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1.06.2009

Roof hired as Auburn's DC

1/6/09, EARLY AFTERNOON
**Reconfigured at 4 p.m.

Hey everyone. More news breaking at this hour. Minnesota has confirmed that defensive coordinator Ted Roof has been hired by Auburn coach Gene Chizik.

``Our defense improved a great deal under Coach Roof this past season," Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. ``Good coaches are always going to be in demand and I wish Ted the best of luck in the future."

Roof was highly unsuccessful as a head coach at Duke from 2002-07 -- the Blue Devils won six games during that stretch -- and the Gophers' defense hasn't been that great. They finished in the bottom half of the Big Ten in rushing defense, passing defense, points allowed.

Still, their numbers were even worse in 2007.

TED ROOF CURRICULUM VITAE
Alabama, 1987-88 (grad. assistant)
West Georgia, 1989 (LBs)
Duke, 1990-1993 (LBs)
U. Mass, 1994-1996 (defensive coordinator)
Western Carolina, 1997 (defensive coordinator)
Georgia Tech, 1998-2001 (LBs/defensive coordinator)
Duke, 2002 (defensive coordinator)
Duke, 2003-2007 (HEAD COACH)
Minnesota, 2008 (defensive coordinator)

Playing career: Georgia Tech '86 (linebacker)

247 Comments:

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Blogger Dear Leader said...

uno

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

dos

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

three ;0)

2:07 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I like Jay's sly way of getting around the Montgomery Advertiser's rule of reporting unconfirmed stories. Just add a question mark to the title!

2:08 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

who is this guy and after all the big names on O why this guy for DC

2:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Michael: Shhhhhh.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

maybe this guy because he is willing to be second fiddle to chiz (i.e. no ego)

2:09 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

Jay,
Do you know how well Minnesota played defense prior to Roof?

2:10 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Wow, with the little bio Jay just wrote about Ted, this hire seems to be really ... rather ... poor? unimpressive? scary?

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I remember having a conversation with Tuberville about Ted Roof in 2007. I asked Tuberville if that guy ever would work in football again considering how bad Duke was.

Tuberville had a high opinion of the guy and said something about how some people are just better as coordinators. I don't think he Tuberville was saying Roof necessarily was That Guy, but that's a point I've carried with me since then.

2:11 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Dear Leader-
that would be plenty good enough reazon for me

2:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

AUWade, I don't see a lot of Minnesota football ...

2:11 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

The Roof...The Roof...The Roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the @$$@#%^$@$ Burn.

2:13 PM  
Blogger AUWade said...

fair enough Jay. If Tuberville thought highly of him, that's probably a good sign (for defense anyway).

2:13 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Wait a tic, Roof is from Lawrenceville, I live in Lawrenceville!! His name is Ted, my initials are TED. Coincidence? I think not! By the way Wiki already has him listed as DC at Auburn

2:14 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Apparently Minnesota's defense was ranked dead last in Div 1 Football the year before Roof arrived. That defense has improved to 78th overall. He had a good run with Ga Tech late 90s and was a finalist one year for the Broyles award.

2:15 PM  
Blogger AU fan in MN said...

Does anyone know why he left his position as DC for Georgia Tech for the same position at Duke? Was he fired?

2:20 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Maybe Ted can bring down Omnica's crush (Tim Brewster) down as a graduate assistant.

2:21 PM  
Blogger michael said...

He was head coach at Duke, not coordinator.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I was asking about Roof last night, from what I read he was on the short list to be the DC when Rhodes was hired. I just dont recall that killer Duke D a few years back.

2:23 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Michael,
Roof started as DC at Duke and became interim coach and eventual HC when they fired his predecessor in midseason

2:25 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

With less talent @ Ga Tech he had some pretty darn good D's there. I think he was also a finalist for the F Broyles award one year too.

The guy know defenses. With Chiz looking over his shoulder, I think it is a solid hire. Maybe not a home run but at the least a stand-up double.....

LT

2:25 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tuberville definitely was OK with the guy ... thought he was good.

