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  1. It all begs the all-important question. Where was this all season? Why now, when no one was even looking? Malzahn seemed to blame it on an injured quarterback, but Stidham never mentioned an injury throughout the season. “He wasn’t healthy all year,” Malzahn said after the game on the national broadcast, “and he never complained about that.” Any thoughts?
  2. I remember in mid to late 80s. Bill Curry was UA coach, had lost twice or 3 times consecutively to AU. Joab Thomas was president at UAT. He came out with statement fully supporting Coach Curry. Headlines in Birmingham News at the time from a UA Trustee said, Someone should tell Dr. Thomas that it is as easy to fire the university president as it is to fire the football coach. Not as far fetched as you think. And Curry was gone as I recall. (not sure about Joab Thomas -- think he came around).
  3. Could Auburn actually fire Gus Malzahn? Josh Moon November 27, 2018 Is Auburn planning to fire Gus Malzahn? I’ve been getting that question a lot — way more than a political reporter probably should — after I tweeted on Monday that some AU reps met with former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and/or his reps. It was a slow Monday in the sports world, I guess, because that bit of information — information that was mostly already out there (except for the details on Stoops) — blew up. So, let’s take a minute and set some things straight. First and foremost, I stand by everything I said on Monday. There was a meeting between reps for AU and Stoops or his reps. That meeting went well, according to someone very familiar with the conversations that took place that day and in the two-plus weeks since. Coaches do that a lot. They say things like “I am not going to be the coach at Alabama,” when technically they’ve just stalled the contact. Or they deny contact with a school, when they actually met with a booster not employed by the university. Or they deny meeting with anyone … because they actually sent their agent instead. I’m not going to play this game. I have reported what I know from multiple reliable sources. You can make up your own mind. But there is other information to be considered. For the past several weeks, numerous outlets that cover AU athletics on a daily basis — including a couple of longtime AU beat writers — have provided detailed reports on a growing movement within the ranks of boosters and top donors to oust Malzahn. Such a move would be astounding for a couple of reasons, but primarily because the university provided Malzahn with one of the biggest and dumbest contract extensions in recent memory just last year. It tacked on an additional seven years and $49 million, and it came with a YUUUUGE buyout. If Auburn fires Malzahn this year, under the terms of the contract, it would owe him around $32 million. And that money would have to be paid out in large chunks, with half of it due within 30 days. That said, about a month ago, as Auburn was in the midst of yet another Malzahn mid-season swoon, I was told by a couple of prominent donors that there was talk of an “escape hatch” in Malzahn’s contract. I dug into it a little more and found that the folks at Tigers Unlimited had alerted university officials to a rather significant problem with the financing of the contract extension: No one had secured the funding from TU. Apparently, because TU is a private entity, for it to be obligated to cover the majority of Malzahn’s contract — as it currently is — there’s a formal step that has to be taken. I assume this involves a signature and notary stamp, but I’m only guessing. That formal step was never executed, according to two people who should know. And some at AU wanted to use that loophole to weasel out of the contract extension and/or possibly force Malzahn into a negotiation. It was never clear to me just how serious anyone at AU took this scheme, but the fact that so many were talking about it told me that the major players had turned on Malzahn. That was mostly not the case a year earlier, when that stupid extension was greenlit. It was also around that time that some prominent donors and trustees began discussing alternatives to Malzahn as head coach. There was agreement on one thing: If they were going to consider dropping a chunk of change to send Malzahn packing, it would have to be for a home run, can’t-miss hire. “We weren’t doing this and hiring some longshot,” said one of the donors who was part of the discussions. “That’s about all we agreed on, but we agreed on that.” Stoops’ name was at the top of the list. But it was tossed out, the donors said, almost as a sarcastic wish — with no hope of it ever happening. After all, Stoops had retired only a year ago and he has no real ties to Auburn. Still, a couple of AU donors reached out. They set up a meeting. And to their surprise, it went extremely well. There seemed to be genuine interest from Stoops in returning to coaching, and in the Auburn job specifically, the sources said. Since that time, the two sides have remained in contact and there is a general feeling that the interest remains high on both sides. Where that leaves things, I’m not sure. But I do know this: the way this info leaked, some people wanted it out there. Too many people knew what was going on, and too many people were willing to talk about it. I suspect that was partly to gauge fan response, and to ensure that making such a change would be supported by the overall fanbase and by the top donors. Six weeks ago, there’s no chance it would have been received well. On Monday, after a blowout loss to Alabama and an ugly loss to Georgia, there is much more support. There’s a growing concern among “donors who matter” that AU is falling too far behind UGA and UA, and that it will eventually hurt the team in recruiting. Not to mention, some of the money spent to fire Malzahn — if AU ends up owing him that full buyout, which is unlikely — could be recouped by on-the-field successes. So, there is suddenly momentum to pull off what was an unthinkable move just a few weeks ago: Eat a $30 million buyout and fire Gus Malzahn.
