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12.11.2008

The crew returns from Ft. Worth

Hey everyone. Here's why I couldn't do the campfire today:

Jay Jacobs and several of his athletic department associates landed at AUO around 5:45 p.m. after a day-long trip to Ft. Worth, Texas. That just happens to be where Texas Christian University is located.

ESPN.com, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier today that TCU coach Gary Patterson was expected to be interviewed.

I think it's fair to say that was a credible report.

Jacobs' party included two people I'd consider part of the department's inner circle: Mark Richard and Tim Jackson. Quentin Riggins, the former Auburn player and sideline reporter for the Auburn ISP Sports Network, also was part of the party. He's not someone I expected to see. Jacobs said other people would be part of the search process, though, and Riggins is a credible guy in my book.

Riggins said he couldn't comment when approached just off the tarmac. This was a paparazzi-style rush.

They departed this morning at 5:44, so they spent approximately eight hours in Ft. Worth.

PLANE TRICKY: Auburn's jets were quietly in the hangar for this trip. Jacobs & Co. flew on an 8-passenger jet registered to Warren Manufacturing. That's a Birmingham-based company that sells agricultural vehicles and trailers. The connection isn't clear to me.

IS THE PRESIDENT AROUND?:
Rather than walk away from the plane like normal civilians, Jacobs & Co. decided to get all secretive. An assistant ferried an SUV from the parking lot, pulled the truck alongside the airplane on the tarmac and the passengers all but dived into the vehicle. You'd think this was President Bush in a Somalian hot zone.

492 Comments:

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Blogger AUBigCat said...

JG who are JJ's athletic dept associates? Anyone we would know?

6:15 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll add that information to the blog right now.

6:18 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Ugggh paterson wouldn't be an upgrade in my opinon

6:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Please tell me this doesn't mean Patterson is now the leading guy.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

Some of these guys get me a little excited. Like I have to admit, I'm almost a TG fanboy, and I've always thought Patterson was the best "under-the-radar" coach out there. But, I have yet to see any name that sounds like he'd be on par, much less better than pre-Franklin Tuberville. I guess, therein lies the rub.

6:22 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Sorry forgot to say jay thanks and great lead

6:23 PM  
Blogger michael said...

He's just the big name splash we need to turn this ship around!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Jay....Safe to say Gary Patterson is the new #1 to get the job?

6:24 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

The majority of our recruits have probably never heard of Gary Patterson.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He has a great reputation within the coaching community. TCU has been pretty doggone good for a while now, too.

I'm not saying Patterson is The Great Poobah or anything, but Auburn's sights seem to be trending up.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I wouldn't say he's the new #1.

Whoever is #1 has been there for some time.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Jay G ... the other guy was Q. What was he doing there?

6:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I already identified Q.

I addressed your question on the blog.

6:27 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

JG I must say that you really have your game face on. No other outlet is even close to you.

6:27 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

did GP sneak off the plane after the "crowd" dispersed?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Oh ... excuse me. That's just kinda weird to me still. Is he the AD in training?

6:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It was an awesome scene.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

Who is "Q" and were RSTLN or E anywhere to be found?


Sorry, My wife is watching Wheel of Fortune.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The plane was empty after the four of them departed.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

How many people said "What the ..."

6:33 PM  
Blogger au0608 said...

"I wouldn't say he's the new #1.

Whoever is #1 has been there for some time."

So are you saying hes been the number 1 for a while?

6:33 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Jay, you do terrific work. Thank you so much!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Q = Quentin Riggins

6:34 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

is anyone else hearing spurrier to AU?

6:34 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Spurrier said he heard it and that he thought it was crazy.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Coop said...

WSFA reported that AU is close to offering Spurrier the job.

6:36 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

I live in SC.

Spurrier is quite happy with low football expectation, (This is ACC basketball country) no hassle from the BOT, and a membership at Augusta.

He hates to recruit.

I can't see him coming.

6:36 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Jay GT- You da Man! Thanks so much for keeping so up to date. First with news you can trust!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Let's see what WSFA says after they read this blog.

