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1.01.2009

Happy New Year from the HABOTN

Hey everyone. Welcome to 2009!

I plan to share our silly-crazy December numbers with you all in a bit. We broke every record available in terms of traffic. I never thought we would gauge pageviews by the 100,000s, but that's where we are.

Lots of football on the tube today. What are you watching?

577 Comments:

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Blogger Kathy said...

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10:33 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

USC looks awful against Iowa. Waiting for the Georgia game. I'm watching football all day! Keep safe Jay. Can't imagine anything more dangerous than New Orleans and an invasion of Bama fans!

10:35 AM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

I am not a fan of players on same team with same #.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I hear rumors that Coach Knox is going to Southern Miss.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currently watching what has to be the worst offensive team Steve Spurrier has ever put on the field.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

3rd turnover of the game

10:46 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I just had a fellow hack mention the Knox/USM thing.

Glad to see he landed on his feet.

10:49 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

still watching Leave it to Beaver and Monk; SCarolina to disappointing to watch. I sure hope GA can make the SEC look good.

10:52 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

this is embarrassing. I hate losing to big 10. plus no more leave it to beaver. I think I'll double up on the cough syrup and go to sleep

11:04 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Happy 2009 Hotties! I just woke up :-/ Time for some breakfast and football!

11:05 AM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I am off to the gym. Stick a fork in South Carolina. They are done.

Georgia will get the SEC back on track later today.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This game is pitiful. Do you think Spurrier will change QBs?

11:11 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

yes he will. More than once?

11:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

live video feed of Bowden on waff.com

11:14 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Has anyone heard anything about Ellis Johnson being our next DC?? He was at MSU, Alabama and is currently part of this SC beating.

11:16 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

watching this game is pure torture

11:17 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is Knox getting a grad assistant deal at USM?

11:17 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I just found Paula Deen. Yea!!! So much better than outback bowl.

11:20 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Ellis Johnson at least has nothing to do with the 3 interceptions and one fumble by SC's QB.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Spurrier sucks now!

The FBS offense ranks ... mostly in the 70s during his days in Columbia. I had no idea they were so ordinary.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised that SC hasn't pulled the rug on SS yet because they are not ready to take the steps to the next level.

11:23 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I never knew "ham" had two syllables. Gotta love Paula Deen :-)

I'm getting hungry. That must mean I'm also getting well. Yippee!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

The SEC is pretty overmatched in all of its games... I am (happy) surprised that LSU beat GT....

Never thought USC could match up with iowa, reminds me of the Beating AU took against Penn State in the mid 90's.

I hope Georgia shows up.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I've been conned into seeing a movie right now.

I'll return with the HABOTN monthly numbers after the film. We're seeing "Doubt."

Hint: Pageviews over 200,000!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

If USC cannot Recruit with SS I am not sure anyone can help them..

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Leader, that's because SS doesn't do "active" recruiting. At Florida, he let the school/town recruit itself. Columbia is a different story.

It's like what Colin Cowherd says: Sometimes the problem isn't the coach, it's the powers above the coach. You have to change both to move forward sometimes.

11:28 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

No one has ever won at SC and it's likely no one ever will. The loyalty of their fans is remarkable.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That loyalty is something to behold. That's why there is no pressure to win. The fans are there one way or another.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

jay

i want one of those hoodies!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Yes, BigCat, I heard 3 days ago that Elliz was the choice ... wasn't sure what to make of it.

Now, I'm thinking it's the deal.

Just hope we can get Rodney, too. Not sure if that's doable ... my guess he wants to be a coordinator.

