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10.29.2008

Getting things started on a Wednesday


Hey everyone. Thanks for making Tuesday the second biggest day in HABOTN history, which is no small feat. Tony Franklin Day, Oct. 8, remains in the top spot. Not bad for a reasonably typical Tuesday.

SCHEDULE UPDATE:
Auburn will hold an afternoon practice today, which I am told again will be relatively hard-hitting. They've taken that up several notches this week. I am planning to miss this practice session, but will make up for it with throughout-the-afternoon availability, a video and, possibly, an afternoon campfire.

I'll pass along some actual Auburn news around noon.

RING OF FIRE INDUCTIONS: After conferring with a majority of RoF members on Tuesday, our list of new inductees has been set. We will honor them at 2 p.m. on Thursday with a live ceremony here at the HABOTN. We will fete each new member with a unique blog post acknowledging his or her greatness. We'll be serving Yuengling (fruit punch for the younger HOTTIES) and calorie-free prime rib that Tony Franklin recently has developed with his severance package.

THANKS FROM JAY: Big ups for lifting my spirits after the Advertiser's parent company yesterday announced a 10% across-the-board cutback. The HOTTIES are awesome. Thanks for your continued support.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

142 Comments:

Anonymous Alan said...

Always got your back Jay.


Now let's go piss down the backs of ole miss this weekend, war damn eagle.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Paul Spina endorses Tubberville

have you seen this yet jay?

http://blog.al.com/goldmine/2008/10/trustee_stands_by_tuberville_t.html

8:57 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

If you think Tuesday was big, just wait till we have something else to beat to death. Got to love the HABOTN!

ROF- I look forward ton congradulate all that make it.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I knew about Spina, yes.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

does his endorsement matters? or do you still think he is 75% gone?

9:03 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Taylor- I believe Jay stated yesterday he was going to lower the 75% due to a couple of the powers he has talked to. I am pretty sure Spina was one of them. So I believe he believes it does have some significance.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Jay, since we have moved on to the next blog post, here's another question for you. Do you really believe Tubs will be willing to make the changes to his staff?

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It matters. Like I was saying on yesterday's post, there are two schools of thought among those people -- some agree with Spina and some think he's nuts.

Spina probably is the most pro-Tuberville trustee out there, so consider that.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

When I say "pro-Tuberville" ... I mean overall since Jetgate.

Will Tuberville make staff changes? Yes.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Jay, your thoughts on the expansion of the playbook, for real or just more coach speak to keep us fans occupied?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Any ideas of who Tubs may actually get rid of? I say all, Knox, Ensminger and Nall need to go. Do you see him getting rid of those three or just one of them?

9:09 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Just Win- I have a feeling the new OC will have something to say about the number of assistants that are retained or let go. JMO.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Thanks Eddie...

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Playbook ... expanding slowly.

Assistants ... at least two of those three.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous atlantatiger said...

I am in agreement that 2 of the 3 of the assistants should go. I dont think that Nall should go. I think he is one of the better off. line coaches in america. He has produced alot of real quality offensive linemen. Knox on the other hand....well lets just not go there.

9:22 AM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

Jay,

Do you want to go and roll the PTB of Gannett's yard? Unfortunately or fortunatley (in this case) due the the struggling football team I have an abundance of TP that I'm just dying to use some how.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

Knox needs to go too...he can stay and coordinate recruiting but that is all. The only Id be ok with still coaching is Gran.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous atlantatiger said...

Oh yea Jay...good luck on December 1st...Remember the the AJC needs a good auburn beat writer since ther are more AU alom in atlanta that anywhere else. Then you wouldnt have to stay at a hotel to see Weezer.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Expanding playbook? This thing seems to be becoming a living, breathing entity.

Should we declare Oct 8th as a holiday and if so, what should we call it? Maybe we should just declare every Wednesday a holiday. Fire your coach Wedneday doesn't sound good. Possibly Walking Papers Wednesday?

