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1.20.2009

Anthony Gulley WAS in

EDIT @ 5:30 p.m.: OK. So maybe Anthony Gulley didn't commit after all.

Our friends at AUTigers.com reported earlier today that Brantley High standout Anthony Gulley officially had cast his lot with the Tigers. He said last weekend that he would commit to the Tigers in the future, but wasn't prepared to make that assertion public until after visiting Troy this weekend. He thought it was honorable to stick with his promise to visit the Trojans, which I thought was commendable.

Sounds like that trip to Troy still is on.

Here's what I had to say about Gulley earlier this week:

Anthony Gulley, WR from Brantley: Very country. I initially was surprised to see Gulley paired up with Ryan Pugh and Lee Ziemba last weekend. Then I met Gulley. He's very country. Shy kid, very quiet. He really likes baseball, too, and seems eager to play both football and baseball at Auburn. He's a shortstop by trade. Gulley also can play centerfield.

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Blogger Emmett said...

Jay G - Did you see that Dunaway and Brown are showing the HABOTN love -http://www.dandbradio.com/

3:55 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

A big War Eagle to A.G. - We are glad to have you as part of the Auburn Family - Maybe you can help the Baseball Team too...

3:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I like those guys.

I used to be a guest on their program. They quietly dropped me last season. Not sure why, but that's OK. I'm a blogger.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I got to know them when I was in B'Ham...they are some great guys...I would much rather have them than Finebaum...Heck I would rather have Cross and Lopez than Finebaum

3:58 PM  
Blogger chad's robin said...

hey Jay - heard anything about Johnnie Farms lately?

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this guy play in high school some. He was a force, for a 1A school that is, but has talent.

He's what I would call a "project" but he works hard from what I'm told by friends in Brantley.

Maybe he can play basketball like the Person brothers too.

4:02 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

How does this guy compare to Perkins? Is he as speedy as Perkins?

4:14 PM  
Blogger Minister of Silly Walks said...

RE Farms, the Rivals headlines say that he's made a "final" decision and also says he has "no" interest in any other school but UNC.

Of course, that's the "free" info; I'm sure there's a whole lot more to the story (for the meager cost of $299).

4:14 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Reuben Randel continues to play the game...He is now saying he will visit on Jan 30th. Who knows.....

4:15 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm hearing some other views on Gulley ... ie that he hasn't committed.

Still, ITAT is standing by their story. I'll keep it up.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

If you keep telling the story long enough, they'll believe it. HA HA HA.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Griff said...

Have y'all seen this kid's (Gulley's) stats?

They're absolutely reDONKulous. This past year, I think he touched the ball 85 times and scored 31 TD's.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have no doubt that he WILL commit to Auburn. I don't think Auburn wants that commitment just yet.

4:59 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Nice catch, Jay. Another site pulled the story.

5:12 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

So Jay exactly how country is he?

5:13 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Why is that Jay?

5:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I re-worked the story.

I had a feeling this was going to happen. Auburn is trying to accentuate its needs at WR ... and doesn't need WRs committing right now.

Does that make sense?

So file away Gulley until a later date. He's still 100% Auburn ... just not yet committed.

5:35 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Yes, makes perfect sense!!! Thanks Jay

5:39 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Yes Jay G.,
I totally understand....i think AU is got a plan....

5:52 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

Jay, thanks for all this recruiting stuff you do, and your stuff in general. HABOTN is my go to place. I don't even bother reading those other forums anymore, really. HABOTN = awesomeness in internet form

6:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I like a plan.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Cotton - We WILL check you collar for the lipstick of other forums. Just so you know..

:-)

6:13 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

I am excited to have an offense that has an actual plan. And I can't see Malzahn ever calling himself a dumbass.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YA know....hindsight...20/20 and all....I'm still wondering why the alarm bells didn't go off for me when Franklin called himself a D-A. Maybe the shock and disbelief clouded reasonable thinkin'.

6:44 PM  
Blogger MillerTime said...

So, Randle IS coming for a visit on the 30th?
What about Bryce Brown? Any word yet on how the visit with him went and whether he'll come in for a visit?
Also, did I just hear correctly that Chad Bumphis is planning to visit with Ladarius Perkins on the 30th also?

7:03 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Where'd you get that info MillerTime?

7:10 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I really wish we could have had a shot at Farms. When he gets up here I'll be sure to tell him he made a big mistake.
Not really. I hope he gets a great education and has a great career at UNC.

JET- yes, ice cream with chocolate syrup is on the menu for first intermission snack which is now.

7:23 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Well, you might think Franklin was a DA, but he definitely ain't a liar.