11:32 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

Happy New Year!! sorry i havent been around, i was in the hell hole of Gainesville for a basketball tourney...
SS recruiting wise USC is ranked top 10 this year and a few years ago i believe

11:35 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Jet, what happened to Garner? I thought you had him convinced.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SC is stuck with Spurrier. Where do you go when neither Holtz or Spurrier can get you to the next level. If they can't turn it around with the big names, then what? Spurrier has gotten some decent recruiting teams (on paper). I don't know what goes on at their campus, but regardless of the coach, USC always seems to be inconsistent and lacking focus.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Happy New Year all. Jet, you really think Johnson is the guy? Where did he graduate college? Might be a good choice since he should be very familiar w/ recruiting the whole southeast. I think he's a pretty good coordinator, but not great.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

I'm still working on Rodney ... until Chiz names someone else ... I don't care if Rodney is the DC, Rec. Coord. or WR coach ... I want him on the staff.

Elliz is an old hand ... spent time at UAT, State, Clemson and So. Carolina. Was head coach at Citadel, think he went there.

He's got 7 years in the Alabama retirement system, so I think he's motivated to get back here to get his 10 ... clearly defense has been solid where he's coached.

I'm wondering if this means Rodney's not coming, but Tracy Rocker is.

If I had to guess, that would be the guess.

11:45 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

actually SS has gotten SC to the next level; an all-time winning record.... briefly during the 07 and 08 seasons. They are .500 right now all-time after losing the last two games of this season. Not sure when, if ever, SC had an all-time record above .500.

11:47 AM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Do we really want to give a guy his first shot at being DC. (garner) Maybe a co-coordinator would be the best thing to do in that situation. Maybe we could find an older coach to help him at coordinating a defense.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Jet. Yes, solid defenses, but not dominant. Maybe the one two punch of Johnson and Chizik would be the hammer. I keep hearing Rocker. Just have not heard anything that would lead me to believe Garner is coming. I sure don't want Garner as DC. Doesn't have experience as a DC and I've heard he isn't a really good x's and O's kind of guy. Wouldn't mind having on the staff though.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

my perfect world would be Rodney as AHC/RC and a solid DC, which Elliz Johnson certainly is ... so it's a matter of whether we can make Rodney an offer he can't refuse to make the lateral move to come home.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Unrelated, but did you guys hear that Spurrier was in Auburn the week before Chizik was hired. Played golf and I know someone that saw him come out of the Athletic dept. More and more I'm glad he wasn't hired. He's really lost his touch on offense. Of course, as we speak, SC just gave up the ball for the 5th time. Nobody wins w/ 5 to's.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fumbull......USC = no focus

11:58 AM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

hallelujah! 1 EST has finally arrived. Go Dawgs!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CSS is 60+ years old with a sandbagged 8 handicap......that is too much time on the links to be a successful CFBHC.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

We will see this staff come together quickly after the end of the bowl games.

What are the odds of Kevin Steel leaving bama to go to Clemson? I think that would be a blow to the Saban nation. It would bring back up the trouble Saban has keeping coaches.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang....I just realized that the Cap 1 bowl is on ABC. ABC and ESPN have spent so much time advertising the Rose Bowl, that I assumed he Cap 1 was on another network. In fact.....they are talking about the Rose Bowl....NOW. Shut up Flutie, you are a football nerd.

12:04 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

44, my thought has always been that Chizik could take Garner under his wing on the defense. Chizik is one of the best DC's around and RG knows football period. They should be able to make it work. If jet is correct and E Johnson is the choice, I have serious doubts that Garner will return in a lateral move from UGA. If AU ends up with neither Searels or Garner, I will be bitterly disappointed. Garner is a must-have to compete with Saban. Look at what UT is paying the big-O. A top-flight recruiter is worth the investment. Hope that AU can make it work. Much rather have Garner than Johnson.

12:04 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Happy New Year and War Eagle! Wow..if you don't get on every few hours then the news is old! What did we do before HABOTN? Can't wait to see what the new year brings! Wish I was in New Orleans, too.....

12:07 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Another unrelated comment. I've noticed how much bigger the skill players on Georgia, LSU, and others are than those on Auburns team? I know AU went small and fast, but those guys on the other teams don't lack speed.

12:16 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

the camera work for the Cap 1 bowl is terrible

12:35 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What is up with the SEC and turnovers today?