6:37 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

ftworth-I heard that about 15 minutes ago. He had agreed in principle and may be announced Friday. Heard from someone in Auburn. This person has been in Muschamps corner, like me for awhile, but is changing becasue of what he heard.
Did anyone check JRaines plane to see if it went to SC today?

6:38 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Plus he knows enough about Bobby Lowder to pass on the whole thing.

Anyone hear Ivan Maisel & Beano Cook today on the College Football podcast? They were sympathizing with Coach T and wondered who would possibly go to Auburn now.

6:38 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

AUMom-
I agree; just can't see the OLD ball coach leaving there. If I did have such visions I'd need a urine drug screen.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Matt01 said...

Does the advertiser employ a psychic? I would like to hear their thoughts. It would really save me a lot of worry. Thanks.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

People - the man's name is RANE. No S or I. Jimmy Rane.

Geezy ... they really are reporting that.

6:41 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

Makes sense. Why Spurrier would hire Woody McCorvey one day and then tell him the next day he had a change of heart.

6:41 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

I thought his name is YellowFella that is what my kids call him.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Phred, they can report Spurrier all they want.

I encourage it.

If they're wrong, demand a retraction. I know someone who won't be writing a retraction: Me.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I hear you. Wasn't doubting cuz. I think they are wrong too.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

Why were there no representatives of the hired search firm? I'm not understanding that.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Search firm? Who?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

They qualify the candidates and set up the interviews. That's all.

6:46 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

107.5, the sports station here, said they had spoken with Spurrier and he will not be coming for the following.

1. He and Jeri love SC and are building another house on the beach.

2. He doesn't want to butt heads with Saban all year long.

3. He is 63.

4. He is a man of his word and he told the SC people that this was his last stop.

FWIW, the SC people are not giving the story much credence.

6:46 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Anyone have that link for the WFSA

6:46 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

At least, that's what they do in theory.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=9507952&nav=menu33_4

6:47 PM  
Blogger Travis said...

"Search firm? Who?"

Exactly. Anyone know how much they are being paid?

6:48 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

thanks Wade, thanks a lot

6:50 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

WSFA ... tick tock.

6:52 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

So Rivals is reporting that Spurrier isn't interested, and WSFA is reporting the exact opposite. Is that right?

6:52 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

One minor upside for Patterson, his bowl game is EARLY, Dec 23. Maybe he could catch a ride to AU the next day with Santa. I'm still holding out hope for Gill, but not really expecting anything there.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Barkley, we're getting into the heat of the search. This is when credible information can be very difficult to find.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

this oughta be good. can't wait to see how this turns out.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

The Word of the Day is

subterfuge
Pronunciation: \ˈsəb-tər-ˌfyüj\
Function: noun
1 : deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade
2 : a deceptive device or stratagem

synonyms: see deception

6:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

WSFA's website still has that little banner that says
Source: Auburn close to naming new coach
Updated: Dec 11, 2008 07:23 PM
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The WSFA 12 Sports team has learned that Auburn University may be close to offering its head coaching job to South Carolina's Steve Spurrier. A source in the coaching profession

6:54 PM  
Blogger au0608 said...

Is it possible that both of these stories are diversions or is Patterson really that far up the list?

6:54 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i think a texas connection is vital. forida is getting hard to recruit these days.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Kristina - my word for the week is ... clusterphu#*.

6:56 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...

Maybe Jay Jacobs was told to come home and stop his recruiting duties he had been fired......

6:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm 100% certain that Patterson is "far up the list."

Guys, this is where the entire Auburn crew spent their day. They don't do on-site visits for kicks.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

mine is FUBAR

6:57 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

We need Jay in Homeland Security. He should saving the world instead of wasting his talent keeping tabs on a coaching search.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Why Patterson? I don't get it.

Any other interesting locales out that way that could have been visited as well?

6:58 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

wow maybe these "smokescreens" are a reality

6:59 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

pleeeassee no gary patterson

7:01 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jay-G,

Think about it? I've said all along they had a coach 2-3 weeks ago. Do you not give WSFA any credit w/ this report, or is it bull.

7:03 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

I still can't believe that we would fire TT to get some coach from TCU
That makes NO SENSE!!!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Spurrier makes no sense at all.

