ashley!). And I hope our guys use this loss for motivation all off season & into next year. War Eagle!!!
  11. Something Different About This Team

    Didn't Gus allow a dismissed player back on the team a couple of years ago? Maybe his name was Ricky Parks or something close to that? He might have been suspended rather than dismissed, but my memory is that he was gone for the whole season (which sounds like "dismissed" to me), then allowed back on in January, only to be dismissed again (permanently this time) before spring practice started. My point is that he might be an example of a dismissed player who stayed at Auburn being given a 2nd chance. Some of you may know/remember the specifics more clearly & thus know if he is such an example.
  12. Things I Think I Saw (AU vs Georgia).....

    Wonder if it irritates you like it does me that tv announcers often call him "Brandon" rather than "Braden." They did that the whole game on Saturday. Ugh!!!
  13. FINAL: Auburn 40 Georgia 17

    I don't care if an undefeated Bama is better for us. I'm not pulling for them today, tomorrow or ever!!! What a joyous, complete, dominating, happy happy win!! WDE everybody!!!
  14. Pearl's Job in Jeopardy

    I don't know if your comments are in response to what I wrote earlier, but if so, I'd like to clarify my remarks. I didn't say the situation has "nothing to do with the AD." I assume, in fact, that the AD is very involved & plenty mad if Bruce isn't cooperating with the Firm we hired to do the investigation. I even wonder if the info was leaked from the Athletic Dept so that, if Bruce is fired in the next couple of days or weeks, all of us will know why. But my earlier remarks on this Board reiterated that the reports say that Bruce isn't cooperating with the Firm the AD hired to do the investigation, not with our Compliance Dept & Rich MacGlynn.
  15. Pearl's Job in Jeopardy

    As I understand it, the "problem" isn't between Pearl & the Compliance dept but between Pearl & the Firm we've hired to do the investigation. So, I'm not clear that any pissing contest is between MacGlynn & Pearl. At least not directly. But whoever it is, & whatever is going on, it's worrisome. And demoralizing. I also wanted to make one comment about the Purifoy situation from 2 years ago. I live in Memphis & remember when Derek Rose was cleared by the NCAA to play for the U of Memphis Tigers & led them to within seconds of a national championship. 2 years after Rose had left for the NBA, the NCAA rule that he'd cheated on his ACT (his score jumped like Purifoy's apparently did), that the university should have known he'd cheated (though Memphis folks protested that they didn't know how they how they could have known), & so all the games in which he'd played had to be forfeited. If Memphis had won the NC, they'd have had to vacate it, which would have been awful. I tell this story for those who were wondering why Purifoy wasn't allowed to play even if the NCAA had cleared him. NCAA clearance isn't necessarily the final word. Auburn may have been trying to be as sure as possible. Anyway, just passing this along...