Jay, I don't know if you caught it on the other thread, but the likelihood of Tubberville being gone has been adopted as our official suck index. Currently we stand at 75% suck, down from an all time high of 90% suck.

Jay, do you think Tuberville's job hinges on our game against Ole Miss?

9:24 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tuberville really likes all of those long-term guys, but Gran and Ensminger are in a different class.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

how so jay? what class?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think a loss to Ole Miss would signal the end.

The Last Game is 10x more significant.

9:26 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Knox is a given to be kicked to the curb - look at AU's WR production during his tenure.

Personally I think that if CTT stays, then his entire offensive staff should be shown the door.

Enjoy those TRSA checks guys!

9:26 AM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

J Moon on the lunch bunch show has said on several occassions that Nall and Knox are out if Tubbs stays. Says he has sources that confirm this for him and Jay has stated he knows the sources and thinks Moon's sources are reliable.

However, I am not speaking for Jay, just repeating what I think I read.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Those two coaches are in the inner circle, I guess you could say.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

the can eat BBQ everyday for the rest of their lives with those checks!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think Nall would be gone, which is a shame. I'm 100% certain that he's an excellent coach.

The problems you're seeing now have nothing to do with his professional skills.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

ensminger? how is he on the inner circle...seems like he would be the outsider

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm headed out for a bit.

Talk with you later this morning ...

9:28 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Personally, I think Tuberville should leave the selection of the position coaches up to the new offensive coordinator. I am not sure why anyone would want Nall or Gran gone. They are a couple of the best at what they do. As for Knox or Ensminger, I would expect them to be at risk.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Ensminger is a long time Tuberville friend. They were friends before he came to Auburn.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Is it really a good idea to keep Knox as the recruiting coordinator?

9:32 AM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

All of this talk about circles makes me think of Jack Burns from Meet the Parents.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

As for the last game being 10x important, I understand that, but at the moment, the likelihood of us winning that one are about as much as John McCain winning a Mr. Personality contest. It could happen, but it ain't likely.

9:33 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

By the way, the recruiting coordinator has to be a coach. If Knox is gone, so is his title as recruiting coordinator. Andy Lutz is the real recruiting coordinator anyways, he just is not a "Coach."

9:34 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

From what I have heard Knox is a great recruiter, so it would make very good sense to keep him. You also can't underestimate the value of the relationships he has developed with high school coaches.

9:34 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Steve- I give us a better than average chance at an Upset in the bama game. Trust me about this, that game is stressed all year long and game planned all year long.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

eddie, who puts the limit on the number of coaches? Is it an NCAA thing or an SEC thing?

9:36 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I wonder if there is a list anywhere of recruits that Knox is responsible for?

9:37 AM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

I think Willis should stay, but he is on the other side of the ball.

Gran maybe OK, but we need better than OK.

Last week Jay said Tubbs has already been inquiring. I wish we could know who he has on the short list.

Question for you recruiting guys:
If a college offers now and a recruit accepts, can the college take the offer away before signing day? I have heard they cannot, but can make it difficult for the prospect to want it. I understand that if the college doesn't go through with the offer the high school coach will make life very difficult for them going forward, but I was just wondering.

9:37 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

The NCAA, but they do not put a limit of "advisors", "consultants" or staff personnel. Phillip Lolley and Andy Lutz are big contributors to this team and always have been.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

eddie, if Bama comes into that game undefeated and in line for their 13th MNC and we win, Tuberville will have his Pope robes returned to him.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

in the words of Charles Barkley:

Knox is "turrable", just a big knuckahead

9:39 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Unfortunately Steve you are correct about that.

Although it would be nice to play the spoiler in that scenario, it would be even nicer to not have to play spoiler at all.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

but seriously, Knox is an awful WR coach. if the RC has to be a coach, Knox needs to be G.O.N.E.

9:40 AM  
Blogger mrtommyd said...