  4. Story from SI last July linked below. A good read.
  5. As an aside, I've read, last week I think, that AU had out-rebounded every opponent to that point in time. Any one know if that is true (or still true), and could anyone point me to statistics that report this. AU64, know you have helped me find this type data before. Thanks.
  6. Have one ticket for sale. South End Zone. Sec 16 Row 14 Regular price $120. 334-303-5194
  7. Anyone know what channel the game will be on. Can't seem to find it anywhere. Thanks
  8. Thanks for these previews. Really look forward to them.
  9. I've read on here before that there's a way to do this. Any ideas for relatively easy way to do this. Thanks!
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  11. From Montgomery Advertiser November 10 Trio of ‘historic’ Auburn hoops early signees highlighted by center Wiley AUBURN – The Austin Wiley era in Auburn begun two years ago but became official Wednesday morning when he signed his National Letter-of-Intent with his parents’ alma mater. Wiley’s commitment as a junior at Spain Park High School was part of a movement of players wanting to eventually play with the five-star center who is projected to be one of the country’s most dominant big man players the minute he steps on Auburn’s campus. Wiley’s commitment was less than a month after a commitment from five-star guard Mustapha Heron, who will make his Auburn debut Friday night and likely be in the same starting lineup as Wiley next season. The commitment of Heron and Wiley, who are the first duo of five-star prospects to play on the same Auburn roster in school history, led to Pearl’s first three recruiting classes being ranked in the Top 20 according to (No. 19 in 2015, No. 13 in 2016 and No. 5 in 2017). Wiley, a 6-foot-11 and 255-pound center prospect who now attends the Florida prep school Conrad Academy, chose Auburn over offers and interest from basketball powerhouse programs such as Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky. “Let’s also keep in mind that Austin is a 2017 class kid and quite honestly, Auburn probably recruited him harder than anybody in the country,” Evan Daniels,’s director of basketball recruiting, said in Oct. 2015. “Those blue blood programs were still looking at 2016 class kids. Auburn did exactly what they needed to do. They identified a talent early and did everything they needed to do to get a commitment.” Wiley is the son of former Auburn players, All-American Vickie Orr, and Aubrey Wiley, who led the Southeastern Conference in rebounding in 1993-94 and a cousin to current Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person. “This class is historic,” said Pearl. “It started with Austin Wiley - about a year and a half ago committing to us prior to his junior year. He knew that his verbal commitment might attract others. All he’s done between then and now is work so hard to build his body to represent our country in international basketball and wear that USA jersey. Now, he’s going to come here and add to the history and legacy of his family.” Wiley, who is ranked 13th nationally by Scout, 16th by Rivals and 17th by 247Sports, played on Team USA’s gold medal winner at the U17 world championships in Spain this summer. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior last season for Spain Park, which reached the state Class 7A finals. “I can’t see why it wasn’t the perfect fit to go to school and play basketball,” Wiley said on his commitment day of Sept. 26, 2015. “I’ve been coming here since I was born. The way I look at this is a coming home party today.” Jerry Bartley, director of Wiley’s AAU program, The Alabama Challenge, said Wiley will remind basketball fans of former Florida power forward and current Boston Celtics all-star Al Horford. “He’s not all there offensive yet but the tools are all there for him to continue to development,” Bartley said. “What he’s already got is the ability to affect the game defensively and a great attitude with a great family background. When your mother has her name carved into the building, you have the chance to be special.” Four-star Chuma Okeke, a 6foot-8, 225-pound forward from Westlake High School near Atlanta, committed to Auburn this July and the 56th-best player in the country according, averaged 22.7 points and 7.