Auburn Family News: May 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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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ITAT HD: Auburn Softball Talks Loss To OK

Auburn softball fell to Oklahoma 4-0 in the first game of the Super Regional.

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Auburn can look on the bright side after ugly SEC Tournament exit

Getting no-hit and run-ruled by Arkansas in a 12-0 defeat may be hard to swallow, but Butch Thompson's turnaround season will continue in an NCAA Regional.

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Auburn softball as the Cleveland Cavaliers? It could happen

It's not an exact parallel, obviously, but Kasey Cooper and the Tigers have a chance to go where LeBron James and the Cavs did a year ago.

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W. Tennis. Auburn women’s tennis completes signing class

Auburn women’s tennis completed its 2017 signing class with the addition of Newton Square, Pa. native, Jaeda Daniel, head coach Lauren Spencer announced Wednesday.

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M. Golf. Auburn men’s golf leads after NCAA Championship 1st round morning wave

The No. 20 Auburn men’s golf team fired a 6-under 282, its second lowest NCAA Championship opening round, and leads after the morning wave on Friday at Rich Harvest Farms. Jacob Solomon fired a 5-under 67 while Matt Gilchrest carded a 3-under 69. Solomon’s 67 is tied for the lowest opening round in Auburn NCAA Championship history with Gilchrest in 2014 and NCAA Champion Chip Spratlin in 1995. It is tied for the second lowest round in the Tigers’ NCAA Championship history behind Kevin Haefner’s 66 in the third round in 2000.

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Paige Parker, Oklahoma shutout Auburn in Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional

A year later, Paige Parker still has Auburn's number.

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Auburn softball vs. Oklahoma NCAA Super Regional Game 1 live score updates, analysis

Follow along as Auburn and Oklahoma rekindle a budding softball rivalry in an NCAA Super Regional

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Skeen garners National and SEC weekly honors - Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site


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“I am happy to see him recognized at the national level and this is a tremendous honor for him,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “It's good to see an athlete that puts in a lot of hard work get recognized. Skeen has been an integral part of our team ...

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Auburn Football Recruiting: Battle Heating Up For Top DB Target

One of Auburn’s top defensive targets, 4* CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, has had an interesting past 48 hours where he announced he would be committing and then a day later postponed his announcement.

Recruiting is fluid. What seems certain one day can be turned on its head the very next. Yesterday, I had an article all written up about how 4* CB Jalyn Armour-Davis was planning on announcing his decision today and that it would probably be bad news for the Tigers. Then, before the article was published, this happened:

Deletes article....

For the past 6 or so months, Auburn seemed to be the clear frontrunner for Armour-Davis. Auburn was his first offer, he supposedly hit it off with Greg Brown and he apparently was really close with his area recruiter Travis Williams. He even released a top 6 that did not include Alabama. It all seemed to be lining up for Auburn....

But the announcement never came. Armour-Davis stopped doing interviews with reporters and the news dried up. In recent weeks there were some rumors by "sources" on various message boards that Alabama had made a serious run. Then Armour-Davis confirmed that Alabama was back in the race. Wednesday it was reported he was set to announce his decision on Twitter at noon today and all of a sudden the Crystal Ball picks were rolling in for the Tide. Then finally yesterday, he tweets that he’s postponing his decision. What the heck is going on and what happened to Auburn being the supposed leader?

More than likely, Alabama kicked things up a notch when Armour-Davis first eliminated them from his top group. The Tide did not sign a cornerback in last year’s class and have made it a clear position of importance in the 2018 class. That message seems to have recently resonated with Armour-Davis and the allure of playing early for the Tide appears to have put Alabama ahead of both Auburn and Florida State.

But once again no announcement has come. Did either Auburn or Florida State convince him to hold off? Is Bama not ready to take his commitment because they want to see him camp this summer, a requirement they have made for most every recruit this cycle? Did he just have cold feet? I have absolutely no idea but it has become clear that this is a 3 team battle and Auburn has some serious work to do if they want to land the top-rated instate defender.

All in all, not the greatest news for Auburn on the recruiting trail. The good news is he did not pull the trigger just yet and Auburn has Big Cat Weekend next weekend where they can hopefully regain some momentum on the trail and possibly land a few commits, though I do not believe Armour-Davis is expected to visit. As I mentioned last week, there are plenty more Auburn/Alabama recruiting battles this year. The Tide appear to have pushed ahead in the Armour-Davis battle but the war is not yet over and who knows what changes over the next few months because as we have seen this week, things change fast in recruiting

Tiger RB Signee Heading to Junior College

This isn’t the happiest of recruiting updates is it? Drew Champlin over at AL.com got the scoop yesterday that 4* RB signee Alaric Williams did not qualify and will be heading off to Garden City Community College. He later confirmed that report on Twitter:

Overall, this staff has done a very good job of signing kids that qualify. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look that will be case with Williams. I wasn’t expecting him to be a major contributor in 2017 but with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson both NFL draft eligible and Auburn’s past injury issues at this position, it’s a tough blow to depth both next season and in the future. I would not be surprised if Auburn attempts to sign three running backs in this class if possible. They currently have one committed in 3* Shaun Shivers.