I'm aiming to talk with Tuberville again at some point soon ...

2:25 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Probably a solid hire. Remember I said don't look for a lot of fireworks on the D side. I felt CGC would go a little vanilla with what he feels are solid coaches. He is not looking for a rock star but someone who can recruit and put a product he endorses on the field.

2:26 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Or maybe it's a 2-base error. He drops the bunt, and the 3rd baseman throws it over the first baseman's mitt into the stands.

2:26 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Maybe he was hired because Chizik plays guitar, Trooper plays drums, Luper sings, and they needed a bass player to complete the ensemble.

We have done away with the BBQ gang. Now the clique is simply know as The Band (hopefully they won't be confused with the Dylan backing and Cripple Creek singing group by that same name)

2:27 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

As for why Roof left DC at tech for same position at Duke, I guess because O'Leary left Tech and new coach didn't keep him on staff.

2:28 PM  
Blogger scottie bizzle for chizzle said...

JG, has anyone talked with Tubs since he was fired...i mean, resigned? i was a bit shocked when i saw him on the Under Armour high school game the other nite.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

To be fair, Ted greatly improved minnesotas defense from the previous year.

He's a helluva lb coach. Hell help James tremendously. Solid hire

2:29 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

He is 45, do we have a coach over 50? - Is it just me or does our staff seem young...Which is fine with me...Just curious

2:31 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tuberville remains an active member of the community, yes.

2:31 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Emmett ...

They are men ... they are in the neighborhood of 40.

2:31 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (Big Ball of Hate) said...

Great Hire. I agree with Jay G. He just wants somebody to manage the store not a landlord!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Nice Jet

2:33 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

this did throw my pro coach theory out the window....

what about d line???

PS I AM A MAN,,, I CAN TAKE IT

2:34 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Generally, I like the hire ... but my one problem is that he does have some ... Bill ... Curry ... in his bloodline.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

If you look deep enough into any coaches past you're going to find failure. Failure and the fear of it might drive coaches harder than the pursuit of success. Some coaches have to fail at HC before they can be comfortable only being a Coordinator.

Plus...the D is about the Chiz!

2:35 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

From what I understand, Roof turned the Gopher defense around. My expectations for this Auburn team are going through the Roof.

2:35 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

If our defense stinks next year, is it because we have a leaky Roof?

2:36 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

By the way, Bill Curry was a very good coach at Georgia Tech and Bama. He was just unfortunate to be the head coach at Bama while Dye was kicking the crap out of them. As an announcer, Curry is a good head coach.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Good point bigmike, failing at utc greatly drove bill Oliver to the coordinator he became. Worked for Kevin Steele also.

2:38 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jet, just keep in mind Bill Curry always = Auburn wins.

2:40 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

If I remember correctly, Curry engineered one of the biggest comebacks I have ever seen while coaching GT against Auburn. We lead 35-0 at halftime. We won the game 42-35. I was nearly bald after listening to the game.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Plus we're likely to keep a DC that has been there done that with the HC thing. A DC for more than 2 years...what a concept!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez - Gophers lost an OC and DC. They started talking about Roof leaving in Dec and didn't think it would happen.

2:42 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

RK ... thank you for talking me off the ledge.

You reminded me on one of the 3 basic fundamentals of life.

1. God loves us.
2. Cats don't handle microwave ovens well.
3. Bill Curry = Auburn wins.

This hire is AWESOME!!!

2:42 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

ZteveFC-
I do not recall that game.
However, I'm almost certain ROof was a strong candidate for Saban's UA-T staff.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

The roof....the roof...the roof is on fire!

2:45 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

So what's up with the exodus from Ok State and Minn? Exoduses? Exodi?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

To Coach Duke for that long...to go 6-45...many men would have given up...I give him credit for that

2:45 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

JetZ -
Pleaze expound & alzo expand on item 2. They don't handle them well becauze they have no oppozable thumbz, meaning they don't operate them well, or they don't handle them well becauze it'z bad for their health?