I am getting nervous about recruiting. We don't seem to be making headway and we have lost some recruits. Unless some of these high profile recruits show up, this is looking very bad.

7:25 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

actually, cereal first intermission; ice cream 2nd intermission.

N20RU stopped very briefly in Dallas and then briefly in New Orleans before returning to AU. Anyone know which coaches are where tonight?

Ok, there's a big world out there. I'll go take a look at it now.

7:27 PM  
Blogger MillerTime said...

Which info AUant?
Randle's re-scheduled visit is being reported by Goldberg and rivals.
I was asking if anyone knew anything about BB.
As far as Bumphis and LP, I saw a blurb posted on rivals, don't know what else it says, if it is just rumor/speculation, or pure bunk. I was hoping someone could clarify.

7:34 PM  
Blogger MillerTime said...

I am in Auburn and starving. What do I want for dinner?

7:36 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Zteve, I actually still believe Franklin can be a good OC when put in the right situation with the right people. Here, he was set to fail from the beginning. Not intentionally, but the result speaks for itself. I agree with you on recruiting. While acknowledging I have seen none of these players in person, way too much competing with Southern Miss, Troy, etc for my comfort. I didn't expect miracles, but these last two recruiting seasons are reminding me of the Bowden years.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I saw Rivals has Myles Wade set to visit...I dont know much about him, does he have a solid chance of joining or is he just another shot at another big name? All the sites seem to really like him.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I think it can look bad when we have to fight Troy and SMiss...but at the same time I wish we had Gerald McRath, Jerrel Jernigan (who we could have had)or even Levi Brown

7:47 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

MillerTime- Byron's Smokehouse

7:52 PM  
Blogger MillerTime said...

Jernigan is a player and was an absolute miss by the previous staff.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Miller - You can never go wrong with Mama G's or Breezeway....and if you feel like a good ole case of food poisoning I think Tues is still pasta night at the Duck

7:53 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Jernigan wanted to still play qb in college, but the AU staff did not work to change his mind like Troy did. They just said no...Troy brought him in as an athlete, and was upfront that he could go ahead and get on the field at WR, but could learn QB

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SteveFC...when Tubs was manuevered out, you and I both knew this would probably happen. It is actually not as bad as I had feared.

Other schools are playing the "meddling AU PTB" card. The new coaches are taking an admirable shot at patching holes. When we start winning, then recruits will follow.

It will take a few years.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

At least on the recruiting side of it, I liken Auburns approach to Bama's when Satan came in. They are fighting for the big names strait out of the shoot.
The big Diff. is that instead of having a big name coach to push, and saying he knows how to bring in the best staff, they brought in a well known staff that can stand on their own.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

On an unrelated note -
I just got Google Chrome and I must say...

HABOTN + Chrome = SUPER HABOTN

especially since it adds a spell check

8:10 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Everyone-I was not trying to imply that S Miss and Troy do not have talented players who could start for Auburn. I just don't see beating LSU, UGA and the other top-tier conference teams by not getting more of the top-tier players they are competing for. And I don't think it is fair to judge this staff by this recruiting season. Next year will be a more telling tale of their recruiting strength. I hope they can come up big.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jernigan is a player and was an absolute miss by the previous staff.

That's a Greg Knox special; not a staff mistake.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

At least two other coaches, as of the day Knox was let go, still were riding him for missing on Jernigan.

8:15 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Jay, exactly what did Knoxs' title of "recruiting coordinator" really mean?

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some news from AJC about another possible recuit:

The Tigers’ new defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker, is expected to discuss scholarship offers with Gainesville senior defensive lineman Josh Jackson.

Jackson, who is coming off official visits to Arkansas and Toledo, had been scheduled to visit Ole Miss on Jan. 30. He will now visit Auburn on the last weekend prior to signing day on Feb. 4.

Jackson, who has been offered by Ole Miss, appears intent on following Rocker to Auburn. Rocker recently departed the Rebels’ program to accept a position on his alma mater’s coaching staff.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

In the old staff "recruiting coordinator" meant finding new BBQ joints for road games

8:21 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Agree Emmett. Chrome adds spell check to Facebook too. :-)

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, here is some more news from the AJC on Alburn attempting to recruit a receiver:

By Jeff Hood | Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 07:36 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Several high-profile colleges plan to send coaches to Gainesville on Thursday to meet with Red Elephants junior receiver Tai-ler Jones.

Jones, who is scheduled to attend junior days at Notre Dame and Ohio State this weekend, will receive in-school visits from members of the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes’ coaching staffs.

Auburn, North Carolina and South Carolina representatives also plan to spend time on Thursday with the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver.