12:37 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

terrible call

12:41 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Who coaches Georgia's defensive line?

12:43 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Kathy,
I was thinking the same thing.
Georgia's Defense is pi$$ed off now!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

We need Garner!!!

12:45 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

yeah Kathy, I think it's some fellow named Garner.

off topic- I really like the Blackhawks unis today (on NBC)... and still got a whole lot of hate for the red wings.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I know Richt said he hadn't heard from Auburn about talking to Garner, but I thought they had gotten permission to talk to him when they interviewed him. Wouldn't think they would have to ask again!

12:51 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Spartans going left on my tv- how bout them silver britches. Go Dawgs. Big 3rd down play..... crap. still short

1:03 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

I can kick it that ugly.

1:03 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Wide Left.....
waaaaaaa what was that?

1:05 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I'm fine with RG on staff just not as DC. I'd prefer a more established coach. Chiz is a great DC but he was also under some great HCs. I dont think he has time to mentor an inexperienced DC and be HC of a program the size of AU. We need to put him in the best position to succeed.

1:07 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

What gives with the SEC and turnovers today??? Too much eggnog last nite or what?

1:09 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

The announcer just said "Georgia keeps pulling a Plexico, they keep shooting themselves" LMAO!!!

1:15 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

AUBigCat, I think the thing to help Chizik the most is more talent on the roster. No matter the coach, AU cannot continue to be dominated in in-state recruiting. Garner has some risk for sure as a DC, but I think it is a risk worth taking. He is the game-changer AU needs recruiting against the evil empire.

1:20 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

still poor camera work

1:27 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

I'm thinking the camera crew at the Cap One Bowl didn't make the Krystal stop last night, and they're struggling.

1:30 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Depressed I am one of those people who believe that we have alot of talent on the roster especially on defense. I dont think we've had the coaching to maximize it at some positions, mostly on offense. Malzahn should significantly improve that.

1:36 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

happy new year hotties

1:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

My thoughts are that we are badly deficient at safety ... and need some major help at LB ... up front we're a little better off and can always use an extra CB.

OL ... need more ... need more ... WRs ... I guess we'll find out, I just believe we've got several ... just haven't been coached ... WE should be fine at RB. QB remains to be seen.

1:43 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet- those thoughts are about what I see also. The talent is good in some areas, weak in others but overall just OK. Better than 5 wins for sure, but nowhere near the top teams in the conference. We are in dire need of a talent infusion and RG can deliver it. I happen to think he can also be a very good DC.

1:49 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Jet, Some good Qb play will do wonders for receivers and overall offense.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Apparently CTT was on Georgia Radio Tailgate show and said he will take a year off and go back into coaching. He is just like an old car, sometimes things need a tune up. He said that he was going to take this year and possibly next (unless an interesting job becomes available) to tune up his coaching skills. He said the one thing he misses most about Auburn is the players.

1:51 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

On a safety note, I hate to single players out, but was Michael McNeil overrated coming out of high school, or has the scheme just not fit him well?

1:54 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jet...good assessment of our talent and gaps.

2:00 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Depressed...I'm just as puzzled about McNeil. Maybe Chiz can light a fire under him and help him get to some of that potential.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy or any others,

Are there any details about Bowden's pay and length of contract at tUNA?

I'm curious...

2:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Bowden doesn't have a contract yet. He signed a letter of agreement. I didn't hear anything about salary, but he expects a 3-year contract. All coaches that are there now will stay in place. That was a condition from the administration. He made a few comments about Auburn and the shape of the program when he got there and how he thought he did a good job there.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kathy.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think our WRs are the single greatest performance problem. terrible fundamentals, can't get eperation and don't come back to the ball. In other words...they don't do anytihing good,except block.

On paper, we have better talent than the performances see on the field. The coaching was poor, was the WR recruiting equally poor. I think the performance of our other offensive positions would be better if the opposing D's weren't able to crowd the line.

Outnumbered is outmaned.

