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Tracy Rocker speaks

1/12/09, LATE AFTERNOONHey everyone. I'm live blogging Tracy Rocker's introductory teleconference.

  • "First of all -- War Eagle. I'm glad to be back."

  • Leaving Ole Miss: "Houston provides a family environment. It's a coaching environment. (Leaving that) was hard to do. He's all about the players. I enjoyed working with him. It was a great six years. We had a great run. I've enjoyed. There comes a time when we all have to part ways and move on in this business."

  • He met Chizik while he was at UCF ... when Rocker was an assistant at Troy State.

  • "Coming back is a great honor. Everything you want as a college student -- I definitely enjoyed. A goal of mine is that I want to be known as a great coach. I'm not the player anymore; I'm a coach."

  • What are you coaching?: "I'm expecting to coach the whole front four."

  • "The thing I'm looking forward to most is hard work. It takes all of us to be special."

  • On Ted Roof: "I remember Coach Roof when he played at Tech. I watched him play at Tech when I played at Auburn. He was a great player. In the coaching world, all I've ever heard is that he's a great guy to work for. I'm looking forward to it."

  • Player personnel: "I don't really know much. I've watched them on film. I watched them through the season. It's a clean slate right now. I'm not going to make judgments on anything. I'm there to make sure we get it done, do it right and do it the Auburn way."

  • Recruiting philosophy: "You've got to love playing down there. You have to play hurt. There are going to be bumps and bruises when you play down there. Every college team and every pro football team is looking for great linemen. They're hard to find. I'm open-minded to see which direction we're going."


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Blogger Griff said...


5:00 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

way to go Griff!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jay GT- how did daughter get to soccer?

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

WAR EAGLE back at you Tracy!!!
Welcome home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:04 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...


5:04 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Welcome back Coach Tracy Rocker!!!!
War Eagle!!!!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Can you smell what The Rock is cookin'?!?!?!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

JetToro, "Know your role, AND SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!!!!!" man, i miss watching that guy when i was in college. ha.

i think we should end this post with #74 in honor of the 'great one'. welcome back ROCK!

5:09 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I drove her to soccer ... right on time!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Whew! Great work Jay GT. I was worried that priorities might have gotten mixed up there for a moment. But you confirm once again that you are THE MAN!!!

Thanks for the live blogging!!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

nice work JG. i mean, writer, blogger, radio personality, soon to be master of the recruting world, Rock Band guru, and soccer're like the Ryan Secrest of Auburn media dude. you can do it all!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Griff, it's going to be OK.

5:16 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Jay, great offensive lineman?

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm multitasking. Lemme correct that.

5:22 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Onterio McCalebb he is in.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

Nothing like knowing my puppy will be in good hands with her doc. He shook my hand and said "war eagle," as soon as he walked in the room.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

Cool about Rocker. Needs to shave his head, though.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

McCalebb was waiting on one final test. You know how that goes.

Apparently, he did pretty well on that test ...

5:29 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

PF, enjoyed the blog on your new family member. Beasley won't get out of my lap while i'm cruising the HABOTN. :)

glad to know your gal was in good hands.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

A-Day moved to April 18 at 1 p.m. for those interested. Not sure if this was posted on HABOTN while I was incarcerated today.

5:38 PM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...

is he known as a good recruiter?

5:45 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

This staff is coming together.

Jay let's organize a HABOTN field trip for the women's bball game against Tennessee on 1/26. We can all wear our shirts and look like a cult. What do ya say?

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you know I'll be there.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Grew Up watching Tracy, he is one of the names I always remember from when I was younger !! Welcome back Mr. Rocker you have been missed !!

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

post on earlier thread asked status of Bryce Brown

He visited K-State this past weekend. Scout doesn't show it as an official visit, so it may have been on his own dime.

He's a really really REALLY long shot for AU. As I stated earlier, I'll eat a shoe if we sign him.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

What? The rest of y'all don't take your laptops to the dinner table?

