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1.03.2009

OK, now for something a little different

Hey everyone. Nearly 700 posts on the Sugar Bowl is pretty big time.

We'll actually have some AUBURN items to discuss today. Isn't that swell.

Auburn women, who are undefeated, play Stephen F. Austin beginning at 2 p.m.

The men's team will play the Green Wave of Tulane beginning at 5 p.m.

I will be attending both contests. Will I live blog the women's game? Not sure yet. Is there interest? Nobody is being accused of sexism here or anything ... just saying that I don't hear much about the women's team from you all. And that's fine.

ALSO OF NOTE: Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, who is 41, said Friday that Auburn has requested permission to speak with OSU assistant Trooper Taylor. The Tigers hired one of Gundy's assistants, Curtis Luper, on Friday. Taylor is a co-coordinator for OSU's offense and a former Tennessee assistant.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

82 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

I didn't see a salary for Gus yet.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

I knew Jay couldn't take much more of it.

12:38 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

rats, i missed it.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for starting a new thread.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Scott, I saved you from yourself.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

700 is about 650 more than I like ...

12:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Malzahn's salary isn't known just yet. I mean, he knows. I don't. That may take a little time ...

12:40 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

But last night was A LOT of FUN!!!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Jay ...

You created the monster ... it is no longer your own.

It ... is ... alive.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Oh, I know you all had fun and you should. I wasn't bemoaning that at all.

Back during the football season, some members of the community liked to take advantage of my desire to see comments stay below 200 per thread ...

12:41 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

It's not a community, it's a family.

12:42 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

You cannot stop the HABOTN, you can only hope to contain it.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The Facebook crowd is more like family to me ...

12:43 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Gilligan, didn't you make the comment that Taylor's a coordinator and were scratching your head as to what AU could offer him?

Me to. What's the word on what the Chizzonator's pitching the Troop?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I would love seeing a blog. I live in Texas but my cousin is Alli Smalley. An update or two would be awesome. Either way I love your blog and visit it at least twice a day. Thanks for doing a great job with your stories and posts.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Patrick, I think it's WEG who rolls with an Alli Smalley avatar. We've got some fans around ...

12:47 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Funny

12:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I would expect to hear something on a DC this weekend.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pitch $$$ @ Troop. Make him the WR coach/Recruiting Coordinator. If we aren't getting RodneyG, then TT will recruit nationally

It seems that we are certainly going after recruiting specialists.

12:58 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Wow Kathy, that first picture on that link of yours is awesome.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

I thought I read somewhere that Musc made 295 with us...I thought that to be grossly out of line. Could be wrong.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Kat - that's from a website on soonerfans.con called "fark central" where there's some AMAZING photoshop work.

The longest thread on the entire site is called "Let's start it up Iron Bowl style" and its like 1000 pages long.

I'm a member just to see some of the stuff.

http://www.soonerfans.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=8

12:59 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

ZteveFC -- I understand the specifics of Tubbs records but I have to say that I had never been more disappointed as I was in 2002, 2003 and 2004. 02 and 03 set us up for incompletion in 2004. We really weren't robbed (imho) we set ourselves up in 03 for it. We had talent in 03 and 04 to compete for NC both years yet we eaked out 9-7 victories holding our breath when we could have been blowing teams out...making a statement.

I like Tubbs and believe in his character but had never seen NC kind of focus, commitment and drive. It starts at the top, in business and in sports the team takes on the attitude and speed of the leader.

Now that's a nickels worth, I'll hush.

WDE

1:00 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Muschamp was offered over 400k to stay when he left.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Steve - check out the link I put up.

Fark Central is the funniest site on the web.

You may have to log in to see it however - sorry.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Not me - my most disappointed moment was when UGag came to town and all AU had to do was win and they make a second BCS bowl appearence in 3 years.

The Dawgs were sub-500 and a frosh QB and beat the tee-tee potty out of AU.

Oh and maybe when Arky came to town and AU was ranked #2 with a shot to move to #1.........Tubby Ball.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

I wanted to take a second to brag about my youngest. That little girl in my pic (old pic) is now a very smart young 17 year old that has been accepted to AU. Damn they grow up way too fast! She wants to be an Auburn engineer and she can't wait to get started.

