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1.14.2009

Florida @ Auburn, 2nd half

We're live blogging the second half of Auburn's home game against Florida.

  • FINAL STATS

    Shooting
    AUB 25-64 (39.1%)
    FLA 25-63 (39.7%)

    3 Shooting
    AUB 5-27 (18.5%)
    FLA 5-23 (21.7%)

    FT Shooting
    AUB 10-21 (47.6%)
    FLA 13-19 (68.4%)

    Rebounds
    AUB 36 (10o 26d)
    FLA 46 (14o 32d)


  • FOURTH TO @ 3:33
    Florida leads, 57-55. Rasheem Barrett has come out of nowhere to scored the Tigers' last seven points. Florida guard Erving Walker hit back-to-back threes just a second ago -- the second was from at least 25 feet -- and that mitigated Barrett's surge. Very competitive game.

  • THIRD TO @ 7:43
    Game tied at 48. Auburn ties the game, then starts taking ill-advised shots again. They're not used to being in this position.

  • FLORIDA CALLS TO @ 9:21
    Game tied at 48. The Gators have lost all offensive flow. Even Calathes looks confused, so Billy Donovan called a timeout. Tay Waller finally hit a three-point shot (at the 11:13 mark) and this place came alive.

  • SECOND TO @ 11:32
    Florida leads, 48-41. Auburn has created some turnovers with aggressive defensive play, but then the team gets too hyped and makes careless mistakes trying to force a fast-break situation. Way too much pace on the Tigers' offensive plan right now. Florida playing only acceptably; nothing more.

  • FIRST TO @ 15:57
    Florida leads, 44-38. Auburn is passing more thoughtfully so far. Florida has been sloppier than expected, but it's early.

  • HALFTIME
    Florida leads, 40-34.

167 Comments:

Blogger Monica said...

Monica

8:08 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

.... is number one

8:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

aww you're the best, Mom! WDE

8:10 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

So what's happening with you today? South Carolina has turned into a frozen wasteland. No snow but very cold!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

#5, Karsten Bailey!!!!!!!

the boys are hanging in there. keep taking the ball to the hole Vot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

It's wicked cold here, Mom. Low of Zero tomorrow night! No snow yet, but we'll probably get a little.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

WDE Scottie!

Where is Jay relative to Billy Donovan?

8:16 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Monica,

What have you read about the Daphne QB Cooper...Do you know if we offered him? It is a big what hay down here. No one can believe it.

8:22 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Anthony Mix...

We do not have any play makers sounds like I am talking about football but I mean basketball..

8:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm along the baseline on Florida's end.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I think they offered him a grey shirt didn't they? And they didn't recruit him as a QB. I'll double check that.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

-10 here tonight. Glad I don't live up here.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

wow... 2-19 from 3... and less than 50% from the charity stripe... not getting it done...

8:27 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

This game is heating up.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jay you have on a jacket? Toyota table?

TIED!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Thanks MillerTime for the congrats... but unfortunately that was the year before I was on the team.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

LOL Big Mike! Repin' AU in the snow. Great picture!

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeow!.....we're headed for single digits in the No. Ga. Mtns. Water pipes are gonna bust.

Good weekend to build a fire and assemble tax records.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tied ball game! I'm getting it on tv now :)

8:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have a jacket on, yep. Pink tie.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Florida has the ugliest uniforms in the history of basketball

8:32 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Thanks for the info....The circle I run with has been giving me the blues over this. Cooper is claiming that he is coming in as QB which makes me wander what have they seen that no other D1 school has???

8:32 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Yep Mon, goes over real well at Purdue.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i scream you scream we all scream for...

AUBURN!!!

GO TIGERS!!!

8:33 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Is Tony Franklin helping with the basketball team? It's unbelievable how many points we can't score.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

an Auburn victory sure would be a nice prelude to 'Damages'!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Ice Cream!!!

8:36 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Cowboy - He's 6'4", 205 and runs close to a 4.5 40 - some are thinking put him in at everything from LB, SS, TE to WR.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's a good quote, Phred!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

B2B 3's!

8:41 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

You're always stylin, Jay G.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Take mine down Jay G ... it's time for something fresh.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jet-

Great idea. I'll go do my daily scoop it out workout routine right now.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning that Auburn will be shooting free throws and that all citizens should take cover

8:44 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Is that a code orange and blue?

