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12.15.2008

Remaining assistants are packing up

Hey everyone. There is plenty of action going on here.

I just said my good-byes to Terry Price, which sucks. He's a good guy.

Also said my good-byes to James Willis. That was a different deal. His office wasn't that packed. As I was walking along with him, Willis was approached by an athletic department official who said: "Have you talked with Chizik yet?"

Willis said: "No."

The official said: "You need to."

... so I'm still not sure what to tell you with Willis. I know Joe Whitt Sr. is out and about trying to repair the recruiting damage.

SCHEDULE UPDATE: The press conference begins at 1 p.m. CST. I'll be live blogging it in a new thread.

RAYMOND COTTON OUTTIE: The Tigers' top high-school prospect, quarterback Raymond Cotton Jr., has de-committed. That information comes courtesy of our friends at AuburnSports.com. I wouldn't put too much credence into that development. The right coaches and the right system can get Auburn right back into the fray.

CHARLES BARKLEY SPEAKS OUT: The most outspoken former Auburn athlete had some interesting things to say in an ESPN.com story released within the hour.

Highlights:
On Turner Gill: "We talked about the whole race thing in Alabama," Barkley said. "I told him it's there and it's going to be anywhere you go. I told him you can't not take the job because of racism. He was worried about being nothing more than a token interview. He was concerned about having a white wife. It's just very disappointing to me."
On Auburn's decision: "I think race was the No. 1 factor," said Barkley, who played basketball for three seasons at Auburn during the early 1980s. "You can say it's not about race, but you can't compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume."

64 Comments:

Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

1st?

12:02 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

JGT - Was this the plan? We discussed plans previously.

12:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I appreciate any info you can provide on the press conference.

That is very interesting about Willis and Chizik wanting to talk with him. I wouldn't expect that to necessarily mean things are going to change because if Chizik really meant Willis is gone too, I doubt he would change his mind.

12:04 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

Jay GT,
No need to live blog; I'll be watching over the 'net. But I sure look forward to your insightful commentary shortly thereafter. Thanks!!!!!!!!

12:05 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

By the way, how did Auburn Undercover radio go last Friday?

12:06 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

AU1N04, I am thinking there wasn't a plan. I think Jacobs was honest when he said they wanted Tuberville to stay, although I don't think they meant for the long term. I think they likely looked at prospective coaches and realized he would be hard to replace this season. Bringing him back one more season would have made sense. If he flopped next season, getting rid of him would have been easy and we wouldn't have gotten the backlash from the coaching community.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I do hope willis stays.. he is class..

12:08 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Steve - That I think is how it went down. AU was caught off guard. I think they were bringing him back for 1 yr at least to fix it.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

please bolg the conf as many of us live outside alabama and this is our lifeline to timely news...

12:09 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

AU1N04, I don't think they were bringing him back to fix it. I think they wanted him to come back and flop so he could be replaced without any controversy.

12:10 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger said...

link to view conference live can be found at
www.auburntigers.com

12:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

OK. I'll blog today's events as best I can.

I haven't been on Auburn Undercover radio since before the Georgia game.

Also, do you know of anywhere that is streaming the press conferences?

12:11 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Is it being carried in BammerHam media?

12:12 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay,

How aware do you think Jacobs and Chizik are of the lukewarm response this is getting?

12:13 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

do you have to be a paying member to the closed tv network to hear the call?

Also, I just heard cotton is no longer a committ and is looking elsewhere..

12:13 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

WMSP just said they were going to air the press conference.

12:14 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay,

How many retractions have you seen from all the people who guaranteed Muschamp and Spurrier were coming to Auburn?

12:15 PM  
Blogger Josh in Leeds said...

CGC has to at least keep Willis for his recruiting expertise.

Looks like there is still hope for that.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Well, the Mobile TV station sort of retracted.

Nothing from WSFA yet. I guess they're holding out hope for Spurrier.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Josh in Leeds said...

Yep, Cotton is gone. We no longer have a QB commit in this class. It just keeps getting worse...

12:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenbummer said...

That sounds a bit secret service-esqe with Willis.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Jay, the live info about the presser is mucho apprecianado today. I'm in the "live a long ways from Auburn" camp, so I need my fix.

As for this hire, I, like most AU fans, was outraged at first. But as it has had time to settle in, I am starting to accept it. I still don't necessarily like it, but I think it will be one of two things: A colassal hit or a colassal failure. If it's the former, then I'll personally buy coach and Jacobs a beer for my questioning. If it's the latter, then we'll be doing a search for an AD and a coach in four years time.

Buckle up everyone. This ought to be interesting.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenbummer said...

Hooray for TarHeelTIger, really bringing it to the HABOTN with the 1st comment on this article.

12:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm sure Cotton is a talented QB. I was sure Burns was as well. I was sure Daniel Cobb transfering after barely losing the UGA job to Quincy Carter and playing a year of JuCo was going to be a good pick up for us.

It's weird with recruiting how you can be sure of something that just doesn't pan out.

Cotton may be the most talented QB ever, who knows, but I'm not sure I'd want to have to deal with his father every time something happens.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Eddie4AU said...

Apparently myfox6.com is carrying the live feed of the conference.

12:23 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I would appreciate a live blog. I'm checking in mobile today.

12:23 PM  
Blogger FSJ-Midnight Mover said...

Jay...

myfoxal.com should be streaming it.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Agreed RK! I'm already tired of reading his dad's comments.

12:24 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

Anyone know the last time all three major sports at Auburn missed post-season play?

Jay Jacobs is really distinguishing himself.