Offers

  • 5* CB Anthony Cook - If Auburn misses on Armour-Davis they will obviously just replace him with the #2 CB in the class...
  • 4* S Jaiden Woodbey (Ohio State Commit) - The Buckeye commit is a top 50 player in this class. Barring something really wild, I doubt Auburn is very involved in his recruitment.
  • 4* WR Al’vonte Woodard - Cook wasn’t the only Lamar High School star to land an AU offer this week. Woodard appears to be a very heavy Texas lean.
  • 4* WR Josh Vann - Vann is a threat to go deep every play and is very smooth in and out of his breaks. The Dawgs appear to be the current favorite but don’t sleep on South Carolina.
  • 3* DT Tramel Walthour - Walthour’s recruitment has taken off in the past week. Georgia offered around a week ago and then Ohio State, Auburn and Arkansas all jumped on board today. He claimed that the UGA offer was a "dream offer" for him so consensus seems to be he will end up a Dawg.
  • 3* DT John Mincey - Keith Niebuhr reported Wednesday that the 6’4" 255 lb Homerville, GA native had landed an offer. With Antwuan Jackson’s unfortunate transfer, I suspect Auburn will be looking for at least 2 DTs, if not more, in this class. Mincey will need to put on some weight to play DT at the next level but there’s a ton of raw ability to like. He hasn’t hid the fact though that he wants a Georgia offer and the Dawgs offered yesterday so the Tigers might be facing an uphill battle.
  • OT Doug Johnson - Johnson is a massive individual at 6’6" 325 lbs and is a guy to keep an eye on moving forward.
  • 2019 OT Amari Kight - Hard not to be excited about the talent available instate in the 2019 class. Kight is a big dude at 6’5" 300 lbs but extremely athletic. He strikes me as a perfect fit for what Auburn asks OTs to due in their system. Name to know in next year’s class.
  • 2019 OT Michael Tarquin - As Cole Cubelic likes to say, this kid has a bit of that "nasty" in him. He doesn’t consider his job done until defender is flat on his back. Looks like Miami is the early team to beat.
  • 2019 Tatum Bethune - Auburn is the first to offer the 6’0" 215 Buck/LB prospect out of Miami. He plays DE for his high school team but given his measurables he probably projects more as a LB possibly the Buck spot. Will be interesting to see if Auburn being his first offer plays a large role in his recruitment.
  • 2019 OT Mark Fox - More than likely Fox will be an offensive guard at the next level due to his height but he’s very technically sound already for youngster. Will be a name to follow in 2019.

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Softball. 'Going to be fun': Auburn hosts Oklahoma in Super Regional

In a rematch of last year’s Women’s College World Series championship series, Auburn hosts reigning champ Oklahoma in a Super Regional beginning Friday at 3 p.m.

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General News. 'We appreciate what you do' - Athletics supports Spirit of Excellence Winners

Auburn University honored four Spirit of Excellence Employees of the Year Wednesday, recognizing Lauren Einhorn, Patricia Branum, Christopher Cox and Shelia Hooks for their dedication.

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Wide receivers

Friday Football & Softball Tiger Tidbits

Updates from Auburn football and the NCAA tournaments featuring Auburn softball, men's golf and women's tennis are included in Friday's Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers and AUTigers.com.

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Lessons To Be Learned For Tigers

Auburn will await its NCAA Tournament destination on Monday.

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'We appreciate what you do' - Athletics supports Spirit of Excellence Winners - Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site


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'We appreciate what you do' - Athletics supports Spirit of Excellence Winners
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“We would like to give a very special thank you to the Auburn University Foundation for their support of our program, and to Jay Jacobs and the athletic department for their continued support of this program,” Executive Director of Employee Relations ...



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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Wide receivers

Checking out where things stand with some Auburn receiver targets

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Auburn recruiting snapshot: Wide receivers

Checking out where things stand with some Auburn receiver targets

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How to Watch 2017 NCAA Softball Tournament Auburn vs Oklahoma Super Regional

Two familiar foes square off with a trip to Oklahoma City on the line.

The last time these two teams got together, the Tigers walked away with a 3-2 win. Unfortunately, that game didn't mean much. It was the opening game of the 2017 season.

The series between these two teams that everyone remembers is last year's Women's College World Series final. Oklahoma and Auburn played three extremely exciting and memorable games in Oklahoma City that ended with the Sooners winning the 2016 NCAA Softball National Championship.

Now, just under a year later, the two will meet again in another 3-game series. Last year's series was a virtual home slate for Oklahoma with it taking place less than an hour from OU's campus. This year, it's on the Plains of Auburn, Alabama at Auburn's own Jane B. Moore Field.

Oklahoma still has ace Paige Parker. Auburn really never could figure out what to do with her last year and that's with the excellent group of hitters that the Tigers had at the time. This year's batters will face one of the best pitchers they've ever seen when they go against Parker.

The good news for Auburn is that Oklahoma has had plenty of trouble with Makayla Martin, as well. And they've never really had to face Kaylee Carlson.

For the Tigers, the best news has to be the reawakening of Kasey Cooper's bat over the last game or so. Auburn really needed the bats to come alive before this Super Regional, and they definitely started doing that in the final two Regional games last weekend. It wasn't just Cooper, either. Haley Fagan's bat was on fire. Carlee Wallace, Allysa Rivera, and Victoria Draper were, of course, just continuing things as they had been all season.