Someone help me with this. I've been wondering this for a while now, and I don't recall an OC coming in without ANY of "his" people, unless they were promoted from within the program. Now I may just not be noticing what's happening around college football, but it seems like there would be more continuity that way. It may be a different situation, but it's almost like a school hiring a head coach then telling him. "Oh yeah, here are your coordinators."

9:41 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Colleges can pull offers before you sign. Happened to some tackle for Georgia last year, didn't it? He made a verbal too late or something.

There was also some case where a kid had an offer to Hawaii and they pulled it, and he actually sued them. Can't remember the specifics though.

9:41 AM  
Blogger AUnMobile said...

I think the offense is suffering right now... CTT needs and infusing of new blood adn direction on the offense. we should run a hybred of the spread along with traditional i-formation and smash mouth football. the new OC will also be allowed to bring in staff that sees his vision... its time to build a better mousetrap...
A Fresh start!!!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I don't believe a school is tied to a recruit until they actually sign a letter of intent. If that occurs the kid is tied to the school unless he sits out a year.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I'd like to know what time Scarbinsky's interview was with Spina. It goes right to the heart of the topic during his Roundtable appearance yesterday. When doug asked (this is all a paraphrase) if given the ultimatum would CTT make significant O staff changes including cutting some/all of the BBQ boys lose. Scarbinsky made a great point when he said CTT shouldn't have to be given an ultimatum to do what was best for the program. You can go along with that only if you think cutting the BBQ is the right thing to do. Scarb also said, if CTT said, "No!" That would be a bit of an answer in itself and CTT could take a cue from Steve Miller and Take the Money and Run. (Cobra that's your green light on modified lyric time).

So, unless CTT volunteers to make changes looks like he'll be given an ultimatum. I wouldn't expect he would make those changes (publicly) until the end of the season right?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

aunmobile, I am very against a hybrid, except to allow us to limp through the rest of the season. I think the formations make us too predictable. If we are going to run the spread I don't think we should be under center unless it is an obvious running situation.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I don't believe in giving a coach an ultimatum to make specific changes. Either Tuberville is a good head coach that can identify the changes that need to be made, or he needs to move on. To dictate his staff to him doesn't make much sense to me.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

That should have been "wouldn't" make those changes...

9:46 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

guys - if ifs and buts were andy and nuts, we'd all have a merry christmas.

james - you are 100% correct, itd be nice not to be in this situation, but we are here.

its all we have, so letws hold on like hell to the hope of spoiling the hell out of anything we can, and getting to a bowl.

I wouldnt say it is impossible to win out. Although it seems unlikely. but i have seen crazier things happen....

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are too predictable. You are right about that SteveFC. I wonder what wrinkles we will show against Ole Miss or are we saving those for Georgia and Alabama?

9:47 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Steve - I think the ultimatum is implied from Scarbinsky column. Spina said, "I think Tommy made a couple of staff mistakes, and I'm going to fight for him to have the opportunity to correct those mistakes."

9:49 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Winning out sounds like a crazy thought, although it may not be as crazy as it first seems. Contrary to public opinion, I think we have a lot of talent on this team. I also think that these kids probably feel like their backs are against the wall. If the defense plays solid we will have a chance. I wouldn't call it likely, but it is possible.

9:50 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I'm holding on to the hope of the PapaJohns.com bowl. I won't have to drive so far this year.

The one caveat here for AU is this - when they are an underdog going into the Iron Bowl, there have been a few times where they have pulled off the upset - 72, 89, and 02 come to mind.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I've always suffered from blind optimism. RE: the Iron Bowl - not so much.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Monica, who can better evaluate the coaches, Spina or Tuberville? If it is Spina, lets name him head coach now. I do believe Tuberville deserves the chance to correct his mistakes. I think he took a big step when he gave the boot to Franklin, although I am thinking he may have done that too quickly. I expect Tuberville to make the necessary changes without being told what those changes have to be. If he cannot, he shouldn't be the head coach.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

Chances of winning each game:

Ole Miss - 70%
UT-Martin - 100%
UGA - 30%
UAT - 51%

thoughts?