2:11 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Bowden's problems on the Plains had more to do with coeds than coaching. Good luck UNA.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Bowden needs some conditioning

2:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Happy New Year, Hotties!

D.Miller - Maybe Kristi will see the HABOTN stuff on my Facebook and wonder over. If I were a coaches wife I wouldn't read blogs and such.

Aubie - Who is that in your avatar?

TB - Malzahn offered Glaser to come to Auburn. Glaser said he was going to stick with Missouri. If Glaser had accepted it would have counted as a 2008 recruit and not against our 2009 recruiting. He graduated early and is starting college this month.

Jet said, "I want Rodney ... in any capacity." hmmm...easy trigger

Tar - I've been cleaning and watching Monk today too while Greg gave me football updates. I love Monk!

2:17 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Zhoopie, following your thought, does anyone stretch the field less than AU? I am by no means suggesting we would complete many of them, but the other team had NO fear of getting beat on the deep ball playing AU. I hope Malzahn corrects this issue above all others.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that Malzahn wants to pass vertical. Putting this into practice is going to be a lot tuffer just saying it. Contrary to most AU fan's beliefs, we tried to go vertical 4-8 times each game this past season and the WRs were so well covered, that deep passes weren't even thrown.

I guess we'll know this time next year if was coaching or talent.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

At least I didn't say "position."

2:26 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

WR-Good but not great. Badly need some coaching and a cohesive offensive plan.
OL-Again, a good QB and offensive plan and these guys will be one of the better lines in the league
QB-Definitely need help here. Hope Trotter is up to the task. One of the most poorly coached positions on our team.
RB-Servicable. No big time threat to go the distance. Fannin should be good, but again, not great.
Offensive talent just average at best compared to SEC. No game breakers in the group. No big time players.

DL-Good, but not great. Good enough to win plenty of games
DE-Same as DL, especially if Coleman goes pro.
LB-a couple of really good ones. Need quality depth. Need size.
Safety-Etheridge good, but lacks size. McNeil underacheiver. Need talent and depth here.
CB-Powers good, lacks size. Neiko has a chance to be really good. Wonder if Williams will be back this year. No real shutdown corners, but Powers comes close.

Special teams, average w/o Davis. Who knows what we will get w/ place kicker.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Excellent point, Jet.

2:32 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Sponge, I think that is the point. The stronger positions on the team are still just ok compared to other SEC teams. I think the argument could be made that Marks, Coleman and Powers were the 3 best players on defense. Now all three could possibly be gone. Recruiting and player development are going to have to improve under the new staff. I am firmly in the "it ain't the x's and o's, it's the jimmies and the joes" camp. Good coaches can only coach average talent up so much. It takes both coaching AND talent.

2:35 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Thanks Monica.

We got slammed on CBS again. Barnhart and friends making us look bad.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

What on CBS? I didn't see.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Todd Blackledge says earlier in game ... "Matthew Stafford would benefit from another year at Georgia."

Just a few seconds ago ... "some people have him rated behind Sam Bradford as the best quarterback. I actually have him rated better than Bradford."

So you're the best QB but shouldn't come out ... I realize that they aren't entirely mutually exclusive thoughts, but they are dang sure close.

I hope Stafford comes out.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sponge....btw, my 3 fav Seinfeld episodes: Spongeworthy, Soup Nazi and Marine Biologist.

A global question: If we are missing talent at the Plains,while at the same time we have the Scout #6 and #9 rated recruiting classes returning as RSFr--Soph--RSSoph--Jr classes........was Scout that wrong, or did we forget how to develop talent? The attrition rate from those classes is low, so many of the players are still on campus.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

depressed. exactly. A good offense and coaching will make us look much better, but we clearly don't have the top notch skill players that GA, UF, LSU have. Powers will return. No way he even gets drafted. Hate losing Marks and probably Coleman. Saban recruits by position w/ specific size, speed, physical requirements. His players look like football players.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy,

How much was Huds making at tUNA?