6:13 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I sat next to Tracy my freshman year in haley... All I remember is having to sit slanted since his LAT muscles took up 1/2 my seat. he was HUGE!!!

I wonder if he remebers that crazy Korean.. I always told him I would rule the world...

6:21 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Yo gang.

Mrs MichaelJanTerri added another child to the fold today, so HABOTN following will be sparse for me over the next few days. War Eagle and all that.

Also, it's the my first kid with a wiener, and I don't know exactly what to do with that when it gets poop on it. Gross.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Staff is shaping up much, Much MUCH better than I ever dreamed..... Hope we can take it to the field......


6:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Congrats Michael!
I don't remember our son pooping that far forward ;-)

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael - Congrats to you and the newest Hottie!! Just don't get too close or you might get unexpected splash affect.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Congratulations Michael to you and the Mrs.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Michael!

6:42 PM  
Blogger riskman108 said...


6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok going to focus on 24....c you all l8r.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congrats Michael!!!!

From what I have read, Rocker isn't particularly known for his recruiting, but I think that is okay. We have a lot of talented recruiters on this staff. If nothing else, he can just say hey, take a look at my trophies:)

6:49 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

congrats, michael jan terri! we need habotn t-shirts in infant sizes, now. #74! cool.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Michael!

Just beware when changing the diaper. That is all.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Congrats on the weenie, Michael

7:28 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

a.) Congratulations, michael.

b.) I think boys would be easier to clean.

c.) I think I should go on Finebaum one of these days.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Jay G.

1. Agreed.

2. Boys are much easier to clean.


7:34 PM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

JGT on Finebaum. i could dig it. it would be one of the few times i would listen.

congrats Michael. if you had mentioned this was coming earlier i missed it. war eagle and welcome the Little Mr. Michael to the HABOTN family.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Welcome to the Auburn/HABOTN Family Little Miss MichaelJanTerri...

Welcome Back T.Rocker....Its good to have you back on the plains....where all great Tigers belong...
War Eagle

7:48 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

please never go on Finebaum....It would be like jumping the shark....if the shark where an evil bammer hybrid of a Gremlin and Gollum from Lord of the Rings....{"Saban my precious"}

7:54 PM  
Blogger goooooood girl said...

your blog is feel good......

7:55 PM  
Blogger Quitstina said...

Congrats MalchealJanTerri!!

The boy will be easier to clean after the...well...I don't think I'll go there on the blog, but anyway...

7:56 PM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Michael!

May dirty diapers be your worst worry.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Congrats on the little pecker Michael.... did you name him Jan Terri?

7:59 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Congrats Michael! One word of caution, those little pistols are loaded even when you think they just emptied the chamber. So as soon as the diaper is off be on guard. They can fire with remarkable accuracy. You may need to watch the Bush shoe dodging vid to work on your bob and weave technique

8:02 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

BigCat - Loving the avatar.

8:03 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Thanks Monica...House is the Man

8:05 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Baseball game scene from Naked Gun ... good times.

Leslie Neilsen ... Canada's second finest import

8:11 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AuBigCat- YOU are the man. THT Jr loves House. I'll be nice and not say what I think about it.

8:12 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Congrats Michael...the whole boy poopie diaper is easier in some respects. Just be careful at diaper time and bath time to keep your head on a swivel, because that thing will go off without warning. I still haven't really forgiven my youngest for blasting me.

Mr. Jay G. Tate...don't do Finebaum. I think that doing his show would just add credibility to the lowest common denominator in sports journalism.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Keep your mouth closed when changing the diaper... at least until you get good at the bob and weave...

8:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bob and weave!

8:19 PM  
Blogger scott,will not,from tucson said...

and serpentine!

8:25 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Congrats Micheal....

I have three girls....

Worst thing was Colic....never got any sleep!!!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael and JGT ditto J-Z comments.

The ROCK is back on the PLAINS.