Oh, and from that picture Jay G. posted last night with Jacobs shaking hands with Chiz: Jacobs, dude! Eat a salad. You're a pantload, man.

12:24 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

WarEagleRK, I think Billy Joe Bob at the airport might have given Jacobs a hint that this wasn't going to be a popular hire.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Josh in Leeds said...

Yeah, I agree RK...his dad never lets him talk...It doesn't matter who we get at QB if we don't have the coaching staff to efficiently develope them. And if the Borges rumor comes to fruition...

12:27 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Chizzle said...

Amen, RK ...

Ray, Sr., your 15 minutes are well past up.

There are so many things that go into a good QB ... mechanics, mentality, understanding what the OC is doing and executing it.

I guess under that criteria maybe Pat Nix has a great QB in his future ... though I'm struggling to believe that.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

I could use the live blog - no TV's here in Atlanta will carry it.....

12:28 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Jet, being a good quarterback is 90% mental. That is what makes it tough to know how good a kid will do. Athletic ability is great, but QBs are head cases.

12:30 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I may have to take some time off from HABOTN and all things Tiger football for quite awhile. All of this is depressing me more than losing to bama. I feel no hope and think we may be set back for the next 5 years, maybe longer. MichaelJanTerri out.

12:31 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Dye just said he was shocked by the hire but now he is saying he was tickled by the hire. Dye says Chizik his honest, trustworthy, and hard nosed.

12:31 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

I am watching the myFox feed. Dye is a yappin.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

OK, Michael. We'll miss you.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jet G. Chizzle said...

Michael, if you didn't quit now you wouldn't have anything to regret for the rest of your life. I'm sure you won't regret your decision.

I'm kidding. We need you. Get mad and get through it! We 2-10 next year, then I'll drive off the bridge with you. (Figurately, of course.)

Be tough! Otherwise, Saban and the terrorists win.

I didn't get my Boom for Christmas. But I'm not going to stand here and let people badmouth the United States of America!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenbummer said...

myfox feed keeps crashing on me.

12:36 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Once again, my man Barkley telling it like it is.

12:42 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Michael, you need to watch some Jan Terri videos to get yourself pumped back up.

12:42 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Michael, watching the fox 6 stupio cam might help too. It gets me pumped up.

12:45 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Press Conference Live Stream via internet:

http://auburntigers.cstv.com/

WDE!!!

12:50 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Eating a jimmy Johns sandwich,...watching and blogging.

12:53 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I personally wanted Gill, and I think he would have made a statement. Dumping all of the assistants is a mistake. We were very good to excellent on the defensive side of the ball. And they got no help from the O while incurring numerous penalties. Rhoads, Willis, Dunn, Price and company deserve better.

This is like the stock market. How low will we go before we bottom out?

12:53 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Jay,
I can see the live feed... where are you sitting so we can see our fearless leader?

12:54 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Viva La Auburn, everyone should just relax...it will all be fine....Chris Todd's arm should be healthy by spring...crickets..................

12:55 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

pdwt,
That was funny as hell!!!!

CT's arm is a noodle!!!

12:56 PM  
Blogger MGMTiger said...

Is that an AU puke bucket sitting on the table to the right of the helmet?

12:56 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Well he(Chris Todd) was going to originally sign with Troy. I have seen Troy they are on their 3rd string qb, I dont think Todd would have seen the field ther either.

12:57 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

I think that is MGMT!!!!

12:57 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

i say just to make sportscenter all the people in the audience should do a war eagle cheer, to mimic the pig sooie that petrino got last year...classic.

12:58 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Is that Jay G in the sport coat with laptop open to the right of the AU helmet?

12:59 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Jay gets very serious on the job, I dont blame him, he has to have street cred.

12:59 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Hey Jay G.
Can the Hotties get a shout out?

1:00 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

ok whoe's making a phone call?

1:00 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

THis idea about the QBs is just riduculous. I have to agree with WareagleRK. Daniel Cobb and Kodi Burns are prime examples of QBs that aren't quite up to their hype. I won't throw Todd in there because of the shoulder issue. The other two is a between the ears issue.

The kicker this year of the Burns fanatics were the ones around me that blamed the other players for his problems or the coaches for his one hoppers to the open receivers.

Before you are too critical of me about burns, if a 5 star qb comes to college and is that fundementally unsound, which he was, then he does not need to play. The coaches didn't ruin him and it is going to take about 2 years of breaking him down and building him up to get him ready. I am believing more and more that Burns is not that coachable. Cotton seems like more of the same. Campbell was much further along in his development than Burns at this stage.

The question is going to be what kind of QB do we want? That question will be predicated on what kind of offense do we want? As of yet, Burns has shown no ability to make good decisions consistently and he has shown that he loses his mechanics rather quickly after just a little pressure.

The recruiting aspect has been addressed well by others about losing recruits and about Cotton's daddy.

1:02 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Is JJ serious about uniting the AU family?

1:03 PM  
Blogger AUnMobile (Mr. 99% Sure) said...

Crickets!!!!!!

1:03 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

we just arent known for EVER bringing big time QB's inot this school. I agree, I thought Burns was the man, but as the season progressed I did see some improvement and then the Bama game was a total washout.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Has Charles Barkley ever said anything about the state of Alabama or Auburn without involving racism? If he is too good to live in this state, then he should keep his nose out of it because he thinks everything is about race, and its not.

1:14 PM  
Blogger SteveFC (no Billy Joe Bob) said...

Willis won't be recruiting, so he really is gone.

1:29 PM  
Blogger MobileBayTiger said...

Barkley doesn't even make sense: is it about race or the resumes?

Moron.

1:43 PM  

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