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2014-15. He chose Auburn over Mississippi State, Florida, Clemson, LSU, Georgia Tech, Georgia and UAB after he averaged 14.8 points per game and eight rebounds in 15 games this summer for the Georgia Stars AAU team out of Atlanta. “Chuma Okeke is a rare talent,” Pearl said in a university statement. “He’s a nightmare matchup for people because he can shoot the ball from the perimeter. He can put it on the floor. He can score for himself. He reminds you of Danjel Purifoy, but he has little bit more size. He’s creative like Danjel as well.” Davion Mitchell, a four-star point guard from Hinesville, Georgia, completed the early signees of Auburn’s 2017 class. Mitchell, who is No. 33 by 247Sports, averaged 24.2 points, 7.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game as a junior, earning Savannah Morning News Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors. He’ll be expected to compete for playing time at the point next year with current freshman Jared Harper. “Davion Mitchell is one of the most physical defenders anywhere in high school basketball,” said Pearl. “There is not a better onthe- ball defender than Davion Mitchell. If I put you on him, you’re not going to score that night, but he can also score. We’re going to have great point guard play because of Jared Harper and Davion Mitchell running that position.” Go online for more from Aubur n Authority blog. @matthewstevens
  12. 17-16 my Internet passwords over time: 17-16 auburn1716 Auburn17-16 Auburn17-16! need I say more......
  13. As the evidence increases, you just wonder when the tipping point will occur... Shortly before he died last July, the former N.F.L. quarterback Ken Stablerwas rushed away by doctors, desperate to save him, in a Mississippi hospital. His longtime partner followed the scrum to the elevator, holding his hand. She told him that she loved him. Stabler said that he loved her, too. “I turned my head to wipe the tears away,” his partner, Kim Bush, said recently. “And when I looked back, he looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘I’m tired.’ ” They were the last words anyone in Stabler’s family heard him speak. “I knew that was it,” Bush said. “I knew that he had gone the distance. Because Kenny Stabler was never tired.” Continue reading the main story RELATED COVERAGE Ken Stabler, Quarterback Who Led Raiders to Title, Dies at 69 JULY 10, 2015 The N.F.L.’s Tragic C.T.E. Roll Call FEB. 3, 2016 C.T.E. Is Found in an Ex-Giant Tyler Sash, Who Died at 27 JAN. 26, 2016 Frank Gifford Had Brain Disease, His Family Announces NOV. 25, 2015 Dave Duerson’s Family Says ‘Concussion’ Film Smears Him DEC. 16, 2015 The day after Stabler died on July 8, a victim of colon cancer at age 69, his brain was removed during an autopsy and ferried to scientists in Massachusetts. It weighed 1,318 grams, or just under three pounds. Over several months, it was dissected for clues, as Stabler had wished, to help those left behind understand why his mind seemed to slip so precipitously in his final years. On a scale of 1 to 4, Stabler had high Stage 3 chronic traumaticencephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, according to researchers at Boston University. The relationship between blows to the head and brain degeneration is still poorly understood, and some experts caution that other factors, like unrelated mood problems or dementia, might contribute to symptoms experienced by those later found to have had C.T.E. Stabler, well known by his nickname, the Snake (“He’d run 200 yards to score from 20 yards out,” Stabler’s junior high school coach told Sports Illustrated in 1977), is one of the highest-profile football players to have had C.T.E. The list, now well over 100, includes at least seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Junior Seau, Mike Webster and Frank Gifford. Continue reading the main story Ken Stabler’s Brain An examination of Ken Stabler’s brain shows evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Ann C McKee, MD, VA Boston Healthcare/Boston University School of Medicine Few, if any, had the free-spirited charisma of Stabler, a longhaired, left-handed quarterback from Alabama who personified the renegade Oakland Raiders in the 1970s. Stabler was the N.F.L.’s most valuable player in 1974 and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl title two seasons later. He ended his 15-year N.F.L. career with the New Orleans Saints in 1984. “He had moderately severe disease,” said Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and a professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University School of Medicine, who conducted the examination. “Pretty classic. It may be surprising since he was a quarterback, but certainly the lesions were widespread, and they were quite severe, affecting many regions of the brain.” Quarterbacks are provided more protection from hits than most football players. An offensive line’s purpose is, in part, to protect the quarterback, and leagues like the N.F.L. have special rules to discourage severe blows to players in the most important position on the field. But Stabler’s diagnosis further suggests that no position in football, except perhaps kicker, is immune from progressive brain damage linked to hits to the head, both concussive and subconcussive. AdvertisementContinue reading the main story Stabler is the seventh former N.F.L. quarterback to be found to have had C.T.E. by Boston University, which has found C.T.E. in 90 of the 94 former N.F.L. players it has examined, including the former Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died in September at age 27 and whose diagnosis was made public last week. Because C.T.E. can be diagnosed only posthumously, and most brains are not examined for the disease, incidence rates among athletes and nonathletes are difficult to ascertain. A study by the Mayo Clinic, released last fall, found C.T.E. in 21 of 66 men who played contact sports (mostly football), but found no traces of the disease in 198 other brains of men who had no exposure to contact sports. Scientists are quick to note that they do not understand why some football players get C.T.E. and others do not. Super Bowl Complete coverage of the N.F.L.'s Super Bowl 50 from New York Times reporters and editors. Game time: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 on CBS. How to Watch the Super Bowl When You Don’t Have Cable FEB 3 Taxi Use Patterns Can Tell Us How Good the Super Bowl Was FEB 3 Cam Newton Tries to Move On After Comments on Race FEB 2 Lady Gaga Will Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 FEB 2 Super Bowl 50 Playbook Calls for Loaded Nachos FEB 2 See More » But the disease, once thought to mostly afflict boxers, has been found in recent years in deceased athletes who have played soccer, rugby and even baseball. Continue reading the main story The N.F.L.’s Tragic C.T.E. Roll Call Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, has been found in dozens of former N.F.L. players. Here are some of the most notable cases, along with New York Times coverage. Most brains are donated by families hoping to understand why their loved one’s cognitive functions declined in later years. Symptoms of C.T.E. are similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, including memory loss, confusion, impulsiveness and depression. “On some days, when he wasn’t feeling extremely bad, things were kind of normal,” Bush said. “But on other days it was intense. I think Kenny’s head rattled for about 10 years.” For decades, the N.F.L. rebutted research by independent experts that connect brain trauma to long-term cognitive impairment. Only in recent years, long after Stabler’s career ended, has the league begun to publicly acknowledge it has a problem. Stabler is a finalist for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, to be voted upon by sportswriters and announced on Saturday, the day before Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. He was a finalist three times before, the last in 2003, and his nomination regularly led to sturdy debate. This time, Stabler was selected posthumously as a senior finalist, along with Dick Stanfel, an offensive lineman who died in June at age 87. Like that of other famous players, Stabler’s long career may have bolstered his case for the Hall, but also made him more susceptible to long-term brain disease. “The very severity of the disease, at least that we’re seeing in American football players, seems to correlate with the duration of play,” McKee said. “The longer they play, the more severe we see it. But it’s also the years since retirement, to the age of death — not only the longer you play, but the longer you live after you stop playing.” Photo The Broncos’ Lyle Alzado, left, who died from complications of a rare form of brain cancer in 1992 at age 43, and Joe Rizzo pursued Stabler in a game in 1978. CreditAssociated Press After retiring from football, Stabler worked as a broadcast