Auburn Family News: May 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Gus Malzahn agrees with Pat Dye that Auburn to SEC East makes geographic 'common sense' - SECcountry.com


Gus Malzahn agrees with Pat Dye that Auburn to SEC East makes geographic 'common sense'
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(As does the University of Alabama, obviously.) “Coach Dye just had an opinion on it. And he was right about the map if you look at it,” Malzahn said. “But like I said there's more to it than that.” This comes after Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs ...

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Linebackers

Let's take a look at what's going on at the linebacker position for Auburn.

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Alabama-Florida State game time set, TV announced - AL.com


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Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs indicated on Wednesday that he would like to begin a dialogue with other members of the Southeastern Conference that could send his school to the SEC East. Speaking with reporters at the 2017 SEC spring meetings at ...
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Tiger Swap: Auburn AD wants to trade divisions with Missouri - WholeHogSports


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Tiger Swap: Auburn AD wants to trade divisions with Missouri
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"We're going to have that conversation, about all of football," Jacobs said. "That's what we have to do. That's what Commissioner (Greg) Sankey is really good about, 'OK, this is where we are.' You're either green and growing or ripe and rotting. We're ...

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Jay Jacobs believes Auburn to SEC East talk should happen soon - Montgomery Advertiser


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Jay Jacobs believes Auburn to SEC East talk should happen soon
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DESTIN, Fla. – Just when you thought we were all out of the Auburn to the Eastern Division talk, Jay Jacobs pulled us all right back in. The athletics director at Auburn University made it clear Wednesday afternoon at the Southeastern Conference spring ...
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs says the Tigers want to move to the Eastern DivisionNOLA.com
For AD Jay Jacobs, the Auburn to SEC East talk is a 'legitimate conversation to have'Opelika Auburn News
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Rewinding Auburn softball's 5-2 loss to Oklahoma in NCAA Super Regional Game 2 - AL.com


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Rewinding Auburn softball's 5-2 loss to Oklahoma in NCAA Super Regional Game 2
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Carlson Makes All-America Team

Kaylee Carlson has been honored following a strong junior season pitching for the Auburn softball Tigers.

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South's No. 5 TE Hopper in no rush

One of the top tight ends in the South, Tyneil Hopper is up to 15 scholarship offers and more could be on the way.

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Auburn AD Jay Jacobs says the Tigers want to move to the Eastern Division - NOLA.com


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Auburn AD Jay Jacobs says the Tigers want to move to the Eastern Division
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But Auburn athletic Jay Jacobs said Wednesday that the next time the league's 14 athletics directors have a "football only" meet to discuss ways to strengthen the league's national position, he'll make it clear that he'd like to see Western Division ...
SEC shoots down Auburn to SEC East talkAL.com
Gus Malzahn agrees with Pat Dye that Auburn to SEC East makes geographic 'common sense'SECcountry.com
Auburn to the East? What the SEC should do about its divisionsSports Illustrated

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Auburn drumbeat intensifies on changing SEC divisions

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs indicated on Wednesday that he would like to begin a dialogue with other members of the Southeastern Conference that could send his school to the SEC East.

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Auburn drumbeat intensifies on changing SEC divisions

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs indicated on Wednesday that he would like to begin a dialogue with other members of the Southeastern Conference that could send his school to the SEC East.

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Gus Malzahn hoping to make two football admin hires soon

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn expects to make two important hires in the near future.

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn expects to make two important hires in the near future.

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Auburn Softball Season Wrap-Up

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Auburn’s softball season ended about a week earlier than expected. The team had made back-to-back Women’s College World Series appearances, including last season’s runner up to Oklahoma. It is fitting that another season ended with a loss to the Sooners in what is becoming a trend for Auburn sports. The Sooners took care of Auburn in the WCWS series finals last season, and the Auburn football team was soundly thumped by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The Tigers did get some retribution as the softball team defeated the Sooners in the first game of this season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I guess turnabout is fair play as the Sooners ran Auburn out of Jane B. Moore Field in the Auburn Super Regionals. 

Fans who didn’t tune in for much of the season may have been surprised, but the writing was on the wall the entire season. This year’s team was a far cry from the previous club. If asked, most fans would probably have expected this club to be better, considering this is Clint Myer’s fourth year, and each year the Tigers have improved.

This writer’s opinion from the beginning was this year would have a weird dynamic and a one-year speed bump. On one side of the equation, coach Myers had the last of the players who experienced the drastic swing from bottom feeders to the top of the SEC. It was possible that the upperclassmen could rest on their laurels.

On the other side were the players recruited by Myers, who may have felt a bit entitled having been sold the story of “changing the culture at Auburn” before waiting a year or two behind players who were already there. We’ll never know if this was the case or not, but we do know that a lot happened off the field. Meanwhile, statistics don’t lie: this team simply wasn’t as good as previous years.

The main storyline is easily the struggles of senior Kasey Cooper, a two-time All-American coming into this season. But as we predicted in the season preview, it was almost impossible for her to have a year similar to 2015 and 2016 much less carry the team.

Every game this season, announcers referred to her struggles. Indeed, some of her at-bats were just ugly, but there were other reasons not considered by the television talking heads. Auburn lost 30 home runs when Jade Rhodes and Emily Carosone walked across the stage at graduation. In addition, Tiffany Howard, who set the table for the Auburn club as a lead-off slapper with a .390 batting average and a .443 on base percentage, graduated.

What does that have to do with Cooper’s statistics? Those players were Auburn’s lead-off, two-hole, and clean-up hitters. Cooper hit in the three spot between them and was able to set all kinds of records in her career because pitchers were forced to pitch to her. Essentially, it was a Murder’s Row, and teams had to pitch to someone. Walking Cooper frequently meant multiple base runners for power hitter Jade Rhodes (20 HRs), something other teams could ill afford.

That wasn’t the case this year, and the numbers really show it. The team batting average was down 40 points from .317 to .277. Home runs dropped for the third straight year, from 99 in 2015 to 89 in 2016 to 51 this season. Cooper hit just ten dingers this year, a career low by almost half. She was second to Kendall Veach, who had twelve. In fact, she had career lows in virtually every category. Her frustration at the plate was evident all season. 

Speaking of Veach, she was a pleasant surprise for the Tigers after being pressed into a starting role. Washington transfer Tannon Snow was expected to be the first baseman. Snow looked to be a great replacement for Jade Rhodes as she had been very good as a freshman at Washington, but illness forced her to miss the entire season. Veach responded well, leading Auburn in homers, but wasn’t exactly perfect on the field. This battle between Veach and Snow will be one to watch in 2018, although it’s possible that Veach may move to Kasey Cooper’s vacated third-base spot. 