I'm so proud I could bust!

Heading out to Tunica...thanks for the great blog and last night rocked for sure. Laughed so hard for real.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Big Mike ...

My son, Turbo Prop, will be there next fall to ... in the engineering school as a freshman ... where did it go?

1:06 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

HUGE CONGRATS BigM -- I have about 12-13 more years but mine wants to play Golf at AU.

WAR EAGLE!

1:06 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Oh yeah...anyone want to help out with the $42k out of state?

1:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Congrats Big Mike! You should be proud. You can have my penny jar.

1:08 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

West Coaches
Miles
Saban
Petrino
Chizik
Nutt
Mullen

West has stepped it up a notch.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Chain gang guy crushed in Buffalo-UConn game.

Ankle rolled up ... he's hurting bad.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Congrats Big Mike. Maybe you'll get a little help in Tunica for that out-of-state tuition!

1:11 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Isn't Trooper the co-offensive coordinator and WR coach at OK State?

If that's the case, then wouldn't we have to give him more than WR's? I'm guessing to pull him over he would have to be a co-coordinator with Malzan. This guy will one day be a HC.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Yes, take all of her college fund to tunica and play it on roulette.

Oh and there's exactly the reason my 5 yr old has been going to the driving range with me for 2 years.

A buddy has daughters and he was looking for them to get a softball scholly but a recruiter told him that there's more female golf schollys right now than there are female golfers.

And Lane can crush it!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Co-AHC for Trooper is what I'm hearing ... I think he wants out of Okie State.

So, everybody wear their hat backwards today in honor of Trooper in hopes that he'll join us soon.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Chris ... I know you've heard me make reference to my daughter getting a golf scholarship. I'll be pushing for golf or soccer.

What you say is true!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Wholelly crap Jet - I've had mine on like that for an hour or so.

There's something in getting great coaches on staff that you have to realize and that's they will be HC's if they're sucessful.

I guess Trooper wants back in a bigtime league and a bigtime program.

I was a bit suprised at CCL's statements kinda dissing OK St.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

I never pushed AU on her, actually thought for years she would be a "cough, choke* Bulldawg as so many of her friends will be. But once the word Engineering came our of her mouth, well there was no doubt.

It's all good. She's already picked up an AU scholly (smart like her mom) and there's lots of money out there for girls in engineering. I've been blessed more than I deserve.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

No womenz on the golf course!

Just kidding.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Staff stability is good ... until it is bad.

If I were a head coach, hopefully the staff would be F5'd (refreshed) every few years because people wanted to hire them away.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

G - my kid DOMINATES at soccer and she played a year ahead of her age group.

So much so, the little boy's dads were saying stuff like "Come on, do't let that girl do that...."

I mean, it was hilarious. I may not have boys to pass along my stuff but my first born can crush a golf ball and a softball.

I played a bit in college but I'm probably going to try and keep her from softball if possible.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

That's right Jet - and no one can blame Chiz or Muschy for leaving to take HC jobs.

There's probably a reason CTT's staff was there forever. Coach Gran got a whiff or two but that's about it.

I'm stoked about these two guys!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Great point Jet...gotta keep developing and promoting. How many HCs out there with former Miami ties?

1:29 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

OK...lol...out for real.

I'm ALL IN!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Delle Donne would recommend letting your kid play a sport she's passionate about.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

But how I can live vicariously through the accomplishments of my children if I make their activities about them?

1:33 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

My bad.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Why oh why does Bryce Brown want to go from Kansas City to Miami? Auburn is so much closer to home!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Urban Myer gets another good one. Xavier Nixon.

1:39 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Mon,
Urban also get s Bostic! Damn!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

He's raking up.

Are you watching this game, Mobile?

1:55 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

West Coaches-2009

Miles
Saban
Petrino
Chizik
Nutt
Mullen

I'm not sure that Mullen is a step up from Croom. Time will tell I guess. He's never been a HC to my knowledge.

And I'm certainly not sure that Chizik is in the same league as Tuberville at this point. He's new blood and all, but Tuberville is probably the 2nd best Auburn coach of all time.

1:57 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

yes i am Mon.
and Bryce Brown just scored a TD!
Talk about irony!

1:58 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

The above post is supposed to be a reply to tigerfan..