2:49 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

my cousin played defense at Duke for Roof, im gonna try to get a inside scoop on him here.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

It would be nice to have a good DC stay for a few years without leaving for greener grass...and to just not have to fire an OC every few years

2:50 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

I was thinking chizik would bring a DC in to coach DB's next year, but it seems this guy is a LB coach. I am guessing Koonz will be the DB coach now because of the Z in his name if nothing else.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I Think Jet means that they cannot get out of them...because they have no Thumbs...which is bad for their health

2:52 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Was Roof on the staff that O'Leary was going to take to Notre Dame until ND gave O'Leary the boot for his false resume?

2:55 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Taikwon Paige is a 4 star commit to Minnesota from georgia recruited by Ted Roof...im thinking theres a good chance this kid will switch over

2:56 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

It would be nice to have a good DC stay for a few years without leaving for greener grass

Or Texas

2:56 PM  
Blogger Guruwill said...

First of all I think this is a solid, big time hire for Chizik. Roof will be better recruiting in GA, than Nall was. Much like Chizik at Iowa State; I don’t think a bad stint at Duke means anything. It is hard to win at Duke and you see Cutcliff winning with his players. He brought in the best recruiting class to Duke ever in 06'. Minnesota’s defense was ranked 119(dead last) in 07'. In 08' they improved to 79th, which is great progress. Someone on Wiki knew this was going to happen because Roof has been listed as DC on there for 2 weeks. Is it just me or does it seem like we get 1 piece of good news every day here lately? Malzahn, then Luper, AC coming back, Boulware, Trooper, and now Roof!

2:56 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

By the way - I can make italics!!!!!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

War - That would make sense why he went to Duke in 2001 - When O'Leary left GT

2:58 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Tuberville's comment that some people are good coordinators, but may not make good HC's is comforting about Roof, but unsettling about Chizik.

2:59 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Jerrard Powers joins Barkley, and Tony Franklin next in line to call him self a dumbass

2:59 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Well said, Jhag.

3:00 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

ESPN-
The reason for Nick Holt's departure from USC to become Washington's defensive coordinator now seems evident.


The university said Tuesday that Holt could make up to $2.1 million as part of a three-year contract with the Huskies.

Holt will make $600,000 his first year and $650,000 in the next two seasons. He was also given a $200,000 retention bonus paid upfront, but that would have to be returned to the school -- on a sliding scale -- if he leaves before the end of the contract.

we should have offered him the bank

3:00 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Powers was giving very large cushions this year. I thought it was because of his bad wheels. He'll need to play a lot tighter in the pros. I think he can, but I doubt anyone will draft him on the first day.

3:01 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Anyone know what kind of scheme he ran at Minnesota? I think it's interesting that he left Duke and Cutcliffe is having (by Duke standards) some success with his players. Very Bill Curry-esque.

I hereby move that we banish "the roof is on fire" from HABOTN. We should be fervently optimistic that the Roof won't fall in.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

j-z...I'm pretty sure in this case it's pronounced -- Fi Yah - which is a very good thing!

3:05 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

my Cousin that played under Roof at Duke "He is awesome, Our Best."

3:06 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Big MikeZ16, you make a very good point. Although Roof is leaving Minnesota after a year, I doubt he will be looking to be a HC anytime soon and with his record, I doubt many people will be looking for him as a HC. This could end up working out good.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Powers will be a 2nd day pick, it is a weak draft for DB's -
As a Corner he will be drafted as a Nickel man at least for the first few years, If he puts on a little weight I would like to see him become a ball hawk style safty.

3:09 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Before "the roof is on fire" is completely banned, I'd like to add this - http://www.theonion.com/content/node/39024

3:11 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

J-Z, I second your "the roof is on fire" banish...unless he is fired...then it may be used once per Hottie in the 48hrs following.