This is going to be one very tough series. Oklahoma feels slighted that it wasn't a Top 8 seed. Auburn feels like it should have been higher and not have to face a team of Oklahoma's caliber in the Super Regionals. Auburn wants revenge from last year's WCWS. Auburn is at home. Oklahoma doesn't want to miss out on going to Oklahoma City the year after winning it all.

How big is the series going to be? Auburn is adding more seating in the outfield in anticipation of the crowds. It's a holiday weekend and what better place to be than watching one of the best Softball series in the country all season long?

If you're not able to make it to Auburn, you can still follow along. You can bet that this game is going to be one of the Super Regionals that gets on national TV all weekend. Here's what you need to know:

Game 1: 3:00 pm Central, ESPN 2

Game 2: 12:00 pm Central, ESPN

Game 3: 12:00 pm Central, ESPN (If Necessary)

All games will, of course, be available on WatchESPN as well if you happen to be out and about and need to stream them.

Let's get after 'em, Auburn. Do what it takes to get back to OKC!



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Position Change Coming For Purifoy

Auburn's Danjel Purifoy is expected to move to the wing next season and that's a move that Bruce Pearl believes will work out well.

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AL.com All-Access: Pat Dye's gone too far this time

The Auburn legend would rather see the Tigers move to the SEC East than play Alabama every year? Seriously? The Iron Bowl helped make Dye's career.

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AL.com All-Access: Pat Dye's gone too far this time

The Auburn legend would rather see the Tigers move to the SEC East than play Alabama every year? Seriously? The Iron Bowl helped make Dye's career.

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Auburn AD shares his thoughts on the school's potential move to the SEC East - Saturday Down South


Saturday Down South

Auburn AD shares his thoughts on the school's potential move to the SEC East
Saturday Down South
In what has become an annual talking point for those associated with Auburn, the school's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, was the one discussing the potential move most recently. Jacobs was a guest on WNSP-FM 105.5 sports radio Thursday and freely ...

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Auburn confident walk-on Will Hastings can be dependable option at slot receiver in 2017

The former walk-on kicker was a surprise weapon early last season before disappearing for much of the year.

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Auburn confident walk-on Will Hastings can be dependable option at slot receiver in 2017

The former walk-on kicker was a surprise weapon early last season before disappearing for much of the year.

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2018 Wide Receiver Narrows List

Talented wide receiver prospect Shedrick Jackson talks about his top five schools.

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Kasey Cooper left her mark playing for 3 who died before she became Auburn softball's greatest of all-time

At the exacting ethos of this fierce competitor is a vulnerable young woman who carries the memories of three people who never got to see Kasey Cooper's storied college career and a chip on her shoulder from those who doubted she'd be successful.

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Auburn Softball Host Super Regional – Baseball Awaits NCAA Tourney Selection

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The Auburn Baseball Team bowed out of the SEC Tournament Thursday night losing to Arkansas 11-0 after two good performances in their first two games.

Coach Butch Thompson said he was proud of the way the Tigers played against No.1 Florida and in their win over Ole Miss but there are lessons to learn from the last game. “We definitely have some things that we have to look at and work on,” said Thompson. “So we won’t forget this either, but we will take the good, the bad and the ugly in this series to help our guys get ready [for the NCAA Regional].”

At the end of the 2016 Women’s College World Series Championship Auburn fans were left wanting with one more shot at eventual champion, Oklahoma. The No. 7 Tigers (49-10) get that chance today as they host No. 6 Sooners (54-9) at 3 p.m. CT in a rematch of the 2016 WCWS.

The Super Regional will be a best of three games. Friday’s game is set to be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s will be aired at 12 p.m. CT on ESPN. Should third game is necessary; it will be televised on ESPN at 12 p.m. CT.

The winner of the Super Regional will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City

Let’s go Tigers!

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Auburn, Oklahoma renew budding softball rivalry in NCAA Super Regional

A trip to the Women's College World Series hangs in the balance as No. 7 seed Auburn and No. 10 seed Oklahoma open a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional today

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Nate Craig-Myers poised to be key contributor for Auburn this fall

A breakdown of Auburn's slot receivers after spring practice

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Nate Craig-Myers poised to be key contributor for Auburn this fall

A breakdown of Auburn's slot receivers after spring practice

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Auburn softball favored over defending national champ Oklahoma in NCAA Super Regional

Auburn is favored to eliminate defending national champion Oklahoma in this weekend's NCAA Super Regional.

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

WHY WE ARE FANS

You may have noticed that the site looks a little different. That's a new SB Nation redesign and it's network wide. The network is also running a campaign on "Why You Are A Fan." A few of us published articles on that, yesterday, which you can find in this story stream. I'll be adding some older articles to it, soon, too. And, when the FanPost contest is over, I'll collect the best and link them into a Front Page post.

BASEBALL

Well. That sucked. Auburn was on the bad end of a historic night in the SEC Tournament. The 12-0 no-hit, run-rule loss to Arkansas shouldn't affect the Tigers going to the NCAA Tournament, but it definitely didn't help with anything.

BASKETBALL

The schedule for the 2018 Big 12 / SEC Challenge was announced, yesterday. Auburn is not among the teams taking part. I'm sure it has nothing to do with Auburn sweeping the Big 12 opponents they played last year, but I'm claiming that's the reason, anyway.

SOFTBALL

The Super Regional begins today! Auburn and Oklahoma face off for a trip to the Women's College World Series. The official site's preview and hub are up, now. Our preview will hit a little later this morning.

