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11.09.2008

Tuberville speaks, 11/9

STATUS: He has arrived. Here we go ...

  • Players of the game: Kodi Burns on offense, Chris Evans on defense.

  • "We wanted to kinda let the air out of it for a week and let them get back into it mentally. We didn't do a lot on offense. We didn't ask them to do much."

  • "We know what we're getting into: We're about to play the preseason No. 1 and the present No. 1 in a few weeks. We've got our work cut out for us."

  • On Kodi Burns' learning curve: "I think Kodi can be an excellent SEC quarterback. He's raw. He's a lot like Jason. As coaches, you have to learn the strengths and weaknesses of a player you haven't been around. We'll do that with Kodi. I thought (Neil Caudle) added something to our offense."

  • On losing two consecutive games to Georgia: "Last year, we thought we had a good chance. It was our 11th straight game without an open date. In the third quarter, it looked like we ran out of gas. They've beaten a lot of teams -- not just us."

  • On how Auburn's offense changed with Tony Franklin out: "It means we've put the finger on Kodi Burns. He's gotten a little bit better at times. His receivers haven't cooperated at times."

  • On how coaches handled the win: "Everybody's excited. We got a win. We work awfully hard for every game we play. We know the challenge ahead of us. I'm sure the players don't realize that like we do. It's a huge challenge for a team that hasn't been productive consistently."

  • Easier to come to work today: "Easier? Yeah, but we shift gears pretty quickly here. You have to go to the next game very quickly."

  • On Virgil Starks: "It's a shock to all of us. He's been a huge part of these kids being able to work toward their education, their degree, and being able to play football as well. We talked about this for a long time with the players. He's like a head coach with academics. He took his job seriously. He worked on it day and night. He did a lot for the program."

  • On "Amen Corner": "This is the fun time. This is what you fight for. These are a lot more fun. Tennessee-Martin? Homecoming? As coaches, we're thinking: It's over with. Now we're looking forward to these preparations. It's like two Iron Bowls back to back."

  • Tuberville said Tristan Davis's injury isn't serious.

  • On Burns' running: "He's going to take some licks. We tell him to protect himself as much as he can. Yesterday, he looked like a running back out there. In the next two games, he's going to have to protect himself more."

  • On Caudle being the backup: "He earned it. He looked athletic. He's really matured since he's been here."

  • On Jay Gogue's upcoming program review: "He's told us all that. He told us when he first got here that each coach would be evaluated after their season. He doesn't get involved. I think that's pretty good."

  • More on Burns' running: "When we're in shotgun, someone else can run the ball. Him running like that gives him another second or two to throw the ball. That's why you run -- to slow down the pass rush."
END OF INTERVIEW

56 Comments:

Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Jay, Phillip Marshall has a blog stating he believes Tuberville will definitely be back next season. Has there been a change in attitude since we were able to take down the might skyhawks?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's not about the Skyhawks. It's about a growing number of people believing Tuberville should be given one more year.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Roman said...

We'll have to wait and see what happens with that "growing number of people" following UGA and Bammer.

Personally, I don't think that Tubs can or will turn this around. I believe AU football has reached the dreaded "program in decline" status under his leadership. It's time for a change.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Roman said...

Tuberville: "His receivers haven't cooperated at times."

When was the last time AU had a well coached group of receivers? I can think of some talented receivers without a problem, but well coached is another matter.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (RoF) said...

So, does Tubs look better than he has the last few weeks, or does he still appear to have mono and slipped disc?

3:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

About the same ...

3:31 PM  
Blogger eddie4au said...

I hope we can pull something together for the next two games. This sounds like the weekly coach speak that we are all accustomed to.

3:44 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Tubs use 'coachspeak'??? NEVER!

got an hour or so till the CSS replay. there goes my sunday nite.

sorry i didn't get the chance to to get in on the 800+ posts last nite. wowzers! that's going to be hard to top. i had the joy of boneless wings and bottomless chips and salsa at Chili's. yum yum yum.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

How's the fan base up in Tennessee after that drop to Wyoming, ScottieB?

3:51 PM  
Blogger eddie4au said...

Scottie- That's a close second. Got to love the bottomless chips and salsa at Chilli's.

3:52 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

I keep seeing where AU posters think we have a chance against GA. How? we havent beaten them the last 2 years. We have one of the worst teams this year and you guys think we will have a chance?

I say we have 30%.