3:12 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

also from duke player "Ted is the deffinition of badass"

3:12 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

If I remember, Roof ran an attacking style of 4-3 D with a good bit of blitz mixed in. I think he is also an older version of Will Muschamp with an in your face kind of style.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

ZteveFC, yes Roof is essentially coming home having grown up in Lawrenceville, GA. Highschool at Central Gwinnet and then Tech.

Ever spent much time in Minn this time of year? Not a happy place and the cost of living is through the.... ummmmmm roof.

3:15 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

An older Boom!

AN OLDER BOOM!!!!!

ROOF SHAKALAKA!!!!

3:15 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

powers could do alright, if he can stay on a roster his first couple of seasons, but he would have been much better off coming to the senior bowl and showing his one on one coverage skills to the pro scouts. All he can do now is go to the combine and get criticized for his size and speed. This decision will cost him a good bit of money up front.

3:16 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I can deal with Will Muschamp style as long as he remembers to coach the second half as well. Seems young Will forgets that sometimes. If Roof gets fired, can we have Coordinator on a Stick and Kicker on a Stick?

3:17 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

80

3:18 PM  
Blogger Suntiger said...

Lets Raise the Roof in 2009!

3:30 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

It is kind of interesting that this hire isn't generating nearly the excitement of yesterday's drama.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I have updated the main thread.

"UPDATE @ 3:40 p.m.: Still can't get this confirmed. I'm hearing mixed messages about the deal actually being finalized, but the two sides have held serious discussions."

3:40 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

This is not only the HABOTN but it's by far the most positive. I don't even bother with the other ones anymore. I'm sure some of them already have roofonastick

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the sticking point is?

3:43 PM  
Blogger michael said...

It turns out Roof plays stand-up bass - not exactly what the rest of the band was looking for.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

Wow, I just realized that I have been away from the HABOTN for a while. Lots of catching up to do.

Love all of the hires so far. Each one has been competent and complementary to the other. The Chiz is apparently a very smart man for what he is doing.

But Michael, I hate to correct you, however the sticking point with Roof is that he wants play electric cello. Apparently the sound is too dark for the upbeat mood everyone is in, but it is menacing.

3:49 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I'm definitely not getting the Stray Cats kind of vibe from the other dudes in the band.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

From Goldberg, it's confirmed:

The University of Minnesota has just confirmed that Ted Roof will be Auburn's defensive coordinator. He had the same role with the Golden Gophers.

We've been talking about the move here for awhile.

"Our defense improved a great deal under Coach Roof this past season," Minnesota coach Tim Brewster said in a PR release. "Good coaches are always going to be in demand and I wish Ted the best of luck in the future."

3:54 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I hear AU has spoken with the reps for Maury Buford......He does not coach......but he plays some Sweet Cowbell in the Superbowl Shuffle

3:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yes. Minnesota has confirmed it.

That only happened 15 minutes ago.

Can't sit down and breathe for a second anymore ...

4:00 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Welcome Coach Roof.....The staff has a gig at the Super Club next thursday, so practice playing "Smoke on the Water"

4:08 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Wow on JP. I don't know about his draft status, but his AU football status was easily one of the 3 best football players on the team. He not only was the best cover man, he was also a standout on special teams. A big loss for Auburn football. Good luck to J Powers, hope it works out for him.

4:10 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

How's this for a slogan:

Auburn Tigers...Our defense knocks 'em out like roofies!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Lovecrafty said...

Fun Fact O' The Day:

Coach/Dr. Lou Holth is theventy-two years old today! Happy Birthhhhhday to him!

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JGT - Thoughts on the DC hire?

4:25 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Underwhelming, I'd say.

4:27 PM  
Blogger michael said...

So I guess they made it work. The only question is did the band decide to change their sound and let him play stand-up bass or did they convince him that the chance to coach at Auburn was worth picking up your standard electric bass?

I am not under or overwhelmed. Merely whelmed.

4:29 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Jay,

you think willis ends up coaching somewhere on the D-line or linebackers with roof's linebacker background?

4:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's an interesting question about the positions. I'm not sure about that.

As for Roof in general ... you can't break the bank for every single assistant.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/ncaa/01/06/florida.strong.ap/index.html

I know I can't link but o well.