Haley Fagan returned from ACL surgery and replaced last year’s starter Whitney Jordan at shortstop. It was expected that her bat would be better than Jordan’s, allowing Jordan to take over a spot in the outfield. Instead, Fagan’s production was only marginally better than Jordan’s was in 2016. Although her batting average was better, Fagan had just two homers and fewer RBI’s than Jordan. 

Meanwhile, Jordan’s move to right field did not yield the expected veteran stability. She was absolutely dreadful at the plate, and by mid-season she was on the bench, finishing with a .118 batting average.

She was replaced by freshman Alyssa Rivera, who was stellar for the second half of the season in all facets of the game. While Rivera had some highlight reel catches in right, she was spectacular at the plate, leading the Tigers in batting average. She was also one of the leaders in strikeouts, which can be attributed to youth, and is a star in the making. Nonetheless, hitting coach Casey Myers has a job ahead of him as the entire offense needs revamping. 

The pitching this season was superb. In previous years, Auburn pitched by committee and really didn’t have an SEC-caliber ace. In 2017, Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin were simply fantastic, and the struggles of Auburn’s batters overshadowed an incredible campaign by these two players.

It will be interesting to see how they continue to develop, along with freshman Ashlee Swindle, who struggled in spot duty in spite of being a top recruit. Coach Cody Myers and manager, Hunter Veach, each helped the pitching staff, but the sudden resignation of Cody leaves Veach in a tough spot. Will he be the answer? 

In the end, this class of seniors did a fantastic job of getting Auburn on the map. While they did not get the ending they would have liked, they have set the table for long term success. Auburn’s recruiting is at an all-time high, and the popularity of the sport has grown exponentially. 

Make sure to check back here soon, as we will give a look ahead to the 2018 season.

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Auburn softball's Kaylee Carlson named a third team All-American

Auburn softball ace Kaylee Carlson added to her season full of accolades on Wednesday as the junior was named an All-American.

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Softball. Kaylee Carlson Named NFCA All-American

Carlson is the 10th Tiger to be tabbed an All-American in the last four years under head coach Clint Myers

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Softball. Haley Fagan Inks Professional Contract with Akron Racers

Fagan becomes the fourth Auburn Tiger currently in the professional softball league

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Malzahn Says He Believes In Lindsey

Auburn's Gus Malzahn talks about changing his mind in support of outside quarterback coaches and why Chip Lindsey is the right guy as offensive coordinator.

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Football Tigers to Play Kent State

Auburn has added a fourth non-conference game for the 2019 football season.

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Wednesday Football & Baseball Tiger Tidbits

Updates from Auburn football, baseball and softball are featured in Wednesday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com.

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Auburn's Gus Malzahn opposes potential 14-week regular-season schedule

The SEC is discussing the possibility of expanding the regular season to 14 weeks during the Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., this week.

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Auburn's Gus Malzahn opposes potential 14-week regular-season schedule

The SEC is discussing the possibility of expanding the regular season to 14 weeks during the Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla., this week.

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Former Auburn running back Stephen Davis Jr. reportedly transferring to South Carolina

A former Auburn running back is reportedly headed to South Carolina.

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Former Auburn running back Stephen Davis Jr. reportedly transferring to South Carolina

A former Auburn running back is reportedly headed to South Carolina.

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Butch Thompson's biggest focus for Auburn entering NCAA Regional

Left-handed power hitters have given Auburn fits during its recent 3-10 stretch entering the postseason.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Linebackers

Let's take a look at what's going on at the linebacker position for Auburn.

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Auburn road game at Clemson will be in prime time

Auburn's trip to Clemson will be showcased in prime time.

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Auburn road game at Clemson will be in prime time

Auburn's trip to Clemson will be showcased in prime time.

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W. Equestrian. Michaels Shares Summer Break with Sharing Smiles

Mackenzie Michaels, junior on the Auburn equestrian team, finished her finals May 5 and by the next day was hard at work again, but this time in Merida, Mexico.

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Football. Tyler Stovall Senior Spotlight

The average college student is someone between 18-22 years old, just figuring out and discovering what he or she wants to do in life. But Tyler Stovall is none of those things.

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Auburn to host MAC opponent in 2019 football season

A MAC opponent will visit the Plains for the first time in 10 years during the 2019 football season.

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Auburn to host MAC opponent in 2019 football season

A MAC opponent will visit the Plains for the first time in 10 years during the 2019 football season.

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Tallahassee Baseball Regional Preview

Looking at top players and stats heading into this weekend's Tallahassee Regional where the Auburn Tigers will face UCF in the opening game on Friday.

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Meet the Tigers: New Auburn WR JaTarvious Whitlow has a day named after him

The freshman has already made a name for himself in his hometown of LaFayette

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Meet the Tigers: New Auburn WR JaTarvious Whitlow has a day named after him

The freshman has already made a name for himself in his hometown of LaFayette

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Who replaces Kasey Cooper as Auburn softball's third baseman in 2018?

Auburn faces the tall order of having to replace Kasey Cooper, the best player in program history, next season.

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Tyler Stovall Senior Spotlight

The average college student is someone between 18-22 years old, just figuring out and discovering what he or she wants to do in life. But Tyler Stovall is none of those things.

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W. Gymnastics. Stricklin Enhances Leadership Skills at Annual Retreat

Cara Stricklin, a rising senior on the gymnastics team, knows what it is like to be in a leadership position both in and out of the gym. Two weeks ago, she attended the LeaderShape Institute, returning for a second time as the On-Site Coordinator.

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College Football Hall of Fame closed to these former SEC stars

The College Football Hall of Fame will release the ballot for its Class of 2018 on Thursday morning. Here are 20 SEC greats who won't be on it.

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College Football Hall of Fame closed to these former SEC stars

The College Football Hall of Fame will release the ballot for its Class of 2018 on Thursday morning. Here are 20 SEC greats who won't be on it.

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Wednesday Football & Baseball Tiger Tidbitsl

Updates from Auburn football, baseball and softball are featured in Wednesday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com.

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Iron Bowl allegiances are playing a part in Alabama politics. Again.

Offseason Survival Guide: Week 2

One down, It Gets Easier

We made it through one week. If you accomplished everything on my list from last week, then you had a rich and full weekend. Shout out to anyone who spent memorial day weekend talking about the NBA instead of worrying about how Auburn is getting too much pre-pre-season hype. Life is too short to get caught up in not wanting your team to be ranked highly. We all know that fan who wants Auburn to always start the season around 16 and no higher. That’s no way to live!

Anyway, that’s already too much football talk. We need to keep our wits about us. We need to fill our Saturdays with something of substance, and not just hot air and hotter trips to Six Flags or wherever your family takes you. If you’re at Six Flags over Texas in the Summer then you’re secretly joining NASA’s project to put a man on the sun, or you moved to America from Mercury or you’ve made a huge mistake.