analyst for the N.F.L. and for the University of Alabama, where he played quarterback under Coach Bear Bryant. His damaged knees became such a problem in the past 10 years that he rarely ventured out. It was not until the final few years that his family recognized a rapid decline in his cognitive functions, too. Several symptoms — which cannot be conclusively attributed to C.T.E. — began to show themselves quickly, beginning with Stabler’s complaints of a high-pitched ringing in his head. In his final year, he once grit his teeth so hard that he broke a bridge in his mouth and had to get dental implants. AdvertisementContinue reading the main story “There were days when I walked in the door and looked at his face, and I could tell,” Bush said. “He was sitting in his chair, because he was always waiting for me, and the news was on and whatnot, and he had his head laid back, and his eyes just scrunched up so tight that I used to think that would give you a headache in itself, just the pure pressure of squinting like that.” Noise and bright lights became enemies. A lifelong lover of music, Stabler stopped listening to the radio in the car, choosing to drive hours in silence. He increasingly complained about the clanging of kitchen dishes and the volume of the television. Photo Kim Bush, Stabler’s longtime companion, in the room Stabler used as his office in their house in Gulfport, Miss. CreditEdmund D. Fountain for The New York Times Family and friends found him repeating himself, sharing stories privately or during public events that he had told just minutes before. He lost his sense of direction, pointing north when he spoke about the coast just a few miles south of his home in Gulfport, Miss. Driving, he became flustered at four-way stop signs. In the fall of 2014, he moved to Arizona to be closer to his oldest daughter, Kendra Stabler Moyes, 45, and her twin sons, 17-year-old Justin and Jack, who play high school football. “I remember them calling me and saying, ‘Mom, Papa keeps stopping at green lights,’ ” Stabler Moyes said. Stabler recognized his decline, but it was not his personality to talk about his problems. He did not tell his daughters as he battled prostate cancer for three years, harking to what John Madden, Stabler’s coach in Oakland,described after Stabler’s death — a player who would not go into the training room until he was sure everyone else was gone. “His vision of what a leader is, what a strong person is, is someone who did not show signs of weakness,” said Alexa Stabler, 29, the second of Stabler’s three grown daughters. “Because it would affect the people he relied on and the people he cared about, whether that was his family or his teammates.” Photo Kendra Stabler Moyes, Stabler’s oldest daughter, with her twin 17-year-old sons, Jack, left, and Justin, at their home in Scottsdale, Ariz. CreditCaitlin O'Hara for The New York Times Photo Kendra Stabler Moyes with championship rings belonging to her father.CreditCaitlin O'Hara for The New York Times Continue reading the main story RECENT COMMENTS FT 1 hour ago Football is a religion in this country. My son played kids football one year when he was 12 or so. At the first team practice, the coach... Nancy 1 hour ago Too sad to be allowed to go without lessening the violence in football. Bill 1 hour ago We love football because of the amazing plays we see from gifted athletes.We love it because of the strategies we see worked out in real... SEE ALL COMMENTS WRITE A COMMENT In his later years, Stabler worried about the risk of concussions to his grandsons, a sign of his growing ambivalence toward football. The boys lived with Stabler for a time, and he drove them to school and went to all their practices and games. Both are now juniors in high school, and neither is a quarterback, but Justin wears his grandfather’s No. 12 on the field. “One year one of my boys wasn’t sure he was going to play, and my dad was almost superexcited about it,” Stabler Moyes said. “He said: ‘I think that’s great. He can focus on his studies.’ He loved that they played, he loved watching them, but he was so worried about concussions. He was worried about their brains.” Stabler wondered about his own mind years before he died. He and Bush talked about it after the 2002 death of the longtime Oakland center Dave Dalby, who mysteriously crashed his car into a tree in a parking lot. It came up again after an event where Stabler saw a struggling John Mackey, the Hall of Fame tight end. Mackey died in 2011; he was found to have had C.T.E. “I remember Kenny looking at me and saying, ‘You ready to deal with that?’ ” Bush said. AdvertisementContinue reading the main story AdvertisementContinue reading the main story More and more of his peers had their brains examined and were found to have C.T.E., too. And when Seau, the former linebacker, shot himself in the chest in 2012 and was later found to have had C.T.E., Stabler vowed his brain for research. “I asked him, point blank: ‘Are you willing to participate in the study? Is that something you want to do?’ ” Bush said. “He said: ‘Yeah, I want to do that. I should definitely do that.’ ” Stabler added his name to a class-action lawsuit brought by former players against the N.F.L., seeking damages from decades of concussions. The suit was settled last April and is under appeal. Under the current deal, though, Stabler’s family would not be eligible for compensation because Stabler’s C.T.E. was diagnosed after the April 2015 cutoff. Photo Raiders Coach John Madden walked Stabler off the field after he was injured on a sack by the Broncos’ Don Latimer in 1978. CreditAssociated Press “He played 15 seasons in the N.F.L., gave up his body and, apparently, now his mind,” Alexa Stabler said as she fought back tears. “And to see the state that he was in physically and mentally when he died, and to learn that despite all the energy and time and resources he gave to football — and not that he played the game for free, he made money, too — without the knowledge that this is where he would end up, physically and cognitively, and for the settlement to say you get nothing? It’s hard not to be angry.” The day after last year’s Super Bowl, shortly before scheduled surgery to replace his aching knees, Stabler learned he had Stage 4 colon cancer. “The cancer took him away, but his mind was definitely in a pretty quick downward spiral,” Stabler Moyes said. “I’m grateful that he was still so present, still so there. Because I definitely don’t think he would have been in even three more years.” McKee found widespread damage and the buildup of abnormal tau proteins throughout Stabler’s brain, consistent with the symptoms that Stabler tried to disguise, mostly with his sense of humor, from all but his closest friends and family. “His changes were extremely severe in parts of the brain like the hippocampus and amygdala, and those are the big learning and memory centers,” McKee said. “And when you see that kind of damage in those areas, usually people are demented. So if he was still functioning reasonably well, he was compensating, but I don’t think that compensation would have lasted much longer.” Photo Stabler, left, and Pete Banaszak celebrated the Raiders’ Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings in January 1977 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. CreditFocus on Sport, via Getty Images To N.F.L. fans, it can be hard to separate the swashbuckling image of the Snake from the man his family knew — a constant presence, a willing chauffeur, a not-so-great cook. “Certainly my friends thought it was a cool thing to have a famous father,” Marissa Stabler, 27, said. “But to them he was just Mr. Kenny, our chauffeur and our chef. He’d drive us to Alabama games. He always took the time for any fan or any person. It didn’t matter if we were out to dinner, he always set his fork down and took time for a conversation or an autograph. That’s just the person who he was, his Southern roots.” CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY354COMMENTS When Stabler was 31, a 1977 Sports Illustrated feature story detailed his penchant for honky-tonks and marinas, usually with a drink in one hand and a pretty woman in the other. Already married twice, he married again before he spent 16 years in a relationship with Bush. He pondered what he might do after football. Open a honky-tonk himself, he thought. “My lifestyle is too rough — too much booze and babes and cigarettes — to be a high school coach,” Stabler said. “I’d hardly be a shining example to the young athletes of the future.” His family hopes that the most powerful lesson he provides is the one delivered after he was gone.
  14. Pat Sullivan had Stage IV throat cancer, too, back in 2003.. Can be tobacco related, but many of these now are related to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and have a better prognosis...