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12.28.2008

Malzahn not leaving Tulsa immediately

Here are a few items discussed in the comments section that probably need front-page status:
  • Gus Malzahn, hired Sunday as the Tigers' new offensive coordinator, will stick with his current employer (University of Tulsa) until the conclusion of its Jan. 6 bowl game.

  • Malzahn will be in Auburn on Monday. He'll be meeting with Chizik and The Peeps. He'll also huddle with the media at some point.

  • Malzahn will coach quarterbacks. There was some confusion here because he coached receivers at Tulsa. Auburn still is in the market for a receivers coach.

  • Tulsa head coach Todd Graham had this to say about Malzahn's situation:
    “We wish Gus much success at Auburn and it is with mixed emotions that we send him off,” Graham said. “He has done an outstanding job for us. I know it was a tough decision for him to leave Tulsa, but we wish him nothing but the best in his new position.” (Tulsa World)
Photo credit: University of Tulsa

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet it wasn't that tough to turn down the SEC. Auburn, even a mediocre one, is a quicker step to a a respectable HC job than Tulsa.

6:37 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

2 or 3

6:39 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

How are you Mr.S? Hope you had a Merry X-mas!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Off topic: Dallas Cowboys are bums.

6:41 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

mr. sensi...do you think that means he'll want to jump pretty soon just like DCs?

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am okay md. Thanks and good tidings to you7.

Jay G - Cowboys are major bums coached by one in my opinion.

6:44 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

My poor Cowboys...

:-(

6:44 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jay-G,
The boys have seen thier better days. I think Romo is more celebrity than QB

6:45 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Cowboys are OWNED by a bum.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure on his timetable, but he's probably got one. The only place you see career coordinators is in the NFL for the most part.

6:45 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Mr.s isn't that bum Jr? Ha1

6:46 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

The New York Yankees should pay close attention to what is going on with the Dallas Cowboys right now.

You can put all the talent on the world on one team, if the chemistry isn't there, you got nothin.

I'll just keep laughing at them as they dish out billions of dollars to miss the playoffs.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Skip Bayless says, "Team Obilterator" strikes again.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I'm glad Malzahn is staying with his team through the bowl.

6:47 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

lucky 13

6:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Faker do you cruise Redskins boards?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's good, Mon.

6:50 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

mon is right. jerry jones is the problem at dallas.

6:50 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Mon...

KMCA....

FSJ

6:51 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Jones and Steinbrenner think you can buy players like a fantasy team and make them a real team.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Wifey's Detroit Lions ... hope is lost.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dallas does have stars but no chemistry as others have noted.

They also lack leadership in the HC and GM/Football Ops. positions.

Dallas is a lot closer to being the Raiders than the Patriots.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FSJ,

There's that Bammer class

6:54 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Lions-1st team ever to go 16-0 er...0-16

6:54 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Apparently the sarcasm meter is not on for some..


:-)

6:56 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

hee hee

smooch

6:58 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

This game Cowboys showing against the Eagles was the worst showing I can ever remember of team playing with something on the line. I think that this should go down as one on the biggest choke jobs all times

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

0-16 ... perfect to the end.

7:03 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

It will be something they can tell their grandkids about...

Wonder if they will get together each year to toast one another after the last winless team manages to win a game that season?

7:05 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

From Charles Goldberg's blog: Georgia d-line coach Rodney Garner - "The only thing we're focusing on is Michigan St" when asked if he is talking to AU about an assistant position. I like that answer. I only hope Jet has made it to the Garner front yard to start his sit-in protest/stalking to bring him back to AU.

7:05 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jay-G,

It takes some work to be 0-16. Oddly enough they didn't look THAT bad every game. It's like little league baseball, when one team really sucks every other coach capitalizes on it and they beat the mess out of them.
The only difference is these guys are getting paid big $$.

7:07 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

If Malzahn didn't have Mustain as his high school QB he probably would still be coaching high school football right now.

Does that bother anyone?

7:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Maybe TO should have focused less on his bromance and jealousy issues with Romo & Co. I could be wrong.

7:08 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Is this years Detroit Lions team the worst professional franchise ever fielded?