I promise I am here to help. Here is how you get to next week:

Cook:

Hopefully you made those biscuits I told you about last week. Sticking with a breakfast theme, I’m going to give you a one pan recipe that will blow your family’s minds. Or just your mind. Sometimes the best breakfasts are the ones you intend to serve everyone, but end up just eating yourself before everyone else wakes up.

ONE PAN SWEET POTATO HASH.

  • One large sweet potato, cut into cubes
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 spicy peppers, could be jalepeño, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • One pound of bacon
  • One tomato, diced
  • 8 eggs
  • Lots of cheese, up to you how much, but at least a cup

You are going to need a cast iron skillet for this. If you don’t have one, go get one but don’t make a fuss over it. It doesn’t need to be the most expensive and an 8-inch one will do just fine. Put it on medium heat, or on top of your campfire (this is a great recipe for camping). Cook the bacon. Remove cooked bacon and leave all the bacon grease in the pan and then put the sweet potato directly into the bacon grease. When the sweet potatoes are soft, which should take a few minutes, add the onions, peppers, and garlic. When the onions become transparent, add the eggs. Take your knife and cut the cooked bacon into small pieces and then place them on top of the eggs along with the tomato. Go to town on the cheese once the eggs start to solidify. When the cheese has melted, you are done. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve it like a slice of pie. If you want to make some more biscuits to go along with this hash, don’t let anyone get in your way.

Watch

Interested in Philosophy? Well either way, you will learn a lot from watching Dr. Robert Paul Wolff lecture on Immanuel Kant this weekend. He is an amazing teacher and Kant is always super interesting.

Roger Moore passed away last week, so you should definitely pay him respect by watching one of the best James Bond films ever. For me, it doesn’t get much better than Live and Let Die. From the sweet theme song by Sir Paul McCartney/WINGS to the hilariously bad special effects, this movie has everything I’m looking for in a James Bond flick. If you don’t like these kinds of movies, I don’t know what to tell you.

The World Championships of Table Tennis are this weekend. I only know that because I live in Düsseldorf and that’s where they are taking place. Freaking ping-pong traffic is a nightmare. Watch some table tennis: https://tv.ittf.com/

Read

This engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking article by the always great Skip Hollandsworth about a man who committed a murder as a 12-year old and is still behind bars 25-years later.

Brazil’s Car Wash Scandal Reveals a Country Soaked in Corruption” I mean, of course you want to read that.

Get Outside

This week I want you to go to your map, whether it is on your phone or you have a paper map doesn’t matter. Find the nearest bit of blue on the map that isn’t privately owned. River, lake, or ocean doesn’t really matter much for this exercise. For some of you this may be a long way from your house, for others it might be in your back yard. Either way, go to it. Best way to do this is to run to it or to bike to it. Self-propelled travel is better for you and mother earth plus the pesky “other people” problem is solved when you tell them you aren’t driving. Since Spring doesn’t exist anymore and we are already in Summer, it is likely already hot outside. Perfect. Your task is to go to the nearest navigable body of water and sit up to your waist in it for thirty minutes. That’s it. If you run there, this will feel amazing. Like a built in reward for your hard work. Either way, you will likely see some nature and maybe even part of the world you’ve never seen before. That makes you a better human being. Plus you need to swim a little bit to burn off that pound of bacon you ate for breakfast.



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Logan Excited For Return To Tallahassee

Auburn senior Blake Logan talks about heading to an NCAA Regional in Tallahassee.

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AL.com All-Access: SEC spring meetings off and running

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Auburn standout Tre' Williams set to be 'totally different player'

Auburn standout Tre' Williams set to be 'totally different player'

"I really think you're going to see him flourish big time this year."

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Auburn standout Tre' Williams set to be 'totally different player'

"I really think you're going to see him flourish big time this year."

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The Auburn to SEC East talk hasn't gained any traction with the league's powers.

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The Auburn to SEC East talk hasn't gained any traction with the league's powers.

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SEC infowars: When recruiting bleeds into the newsroom

The SEC is so replete with excess cash these days that its members schools cannot only go out and hire sports journalists, which athletic departments have been doing for years in an attempt to better communicate their message to fans, but also plunder newsrooms for videographers and make them mid-level administrators.

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SEC infowars: When recruiting bleeds into the newsroom

The SEC is so replete with excess cash these days that its members schools cannot only go out and hire sports journalists, which athletic departments have been doing for years in an attempt to better communicate their message to fans, but also plunder newsrooms for videographers and make them mid-level administrators.

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Auburn News and Notes—5/31/17 Edition

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It was a busy weekend around the SEC . Tickets were punched for the Women’s College World Series, an SEC baseball crown was won and teams are being named to the NCAA tournament, and SEC football spring meetings are underway in Florida. How does Auburn fit into these story lines?

After two straight trips to Oklahoma City to play in the WCWS, including a shot at the title last season against Oklahoma, Auburn softball was run out of Jane B. Moore Field by the team that sent them packing last season. To say that the losses in the Super Regional in front of a record-setting home crowd were bad losses is an understatement. Auburn managed only eight hits and two runs in the two-game season finale. It can’t be said that this was surprising to those fans who watched the Tigers play all season and were aware of the possibility of a letdown season. 

Still, expecting the struggles made it no less painful. What happened? The short story was that Auburn’s bats were not what they had been in previous years. A cursory look at the statistics show less productivity at the plate, especially in slugging percentage and home runs. Auburn hit 89 home runs in 2016 but just 51 in 2017. Batting average dropped 30 points across the board this season versus last season. 

There was an easy reason for this drop, and it isn’t simply the fault of hitting coach Casey Myers nor the lack of production from Kasey Cooper, who leads virtually every hitting category in Auburn history. We will discuss this in depth in a later article.

Auburn’s baseball team was No. 4 in the nation at one point this season. Even though Auburn’s pitching staff was looking mighty thin at the time, a lot of folks thought the Tigers would run roughshod over the majority of the SEC when aces Casey Mize and Keegan Thompson were back to 100%. An SEC crown and a regional host spot weren’t out of the question. However, starting with a mid-week gameloss against Troy, Auburn began to tank and suffered a series sweep at the hands of Alabama, one of the bottom feeders in the SEC. After being swept by LSU, Auburn took a series from Ole Miss and limped into the SEC tournament. The Tigers sent Ole Miss home for good, had a good showing against Florida in a 5–4 loss, but were absolutely blasted by Arkansas.

A team that went from No. 4 to an NCAA tournament bubble team finds itself matched up with Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional. It will open play against Central Florida Friday at 11:00 a.m.

Football news, SEC spring meetings, and more after the jump:

The SEC spring meetings kicked off Tuesday morning in Destin with a laundry list of talking points. Among them are staff size limitation, graduate transfer rules, early signing periods, and serving alcohol at SEC football games. Where do you stand on these?