Kasey Cooper was once again named an Academic All-American. That's no surprise given that she almost has a 4.0 for her 4 years of college and is an engineering major.

FOOTBALL

Auburn opens as a 5 touchdown favorite over Georgia Southern in the season opener. There's a part of me that says that's a good bet and there's another part of me that says there's no way it's that big a difference. I'll go into more detail later in a season preview, but the short version is if this were Auburn's D against last year's abomination of a Georgia Southern offense, then go with that 5 touchdowns. However, Georgia Southern is back running the triple option. The option will eat a ton of clock and limit possessions and is tough to defend, so fully expect to see Georgia Southern score a TD or two. However, however, this is a GS team full of players who have never run the true option and they'll be breaking in a new QB (likely a RS FR), too, so there will be turnovers. Of course, last time Auburn played GS the Eagles were breaking in an RS FR QB, too, and that game was 17-3 GS at the half.

Auburn is "certainly open" to the idea of going to the SEC East. Well no shit.



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SEC's No. 1 99: Mississippi State linebacker Johnie Cooks

There are 99 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 99 in SEC football history is Mississippi State linebacker Johnie Cooks.

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SEC's No. 1 99: Mississippi State linebacker Johnie Cooks

There are 99 days until the first Saturday of the SEC football season, and the No. 1 99 in SEC football history is Mississippi State linebacker Johnie Cooks.

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L'Arche Mobile Welcomes Alabama AD Greg Byrne for Football Preview - Scout


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L'Arche Mobile Welcomes Alabama AD Greg Byrne for Football Preview
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Other noted speakers included Color Analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network and Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, Phil Savage, Jr., Auburn University Director of Athletics, Jay Jacobs, Fox Football Analyst and former Tennessee defensive back, ...

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OPINION: "Give Kevin Phillips the job!"

ITAT HD: Thompson, Robert Talk Loss To Hogs

Auburn Coach Butch Thompson and senior Daniel Robert talk about the loss to Arkansas, what went wrong, and getting regional for regional play.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Track & Field, Cross Country. Veronica Eder punches ticket to NCAA Outdoor Championships

Senior distance runner Veronica Eder punched her ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships after finishing second in the women's 10,000 meters on Thursday at the NCAA Preliminaries in Lexington, Ky. Eder becomes the first female runner to advance to the NCAA Championships since 1997.

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Baseball. Auburn baseball falls to Arkansas in SEC Tournament

The Auburn baseball team was eliminated from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, falling to Arkansas 11-0 in seven innings at the Hoover Met Thursday. The Razorbacks improved to 40-16 while the Tigers fell to 35-24.

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Meet Alabama's top 25 rising seniors

Auburn Blasted By Razorbacks

Arkansas slugger Chad Spanberger hit three home runs and three Razorback pitchers combined to no-hit Auburn as the Tigers fell 12-0 in just seven innings to end their stay in Hoover.

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"Everything Matters" In Super Regional

Oklahoma will be at Auburn's home park for a super regional series with both teams looking to earn a spot in the College Softball World Series.

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Auburn AD Jay Jacobs on Pat Dye's SEC East idea: 'We're certainly open to it'

Jacobs spoke in Mobile at L'Arche dinner Thursday

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Auburn AD Jay Jacobs on Pat Dye's SEC East idea: 'We're certainly open to it'

Jacobs spoke in Mobile at L'Arche dinner Thursday

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Auburn eliminated from SEC Tournament after run-rule no-hitter

Auburn was eliminated from the SEC Tournament following a 12-0 loss to Arkansas on Thursday.

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W. Soccer. Auburn Soccer Signs Transfer Caroline Bado

Auburn soccer program has added Caroline Bado from UCF as a graduate transfer for the 2017 season

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W. Tennis. Michaud and Russo advance in NCAA Doubles Championships

No. 17 Alizee Michaud and Taylor Russo defeated No. 19 Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas of TCU to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship in Athens, Ga. on Thursday.

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Auburn opens as 5-touchdown favorite in season opener against Georgia Southern

Auburn is a five-touchdown favorite for its 2017 football season opener with Georgia Southern.

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Auburn is a five-touchdown favorite for its 2017 football season opener with Georgia Southern.

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4-Star Auburn RB Alaric Williams Academically Ineligible, Will Play at JUCO

Running back Alaric Williams, a key recruit in Auburn's 2017 class, has been ruled academically ineligible and will play next season at a junior college.

Williams announced his intentions on Twitter:

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Softball. Auburn, Oklahoma Set to Battle for Bid to WCWS

The Tigers (49-10) and Sooners (54-9) will play a best-of-three series at Jane B. Moore Field.

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Auburn signee Alaric Williams academically ineligible, heading to junior college

News on an Auburn signee

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News on an Auburn signee

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No. 20 Auburn vs. No. 13 Arkansas live score updates and analysis

Live updates from the Hoover Met as Auburn and Arkansas meet in an elimination game on Day 3 of the SEC Tournament.

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2017 SEC Baseball Tournament Auburn vs Arkansas How to Watch Live Online, Time, TV

The Tigers and the Razorbacks will play in an elimination game.