7:09 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Has Jet gone a Garner sit-in protest?? Like that guy in Wetumpka who climbed his radio tower to protest his association fees. I think it was $150 annually.

7:11 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

It does worry me a bit Barkley, however the fact that the year he was at ARKY his offense led their team to the SEC-CG makes me feel better.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

depressed, that's actually from the AJC.

7:13 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Has anyone heard about this Charter/Fox thing in Montgomery? Someone was telling me today that Fox (WCOV) will no longer be carried in Montgomery after the first on Charter cable. If so this sucks because American Idol is about to get started again. Not to mention a little thing called the BCS.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

that doesn't bother me. apparently it doesn't bother the NCAA statisticians either.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

that was to barkley

7:15 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Sorry, Jay. I read it it on Goldberg's blog.Do you want me to change it?

7:16 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Athur Gustav Malzahan III

Now that's a country club name if I've ever heard one.

7:17 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

JD,
all contract negotiations. They will work it out!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Barkley - He's already been a successful college coach so that is not even a moot point, it's a moot speculation.

Moot = Monica not bothered

7:18 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

you think mdaniel...

7:20 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

mdaniel- yes, jet will be the man flying Bama heads out his windows instead of AU flags. You can't miss him on the way to Athens.

7:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Tony Franklin had been successful as a college coach too...

7:21 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

OK, just curious, why would anyone on this sight name themselves BFG.
After all Mr. Barkley has has to say about the racist tactics at AU I don't get it.
If I'm missing something please let me know.

7:24 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I just read on the ESPN bottom line that Favre was called in front of the team and grilled for making bad throws. It also said he did not like playing for Mangini. Anyone else see that?

7:24 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Barkley - You find as many reasons to be bothered as you like. I'm not.

7:26 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Anyone else notice Jimmy Sexton in Jerry Jones box tonight? Wonder what that's about?

7:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I didn't see that, but I did she Favre turn in an awful performance. Chad had a lovely reunion with the Jets.

7:27 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

mdaniel, my HABOTN handle has been barkley for governor long before he made any "racist statements." The reason for that is because I like Charles Barkley, not that I would actually vote for him if he ran for governor.

Although I don't always agree with what he says, I like the fact that he's real about it and he speaks his mind.

I could really care less whether you approve or not.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Jet update ...

After starting for Athens, realized the Dogs are already in Florida for the bowl game ... moving in on Warner Robins.

Workin' on a song.

R-O-D
D Coordinator, we're offering!
N-E-Y
Why? Because you're a recruiting maniac!

G-A-R-N-E-R!

7:31 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

BFG,
Just for your info, I don't recall saying whether I approved or Not. I simply asked a question.

7:31 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Mon, I'm not bothered, I was just asking if it bothered anyone else.

I really wasn't going to be excited or disappointed with the hire, because I got excited over Franklin and learned my lesson. I'm just ready to see how it plays out, I hope he is a good recruiter.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I totally agree, Barkley. I just want to win and not get arrested. :-)

7:33 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet- I suggest a GPS device snuck into Rodney's cellphone. You know it never leaves his side.

7:36 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

howdy hotties. i'm pretty excited about Malzahn. much more excited than i was about CGC fo shizzle. i watched Tulsa several times this year on ESPN. i'm down.

7:40 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Hey Scottie B!!
Welcome back.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

If Scottie is down, I'm down.

7:44 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

This is the most optimism I've seen on an Auburn board in months and SteveFC hasn't posted yet. Something just isn't right about that.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

As a part of our new program where every staff member must have a Z in their name, linebackers coach James Willis is now known as James Williz.

However, Rodney Garner has been given an accomodation. He will not have to have a Z in his name, but will in his title .... Azzistant Head Coach and Defenzive Coordinator.

7:46 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Nice Jet,
It's all about the Z baby!

on that note I'm officially changing my name the AUnMobilz!!!!

Holla at ya boy!!!!

7:56 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Monica,
Just to answer the question.... I'm not worried at all either.... we need offense!

7:58 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

thanks mdaniel. strangely i'm somewhat glad to go back to work tomorrow. time to get back in a regular HABOTN routine. :)

Monnie, i was hoping THE CHIZ would snag somebody from one of those Oklahoma schools. one of my best buds is a huge OU fan so i keep an eye on them too. they just score so many points in that state. OSU does too. something is working out there. we needed to get in on that.