Jack

8:23 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Does anyone here have an iPod touch? I need some feedback.

FSJ, aren't you an Apple guy?

8:49 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

My sister has the Ipod touch, but does not know enough about it to take advantage of its features...from what I have seen it was just like my wifes Ipod, but with a touch screen

8:53 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Depressedaufan,I agree with you about fighting Troy for recruits it just doesn't look good. Maybe I think to highly of Auburn but if a recruit is trying to decide on Auburn or Troy I say we make that choice for them.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I want to know about the New Blackberry Storm...Anyone have thoughts on it -
I am thinking of switching to Verizon because ATT stinks in Prattville and I am a huge RIM fan

8:55 PM  
Blogger au0608 said...

Hey Emmett, I have a Storm, I love it. A tip if you decide to get one. Give it time to get adjusted to it. Also, they are still updating the operating system so its likely to get even better.

8:58 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Well, I guess things could have gotten worse, but taking a class that was top 10 and suddenly being around 30th is a huge drop. Yes, I knew when Tuberville left that we would be in for some rough times the next 3 or 4 years, but I had hoped this recruiting class would hold up a bit better. It is still possible that it will, but I am not encouraged at the moment.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

YAY Big Love

9:01 PM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

I guess we won't hear anything about the coaches meeting with Bryce Brown until tomorrow. I hope it was positive.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

au0608 - Thanks, I have the pearl now, and I unlocked it and downloaded the new OS (That ATT won't release). I love this OS, and from what I read the Storm is even better. I hate it does not have WiFi, but I can live without that if the Data network is worth anything.

Yeah I think the touchscreen will take a while to get used to, I won't know what to do without my trackball

9:10 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Monica, is the waitress going to be number 4? She and Nikki would be like oil and water. I can't wait.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Depressed - I hope so! She's just the kind of carnal, saucy, tart they need in "the family."

9:13 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Ronald Steele to forgo rest of his senior season, per al.com

9:13 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Monica -
Is Bill Paxton walking around in 31 - 17 or Beat Bama T-Shirt.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Man, if I were on Big Love, I'd have three wives that are mad at me for spending time on HABOTN.

9:20 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Barkley:

I have an itouch. It works like a Palm Pilot except that it plays music and you can access the internet wherever there is wifi.

What else do you want to know?

9:21 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Holy Crap!!! Ominca a Big Love fan? I would have never guessed it. You got a little Mormon in you? What is your stance on plural marriage?

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

On Big Love Omnica Style ... she has multiple husbands.

9:22 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

How about "Three Women and a Jet"?

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have an iPhone.

I barely get coverage at home.

Did a phone interview with DeWanna Bonner earlier. I had to walk outside to get proper reception. Amazing considering I live in the most populated area of Montgomery.

Bizarre. Doug Amos said he can't get reception in Wetumpka. Emmett can't get reception in Prattville.

Where, exactly, is there good AT&T reception?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Only Mrs. Jet for me.

9:26 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I have always heard that the penalty for polygamy is having more than one wife.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm not big on an iPod Touch.

It has wifi, but it's not made to browse or anything. It's barely acceptable.

I don't like how the touchscreen works with music. It's so inexact. When I want to review a portion of a song, which happens a lot with me, it's a crapshoot.

The clickwheel is way better.

I use an iPod Classic and a first-generation nano for my music/video needs.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

The entire lower east part of the state does not even have service for ATT, it is sad....I can pick up if I go on my top balcony and lean over the rail, and I am in Town...I think my place must be painted with lead paint

9:27 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Not a big cell-phone guy, but the iphone sounds like having a Lamborghini that comes with one gear. Verizon picks up best in Auburn, I am told.

9:31 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

ZteveFC- where's the optimizm? Did it go out with the S? DepressedAUfan rubbing off on you? We need your positive spin on things again.

9:32 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I swear I just heard someone request Freebird in one of the presidential balls. So, who from Alabama is hanging out in Washington?

9:32 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

The best Phone only coverage that I have ever had was with Southern Linc, its just too bad their Data stinks.
Verizon had issues in Bham, thats why we went to ATT instead, but now they are sucking at life

9:34 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I have never been as optimistic as some have made me out to be. I have always said it will take between 4 and 25 years to get back to the level Tuberville had us at. Changing a head coach is a real crap shoot. That is why I favored just changes on the offensive staff. Obviously we needed a new OC, and I believe we could have used a new receivers coach. I would have also sent Ensminger on his way. Those are the only changes I would have made on the staff.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

LOL..

Jet...didn't I call this the other day about Ron Steele?

They were saying it on the Bama boards days ago.

Gottfried is toast.