4:00 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Sensi, i haven't really gotten to talk to anyone yet. my friends we were hanging with last nite at Chili's are Oklahoma fans. i'll fill ya in when i take the temperature at work tomorrow.

i'll tell you this. no one was expecting to lose that one.

4:00 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

your right about that SB. I had UT in my football pool. I looked at the stats and there is no way Tenn should have lost that game.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

My best friends are OU people.

I hear about OU as much as Auburn sometimes.

4:07 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I was at Hooters in Chattanooga last night and the UT fans just didn't care. They were more cheering on LSU to beat Alabama.

They knew this year is a lost cause at this point and are just wishing for the best in their coaching search. They have given up on this team and don't really seem to care.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Jet G. Ate said...

Amen Corner? More like the 7th Circle of Hell.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Jet G. Ate said...

Jay ...

You've been saying 75 percent gone ... are you backing off ... my AU experience has been ... it's ALWAYS the first impression ... the rest is disinformation and misdirections.

4:21 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Tuberville: "His receivers haven't cooperated at times."

Don't tell coach knox, he knows he'll be back cause of the success of our receivers, week in , week out. Tubs obviously does not know how to break the film down.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Hi everyone. I haven't posted before but I'd like to know everyone's thoughts on our coaching... If Tommy's out next year who is out there that would be a good fit for AU?

4:25 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Fulmer is now available. :-)

4:29 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

I'm not really up on who's out there but I think we need some new direction or intensity

4:35 PM  
Blogger Bulldog354 said...

I don't see how Tubs can be here next season.

He would have to fire off his BFFs as a mandate

Come to grips with the idea that he will never have a margin for error going forward with the fan base

Little to no chance of making the recovery next season that would put out the fire under his seat.

The TN job is open

4:38 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Think tubs might think about broadcasting... I think he'd be good

4:43 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Was his comment about the receivers directed at the players or maybe the receiver's coach? Maybe he was letting Coach Knox "not so fast my friend"

4:54 PM  
Blogger dan said...

letting Coach Knox know "not so fast"

4:55 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

I think a lot of "not so fast my friend"'s that need to be delivered...

5:03 PM  
Blogger Roman said...

Earl: Think tubs might think about broadcasting... I think he'd be good.

Have you watched the Auburn Football Review? Listened to Tubs radio commercials? Maybe live game broadcasting/play by play/color analysis is a different kettle O' fish, but based on what I've seen/heard of Tubs in broadcast media, I don't see it.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

right but isn't how all the espn guys sound???

5:10 PM  
Anonymous jrmax said...

"As coaches, we're thinking: It's over with." I hope this was a code for we are gone.

5:13 PM  
Blogger eddie4au said...

Roman- CLICK-CLACK.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

My Favorite is "They're cooking up ribs and chicken. I love the smell of tailgating in the morning. It smells like victory."

But seriously, I have no problem seeing Tub on ESPN as an analyst. I don't think they care much about how you thound.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Eaglesteeler - rule #1: this is Auburn where anything can happen. If you are into the CTT/AU Zen, then you can see this easily shaping up to be a season where we finish out the year with wins over UGA and Bama. Don't try to figure it out on paper. You'll only drive yourself insane. Just go with it. Repeat after me ... aaaauuuuuuuu .... aaaaauuuuuuu ... ummmmmmmmm ....

5:35 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

Was there any mention about Tenn Martin being the best team that we played?

5:58 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I am just glad he didn't talking about vanilla ice cream.. It makes me want a vanilla and Ale 8 One ice cream float....

6:29 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Is it me or does Maria Shriver on those California commercials look plum scary?

6:31 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I'm watching the AU replay on CSS. Kodi just looked at 3 receivers and threw to his 4th option. He may finally start to look like a Qb. So all of the folks that screamed for Kodi all last season and earlier this season....you now have a valid point to ask for him to play. NOTE: If he keeps running like this, he will get hurt. His running is the only thing that allowed us to beat UTM. UGA and Bama will take note.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

I guess everyone is wore out form the 800+ post party last night.

Jay-has your Tubb-o-meter fallen below 75%?

6:35 PM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

hoop-we have been saving him for amen corner. It is part of the ultimate game plan Tubbs had for this year.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous tigerfan44 said...