7:58 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Has anyone made the requisite "This offense will never work in the SEC" point yet? I'm sure someone has, but I haven't had time to catch up on comments.

8:02 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Welcome back scottieb,
received H.A.B.O.T.N. tee shirts yesterday... NICE!!!

Gave wifey one...she is now geeked...

8:02 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Any word on if Malzahn try to sway Shavodrick Beaver in Auburn's direction now?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

After watching YouTube, I want Beaver.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

8:13 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

on another note. i'm pretty excited about the Dolphins winning their division. war damn Ronnie B. the Falcons win too. what an amazing year.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

From Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Reporters' Notebooks
03:19 PM ET 12.28

Get The Picture: Just how bad did Gene Chizik want the Auburn job? He reportedly told Jay Jacobs that if he needed more money to help pay for assistant coaches, the athletic director could take $400,000 from the head coach's salary.


http://www.fannation.com/si_blogs/the_sweep/posts/36081-reporters-notebooks?eref=fromSI

8:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Scottie - I can certainly see wanting some of that OSU action.

I'm WAY geeked about the Dolphins. Ronnie and Chad are two great reasons for me to be suddenly Phinish.

8:15 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Hey Jey,
I want beaver too!

8:16 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Mon,
Did you sat phinnish? Ha!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I said it, but I never sat it. I would have remembered that.

8:21 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

got me a Dophins Ronnie B jersey i'm ready to pimp for some playoff action. nice. very nice.

oh, and from an earlier JGT post. the Cowboys are bums. seriously. what a way to tank a season. pathetic.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Z is for Zen

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Finnish? ... Is Gustav Malzahn a Finn. Or a Norweigan? Or German? Or a Swede?

8:23 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

JeT,

I started to comment on that and then thought the better of it. One could make some serious cracks!

8:26 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Jet,
He's Auburn now!!!! lol

Monica, I'm Methodist myself, but i feel ya!

Go Fish!!!!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

Jay,
That first blog article on Malzhan was very good. Very well put together and an engaging read. Nice job.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

My Chargers drove the 18 wheeler full of cases of whoop-em to the Murph tonight to open up on the Broncos.

8:31 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Jet,
You are correct they are "popping bottles" on Denver like a Championship Game!!!!

8:36 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Jet,
Check it out... this will be the Charger's at the end of the night!

King Size Can-Popping Bottles

8:41 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

Today could have very well been Cadillac's last football game. I hate it for this guy who has been a great role model and player. Take the injury buyout and come home and coach RB's http://blogs.tampabay.com/bucs/2008/12/fears-of-torn-p.html

8:42 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

McL,
What happened to him?? I missed the game.

8:46 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

thanks Mclovin. i hadn't seen that about Caddy. rough luck man.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (50%) said...

JD, my inside source just told me that the WCOV rumor is not a done deal. From what I understand, though, Charter is trying to be a bully, so it is a possibility that Charter subscribers won't have a fox affiliate come the first of the year (unless you subscribe to the HD package.they're keeping WCOV's HD signal. Knowledgy (or however you spell the other cable provider in the Gump) will have WCOV Fox 20 regardless of what Charter does, so you should probably switch providers if you want to see 24, American Idol, and the BCS, if Charter can't get their act together in the next day or so (an announcement is due for Tuesday). Otherwise, you can still get the HD or analog signal's via the air antenna....

8:50 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

McL,
Just read the article. Man, as much as I loved that guy I always thought he was too small for the NFL. I would bet his mindset is to tough it out and come back next year. The sad part is that his pro career if most likely over.

8:54 PM  
Blogger TB said...

As a friend of mine says,"Holey Crap Batman".
Here I am sitting in the land of the mouse, Disney World, and I get the word on the OC. Wow his stats are great and I am pumped. Now if we can get a strong guy like Gardner.

8:55 PM  
Blogger McLovin said...