Anyway...AT&T gets excellent reception in Birmingham and Gadsden. Of course Verizon does too. My opinion is this. AT&T has better plans due to the rollover option and much cooler phones . Verizon has better coverage in many areas. They both are the devil though.

If Sprint had better phones and coverage, their SERO and unlimited everything plans are the best.

9:35 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

By the way, I still say wait and see with Chizik. How good the hire was won't be determined for several years.

9:36 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

our AT&T was great in Marietta, terrible when we moved to Chapel Hill. So we switched. Verizon & Alltel were only ones that worked in our neighborhood. Now they stink here, too. I don't know what the deal is. Anyone use one of those cell signal booster antenna gadgets at home?

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

4 to 25? That's a prison sentence.

History is showing us ... shoot, current events are showing us is that with the right coach, the right plan and the right momentum, it can be turned around in 2-3 years ... but it can be lost just as quickly ... that's why we've got a new coach.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

FSJ ... you are prescient ... for a Bama fan. Oh, sayer of sooth, you.

9:39 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

bfg:

My elder daughter got a Touch for Christmas, and I spent a lot of time websurfing on it while we were on the road to PA and points in between during the Holidays. Took a little getting used to, but it's a great way to catch up on HABOTN late at night when sharing a crowded (wifi-equipped)motel bed. Videos look good on it as well, but I haven't explored the musical part of it yet. Personally I'm holding out for Bluetooth A2DP support.

Zteve:
We had a top 10 recruiting class in early September because (a) we had 25 committs when most everyone else was still in single digits, and (2) our season hadn't entered full meltdown mode yet. If we had attempted to maintain status quo we wouldn't be any better off in terms of 'crootin' rankings than we are now - in fact I'd wager we would be worse, because I doubt any OC hire by Tubs would be as impressive as Malzahn.

9:40 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Current conditions have shown that most programs that don't have a stable coaching staff don't do well.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Freep ...

Amen.

9:41 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Sorry Barkley..just saw your post.

I am an Apple guy. I've had the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. I'm a little underwhelmed with the 3G because I don't really think it was that much of an upgrade. With that said, I don't see anything out there that is better at this point. The Blackberry Storm (Verizon) reviews are mixed. Nobody has done a touch screen that is better than the iPhone.

I am intrigued by the Palm Pre' but will not switch to Sprint...no matter how good their plans are.

I've had several Treo's and Blackberries over the past few years. I usually get tired of them and give them to my sister. I've had the iPhone longer than any though.

As I said above in a previous post.....I think AT&T has somewhat better plans due to rollover, and much better phones. However, Verizon's coverage is better.

And the others (Sprint, T-Mobile, etc) are way down the list, IMO.

9:42 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

FearlessFreep, it would have surprised me to have seen Tuberville pick Malzahn. As things stand now, comparing the existing coaches, we don't have as good of a staff as we did a year ago. Admittedly, receiver coaching probably got a big upgrade and I won't shed a tear for Ensminger, but overall, this staff isn't as good as what we had.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT&T is great in No. Ga/Gadsden/Bham and maybe Auburn. Friends in the Gump all say no way for AT&T. Most say AllTell is best.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Good post Freep....

Tuberville's recruiting decisions over the past two years have been curious at best, IMO.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

AT&T has good reception in its retail locations, but it tends to disappear about 40 feet from the door.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Hoopie,

I think Alltell is now Verizon...I believe the merger closed last week.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Another word I like: proclivities

Is Bill Paxton an Auburn man?

I don't have a little Mormon in me. Plural marriages - don't get it, wouldn't want it, and don't like what it does to kids. I'm all for one marriage and plural affairs. That's the leftover Southern Baptist in me.

9:45 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I hadn't heard of an Alltel Verison merger, and I am an Alltel customer.

9:45 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

FearlessFreep- you summed it up much better than I could. Staying the course would have only been prolonging the inevitable.

9:46 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Hahaha, well Monica, Big Love is a good show but don't tell anyone I said it. It is decidedly not masculine. There is a lot of chick flick in that show.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Here ya go Steve...


http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/04/fcc-approves-verizons-alltel-buy-deal-all-but-done/

9:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

The cure for bameritis is a couple of losses.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

I always thought Bill Paxton was an idiot since the had that brand new pickup truck in Twister and only had liability coverage on it.

9:48 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I am certain Tuberville had the right idea with changing our offense. Staying the course would likely have meant averaging around 10 wins a season and being in the top two in the west. Now I will settle for getting in the top 4.

9:48 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Paxton fits the role in true love very well. One of the unique qualities of the show is that I am not always sure who I think the good guy is. Paxton's smile looks phony to me and there is a touch of villain in his character.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Yeah, Steve, and we wouldn't want anyone thinking you're anything other than the stud you obviously are! It's our secret.