8:46 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Code Blue ... definitely, Code Blue

8:46 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Chizik's first commit, Izauea Lanier. Anybody know anything about him?

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Ball game

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Kathy, he's definitely an "under the radar" kid. Good golly, is he under the radar ...

Ball game indeed.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ugh. AU really needs to pull this one out to offset the miserable showing by the Pens tonight.

This may require an extra scoop to soothe my aching heart.

8:49 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

It looks like Chiz has his 1st commitment of 2009.

Izauea Lanier 2*
6-1 WR
4.5/40

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW awful.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Winfrey said...

i miss being good at basketball

8:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's choke city, no doubt.

Auburn can't finish.

8:53 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

I am inventing a new vacuum cleaner. It's called "The Lebo ... it sucks like nothing you've ever seen."

Does he let them actually shoot the ball in practice or do we just work on defense?

Halfway decent shooting wins that game by 10 or 15. I detest Lebo as a basketball coach. Great X's and O's guy my butt. Great X's and O's would have won that game.

8:54 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

LEBO must GO

8:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the entire bball coaching staff AND team need to be fired for bricking so many FTs. There's just no excuse for that.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Dad said...

well, that's not a strong finish to game at all. <_<

8:57 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Yall hear the bob stoops cereal joke?

8:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

not yet

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

This time can't shoot poorly and expect anything but loss after loss.

8:58 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

The only time I remember being good at basketball was in the early 80s with Drew(?) Persons and the Round Mound of Rebound who shall remain further nameless.

8:58 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

Why does bob stoops eat his cereal off of a plate?

8:59 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Why Bin?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Because he chokes with bowls?

9:02 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

If it's in a bowl he'll lose it.

9:02 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Okay ... I'm over it now. But looking at Lebo still makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

Thanks Geezy.

9:03 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

that was chuck persons. if i remember correctly, barkley, then persons were back to back nba rookies of the year. good times, then. miss me some sonny smith.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

that was a disappointment

9:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

jhag, how do you know Izauea Lanier? What about him bothers you?

9:08 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

The new arena should help. Poor facilities + football school = a tough environment for anyone. I'm not a Lebo fan, but trying to be fair.

9:08 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Jeff Lebo will never be a winner. Never. You hear me? Not EVER.

He could have the ten best basketball players in the whole wide world and I'm pretty sure he would finish below .500. "Sucks" is not even the right word for him. What he does is way beyond "sucks". He's like a black hole.

HE WILL NEVER BE WORTH A CRAP!!!! AAAGGGHHH!!! Loser. Sucks. Pitiful. Terrible. Awful.

I think I'm melting.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Damages. Tar I knew you'd want a reminder.

9:13 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Steve i was reffering to the free throw shooting and coaching of Lebo when i said "WOW, Awful" but i donno if i can say anything better about Lanier.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

"HE WILL NEVER BE WORTH A CRAP!!!! AAAGGGHHH!!! Loser. Sucks. Pitiful. Terrible. Awful." = Not so much Zen

9:15 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

10-21 from the stripe (47.6%) AWFUL!!!

If they shoot 60% from the charity stripe, they win the game.
5-27 from beyond the arc didn't help either.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Lebo is about as good at coaching Free Throws as Greg Knox was at coaching proper route running.

9:19 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Here's some Zen for ya ... In order to quit sucking you must be rid of that which sucks.

Lebo sucks. This is not a new theme for me. Ask somebody.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Mon- I am far away from the TV, but thanks for the warning.

Scout shows I Lanier 2* chose AU over Miss St, KY, and Troy offers

9:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

meow

9:21 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

In order to quit sucking, you must remove the sucker...

9:24 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

yeah... that was bad

9:24 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I'll take the minority opinion ... he's a fabulous coach ... but he's a like an expert surgeon, dumped into a county health clinic. It just doesn't work.

If Jeff Lebo is at top 20 program, he wins. At Auburn, where you have to be creative, he can't get it done.

I like him, but he's not what we need.

Free throws isn't coaching ... it's what's between the ears of the young man at the line.

9:25 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Jet! What? I hope you are saying that just for the sake of argument. Lebo couldn't win at any program. Period. He couldn't win if he had Kobe, LeBron and Michael Jordan.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

bull... a good coach will at least show improvement...