Cadillac got tackled from behind on a 28yd run and had to be helped from the field. He pounded the ground in frustration and pain. After his injury the entire bench appeared to have lost focus. Cadillac had about 17 touches for 115yds for the day. They are saying torn Petella tendon on the left knee. This is the same injury he had on the right knee last year. It will be very tuff to come back from.
"The patellar tendon connects the kneecap (the patella) to the shin bone. This is part of the 'extensor mechanism' of the knee, and together with the quadriceps muscle and the quadriceps tendon, these structures allow your knee to straighten out, and provide strength for this motion. The patellar tendon, like other tendons, is made of tough string-like bands. These bands are surrounded by a vascular tissue lining that provides nutrition to the tendon."

8:59 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Got to go to work in the AM. Thanks to all for the fun over the Christmas Holidays!!!
Jay-G,
Thanks!
Hope to talk to you all tommorrow!

9:02 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Mclovin,
are you a Doctor or stayed at a Holiday Inn last night?

Nice work.... I feel I just went to Science 101- the human body
Chapter 11- Patella Tendon.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Jet update ... I knocked on Rodney's hotel room, and he answered wearing a T-shirt that says "Guns don't kill people. Linemen do." He asked me nicely to leave.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tendons don't like to be stretched beyond their limits. Unlike a rubber band, they don't like to snap back into place.

Re-creating that elasticity is tough business -- for surgeons and patients.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Jet, Did Rodney tell you it's either him or Searls, but not both. Heard they don't get along?

9:12 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for your support, Jim.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

No, Jay does not know who the next DC will be.*

*This is a recording. Had this been an actual hiring announcement you would have seen a post on the blog.

Goodnight, Hotties.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

It's hard to speak coherently when a large hand is crushing your larynx.

Just sayin'. Told him I'd see him at breakfast.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

G'night, Queen Monica.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (50%) said...

ESPN, featuring Jay G Tate?

9:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have no comment on persistent rumors linking me to ESPN.

If they have made me an offer, I have not seen it.

9:20 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

gnite HOTTIES!

tomorrow promises to be very interesting.....

9:20 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Did anyone read the interview earlier this season w/ our new OC. He says he is a run first to set up the pass kind of guy. I'm good w/ that.

Anyone watching La Tech tonight. That porter kid, rb for La Tech, looks kinda of like the player I envision Onterio McCaleb (hopefully, a new signee for AU) to be. He's not a big guy, but now a midget either. Got some real speed I understand.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Jay ... we all know that Sexton has the ESPN offer. Don't be deceptive.

You'll be the host of the new show, Around the HABOTN.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt (50%) said...

Jay G doesn't strike me as the Sexton client. Boras maybe, but not Sexton.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I wouldn't mind seeing a SD score here.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

38-21 Bolts, 13 min. to go

Go Chargers!!!

9:49 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Man, I just hate that for Caddy. But he made it back after the last one, so he's got a shot to make it back from this one.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Big Mike16 said...

This place is educational as well. Learned what the patella tendon is connected to and all the TV provider drama in the Gump in the same 10 minutes.

Cadillac may come back from yet another knee surgery but he'll need a Cadi wheel chair by the time he's 40. All the best to him!

WDE

9:51 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Just got in and caught up on all the posts. Don't know if I am happy about Malzahn or not. I remember Al Borges said that he was not the "sexiest" hire Tubs could have made when he hired him, but he was the best. I wasn't sure what was sexy about any OC they could have picked, but I think I know what Big Al meant.

So I guess Malzahn, in this case, was the sexiest hire that Chizik could have made. Since Chizik sure as heck wasn't very sexy himself, maybe it was what he needed to do. This post is starting to sound pornographic.

The big question is whether or not his offense will work at AU. Mr. S seems to have his doubts; I've got no idea. But I don't see any reason that it shouldn't. In case nobody here has noticed, the sec just wasn't very good this year. I think the bowl results will prove that. The spread works in other conferences with teams that regularly beat sec teams, so I can't see why it won't work at an sec school.

It doesn't bother me that Malzahn would still be coaching HS if not for Mustain. The country is full of HS coaches who could be better than anybody coaching in college today; they just never got the chance to move up. A whole lot of our success in life in any area comes from simply being in the right place at the right time. Malzahn got his chance and has taken advantage of it - congrats to him for that. I already liked him - liked the way that he wouldn't put up with Nutt and left him, and liked the success he's had at Tulsa. Here's hoping he does a great job for AU.