Here are my takes to some of these softballs being pitched: you can limit staff size and vote either way on early signing periods. In the end, Alabama will continue to push the envelope, and the rest of the SEC will try and keep up. It’s so interesting to me that Saban is an innovator off the field but draconian in his approach on the field. The rest of the SEC, or at least the teams that have battled Bama, are the complete opposite.

Coach Bruce Pearl is making the rounds to the local Auburn clubs, a departure from coach Gus Malzahn, who has been the featured guest in past years. Pearl will appear in Huntsville at the Space and Rocket Center Davidson Center on June 12th. The Huntsville-Madison County Auburn Club is heading up the event.

I believe this is a fantastic move. While Auburn football and Gus Malzahn are easily the bigger draw, the events have suffered, and not because of the event itself. While previous events have been top notch, speaker quality has lacked. Gus Malzahn may be an on-field innovator, but he is a drag as a speaker to the point of being downright boring. Most fans know that Pearl is anything but boring. He is lively, engaging, and more than willing to discuss questions about things that happen on the court. 

Speaking of Gus Malzahn, he has suddenly decided that outside help with his quarterbacks isn’t just OK, it is welcomed. Malik Willis and Jarrett Stidham are both currently at camps receiving training tailored to their skill set.

Willis is under the tutelage of Michael Vick in Atlanta, and Stidham is working with Jordan Palmer at the QB Summit in California. Fans will be quick to note that Vick, and his trainer Sean McEvoy, were unable to help John Franklin, III last summer. Franklin, as fans will recall, essentially snuck off to Atlanta for training, making Malzahn invoke some damage control while reconsidering his stance on outside help. In the end, JF3 was never an SEC-caliber QB, and it is doubtful that anyone could have changed that. 

Which quarterback  is getting the upper hand? Both are getting quality help outside of Auburn, and that’s not a bad thing. The jury is out on both Willis and the Vick’s ability to help quarterbacks,  but Stidham is in good company and not just because of the tutors. Joining Stidham are some of the best quarterback prospects in the country. That should speak volumes. 

Perhaps the underlying question is, where is Sean White in all of this? White has long had a personal coach, renowned QB guru Ken Mastrole. Malzahn refused to let him coach White once Sean was on campus. It is interesting that reporters have the word on two QB’s who have never started a game for Auburn while a multi-year starter, known to be tutored, goes unnoticed.

Until next time …

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

A ton of things happened since the last time I posted anything on here. My parents were in town over the Memorial Day weekend, so I pretty much just stayed away from writing anything at all other than the Regional announcement. Let's get caught up on some of them.

BASEBALL

By now, you should be well aware that Auburn is once again heading to the Tallahassee Regional. Auburn has played in Tallahassee for a Regional 8 times and a Super Regional once. That's 9 of Auburn's 20 postseason trips. Can we please go somewhere else if we don't host?

See what the Tigers had to say about making the postseason in Butch Thompson's second year as head coach and what it means to them.

GOLF

The men started off strong in the NCAA Tournament but faded as time went on. They were in a position to make the match-play portion going into the final day, but the windy Chicago-area weather knocked them out of that final portion of the tournament. They finished with a 4th best school finish of 11th.

SOFTBALL

The ladies fell to Oklahoma in the Super Regional - one Clint Myers was openly unhappy about being created simply for good TV (Oklahoma deserved to be a Top 8 seed, not the 10th and paired with Auburn's Regional). I'll have more on this sometime soon.

Kasey Cooper finished her record-setting Auburn career last weekend. She'll leave behind a huge legacy and big shoes to fill. In terms of her impact on her sport at Auburn, she ranks up there with Bo, Barkley, and others.

FOOTBALL

Football never ends. After hearing about how running backs may be used to catch passes more this year, AUNerd decided to take a look at how he utilized his running backs in the passing game at his other stops as a coordinator.

Auburn fans and plenty of pundits are excited about Auburn's 2017 team. One group that isn't so high on Auburn, though, is Las Vegas.



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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 94

There are 94 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 94 in SEC football history is Alabama defensive end John Copeland.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 94

There are 94 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 94 in SEC football history is Alabama defensive end John Copeland.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Baseball. 'A very big deal' for Auburn baseball to make NCAA Tournament

For the 20th time in program history, Auburn is headed to the NCAA Tournament. “In my 15 years in the Southeastern Conference as a coach, I think this was the toughest field to make,” Auburn coach Butch Thompson said. “It felt really good to see Auburn University come up on that screen.”

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Defensive line

Let's take a look at what's going on at the defensive line position for Auburn.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Defensive line

Let's take a look at what's going on at the defensive line position for Auburn.

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Auburn leaning on healthy duo of Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize entering NCAA Regional

No. 23 Auburn is hoping its one-two punch in the rotation can carry it through this weekend's Tallahassee Regional.

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Two at the top for 4-star DT Alfred Thomas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Georgia held the top spot for Alabama defensive lineman Alfred Thomas for some time but it now has company from another SEC program.

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Who replaces Haley Fagan as Auburn softball's shortstop in 2018?

Who replaces Haley Fagan as Auburn's shortstop could be the most intriguing position competition heading into the 2018 season.

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Tuesday Football & Baseball Tiger Tidbits

Tuesday's edition of Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com features Auburn football, baseball, baseball recruiting, men's golf plus the men's and women's track teams as they prepare for their national championships.

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Auburn Confident In Starting Pitching

Auburn's pitching duo of Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize lead the Tigers into the NCAA baseball regional in Tallahassee.

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Promising young QB talent in Alabama

The state of Alabama isn't known for producing a bevy of top-notch quarterbacks but the current crop is solid and it looks even more promising in the class of 2019 and 2020.

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Auburn Baseball Making NCAA Regional is Special

Keegan Thompson Auburn baseball vs George Washington on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

The Auburn baseball team learned their post season destination Monday. The Tigers will be traveling to a familiar place. Out of the 20 NCAA Regional appearances, nine have been played at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida and the Tigers will be back there Friday.

Auburn (35-24) has been awarded the No.3 seed in the Regional and will face the No. 2 seed, Central Florida (40-20) 11 A.M. CT in the opening game of the regional. No. 1 seed Florida State will take on No. 4 Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.

Although the Tigers will be playing at a familiar place, it will nevertheless be a tough tournament. All three of the other teams are the respective champions of their conferences. Central Florida is the Central American Athletic Conference regular-season champion, Tenn. Tech is the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament champion, and Florida State is the ACC Tournament champion.

Coach Butch Thompson said, “From my 15 years in the Southeastern Conference, I believe this is one of the toughest fields to make that I can remember. There’s no doubt that making this field is special.” And after injuries to key players including ace Casey Mize almost derailed the Tigers’ season … this certainly has to be special.