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Zhoopie ... to answer your question ... yes.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Zhoop. Good question. I think those classes were a little overrated. Last year, several of our best players didn't get to campus. I do think we have some talented redshirts that were injured or just not ready. We are just missing game breakers in key positions. We may also have good talent in key positions, but lack size. That's just my opinion. Compare our team the last two years to the 2004 team, position by position.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jet....I love it. Sports announcers are great examples of "Saying something stoopid if you talk enough."

Mrs. Hoopie busts golf announcers: One hole the guy is washed up..then on the next hole, the guy is incredible.

2:49 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Started talking about coaching hires, and Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Barnhart starting discussing minority hires. We got slammed for picking CGC. I know we all have discussed it but I am tired of these people. They need to move on.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Mr. Sensi,
Hudspeth's contract at UNA ran through February of 2010, with an base annual salary of $100,250, not including money from his coaching show and camps.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There ain't no Karlos Dansbys on that team.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Barnhardt was a big Tubby fan and friend. He's not going to cut us any slack. It will all go away, AU will still be here, just like always. WAR DAMN EAGLE

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good deal. Thanks, Kathy.

Got any thoughts on what TB will make?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Spurrier took some real but wippins this year.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Sensi, I can't imagine UNA being able to pay him too much more than what Huds was making, can you? But he is in it for the love of coaching. After his press conference, he was flying to Texas for the Cotton Bowl. He was flying home for a day and returning to Florence on the 5th ready to recruit. He has a 10-year old son that he wants to share the coaching experience with like he had with his dad.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About 2 days prior to us announcing CGC, Barnhart put out an article outlining why we should hire CTG. I respect Barnhart, Tillman is a tool.

2:58 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

The only real problem I have had with alot of these players we have is their size. When I first came to AU in the early 90s, players walking around campus looked like giants. That said, AU has to specialize in scouting and player development. I doubt we will ever out 'jimmy and joe' Alabama, UGA, and UF. It just wont happen on a consistent basis. But we cant let the Demarcus Wares and Osi Umenyioras right under our nose get away either.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I can't think of any way UNA pays much more. He may get some bigger sponsor deals with his name and all, but he has to be in it for the love of it in D2.

Good thing is the staff is staying in place.

I wonder what he knows about the spread option they run up there? That was barely even around last time he was a coach.

3:00 PM  
Blogger TB said...

I have no problem with Barnhart really, but Tillman & Brando are just jerks. Just hacks me off thats all.

3:00 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Hey TB at least they arent still talking about us chop blocking Glenn Dorsey and ruining his NFL career.

3:01 PM  
Blogger TB said...

True but Chaz is gone so there was no reason.

3:02 PM  
Blogger TB said...

TD Georgia.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Big Cat, they are talking about it on the LSU boards. There was a thread titled Chop Blocks vs Fake Field Goal this morning. They brought up the "dirty" play of Chaz. What a bunch of whiners. Didn't hear any of the announcers going on and on about the chop blocks that were called against Ga Tech and LSU last night.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sensi and Kathy.....I hope CTB will keep UNA winning and wish him well. It is indeed weird to see him the the State of Alabama again.

If UGA scores here...game over.

Jet...now they want Stafford to come back next season, but aren't surprised of he goes pro.

TD...UGA....game over

3:05 PM  
Blogger TB said...

I hope CGC has a armor truck sitting outside the Citrus Bowl waiting on CRG and maybe even going after CSS one more time.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that'll pretty much be it for Michigan State.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wonder who Malzahn has in mind for offensive assistants.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABC is unabashed with their promotion of the Rose Bowl.....they are doing the typical ABC brainwashing thing.

3:10 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Yea Kathy they really need to move on. I am not sure why the media hates Auburn so much. I think it's because we mess up their perfect world of State school domination.

3:10 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

If I hear that the Rose Bowl is the "Ganddaddy of them all" one more time...

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said on the last GIBD show, I hate the Rose Bowl because it insists upon itself.

