News of the day, 1/15
Hey everyone. Spurred on by coach Jeff Lebo's comment about how his team "needs more bullets," I'm going to make today's blog in bullet-point form. Good enough for Leebs means it's good enough for me.
Before we get to business, though, let me make my requisite assertion that this is the blog on the 'net. You knew that. I know you did. Still, pushing that fact is part of my contract.
Auburn added a pair of Florida-based commitments today in S Christian Thompson of Ft. Lauderdale and WR Onterrio McCalebb of Ft. Meade. Thompson was the leading tackler for the 5A state champions and is a teammate of WR Philip Pierre-Louis, who committed Sunday night.
McCalebb is a short (5-foot-10) wideout with extreme speed. He committed to West Virginia way back when, but changed his mind after Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. AuburnSports.com reports that McCalebb may begin his career in a prep school or junior college.
It's obvious what Auburn is trying to do on offense now. It's all about speed and elusiveness, which makes perfect sense. If you run away from defenders, they can't get you. I could make millions with that formula.
I've received a few blog comments and emails about Josh Moon's recent column that ran in Sunday's editions of the Advertiser.
I'll start by saying Josh is a good friend of mine and I think he does good work. I disagreed with his basic premise that "boosters" were the central reason Will Muschamp left for Texas. The HOTTIES know my stance on this issue is that serial administrative failures annoyed Muschamp, though, to my knowledge, boosters didn't play a role in that.
Also, I don't think anyone was prepared to fire Tuberville after the Alabama game. Before the Alabama game? Perhaps. After he won that sixth straight against the Tide, Tuberville once again was golden.
There's a tricky dynamic at play here. Most of the people who conspired to run Tuberville in 2003 remain in power and it's reasonable to assume they're probably not the biggest Tuberville fans around. Tuberville knows all about it. The thing is -- he makes $2.8 million/year now. He's one of the highest-paid coaches in the nation. He can't walk away from that without a really lucrative gig waiting. There aren't many of those around.
That's all I have on that issue.
Lebo said today that both guard Rasheem Barrett and forward/center Quan Prowell are questionable for the Tigers' game at LSU Wedesnday. Barrett missed part of Auburn's weekend loss at Florida after suffering an ankle injury. Prowell apparently is dealing with some knee discomfort. Not sure what to make of that yet. If either of those two can't go, I mean, that's pretty much a wrap. There is no room for error when the list of available players drops to five or six.
I covered the Auburn-Georgia women's game on Sunday, which was a lot of fun. I love watching DeWanna Bonner play. She's a spaz, I mean that in a good way, and she helps her team in so many ways. Auburn won by 30 -- absolutely demolishing what appears to be a very good Georgia team. That was one of the least competitive SEC games I've seen in a while. Auburn was just toying with them. I'll say this about the Tigers -- they seem to have a purpose on the court now that wasn't there in past seasons. Remember that point guard Whit Boddie, my pick for team MVP, is out indefinitely with academic problems. Freshman Alli Smalley is Boddie's replacement. Great offensive player. Defensively? Not so good.