Thompson is no stranger to post season play but this will be the first time he will be taking a team as a head coach. As an assistant he has helped take 15 teams to postseason appearances, including seven trips to the College World Series.

Here’s to hoping Butch takes the Tigers all the way to the CWS!


Schedule for Tallahassee Regional:
FRIDAY
Game 1: No. 3 Auburn vs. No. 2 UCF, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
Game 2: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 4 Tennessee Tech, 6 p.m.
SATURDAY
Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11 a.m.
Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
SUNDAY
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, noon.
Game 6: Game 4 winner  vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.
MONDAY
Game 7: If necessary, 6 p.m.

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How Chip Lindsey Uses Running Backs in the Passing Game

Auburn to the East? What the SEC should do about its divisions - Sports Illustrated


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Auburn to the East? What the SEC should do about its divisions
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Jason Caldwell's Auburn Mailbag

Jason Caldwell of Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com answers questions in his mailbag column.

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Auburn signee Tanner Burns named state's top baseball player by Gatorade


Decatur pitcher/short stop Tanner Burns is the 2017 Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year.

The Auburn signee went 10-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 64 innings this past season. He hit .467 with 16 home runs and 46 RBI as the Red Raiders went 32-5 and advanced to the Class 6A quarterfinals

RELATED: Burns shrugged off draft hype to focus on playoffs

Burns is considered a top-50 prospect for the MLB Draft, which begins June 12.

He is the second Decatur player to receive the Gatorade award, joining 2001 winner Cole Barthel.

Burns has maintained a 3.27 GPA. He has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth baseball coach, according to a Gatorade press release.

“Tanner Burns is an absolutely fierce competitor on the mound and at the plate," Austin coach Tyler Stephenson said in the release. "He has found so many ways to beat me and every other team I have watched him compete against. As a crosstown area rival, he is the kid we hate to see. But off the field I absolutely love the kid. Tanner Burns is an amazingly respectful and humble young man.”

Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year
2016: Brax Garrett, Florence
2015: Hunter Stovall, Pelham
2014: Cody Reed, Ardmore
2013: Keegan Thompson, Cullman
2012: Mikey White, Spain Park
2011: Keegan Thompson, Cullman
2010: Daryl Norris, Fairhope
2009: Luke Bole, Harstselle
2008: Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff
2007: Hunter Morris, Grissom
2006: Jake Smith, Hueytown
2005: Colby Rasmus, Russell County
2004: Josh Donaldson, Faith Academy
2003: Chris Vines, Pelham
2002: Thomas Baker, Holtville
2001: Cole Barthel, Decatur
2000: Brandon Mims, Prattville
1999: Jake Peavey, St. Paul's
1998: Damien Jones, Vigor
1997: B.J. Green, Gardendale
1996: Josh Hancock, Vestavia Hills
1995: Jason Gregory, UMS-Wright
1994: Brian Meadows, Charles Henderson
1993: Jay Chittam, Hartselle
1992: Ryan Halla, Vestavia Hills
1991: Terry Adams, Mary G. Montgomery
1990: Brandon Moore, Springville
1989: Lamar Foster, Bibb County
1988: Reid Cornelius, Thomasville
1987: William Loftin, Jacksonville
1986: Tommy Youngblood, Auburn



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Cam Newton no longer world's most famous NFL player

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the second-most famous NFL player, according to ESPN's World Fame 100.

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Cam Newton no longer world's most famous NFL player

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the second-most famous NFL player, according to ESPN's World Fame 100.

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NFL's offseason rosters have deep Alabama roots

Almost 6 percent of the players currently on NFL rosters came from Alabama high schools and colleges.

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NFL's offseason rosters have deep Alabama roots

Almost 6 percent of the players currently on NFL rosters came from Alabama high schools and colleges.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 95

There are 95 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 95 in SEC football history is LSU defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 95

There are 95 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 95 in SEC football history is LSU defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

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Auburn wide receiver signee JaTarvious Whitlow's second wind

Auburn wide receiver signee JaTarvious Whitlow overcame severe childhood asthma to win nine state titles and become an All-State athlete in three sports.

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Auburn wide receiver signee JaTarvious Whitlow's second wind

Auburn wide receiver signee JaTarvious Whitlow overcame severe childhood asthma to win nine state titles and become an All-State athlete in three sports.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Late Surge Not Enough For Auburn Men's Golf

Auburn came up short in its bid to make the top eight at the Men's NCAA Golf Championships.

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M. Golf. Auburn men’s golf earns 4th best NCAA Championship finish

The No. 20 Auburn men’s golf team earned its fourth-best NCAA Championship finish in school history placing 11th on Monday at Rich Harvest Farms after receiving a pre-round visit from former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson.

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Cam Newton drops from No. 1 spot of Top 100 Players list

After taking a big jump to the No. 1 position in NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2016, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fell to No. 44 on the 2017 list.

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Cam Newton drops from No. 1 spot of Top 100 Players list

After taking a big jump to the No. 1 position in NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2016, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fell to No. 44 on the 2017 list.

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Las Vegas casino posts early point spread for 2017 Iron Bowl

Auburn opens as underdog at Clemson, LSU

Auburn opens as a road underdog at defending national champion Clemson and SEC West rival LSU.

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Auburn opens as underdog at Clemson, LSU

Auburn opens as a road underdog at defending national champion Clemson and SEC West rival LSU.

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Las Vegas casino posts early point spread for 2017 Iron Bowl

At least one Las Vegas casino expects the 2017 Iron Bowl to be a one-score game.

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Las Vegas casino posts early point spread for 2017 Iron Bowl

At least one Las Vegas casino expects the 2017 Iron Bowl to be a one-score game.

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Auburn quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis attend prominent camps

Auburn quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis attend prominent camps

Two of Auburn's quarterbacks spent the holiday weekend working on their craft.

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Auburn quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham, Malik Willis attend prominent camps

Two of Auburn's quarterbacks spent the holiday weekend working on their craft.

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Elite 2020 WR visits SEC rivals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Providence Day 2020 receiver Porter Rooks is one of the top rising sophomores in the country and his recruitment continues to gain momentum.

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Auburn Earns No. 3 Seed In Tallahassee

The Auburn baseball Tigers will face UCF in the opening game of the Tallahassee regional on Friday at 11 a.m. CDT.

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ITAT HD: Auburn's Butch Thompson Talks NCAA's

Auburn's Butch Thompson talks about his team's berth into the NCAA Tournament with a trip to Tallahassee to face UCF.