Apparently Charlie Strong says the only reason he hasn't been hired for a HC position is his race.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Or his wife's race.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

They made the choice to move him to Keytar, but only so they can cover "Dream Weaver"

4:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I find Strong's situation intriguing ...

4:37 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Willis might take the whole line, but I can see him taking DE's and working under Roof on the LB's

4:39 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Possible D-line coach... glen spencer assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator to roof at Duke and supposedly roof's college roommate .... Currently coaching at Ok State... how would that be for staff chemistry? Just steal someone else's staff.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

How many assistant head coaches are allowed on one staff?

4:41 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Roofie = Rohypnol

4:42 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

At least we are getting a guy that can recruit the East Coast and not just Big 12 country

4:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Roof will be DC only ... not Asst. Head Coach.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Jay - is Powers 100% gone...everything I have read has him mid 3rd at the very best, most are put him late day 2.....Marks is all over the Mock boards from 15 to 50, but at least he knows he is a lock to be drafted

5:02 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

JGT,
I don't really understand your pessimistic view of this hire. While I realize this is not a C. Strong or a R. Garner (who is extremely unproven as a DC, but a fan favorite), I think this is just as solid a hire as P. Rhodes was last year. Like you mentioned, you can't break the bank on every hire. Roof, in my opinion, brings a good background regarding fundamental teaching and recruiting to AU. This guy has a wealth of knowledge and is only 45 years old. This is, again, a solid hire for Chizik. I am impressed so far with Chizik's ability to get "his candidate" and not necessarily the fan favorite. Just wanted to know basis for your opinion. Thanks,

5:06 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

So does Roof coach Inside LBs and leave him more time to Coordinate while Williz coaches Outside LBs and possibly DE's?
I think it would expand Williz's resume to add another position to it.
And if Roof can coach ILB (1 position in a 4-3 D) he'd have more time to concentrate on coordinating and gameplanning the D. Right? Or am I just thinking too much?


I still want Blake or Rocker coaching the DL!

5:07 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

roofies for everyone!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I think that would be great if he only took the ILB, since those guys were who adjusted the D under Rhodes, and I would imagine the same would stand under Roof.

I still have Rocker on my wish list. I think he could make a huge Diff. in recruiting

5:21 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You know, Joshua, I didn't do a full background check on Ted Roof before arriving at my conclusion.

I had no idea he was even coaching right now. I have heard the name recently and I figured he was somewhere coaching some decent program somewhere.

So the hour comes today to write Ted Roof is the new Auburn DC. I have no idea where the guy is. I look up Minnesota's stats and they're pedestrian.

So we're looking at a guy with next-to-zero name recognition, a mixed bag as far as career achievement and ... I'm supposed to champion this guy as a great hire?

He could be awesome. Nobody really knows.

I said "underwelming" ... and what I have given you above should make it clear why I arrived at that conclusion.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hope that clears it up for you.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Kriztina said...

Well since I dont know as much as a lot you, I rely on Wikipedia and the previous team's message boards to tell me about all these new hires.

As far as Roof, most of the posts seem to be positive about him and thought he was in the process of turning the D around up there even though he had little offensive support.

And also, Minnesota fans think Auburn fans are insane. In case you cared...

5:36 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I think we just hired the "assistant" DC.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Thats ok......The Iowa St Fans think we are crazy too

5:39 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I think CGC had to make a big splash on the O-Side, which he did...This feels more like a comfort hire...someone who he will not have to teach, and runs his style D. That will let him focus on the team and not just the D.

I like the hire, esp. if he works out and sticks around for a while...running off to another school would be a $$$ or job issue not a resume booster

5:44 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He did take the nation's worst 2007 defense ... and made it average.

The guy has some skills. Clearly.

Is this a "splash" hire? No.

5:45 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Off to the GMAC Bowl to see what it looks like from the stands and sidelines. The weather is an issue.