9:50 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Rueben Randle IS going to visit Auburn. Here's hoping.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Zteve ... convince me, please.

All I saw was that the man's ruts were stuck in ruts.

9:51 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

People who say Big Love "glorifies" plural marriage have obviously never watched the show.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Steve! That's it exactly. There is no "good guy". There's a little bit of good guy and bad guy in all the characters. Just like in real life.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol that's the truth, Depressed...

9:52 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Maybe UNA will offer a course on plural marriages next year.

9:54 PM  
Blogger au0608 said...

Verizon and Alltel closed last week. Having lived and traveled around the south for a few years I can say I have had the best coverage with Verizon even though I pay way too much.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

What's so important about plural marriages? Are they that much different from urban marriages?

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve..I agree with your coaching opinions. If we can dramatically improve the WR position, we can take pressure off the OL/QB.

One positive regarding the new coaches is that the cronic naysayers will be quiet for a few years, our national perception will slowly improve and that may help recruiting. Of course if we aren't on top in 3-4 years, the PTB will be ready for a change and in predictable fashion, start leaking rumors and inuendo in order to manipulate the naysayers to scream for change.

9:55 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

depressedAUfan, that is so very true. If anything, Big Love makes plural marriage look like what I think it would be, one big pain in the butt where you can't please anyone.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Changing offenses is pointless unless you're willing to change those who coach it.

Btw, it won't take us 4 to 25 years to get back either. It took Dye 2, Tot 1, and Tubs 2 in far worse conditions.
Besides, I don't want us to get back to Tubs level anyways because I am not satisfied averaging 4 to 5 losses a year.

9:57 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Hoopie, that is what I fear. You have to give a new coach at least four years. Chizik and staff could end up doing better than Tuberville, but it is a crap shoot.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

My personal opinion

Verizon and Alltell best coverage hands down. Customer service blows with both, pay too much with Verizon, Alltel's phone choices leave alot to be desired

AT&T Coverage is pretty good, customer service better but still leaves alot to be desired. Good phone choices

Everyone else, coverage is terrible. But prices are better and from what I hear customer service is better.

I'm with Verizon, had Alltel and At&T in the past. Been around people with Sprint, Tmobile to know I can't go there.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Big AU Love

Bill Hendrickson = Tuberville

Roman Grant = Lowder

Alby = Jacobs

Barb = Eddie Gran

Nikki = Nall

New chick = Franklin

Margene = Ensminger

10:00 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

astatguy, considering Alabamas' stance on gambling, I wouldn't hold my breath on the plural marriage course.

10:00 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Tot didn't exactly bring us back. He took us down. Dye got the players.

Also, the SEC has changed. Currently at least 4 SEC West teams have bigger name coaches than us.

10:01 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I like the Alby/Jacobs analogy, although Jacobs gets a bad rap.

10:02 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Glad to see that our staff is recruiting my hometown of Gainesville, GA. This years team was unreal. The QB, WR and a DL should all be 4-5* players very soon. G-ville is really close to UGA so it will be hard to beat them out for great players but I hope we can get at least one of that trio.

10:03 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Recruiting is the big hope I have with this staff. Tuberville had us top 10 in terms of recruiting, but I think this staff has the potential to be as good or better.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Oh and I'm using Chrome, and I think i"m going to have to go back to Firefox. It seems to be slower, and I just had my first error ever on the HABOTN.

The only two advantages I've seen are
1) When I refresh the HABOTN blogger page, it stays where I was on the page before, instead of going to the top like on Firefox, or asking me if I want to load the unsecure parts of the page and going to the top like on IE. (which is huge)

2) I don't have to click on file then new tab, there is a little plus allowing me to open a new tab (I don't ever seem to remember the shortcut for this)

I'm not sure those make up for the slowness of the browser.

10:05 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Jet, never thought I would see Nikki and Nall in the same conversation. Interesting comparison.

10:05 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I prefer Firefox. I haven't tried Chrome, but what I understand, it is limited.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Tubs had us too ten because we had anywhere from 10 to 15 more guys committed than everyone else. It was strictly a numbers issue. And besides, if you really do go by these rankings, you'll notice that the average player ratings have stayed about the same. That's all you can ask from a staff that started behind the 8 ball.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Nall is old school like Nikki ... Gran was Tubby's true love ... Ensminger is the wild card like Margene.

It appeared to me the staff was dysfunctional ... just like the show appears to be (my wife is a religious viewer of it, I'm really not) because it's impossible to hold it all together.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Top 10 I meant.