3:14 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Its about agendas, ABC ESPN want their favorites. We saw it in 04 so I'm not surprised it continues.

3:21 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

AUBigCat, I doubt AU can out-recruit LSU, Bama etc, but we have got to come closer to them in recruiting. The gap seems to be getting greater and AU needs to stop the bleeding. This year and last year in Alabama, the top ten players in the state(by most accounts), AU has not even been in the running for. That has got to be improved on.

3:22 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Thats what I like about CGC. Hes going into those sites that have been bamer strong holds and stating our cause.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UGA has shut down AU in the state of Georgia and gets whomever they want.

3:25 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Depressed I'm 100% in agremment with that! I think Chiz made it clear that AU would challange for every top recruit when he set up the visit with Kirkpatrick.

3:26 PM  
Blogger TB said...

That's why Garner is important. Gets us back into Ga.

3:28 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Plus I think that CGC & CM contacts out west will help. I think we might get some players out of Texas.

3:29 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I think it would go a long way if AU started making more savy moves like playing teams in ATL the way bama did with Clemson. Or even playing FSU or Miami in Florida. Recruits need to know more about us than what the slanted media has to say.

3:31 PM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

Anyone see the article on PM's site about out interest in Ellis Johnson?

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BigCat, I have said for years that Auburn needs to step out on a limb and play the other big schools in Florida and at least one more big one around the country (and WVU doesn't count). The AU-Florida State games I saw growing up were awesome.

Auburn could use some exposure in the west as well. I'd like to see a home and home with Oregon or something like that.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely TB.....If Jet can just "will" it too happen.

I say ban Gatorade baths...it's really getting old.

3:34 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Zhoopie, that is another good argument for going after RG. Not only does it improve AU it would be a blow to UGA. Of course there will always be an advantage for them in their own state, but I believe he can pull some of their top players our way. I am encouraged to see Chizik compete for these players in Alabama, but the results from his efforts are not yet known. Garner is a sure thing with a proven track record everywhere he has been.

3:35 PM  
Blogger TB said...

I agree Cat. The media is slanted.Listening to Jox over the net this week and on the opening drive they had on there talking heads that cover during the holidays. The Allison guy said Auburn would always be a second tier school and would never reach the level of the Alabamas, Texas, USCs. I just laughed thinking weren't u just coming off serious years of being down.

3:35 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Any flights from Florida to AU today? If Johnson is our guy, I would imagine the announcement would be made pretty quickly with their season just ending.

3:35 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Has anyone heard that Eddie Gran is close to going to work for Tennessee?
Happy New Year!

3:38 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Depressed; I would suspect that things will move rather quickly possibly starting tomorrow.With visitations starting back up we need boots on the ground.

3:38 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

The Gran to Tenn thing has been in the works for a while now. I havent heard anything new lately though. I wonder what the hold up has been

3:40 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Jet was talking about the Ellis Johnson rumor earlier today. Sounds like that one is gaining momentum.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

3:42 PM  
Blogger TB said...

Looks lie Clemson is going down. NEB is at the 9.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy posted at 10:41am on this thread that she heard Gran was going to So Miss.

3:44 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Ellis Johnson is a good coach..

My only concern with him if I were an Auburn fan is that he is widely rumored to have been Finebaum's source on the Dubose staff at Alabama.

3:45 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

AUBC,
I just heard that he had interviewed and wondered if anyone else knew anything. Didn't he have a good relationship w/ the Miami crowd. If so we've signed some pretty good players from there.

3:46 PM  
Blogger TB said...

FSJ thats a very good reason to not hire him.

Garner Garner Garner

3:47 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

"Kathy posted at 10:41am on this thread that she heard Gran was going to So Miss."

Not Gran... I was talking about Knox.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Depressed. I'm with you on recruiting. We aren't even mentioned as a shool of interest for most of the top top guys. Alabama has replaced us in that list. I'm not saying we are going to out recruit UF, UGA an UA in their respective states when they are good, but we should get our share. If we get 4 of the top 12 in Alabama, 3 of the top 15 in Georgia, one of the top 12 in Mississippi, Florida, others. Then we can evaluate talent and fill in on the rest. We will win a lot of games. TT just got lazy and recruited only out of our camps the last three years.

