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    2018 Fall Camp - Final Scrimmage

    " I think the first three or four games will tell us where we're at." 🙄
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    Movies

    I was thinking just yesterday about all the "great" films and blockbusters I've seen that, even though I recognize their artistic achievement and/or popular appeal, once is enough. I never want to see them again. And then there are the movies I never want to see even once because I cannot stand the star. One of the great movies I love and have watched many times (in all its re-release versions) is Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner." I really liked "The Ninth Gate" which was different enough from the book it was based on (The Club Dumas) that I like both the book and the movie, although the movie eliminates an entire storyline completely. "Young Frankenstein" is such fun, as is "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." A holiday tradition in our house is "Hogfather" based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld book. It is the only holiday-related movie I can stand. I thought "Ex Machina" was a masterly scifi movie. "The Maltese Falcon" is irresistible to me. And another of the "great movies" that I really like is Bogart/Bacall in "The Big Sleep." Have you seen the remake that starred Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles? An odd remake, but I watch just to watch Sarah Miles. And for total absolute silliness (and gloriously shredding parody), I always turn to "Galaxy Quest."
  3. Thank you DA for your dedication and commitment to Auburn. By Grant KeithAuburnTigers.com AUBURN, Ala. – The path to Auburn for senior quarterback Devin Adams wasn't always a smooth and easy ride. Growing up in Prichard, Alabama, he was raised by a single mother after his father passed away when he was a teen. It was at that point that his mother, Felicia, became his rock. "She was always a rock, but the rock became more firm," Adams said. "She told me whatever your dream is, you go for it, and I'm right behind you. She's been there physically, mentally, emotionally and every state, and I just thank her for that." His mother might be his rock, but Adams wouldn't be where he is today without the help of his two longtime friends – Tre' Williams and Deshaun Davis. The two Auburn linebackers, one former and one current, played a key role in bringing Adams to the Plains. Beginning at four years old, the trio did everything together and formed a bond that would not be broken even after leaving the Mobile area. "Blood wouldn't make us any closer," Davis said of Adams. "When I say that, I mean it. People always say all the time, 'Y'all are such good friends.' We're not friends. That's my brudda." Adams received various scholarship offers out of high school, but he elected to go to Mississippi Delta Community College to hone his skills after a last-minute coaching change at the college where he initially committed. After two seasons of ups and downs in junior college, the opportunity to earn a scholarship and go compete for a starting job at many schools across the country was there. However, family won out. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound quarterback felt it was time to return home and be reunited with his two "bruddas" at a school he knew would genuinely care for him. "A lot of people from my family didn't go to college," Adams said. "The ones that did go to college didn't finish. To be able to get a degree and then turn around and try to get a second degree while playing football at one of the biggest schools in the country and be that shining light to people that you can make it – that's everything. "Tre' and Deshaun paved my way and helped me every step in getting to Auburn. They said it best – make sure you're with family. And now that means not just Tre' and Deshaun, but the whole Auburn family. "Everybody has their own road, their own path. So I just wanted to let people know when the tables turn against you, no matter how adversity comes, you still can do it." In May, three years after first enrolling at Auburn, Adams graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. He's also continuing his football career at Auburn as he pursues a second bachelor's degree in adult education. It's unlikely you'll see Adams take meaningful snaps for the Tigers this season. He's behind Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis and Joey Gatewood on the depth chart. But that's not why he opted to return for his final season. He returned because of his lifelong friend, Davis. The two wanted to share one last ride together and be there for each other. "Because he's a walk-on, he might not get the opportunities to play a lot," Davis said. "But he's always kept a humble head. He never got discouraged. If he got reps in practice, he took advantage of them. Coach [Gus] Malzahn gave him the name, 'the natural' because he always says, 'No matter if [Adams] doesn't get reps during practice or whatever – at the end of practice whenever they put him in, he's slinging the rock. It's natural to him.'" Though this will be his last season 'slinging the rock' for Auburn, it doesn't mean that Adams is finished with football. He plans on turning it into a career once his time as a player is done as he looks to join the coaching ranks. He loves dissecting the game and arguing about the Xs and Os with teammates whenever the opportunity presents itself. Regardless of where he goes next, Adams will also be forever grateful to the Auburn family. "I haven't started or played a down and people know my name," Adams said. "They're so in tune with the roster, the people, the players. They know everything about you. They're so in tune with the university and the football team and they love everything about us. It takes a lot to know the players from top to bottom – some that don't even play – and just know their story. "I just say thank you for the support. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world." As for the legacy Adams wants to leave at Auburn, he simply wants to be remembered as a good teammate and a teammate who created a bond with every player he came in contact with. There's a reason he's known on the team as "little brother." "My goal is to make the most of every opportunity," Adams said. "You can ask anybody on the team, I don't get as many reps, but I go in there and make the most of those reps and what you have to do to be seen and get your respect in that manner. "At the end of the day, I came to Auburn to let people know that I can play football. I think I've proved that point. To gain respect from your teammates, you prove that you can play, and then they want to know your story. Why wasn't he on scholarship? Why didn't he come here straight out of high school? To open that gate and then tell my story after that -- it means so much to me. "You make the most of every opportunity that you get and once you make the most of those opportunities, you tell your story of how you got there. That's who Devin Adams is." https://auburntigers.com/news/2018/8/17/football-be-that-shining-light-devin-adams-senior-spotlight.aspx
  4. IF Auburn can get past Xavier, I am really eager to see the Duke matchup. Why? The one advantage Auburn might have against the kind of talent Duke brings to the floor is *experience*. Duke will be heavy in talent. But catching them early in the year! Before they gel. Duke will go n to win a big truckload of games. A win over Duke would be a ticket to the NCAA if Auburn can just keep steady through the season.
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    Home and Home vs. Baylor and UCLA