Auburn went to the trouble to acquire an "anonymous" plane and flew to a candidate's location -- with a four-man team -- and met with the guy all day.

Patterson is the guy you need to be watching right now.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Jay -so your saying the advertiser wouldn't allow you to use "a source in the coaching profession" as your actual source?.......Strange....

7:08 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

did any private jets fly from Columbia, SC to Dallas today?

7:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

No unnamed sources here.

That's how we roll at the HABOTN.

My motto: "Not always first, but never factually incorrect."

7:09 PM  
Blogger tennessee tiger said...

JayG:

Say Patterson were the guy. What is your take? He doesn't feel like the breathtaking "Butch Davis" thing I was hoping for. How successful could he be at AU, in your opinion?

7:12 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

The Hotties don't lie could be your other slogan.

Patterson actually makes my stomach hurt.

7:12 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Auburn needs to do one of two things. Make a splash, or make an upgrade. Or both.

Gary Patterson would do neither.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

"If you ain't first, you're last!"

7:14 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Do we really want a guy who's on the "Paul "Bear" Bryant Watch List for the College Football Coach of the Year"

7:14 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

WSFA has taken down the Spurrier item.

Never saw that one coming ...

7:16 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Patterson tastes like oatmeal. the more I think about it, the more I think he's probably the guy. Why? Because it tastes like oatmeal. Just blah. SOOOOO Auburn. Crap. He's the guy. Crap.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Plain ole oatmeal with no cinnamon or fake sugar even...

:-(

7:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I wouldn't go so far as to say Patterson is The Guy just yet, but he's a real possibility.

I think he's a very good coach.

Coaches respect him a lot.

He's won a whole lot at TCU. They're nationally respectable year after year. I know nothing about his recruiting ability.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Josh_Moon said...

Sweet, WSFA's finally got Spurrier off that plane WAKA had him on back in 2005. One of these days, the TV folks in Montgomery are gonna get Spurrier hired somewhere in state.

As for Patterson ... seriously? You fired Tubs for Patterson? Uh, I mean, you allowed Tubs to resig ... ah, hell, I can't even type that out with a straight face.

7:19 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Jay- just glad it's not "Frequently wrong but never in doubt"

Turner Gill would definitely be a more exciting hire. I don't know enough to predict who (and more importantly) would turn out to be the better coach at AU

7:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

As long as WSFA offers an official retraction, I'm OK with it. We all make mistakes.

You gotta answer for completely inaccurate stuff.

I'm actually starting to like this no-unnamed-sources edict. It keeps me from being wrong.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Yeah, it's all fun and games for you fellas who don't care. I will seriously pout if it's Patterson. He's very pout worthy.

7:21 PM  
Blogger wes said...

Gary's who are not like oatmeal...

Gary Coleman
Gary Sinise
Gary Busey

7:22 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Please..Please..Please..don't be Patterson. This hire would not excite me at all. I would support, but would not be excited.

7:24 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

there is a russell warren whose a senior at au. the company in bham sells trucking equipment, some of it for use in the poultry industry. my dad's got a bud in auburn big into chickens.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

We are definitely going to do something completely bizarre like hire Patterson. Dude, I can feeeeeel it coming. Just get ready to sit there completely dumbfounded and speechless. Send Annie Sullivan to my house because I'll be Helen Keller. I won't be able to speak. I feel it. Oh sweet mercy ... I think I'm going to puke. Somebody shoot me in a drive by please.

7:24 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

should have typed "who's". apologies to my grammar teacher

7:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I needed that guffaw, Phred.

7:26 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Oatmeal, yes. That would describe this hire.

7:26 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jay-G,

I realize that you are not an AU fan, but you must admit that hiring a coach from TCU who has little to no cred is about the silliest thing I've heard of.
AU can and should do better than that. As for your comment about Spurrier, I think people around here think that he can still be a hell of a coach.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

So the WSFA guys are back for another round.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The WSFA 12 Sports team has learned that Auburn University may be close to offering its head coaching job, and that person could be South Carolina's Steve Spurrier.

