Hey everyone. I spent Sunday afternoon at the AUM baseball complex hoping Q.V. Lowe could win his 1,000 game and, therefore, allow me to write a story about that. The Senators instead lost to Cumberland University. So it goes ... another story about Q.V. being "stuck" at 999.
He'll get The Big One on Wednesday against Martin Methodist. I think it's kind of a big deal because Q.V. is a cool dude, he's an excellent coach, he takes care of his people and he handles business on the field and off the field.
I'll keep you updated. I'm sure I'll be at the ballpark on Wednesday.
FYI: Today's art is of Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl
, who played with the boys at Sunday's Grammys broadcast. The HOTTIES know I love all things Foo, and I'm somewhat sure Dave comes here for his daily Auburn fix.
Thanks for taking visiting our little eclectic enclaves we call the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.On the recruiting piece:
The HOTTIES knew where I was going with that column and that's pretty much where I went. I suspect that this class, the 2008 class, will be regarded more highly in a few years because public perception tainted things on signing day. Alabama did an outstanding job this season and deserves the lofty rankings it earned. I'm still not sure it's the No. 1 class, but it's up there. Auburn's class was less impressive on paper, which created a perception that Auburn's haul was less useful. Time will tell. On the tailback situation:
In the weeks leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden
was asked about how running a spread offense affects things. Bowden ran a spread until a few years ago, when Clemson implemented a more traditional power approach. Anyway, Bowden said his staff had a very difficult time signing high-quality tailbacks to play in the spread. They all wanted to be somewhere they could get 25+ carries with ample blocking. With Auburn losing out on Enrique Davis
the other day, is that foreshadowing or an anomaly? Davis was very clear that he signed with Ole Miss because Ole Miss afforded him a better offensive opportunity.
As an aside, I believe Davis made the right decision for him. Houston Nutt
needs a franchise back over there, he runs an offense that made Darren McFadden a sensation and that's exactly the kind of place I'd go if I was a coveted tailback.On Jeff Lebo:
Sometimes things don't make sense to me. Lebo's current situation is one of these funky deals. His team is 2-7 in SEC play. It's again flawed, undermanned and generally a non-factor. I have been told by People Who Know that Lebo is safe. I do not understand why. There is a $100 million arena opening in a few years and its pointless to open said arena with a lame program.
Auburn's average home attendance (4,714) is the SEC's lowest. The next best? Ole Miss with an average of 7,294.
The team isn't good. Fans aren't attending games. This is Lebo's fourth year. I don't get why Auburn feels so bethrothed to Lebo. I think he's a good strategist and definitely keeps his nose clean, but Auburn should be competitive every once in a while. The situation seems terminal.On ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill
: One of the HOTTIES, telecommunications ace Bo from Dothan, mentioned that Luginbill was on Paul Finebaum's show the other day
showing some diluted love for Alabama's signing class and gently defending Auburn's class. I don't listen to Finebaum. I do use Google. I found this clip, which peaks when Alabama fans call in at the end, and something he wrote in late January
about Auburn's class.
"The Tigers are like Virginia Tech in that they know what a football player is regardless of hype."
He ranked Auburn No. 19. He put Alabama at No. 3.
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