    What I'm HOPING is that CGM matures as a HEAD coach, which means (1) he establishes the overall philosophy of the team offensively but lets the coordinators implement with game planning and most on-field play calling, (2) he is the closer in recruiting but lets the position coaches and coordinators do their magic, (3) he is the voice and face of Auburn football, the media front man, and handles all the administrative stuff, and (4) he is a role model and inspiration to our boys in blue, instilling a culture based on the Auburn creed. If he can do all those things (and I think he is smart enough to do so), he will become one of Auburn's great coaches. If he can't figure out #1, he will have a record of mediocrity and be let go well before UCLA arrives.
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    Mark My Word 2018

    I know this is all about pumping sunshine, BUT -- MMW - Stidham gets injured and cannot play in second half of season MMW - UGA beats Bama for SEC championship MMW - Mich State or Wisconsin wins B1G MMW - Auburn loses to either TA&M or Miss St
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    Home and Home vs. Baylor and UCLA

    Wondering if Chip Kelly will still be the UCLA coach in a decade, when UCLA arrives in Auburn. In the short term, I expect UCLA to improve significantly under him. It would be interesting to see his HUNH like 3-4 years from now. Might shake up the PAC12. But but longer term? A decade? Of course, we might say the same about Auburn. Will CGM still be around a decade from now? A decade is a long time in football. Well, actually, it's a long time in human years too. At my age, I'm hoping to still be around when UCLA visits Auburn.
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    Big 10 is in trouble