9:54 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

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9:55 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Personally, I am not very optomistic of a bowl. It does give us added practice time, so you about have to take it. Anyone know a Bama fan we can borrow a "Shreveport or bust" sign from?

9:55 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

hornet, I would put our chances at less than 50% in all the remaining games, except UT-Martin. I don't like it, but it is how it is.

9:57 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

James,

Sad as it may seem, I just dont see any weaknesses in Bama that were there in 89 or 02.

9:57 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

At least in Shreveport I could gamble...

9:58 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

For those wondering who Knox has recruited, I was able to find out some info on the last two classes. His recruits include:

Chris Slaughter
John Douglas
Eric Smith
Wilfred Journet
Bo Harris
Quindarius Carr

I do believe we have the talent to win out, but I also know we can almost do the opposite. We are way to predictable on offense and have been so all year long.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I doubt Spina has the friendship induced blinders that CTT has.

9:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/andy_staples/02/29/hawaii.recruit/

This is an article about a kid who is suing for a college rescinding an oral scholarship offer. As teh law stands, no oral or even written offer is binding until the Letter of Intent is signed.

9:59 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

ScottAtl- Bama has depth issues. That is why if you can keep it close till the end you have a great shot. That is their weakness.

9:59 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Hornet,

i go with

UM - 30% - Actually have more talent thatn us

UTM - No comment

UGA - 10% - Cant hang with that QB

UA - 20% - They will have the momentum, motivation and some really good players that arent injured

10:00 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Great list there Eddie.

Interesting group he is responsible for.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Monica, if Tuberville has the friendship blinders you mention, he doesn't need to be the head coach. This staff has been very successful and I seriously doubt that is due to the good ole boy network.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

I rarely agree with Scarbinsky...but I like this line about firing BBQ crew: "If Tuberville is loyal to the players and the program first and foremost, he'll make those changes"

couldn't agree more

10:02 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

BTW, I had a dream last night that Barbara Dooley came trick or treating at my house.

Not pretty.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

We'll have to agree to disagree on this one, Steve.

10:03 AM  
Blogger mrtommyd said...

I'm trying to be optimistic, but it's as though you know what's going to happen especially with the same scenario occurring the last several games. Get all excited with a lead going into the half, then either not make adjustments, or just get too tired to keep going and watch the team just get beat. I hope we can sneak one over Ole Miss, there's no excuse to not beat UT-M, but those last two just look like a beat down waiting to happen.

10:03 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Monica- Did she come in her Saban Nation cutoff t-shirt sponsored by the Finebaum Radio Network?

10:04 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

monica...at least Terri and Paul weren't with her!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

sounds like a nightmare to me, Monica.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Mr. Tommy - I'm suffering from an acute, severe case of Optimism Fatigue. I was way, WAY jacked up for the WVU game. That one sucked the life right out of me.

10:05 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

You know what gives me hope...the fact that we have leads at halftime. It is not inconceivable that we could actually put to halfs together. It could actually happen. My Guess at winning:

OM- 45%
UT-M- 99.9%
UGA- 30% (What do you think Georgia's chance was in 2006 to win?)
UA- 45%

10:07 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

LMAO Eddie!!! Sheeesh now I gotta go shower and scrub my BRAIN!

Hornet and Just - so true!

10:07 AM  
Blogger mrtommyd said...

No reason not to have been optimistic for that one, right Monica? I mean we had it! Team was clicking, everything was going, then there was that three and out "uh-oh" moment, then you watch the wheels fall off. I hope the coaches and players, whoever they may end up being, can figure out how to play a complete game and at the very least compete at the end for a win.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

Wasn't Shula given an ultimatum from Mal Moore about making changes? Think Tubbs sees any resemblance to that situation?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

The whole Bama or Penn State discussion is getting lots of air time. ESPN even made it their call in vote question last night during the Marshall/Houston game. (Go Herd)

10:11 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Those are some pretty good recruits listed for Knox.

