Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Auburn basketball: Walk-on forward transfers from program

Auburn walk-on Myles Parker has announced that he is transferring from the program. Auburn is already losing their top six scorers from last season. Now, that depth takes another hit. On Tuesday, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl confirmed that walk-on forward Myles Parker would be transferring to Alabama A&M. Parker, a 6-foot-8 small forward out […]

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Auburn basketball: November rematch against Washington canceled after Pac-12 decision

The Tigers were set to travel to Washington to face off against the Huskies this season. That game is now seemingly off the table. It was a big day for Pac-12 athletics. And not necessarily in a good way. Following the decision of the Big Ten to cancel fall sports and attempt to push them […]

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Auburn basketball: Top 2021 target could give the Tigers their next Chuma Okeke

One of Auburn’s top basketball targets is ready to commit and Auburn has made his final list. The Auburn Tigers are still searching for their first recruit for the class of 2021. After bringing in a top-10 nationally ranked recruiting class for 2020, head coach Bruce Pearl and the Tigers have yet to land a […]

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Auburn football: Rematch with Tennessee gives the Tigers a perfect chance for revenge

Looking to avenge their home loss from 2018, how do the Auburn Tigers match up with the Tennessee Volunteers? Back in October of 2018, the Auburn Tigers, who were ranked No. 8 just two weeks prior, were coming off a disappointing loss to Mississippi State in Starkville. However, the Tigers were now returning home and […]

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Interview with Dr. Kam, the Medical Director at AU Medical Clinic

Interview with Dr. Kam, the Medical Director at AU Medical Clinic

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WRNL eSports Championship Series: Recruiting Time

Look, you’re going to need something to root for this fall.

Let’s jump right into it.

The fine folks at Wide Right & Natty Lite, our Iowa State brethren, are going to be hosting the inaugural WRNL eSports Championship Series this fall! Obviously, we here at College and Mag will be putting a team together, but it doesn’t stop at just staff. YOU, reader, can participate, too.

The details aren’t finalized, but consider this an open invitation. The idea is that a number of different team sites are going to each have their own team, and each team will compete in a variety of different games. Each game will have a bracket style tournament, and teams will get points based off of performance in said tournaments. We can have different people play different games, so if you feel like a specialist in say, Madden on PS4, you can just be College & Magnolia’s Madden on PS4 rep.

Here’s a list of what games are for sure going to be included:

  • Madden 21 (PS4 & Xbox One)
  • NBA 2K21 (PS4 & Xbox One)
  • MLB The Show (PS4)
  • Rocket League (Cross-play*)
  • COD: Warzone (Cross-play*)

*Cross-play meaning you could compete on any console or PC

There’s also discussion about adding the following games:

  • FIFA 20 (or possibly 21) (PS4 & Xbox One)
  • Civ VI
  • StarCraft
  • NCAA 14 (PS3 & Xbox 360)

The plan is that these tournaments would be around a week long (maybe longer depending on the amount of teams), and that only one or two tournaments would be going on at a time. The planned start date would be the week after Labor Day.

Again, this is all still in the planning phase. But first thing’s first, we need to build a team. If you have any interests in any of the events, please reach out! I will be organizing the College & Mag team, but by no means will I be able to personally compete in every event.

If you’re interested, feel free to reach out either in the comment section, Twitter DMs (@RyanSSterritt), or through email at

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LOCKED ON AUBURN: College football is going crazy; Start, bench, cut

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On today’s Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby and Michael Pappas discuss the craziness that is happening throughout college football. The Big Ten has lost its mind, the SEC is full steam ahead, and another conference calls it quits. The guys also play some start, bench, cut.

You can hear the full conversation below.

You can hear Locked On Auburn wherever you get your podcasts.

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Tip-Off Countdown: #91 Auburn 74 Oklahoma 70

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A Happy Homecoming for Mustapha Heron

December 21, 2016 - Uncasville, Connecticut

The Tigers went up North for the 2nd time on the season and hoped for a better result after a heartbreaking loss 9 days earlier at Madison Square Garden.

This time, Auburn met Oklahoma, who made the 2016 Final Four before getting blown out by eventual National Champion Villanova. However, this Sooners team went a complete overhaul after the Final Four run and this was a completely different group of Sooners.

This also served as a homecoming for Mustapha Heron as the freshman from Waterbury was able to return to his home state in an Auburn uniform for the first time.

T.J. Dunans was looking to build off of his game winning shot in the previous game against Mercer. And that he did.

Dunans set the tone early leading Auburn with 13 1st half points and gave the Tigers a 34-22 halftime lead making a bucket just before halftime. Auburn led by 12 despite shooting just 4-14 from 3-point range.

Auburn would take their biggest lead at 45-28 following a 3-pointer by Danjel Purifoy but the Sooners would begin chipping away. Oklahoma would go on a 13-0 run to make it a 45-41 ballgame.

But as the Sooners got closer, the Tigers turned to Jared Harper.

Harper scored 16 of his 21 points in the 2nd half and was 11-12 from the free throw line. The duo of Harper and Dunans would score 22 of Auburn’s last 24 points. Each would score 21 in the game as the Tigers were able to hang on down the stretch.