Considering how this whole coaching change started, I must admit that I think Chiz is doing as well as should resonably be expected. If this new staff can fill the remaining recruiting holes, we can limit any rebuilding time.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

First of all, BigCat has a great avatar. Second, Tracy Rocker is Can you imagine some player saying he is a little banged up and can't go? Sen Derrick. Its not too late I hope. You will never get a chance like this again...

Michael, Congratulations. And boy poopie diaper is easier than girl poopie diaper. Been there, done that, don't want to ever do it again.

The Overtime tonight was a clinic of defense put on by Louisville. Just letting that out so Jeff Lebo might try to catch it. Additionally, I plan on making a pilmagrige to the Plains to pay homage to the Lady Tiger and their sparkling record. If you are a Auburn fan, you OWE it to them to go support them. I haven't yet, but I am going to. I just enjoy good basketball, male or female.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

One simple suggestion Michael. When changing diapers, place a tissue over the nozzle. I have never been sprayed!

8:29 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Congrats Michael. Hope he is our first commit for what 2027.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

Thanks Scottie. We had our first vet visit today (new blogpost up about it at We love her.

Congrats, Mikal. I hear Tim Tebow makes a good, though unkosher, Moyel.

8:44 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Denny I'm trying to drum up some support for a HABOTN gathering with the Lady Tigers for 1/26 when they play Tennessee. Can you pencil that date in? You know that game is going to be insane!!

8:45 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

Michael ... Congratulations Bro! Big times ahead for you.

BigCat ... I like the field trip idea, but I can't make that one. I'm in for any other one though.

Jay G ... avoid the f-bomb. Stay strong. Don't give in. You'll hate yourself in the morning.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael - They now have things called Pee Pee Tee Pee's that will block old faithful.

Wish I thought of that.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I will make a point to be there. I will wear my HABOTN shirt.

8:48 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

We still like one more defensive coach to hire. Guessing it will be a DB coach. If Rocker is coaching whole DL will LB duties be split between Roof and Willis.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol @ Tebow the Moyel

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

24 is the BOMB!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

in honor

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


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


8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely done Tar!!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I echo the sentiments of others and employ you, J-G, to never give F-baum another thought...
We like the HABOTN to be pure, and free of corruption, and we don't want to see F-baum have the opportunity to compromise that...

9:00 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I'm up the ball game on the 26th. Will this be a family outing or just the grown ups?

9:00 PM  
Blogger ADP said...

D. Miller might employ you (how much you payin'?) but I implore you not to do it.

Couldn't resist. Sorry. :-)

9:13 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said... a new boy tiger...War Eagle
Mine just started his freshman year at AU and I had forgotten the surprise when changing diapers...don't think it won't happen!!
I would love to go to the Lady Tiger game with my HABOTN shirt on but am not sure I will be recovered from my daughter's wedding on Sat 24th
Just graduated and can't wait to get hitchen

9:15 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

JayG - do not go on Finebaum - I can't listen anymore and I'll have to if you go on! He doesn't usually play fair......

9:17 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Trazy Rock.......can't wait for the fall
War Eagle and Welcome Back!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I will pay... but, it's not much...Starting pay is $10 annual salary.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay G,

One last thing before I go to bed......DO NOT GO ON FINEBAUM!!!

or as Dylan Thomas said:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

9:22 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Pred hopefully we can do more than one. I think they will be playing for while judging by how good they are.

J-Z families are welcome. I'm trying to convince my 12-yr old son that it would be cool to hang out with his dad at a woman's bball game. I think he's buying it.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


9:24 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Denny ...

I thought that was Rodney Dangerfield's line from "Back to School."

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well well well.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look what the kitty cat drug in

9:29 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

can we get an OL coach already?

9:36 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

bout time you showed up

9:36 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

AUBIGCAT - House is the best man....great choice

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dangerfield did recite that work in the movie you referenced. His exchange with Sam Kinison in the classroom was great too.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crud......Phred's lookin' for you.

where have you been dude?