...just begging for a blow to the head.

7:27 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

there is an au connection with tcu. pat sullivan coached there for a bit and did, for tcu, reasonably well.

7:28 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Phred-ROFL!

y'all crack me up. HOTTIES are the best.


Jay - have you invited GP or TG to become HOTTIES? We might get some good info from their posts.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Spurrier's days are over.

Have you been watching South Carolina lately? He can't beat Clemson and he can't out-recruit Clemson.

Come on.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Would anyone have considered Tubbs an "exciting" hire back in the day? A guy form AR who coaches one of those MS schools... I don't think AU is in the "exciting coach" business.

7:29 PM  
Blogger AU_AG said...

what is wrong with Patterson?

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Welcome back, Earl.

7:29 PM  
Blogger wes said...

i am feeling very faint. i need bottomless chips and mexicali, stat.

7:30 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Yeah, let's go for a repeat of Tubs, we see where that put us. Great idea.

7:30 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

AU AG-
Nothing's wrong with GP; he was on my short list.. just don't get the idea it would be a WOW! hire

7:32 PM  
Blogger McBain said...

Jay G., I see that WSFA has moved the location of their story and changed the wording to give themselves some "working room".

7:32 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

"what is wrong with patterson?"

oatmeal dude, just oatmeal. goopy gray stuff with no taste.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Yes, "earl" but that was before Nick Saban was across the state. I'm not saying that's what Auburn will do (or should do), but that's what a lot of people expect us to do.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Josh_Moon said...

Tuberville was very much an "exciting" hire back when AU scooped him up. He was considered then to be the up-and-coming coach who everyone had on their interview list.

If AU hires Patterson over Gill, the Gill supporters will freak out.

7:33 PM  
Blogger AU_AG said...

I would like to say I have faith in JJ but I really don't. Maybe he knows something that we don't

7:33 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

earl's got the point. historically, au isn't a "springboard" coaching position (for the head coach, that is). you've got to want to be in this league and want to be at au. head coaching at au doesn't get you into the nfl. you've got to consider au the pinnacle of your career or stay home.

7:34 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

No offense Jay-G but me and prpbably about 99% of the hotties would take SS over ANY coach from TCU any day of the week. I'm not here to stand up for SS however I do think he would be a marked improvement over TT. Currently AU is the laughing stock of the national media.

7:34 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

I really like oatmeal, but 2 hours later I'm so hungry I'm auto-digesting. So I avoid it. May not have that option this time.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

I like my grits with cheese

7:35 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

mdaniel-
count me in the 1%. I don't want the OLD ball coach.

7:36 PM  
Blogger wes said...

if GP is oatmeal, what is Spurrier?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Honig the Apothecary said...

I see that the Print Media vs. TV "journalist" battle rages on...

WSFA Sports department has fallen off the bus and cracked their skull. Just trying to scoop somebody else. They should stick to getting their scoops from the box of Raisin Bran every morning.

7:37 PM  
Blogger wes said...

stale coco puffs?

7:37 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Is the WFSA sports team made up of Ron Burgundy, Champ Kind and Brick Tamlin? What a freaking joke.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Spurrier = leftover NY strip ... not as good warmed up.

7:38 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

THT,
I understand that but do you a coach from TCU?? As much as I think of Pat Sullivan, that turned out to be his demise.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Will said...

I disagree w/ mdaniel, no SS for me. If we were going to get a coach from the Carolinas he should have the initials Butch Davis. Also, who gives a (insert favorite expletive) what the national media thinks about AU? Even when we're perfect it's not good enough for them.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Josh_Moon said...

I don't get why there's so much hand wringing among Auburn people over Saban. Yeah, he's a good coach. He's done a good job. Alabama will be a power for several years to come.

So?

UA won't be any better than LSU was under Saban, and Auburn beat them three out of five times. So, why all the worry?

7:39 PM  
Blogger wes said...

AU's hoping for a twice baked potato...alright that's weak, nevermind.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

We have become the Chicago Cubs of the College football world....would someone please sacrifice an elephant in the stadium?

