*AU has reached agreement with Clemson on a football home-and-home series beginning in 2010. Clemson will play at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 18, 2010. That's a step in the right direction in terms of schedule difficulty for the Tigers.
*The property/facilities committee of Auburn's Board of Trustees approved a plan Thursday for the construction of a $92.5 million basketball arena. Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum, the Tigers' current home, will be demolished a few years after the new arena opens in 2010. Luxury suites are part of the plan. The facility will include separate practice courts and locker rooms. The full BOT is expected to green-light the plan during its meeting Friday morning.
MY THOUGHT: Good decision. The athletic department can handle approximately $60 million of this, but will need an additional $30 million through other means. I'm not sure this is a great financial decision, but it's the correct decision for Auburn. BEMC is far below standards set by Auburn's other athletic facilities. Athletics could do a lot of neat stuff with that $93 million. This is a project that has to be done for the good of the school and the overall program. Like it or not, basketball is an important component of every SEC school's identity.
*Bill Mosiello, most recently the hitting coach at Southern Cal this spring, has been hired by the Tigers. He replaces Matt Myers, who resigned in May. Mosiello has a wealth of minor-league coaching experience, and also served as an assistant at Ole Miss, Tennessee and Cal State Fullerton during the 1990s.