    Okay, I know Dan Wetzel is not the favorite guy around here, but thizs is a roundup of the overall picture in the B1G. I'm not sure how to correctly post this, so I'll just provide the link and try to provide the text. Here is the link: https://sports.yahoo.com/big-tens-big-mess-will-troubled-conference-ever-reclaim-morality-185230600.html Ohio State has an assistant coach fired over repeated allegations of spousal abuse and a head coach on leave over what he knew and did about it. Maryland had a player sadly die after a workout and now three football staffers, plus its head coach, are on leave too. Larry Nassar abused hundreds of women and his scandal overwhelmed Michigan State, eventually leading to the resignation of both the president and athletic director. Jerry Sandusky is never too far from mind when it comes to Penn State. Illinois, in 2015, had its football coach fired for discouraging medical treatment, per the school. Indiana also had its football coach resign due to player abuse concerns, although he wound up on the staff at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have another massive sexual abuse scandal involving a former, and deceased, wrestling team doctor that has shifted into a who knew what, and when? A Minnesota football sexual misconduct case resulted in multiple expulsions, the job of the head coach (for supporting the players) and a slew of lawsuits with far more questions than answers about what really happened. Purdue didn’t even have an adequate medical care system set up for when a Michigan quarterback got injured during a game there. Rutgers went with the old-fashioned academic fraud and drug-testing scandals. We could go on. These are disparate incidents, each its own situation, some of them still unresolved. Putting them altogether may not be fair. Some resulted in quick dismissals, which show a proper response, although it’d be a lot better if no response was needed in the first place. This is also not to say there is something particularly wrong with the Big Ten compared to the rest of big-time college athletics. Things happen everywhere. Still, this has this been one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad stretch for the conference. There was a time when Michigan players being investigated for selling their shoes would have been newsworthy. Now, in the shadow of death, abuse and rape, it’s quaint. Who could care? Leaders and Legends are hard to find these days. In terms of good news, the Iowa Wave can take you only so far. The Big Ten for years rationalized the on-field success of the SEC by looking down their noses at that league’s supposed compromised ethics and general wildness. “I love speed and the SEC has great speed, especially on the defensive line, but there are appropriate balances when mixing academics and athletics,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany wrote in a 2007 statement to fans as he tried to explain away the Big Ten’s subjectively poor results in recruiting compared to the SEC. “Winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process,” Delany continued. “Not every athlete fits athletically, academically or socially at every university. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards.” Those loaded comments were regrettable then. They are ridiculous now. (Although it’s worth noting, it isn’t the players who are causing the major problems these days, it’s the highly paid adults.) The league needs to find its bearings. There are too many good people and good athletes and good fans who deserve and should demand better from their leadership. Instead, right now, the Big Ten is perhaps most concerned about forcing Comcast to keep its gravy-train television network on basic cable so it can rake in fees from millions of Midwestern homes that don’t even know the channel exists. The league even trotted out a new commercial with football coaches demanding fans to call their cable provider (someone should scrub D.J. Durkin from there, at least for the time being). The Big Ten Network has really been a Big Ten Tax. There’s some quality programming and it sure has been lucrative, but has it changed the place? Did all those millions make everything become so big and so important that it also became so secretive, so isolated, so competitive that basic checks and balances, oversight and core values are lost? It’s nice to build that huge football facility, but is that a place for the players to go, or a way to keep the rest of the university (and world) out of the head coach’s business because it might get you another victory or two? There are no easy answers here. The questions are too massive and too important, too varied and too complex. What’s clear is the Big Ten, and everyone else involved in college athletics, needs to examine what it is doing to prevent what keeps happening. This isn’t about players selling shoes anymore. This isn’t about buying recruits. This isn’t even crashing motorcycles with volleyball players on the back. This is ugly. This is dispiriting. This is everywhere. The Big Ten has always at least said it was about more than winning. It still can be, if it really tries.
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    2020 5* C Walker Kessler

    Trying to decide if that's supposed to be a joke. Maybe your definition of "recently" is different from mine. But I agree, they are not a true "blue blood" in the class of UK, UNC, Duke and KU.
  10. Whew, that depth chart sure is thin at Safety. Of course, it's just a chart and an early one at that.
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    nick and tre in CFL

    37 yards on 5 carries = 7.4 yards per carry. That's better than his Auburn average. I agree. His long term health is of greater concern. But that is his decision, not ours, to make. Good luck to him.
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    New NCAA rule regarding draft

    I suppose you didn't notice that news blurbs scroll at AP, but I should have hunted down a better source. Thank you for posting more complete report.
  13. Among the many new rule changes announced by the NCAA coming out of the Rice Commission recommendations, college players who enter the NBA draft but are not drafted will be able to return to college basketball. Although this works to the benefit of players, offering them a fall-back, it might also encourage a lot more kids to enter the draft who really shouldn't. It's not reported yet whether rules related to hiring an agent are being changed along with this rule change. https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball
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    Wildcat

    I'm not a huge fan of the WC, because 99% of the time, you are just telegraphing what the play is going to be, at which point it comes down to "my guys up front vs your guys up front fighting it out." And this year, rebuilding the OL, I'm not eager to go there against teams like Udub, LSU, Miss St, UGA and Bama. That said, I think Gatewood has the size and speed, if he has the want-to, and he would be a threat to throw. Same with Sandberg. He's 6'3 and 215 lbs and was a dual threat guy, so we know he can run. Either one would be something of an unknown to defenses, not sure what was coming, siunce either could be a threat to pass. I'm also curious to see if CCL (with CGM's permission) is going to try a fake punt occasionally on 4th and short -- line up initially like a punt with Siposs, then hurry up into WC and go for it. He's 6' 2" and 200 lbs and he's used to playing rough Aussie rules ball. He could go in either direction, and since he can roll out and kick with either foot, the D wouldn't know whether he was going to run or kick. I'm just not sure the coaches would risk him getting clobbered by a full speed LB. And it might take a year or two until they develop plays for him.