10:12 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Wootangclan- It depends on how much Tubs wants his $6 million if you ask me.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Eddie, you numbers are closer to what I would predict except for the Bama game. I do think Bama will be undefeated at that point. LSU appears to have finally adjusted to the Les Miles philosophy and appears to be on a downturn.

Should we win the Iron Bowl this season, the entire Bama Nation would likely have a simultaneous bowel movement that would register on those seismographs at LSU.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Yes, Shula was given an ultimatum and we all see how that worked out. I think Tubs is way more loyal to his guys than Shula was.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Shula was fired, right? What was the disloyal part? I have a bad memory.

10:21 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

The bama game all hinges on how we play from this point on. If we come out and get a win at Ole Miss and play Georgia close, then I don't think a win at bama to finish 7-5 is out of question, even if bama is undefeated.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Hornet said...

I don't think we'll have to worry about CTT getting any offers from other schools while duck hunting this year

10:23 AM  
Blogger mrtommyd said...

And Steve - ALL the tp would be in Auburn! What a glorious day that would be. And yes I said glorious.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I guess in a way I am more loyal than most. What I really want to see is a team that looks prepared and executes. I don't like to lose a game, but sometimes the other team will be better. I just like to see our players live up to their potential, and we haven't been seeing that.

Remember how excited the receivers were when we went to the spread? They have to be the most disappointed of all. I do believe the challenge for this coaching staff is to get them involved in the offense, and it has to be more than just quick outs. The intermediate passing game has to be improved.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Monica, the story was that Shula was told to make some changes on his staff and he refused to do so, so they fired him.

10:27 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

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10:28 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

If Shula had been willing to replace Dave Rader, he might still be at Bama today.

10:29 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Knox- Nobody can bring in talent and coach them down like he can :)!

10:29 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Monica, Shula was given a choice, he could keep his job if he fired his assistants, or he could be fired. Like most of his coaching decions, he decided to punt on 1st and goal from the 1.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Something you all may want to noodle on. Why are all our recruits sticking with us? I just saw where two of our receiver commitments are saying their commitment to Auburn is solid. Why do the recruits seem to be more loyal than the fans? Is it that they have been told more about where Tuberville intends to head with this program?

10:36 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

I miss ShOOLa!

10:37 AM  
Blogger EDDIE4AU said...

Steve- My question back to you would be what are these receivers other options. That may have something to do with it.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks for the Shula info, guys.

Now Steve don't start with the "I'm more loyal than most" stuff because then I'll have to launch into my, "I'm loyal to Auburn, not anyone person." And nobody wants to hear all that again. :-)

10:45 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Even though Bama fans dont like to admit it, the core of their team this year are Shula guys.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

you cant compare tubbs to shula

10:48 AM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Of course not, last year all we heard when Bama lost was, "these are ShOOla's recruits". Funny how we aren't hearing anything about ShOOla's players this year.

10:49 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Not that I want to defend bammer, but they have some impact guys playing this year that Saban brought in. Cody, Jones, Ingram, Maze, etc. Their team seems to be a blend of the Shula recruits and Saban recruits.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (zs) said...

Peter Frankenbummer thinks the outcome will be better than my day started and more like my day is currently going. 2-10 in 2010 looks less likely.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I said on Bo Megginson's show yesterday:

"The more Alabama wins, the more I think Auburn wins the Iron Bowl."

Sounded good. I'll stick by it.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The more Alabama wins, the more I think Auburn wins the Iron Bowl."
- Jay G. Tate.

Should be the front page quote.

What makes you think that?