What a shame about Caddy.

9:51 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Forgot to say - Good job of reporting, Jay. That summary is excellent and tells a lot about the Malzahn offense that I didn't know.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

I love Darrin Sproles. First and goal, Chargers.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris (newbie) said...

Who has two weeks off between jobs?

(special Ed) YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! (/special Ed)


Also, Dalls' loss knocked down a MAJOR 10 pointer for me and also, TB's choke job made me moneies as well.

I actually teared up when I heard about Carnell however.

I was wondering if it was the same knee or not. Knowing it wasn't, I think he'll be back.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Check out the eyes on I.C.'s photo.

That's what I saw when I knocked on that hotel room door.

10:06 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I've ordered the following book for my fellow Bama Hotties.....

Gus

We need to be up on the new OC.....

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

FSJ ...

It's Pat Dye's new favorite book,
"To Kill A Saban-bird"

10:18 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet- did you pursue/stalk RG solo or is this a family project? You know, the family that stalks together stays together.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Turbo Prop, my 18 y.o., son, is my wingman for such endeavors. He is a commitment for Fall '09.

Jokingly says he's on the Clinton Durst program ... he's never played football, but wants to try out to kick (just kidding).

He's actually going to tryout for the drum line in the band.

10:27 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC said...

Jet, I have been chasing beavers since I was 11 years old and it didn't take a youtube video to inspire it.

As for Malzahn, I am on board. I do hope Chizik will do the smart thing and give Malzahn control over the offensive staff. Any position coach that isn't on board with the plan, please clear out your office.

It is time for Auburn to catch some Zs. Now, throw some bucks Rodney Garner's way and I will be pretty happy. Offer him around $400k to be the DC.

As for Stacy Searles, offer him about $325k to coach the O-Line and dare him to turn it down.

Malzahn, it is time for you to go Cotton picking.

10:31 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet-that is a great plan. When I see a band member take Saban out on the sideline I'll know he made it.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Zteve ... love the new name.

My statement was a literary device, I assure you. I agree with you wholeheartedly regarding Rodney and Stacy and the offensive staff.

As for Cotton, I'll leave that to the Z Team's judgment. If he's the guy, go get him. If not, find us a winner.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

When you see a drum stick impaled in Saban's forehead, there will be no need for a lengthy investigation.

10:36 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC said...

People seem to feel we don't have any talent. In both 2006 and 2007 we had top 10 recruiting classes. Yea, 2008 was an off year, although I think there were some hidden gems in that class.

So far, this class is looking pretty bad. If Chizik can get guys like Cotton and Scott back in line and pick up a couple of other 4 star players, it wouldn't be too bad.

We just need to wait and see, but there is still the possibility of this being a good recruiting class, but we need some last minute recruits to fill out this class.

I am very encourage by Malzahn being hired. This past season we would have likely won at least 9 games if we had a mediocre offense. Unfortunately, mediocre wasn't even close. It would have taken light 10 years to get from mediocre to where our offense was. If Malzahn can get us to mediocre, we will be very competitive and be in the running for the SEC West.

10:42 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

ZteveFC, I know my depression in the state of the AU football program has been a concern to you. My dream hires were Malzahn, Searels and Garner. IF all three come to AU(and I can figure out how to do it) my new handle will be optimisticaufan. If you are a Shawshank fan, you are Andy to my Red and I now believe hope is a good thing.

10:50 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Depressed ... Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.

Bad things die ... like Warden Norton.

"I'd like to that the last thing that went through Saban's mind ... other than the drum stick ... was to wonder how in the hell Auburn got the best of him."

10:52 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet- I love it. The next Daniel Moore print "Drum stick at Jordan-Hare."

10:57 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC said...

Saban doesn't concern me. We beat him at LSU. We have beat him at Bama. We will beat him in the future. No matter how hard he tries, Saban will always come up a little short.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Good night, War EAgle.

11:02 PM  
Blogger mateo4au said...

Hello, Hotties!