Mustapha Heron would record his 1st career double-double in this one scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds as he, Harper and Dunans would combine for 57 of Auburn’s 74 points.

Here are the highlights!

Tomorrow at #90, we’ll look at the 2nd half of the trip to Connecticut as the Tigers would meet a 4-time National Champion on their home floor.

War Eagle!

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Scattered Thunderstorms today!

With a high of 91F and a low of 73F.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Auburn basketball: Two former Tigers sign pro contracts

Two former Auburn basketball players will now have the opportunity to continue their careers at the pro level. While Isaac Okoro, Auburn’s star freshman from last season, is preparing to be a possible top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, he’s not the only former Tiger chasing his pro dreams. This month, two former Auburn […]

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Auburn football: Multiple Tigers voice support for playing the 2020 season

Multiple Auburn football players have joined players like Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence in an online movement to play the 2020 college football season. It’s safe to say the 2020 college football season is up in the air. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, safety concerns have possibly halted what would have been an important season for players […]

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Our Pets Heads Are Falling Off

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Trying to make sense of the last 24 hours.

If you stayed up on a Sunday night, you probably saw the beginnings of what may end up becoming the death rattle for college football as we know it.

When word started leaking out over the weekend that the Power Five conferences were all going to shutter the sport for the fall season, everything exploded. No real information got out. Rumor. Deceit. Everywhere. After the MAC canceled its season on Friday, we heard that P5 athletic directors, presidents, and chancellors had gotten together and were going to up and cancel the season for the rest of the country as well.

Yesterday morning, that gained momentum, with some saying that the Big Ten and PAC-12 would be canceling as early as Tuesday. Spoiler alert: it happened today for the Midwesterners.

What might have been a meek exit into a blurry and continuing offseason turned upside down last night when Trevor Lawrence, maybe the nation’s most notable player and surefire top pick in the next NFL Draft, took to Twitter.

After his reasoning on why he’d like to play college football this year, we got this at midnight Eastern time.

It began as the nation’s most valuable player expressing his personal thoughts, but before the clock turned to Monday, it had become a full-blown grassroots players union. The hashtag #WeWantToPlay scattered across Twitter from notable players like Justin Fields and Chuba Hubbard, not to mention many others in leagues threatening to cancel.

The reasons for wanting to play aren’t dumb. They’re not dangerous. Many schools touting the danger of playing college football are sending students back for in-person learning. It’s no more of a risk to play football than it is to sit in a classroom or live in a dorm. The athletes would be in better hands than your average students, too. Testing multiple times a week, days before games, and having less time to get out into the world where you could contract the virus.

That’s not to say that the players should be forced to step onto the field. Auburn’s already had two holdouts for the 2020 season (if it happens) in Chandler Wooten and Traivon Leonard. I don’t fault either one. Wooten’s got a child on the way, and Leonard had the virus already. In this totally oddball situation, administrators are finally having to give way to what the players want.

You notice that nobody talked about canceling football ahead of players reporting for summer camps and workouts. You notice that the first time an athlete came back to the team and tested positive for the virus, administrators didn’t quake with fear and call for a blanket ban on the sport this year. It was only when whispers of player unity came about that things got serious. Let’s not make the mistake of believing that player safety is the number one issue at stake here. We’re moving closer and closer to a non-amateur sport, where players have more power than ever. The NIL legislation that’s been passed in many states recently speaks to that. Top-flight players would be able to make millions in college by selling their name, or endorsing a product (what I would have given to see Kerryon Johnson endorse the Magnolia Street Chick Fila), and their profitability won’t just be owned by the school anymore.

The repercussions of that avenue haven’t really been discussed much in a public forum yet, but eventually players would be made employees. They’d be able to be fired for underperformance. You know how a kicker in the NFL loses his job for missing a couple field goals in a game? Get ready for Alabama to have a revolving door of new guys coming in to try and reverse the goalpost voodoo that Nick Saban’s enacted.

Still, it would be right for the players to be able to do these things. Every other student can profit off of their image while in school. Why can’t athletes?

That’s a bit of a ramble on the road we’re going down based on last night, but let’s get back to fact. The Big Ten has canceled football for the fall. It was a 12-2 vote with Nebraska and Iowa standing as dissenting opinions. No word yet from the PAC-12, but the Big 12, ACC, and SEC are all still wanting to play. You can bet that the SEC will be the absolute last one to cancel, and honestly, they don’t have to lean on anything that the other conferences are doing in the slightest. When the rest of the leagues postpone, the SEC’s product becomes more valuable. You’ve already got players on campus. You’ve already got support from the players to play. It’s not wild to think that the old Jefferson Pilot game of the week between Kentucky and Vanderbilt at 11 AM draws millions of viewers in this situation.

Imagine what happens when LSU and Alabama play, or when the Iron Bowl rolls around. On network television? It’s the highest watched football game of all time.

But what if the SEC follows suit?

Well, we have absolutely no way of knowing the particulars in a deal like this, but here are possible repercussions for Auburn:

  • Assuming they just call the season a wash and pick up in 2021 instead of just delaying it, would we somehow skip going to Tuscaloosa and Athens?