And yes, FT's are coachable... it's repetition and motion... entirely coachable.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Kobe, LeBron, and MJ would win despite Lebo... but they certainly wouldn't win because of him.

9:31 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Nope. He would somehow - against all odds - figure out a way to keep them from winning.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I have never understood how there are so many terrible free throw shooters out there. Free throws are all about technique and confidence, practice gives you both of those. I, being a terrible basketball player, shot around 75% in high school.

9:33 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Looks like neither Randle or Bryce Brown are going to end up visiting. Very humbling, we got our hopes up for nothing.
Looks like we may pull in Tyrik Rollison, but whose to say he's not the next Kodi Burns?

9:34 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

He'll win at his next job ... he just won't win at Auburn. Only one way to win at Auburn with the current situation.

New arena will help ... but Lebo is labeled ... like Tuberville was ... so he's gotta go ... I just have more respect for him than the rest of you.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I have zero skill on a basketball court, but I can shoot FT all day. It's rhythm... practice can get you to at least 60%... shooting below 50% as a team is beyond pathetic!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

You're so positive jhag....not

9:36 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Big Mike did I say anything wrong?

9:37 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Just facing reality unlike some peeps.

9:37 PM  
Blogger AdamsHouseCat said...

Our long term hoops tradition: If Basketball were football, then we would be Vanderbilt.

...makes sense to me.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Jhag ... we got 3 weeks ... and we get a chance to coach 'em up, too. It ain't panic time. Chin up, buckeroo.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Nah jhag...just the way you see things.

The same news stated with a bit more positive light >>
...woooo hoooo looks like we might get Tyrik Rollison, can't wait to see him perform.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I don't have any disrespect for Lebo as a person. But, the guy is not a good coach. He's not a recruiter, he doesn't recruit needs, he has yet to develop a single player beyond what they were when they arrived... he has not shown that he's good with X/O's or motivation or concentration.

9:41 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

Agreed, well I'm used to Tubbs recruiting i guess thats why i expect mediocrity my appologies.
I was excited to see Kodi perform back in the day as well though. just sayin'

9:42 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Lebo was 40-20 at Chattanooga.

I'd like to see Barkley coach. Now that's entertainment!

9:43 PM  
Blogger AdamsHouseCat said...

I have actually always been impressed with how hard Lebo's teams have played.

But for whatever reason, our talent / performance level- be that the same players getting better, or more talented players coming to the program- just doesn't seem to be happening.

9:44 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

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9:45 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Sell your Apple stock. Every time he leaves they tank.

9:46 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Fake Bill Gates?

Is it time for Point Guard on a Stick?

9:46 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

So...I have a bit of a dilemma....and this is totally OT

In case you haven't heard...the real Steve Jobs took a leave from Apple today due to health issues. I'm wondering if it is cool to keep the Fake Steve Jobs name or if it would be better if I changed...

If I should, any suggestions?

9:47 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Sorry guys..had a typo..I'm anal..

I would sell Apple and buy in a week or so.

It will take a beating tomorrow.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Time for Gannett Executives on a Stick.

I've enjoyed it ... but it would be time for me to head to rack.

Beat Bama.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

jhag, I also despise mediocrity and was never a Tubbs fan because of that very mentality. Even in the face of a daunting task there is no reason to not be positive and completely supportive.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

You could be the Fake Kim Jung Il... I hear there are about 10 of them.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Fake Denny Crane?

9:50 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I talked with a friend of mine who works for the Gannett rag in Hattiesburg. She thinks she'll be able to take off 5 Fridays instead of having to take a week off. I hope it works out for you Mr. Jay G Tate.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Where do we send those donations?

9:54 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

LOL MillerTime

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FSH=FDC

9:57 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Another Dawg, Rashad Jones, is probably going to declare for the tomorrow (the last day to do it). One thing about mediocrity is that it doesn't leave early.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Friday's are my least productive days at work... I need the HABOTN on Friday... how about... Tuesdays?

9:58 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Declare for the NFL

9:58 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

astatguy...

Excellent observation.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Any chance Marks decides to change his mind and stay?

9:59 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

What motivation would Marks have to stay?

I could see a remote possibility Powers decides to stay (but I bet he has already had contact with a agent making all talks mute), he isn't a definite draft pick. Marks is guaranteed good money.