10:09 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

ZteveFC, I think this staff is huge improvement over what we had. I saw a staff that lacked enthusiasm and direction. Look at lasts years situation. Better coaches would not have let that situation occur.

My feeling is this years team will do much better than most expect.

10:09 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

BTW-I have Alltel service and the coverage is great. My wife and daugher have ATT and they drop calls everywhere. I went bythe local store and was told they have no service (no tower)in Tallassee nor around Lake Matin. I thought we were in 2009, how does this happen.

I reallylike the my circle with Alltel. However, when Verizon assumes full control over all contracts, they will not continue the My Cirlce deal once your two year agreement is over. FYI

10:12 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

THT - I've got a Wilson antenna and booster for my cell phone and computer at my remote farm. I usually don't have a signal at all inside the house, but when I hook up to the booster I have 5 bars. It definitely works very well.

I've had Unicel for several years, and they actually have the best service of any GSM technology carrier in AL. They will let you roam off any GSM tower; everybody else has restrictions. Unfortunately, Verizon bought Unicel too, so all of my phones and my computer card will soon be useless. Verizon uses a different technology; I don't know if I'll continue to be able to get a signal at the farm or not.

The booster works.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Verizon is the devil.

10:16 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Tubs had us 10 due to numbers as well as the quality of recruits. We have lost and continue to lose some good recruits. While everyone wanted to complain about them early because they didnt have many high profile offers we see now that the other programs are knocking their doors down. dont down play or underestimate xCTT and staff's ability to spot talent.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The booster is called a "repeater," right?

10:17 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

'Night Hotties. Thanks for the replies, whether we agree or disagree.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

No one is downplaying tubs, but we still wouldve dropped due to other teams filling their classes. Its called simple math. Our player average has actually stayed about the same which really is the best way to gauge it.


Yes Jay, they are called repeaters.

10:20 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Allen, in 2006 and 2007 we had top 10 recruiting classes. If Tuberville had stayed, this years class would have likely been in the top 15.

10:20 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

AUBigCat, good point. This class has lost the high profile recruits. Maybe Chizik will pick up some high profile recruits to replace them, but that is to be seen. So far, it hasn't looked good.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Tubs did know talent and could evaluate it very well.

The problem was, is that the only way he would evaluate them the last couple years is if those players attended our camps which not all recruits could do.

10:22 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Allen, he traveled all over the country. I am not sure what else you would expect.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

When you figure in the attrition of those two classes, they are not even top 20 Stephen.

10:24 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

We are getting into a pointless discussion. Chizik is the coach and we should all stand behind him. He should get at least 4 years to turn things around. A west title within the next 7 or 8 years would be expected too.

10:25 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Yea Alan I agree we would have dropped I just dont think we would have dropped 20 spots. last I heard we were #30.

I question some of this staff's recruiting decisions but ultimatly they get a pass this year. Next year will be the test.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Look, I love tubs and all he did for Auburn. He is a great man. But for some reason or another he lost his desire and energy to compete with the big boys and he knew it. That's why all parties involved moved on.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

Jay,

I think a booster and a repeater are the same thing.

Most cell phone stores have repeaters on their premises. Thats why you always have perfect service inside.

10:28 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Tuberville got sick of being questioned about his job every year. It is what turned the Auburn job into an unattractive position on the national scale.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

If chiz can't sniff a west title in 7 or 8 years, he won't be around too long.

10:29 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Alan the camps worked. Outside of the WR position, there was nothing wrong with the talent we had. And since we didnt throw the ball much, the WR position didnt have a real opportunity to develop as quick as the others.

10:30 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Alan is spot on. I looked back at those classes and who has not only contributed, but who is still at school or even playing ball. I liked Tubbs and expected him to stay around, but was disheartened by his seemingly lacks approach to recruiting. Maybe he didn't like to make a lot of noise in the public (old school style) but the perception was he didn't 'get it'. And as FSJ pointed out a coule of days ago, perception is reality.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Steve,
Don't think for a second that tubs didn't also play a role in his name being mentioned every other year also. It went both ways.

10:30 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

FSJ, you are right about that. Cell service is largely a crap shoot. I have Alltel, and the service isn't great here in Columbia, and I can see a cell tower from my apartment.

10:31 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Do you guys really think it will take 7-8 years to compete a west title?

10:32 PM  
Blogger michael said...

With the staff letting so ,any 3 stars walk, I get the feeling the plan is to not waste scholarships in a hard to recruit year like this and land some big time players next year. I think the new staff might be cocky and thinks we are better than some of these guys, and everyone will see it after this year.

