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Trooper Taylor interviewing in Auburn

Hey everyone. A few fellow beat hacks* made the trek to Robert G. Pitts Airport today in Opelika. There, they found new assistant coach Curtis Luper flying in from Oklahoma State. He wasn't alone.

Another OSU assistant, Trooper Taylor, was on board.

Taylor is the Cowboys' co-coordinator of offense. He also works with wideouts. Prior to arriving at Oklahoma State before the 2008 season, Taylor spent four years at Tennessee.

*Hacks on the scene: Evan Woodbery, Andrew Gribble.


Blogger Kathy said...

TN is offering Garner $400,000. He will make his decision this afternoon. Where are they getting all this money?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

That's an excellent question, Kathy.

I don't know. I hope the Chronicle of Higher Education writes a story condemning UT for its outrageous spending on assistants.

If that publication wants to rip Alabama for breaking the bank for Saban, it's only right that Tennessee gets the business for this.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Trooper Taylor would be a huge get for Chizik. It looks like he's putting together a solid staff.

Jay, Are you hearing any names for the DC position?

1:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Garner won't even be a Coordinator. Assistants are getting paid the big bucks. I wonder if GA will counter. His pay there is $250,000.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

When I hear credible information on the DC, I'll post it.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Kathy where are you seeing that TN is offering Garner $400,000?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Trooper Taylor too? Wow! I think I am starting to understand the plan ... and I really, really like it.

1:54 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

It seems the new trendy idea is to pay a HC less money and pay the assistants more money than before. I am starting to wonder if RG was even offered a job with AU. If AU is paying the RB coach from OK ST $400,000, wouldn't RG justify that much or more? It would be interesting to see the TOTAL staff salaries at AU and UT before and after Tubs and Fulmer were fired(or resigned).

1:55 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Jay any idea what price range is for our staff.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Auburn will be paying unprecedented (by AU standards) money to assistants on this staff.

Considering Chizik makes approximately $2 million less than Tuberville, the Tigers have "extra money" luing around ... and apparently plan to use it.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Monica, ESPN

1:59 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

I guess that's good in a way. But if Chizik is a success we will need that money for him.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

TN fans are gloating that Garner turned Auburn down, but I'm not sure Auburn ever offered.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

College football is a huge business.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Thanks for the link, Kathy.

2:13 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

One thing I hope Chizik does if he is successful is train a position coach to take over as a coordinator when a coordinator moves on. I did not like the way CTT would just plug in a coordinator. I know he tried with Nall but I like training one to run same type offense or defense. All this depends on his success.

2:17 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

In other happy news, the NYT -- a publication I normally despise -- strips a little bark off of a favorite pantload of the Auburn fan base, Charles Barkley:

May I say something? Thanks.

Has there ever been an athlete with a bigger double-standard margin applied to him than Barkley?

Jeez. He's said "You see why I hate white people," and essentially called an Angolan basketball player a spear-chucker. Yet when he accuses Auburn of being a racist institution, our alumni and fans defend him or excuse it.

Eric Ramsey was the last guy to do that publicly.

Oh, and Hater: Thanks for all you do on the little blog of hate.


J. Kev

2:19 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

What a catch RB.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

tf44 - its worked for USC and UF is trying it.

I agree wholeheartedly.

2:21 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Does anyone have a link of where i can order some of Coach Luper's sunglasses?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I agree, 44.

Can we have Ronnie back? Thanks.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

Would Taylor really leave Ok St. for a lower position, like WR coach? Or would he a Co-OC with Malzahn? Or some other title?

2:25 PM  
Blogger michael said...

According to that link, Sen could go at 11. I guess he made the right decision if real life is anything like rivals.

2:25 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

trooper taylor would be interesting. i like his connection to the state of texas. in "this week in culinary trivia" i just read that collard greens were cultivated by the ancient greeks. i'm having greek food for dinner.

2:26 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Cotton, I don't know where Trooper will finally land his next job, but I think it would be hard at this point for him to stay with OK ST. When your name is being tossed around at so many different schools, it becomes fairly obvious you are looking for greener pastures.

2:32 PM  
Blogger michael said...

or looking for a pay raise at OK St, Depressed.

2:45 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Good point, Michael.

2:52 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i do have the distinct impression that au's openings are being used to attract better pay packages for people with no intention of working here.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Evan Woodberry added some more notes regarding his interview with Luper. I like this coach.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I know Joe Flacco could afford a teeth bleaching.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

TF44 ... that's what I was talking about when I said I think I am starting to understand the plan. Malzahn coaches two year, moves up somewhere and Taylor takes over. Just an educated shot in the dark.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Same here, Kathy. I like the connections between Chiz and Luper and then the connections between Luper and Trooper.

I hope they close the deal today.

I love that Luper said he just needs a desk and a whistle - doesn't even need a chair because he's hitting the recruiting trail...