10:03 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

This year seems to be unique in how many underclassmen are coming out. I wonder if it's an anomaly or a trend.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Marks could be a Rd 2 guy this year... but with a healthy season could be a solid 1st rounder next year.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

FSJ -->TTF

tolerable tide fan

10:11 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

anomaly related to NFL rookie salary rules going into effect for next year's draft

10:12 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I thought the NFL said that wasn't going to happen.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'd rather just take a full week and be done with it. I can collect unemployment for that week (insane that it has come to this) and recoup my losses in other ways.

Perhaps I can get a guest blogger to handle biz while I'm out.

As much as I love you all and the HABOTN, I don't think it's right to work for free.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

astat- i'll assume you are correct. i've not ben keeping up

10:20 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I agree Jay..

Don't blog for free....I think you should have a guest blogger for each day...

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With you 100% Jay ... You have to do what is best for Jay G and your family! Would hate to not be able to check in but I agree with your "no free work" philosophy.

10:29 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I would have watched the game, but our WB or whatever it's called today gets the Raycom game, so they tape delay it at 11:00, because people need their 90210 and celebrity gossip shows.

Sounds like fundamentals killed us again.

10:30 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I also think the female hotties would be good guest bloggers....

10:31 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

The Auburn/Alabama or Alabama/Auburn basketball game should be a real treat this year...An exercise in futility on both sides.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Don't work for free Jay G... stay home, and work on those Guitar Hero tracks...

10:33 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

when is that game Fake KJI?

10:33 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

goodnight everyone

WDE

10:34 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

1/17 in Auburn..

3/3 in Tuscaloosa

10:35 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Jay, you should continue blogging for the week but take out all links to the advertiser so that they don't get any money off of ya.

If you don't want to come up with stuff, feel free to go to my blog and copy and paste some nonsense.

10:37 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

michael...

you have a blog?

Some of your fans here would be thrilled to hear that...

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it

10:39 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I'm not sure what's happening, but if you're being furloughed, Jay, you shouldn't work for free. I personally would like to see you use the time to start writing a book about Auburn sports. My favorite is War Eagle, by Clyde Bolton, but it's pretty old now.

Perhaps it's time to follow Phillip Marshall's lead and go to the web. We know you're good at running a blog.

10:42 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

astat...I agree

Jay needs to start a pay site..He'd make a killing.

10:43 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Jay...Don't work for free. Would it have any affect if we all skipped out the same week? Does the blog generate any revenue for MA through ads? I think we could all agree to meet at a different site to show our support.

Would posting on FB be considered working? We wouldn't even have to discuss sports. We could cover your fashion hotties and notties from the coming award show season.

Of course, Kicker on a Stick would still be on the table.

11:14 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Man...just had to bust open a 40 for Ricardo Montalban. Lots of memories of fine Corinthian leather...

11:21 PM  
Blogger michael said...

fsj:

http://futileexercises.blogspot.com/

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Frankenschmidt does not believe in paying for internet content.


Guest blogging isn't against my moral code... :-)

11:41 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Jay G ... what in the world are you talking about?

12:40 AM  
Blogger ADP said...

FSJ ... you can be Phake Phred

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jay, saw you responded to me in the other thread. Everything is going pretty well, it has been hectic the past two months, but don't fret, I check your site everyday. Now that things have calmed down, I will be posting a whole lot more. For better or worse.

Hope all is still going well, we need a HABOTN drink extravaganza next time I'm in the gump.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

So neither Randle or Brown will pay a visit to Auburn. But we're getting commitments from 2* and offering a 1*... Looks like on our way to the 5 stars we tripped and fell in a black hole.

5:57 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Oh, I forgot to say... Good morning Hotties!!!

WARRRRRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

5:58 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Free Throws: AUB 10-21 (47.6%)

Is that even possible? Did Shaq or Ben Wallace shoot all of our free throws?

6:16 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

Shaq could shoot a better FT % than Lebo's team.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with those of you that think Lebo should go. How long has been there now and this is the product he keeps producing? I know Nell hasn't been there as long as him and look what she has done.

7:26 AM  
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7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Auburn hired Gene Chizik to take over the football program, I made a conscious decision to be supportive. When the critics came out, I defended Auburn as an institution and said that we can't hold the Iowa State record against Gene Chizik. As Chizik began to assemble his staff (some of which I was excited about, some I wasn't, and some I didn't know), I took the wait-and-see approach and attitude. However, after taking a step back, I now feel an overwhelming sense of dread when it comes to this program's near future.