1:58 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Don't know who Delle Donne is but that's a pretty obvious statement.

We're going to try 'em all. Tennis is next on the list.

I had that game on but my lord - is it the NBC commentators or just that its a friggin HS football "all-star" game that keeps me from being able to watch that.

Maybe it that I had it on for 5 minutes and heard "His high school coach said he's the best high school players he's ever seen and he's seen some good one in 30 years."

Or "He said he's ready for the NFL right now."

1:59 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

My list.

1. Dye -- took us from outhouse to penthouse -- 4 SEC titles
2. Shug -- 25 years of consistency and a NC
3. Tuberville -- highs and lows ... but benefited from the relevance created by Dye

2:00 PM  
Blogger RunInRed63 said...

Jay -

Can you confirm that we are paying an RB coach $400k?!

After luring Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn earlier this week to run the Auburn offense, Chizik enticed the 42-year-old Luper to leave OSU. According to a source, Luper will be paid $400,000 annually at Auburn. His OSU salary was $228,000.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/article.a...B4_Threed968456

If true, I'm definitely in the wrong profession!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Gotta go grocery shopping with Mrs. Jet ... you kids have fun.

Go Chargers.
(L.T. has a detached tendon in his groin ... and I think we know how painful that would be)

2:02 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

me too - I gotta let the kid play with our Christmas stuff outside.

laters.

2:06 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Jet:

I would rank em like this...

1) Dye
2) Tuberville
3) Shug

You could really argue 2 & 3 to the end of time, but Tuberville's record against top ten teams and against Alabama give him the edge, IMO.

2:06 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

great we lost Jon Bostic

2:16 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Might be a silly Q, but is anyone watching the UT/ Rutg Women's game on right now?

UT only scored 13 pts in the 1st half and was down by 20. They just pulled within 4 w/ 4 mins left in the 2nd. Exciting game if you like b-ball.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Well Jhag consider this. When these recruiting experts were talking about what it takes to be a top recruiter they used the words like "relentless". Have we had "relentless" on our staff?

2:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Coleman makes his decision in mere minutes. Can you feel the tension?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Still no word from A. Coleman down in Mobile? What time was he set to announce? Jay G, do you have one of your many interns down there in Mobile for the announcement?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

QB Tajh Boyd, Hampton, VA have a great game. He's a free agent. He didn't want to go to WVU after RichRod left and TN decided they didn't want him after Kiffin was hired. He's a great QB without a home.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn women lead 40-25 at the half.

Alli Smalley leads the team with 10 points ... 4-of-6 from the field.

2:54 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Dont think we every really had a shot with Bostic. I really hate that. Clemson is another school that changed coaches and is still cleaning up with great recruits.

On UA Recruits: Nico Johnson is a beast but Saban should take AJ McCarron's scholly immediately. He is way out of his league.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Thanks for the swift response Jay. You answered my Q b4 I asked.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I gave the HABOTN interns some time off to heal from the Sugar Bowl. They're all Alabama graduates since AU gutted its journalism department a few years back ...

2:55 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Malzahn needs to be on a plane to Boyd's house ASAP!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Will said...

You mean two days from now right AUBigCat? Maybe a phone call or a text message until the dead pd is over!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Big Cat - Totally agree on AJ McCarron. However, FLUKER is a MONSTER.

Bryce Brown needs to come to Auburn.

Tajh Boyd come to US!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Both of their phones should be ringing RIGHT NOW.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Will said...

I have a friend who teaches Fluker at FHS. Said he is very soft spoken, almost shy. Hard to imagine being that big and being shy.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paying Luper $400k. We would have to pay Trooper even more.

Seems the strategy is that, since we don't pay big $$$ for a Blueblood HC, we will pay big $$$ for big name assistants/recruiters. I think I'm OK with that.

Successful folks like that normally have a strong egos...Chiz will have a job managing that.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

he's coming back

3:08 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Evan Woodb says Coleman will be back.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Coleman is indeed back. New thread up.

3:08 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Will yea as soon as possible. We should be waiting outside of his house at the stroke of midnight on the last day of the dead period.

Monica I'm really jealous of the Fluker commit, but if Bryce and Tajh become Tigers I will get over it lol

3:09 PM  

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