I may be way off on this, though

10:32 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

I agee with you on that bigcat for the most part until these last couple of classes where some bad evaluations and attrition kicked our butts. So by using that logic, you must agree that we can turn it around in a year or two?

10:33 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Michael I sorta think that is their plan as well. Now all they have to do is win about 8 games next year for it to work.

10:34 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

If that's all we can expect then why did we get rid of Tubbs? I expect to be a good team in '09 and pushing for top honors in the conference no later than 2011. AU has some very good players. A new sheriff in town will help get them ready to play. My expectations are high, but if they weren't, why play the game?

10:35 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Coosa- a big thanks for the Wilson info

10:35 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Agree wtc.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

Good night, HOTTIANS.

10:36 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I am looking for 8-9 wins next year.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous FSJ said...

wtc,

Tuberville didn't have to work to hard at recruiting when Shula was around. Shula is actually in Mobile this week for the Senior Bowl or whatever it is called. The joke on Alabama boards is that this is the first time Shula has ever been to Mobile.

However, Meyer being at UF, Saban at Alabama, Miles at LSU, & Richt at UGA really squeezed Tuberville to a degree on the recruiting front. It didn't seem like he had the fire in the belly to work at it like you have to nowadays.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tubs was reluctant to fix the Qb and WR coaching. He didn't understand offense as well as would be preferred. All else was OK. Just because the coaches didn't wear Oakleys and backwards hats doesn't mean they didn't have fire. Bear Bryant had 2 consecutive 6-5 years even though he was outcheating everyone. Sometimes the wheels fall off for a season or 2.

This was a bad year to change coaches and nationally we weren't perceived as giving CTT time to regroup. Our recruiting competitors will get mileage out of that next year also.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

I'm looking at 7 to 9. There is gonna be a lot of close games for us next year and we can't take any games off though. That should make for an exciting and also interesting season.

10:39 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Alan dont forget to add injuries to attrition and bad evals. I really need more time to get to know this staff and what they will do on and off the field. I think they can turn this around in 2 years if our offense becomes exciting and productive again. the problem with that is if it happens, Malzahn will be a HC in year 3.

10:39 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

That is why I am stoked about this staff. Without a big name HC, and last years performance being used against them they are at least sackin' up going after some kids that could help us. I recall an article by the ESPN recruiting guy early int he year say that AU was ranked high becasue of sheer numbers, but expected them to fall from where they were because other schools would catching up and the AU was getting the lower rated players.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Tubs wasn't in it and as long as he was there, our rivals would use the tubs wants out or we want him gone mantra each year to their fullest recruiting advantage. This problem wouldve have persisted as long as tubs was here be it our daily or his and his agents fault. I was tired of that game each and every offseason. No time is good to look for a coach, but the change was inevitable.

10:43 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

7-9 wins seems like a stretch to me. Not only is this staff new, the HC aint use to winning as an HC. I'm gonna give him the benefit of not putting holding expectation of wins over his head. If he actually can manage this team and staff effectively for a season and show improvement on the field from game to game, I will take that as a huge victory.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Our fault, not daily. Lol.

I agree with that bigcat.

10:46 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I think many of us think the parts are greater than the sum right now. Several of these coaches have very good resumes. They just have to be allowed to 'do that voodoo that they do'.

If they weren't winners, I suspect we would have heard alot of crowing from other parts of the state and SEC. No one is afraid of this staff yet, but they are taking notice of what theya re doing.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Still say 7 to 9 though. We take all ooc games plus at least 3 SEC games I think.

10:48 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Well I just look at the players we had going into '08 and AU was picked to challenge if not win the west title and severla had media types had us winning in ATL. I thought that was a stretch but liked being a front runner. These did nto forget how to play ball overnight. I think we haven't realized the trouble caused by letting the OC go. That was just devastating to the team. IMO

10:50 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Alan, who do we play in conference this year?

10:51 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Wtc,
Anything that couldve gone wrong in 08, did.
Bad coaching, injuries, defections, team turmoil, etc.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Hopefully a new staff will give these so called duds on our team a new lease on life.

We play the usual west plus UK, UT, and UGA.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most recruiting junkies don't realize the relativly mediocre success rate of the high rated recruits. CTT went to the "camp" method in an attempt to assess the chances for recruit success. Last summer/early fall's recruits were maligned by recruting junkies and now those same recruits are sought after. CTT would have been able to keep them. In fact, our new coaches seem to want to keep most of them.

Claiming CTT was lazy is probably either the result of that particular fan's laziness or just sucking up the PTB spin through the rumor mill.

10:55 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

You're right. That is why I think we will much improved over '08.