9:42 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I was wondering what happened to Tracy's brother, David, until I saw the video of Tracy, who apparently ate his brother.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

So far the DC is the only hire that does not get the Aubie Nation hyped...And he was a solid, good hire...Just not a firecracker

Weagle Weagle

9:43 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

FSJ ...

"I'm gonna keep my eye on you."

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this delayed OL hire will set off seismic alarms and attract recruits.

I know....they'll announce the OL coach and a Johnny Farms commit on the same weekend.

Anyone notice how many of the much maligned, lazy CTT "camp recruits" have turned out to be highly sought?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

AL.Com {sorry to have such bad resources} is saying that McCalebb will join Fairley and Freeman on campus this week....
They are also saying that Auburn is talking too John Thompson about joining the staff...what would he coach?

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freakin crud.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

John Thompson would coach defensive backs.

10:29 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Who is John Thompson

10:30 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

John Thompson is going to teach our DB's how to box out and rebound jump balls...

10:32 PM  
Blogger JD said...

thats what i was wondering miller

10:34 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Congrats to Michael! All we had were girls, so I'm afraid I have no advice to offer on changing diapers. Seems like my strategy was to do my best to avoid having to change them.

Jay, I got to hear you on the radio for part of the program again today - great job. Having to listen on my a.m. truck radio is pretty difficult. More static than words - I wouldn't do that to listen to anybody else. Well, maybe a Jan Terri song, but they don't play her very often on a.m.

I'll go with the minority and say that you oughta go onto Finebaum. At least I could hear you on a F.M. station.

A good evening to all.

10:34 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Tracy Rocker quote from War Eagle Extra:
I did my best and I left it all out there on the field. And you’re going to have to play hurt sometimes down there, and those are the things that sometimes playing defensive line, a lot of people don’t quite understand that you run into people every day. And you’re expected to run into them even harder on the weekend. So when coaches say, well, today they just took off the pads and everyone just kind of …. Well, there’s only a few guys that get to play flag football. And defensive linemen and offensive linemen don’t get to play flag football. They run into people."

Makes me want to hit somebody.

10:35 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...


I think you should definitely go on finebaum. Finebaum respects honest opinions without agendas, and you speak your mind and stick by your opinions more than any other Auburn beat writer although i've never heard Goldberg speak. I think it would be cool.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Chris in Inverness said...

Ok - the new Channel on my Tv is Palladia ---

How about:

1. Rattle and Hum

2. Isle of Wight - The Who (69)

3. Elvis Costello "Club Date"

4.Chilli Peppers in Milan.


Um, yeah. My first HD experience. this just in:

Keith Moon could play the drums live in concert and had a different way of doing it.

And his hair would fit right in in Dis Ch #1554

11:04 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Coach John Thompson

12:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good Morning Hotties!!! Rise and shine.


6:09 AM  
Blogger JgobravesHAG said...


6:21 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Congrats Michael, I suggest a welders mask to avoid any sprayage.

So is the John Thompson thing a go?

Just a few years ago he was the DC at Ark and UF, now he's dropped down to be a DB coach?

Jay G., you should definately go on Finebaum. Yeah the guy is a tool who just plays one side against the other to get more callers, but it's a ton of exposure and it would only be good for you.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, congratulations!

WarEagleRK, Thompson was also the head coach at E.Carolina. His record was about as good as Chizik's.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Miller said...

PM reporting that Steve Campbell has interviewed for the OL job. Other than some success in DII and JuCo ranks, does anyone know how this guy is as an OL coach? How would he fit into Malzahn's O?

7:29 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Michael- Congrats. Good luck finding some sleep in the near future.

7:35 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Mornin Hotties! In some unrelated college football news:

Did anyone see the article about the Florida State safety Myron Rolle who will study at Oxford instead of entering this year's NFL draft? He will enter the 2010 draft instead. He was projected as an early round pick. Rolle finished an undgrad degree in pre-med in 2.5 years and has been taking master's courses. He says that after his NFL career he plans to open a clinic in the Bahamas. Pretty impressive!