7:41 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Josh,

It appears that Saban is The soup-de-jour. We'll see how he does next year w/ a new QB.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I have not wrung one hand over Coach Saban. I'd hire him if I could, but I'm not worried about him. I do think he's raise the bar and for that I am grateful.

Patterson - bleh.
I'd rather have Gill.

7:43 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Jay GT-
Mrs TarHeelTiger wants to express her appreciation to you for breaking my eBay habit.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Josh, I dont care about Saban at all, but for whatever reason a bunch of Auburn fans think we need a bigger hire than him in order to succeed.

Unfortunately, some Auburn fans pay more attention to what's going on in T-town.

7:43 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Josh-
Monica took the words right out of my keyboard

7:44 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Jay if you changed TCU to Auburn , statement would be true for CTT.



I think he's a very good coach.

Coaches respect him a lot.

He's won a whole lot at TCU. They're nationally respectable year after year.

7:44 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

All that Saban Zen stuff makes me want to vomit! We've got to play within ourselves. Yuk!!

7:45 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Turner Gill, please come save us from this Gary Patterson talk.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Honest question, not being a smart alec, but why was there so much love for Turner Gill, but no one seems to care about Patterson?

7:45 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

patterson would fit auburn nicely as bring as the hire would be. He's a run first guy with small quicker people on defense. Alot like tuberville minus the lowder vendetta against him.

7:47 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

OATMEAL

7:48 PM  
Blogger wes said...

one of the knocks I heard on TG was his lack of familiarity recruiting the southeast. is this not an issue for GP? does he pull from the southeast?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I'd also take Sean Payton. Think I'll call him up next.

7:48 PM  
Blogger wes said...

make sure and give him a firm deadline, Mon. I don't want this thing dragging out too long.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

I read the oatmeal stuff, barkley. I was looking for something a little more concrete than breakfast food comparisons ;-)

7:50 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

What ties did Urban Meyer have to the southeast before he was hired? That's just BS.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Mdaniel, if we play within ourselves too much, won't we go blind? That's what my momma told me!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Hardin said...

i'm not buy into any of these rumor's until i see him walking down donahue

7:51 PM  
Blogger wes said...

will-nice hustle.

7:51 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Bingo JM,

Saban does one thing well: recruit. The rest follows along with that, but he still loses games (some that he shouldn't have).

If AU brings in a coach who can recruit and has a strong staff, they will win their share. It will be harder and we won't win 6 in a row, but it will be like Dye, who held is own.

I don't want SS, because of he is on the downside of his career.

And I don't know who is the best "to keep us at the level CTT did for most of his time here".

7:52 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

With you again Mon. If that ding dong we have for an AD thinks hiring a coach from Texas will help make inroads for Auburn recruiting in that state he is dumber than I think he is. I fear we should prepare to be disappointed with this hire folks.

7:52 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Well I already said I think we should make a splash or make an upgrade, and with Patterson I don't see how we're doing either.

At least with Gill the attention will be all on us next year.

7:52 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Will,

Please repeat the message I can barely see it!!

7:52 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Well..my reason for Gill over Patterson is the upside. I think Patterson is as good as he's going to get. With Gill, in my opinion you are getting a coach that at this point is just as good or better than Patterson with room still to learn and grow. Just to much upside to pass up when you are picking from the second tier group of coaches.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Urban Meyer went to THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. We might not like to admit it, but therein lies the difference.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Will said...

HA...that's great mdaniel!!! I really laughed.

7:55 PM  
Blogger FSJ- 007 said...

Guys:

Patterson would be a good hire. I was hoping that y'all would avoid him. He's done a whale of a job at TCU.

7:58 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Oh ok, I see. So if you're contending for a job at Florida you don't need any recruiting ties, but at Auburn you need to know as many people as you can.

Right.

I don't think it matters what part of the country you come from if you're a good coach and a good recruiter.

7:58 PM  
Blogger wes said...

That's it...he's oatmeal...and Bama fans like him.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

LOL @ MDaniel

8:01 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Guys, he's the PICTURE of "ho-hum"

Anyone care who or what he'll bring?

Me either.

I'll sy this ---- SUCKS if he's the hire!