I feel this way because each and every day, I have to convince myself that this hire makes sense. I have to put aside the understanding that the interesting staff he has put together will not be together very long as most of these coaches have dreams of upward movements. I realize that though Auburn has gone after some major recruits (which is a refreshing change of pace), most of them will go to school and play elsewhere leaving Auburn to work with what is here. I realize that the holes in Auburn’s offense are not so much about the scheme as about the lack of playmaking ability. Now, teams win all the time without explosive offense. Those teams usually sport a dominating defense. Auburn’s defense, for all it is, is far from dominating at this point. As a matter of fact, it’s mighty thin. The whole team is thin in positions where it is bad to be thin.

To the offense, Gus Malzhan may be able to disguise the lack of playmakers with some scheme. He’s done this before (though I would argue he had a few playmakers on that Tulsa team) and Auburn is used to this kind of attack – they’ve done it for years. The loss of some players on defense creates immediate need for young, inexperienced players to move into starting/major contributing roles immediately. This rarely works unless there are some clear cut leaders on the field and Auburn, sadly, doesn’t have a ton of those right now. What Auburn has are some good (character) players who work hard and do what they are told. That puts the pressure on those doing the telling and the jury is way out on those folks right now. Neither Ted Roof nor Gene Chizik’s recent resumes suggest that the defense will be dominating. However, they can coach as evidenced by their longevity in the profession.

I suppose the point of this is after taking off the orange and blue glasses, I believe the best Auburn can hope for is to maintain some kind of balance with all of this. Perhaps that is the point of the Chizik hire after all. In five years or so, the SEC coaching landscape should be very different. Perhaps Auburn was just trying for the safe hire. A hire that wouldn’t put the school or program in jeopardy, but one that also would not bring in championships. Fair or not, Chizik will be judged by whether or not he can overcome a poor head coaching record and how well he can match up against the SEC’s elite cadre of coaches.

Only time will tell this tale.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Roland said...

I have no idea what to expect from this football team next season. I keep telling myself that the O can't be worse than last season. I think the majority of the problem was the "chemistry" issue among the staff which transferred to the team. Hopefully with everyone on the same page we can at least score 20 points a game which should keep us in most games. AU still has a little talent on D and Chizik probably hasn't gotten too stupid since his good D-co years.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sensi- please continue to spread your gloomy forecast. I'll buy into it, thereby lowering my expectations tremendously. Only then can Auburn have a great season, assuming we follow historical trends.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Roland said...

R.I.P. Ricardo Montalban. "Smiles everyone..."

8:40 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Do I think we win the SEC West next year? No. Do I think we show significant improvement and field a team that actually looks like it's been coached and wants to be in the stadium? Yes.

Is Chizik the guy to take us back to glory? I don't know, but I'm cautiously optimistic. I really think that if his blueprint of taking less money for the HC and bringing in top assistants and paying them well works, it could redefine the college football landscape.

I expect to see significant improvement in player attitudes and effort next year. I think there will be some big surprises from kids that we've written off. Or as Julius and Bertier put it in Remember The Titans:

Big Ju: You got a job?
Bertier: I've got a job.
Big Ju: You been doing your job?
Bertier: I've been doing my job.
Big Ju: Then why don't you tell your white buddies to block for Rev better? Because they have not blocked for him worth a blood nickel, and you know it! Nobody plays. Yourself included. I'm supposed to wear myself out for the team? What team? Nah, nah what I'm gonna do is look out for myself and I'ma get mine.
Bertier: See man, that's the worst attitude I ever heard.
Big Ju: Attitude reflects leadership, captain.

I think the Auburn Tigers attitude and performance over the last few years is a direct reflection of the leadership at the top.

War Eagle.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Roland said...

I agree J-Z. Even if it was not out in the open i'm sure the players could sense the dissention among the coaches. I also hope that everyone will be busting it trying to impress the new staff for PT. I remember reading an interview from Montez where he was talking about not diving for balls at practice. Hopefully that attitude will change as well.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a great UNDERCLASSMEN TRACKER for those following players deciding to go pro or stay put.

9:03 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Sensi,

Morning! Did you wake up on the right side of bed this am?

Feeling a little outspoken and mellifluous?