Auburn mustered all they could in a late rally last night/this morning but fell short of knocking off #1 seed Florida 5-4 in the wee hours of the 25th. Now, they'll have to play the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Arkansas had an early lead on Mississippi State and looked to be in the driver's seat, but Brent Rooker did Brent Rooker things and tied it in the 9th before the Bulldogs ultimately pulled out the win. With that, Arkansas had to refocus and get ready to play their second game of the day.

Auburn announced Tuesday that Davis Daniel would be held for today's game. Daniel is a normal starter for Auburn who has really started to come on in a big way as the season progressed. He started Auburn's loss to Arkansas in their regular season series but did not pick up the L for his record. When Daniel was pulled after 5 innings pitched, the game was tied at 3. The Tigers ultimately fell in that game 7-3. They did take the series, though, with a 15-2 thrashing in Game 1 and an 11-6 Game 3.

Arkansas is expected to start Dominic Taccolini, whom Auburn did not face in that early season series. Taccolini is 4-1 for the season with a 5.01 ERA.

How to Watch

Auburn and Arkansas will take the field on SEC Network 30 minutes after the end of South Carolina and Mizzou. That game is currently in the Top of the 6th. Auburn's game was due to start at 4:30 Central, but it's looking more likely that it'll be closer to 5:00 pm Central. Should Auburn win, they will face the loser of the Mississippi State and Florida game, so there's a chance Auburn could see the Gators again. Should the Tigers fall, that will be it for the SEC Tournament and we'll await the NCAA Tournament reveal.



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M. Tennis. NCAA Doubles Run Ends For Huertas del Pino and Hinnisdaels

The NCAA championships run for Auburn's senior doubles team of Conner Huertas del Pino and Max Hinnisdaels ended Thursday in a loss to UCLA

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Meet Alabama's top 25 rising seniors

As Alabama and Auburn continue to fill out their respective 2018 recruiting boards, take a look at AL.com's top 25 prospects in the state and where they stand in their recruitment.

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Meet Alabama's top 25 rising seniors

As Alabama and Auburn continue to fill out their respective 2018 recruiting boards, take a look at AL.com's top 25 prospects in the state and where they stand in their recruitment.

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Auburn women's basketball adds Duke transfer Crystal Primm - AL.com


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Auburn women's basketball adds Duke transfer Crystal Primm
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Thursday Football & Softball Tiger Tidbits

News and notes from Auburn football, softball and men's golf are included in Thursday's edition of Tiger Tidbits from Inside the Auburn Tigers/AUTigers.com.

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Auburn looking for 'special talent' Eli Stove to take next step at receiver

Eli Stove was third on the team in receptions and fourth in receiving yards as a freshman in 2016.

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Auburn looking for 'special talent' Eli Stove to take next step at receiver

Eli Stove was third on the team in receptions and fourth in receiving yards as a freshman in 2016.

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Softball. Kasey Cooper Academic All-America Player of the Year

Cooper headlines the 2017 Division I softball team as a mechanical engineering major with a 3.97 GPA

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Cadillac Ran Me To Auburn

Here is why I’m a Tiger Fan

I grew up in Texas as a Baylor fan back when that didn’t mean Big 12 championships and Art Briles. I vividly remember asking my dad (a double Baylor graduate—undergrad and law) why we kept coming to watch this team lose every Saturday. I remember sitting in the cheap concrete end zone seats of the old Floyd-Casey Stadium with my buddies and playing tag or whatever because the game on the field was so boring and the stadium was so empty.

My years of Baylor fandom can be summed up in one moment from 1999. I was standing in my family’s seats somewhere on the 45-yard-line as Baylor lined up at around the 6 with a three point lead on UNLV. This was Kevin Steele’s first year as head coach and he was out to prove Baylor was a team with attitude. The Bears could take a knee and win the game after clawing their way back into the lead. Instead, Steele called a run up the middle to try to get another touchdown. As time expired, the running back fumbled the ball and it was recovered and returned 100 yards for a touchdown by UNLV. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.

14-year-old me had seen enough.

In the fall of 2001, my brother went to Auburn as a freshman. He chose Auburn because it had a building science program and wasn’t Texas A&M. The first couple of times I went to visit him in Auburn, the Tigers won and it was like being on another planet from the games I went to in Waco as a kid. This wasn’t tedious or heart-wrenching or boring football. Auburn was an exciting team with young stars who could beat the doors off of people.

In November 2003, I was a senior in high school and had been accepted by both Auburn and Baylor. My dad was lobbying for the Bears and my brother was hyping the Tigers.

I went to visit Auburn just before Thanksgiving because school was out and the Iron Bowl was in town. My brother had gotten me a student ticket and I stood with him in the fraternity block seats as the game started. The eagle flew. The band was rocking. Auburn had the ball first and an offense with so much potential came on the field. A simple run play up the middle was called.

17-year-old me had seen enough.

I freebased Auburn Football in that moment. Sheer excitement and happiness flowed through my veins and I went home an Auburn fan, but not until after seeing 17th Floor play at the Fiji house.

My freshman year was 2004. I didn’t see a losing season as an Auburn fan until 2008 and never lost to Alabama as a student.

From the 2003 season until now, Auburn has averaged almost 9 wins a year, but has had some of the lowest moments in program history to go along with the highest.