I HOPE I'm wrong. VERY VERY wrong.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

How did the interview go?

8:02 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

URBAN MEYER coaches at Florida.

the State university with the best HS football players and his biggest rivals - and 80 yr old man and a rookie coach.

Apples and BOWLING BALLS -- florida vs Auburn.

8:03 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

I just moved to Fort Worth from B'ham...and folks around here love Patterson, and from everything I've seen and heard, he's a great coach.

I didn't see the AU fellas around though...hate I missed 'em.

8:03 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Moon,

Sup? Man i haven't been able to call because the boss has exiled me to the corsica of sports radio Mobile, AL. How's the table going? i agree that patterson is no better than tubs was. this hire has no excitement behind it.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Spurrier is 62

Saban is 57

Yeah.

8:04 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Chris,

I just watched the blog last night. HOPE you got the job.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

TD Saints!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

That's what I was trying to ask him about, MDaniel.

8:07 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Okay so i wonder what scope of people are worried about hiring Peterson because of the previous history with schools from Alabama going after tcu coaches...i'll admit that i'm one for sure. However the guy was the coach that tennessee wanted if they couldnt get kiffin and was offered 3.3 million at washington. he must have something that i (who only watches maybe 1/2 of a TCU game all year) haven't seen and the experts see. i may just go w/the experts on this one.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

I have a meeting at 10 am in the morning.

Looks good.

Looks vurry vurry good guys, thanks!

I had 2 in-person interviews and today I had to call in a pitch our product to the person making the decision.

Well, if you've seen the sterioded Jose Conseco HR in the Toronto Dome -- that was it.

YARD!

8:11 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

i mean patterson sorry for the typo

8:12 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Sorry Mon -- had my

"Oh yeah, well, that guy would suck" --- hat on.

8:12 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

Maybe I am trying to look at this to close. Eltoro Freeman mad a comment today about Willis still being around with the new Coach. Like Jay said it doesn't take 12hrs to interview Patterson. Could they have covered a Muschamp meeting up with the Patterson interview?

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Jay G
With Urban going to Notre Dame next year (according to WSFA) do you think CSS will just stick at South Carolina one more year in hopes of going back for a reunion tour with the Gators?

8:14 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

I can't figure why we need splash!

SS is NOT splash. We are hiring off a rep from 10 years ago. He can coach, but to what level.

How can we know based upon what we read, that we know who can recruit, bring in great staff, manage a game, etc...we don't.

So the names out there have +s and -s. There is no STUD coach.

I know I have put a LOT of money into the AU program over the last 25 years and the PTB are going to make sure that I KEEP sending my money.

The PTB have done a pretty good job in the past (Dye, TB, TT). They proved they could coach. THey will do the same on this search, even though they won't seem to have IT!!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol It's ok, Chris. I should know better than to try to talk to you when you're all jacked up. Sounds like good news for you. Keep us updated.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Have you guys seen the Tub's resignation letter on AL.com?

Interesting quote:

After long consideration, I have decided to resign. I understand that, notwithstanding my resignation, the University will make a total payment of $5,083,334 as outlined in Section 21 of my contract. I also understand that the structure and timing of the payments may be modified by mutual agreement.


Hmmmmm

8:17 PM  
Blogger Klaus said...

One thing going for Patterson, he only got beat 35-10 by Oklahoma on Sept 27...and that was Oklahoma's lowest output of the season---that's got to count for something!

8:17 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Mclovin we discussed that comment in a previous post. most seemed to think that meant that willis has been told he would be retained not who the next hc is.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

McLovin - That's what Greg keeps saying - that it's a cover up for a Muschamp interview.

8:18 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

can someone call gary patterson and ask him what the time me met with auburn was?










while talking with him can someone ask him what was discussed as well?

8:20 PM  
Blogger ftworthtiger said...

Fort Worth is only about 3 hours north of Austin.

8:20 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

chi is back in the cover...come on bears hold those saints to and at least win by 4...

8:22 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

AND GO OVER 41!!!!!!!!!

8:23 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

M,

I still can't believe Muschamp's name still is coming up.

Everytime AU has had a coaching search, there are hot names mentioned that seem to never disappear.