3:03 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

I know little about OK STs' athletic dept, but I had assumed with Pickens' money coming in, money for coaching salaries was not an issue. Is that not the case?

3:05 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I think little room for advancement and being pigeon holed is an issue for some of the OSU staff. I read that in an article or two somewhere along the way.

3:07 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

Phred, all this depends on Chiziks success. If he is not successful coordinators do not get head coaching jobs and we will going through all of this again in 3 years.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Manning commercials = Monica boycotting those products

3:10 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...

What's wrong with Peyton Manning, or his brother?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Coaches have to look at a program's trend line. That, in my estimation, is why Rodney may be eager to get out of Athens.

As Florida settles into a dominant rhythm, and Tennessee is generating positive momentum through its coaching change. Georgia has no place to go but down.

CurtiZ and Trooper likely know that even with T. Boone's billions, Oklahoma State may be Cowboys, but they'll never be John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

Plus the head coach there isn't going anywhere. He's a young man. He's 41.

Auburn's trendline, which was heading downward six weeks ago, is a good bet to turn around. It's good place for an ambitious coach to be.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

hence part B of the plan ... surround yourself with excellent people. Chizzle is obviously not stupid.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

They are over exposed.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

monica hates all things main stream and trendy. love her anyway. that's what I do.

3:14 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Luper seemed to catch onto War Eagle pretty fast.

I like that he said he would be recruiting Texas. They grow them big out there.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

MasterCard commercial where everyone insults Peyton, and he takes it as encouragement.

Take a hike.

That's exactly what I'm gonna do.

Great commercial for MasterCard.

Sorry, Monica.

3:15 PM  
Blogger tigerfan44 said...

He is off to a good start Phred. I personally not impressed with Willis as a coach, recruiter yes but not on field coach. Luper and Trooper will be great additions.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey NoVa - Yep, I like that Texas talk already too. I just like everything I'm reading about Luper so far. Really like his story. It would be nice to see it translate to great results for Auburn.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Jared on FOX pre-game show. There's your overexposed, Mon.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Correction ... Jared on CBS post-game.

3:21 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet, that makes a lot of sense. I have to say, I thought it was time for AU to make a change from Tubs,but I was initially disappointed with the hiring of Chizik. After watching the moves he has made(and is still trying to make), I have hope that AU can get this program turned around. I would not have felt that way had Tuberville and the old staff been retained.

3:21 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Hey Mon.

When are we gonna hear about a DC? If we're waiting for a season to finish, almost everyone is done.

3:22 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Fell asleep right after plane took off from Stillwater, with dreams of the Trooper on board. Awake to find he's in Auburn. Yea!!! I hope CGC can get him on staff. And a big WAR EAGLE to Coach Luper.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

That's the $64,000 question, NoVa. Contact Period opens back up tomorrow and the clock is ticking.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Depressed, there was no hire we could have made that would have been worse than retaining Tubs ... that's not to say he's a bad coach or his staff was dreadful. Anyone ... just about anyone ... could create some positive vibes. Tubs didn't have the ability to do that.

He and his staff lost their mojo ... it happened to Fulmer ... happened to Jackie Sherrill ... happened to Nutt at Arkansas ... pick a coach, pick a program.

Momentum dictates so much these days.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Rivals has some great photos of Luper and Trooper. I can hear the theme to Shaft playing when I look at them. Very cool.

3:28 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Speaking of monentum, what happened to Ellis Johnson for DC? That sure seems to have died down. Maybe that buy-out clause?

3:29 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Scout reports Jay Boulware expected to join staff, presumably TEs and special teams coach.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

Can you dig it?

Trooper Taylor is a bad ...

3:30 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Fit is important and Chiz may be enough to get the defensive recruits for now.

They'd probably like to know who they'll working directly with before signing on the dotted line though.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Depressed ... maybe the decision has been made to pay the $ for salaries and not buyouts.

I don't know if that means Hoke, Herring or someone else we know or don't know.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Bouleware recruited and coached Michael Turner at Northern Illinois.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Luper and Trooper... You are right Monie, great pics.
Those have to be the coolest two dudes I have ever seen.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Aubie ...

How's that manifesto comin'?

3:35 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

jet, I personally hope this new pay-plan for the coaches works out. Instead of being so top-heavy, spreading the wealth(so to speak) amongst the staff seems like a good idea to me. Doesn't it seem like AU and UT have adopted a similar plan?

3:36 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Oh, I like it, Depressed.

My guess is that Chizzle realized from his Iowa State experience that the ability to pay a staff has a great deal to do with attracting the types of people you need.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

This has to be played at some point on game at day the stadium.

Can ya dig it?

3:41 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

Chizik seems to be getting his recruiters on the staff just before the dead period is over. I imagine he won't name a DC for a little while. I am guessing he might bring someone in from the NFL, possibly off a team that runs the tampa 2.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

I hope our DC runs the Ravens' 11.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

that ... is ... awesome.