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Baseball. Auburn baseball selected to NCAA Tallahassee Regional

The Auburn baseball team will make its 20th postseason appearance this week as the Tigers were selected as the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, which begins Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Why Auburn's Whitney Jordan chose to end her softball career

Whitney Jordan is forgoing her final year of eligibility at Auburn

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Auburn Earns #3 Seed In Tallahassee

Auburn will face UCF in the opening game of the Tallahassee regional on Friday at 11 a.m.

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2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Auburn Heading To Tallahassee Regional As A 3 Seed.

Auburn will play the UCF Knights in their first game in Florida.

With conference tournaments ending throughout the nation last night, the 2017 NCAA Tournament became a little more concrete. Unfortunately, for a lot of bubble teams, there were upsets all around in those tournaments. At the end of the day, the automatic qualifiers and Regional sites were announced.

The good news for Auburn is that the Tigers were already a virtual lock. The question was where Auburn would end up. One projection had the Tigers as a 2 seed in Ft. Worth with TCU as a host.

Most projections, though, had Auburn going back to a very familiar - and completely unoriginal - location: Tallahassee. That, of course, is exactly what happened.

The Tallahassee Regional is paired with the Lubbock Regional, which is interesting. It's a tough road to get there, though, since the Tigers will have to beat UCF - who at one point was in the discussion to host a Regional - and the red-hot Seminoles who just won the ACC Tournament.

Here is the Lubbock Regional:

So, Auburn will play its first game against UCF Friday morning (Central time) at 11:00 am. The game will be on ESPN2.

Go get 'em, Tigers!



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Auburn baseball earns NCAA Regional berth

Auburn returns to the NCAA Tournament after a year away from the postseason.

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Jason Caldwell's Monday Morning QB

Monday could be a big step for the Auburn baseball program while Auburn softball is losing the best player in school history.

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The most important lesson Auburn's Chip Lindsey learned at Arizona State

Chip Lindsey spent one season as Arizona State's offensive coordinator before taking the same job at Auburn in January.

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The most important lesson Auburn's Chip Lindsey learned at Arizona State

Chip Lindsey spent one season as Arizona State's offensive coordinator before taking the same job at Auburn in January.

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Auburn's NFL representation heavier on defense

A rundown of the former Auburn players on the current NFL rosters.

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Auburn's NFL representation heavier on defense

A rundown of the former Auburn players on the current NFL rosters.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Offensive line

Let's take a look at what's going on at the offensive line position for Auburn.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Offensive line

Let's take a look at what's going on at the offensive line position for Auburn.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 96

There are 96 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 96 in SEC football history is Auburn nose guard Benji Roland.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 96

There are 96 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 96 in SEC football history is Auburn nose guard Benji Roland.

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A Day to Remember Our Heroes

Memorial-Day-Pics

Today is Memorial Day. While there is nothing wrong with the usual back yard barbecues, picnics, or a day at the beach each year on the last Monday of May; this is a day that we, as a nation, should stop, reflect, and remember our fallen heroes.

Since the founding of America, there have been over 1.1 million service men and women that have laid down their lives in defense of our freedoms, our way of life, and our country. As you enjoy this national holiday with friends and family, why not take time to honor our heroes by pausing and give thanks for their ultimate sacrifice.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baseball. Auburn Baseball Notebook - May 28

Catch up on the Tigers at the SEC Tournament in this week's Auburn Baseball Notebook.

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Golf Makes 15-Team Cut At NCAA's

Auburn men's golf is in good position heading into the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships.

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M. Golf. Auburn men's golf makes cut, 9th after NCAA Championship 3rd round

The No. 20 Auburn men's golf team made the 15-team cut and is in ninth, two shots out of seventh, after the NCAA Championship third round on Sunday at the par-72, 7300-yard Rich Harvest Farms. The low eight teams after the fourth round will advance to match play to decide the national champion.

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Auburn's Blake Logan makes SEC All-Tournament team

Logan was the lone Auburn player to make the All-Tournament team.

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Auburn baseball awaits NCAA Regional destination

Auburn will learn its NCAA postseason fate Monday at 11 a.m. during the tournament's selection show.

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ITAT HD: Myers Talks Loss, Future Of Program

Auburn Coach Clint Myers talks about the loss to Oklahoma in the Super Regional and what's next for Auburn softball.

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Legacy of Kasey Cooper, Auburn softball seniors is transforming program to national power

Kasey Cooper and the rest of Auburn's first signing class under coach Clint Myers transformed the program from an afterthought on the Plains to a national powerhouse.

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Tigers Waiting Word On NCAA Destination

Auburn had its most SEC wins since 2010 this season and the second-most for the program since 2003.

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A Look into the Future for Auburn Softball




That was a difficult loss for Auburn Softball today. It is always good for me to take a day before I write about a season ending loss for any Auburn Sports team. I am disappointed like the rest of the "Auburn Family". I did feel that the Auburn pitching was good enough to win, but the bats just did not produce at the right time. As a former baseball player and volunteer softball coach, you just have days that you do not play as well in the field or make solid contact with the ball at the plate. Auburn Softball just had two of those days. I really feel that they were the better team, but the Oklahoma Softball team just happened to play a little better on Friday and Saturday afternoon. I congratulate all of the players on this Auburn Softball team for their efforts in 2017. It is not easy to make it through an SEC Softball schedule and play for a spot in the World Series in Oklahoma City.

Auburn Softball did sign the nation’s number 2 recruiting 
class for 2018. Here is a list of the players that will be coming to Auburn this Fall. I expect some will be at the opening practice in August.

Kara Bilodeau            P            Cumming, Ga./South Forsyth
Makenna Dowell       SS           Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett
Chardonnay Harris    P           Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River  Forest
Mackenzie Nutt      2B/SS          Madison, Ala./Sparkman
Jenna Olszewski     OF              Hoover, Ala./Spain Park
Livy Schiele               OF               Bonita, Calif./The Bishop’s
Taylon Snow             SS              Chino Hills, Calif./Chino Hills
Abby Tissier              C                 Hoover, Ala./Hoover

Taylon Snow is a .504 hitter and a 3 time HS All-American. Taylon may be the best HS recruit in the USA for the 2018 signing class. Haley Fagan and Kasey Cooper have graduated and Taylon Snow, Makenna Dowell and Mackenzie Nutt will shore up the infield line up. I think that Taylon Snow will be the starting short stop next season and Makenna  Dowell or Mackenzie Nutt could win the third base position.
Auburn will be solid at the pitching position in 2018. Kaylee Carlson, Makayla Martin and Ashlee Swindle will return and they will be joined by Kara Bilodeau and Chardonnay Harris. Harris is a lefty and was the 2016 Illinois player of the year. Bilodeau is a hard throwing right handed pitcher and will be playing for the Canadian Junior National Team this summer.
Abby Tissier will be a good back up to Carlee Wallace and will most likely slide into the starting position after Carlee graduates. She has a great bat with a .349 batting average in HS.
Two good outfielders will be coming on board next season. Jenna Olszewski is an all State player for Spain Park in Hoover, Alabama. Livy Schiele hails from Bonita, California and holds 7 HS records in hitting (.589 batting average).
I will only hope that Clint Myers continue to coach this Auburn Softball team. He has  completely turned this team around. I can remember the days prior to his hire when no one seemed to care about the program and there were only a few people in the stands. Also, Auburn was expected to lose to their in state rival.  I am sure that Jay Jacobs will be meeting with him next week to discuss the future of Auburn Softball.
I do look forward to watching these girls play next season and I do feel that Auburn will be in contention once again for a spot in Oklahoma City.