11:18 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Jay,

Along with the HC or assistant coaches that will be gone at the end of this year, which players that have eligibility left will also leave (e.g Chris Todd, Marks)

11:18 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

A 5-6 Auburn team, going into JHW and beating an undefeated bammer team, has to be a doomsday type scenario for bammer fans.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

i want to agree with you jay. it just seems like the more confident everyone feels about bama and gives auburn no shot, thats when bama is in trouble

11:22 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

also re: marks

im thinking he will feel like he has unfinished business at AU. he will not want the bad taste in his mouth that this season has surely given him. he hasnt ever seemed like th guy how is itching to get to the NFL. he is a team guy - always has been

11:23 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Team guy or not, Marks will leave if he's a first-round pick. Injuries have limited him to some degree this year. We'll have to see how his draft stock is affected.

I don't have any facts behind that Iron Bowl idea. It's just that Auburn isn't this bad. Everybody knows that. Things will come together at some point. I think Alabama is the most obvious place for that kind of revival.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Thank you, Jay! This is the Iron Bowl! This isn't some little rivalry that is a rivalry simply because of geography. These are two schools that are diometrically opposed to one another. You base an entire personality or potential friendship on the question "Auburn or Alabama?"

You really do throw out the records when these two teams play, especially, if the team down is Auburn. We win the big ones we are supposed to lose and lose the ones we are supposed to win.

I'm not saying we make it to 7, but I sure as heck haven;t counted us out.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

I would like for AU to win that game, but their HC game game plan like a mother. While watching the TN or Ole Miss game, you could see them blitzing every other play, but they disguise so well from field level. They blitz from angle and with different players. Unless the OL can pick it up, our QB will not have time to throw. He will have to get rid of it quickly and must throw it deeper than 10 yards to make them stop bringing the house.

JMO.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Great. Build me up just to break my heart again?


Thanks, Jay!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

with an open week before the iron bowl, you know good and well they will cook up some stuff for bama.

hopefully todd will leave

11:28 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

if TT has taught us/proven anything, its that you should never count him out.

when you count him out, you get bitten in the ass

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Who's building you up and breaking your heart? Chris Todd?

11:31 AM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

The problem with having a week off to get ready for bammer, is that they have a week off to get ready for us as well.

11:31 AM  
Blogger nolaman123 said...

Ya they need alot of time to plan for our second half adjustments....O.....wait....huh?

11:35 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Jay G ... the more bama wins thing ... spoken like a true AU Zen Master. That's what I'm talking about. It's just the way it works.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

phred - our resident zen master

whats going on

11:41 AM  
Anonymous au1n04 said...

Chris Todd has fallen off the planet. I feel somewhat bad for him that he was put in this position...I said somewhat.

I did hear on ESPN that Herd felt bad for Auburn because if they were in another division they probably would be 2nd. They are not this bad.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous au1n04 said...

Is everyone meditating because of the Zen comments? Or is it dead because I commented?

11:51 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

What up hotties? I personally think the Spina article was orchestrated by the BOT to take the heat off the coaching search that's been going on. My 2 cents. What say you?

11:53 AM  
Blogger scottatl said...

I dont know what the herd has been watching this year...we are bad....no QB, no RB, offensive line has taken a step back, i cant even commnet on the receivers b/c who knows how good or bad they are?
The d has had just too many injuries

11:55 AM  
Anonymous au1n04 said...

I agree to some degree. Injury bug and the O-Line. I will say that the WR's can not get any seperation which does not help anyone else.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

I think the receivers have actually been the biggest issue with this offense.

As for Todd, I am not sure why anyone would want him to leave. He was clearly the best QB option we had early in the season. Hopefully his arm heals.

As for Auburn upsetting Alabama, I understand why Jay would say that. Auburn isn't as bad as everyone thinks and I don't really believe Bama is as good. I also think we have more talent that Alabama. Yes folks, I do believe that.