Injuries are a huge factor. Ask FSJ about them. Even thogh A Smith wasn't injured, when he went out the talent level went down. When M. Johnson goes out, they really fell off. That did not happen all year for them, but when it did, bad things start to happen. Even FL struggled at times when Harvin was out. That position was one that could be replaced much easier than the up front guys.

10:57 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Hoopie, he just caught up in a conference that did it different and a major portion of the fanbase did not think he was putting in the effort. Now that may or may not be right but that is they way many thought of it. You just have to look at what you have as your benchmark and that benchmark has moved.

11:01 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'm out for the night.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

When you have visits left over from the previous years and have high school coaches calling out your head coach for never showing up is crazy. What do you call that hoopie? One could say that you are just a tuberville apologist just as easy.

11:04 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

wtc, 2009 schedule
09/05/09 vs. Louisiana Tech
09/12/09 vs. Mississippi State
09/19/09 vs. West Virginia
09/26/09 vs. Ball State
10/03/09 at Tennessee
10/10/09 at Arkansas
10/17/09 vs. Kentucky
10/24/09 at LSU
10/31/09 vs. Mississippi
11/07/09 vs. Furman (HC)
11/14/09 at Georgia
11/28/09 vs. Alabama

11:05 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Our staff has no choice but to want to keep those players. I mean what do you expect them to do, clean house and try to get a whole new class in 1 and a half months time? That's absurd.

11:06 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

7 to 9 wins next season sounds reasonable. That is what I was guessing. We should do about the same in 2010 and likely decline the following couple of year. Hopefully we will contend for the west by around 2014.

11:11 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Looking at the schedule, it is conceivable we could lose as many as 7 next season, but I doubt it. I expect to see a lot of improvement with our quarterbacks and hopefully with our receivers.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Next seasons succees and next recruiting class are vital to our succeess for the next 4 to 5 years. Its all up to them now.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Why won't my spell check correct the spelling of success for me?

Damn that's embarrassing!

11:15 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Goodnight all

I enjoyed the conversations wtc, steve, hoopie, and bigcat.

11:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Thanks for the info. I have Verizon right now and the only place I have ever not had service is on hwy 82 on the way to Tuscaloosa. I think it is just God telling me I need to turn around.

11:28 PM  
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6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Hotties! I don't understand why some of you (esp. Steve who is usually full of sunshine!) are so worried about recruiting for next season. I think the new staff is doing the best they can with the time they have. I still think we will see a much-improved team in '09. That's all for which we can hope (that's for Monica! LOL) right now. When the staff has a full recruiting season in front of them, I'm sure they will land some big time recruits.

WAR EAGLE!!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Agreed Luv. Everyone needs to tone down their expectations for this recruiting class. I feel this staff will do just fine next year.

7:06 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Good morning Hotties. Have a great day and a big WARRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

7:15 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Jay - I'm not sure if the "booster" I was talking about is the same as a repeater. The term that Wilson uses is "amplifier." Here's an address to what they have:

http://www.wilsonelectronics.com////Products.php?Type=B

I have the Direct Connection Amplifier System, but its not cool enough for the Hotties. All of you would no doubt need the In-building Wireless Amplifier. I've had mine for several years, and the direct connection was all they made back then.

It would cost you several hundred to set up a wireless system for your home, but if the paper won't pay for it, at least you could count it off on your taxes.

I know waaaayyy more about cell phones than I want to know. I absolutely had to have an internet connection at my farm, and I spent many hours trying to figure out how to get it.

I hope Verizon doesn't ruin it; I'm not optimistic when so many people say they are the devil.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Jet Z. Rove said...

And a pleasant good morning to all ... To Chiz and Delta Force Z, carpe recruitem.

7:25 AM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Morning Hotties - just caught up on the thread. #1, I'm definitely looking for an improved season in 09 and good recruiting and a potential excellent season in 10. #2, Bill Paxton will forever be Chet, a big pile of... in my mind.

7:33 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Coosa- thanks for that link. That looks like something I could use.

Still curious about where the coaches are, i.e. the ones who started out in Austin yesterday morning.

8:17 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

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8:31 AM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

Who on the recruiting board is from around Texarkana?? Thats where the AU jet is heading this morning.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Good morning, Hottilicious Family.

8:37 AM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Cobi Hamilton is in Texarcana.

8:37 AM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Looks like another busy day for the Auburn coaches...the Jet is putting on the mileage this week. Anyone know how the trip to see Byrce Brown went?

8:39 AM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

just looked and Texarkana is about 100 miles east of Sulphur Springs, TX home of QB Tyrik Rollison.

8:39 AM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

maybe they are going to talk to Hamilton and Rollison.

8:40 AM  
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