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  1. I think both coaches did a good job. Saban's is a more analytical approach; Malzahn more feely. Both valid and both necessary over time. There are three parts of this discussion relative to these coaches. One is the personal responsibility of the athlete - Saban particularly goes at this very hard. Ownership and accountability is how you achieve your goals in football and in life. Not saying Auburn doesn't; but I think Saban has been in front of this over the years. The second is how the coaches and staff treat the athletes and each other - I don't think there is any athlete at Auburn that doesn't think Malzahn cares for them. It seems more of a family atmosphere vs Saban's all business atmosphere. Not sure if there were marches in Tuscaloosa; Auburn did; SMU did; all peacefully...as it should be. But all feel like that they are being listened to and that the programs care about them. The third is the broader societal context....and there are multiple parts to that. All any coach can reasonably be expected to address is the 1st two. Relative to the rest of the world, this place is paradise. As to racism; it's a lunatic fringe. As for LEO's, any death caused by those that are supposed to protect and defend is too many. I would like to see policing be less militarized; training needs to be dramatically increased....maybe some LEO's on here can quote how much ongoing training they get in how to deal with confrontation. The numbers I am seeing are as little as one hour. That is certainly not enough; anything other than ongoing; relentless; continuing training to subdue someone with the least force practical is too little. I would not want that job. When 90% of your day is dealing with violence and the threat of violence; over years...over years...not sure how you maintain any perspective. I would also like to see the real issue of what causes the majority of black youth mortality addressed...but there seems no political gain in that for either party. And sadly, there's no real black leadership addressing this on a national level either...& it's not even clear it is being addressed seriously in any city. Both parties should be ashamed.
  2. Been looking around for info on Avg Freshman vs Sophomore QB performance. Found this from 2015...so raw completions increase dramatically; a whopping 63%.and TD's 70% up. I expect that is due to most freshman not playing as much as they do during Sophomore year. Completion % only goes up about 3%. And INT's only go up about 21%. TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON 1,979 completions of 3,580 attempts (55.28 percent) 2,461 yards, 177 touchdowns, 143 interceptions TRUE SOPHOMORE SEASON 3,235 completions of 5,556 attempts (58.23 percent) 39,847 yards, 302 touchdowns, 172 interceptions https://www.nola.com/sports/article_b0ac2a89-daa3-5baf-baa9-85dab3292839.html
  3. The fact that Auburn is in the national conversation each year goes back to coach Dye and his impact on the program. He forever changed the prominence and expectations of the program. RIP Coach. God Bless you and your family. Thanks for the many days of joy you provided to me and my family.
  4. We rank 8th in terms of returning production in the SEC...and only LSU has fewer returning starters. We are also tied for 11th in defensive returning production. He will have to substantially step up his game. An addendum is in order on this one: We will also have to find a running game which largely didn't exist last year . Our top rusher was #12 in the SEC standings and the backup #31.
  5. Don't think we have the personnel around him for that. We don't even have an RB currently. If you have AL's weapons you can do that most of the time... He will have to make it happen.
  6. The answer has been revealed to us in the last 24 hours. We need to hold all games during riots. Apparently the evil Wuhan flu can't be transmitted by large, packed crowds burning buildings and stealing TV's and liquor. And just like that, Pandemic over...Play the games
  7. SEC will be down relative to this past year; with the exception of A&M. His passing stats should go up by about 1/3; to ~3,330 yds. Should rush for ~600yds...roughly double last year because he should know how and when to run better than last year. He certainly has the speed. He will need to consistently not disappear to 40% complete % in big games like LSU, FL, OR. He was #13 of 14 in Comp % in SEC top passing attempts. He was ~57%; but 40% in big games and 75% against Kent. Needs to be consistently in the 60's. Should go up to ~22 TD's and keep INT's where he was last year @6. Everything is set up for him to be much better (better coach, knows the system, knows what to expect, knows the competition, etc.). He needs to learn to throw on the move. When his feet are set; he can make throws. When not; his accuracy drops dramatically.
  8. And from May 21, the New England Journal of Med....by all means, let's all wear talismans. Play the games. We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic. It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals.
  9. Well, his mother deserves a tremendous amount of the credit. She is an amazing woman and mother.
  10. Thanks '72. He used to set on my lap when we lived in Asia and listen to the Auburn games on the internet. He was 5 when we moved there. For a night game; it was Sunday afternoon...so that was all good and easy. But for normal day games, they would be between 2:00 and 4:00 AM...he would be in his Bo jersey and would mostly sleep in my lap while we listened. You guys might find it interesting to know that when Auburn plays A&M; he still wears his Auburn gear to the games and cheers for Auburn.
  11. I don't care if it's 1813...claim it. Claim '93 and '04. If I think long enough, I'll come up with a couple more. They were all "mythical" national championships before the playoffs anyway...CLAIM them!
  12. I've been so blessed to have a wonderful wife and three kids. There is nothing like it when you see the hard work and dedication of one of your kids come to pass for them. I'd say he's wanted this since he was in the 7th grade and made the 1st visit to the A&M campus while his older sister was looking into colleges. He received a West Point appointment when Roger Williams was our congressman. He was white-as-a-sheet coming out of the interview that day. It was him, 17 years old, at a table with Williams, 2 MoH winners, and 5 other retired generals/admirals and 2 wounded warriors. He ultimately chose A&M after a lot of thoughtful conversations with former academy grads and others. His 1st cousin was probably most influential in that decision (Naval Academy grad flying Marine Osprey's now). He had missed having a "college" experience at Annapolis. So that is the direction Ethan went. His choice. He's been able to represent A&M and the US Army at national competitions and international competitions as a Cadet. Even played Rugby for the A&M Rugby team (his season ended last Nov when they routed Baylor ;but he broke his wrist in the 1st half. He never missed a play. I had to drive down to College Station late the next week and force him to get it x-rayed after we talked about it after one of his practices (sometimes I wonder about his brains:-) . Mom put on his shoulder boards. He even let a broken down old NCO offer his 1st salute. Seriously, the water running down my face was from the sweat ; it was over 90 and hot since they've moved all these outside to just a couple of people at time due to current circumstances. I am so proud of him. I worry for him. I pray for him. I think he actually enjoyed yesterday...he's not one to celebrate much; unfortunately a paternal family trait; but I could tell last night he really didn't want us to go and enjoyed all the conversations and memories. I got about 10 hugs and handshakes; multiple times as we were saying our goodbyes. As I always say paraphrasing Mel Brooks; "it's good to be Dad". I wished yesterday that both his grandfathers could have been there. My Dad WW2 and Korea; Teresa's Dad whose career ended after his wounds in Vietnam; both senior NCO's; and ultimately my Dad a CWO. They would have loved it. I wish they could have been there to tell him how proud they were of him. And not just for pursuing this career....just for how awesome a young man he is. Thoughtful, funny, smart, dedicated, loves God, loves his family and loves what he does. God Bless you Ethan. It's good to be Dad.
  13. Given the current environment, I would say it's better than 50/50 we see him in the transfer portal before they open practice back up.
  14. So the case rate is going down....a good sign.