I also believe that Bama is playing much smarter team football and JPW is a big reason for that. Our team has yet to have the defining game where things begin to click. We always seem to have one of those. Last year I think it was against Arkansas. This year, I am still waiting to see it.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jay G. = heartbreaker

12:17 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Steve,

I would pour you a drink but you glass is already full. I dont agree, but I like it!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay G = Dirk Diggler,,,,could be a heartbreak,,,,maybe not.

12:26 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Agree with you Steve. The receivers have been our biggest problem, and they must do better for us to have a chance to win another sec game. And I agree with you on Chris Todd; the poor guy had a serious injury to his shoulder and isn't what he used to be. I've heard that he used to have a gun for an arm, and tend to believe it or Texas Tech never would have recruited him.

He had stretches where he played very well this season, but the lack of velocity on his passes is tough to overcome.

Here's hoping that he gets well and is able to contribute something next year.

Jay, I like what you say about AU and AL. It would indeed be the worst thing a bammer can imagine to have an undefeated season ruined by AU.

12:30 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

Looking forward to see the inductions tommorow. I know it ain't my time yet but I will get there.
As far as the cuts. Jay..I would pay for this entertainment if it came to it. That's saying something cause I am cheap.. You put out a product worthy of a price. I know I'm not alone on this either. They are making cuts in my job too. damn this economy..

I have a question Jay. Which assitants will go away? And if you give names do you think those assitants know that they are losing their jobs and it kinda creates a lame duck mentality for those guys. I think you gotta get rid of all the assitants except for Gran.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous au1n04 said...

Was Todd's shoulder surgically repaired? I don't remember.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous BinOBA said...

The baby steps the offense took last week were uplifting to me. We simply need to keep improving each week from here on out. All the hiring/firing garb isn't really of interest to me as we can't do any of that til the season is over, i am interested in seeing how we do from here on out on the field, we have been running this offense for about 3 weeks now, i think we've got a real chance at an upswing in the next few weeks. A well fought victory with some small accomplishments against ole miss and an out of conference cupcake bode well for going into the uga and uat with some optimism and a sprinkle of momentum. Of course i have stated i'd bet my house on ole miss this week with that 6 point spread and what i've seen thus far.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous BinOBA said...

I'm pretty sure todd opted to not have surgery and let it heal.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Jay, I'm digging what you are saying about the Bama game and I hope you are correct. I gotta find me some tickets (Auburn section) for that one.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous BinOBA said...

Here's kipers anScouts Inc.'s Top 32Player Pos. School Grade
1. Sam Bradford** QB Oklahoma 98
2. Vontae Davis* CB Illinois 98
3. Andre Smith* OT Alabama 98
4. Matthew Stafford* QB Georgia 97
5. Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State 96
6. Michael Crabtree** WR Texas Tech 96
7. Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech 95
8. Beanie Wells* RB Ohio State 95
9. Brian Orakpo DE Texas 94
10. Mark Sanchez* QB USC 94
11. Sen'Derrick Marks* DT Auburn 93
12. Jeremy Maclin** WR Missouri 93
13. Michael Oher OT Mississippi 93
14. Rey Maualuga ILB USC 93
15. Eugene Monroe OT Virginia 92
16. James Laurinaitis ILB Ohio State 92
17. Greg Hardy* DE Mississippi 92
18. Taylor Mays* S USC 92
19. Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest 92
20. Terrence Cody* DT Alabama 92
21. Knowshon Moreno** RB Georgia 91
22. Geno Atkins* DE Texas 91
23. George Selvie* DE South Florida 91
24. LeSean McCoy** RB Pittsburgh 90
25. Jermaine Gresham* TE Oklahoma 90
26. Percy Harvin** WR Florida 90
27. D.J. Moore* CB Vanderbilt 90
28. Brandon Spikes* LB Florida 90
29. Brian Cushing OLB USC 90
30. Everette Brown* DE Florida State 90
31. Darrius Heyward-Bey* WR Maryland 89
32. Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest 89
* denotes juniors; ** denotes third-year sophomores
alysis, marks is up there.

12:48 PM  

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