It seems that the doom and gloom days in Auburn are brightening once again. I really wanted an offensive minded HC this time around and was a little disappointed on the Chizik decision for that reason. However, let's be honest for a second...a HC is only as good as the coaches/assistants in which surrounds himself. I believe that this was main downfall of the TT era. Now is the time when AU can re-establish themselves and bring a new and improved energy to the program. So far, it seems that Coach Chizik has been on the right track to make that happen, but time will only tell if Coach & Co. can get it done.

I hope you all had a great Christmas. Happy New Year and WDE!

11:06 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

we will beat them on the beaches. we will beat them with drumsticks. we will beat them with the latest in laser technologly. we will beat them with the tired, yet devoted, spirits of our great grand parents. we will beat them. wde.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

OK, so its been a weird day. I spent it with my pops at a hockey game, then went and watched my beloved Broncos get kicked in the teeth, then come home to find out that Auburn did something so competent and logical that I nearly lost all control of my bowels. Just an amazing cornicopia of feelings today.

Anyway, if you can't tell, I love the hire. I've seen Tulsa play a few times this year, and they are explosive. It can work in the SEC (see Troy constantly putting up huge numbers on SEC defenses for proof). I'm officially giddy. If we get Garner, I'll make naked snow angels when I get back up North in a few days.

As for now, its bedtime with thoughts of AU basketball tomorrow night in my head. Can't wait to get back on campus for an evening!

12:09 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Brad-
Where you succeeded in maintaining control of bodily functions, I have failed. But I believe it was a side effect of the medicine I'm taking rather than giddiness over the Malzahn hire. After this past year's disaster, I am adhering to a strict NO PDG (public display of giddiness) policy.

12:34 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Good morning Hotties!
Time to rise and shine. I'll be stuck at a work site today which blocks access to HABOTN :-( so I'll see y'all this evening.

WAR EAGLE!!!!

5:01 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

With GUS and The Spread this will answer the question that has been in the back of many minds.

Was it the Spread (franklin) or was it the Assistants (BBQ Boys) that caused the demise of our O....

Time will tell the tale...

7:01 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

tarheeltiger

try
http://proxify.com/
or
http://anonymouse.org/

these sites hide who you are and where you are going...it may allow you to get around your IT group to keep up with Auburn....

good luck

7:04 AM  
Blogger mrtommyd said...

Zteam eh?!?!?

7:38 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

1. depressedAUfan said
"When I see a band member take Saban out on the sideline I'll know he made it."
hahahahaha
2. Brad giddy is something I'd like to witness.
3. Dear Leader - I so love your sneakiness!
4. Welcome back Steve

Welcome to the HABOTN Big Mike16 and Mateo4au

7:40 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Jet, as a former member of the AU drumline, I wish nothing but the best for Turbo Prop. And let him know there will be plenty of opportunities to take his Sabanness out when lining up for pregame. Less security around, too.

7:43 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

There was an earlier comment about finding out whether Franklin couldn't coach or teach his system, or if the problem was with the Q crew. I want to be optimistic about all this, and it feels like a step in the right direction, but I was giddy like Tarheel last year, so I'll be cautiously optimistic. I think if Jay's vids of practice next summer show the guys at full speed, with the quarterbacks throwing and not doing that little steppy thing, I'll start to feel better.

7:57 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Nice. Flippin. Hire. This may help recruiting on both sides of the ball. Hopefully we'll get Garner on board, Tracy Rocker would be cool too, he was at livingston for a stint while i was there and shot the bull with him a bit working with the AD and SID, nice fella. WAR EAGLE!

8:21 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

HOTTIES!!!!

Whatzzzzzzzz up?

Remember you must put more "Z's" in you word usage today...... and every day in honor of the Z coaches.....

The Clouds are starting to part on the AU Football program... we will continue to move forward with excitement....

8:32 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

I'm zuch a conformizt. Wow if we keep doing thiz we'll all zound like German pzychiatriztz

8:36 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

nice miztertommyd!

Put more "Z" in your diet!