3:52 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Kathy,
Are you Kathy and Zoopie? Ha!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Did y'all get that email from Auburn Undercover that Chizik has strong interest in South Carolina's Johnson as DC?

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My fault Kathy, good catch.....I'm watching the Clem-Neb game too closely.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

By the way, Finebuam can stick it. I never listen to the guy. I wish he would get that old fashioned country A wuppin he deserves.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

No, I'm just Kathy! I didn't want any misinformation regarding Gran. My earlier post was regarding Coach Knox and Southern Miss, which Jay has also heard. I haven't heard anything on Gran.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

And I'm also watching the Neb/Clemson game Zhoopie!

3:57 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Saw that teaser on the front of Phillip's website Mon. Don't know how I feel about Ellis.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Depressed, Mon. I was told that our pres, Jay G strongly recommended to CGC that he honor the current commitments we have. I understand that CGC is less than enthralled with half the guys we have committed.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Spongeworthy, if you don't listen how do you know about the country boy a**whoopin?

4:01 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Get ready for Elliz ... a very, very good football coach.

Now, let's pass the hat for Rodney to lure him home as AHC/Recruiting Coordinator

4:01 PM  
Blogger TB said...

That's nice for the pres to say but he dont coach football. If CGC doesnt want these guys then why hold on to them? If he can improve our situation then I say let him do what hes got to do.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Mon. I do check in occasionally to see if he has any decent guests. Guess I didn't go cold turkey. I listen to JOX690 the vast majority of the time. It' only take about a minute to figure out PF is putting someone down again, so it's easy to change the dial.

4:04 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Mon,
After watching that game today I'm not sure we want him. SC got a good-ole boy___ whoppin today!
Spongeworthy,
I haven't heard anything like that!! What or who are your sources?

4:06 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Jet strongly recommends Gogue go back to the President's Mansion and shut his yap.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

GO JOE PA!

4:07 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

I can live w/ Ellis. Well spoken guy, knows the turf, good enough coach. Hope he knows a good secondary coach.

4:07 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Spongeworthy, two of the last three years we had top 10 recruiting classes.

4:07 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Whoa any potential AU coach with a connection to finebum is red flag IMO. Maybe Chizz can add a no-contact clause in his contract.

4:08 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jet,
My Buddy!! yOU'VE GONE TO FAR!! yOU ARE NOW REFERING to yourself in the 3rd Person!!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger TB said...

I agree PF is a cancer in the state of Alabama. His phone callers represent the worst in our state. He does have good guests but most of the time its creampuff stuff. He only gets hard when he is talking to CPD.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

What are you folks worryin' about F-Bomb for?

How about a clause in the next DC's contract that says that our defense will knock the dog snot out of everybody we play.

We'll do what we need to do and everybody else can take a leap.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

MDaniel. Got a few close contacts. Not everything I get turns out to be true, but an awful lot does. Can't confirm JG request to CGC, but based on how he made JJ conduct this coaching search, what a cluster, it sure makes sense. Not sayin CGC will listen. There are still quite a few guys heavily involved that trump our University prez.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Jet was a freshman with Bo ... sorry ... happens from time to time.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Good Lord - You people give PF way too much credit. Sheesh. Get over it already.

4:13 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jetz,
I'm PUMPED!! Screw PF & Shane w/ his 23 IQ

4:13 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I am not sure why anyone cares about Finebaum. Admittedly, his callers give ignorant rednecks a bad name, but it apparently works for him.