Georgia’s going to have a generational defense and a ton of young talent on offense, and we just can’t make it happen in Athens. Alabama’s looking for revenge after last year, and while they lost a bunch as well, they’ll just reload. Not looking forward to heading there either. If the season got canned, both of those teams would have so many guys bolt for the NFL Draft and neither school would see a single bit of return off of them. Auburn’s not going to have the same problem at the same level.

  • When we return to the field in 2021, Gus Malzahn may (with some unknowns hanging in the balance) have his favorable odd-year schedule and a sophomore but really junior quarterback in Bo Nix, as well as an offensive line that’s practiced together for more than a year. If, somehow, we get no early departures to the league, then we’re a title contender off the top.
  • Looking at the hardwood, Bruce Pearl would have an absolutely loaded 2021-2022 roster. My goodness. Imagine the last couple of signing classes with no wear and tear. This season, Alabama might actually have a good team with the return of some of their dudes. Not having to deal with that isn’t the worst thing in the world.
  • HOWEVER, if they play football in the SEC, it’s going to be the most-watched season of all time. I don’t believe the SEC schools have said much in the way of number of fans allowed in the stadiums, but to be safe they may go crowd-less. You’ll have 20 million viewers for the CBS game of the week every Saturday, and it would approach national championship numbers for the big ones. Auburn-Georgia, Iron Bowl, Auburn-LSU, Cocktail Party, Alabama-LSU, Alabama-Georgia. The thing is, it wouldn’t matter. If nobody else is playing football, then we’re going to just get ten games with as many asterisks as the record books will hold. There won’t be a national champion, there won’t be a trophy at the end, it’s just going to be football. It’s gravy, house money.

This whole operation has the potential to be the dumbest endeavor ever, but doing dumb stuff is what makes college football great.

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LOCKED ON AUBURN: What in the world is happening?

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On today’s Locked On Auburn, Zac Blackerby and Michael Pappas discuss the full load of Auburn football news that compiled over the weekend. The guys discuss the latest college football rumors, scheduling updates for the Tigers, who the fourth linebacker could be, and if football in the SEC is still on.

You can hear the full conversation wherver you get your podcasts.

You can hear Locked On Auburn daily on College and Mag or wherever you get your podcasts.

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REACTS: Unions, Conference Schedules, and the Irish

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As we inch towards the theoretical start of the college football season, there’s been a plethora of college football storylines to track. First off, and perhaps the biggest story of the offseason, has been a group of Pac 12 athletes attempting to unionize, releasing a list of demands that they want met in order to play football this season.

While I don’t claim to be an expert in understanding all the intricacies of the NIL debate, the #WeAreUnited movement, etc., I do think what the players in the Pac-12 are doing is commendable. While some of their demands are unlikely to be met, that’s how negotiations work. You’re never going to get all of what you start off asking for, so ask for the moon and you’re more likely to be happy with where you settle.

The NCAA was viewed much more favorably in the public eye as recently as a decade ago, and had they taken the initiative to allow players to recieve even a small fraction of the money they helped generate, we may not be where we are today. Or, maybe just allow them to profit off their likeness, instead of stonewalling and slowplaying every effort to do so.

Next, fans were asked if the conference-only model should be explored more thoroughly in a non-pandemic future.

It would be a shame if conference-only (or even conference+1) schedules were a serious consideration for the future of college football. Games against G5’s and FCS teams are part of the lifeblood of the sport, a “circle of life”-esque ecosystem that everyone benefits from. It helps the programs at the top of the food chain bolster their records and provide some feel good moments in the otherwise grueling week-to-week grind. It allows teams to provide game experience to their whole depth chart in the likely event of a blowout. It acts as the smallest form of revenue-sharing with smaller programs, to at least help them meet a yearly budget that an SEC school profits in a month. It helps keep the sport interconnected in a way that is absolutely necessary for accurate ranking systems, if you’re into that sort of thing. And lastly, the “buy-game” model creates opportunities for fans of all economic standings to be able to enjoy a game in person.

Don’t kill buy games, folks. Or else the pride land rolling plains of Dixie will turn into a Scar-led wasteland.

Lastly, Notre Dame has effectively joined the ACC, if only in full for this year. The ACC announced their full schedule last week, with Notre Dame getting a full 10 game conference slate. Fans across the country have mixed feelings about the future for the Irish, though.

It makes sense to me why the large majority of ACC fans want to bring Notre Dame in permanently. Adding another blue-blood program to the mix will only help to bolster the conference with the largest middle class of football programs in the country. Plus, in the event of the Great Realignment of 2025 scenario where the Big 12 implodes, being at 15 teams makes the ACC a prime target to grab another school - perhaps West Virginia?

Meanwhile, I think the reason we see so many Big 10 fans wanting the ACC to be the Irish’s forever home is so that Notre Dame fans will finally shut up about being an independent. I’ve got to imagine after the 500th time, that talking point gets annoying. Clearly, though, Notre Dame fans aren’t bored of it.

As a reminder, if you want to sign up to vote in SBNation REACTS polls, you can do so here! You’ll get an email every time a new poll is out, and it takes less than a minute to vote.

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