THere is NO reason for WM to come to AU with what he has been offered at UT. We do not offer anything better, if you look at everything offered to him. Nothing.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Or win by 3

8:23 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

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8:23 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

we'll sweat together chris...

8:23 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

The sets of comments are hilarious. I can't believe a lot of it.

First, it is clear that we will not get a coach as good as Tuberville. Davis is the only one on the list that fits the bill and he ain't coming.

Second, Josh is right when he says Tuberville was the hot up and coming coach when we got him. The other one at the time was a guy named Frank Beamer, who's name some of you might know.

Third, I find it frickin ridiculous to think Gil is better than Patterson. There really isn't a good way to compare them. Patterson has done a lot more winning than Gil, but Gil was at the arm pit of college football.

Folks, don't get down on whoever the new coach is. Yes, he will be a downgrade from Tuberville, but that doesn't mean he will not end up being better over the long haul. That is just the way it is.

We may end up down for the next 3 or 4 years while a new staff comes together. We will be going from a big name coach to a coach that is an up and comer no matter who they pick. Unless Davis or possibly Spurrier show up, that is just the way it is.

Get behind the new coach, whether it is Gil, Patterson, or someone else. Don't expect the number of wins that we have become accustom to under the new coach for at least 3 or 4 years. Tuberville gradually built a solid program, and the next guy will likely do the same thing.

You just have to be patient. When we decided Tuberville was going to resign, we signed up for the rebuilding years.

Being n

8:23 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

eaglesteeler...as i recall WM only has a verbal commitment from UT he hasn't signed any agreement as of yet.

8:24 PM  
Blogger wartiger said...

JAY!! Dude I gotta give you credit man you do an outstanding job buddy. It's because of you that I feel bad for not being a better contributor to the HABOTN. But really..I know we tell you how good of a job you do pretty regularly but you bust it man...Thanks..

I asked this earlier.

Jay- When do interviewed coaches and other goings on at AU that are at that time "uncofirmed" become legit "confirmed" reports. Does AU release something saying yes it's true?

8:24 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Maybe Patterson and the rest of the AU staff was talking to Muschamp about coming back as a coordinator... let's turn the rumor mill a little faster!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Chris_In_Inverness said...

Not so much JD --- My kid's watching SpongeBob.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

Wake up people. Muschamp isn't coming.

8:25 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

SFC should win the longest winded hottie of the year award. Good stuff though.

8:26 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

"Turns out you can't just check someone in to rehab against their will." -Michael Scott

it was a good episode tonight

8:28 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Yeah, I'm going out of town this weekend and now stuff starts heating up.

Good job on this Jay.

8:30 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

i think "BOOM" was on the plane and the announcement will come tomorrow

WDE!!!

8:31 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

the good thing if patterson ended up being a legendary coach he could be played by Phillip Semore Hoffman. Anyone else think they favor?

8:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

You tell 'em Mr. Mobile! ;-)

8:32 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve from Columbia,

Do you have proof that Muschamp isn't coming? Do you have anything documented? Any personal conversations with him?

I don't like unsubstantiated rumors detrimental to Auburn being spread on a message forum.

Sound familiar Steve?

8:34 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's confirmed when I see someone -- me, anyone -- quote someone official confirming something.

So simply saying "Dr. Rosenrosen has interviewed with Auburn, sources tell (insert news outlet here)" isn't official.

Seeing Dr. Rosenrosen admit to the interview or Dr. Rosenrosen's supervisor confirm contact ... that's when it's 100% legit in my eyes.

Unnamed sources lead you down bad roads sometimes ...

8:34 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ah yes, Dr. Rosenrosen. I hear he's good friends with John, John Cochtosen.

8:36 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Jay are you still sticking to your timeframe for an announcement? Do you think it might come earlier now?

8:37 PM  
Blogger Steve from Columbia said...

A scouting report on TCU.

8:38 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Rosengren can't coach worth a crap

8:39 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

OK Jay...Patterson...I hear he is not the most pleasant person to be around. Any truth to that?

8:39 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Anastasia Beaverhausen

8:39 PM  
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