Jay did he realy say this, "Last year, we thought we had a good chance." Some times he says some things that rubs me the wrong way. No matter what our chances are you should come across with more confidence than that. Sounds like some years he thinks we don't have a chance.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

I think Tubbs gets UGA and UAT to think Kodi will run th eball a lot, and he puts Caudle in to pass and AU wins both games going away.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

If Tuberville doesn't get thrashed this weekend, I'll be dropping my %.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous wootangclan said...

Last year J Moon wrote an article about the win over UAT and stated it seemed like Tubbs was trying to show UAT how little he needed to do to beat them. Maybe that was his desire for each opponent this year and it just missed.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Auburn won't get thrashed by UGA.

They are playing with very little defense at this point in the season.

I don't know that I would say that Auburn WILL win, but they have a chance to scare the crap out of the dawgs.

The 11:30 start doesn't help matters though.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Mr. Sensible said...

Yeah, Jay G., I can see that percentage going down with every first down/big play Kodi makes.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Let's see....If CTT speaks with a little optimism, the naysayers call it sunshine pumping. If he mentions player mistakes or inadequacies...he is charged with throwing them under the bus or failure to instill confidence. If he uses vague references. it is called vaue references or Zen.

Just how should the responses be phrased?

6:58 PM  
Blogger eddie4au said...

Guys / Gals- IT'S GEORGIA WEEK.

I live in Georgia just outside Atlanta, and I cannot stand Georgia. My hate of Georgia is just under that of Alabama. Not only do I want to beat them every time we play, I want to pound them into submission. It has been a long couple of years since our football team decided not to show up the last two games.

I know this year has not been a good year up to this point. But I still believe that this team has the ability to pull off the unexpected. We have a lot of players on our roster that hail from Georgia. There should be plenty of motivation from within to get our team fired up for this game. Believe it or not folks, we are still playing to not have a loosing season and a bowl game. I know it would not be a great bowl game, but any bowl game gives us a chance to have extra practices and get better as a football team, and these players deserve for something good to happen for them.

I believe in Auburn and I believe that we can pull off the upset. We can still beat the dead horse that is Tubs coaching future, but lets all try to remain focused on beating Georgia.

All Auburn Fans with tickets. PLEASE SHOW UP AND SUPPORT YOUR TIGERS. They need you most now. I know the game time sucks, but suck it up. It will probably be the last time that most get to see the tigers play till next fall.

With all that said, WAR DAMN EAGLE.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm uploading video now. Should be up by 7:20 or so.

Some pretty powerful stuff from Chris Evans about Virgil Starks ...

7:06 PM  
Blogger the biscuitator said...

Jay what is the connection between Evans and Starks. Saw he was with him at Senior day as well as this interview. I met Starks once and he was the kind of guy that left a lasting impression in your mind. I really do wish his family the best in these difficult times. Is there an address where we can send our condolences?

7:14 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Chris was going to stand alone. Starks basically intervened and basically insisted that Evans not spend the Senior Day ceremony by himself.

They liked each other, too.

Evans' parents usually are at the games. I guess they couldn't make this one ...

7:19 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Hoopie ... I would say you could call it "mostly BS".

7:23 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

No top OC will come to Auburn under the circumstances Tony Franklin did. He will demand the ability to choose who is retained and who he will bring.

8:00 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I'm with you Eddie4AU. I live in Atlanta surrounded by UGA people. I actually think we have a chance. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but they barely beat a very mediocre Kentucky team. Also, they didn't belong on the same field as Florida. Spikes rolling on the ground and then doing the Moreno pop-up is an enduring memory.

8:03 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Guys,how can you go by what GA did against other teams. There were times the last 2 yrs that GA got beat or looked bad before the AU game and they came out and put it to us.

Please quit using that as a reference. Most of the time it doesnt work, especially in college football.

I just want us to play well offensively and score more than 1 offensive TD.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Eagle,

I don't think you can compare scores, but you can notice trends. Late in the season UGA has played NO defense....

9:28 PM  
Blogger WDEwg said...

Eddie-
I hear you man. I'll be there this Saturday, and I'll be yelling my loudest supporting the team.

As far as predictions on the game go. I think they are going to be looking past us. They don't have anything left to play for, and on the road for the 3 Daves start time is tough.

War Eagle.

On a side note. Dadgumit- can't believe I missed the 800poster and missed a chance to get on the front page!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Fake Steve Jobs said...

Feeling like crap this morning.

Ughhh...

8:21 AM  

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