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, MichaelJanTerry.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Scott M. Brannan said...

morning hotties.

AUBigCat, i heard that about Myron Rolle this morning on the radio. pretty impressive. i remember seeing a piece on him last month (i think on ESPN). gotta love guys who have goals like that in life.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Kevin Skelton said...

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8:15 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Morning Peeps!!!

All Hail Hotness!!!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Looks like Steve Campbell is familiar with the hurry up no huddle offense. I would assume that it would be very important that the OL coach know A LOT about this type of offense in order to prepare the line. OL coach is a very integral component for this staff.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

For those who have been asking about Chaz Ramsey, you can read Evan Woodberry's article today.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Campbell also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I like how Rocker speaks well of Nutt and his experience there. I do think this was a great hire for Auburn.

8:39 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

As always it sounds like Key Ramsey is a bit too vocal in his son's life.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Unfortunately we are only hearing one side of the story but it sounds like this situation was mishandled by both sides. So sad to see this kid in the middle. Hopefully he can get his education and get on with his life with or without football.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Cotton to make his decision soon. Wonder where he'll go. Based on AU making offer to the Daphne QB and looking at other QBs, I'm guessing they either don't want or aren't expecting Cotton to commit to AU.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

They all are going to have to make their decisions soon. Did he imply he would make his before signing day?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It sounds like Cotton is going to make his intentions known very soon. I am getting mixed signals. Auburn looking at other QBs would seem to indicate he isn't the guy, but the way he was excited by Willis returning makes me think Auburn could still be in the mix.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - I agree with the one side of the story. But I am interested with the fact that I did not really see anything about xCTT involved.

Even as a CEO I would think he would get a bit involved with the situation if it got to that level.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Kathy- you'll have to ask Omnica, the all-knowing and all-subscribing Hottie.

I just check the headlines. I dislike the way the recruiting sites operate too much to actually subscribe.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tarheel - I would say that he will not come. I am ok with that...I think he jumped off the bandwagon too early.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Yes, I suspect he'll go Nutts. But who knows. Scout lists his interests as the 3 MS schools, AU, and K-State.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Robusto said...

All this diaper talk...

HABOTN, now with new and improved birth control!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That article on Chaz Ramsey seems very troubling. It sounds very likely that there were communications problems between the Ramseys and Auburn. I would have expected CTT to step in and get everyone on the same page.

I do hope that Auburn acted in the best interest of this kid. The team physician should have been able to overrule the trainers, which sounds like what happened. I think it is just poor communications on both sides.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

McCalebb being on campus is exciting. It looks like we will be fine at runningback. Tate, Fannin, and Smith seem solid. Maybe McCalebb will end up being a star.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Steve- The team physician and the Auburn Sports Medicine (training staff) work independantly of each other, but I would say that they are 9.9 times out of 10 on the same page. Goodlett's office is right next to Gamber's office, so if this happened as Ramsey say's, then I am very surprised.

The disturbing part of the story to me is how Coach Nall handled the situation. Cleaning out his locker without a warning is just not right.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nice story by Evan. Certainly worth a read.

Chaz Ramsey

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Eddie, my argument would be: It's football. Aggressive stuff happens.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Good morning JGT! Thanks for another HOT Day on HABOTN

9:43 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So, are we still hung up on Cotton?

Who are his other offers besides us? Southern Miss? Kansas State? Troy?

It doesn't seem any of the big boys want him, plus it doesn't seem like his dad would be a positive if his son didn't see the field one day.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Jay- I don't disagree. It is just the communication issues that seem to be unexplainable. Again, this story was told from Chaz's point of few and not the other side.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RK - I am not....I was all about him especially now that he was in the Baltimore area. Him jumping ship, prior to seeing what was happening disturbed me.

As always, pick the school, not the coaches.

9:57 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I just wonder if Cotton has any say in the school he picks, or if Ray Sr. will do the decision making for him.