8:45 AM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

I along with most Auburn fans love this hire. My only question is was last years receivers not very good talent wise or were they not coached very well. If it was coaching that can be fixed, if it is talent that will take a year or two. Are we in the running for any big time receivers.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

My "Operation Rodney" is working well ... went to character breakfast this morning with the Garner family disguised as Goofy.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope the offense doesn't take another Zzzzzz this season.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the defense will once again blitzzzzzzz

8:57 AM  
Blogger TB said...

I am pretty pumped with the hire. I think this is a huge move. The question still is the talent level at WR. If they are so bad then we should now be able to recruit top freshman receivers into this class. With the promise of immediate playing time should draw some top receivers. Thinks are looking up.

9:02 AM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

Our WR have talent. Slaughter, Hawthorne, and Billings were all four star recruits out of high school if my memory is correct. They obviously have SOME talent.

It appears to be poor coaching.

9:09 AM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

tigerfan44, if I am not mistaken AU currently has 3 WR commitments, but honestly, they were not being offered by most of the top SEC teams. Whether that means anything or not, I don't really know. Poor QB play has also not allowed our current WR's the opportunity to truly show what thay can or can't do. The combination of poor QB play and Knoxs reportedly poor coaching really makes it hard to tell where the problem really is. One thing is for sure- AU needs to step up recruiting in offensive skill positions, and good QB and WR coaching are desperately needed.

9:13 AM  
Blogger TB said...

I guess what I am saying is that if we recruit a top tier receiver it might wake these guys up. They didn't just get bad overnight. Sometimes up got to shake things up a little to get the guys woke up.

9:13 AM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet= dog the bounty hunter. His next move is to have "I love Rodney" tatoos branded on the whole jet family.

9:16 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Did Malzahn coach Matt Jonez when he was at Arkanzas? I'm not sure that I'm impressed with Mustain at the college level. Actually I haven't really heard much of him since he transferred to USC.

9:17 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Disciplined route running will will help immensely. We quite possibly had the worse route technique in the SEZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I am lookin forward to more blitzzzzzzzzzz.

9:17 AM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

depressed if receivers that are on team now have a good year we will know it was coaching. You made good point about QB not giving them a chance to shine.

9:17 AM  
Blogger hip-hopanonymous said...

TB, that's correct, they didnt get bad overnight. They had talent in high school, and for whatever reason they have never been able to harness it at Auburn. One would think it is either coaching or a HUGE coincidence that every year for the last four years our WR have underwhelmed.

9:19 AM  
Blogger TB said...

I can agree on the coaching issue, but they didn't get dumb overnight. If they were talented in high school there talent should still be there. If you bring in a hot shot receiver that would stir things up.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

Well. I am impressed by the hire.

But then again...I like Tony Franklin also.

This should be interesting at least, especially with a coaching staff that is bought into running this offense.

By the way, it sucks to be at work again, but I'm very thankful for the job.

9:27 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Route running is repition and discipline. Poor coaching effects the two. From watching our wr's they've had little of both for quite a while. How bout some blocking downfield, too?

9:30 AM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Later guys. I'm goin to State College for my marriage license and a lil partay for the next day or two. Hopefully i'll have some access from Mexico to check out the other hires, if not i'll be seein yall round jan 10th take care.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

itz good to be home...

10:17 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Be Great BinOBA

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Last I heard of Mustain, he was looking to break away from USC ...

10:26 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

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10:26 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Gee Mustain looking to leave SC. Can't imagine that he really thought he could walk in and start getting playing time.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

Mustain is a RS Sophomore at this time. If he transferred...again, it would be with one year left to play. What is Sanchez right now?

Also, is Jay trying to hint of a move from USC to Auburn?

Interesting.

10:35 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Morning Hot Onez!

Another beautiful day here on the Plainz! This coaching hire is pretty exciting. Hopefully it will help us sign Pat Patterson at WR. He is set to visit either this weekend or next.

Az for our WRz, they have talent but need some strong coaching. They were getting open more towardz the end of the season thou. QB play will be the key. If Kodi can continue to make strides we should be ok. It would be great to get Cotton back. He has alot of talent and he seems like a natural leader. Beaver is more accurate but either would be fine imo.

DC becomes a huge deal now. It's great to be able to score but we gotta stop the other guys from scoring. Chiz seems to be on the right track.

10:37 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay will you be at the A&M game tonight?