Who is the man ...

Who'll outrecruit Sa--ban?

Lupe ....

Curtis Luper.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Goldberg says Boulware as Special Teams Coordinator

3:47 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

whattup hotties. the folks here in knoxville love trooper taylor. most were upset when he left to go to OSU. that would be pretty cool. he has a 'mushchamp feel' to him on the sidelines. high energy. the kids up here loved him.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Ahhh Boulware is a former Ute. Like him even more.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey, hey Scottie B. - I hope we seal the Trooper deal.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

If Boom is Boom ...

Then Trooper is KA-BOOM!

Jet has a new man crush.

Then Monica links us to Isaac Hayes ... can it get any better?

3:50 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Scottie B ...

my internet bank takes forever ... let me know when my check arrives for my T.

3:51 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Can Boulware recruit?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I agree that the DC is probably coming from the pros...

I like the fact that CChiz is expanding the typical recruiting area... With the Ark. ties and now Texas and Oklahoma with luper and taylor...

Hopefully they can bring in some great players....

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Michael Turner of the Falcons, Ryan Diem of the Colts, Mike Bell of the Broncos.

Boulware recruits.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

manifesto is coming along well. Not much to do in a shack in the wilderness. Amazingly, I am stealing free internet signal from Eric Rudolph's cave. Only problem is I can't go out in public in my cool shades and hoodie or I will get arrested.

3:52 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Jet, i got some mail last wednesday. we closed early so i didn't check it and we re-open tomorrow. it should be there. i'll let you know. :)

3:53 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Lay low, Aubie.

And if it's all the same to you, please don't send me anything in the mail.

3:54 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

hey, hey monnie. it's good to be back. ;)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Aubie has inspired me.

Unabomber for DC.

Even when the defense mails one in, it'll be a blast.

That's horrible. I apologize.

3:55 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

Jet Speaks truth (except when he's doing hip-hop).

Is he in the Ring? If so, I'm proud to be associated with him, however tangentially.

BTW, Hater, you're the King of Blogs, the same way Michael Scott is the King of Forwards.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

oh, and my cool porn 'stach!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

By the way, D.B. Cooper says "hi".

3:57 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

Speaking of sunglasses, Lupe gave a couple of Auburn fans orange Oakley's at the Auburn airport when he arrived.

3:57 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

auburn: so hot we're chizzlin'.

3:57 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

D.B. Cooper. Nice.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

JKev ...

But Jay G loved my rap. Truth is, I'm more of a LedZep guy.

3:59 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

D. B. Cooper- is that who Tennessee is getting their money from?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

You folks realize that D.B. Cooper only got $200k ... that won't even hire a special teams coach ... or buy a decent offensive tackle.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica ...

You're commitment to ferreting out information is UNPARALLELED.

I know what you've been doing, and I must say as one who considers himself a pretty effective stalker that I am not in your league.

(Tip of hat, which, of course, is turned backwards in honor of Trooper)

4:06 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...


But Jay G. has crappy taste in music. Just ask him. He'll ADMIT that he likes hip-hop "music."

Did the rest of you people know that Todd Snider, a great songwriter, wrote a great song called "D.B. Cooper" on his 2000 album "Happy To Be Here"?

4:07 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

Is it August yet?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Inverness Chris ((shamalama-dingdong)) said...

Nope but I did cry when NBC played Jeff Buckley's rendetion of "Hallelujah" over the ending of thier hurricane Katrina coverage.

Later I found the CD and more on Buckley.

What do we know about Coach Boulware?

Its odd how many black coaches are willing to come to such as racist University.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Monica = Hottie of the Week.

Jay G, make this happen. I can write a private recommendation.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Todd Snider - awesome. Saw him at City Stages a few years back. Can't remember if he sang D.B Cooper.
It's on my ipod and I listen to it when I cut grass. I sing it loud and the neighbors look at me funny. Could it be the porn 'stach, cool shades, and hoodie?

4:11 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

The OK ST scout site has on the cover page that reports indicate the AU staff is going into a staff meting and Trooper will be joining them. I didn't make up this rumor, only spreading it. Hopefully it is true.

4:12 PM  
Blogger J. Kev said...

Aubie in the Hoodie = Bringing the effing heat.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Cotton said...


I don't have much to add. I just wanted to be 100...

4:14 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Depressed ...

Spread it like fertilizah.
Put it in the Advertisah

Sorry, JKev

4:16 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

Buckley's pretty cool, but I still prefer Leonard Cohen's version of that song. A lot more raw. Cohen's a musical master.

That is odd, Chris.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Boulware hired as ST coach: Confirmed.

(Sorry, been outside for a few minutes.)

4:17 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Great News!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread up, will be expanding.

4:19 PM  

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