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That I don't know.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Can't see Chaz playing for AU ... if he's talkative like this ... gotta believe Chiz will think ... let him be talkative for someone else.

10:09 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

I say Ray(Squared) and his Wife all have input on the decision....

It should take a family to make that decision in the best interest of their child and his future education.

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

Cotton has offers from the 3 MS schools, Ark, K-State, AU and several others. I don't believe we have offered his dad, and I hope we don't. I'm sure he is a nice person with good intentions, but he's been a bit more vocal than I'd prefer.

10:14 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

There is a difference in being involved in the decision and being the decision maker.

This should be a time for Ray Jr. to enjoy the attention he is being given, but (just from my perspective) it seems to be the time for Ray Sr. to get the attention and press for himself.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Protect and defend!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

The Great Raytini ...

"Cry, Mama's Boy, cry!"

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have any of you read the latest from Stephen A. Smith?

10:29 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

stephen smith is stupider than me. I also thought Gill should have gotten the job, and I was wrong. But at least I wasn't SO stupid as to think Gill didn't get it because of race.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AUIN04 ... That's pretty stout saying military. As a 34 year retiree (Officer) I would be interested to hear why you think so. Are Kodi Burns parents military? How about Key Ramsey (Chads father)? I think it is more a parents personality (Trying to live their youth again through their kids?) then anything such as the military. All parents are concerned as to their children's future some just don't want to let go and let them learn on their own.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have no problem with parents acting as a go between with the media. It makes sense. When I was in high school, I nearly soiled myself in speech class. These are just kids. Parents sheltering them while they make major life decisions makes sense.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I confess. I am a helicopter parent.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Is Steve Campbell an OL genius?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I also confess I am WAY behind at work today and need some sort of intervention.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Stephen Smith appears to be a great candidate for retroactive birth control.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Steven Campbell
Campbell also has an earned reputation as a coach who knows how to light up the score- board. His offense at DSU averaged 42 points in four playoff games and broke 21 school offense records. Campbell’s no huddle offense also shattered 12 Gulf South Conference Records and six NCAA Division II records. At Middle Tennessee, Campbell’s offense produced a 1,000-yard rusher and scored more than 20 points against three SEC teams.

Campbell learned how to keep an offense moving as a college center, starting in 43 straight games at Southeastern Louisiana University and Troy State University. In 1987, with Campbell under center, Troy State won the NCAA Division II National Championship.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

I'm linkin' lazy today.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got a new team motto. Our defensive line coach can kick your defensive line coaches butt.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TarHeel...helicopter parent?

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

You lazy linker, you.

Is that the kind of leadership we can expect out of you? I certainly think not.

Is that how championships are won? Absolutely not.

Link like a champion today!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, you intimidate a few of your daughter's boyfriends and suddenly you are known as an overly protective parent. What is this world coming to. I would have never actually used castration.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here you go, Luv. Helicopter Parent

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay G. Tate,

Your thoughts on the Stephen A. Smith article would be appreciated. Thanks.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Monica said...


10:52 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Sterling Griffin = great football name

10:52 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

What's the Woodberry story that is causing Bunker chatter?

10:59 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

if it's the entry that was deleted, I missed it.

posted by yeaauburn on 01/13/09 at 10:37AM
Evan, thanks for deleting that previous entry. That subject doesn't have it's place here any longer. We have already fought that battle and weathered that storm.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

perhaps it was a link to Stephen A. Smith. (I can guess what the "A" stands for).

11:03 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol oh well my curiosity was fleeting

Here's a word that hasn't been used lately and I miss it: snarky.

11:07 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

Here's the Article:

"Chaz Ramsey"

11:07 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Rivals on Monica ...

Monica 4 stars

Great talent, doesn't take coaching well.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jet, please Rivals rate the blog. That's fun stuff.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Profound and true, Jet. I'm guilty.

Thank you, Mobile. You always hook me up!

11:11 AM  
Blogger Will said...