In January 2011 when the confetti fell in Glendale as Cam Newton hoisted a crystal football, or in November 2013 when I fell to the floor of a bar in Denver as Ricardo Louis caught a tipped pass for a game-winning touchdown, I was experiencing the euphoria and unbridled enthusiasm that can only come from fandom and neither of those experiences would have been possible without Cadillac going 80 yards against the Tide in 2003.

Why am I an Auburn Fan? Because of Carnell Williams. Because of the 2003 Iron Bowl and the 2004 Tennessee game and the 2005 Georgia game and the 2006 Florida game and the 2007 Florida game and the 2008 “Baby I’m Burning” game and the 2009 Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern and the 2010 South Carolina game(s) and the 2011 South Carolina game and the 2012 firing of Chizik and the 2013 Kick Six and the 2014 LSU game and the 2015 Texas A&M game and the 2016 Arkansas game. Those are my favorite games from each season for one reason or another, and each of them are part of the story of my Auburn fandom.

And It all started with one run up the middle.



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Why We Are Fans Of Auburn University.

It's a combined network campaign, y'all! Let's talk about why we're fans of our school.

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Tigers Learn From Tough Loss To Gators

Auburn's loss to Florida late on Tuesday night in the SEC Tournament could have been a disastrous one for the team, instead it could have been a big step forward for the program.

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2019 Intro: Hoover WR George Pickens

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- Earlier this month, Scout saw George Pickens in action for the first time. The rising junior football prospect may be one of the best in Alabama's deep 2019 class.

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I Love Auburn Because Auburn Loves Me

When I got the prompt of writing about why I am a fan of Auburn University, I knew right away it was going to require some thought. I’ve been stewing on it for a few days now, and the thought of putting it all into words is still overwhelming. There is simply too much to say. I could write a book on all of the reasons why I love Auburn, but for the sake of everyone’s time and attention spans, I’ll try to just hit the highlights.

I’ll start off by saying that I was 100% totally biased from the womb. You see, the story of my fandom starts with my parents, who met at Auburn in the mid 1980’s and got married after their junior years. The time they spent in Auburn together provided some of their favorite memories, whether it be working at Tiger Rags, playing any of their favorite arcade games (probably Galaga), or even just living at their place in Ridgewood Village. Fast forward to me, and there’s no surprise that Auburn is in my blood. I’d venture to guess that my older brothers, despite going to Georgia Tech and Mississippi State, still have it in their blood, too, even if they wouldn’t admit it.

Growing up in Atlanta, there were always occasional trips to Auburn. Sometimes we got to go to football games, but usually it was just passing through for a bit on our way to the beach. By the time I was old enough to start looking at colleges to attend, I knew it would be tough to pry me away from Auburn, but I don’t think I ever really got to appreciate Auburn until I became a student. It started in the spring of 2013, when, as a high school senior, I decided to go by myself down to Auburn for A-Day and the “Last Roll” of the original Toomer’s Oaks. The thrill of being in downtown Auburn with the thousands upon thousands of other people, who were all total strangers to me, was a high I will never forget.

As an out-of-state student, I knew absolutely NOBODY coming to Auburn. Despite being from only two hours away, only three people from my graduating high school class of 700+ people came to Auburn, and safe to say I had no idea who they were. As an introvert who wasn’t super keen on having to make all new friends, I was more than a little nervous coming to Auburn. However, through two distinct avenues, I met 90% of the people I call my friends today.

The first, as much of a miracle as it may seem, was through my randomly assigned roommates. I had met one of them very briefly once the summer before at orientation, but somehow two of my roommates happened to be two of the best people I have ever met. They became like brothers to me within a few months, and they are still two of my closest friends. Not only that, but through them, I have met so many more people that will be lifelong friends. That may sound naive coming from a guy still in college, but I know it’s true because one of them introduced me to my fiance during our junior year. We already have so many memories together in Auburn, so I thought it would be fitting for both of us for me to propose outside Toomer’s Drug Store, lemonade in hand. We will be getting married this summer, and, funnily enough, we will be living in Ridgewood Village, just two doors down from where my parents spent their first year together.

The second place I met people was at the Auburn Christian Student Center (ACSC). Again, I didn’t really know anybody there going in as a freshman, except for the fact that the campus minister’s wife, Mary Brinkerhoff, and my aunt were good friends. A lot has happened in my life and at the ACSC in the last four years, but the bonds I’ve made with the people there and the lessons I’ve learned from Jim and Micah have shaped who I am today. I think it is also worth noting that these are the people I spend my game days with, in the exact same seats in Section 19. It’s where I witnessed the Miracle in Jordan-Hare and the Kick Six, and its where I’ve spent about six hours for every home since 2013, with great people to spend it with. I don’t know what my college life would have been like without the ACSC, but I do know it is a place and a group of people who have changed me for the better.

I think the prompt for these articles was supposed to guide us towards why we are a fan of our football teams. But for me, it’s impossible to separate Auburn football from Auburn. The friends I’ve made, the lemonades I’ve drank, the classes I’ve struggled through, the sunny days on Samford Lawn I’ve enjoyed, the rainy days walking to class I’ve not enjoyed... It’s just as much a reason of why I am a fan of Auburn as the football games. I’ve seen some ugly games in that stadium, and if that were the only reason I had to be a fan of Auburn, I’m not sure how much of a connection I could have. I don’t have to be a fan alone, though, because I am part of that dumb, cheesy, spot-on marketing campaign that is the Auburn Family.

