News of the day, 1/24
I'm currently at the AU-LSU women's game, which is a bludgeoning.
I know there are plenty of items to discuss. Chief among them, gauging from my inbox, is the situation facing tailback recruit Enrique Davis. I believe Auburn still has a legitimate shot with him. I'll have to elaborate on this later because this fine game awaits.
LSU won, 79-59. Yuck.
OK. On to other matters.
On the subject of Enrique Davis: Auburn definitely is back in this thing. Tony Franklin and Eddie Gran met with Davis, the nation's top prep-school tailback, at school in Virginia on Wednesday. The kid was pretty impressed with the things Franklin wants to do with him. When it's all said and done, I predict Davis again will sign with Auburn. All that time he spent betrothed to Auburn will make his decision straightforward.
One other item to consider: He isn't yet qualified. Don't assume he's a sure thing.
I've put some thought into the Jeff Lebo quandary that we had around the HABOTN last week. In the comments section, we had a pretty protracted bitch session about Lebo's value as a coach.
I think we all can agree that he's a good tactician hampered by a roster that probably isn't up to SEC standards as a whole. That's obviously his fault, I know, but good coaching can make up for a lot of things. I firmly believe Lebo's team would be good right now if Josh Dollard and Vot Barber were on the floor.
As for Dollard's alleged medical problem, I saw him today. He works out with the team and everything. Weird.
Anyway, if I was the athletic director, I'd be more tempted to replace Nell Fortner or Tom Slater before Lebo. I mean, I like Nell. She projects a classy and sophisticated aura which surely benefits Auburn at some level, yet I often have this feeling that she's getting outcoached.
As far as Slater goes ... I think Auburn baseball should be very good given its facilities, weather, recruiting area, tradition and interest. If the Tigers again fall short of an SEC Tournament bid, I'd have to think Slater would be dismissed.
One small story from the LSU>AU women's game. LSU center Sylvia Fowles is my favorite player in all of women's ball. I just like her style -- very aggressive and good yet rarely out of control. Anyway, LSU coach Van Chancellor is talking after the game ... going on and on in his old-school way (he's a 64-year-old Mississippi native) about his team. Fowles keeps looking over at him with this weird face.
So we're leaving the room a few minutes later. Fowles turns to me and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ace Christa Turner and says: "Did you all understand anything he said?"
Christa and I laughed.
"He's my coach and I maybe get half of it."
Big day for me yesterday: New downloadable content for Guitar Hero 3. It was NONE OTHER than one of my favorite songs of all time ... Boston's "Peace of Mind."
Boston owns. Well, I should day Boston owned. The singer, Brad Delp, offed himself last year. There goes the reunion tour.
Of course, someone already has posted the song to YouTube. Kid is playing expert, hit 292k. Sick.
My best (so far) is 185k on hard. (UPDATED)
The song pack (only for the 360 right now) also comes with Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero" and Journey's "Wheel In The Sky."
Questions? Comments? You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: Todd van Emst, Auburn University photography ace