I saw where our RB stable was being discussed in earlier posts (since Ont. McCal. is now in). I asked yesterday about the status of Reggie Hunt from Daphne. Omnica, do you know the status of this guy?

Also, I am over the Cottons. I don't think Ray Jr wants to be an Auburn Tiger. I get that he is talented, and wants to play pro ball one day and college is just another step for him (as it is with many kids these days). But I think back to guys like Cadillac, Ron Brown, and J Camp. They wanted to play in the NFL as well, but they loved AU like the rest of us do.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

I'm ready for some stimulating conversation. It seems really really dead lately, but I suppose that is par for the course for this time of the year.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Hey Eddie,

Why do we drive on parkways and park on diveways?

11:15 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm not an expert on caffeine or amphetamines, so I can't provide stimulating discussion.

11:16 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...


He's the Article with pics and a little more information:

"Chaz Ramsey Future"

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mr. Sensible. I had never heard the term. Maybe because I don't have kids.

11:21 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...


Indiscreet(Definition), do you know?

Answer: that's where a Black Man Parks his Car?


11:23 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Will - Reggie is a Copiah-Lincoln Community College and should graduate in December.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Will said...

(In police dispatcher voice)

Car 54, I have an APB search for a 19 year old black male. Approximately 5'10, 185 - 200 lbs. Last seen in the Auburn, AL around August 10, 2008. Subject runs a 4.4 forty and answers to the name Reggie Hunt. Mr. Hunt's AU family members are curious to his whereabouts. He is believed to be injured from a fall (from the face of the planet).

11:27 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Dang Monica, you beat me. Is he coming back to AU? If so when?

I know a guy who coached against him and was very impressed.

11:28 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Cotton will choose between OM and Auburn. He'll be a silent commitment until signing day, so if we commit another we'll know he's going OM.

11:31 AM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I can't believe a training staff would operate outside doctor's orders. If they did some lawyers are going to get wealthy.

We don't need any more bad press.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Will - Not sure about his plans after co-lin.

11:35 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...


I'm starting to not have a good feeling about R. Cotton.....

I have a feeling the NUTT has sweet talked him into coming to UM....

11:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that's so not PC, but so funny.

Did you ever hear the comedian who made fun of various ethnic groups by saying something to the effect, "if you want to know what it's like to be white, you gotta do what the white folks do". Depending on the group, he talked about not having a job, leaving a broken down station wagon in the left lane of the interstate, and kissing your dog on the lips. I cracked up at that last one, because it's so true. Mind you, it's never a French kiss, but Mrs THT and I love our dog. Anyway, who was that comedian?

Mon- sorry I exceeded 8 lines.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

You're forgiven, Tar. :-)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Did we adopt an 8 line rule? My apologies, I will adhere from now on.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Will - I'm just ADD, impatient, old and grumpy. It's not a rule. Just a monicaism that Tar likes to remind me.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks Mon! You can "lazy link" all you want.

snarky snarky snarky

I have no idea what it means, but I know you wanted to see it some more.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Monica = not old; youthful exuberance

11:46 AM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-"Da Man") said...

thanx THT,

I know it was but hey if we can't joke with each other what kind of HOTTIES would we be?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't remember an 8 line rule and as a member of the ROF, I will not abide unless Master Jedi Tate commands it.

And now, just to annoy Monica and others, I will purposefully exceed the eight line rule. :-)

After a recent article I wrote where I talked about the SEC dominance of the BCS MNC, an Ohio State fan and I traded a few friendly comments concerning his Buckeyes. He actually argued that Ohio State consistently has better talent than any of the SEC Champions of late (particularly Florida) and even Southern California for the last several years, but he said OSU HC Jim Tressel doesn't like to gamble and run up the score and this costs OSU dearly in big games.

I laughed out loud.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Eddie McCoy said...

Monica- I head to Martinsburg, WV on Thursday. It looks like I might actually get to see snow :).

11:48 AM  
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