Auburn will always be a place of brotherhood, of friendship, and of family for me. That is why I am a fan.



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Scout 300 WR talks top schools, future visits

2018 Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage wide receiver Anthony Schwartz talks top schools, future visits and a decision timeline.

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Why I Am A Fan Of Auburn University.

It's a combined network campaign, y'all! Let's talk about why we're fans of our school.

Welcome to the refreshed College and Magnolia! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts [link here] to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [http://bit.ly/2rCNfkS]. We’re collecting all of the stories here [http://bit.ly/2qjD0hl] and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us!

The Story

So, how did I become an Auburn fan? I can never remember a time in my life when I wasn't an Auburn fan, to be honest. I'm sure if I thought about it early enough, I could have had my parents scan and send me pictures of my brother and I wearing Auburn clothes for most of our lives.

So, obviously, the story of how I became an Auburn fan begins with my dad. My father - like my brother and I - are a very familiar story to just about any Auburn fan who grew up in the state of Georgia. People often incredulously ask how we can be Auburn fans when we grew up in Georgia. The answer is, of course, is that we're partially Auburn fans because we grew up in Georgia. Among Georgia fans. Who are just the worst.

Seriously, how can anyone like a school where grown men think it is perfectly acceptable to bark at other grown men?

So, my dad always wanted to go to Auburn. He was accepted, had a roommate, and was close to going. At the last second, he changed his mind and stayed in state and went to Georgia Southern. That's where the other half of my fandom comes in. And, yes, it does make the first game of this season super awkward. Especially since my wife is a Georgia Southern grad, too.

My brother and I grew up Auburn and Georgia Southern fanatics because of our father. We both ended up just really wanting to go to Auburn, though. And, thankfully, we both did. I was lucky enough to go on a ROTC scholarship. I started at Auburn in the fall of 2000 and graduated in the spring of 2004 with a BA in History and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Alabama National Guard.

I've gone all over the place since then. Two deployments, transfers to the Georgia Guard and now to the US Army Reserve. In between, I also had the honor of going back to the War Eagle Battalion as an instructor at the ROTC department as a contractor for four and half years. Through it all, I've always taken my love for Auburn everywhere. I have a banner with the Auburn Creed hanging over my computer at work. My coworkers are probably tired of me talking about Auburn.

Plenty of people have amazing stories of becoming Auburn fans because of some event in their life. We'll publish another one of those in just a few hours. I'll be reheating some other older stories by our staff today, too. For me, I'm lucky enough to say Auburn has been a part of my life for as long as my memory stretches back.

So, what are your stories? You've noticed the contest stuff at the beginning and can see the caveats below. Let us here your story! If there are particularly good ones, I'll put them on the Front Page!

War Eagle, everyone. Always.

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

First, let me begin by wishing my mother a Happy Birthday! My parents are coming to visit here in San Antonio this weekend, so I'm looking forward to that.

SURVIVAL GUIDE

The offseason is not fun. Drew Crowson is going to put out a weekly guide for us on ways you can survive the offseason. It's going to be especially important once baseball and softball are done for the year, too.

BASEBALL

It's been 20 years since the unbelievable David Ross home run to beat Florida State in a Regional that made Ross such an Auburn hero. Florida fans love to say they have more claim to him than we do, but we will always have that moment and how much Ross obviously still loves Auburn.

Auburn played #1 seed Florida last night very late in the SEC Tournament. By "very late," I mean the game started at 9:45 pm Central. That's late. It finally ended at close to 1 am Central as Auburn fought back from a deficit and fell just short in the rally to lose 5-4 to Florida. The Tigers will now face the loser of the Arkansas / Mississippi State game. When that game will take place is anybody's guess at this point.

GOLF

The men open Regional play for the NCAA Tournament tomorrow. This is their 6th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, which makes them one of the better programs in the nation over the course of the last half-decade.

FOOTBALL

Tre Williams is the man at the linebacker position this year. That was really the case last year, too, but now he's really ready to take the role of quarterback of the defense by the horns.

If Cam Newton had to do pushups when he screwed up, you better believe that Jarrett Stidham is going to have to do them, too.

Pat Dye has more words on where Auburn fits in the SEC and the Iron Bowl.

In former Tiger news, Duke Williams has resurfaced in the Canadian Football League. Hopefully, he can find a career up there and maybe work his way back into the NFL. He has amazing talent.



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Eli Stove has the versatility Auburn asks from its flanker

A breakdown of Auburn's flankers after spring practice

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A breakdown of Auburn's flankers after spring practice

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100 days until the first Saturday of SEC football 2017

On Sept. 2 - 100 days from today - 12 SEC teams will kick off their 2017 football seasons.

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100 days until the first Saturday of SEC football 2017

On Sept. 2 - 100 days from today - 12 SEC teams will kick off their 2017 football seasons.

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SEC Baseball Tournament 2017: Day 3 matchups, TV schedule, pitchers, scores

The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament continues today at the Hoover Met.

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Late Night Loss Sends AU To Loser's Bracket

Auburn dropped into the loser's bracket of the SEC Tournament with a 5-4 loss on a late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning at the Hoover Met.

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Auburn runs out of gas against top-seeded Florida in 2nd round of SEC Tournament

Auburn lost to Florida, 5-4, to slip to the losers' bracket in the SEC Tournament.