I just still have that wait and attitude still until we see the product on the field.

9:05 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Chizik picks up his first commitment for 2009 Class:

IZAUEA LANIER
Athlete
Gordo (AL) Gordo
Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 185 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs

9:09 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

mel=honey
fluere= to flow

mellifluous 1 : having a smooth rich flow (a mellifluous voice)
2 : filled with something (as honey) that sweetens

Mobilz, thanks for teaching this ignorant Hottie a new word; even better, a new word I can use in front of family;-)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the HABOTN join the financial sector, auto manufacturers, porn industry, and town of Edwardsville, AL in asking the federal government for a bailout package? Furlough Week 2009 will need to be subsidized.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hooray for new words.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Mornin', HOTTIES.

I'm working up a new post now -- getting caught up after yesterday's Gannett-related "excitement". Shouldn't be long.

9:20 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

THT,
You're welcome... thought i would put something positive into the fray today on the H.A.B.O.T.N!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good morning Jay GT! I'll probably be too busy with work to annoy Peter with a useless "1" on your new post, but I'll try to catch up later in the day.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

AU has not had significant on field leadership since 04. I really hope we can find a few players who want to be leaders this year. I agree with you as well, attitude reflects leadership. If the coaches lead and exhibit a unified front, then the players attitude will reflect that and we'll see a more unified team.
Do I think Chizik is the answer to all things Auburn Football? No, most likely not. I am still going to give the team my support until I am given a legit reason to complain (I will always support the team regardless).
I don't expect to win the SEC next year. My expectations lay more at the feat of player development and demonstrating improvement from the beginning of the season to the end.
I think players like Airon Savage, Bynes and AC need to step up on the defensive side of the ball and be vocal leaders and lead by example. A QB has got to emerge as a leader on the O side. There was too much made out of the QB controversy by Franklin and Tubs last year and caused player loyalty to be split. There has to be more team unity if the team hopes to be successful.
It all starts with leadership from the coaches, then trickles down to a few players stepping up as leaders. Attitude reflects leadership. Who will lead this team? That's what I want to see

9:26 AM  
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9:31 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

I, for one, think Coach Chiz should lock all the players in a room and make them watch Remember the Titans until they get it.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After all of the hype about us pursuing top flight blue chip players, I can't believe that Chiz's first recruit is a 2 star player. Don't we already have plenty of players that have to be coached up? I am ready for some players that don't have to be coached up.

9:55 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

j-z if my love for you was never verbalized before, let me now and forever more remove all doubt!! Anytime someone can so artfully reference a quote from that movie he's a Hall of Famer in my book!

Sensi - I sport my orange and blue glasses most days. I think I look good in mine. But I feel that if we are going to be successful on the level we all want, it will be through hard work, great coaching, and a few really good playmakers in key positions. I hope that is the formula we are trying to use.

I like the Lanier recruit. Yea he's a 2* and most of us had these visions of Chiz and Trooper leading 5* to the Plains like the pide piper but I dont see that happening. Lanier was almost a 1000 yard rusher and receiver (around 870 for each). He's tall, pretty fast and I think we are recruiting him for defense.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUBigcat

You may be right about Lanier; however, he will be up against much better competition in the SEC than at Gordo High School. I don't think that you will see those kind of numbers at AU. Even on defense, he will see speed like he has never seen before. I hope that you are right, I really do. WDE

10:06 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Sensi ... hang in there, buddy.

My "5 Star" Manifesto:


1. I expect Auburn teams to pull together in the same direction and NEVER be out-worked, out-hit, or out-hustled.

2. I expect Auburn teams to HATE BAMA with the same intensity and fervor that I do.

3. I expect Auburn to embrace high expectations -- Auburn preferring the underdog role irritates me to no end.

4. I expect Auburn coaches to be held accountable for the players they recruit/don't recruit. This is not based on "stars" (which I don't care about one bit) but what the players do on the field.

5. I expect Auburn to be in the hunt for the SEC Championship Game every year.

10:15 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Anon I agree that he will definately see a different level of competition from Gordo. I think that he ability to catch and understand offense should help him on the defensive side of the ball. Chiz knows defense so if he thinks Lanier has the goods, I'm will give him the benefit of the doubt. Besides we need the help on the corner/safety position and a tall CB can always come in handy.

Jet I'm co-signing your manifesto!

10:36 AM  

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