4:14 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

SW,

That makes sense but surely, the powers that be would not start his tenure this way!!
That worries me more than anything.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

ZSteve. Won't argue with that, but how many made it to AU. We are just now getting two from a class two years ago. (JC signee;s) Two or three of last years best are in JC now. DeRon Furr was by all account a great athlete (maybe w/ a bad attitude) and he's gone. Ryan Williams looked to be an up and coming corner, sat out this year (anyone know his status). Top 15 classes or not, as I said earlier, compare our team now to the 2004 players. Just sayin!

4:17 PM  
Blogger TB said...

See u guys later. Evening trip tonight to the magic kingdom to visit the mouse. Later.

4:18 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet, I don't know what to think. Unless he is unhappy at UGA, I don't see him coming back in a lateral move. Maybe AU will throw an OBSCENE amount of money his way, and he won't be able to refuse. AU cannot let him get away.

4:18 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

As far as Ellis Johnson, he is probably a step down from Rhoads, Muschamp, or Chizik, but his defenses have always been pretty tough. He might be a better choice than Rhoads in terms of recruiting.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

On Finebaum and football ...

Words and phrases may lead to emotional bruises.

But a forearm to the throat will make Julio think twice the next time he crosses the middle.

4:20 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Spongeworthy, if you compare our teams against 2004, we will likely never be on that level again. We no longer have the coaches or the players.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Depressed ... it's time for obscenity.

So to speak.

4:21 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Jetz,

MD was a freshman w/ Bo also. He was the most gifted athlete I have ever seen or probably ever will. He did have have that SMALL problem w/ the stttuuuteering and talking about himself inthe same venacular as the New Year Jetz!!!!Ha

4:21 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Steve,you may be right, but I'll take one of the 2004 players per position and it would be an upgrade to what we have now. One RB, one wideout, one corner, one safety, one linebacker, one defensive end, one DL. We just need three or four bigtime players. We don't have them now.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PF is only about increasing listenership. I have only recently listened. I was in Alabama over Xmas fishing w/ my Bammer brother. When the Andre Smith suspension was announced, PF turned the discussion into an agent bashing session. The Bammers lit up the phones.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

SW was there with Cribbs and Brooks. (there's that third person again) Got to see Bo as well. That was a good run of tailbacks, huh. Andrews, Cribbs, Brooks, Jackson, Fullwood. What I'd give today....

4:29 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Penn St got called for a Ziemba and saved Musburger from crying.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

that's an awesome line ... pardnah! (a Musburgerism)

4:31 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

SW,

I think we can still get quality guys like that!! 1 maybe 2 years out.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Monica thanks you, Jet.

4:32 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Sponge, we may have more receiving talent on our current team than we had on the 2004 team. The issue isn't talent. It has to be coaching.

4:33 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

mon w/ her cynisism!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

MDan. I think we should expect to get a few quality guys like that. We can't get em all, but we should expect some of em. After all, we ARE running back U.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Malzahn Product Scores TD!!!!

4:34 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

How about JG and the 200,000 hits, did I miss something? That is unreal!!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I don't think it's that unreal. I mean I probably hit refresh about 50,000 times myself!

What I would like to know is how many UNIQUE hits the site gets.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

ZSteve, i keep hearing that. Coaching is abysmal now doubt, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Did you guys see that strike for a TD by USC. Man, I miss seeing that at Jordan Hare. (Sorry, Pat Dye field)

4:36 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

Mon,

You make me laugh!! I thought I was the only one who had to hit the refresh button!!!
I was too embarassed to ask anyone else.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

ZSteve. Coaching does mean an awful lot. Consider that Boise State, Utah, others do an great job w/ their talent. Our talent has to be at least that good, huh?

4:39 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

MD. I do the same. Just thought I didn't know what I was doing. Thought maybe I wasn't Blogworthy.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does USC have any WRs under 6'-3"?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

If you don't hit refresh how would you see new comments?

Sponge - That USC TD strike was by Damian Williams. Damian Williams high school coach was OUR DC Malzahn. Damian was headed to Florida to play until he found out Arky had hired Malzahn. (then the soap opera started at Arky)

4:43 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

I F5 so many times I may have an injured left index finger.

4:44 PM  
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