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Baseball. Auburn falls to top-seed Florida in Day 2 of SEC Tournament

e Auburn baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning but came up short in a 5-4 loss to top-seed Florida in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Hoover Met Wednesday. Florida improved to 41-15, while Auburn fell to 35-23.

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Draper Hoping to Provide Super Regional Spark

Auburn will be on its home field this time as the softball Tigers take on the Oklahoma Sooners in an NCAA Tournament series.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mobile four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis set for Friday commitment

One of the state's top prospects is set to commit by the end of the week.

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Mobile four-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis set for Friday commitment

One of the state's top prospects is set to commit by the end of the week.

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Mountain Brook's Harold Joiner invited to The Opening finals

A third in-state player has been invited to Nike's The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

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Mountain Brook's Harold Joiner invited to The Opening finals

A third in-state player has been invited to Nike's The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore.

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No. 20 Auburn baseball vs. No. 4 Florida live score updates and analysis

Live updates from Hoover at No. 20 Auburn takes on No. 4 Florida in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

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Track & Field, Cross Country. Auburn track and field set for East Preliminaries

The Auburn track and field team will have 29 athletes competing at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminaries, May 25-27, at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility in Lexington, Ky. Each will be vying for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, held June 7-10, in Eugene, Ore.

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Baseball. 'A storybook ending' - Remembering David Ross' home run, 20 years later

As vividly as those who were there remember the epic home run that ensued, it’s the previous pitch – the one on which nearly everyone in Tallahassee thought David Ross struck out – that served to heighten the drama.

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Pat Dye: 'We don't need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn'

Former Auburn coach: "I'm fixing to make a statement that won't be a popular statement, I guarantee you. I'd rather see Auburn in the East than us play Alabama every year."

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Pat Dye: 'We don't need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn'


Pat Dye isn't backing down from his belief Auburn should move to the SEC East.

In fact, he said Auburn shouldn't let Alabama dictate what the Tigers do.

Last week, the former Auburn coach said Auburn and Missouri should trade places in the SEC East and West divisions.

On his weekly radio show, which airs later Wednesday evening, he re-iterated that point.

"I'm fixing to make a statement that won't be a popular statement, I guarantee you," Dye said. "I'd rather see Auburn in the East than us play Alabama every year. I know the Iron Bowl, (and) I'm not the least bit afraid of Auburn playing Alabama. We can play them on a rotating basis like everyone else."

The current set-up was approved in order to help preserve inter-division rivalry games, such as Georgia-Auburn and Tennessee-Alabama.

"If we do what we are supposed to do and Alabama does what they are supposed to do, we play them one time a year anyway in Atlanta."

Dye said Auburn recruits in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, so being in the East is a natural fit. He pointed out the Tigers don't recruit Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

"We don't need to let Alabama dictate what we do at Auburn," Dye said. "That's what happened when they divided the teams up in the conference."



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W. Equestrian. Catching Up With...Allie Dusha

Allie Dusha is a 2016 graduate of Auburn University and a former member of the Auburn equestrian team.

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Did Auburn make the Top 5 list of Bo Jackson's great-nephew?

Hoover receiver Shedrick Jackson on Wednesday afternoon moved one recruiting step closer to signing with a college football team. And yes, the great-nephew of Auburn football legend and NFL great Bo Jackson is still considering War Eagle.

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Did Auburn make the Top 5 list of Bo Jackson's great-nephew?

Hoover receiver Shedrick Jackson on Wednesday afternoon moved one recruiting step closer to signing with a college football team. And yes, the great-nephew of Auburn football legend and NFL great Bo Jackson is still considering War Eagle.

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How to Watch 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament Auburn vs Florida Live Online, Time, TV, and More

The Tigers take on the Gators, tonight.

It's going to be another late night for Auburn as the Tigers will go into their second game of the SEC Tournament at 8:00 pm Central. The weather issues Wednesday afternoon pushed a number of games back, so the Tigers have been pushed out of the nice early evening slot twice, now.

Their opponent will be the #4 Florida Gators. Auburn is mighty familiar with Florida, having swept the Gators back in March. Florida finished the regular season with a 40-15 record and tied with LSU for conference record and winning percentage. The two teams did not play, though. Florida had the better overall record.

The Gators will definitely be looking for revenge in this series. Auburn used their two best starting pitchers in Wednesday night's game to ensure a Game 1 victory and locking up the NCAA Tournament. With the Tigers now in Double Elimination, Butch Thompson has already said he's saving Davis Daniel for whichever team Auburn will play in Thursday's game. That means that Cole Lipscomb is going to get the nod to start, tonight.

Lipscomb is no stranger to starting; he was a starting pitcher over the last two years. It's only this year that he was moved to the bullpen. So, while I don't expect to see him go the entire game, he is fully capable of it and can be expected to work 6 or more innings if needed. He's the logical choice, really, as Auburn's mid-week starters have mostly only seen a few innings in their games as the bevy of pitchers in the bullpen were given experience throughout the year. Cole - along with Andrew Mitchell - is used to being a starter and probably gives Auburn the best chance to go deeper into the tournament if he's able to pitch 6+ tonight.

Florida has a number of great pitchers they can choose from, but their announced starter is ace Alex Faedo. The Tigers rocked him from the game early in the earlier matchup this season. Hopefully, the Tigers can find that magic again and rock him for even more runs.



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