Is Malzahn in Auburn already?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Malzahn is in Auburn as we speak.

I will be at Beard-Eaves. My football work may preclude me from live blogging the game.

I'm guessing you'd prefer Malzahn/Chizik chatter ...

10:45 AM  
Blogger Inverness Chris (newbie) said...

That's why we consider you a mangenius Gilligan.

Anyone else watching ESPN Classic?

80 Rose Bowl with NBC coverage. Interesting that its Emberg, that HoF DE guy who played for the Rams and did those Flower commercials and OJ -- yep, Oj Simpson.

Kind of cool to see the offenses played in those days compared to what AU will put on the field this year.

10:57 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay actually I'm down for either but yea Chizik/Malzahn chatter would be more entertaining. I was thinking about going to the bball game. I'll look for you if I do.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Inverness Chris (newbie) said...

Damn, Art Schleester has a cannon!

What ever became of this fine young man from Columbus?

11:05 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Merlin Olsen -- that got rid of a gray cell or two

11:11 AM  
Blogger Kirk Lazarus said...

Jay G (or anyone)-

whats the story with Clint Moseley? Are we pursuing him hard? why aren't other big programs out there looking at him? He is Mr Football in AL, smart, good build and has proven that he is winner.

is it b/c he comes from a small school? just wondering. if i was CGC i would make sure he is committed today!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Why would Mrs. Coach Malzahn and his two daughters be at a USC football game wearing USC Trojans gear?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

what, mon?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

when was this Mon?

11:35 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Clint Moseley currently does not have an offer from us but there have been some talks between him and The Chiz. I assume that will be a decision left up to Malzahn. Cotton and Beaver would surely be higher on our board though.

11:41 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Monica's not one to spread rumorz

11:47 AM  
Blogger Kirk Lazarus said...

ya, i understand that Cotton is higher up there but it wouldn't hurt to go after him hard, would it?

11:53 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Monz,
I bet that restraining order has been filed and in tact in anticipation of the press conference today!

Viva Le Malzahn!

11:53 AM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

High Cotton Kurt?

11:58 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Chizik was seen wearing Iowa State gear this year. Some king of Auburn Man, huh?

12:13 PM  
Blogger jhz said...

I haven't seen the details for the press conference, but I assume it's coming up shortly (unless I already missed it). Today is my one day in the office, so I'm actually trying to get a little work done.

I do like the comments posted at Tulsa World, except for the 6th comment, which looks to be posted by a bammer (or other sour-grapes inclined individual).

I'm also glad to see Coach Williz back in the fold (along with Lolleyz and Yoxzall).

12:19 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I don't think there will be a restraining order.

Anyway, there is a photo of her and her two gorgeous daughters wearing USC gear. It was taken 11/8/2008.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Doug - When you get your knickers twisted like you just did with Josh your voice goes up like Jack's on "Will and Grace".

Sorry, the bama bowl game is a lamer. Not hatin', just statin'.

12:27 PM  
Blogger michael said...

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3797839

It looks like Chavis is going to LSU.

Any other hot D coordinators out there?

12:31 PM  
Blogger Kody said...

Jay,

Is there going to be a press conference or something today?

I'd like to hear Malz and Chiz field some questions from the media.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

OK, the photo is of the USC/Cal game and there is one taken inside the stadium during the game. So, I'm just curious why Mrs. Malzahn and family was at the USC/Cal game decked out in USC gear. Was in in support of Mustain? I have no idea. I'm just asking the hotties.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Monica ... Kristi assures me that they are complete Auburn fanZ now.

Also hearing about a significant problem for UAT vs. Utah. Hmmm.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what kind of problem, Jet?

12:39 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I know she's very excited about coming to Auburn. I'm just curious about the USC thing.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

Monica- My guess would be in support of Mitch Mustain and Damain Williams, whom he was their High School coach and with both of them their first year at Arkansas.

That is the logical reason.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Yeah, that's a long way to go to support your former player. Hmmmm...

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jet Never Gives Up said...

Michael ... Rodney is available. I just bought his kids the Mickey Mouse ears-shaped Eskimo Pies. Operation Rodney continues.

12:42 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

What up peeps?

12:46 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

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