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Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey's Auburn relationship has Georgia roots

Before Chip Lindsey became Gus Malzahn's right-hand man, their relationship formed over a five-week span in early 2009.

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Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey's Auburn relationship has Georgia roots

Before Chip Lindsey became Gus Malzahn's right-hand man, their relationship formed over a five-week span in early 2009.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 97

There are 97 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 97 in SEC football history is Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 97

There are 97 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 97 in SEC football history is Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Auburn T&F with finish strong at NCAA East Prelims

The Auburn track and field team wrapped up day three of the NCAA East Preliminaries in Lexington, Ky. on a rainy Saturday, advancing seven athletes and three relays to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On the weekend, the Tigers qualified 14 athletes for 15 events and three relays.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Auburn Softball Comes Up Short … But Count on Them Going Back to Oklahoma City in 2018

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“In order to win, we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to perform better. We’ve got to execute better.” Words spoken by Auburn coach Clint Myers moments after his teams was defeated in the Super Regional 5-2 by Oklahoma. 

While fans were disappointed no one hurt more than the players themselves. The crushing loss not only ended their season but also eliminated them from playing in their third consecutive Women’s College World Series.

As they have all year, the Tigers fought hard. Auburn ace Kaylee Carlson was true to form, completing her 21st game of the year, striking out three and allowing just six hits.

Offensively, Casey McCrackin hit a solo home run, while the best softball player to ever play at Auburn, Kasey Cooper, drove in a run and was literally robbed of a homer by Sooner out fielder Macey Hatfield’s great catch at the wall, that was just inches from going out. And there were also singles by Victoria Draper and Courtney Shea.

But as in most high profile matches between two top teams, the difference usually comes down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. On Saturday, that team was Oklahoma. The Sooners scored two runs in the sixth due to a miscommunication in left field and a throwing error on a double steal. We got beat by a very good Oklahoma team. They didn’t make mistakes,” said Myers. “We did. When you are playing good teams, you can’t make mistakes.”

Never-the-less, Myers and his team have nothing to be ashamed of. In the four years since taking the helm at Auburn, the Tigers have gone from being a middle of the pack SEC team to one of the most feared and respected teams in the sport.

Auburn has been an SEC Tourney Champion, hosted three Super Regionals, and came within one run of winning a national championship. Make no mistake this team is special. They may not have won a championship yet but they have set the bar high for all those who follow.

They have changed the culture at Auburn from one of expecting to have a good team to one of expecting to win championships. And with a top recruiting class coming in, you can bet the Tigers will be back in the chase for a national championship in 2018 …

Count on it!

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M. Golf. Auburn men’s golf t-4th after NCAA Championship 2nd round

The No. 20 Auburn men’s golf team fired a 4-under 284 and is tied for fourth at 10-under with No. 4 Vanderbilt at Rich Harvest Farms on Saturday. Freshman Jovan Rebula led the Tigers, who are a shot ahead of No. 1 Southern California, with a bogey-free 3-under 69.

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Softball Senior Thanks






My Special Thank to the Softball Seniors

-There is a thanks to each senior and the ones leaving the team, just bear with my trip (lap) down memory lane. 


If you follow any of my blogs or my twitter account, you know I am super into softball. So, I am especially thankful at what these seniors have done in their time at Auburn. I played a long time. I only played a little fastpitch because, well, you can see the date on there. This was my 2nd year. That's me, third from the right on the bottom row. I was even smaller the year before.  Those girls in the top row are actually in the same age division as me. Only the two on the end are coaches. The rest are my teammates. My coach showed us little bottom row gals NO MERCY from the big girls up top. He also taught me to LOVE the game. Strike out? Sucks for you! Take a lap! I played until 1994, when I went to college. When I went to college, there were not the opportunities that there are now in the southeast for college softball. Was I good enough? Probably not, but it was not even something I dreamed of in those days. I played some in intramural and that was a blast itself. 



These days, I roam the ball park with my nieces. I help coach sometimes, sometimes I am doing stats and the "scorebook" and sometimes I just watch.  Thanks to what these Auburn seniors and those around them have done, these girls CAN dream of playing college softball at their beloved Auburn. The two on the end on the right are my nieces. They are 4th generation Auburn gals. My nieces have loved watching these last few years when we can. We cannot always watch because we are playing ourselves. 



So for the seniors as a group, thank you. You've changed the landscape and culture of softball at Auburn, in the SEC, and in our part of the country. You have built a legacy that has made it possible for little girls to dream big dreams. I know you are heartbroken and disappointed at the outcome this weekend, but you will not know what you have done for these little girls. So from an old washed up ballplayer that never got the chance and for my nieces who dream of playing on The Plains one day, thank you. I know you felt a little short of your goals but when Auburn wins the whole thing in OKC next year or the next, your work and dedication will be on the field with them.  You've laid the groundwork for a whole new generation! So, now without further delay, my individual thanks...

1. Jenna Abbott-  Thank you so much for everything you have done for Auburn softball. I know the countless hours of team practice, individual practice, traveling and games takes a toll. It makes the academics harder that it would be without softball. I have enjoyed watching you play and "getting to know you" during your time at Auburn with interviews and clips and twitter. It's been amazing. Thank you. You will never know how much your class changed everything. One of my girls started pitching this year and I gotta tell you, its a lonely place to be! I have a WHOLE new appreciation for pitchers now. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you because I know its going to be something really special. I hope you stay in touch with your Auburn family because there will always be a place for you in our hearts. We are going to miss you and your little baseball wind up very much!

2. Haley Fagan- I feel like I have gotten to know you a little better than others even though I have never met any of you! It has been a joy and privilege to be the person praying for you the last 3 years. We started prayers4players in 2012, and we have tried to add sports every year. My nieces love you. I know it has not been sunshine and daisies for you but look at what you have done. Everything has changed. Auburn is a power player in the SEC now. We watched you battle through your injury last year. Thank you for sticking it out. You showed my girls that you don't walk away when it gets a little hard or challenging. Maybe one day we will get to meet in person. Your effort, time and dedication changed things at Auburn and we thank you. No matter what else, you left it all out on the field every time you went out there. I hope that you stay in touch with your Auburn family. I am really glad you transferred from USA!! (Even though we go to softball camp there and love it!) From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you have done. 