5:46 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I agree with you Jay. I think it was a conservative and less expensive hire. I am hoping he does have roots in GA

5:47 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Splash Hire? No - But there is no argument with his D's while at Ga. Tech with O'Leary. He had more than 1 top 25 D while their. AU could have done MUCH worse. I like the hire.

LT

5:51 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Minnesota's defense went from last to 79th in the nation last season.

Duke's defense went from 113th in 2001 to 59th in 2002, Roof's first season with there.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tigercowboy: That's an excellent synposis.

Conservative and less expensive.

6:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Like a cheap republican prostitute.

So I guess Charles Barkley approves.

6:07 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Ted Roof "Roofie" + AU Defense= The Date Rape Defense!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

we don't need no water let the xx burn!

6:21 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Roof is probably going to be a decent defensive coach. He isn't even close to the Rhoads, Chizik, Muschamp level, but who is. I wish we had kept Rhoads, but as defensive coordinators go, Roof looks to be okay.

6:26 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Zoo Keeper:

Wikipedia is where I go to get all of my accurate information...


*cough*

6:26 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

If he doesn't work out ... we can always file an insurance claim and replace our Roof

6:27 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Faker...I don't follow Auburn football as much as you do so I have to start somewhere...

6:28 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Hi All!
Jay G, any news on the DC?
Sorry, that was for old times sake.

Not a splash hire, but it didn't need to be.
So our offense is a nympho speed freak and our defense is a Republican prostitute.
Me likey!

6:29 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Campfire to discuss the game tonight?

6:30 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Did anyone read the Melick article on the Tulsa offense?

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/sports/123123334622320.xml&coll=2

Graham talks about how EVERYONE has to be onboard, not just the offense but the defense and the secretaries too.

Roof was with a spread team at Minnesota and his offense ran a version at Duke. He is someone who can "fit" as well as run Chizik's defense.

A scary part of that article was that when Malzahn went to Tulsa, they're defense went from 30 something to 100 and something.

6:30 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Kristina...

Welcome back to HABOTN by the way. Hope the holidays treated you well. I thought you may have deserted us for Tiderinsider since it is more your speed...

6:31 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Nice Pic NoVa...love the saban cussing a storm! F$&#*# Class!!

6:33 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

ack- their not they're

6:34 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Im going to eat let me know on the campfire

6:34 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I thought it was an amusing pic Atlanta.

6:35 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I love Mike Gundy. I got a big man crush on the guy.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

2:26 mark...
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!

6:40 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

NoVa - The way it looks to me Tulsa did not have the Athletes on D to keep up the pace fast pace their new O brought. So often small schools (and the Pack 10) put the best athletes on O, and the D suffers bigtime.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Anyone else notice $aban's getting some Fran-Boobs?

He needs to watch that.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Try this:
he’s a man
and this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQorULp44N8&feature=related

6:50 PM  
Blogger mdaniel said...

I personally didn't think a whole lot about Paul Rhodes. When the defense is on the fild 75% of the time it's hard on any DC.
Off to watch the bowl game.
Go Tulsa!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Chris,
Wifey made that observation during the arse whooping. SaBear's got man-boobs.
He needs a mansierre

6:51 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Emmett-Defense almost always suffers at least some on a spread team. A strong defensive coach like Chizik should be able to minimize it but he also has to be completely committed to Malzahn's offense. We saw what happens when you don't this year.

6:52 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Should we take up a collection to send a mansierre to Saban?

6:54 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

We got Roof, Lupe, Troop, J-Dub,
Boo-Ya, Gus and Chiz.

I don't know if they can coach, but they sound like they could empty a room in a hurry.

6:56 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The crowd is pretty thin at Ladd.

7:02 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Chris I did notice saban threw his players under the bus after sugar bowl. He made statement we have to get better players. What if lets say a senior were to come out and say we would have won with better coaching.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Wow, there is noone at the bowl

7:04 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Bad weather probably has something to do with it.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aubie - My wife made the same comment about Saban's moobs....

TD Auburn...I mean Tulsa.