3. Kasey Cooper- I don't think we thought you were a real human being until this year. You definitely did leave a legacy. One of my nieces is an extremely intellectually gifted little girl. She has been especially interested in watching you. She has been into engineering before she even knew what it was. She takes a special engineering class now on Thursdays! She's also a lefty non-slapper, so she has learned a lot watching you! You have given her the greatest role model we could ever have asked for. Thank you. Thank you for giving my girls hope that they can one day play at Auburn. Thank you for showing them that you can do it while being an excellent student. I hope we get to see you in the Olympics in a couple of years. Thank you for your hard work, your time, your dedication, your sweat and tears. It has been a joy to watch you play. I once read that Bro Chette wrote that Cam played football as if he played for God's pleasure. I feel the same way about watching you play softball. I gotta tell you, it was extremely touching today to see you tear up when you were on 2nd base and your mom did the same thing. That is really special. I am SO GLAD you came to Auburn. 

4. Sydne Waldrop- I really appreciate you & what you've done for Auburn. You never got a lot of playing time. You did not have the glory that some of your other teammates did. You were still there, giving it all you had. I often do the scorebook at the park for the girls' team and even for other teams sometimes. I used to do it for A JOB when I was in high school if I wasn't playing. You helped to make a difference in the culture of softball at Auburn. Thank you for everything that you have done for Auburn. I know that you are going to do some really special things. I hope that you stay in touch with your Auburn family. 

5. Whitney Jordan- I just read that you were going to be moving on with a teaching career. I don't know what you are going to teach, but I just concluded my 19th year teaching. It is hard work but is more rewarding than any dollar amount any other career might pay. I have a special place in my heart for you. You stepped up big time last year and took on a role when you needed to and played it BIG. When it was time to step back, you did that as well. Thank you so much. I know there were countless hours of practice and studying. Thank you so much. Your dedication changed things at Auburn. I hope you stay in touch with your Auburn family because we really, really love ya'll a lot!

6. Madi Gipson- I also read that you were moving on to the next part of your life. Thank you for your time and dedication to Auburn. I know there were days when you just wanted to not do it anymore. Thank you for sticking it out. I thank you for everything you did for changing the culture of softball at Auburn. One day they are going to win it all in OKC and you will have been part of it. You made a difference for everyone coming after you. Thank you for everything you did for Auburn. I know you are going to do great things. Please stay in touch with your Auburn family. Thank you.

So from my baby girls (who are NOT artists!) thank you!






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Auburn Tied For 4th After Day Two Of NCAA's

Auburn had a solid day two at the Men's NCAA Golf Championships and are tied for 4th.

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5 storylines for SEC spring meetings: Will conference finally end its alcohol prohibition? - Dallas News (blog)


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Softball. Auburn Falls to Oklahoma, Ends 2017 Campaign

The Tigers wrap up the 2017 campaign with a 49-12 record, including 17-7 in SEC play

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Season Ends In Super Regional Setback

Auburn's season came to end on Saturday with a loss in the super regional round to Oklahoma.

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ITAT HD: Auburn Talks End Of Season Loss

Auburn Coach Clint Myers, Kasey Cooper and Kaylee Carlson talk about the loss to Oklahoma to end the season, the legacy of the program and more.

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Softball. 'We left a legacy' - Kasey Cooper concludes stellar Auburn career

The first time Kasey Cooper spoke, the tears outnumbered the words. “I’m proud I came to Auburn,” said Cooper, asked to reflect on the emotions she was feeling minutes after the conclusion of one of the most brilliant careers in Auburn athletics history.

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Ramping down

After 13 years on the internet and about 8 years of dormancy, it’s about time to officially shut the place down. I really appreciate the support and participation over the years.

I’ll continue to do Auburn type stuff on my twitter account, @TheAuburner. I’ll also continue the gameday prediction/results threads for as long as folks show up.

War Eagle!



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Auburn softball season ends in NCAA Super Regional loss to Oklahoma

For the second straight year, Auburn's season ends at the hands of Oklahoma.

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Auburn softball vs. Oklahoma NCAA Super Regional Game 2 live score updates, analysis

Follow along as Auburn tries to keep its season alive against Oklahoma in Game 2 of an NCAA Super Regional

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Shon Coleman 'definitely the favorite' to fill Cleveland Browns' opening at right tackle

Offensive tackle Shon Coleman played only 62 snaps last season after the Cleveland Browns picked him out of Auburn in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. This season, though, he could be the NFL team's right tackle.

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Shon Coleman 'definitely the favorite' to fill Cleveland Browns' opening at right tackle

Offensive tackle Shon Coleman played only 62 snaps last season after the Cleveland Browns picked him out of Auburn in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. This season, though, he could be the NFL team's right tackle.

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Mostly Sunny today!



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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 98

There are 98 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 98 in SEC football history is Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson.

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The Countdown to Kickoff: The SEC's best No. 98

There are 98 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 98 in SEC football history is Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Seven Tigers punch their tickets to NCAA Outdoors

Seven Tigers punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and four more advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals on day two of the NCAA East Preliminaries on Friday in Lexinton, Ky.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Auburn Softball Backs Are to the Wall … Drop Game One of Super Regional

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Auburn dropped game one of the Super Regional to Oklahoma 4-0 on Friday. Makayla Martin pitched well enough to win but she couldn’t get the run support from the offense. The Tigers had their chances but left runners stranded. You have to give credit to Sooner ace Paige Parker for some of that. She is one of the best pitchers in college softball.

Auburn now faces a must win game Saturday at noon CT on ESPN. Win that one and they set up a winner-take-all game for Sunday. Lose Saturday and well … we won’t go there.

The good news in that this is not the first time Auburn has found them selves in this situation. They won last year’s Super Regional after dropping the first game to Arizona. And they lost the first game of last season’s national championship series and won the second forcing a game three.

“We had opportunities to score and didn’t do it, said coach Clint Myers. “They outplayed us today. The plan is to outplay them tomorrow.”

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Softball. 'We've done it before' - Auburn softball plots Super Regional comeback

Carlee Wallace takes solace from last year’s Super Regional, when Auburn lost the first game at home to Arizona but rallied to take the series, advancing to Oklahoma City.

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Strong First Day For Men's Golf In NCAA's

Auburn is the clubhouse leader after the first day at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships with weather interrupting the finish of the first round.

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Softball. Tigers Drop Super Regional Opener to Oklahoma

The Tigers (49-11) were limited to four hits in the seven-inning contest at Jane B. Moore Field.

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Tigers In Must Win Situation

Auburn had no answer for the pitching of Oklahoma's Paige Parker in the opening round of super regional play.

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