7:08 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Well, that was quick. So far, so good. That offense is fast.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Tornado warning might make the crowd light.

7:08 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Just saw where Montez Robinson, the former AU commitment from Indiana, has now verbally commited to UGA. I hope to see an improvment in AU's recruiting this year, but next year will be the more telling class. Too late to change many minds this year, but hopefully the new coaches can get an early jump on next years' recruits.

7:13 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Ball St may not have to punt this game.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

wooo hoooo I'm finally home

War Damn Gus Golden Hurricane!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

how's our new offense looking?

7:21 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

No where like home Mon.

7:22 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Nate Davis thinks he plays for Can't Hold Ball State

7:24 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

44 - That's the truth!

Harrison - are you watching the Tulsa game?

7:25 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

It is Fast Paced - For Sure....

LT

7:25 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Harrison

First possession ... off a turnover ... looked like the Indianapolis Colts

SEcond possession ... off a turnover ... looked like Auburn 2008.

7:26 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Welcome home, Omnica.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thank you, Jet, shugah.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

somewhere between the colts and AU'08 is an improvement.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Totally off topic, BUT

did y'all see Michael Carter committed to WVU and said, "I want to spend my next three years at West Virginia!"

3 years - ha

7:31 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Is that Barrett Trotter at QB?

7:34 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

who is that announcing dissin' my Gus? I want his name now

7:34 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Well I cant wait to see how Trotter does with this O - I dont think Kodi can run it, he will be our "Wildcat" package guy

7:34 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Monie,
How are the elbows?
Did they get rubbed?

7:35 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Why can't Kodi run it?

7:37 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I should have known last year when DeRon Furr committed and said - I can't wait to spend my next 3 months at Auburn

7:37 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Aubie, My elbows are sore!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

Jay G's avatar has me torn between humor and anger...


DC. Yeah. Yawn. Yeah. Roof on fire, yada, yada...I'm glad Auburn hired a guy that can take their 115th ranked defense and make it 62nd. Oh, wait, they don't have a 115th ranked D. Wonder what will happen now.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i'm pretty sure jay g's avatar is his favorite sock puppet

7:42 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Kodi may be able to run it, but he needs a lot of coaching. Either Franklin did a horrible job coaching him or he really can't get it. I'm inclined to the former.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

The reads in this O are crucial, Kodi had his issues with reading D's this year...plus that was with a limited playbook. If you only run 12 plays out of this O you will see pretty much a replay of the WV game....plays that will work a few times, but they wont last past halftime.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i think kodi will grow quickly with some real nice quarterback coachin'.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Franklin did good work with his QB's at Troy. Don't know what happend with Kodi

7:46 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Jay G,
Do you use your LinkedIn account?

7:47 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Watching Tulsa and Ball St play football is like... watching Tulsa and Ball St play football...yawn

7:51 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Franklin seems to have been totally focused on Todd. He would have been OK if he had his arm. We could still see Todd some next year if his arm heals.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Tula does a little bit of everything. You never know who's going to get the ball.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Linkedin = stalkers

7:57 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Ha!
Monie, I think you are making fun of me and my well founded Facebook phobia.

7:58 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

And they line up under center and run the ball at the goal line.

7:58 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Well the rain in Mobile just made it to the Plains

7:59 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Everybody repeat after me "no more Todd"....Nice guy, but I need someone a little more dynamic. Oh yea drop franklin he is an ass.

7:59 PM  
Blogger JetZilla said...

Maybe we should ask Jay G to post his curriculum vitae -- so we can know him even better.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Andre Ware does not like anything tonight...he acts like he is not happy to be in Mobile calling this game.

8:01 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

I am so tired of Franklin....the guy was a jerk who thought that his well you know didnt stink...Lets move on.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

you should all be watching Scrubs on ABC now. RIGHT NOW I SAY!

8:02 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

tcu rice houston texas

8:03 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Aubie - Yes, yes I am. :-)

Emmett - Amen! Adre Ware is on my nerves.

8:03 PM  
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