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1.05.2009

Trooper Taylor a Tiger?

1/5/09, NOONISH

Hey everyone. It looks as though Trooper Taylor, the popular Oklahoma State assistant, has agreed to terms with Auburn coach Gene Chizik. I don't have an official confirmation just yet -- official sources haven't confirmed anything -- but here is a story from the (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman about the situation.

UPDATE: Auburn's jet that was stationed in Stillwater, Okla., has returned without Taylor ... or anyone of significance.

I'll have more as this develops during the next few hours.

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Blogger scott from tucson said...

"godzilla" it is. contact the ad. with mon's permission, of course.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I believe the Rickrolled you were refering to was mine.
Things Rick Astley would never do...
By the way, he had a brother named Half.
The kid never did anything right the first time.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I read an article from a few days ago that Ted Roof may have come back into the race as a DC canidate, I am not sure how to feel about Roof...he seems to run at a slower RPM than our new O coaches

3:27 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I think the interlocking arms thing should end. I'd like to see us go back to the way we did it when Shug was there - elect captains before the season and have them lead the team in warmups and then lead the team to run unto the field. The asst coaches should follow, running as well. The head coach should come last, and he oughta walk. The head coach of Auburn deserves a little dignity and respect. Shug demanded it and got it.

3:28 PM  
Blogger scottatl said...

Roman,


Yeah I guess you are right, Robert Marve can go to about 95% of DI schools. you really showed me.

3:28 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Jet...I'm crying from laughing so hard. I can just see the eagle of the day ripping the eyes of the impaled kicker out in front of the 4 horrified visitors from Furman.

And Monica, I'll have you know it was the early 80's.

3:29 PM  
Blogger michael said...

If we really want to "fire" them up, then they should come out to some Crazy World of Arthur Brown:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW0O5pdIT3E

The kickers in the pregame competition will also be required to wear the flame hats like good Arthur does.

3:30 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I could care less if they bear crawl out of the tunnel as long as they come and BRING IT on the field!!!

3:31 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

I think they should enter to Rush's Tom Sawyer. No particular reason I just dig the tune.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

Part II ... Eltoro gets to wear the Godzilla costume on the field where he torches the opposing mascot.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

cowboy - how much less could you care?

j-z - oops

3:33 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I also could care less. How much less, Monica? I don't know. 7 or so I guess.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Trainers should come out of the tunnel first, jogging, then trainers, trotting. Odd numbered players < 30 are next, skipping, followed by defensive linemen doing the crab walk. Punters and kickers run out wearing ballerina costumes followed by even numbered players < 30. Remaining players enter doing interpretive dance, followed by coach Chiz dressed as Captain Aumerica on a Harley.
Music is Werewolves of London (club mix)

3:36 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Not Much...It is kind of like that whole BC chatter this morning...I am about JUST WIN BABY!! And I believe CGC is doing somethings that echo that phrase. I really like his moves and the lack of the Pat Dye impact. Not that I don't think Coach Dye did some great things put it is time to move forward.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Okay guys & gals - I would not believe it unless I saw it for myself, but earlier today Trooper had been removed from the Okie State website, just checked again and he has been added back. Should we start to worry?

3:38 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Part III--Then El Toro reenacts the love scene from Penitentiary 2 with the opposing mascot while he's on fire.

3:38 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Monica,

Whats the word....????You dug up the OK article this morning. Any change in the weather?

3:40 PM  
Blogger Jet Never GiveZ Up said...

J-z, I don't know you, man.

3:41 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Part IV - the opposing mascot then has a child. But not a normal child... it is a Tiger/Eagle Hybrid who instantly eats his mother.

3:41 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

A Tiegle?

3:42 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

of course, there's always "okie from muscogee" by merle haggard.

3:43 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No, j-z. That combination is actually known by zoologists as an eltoro.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Aubie is hired as Director of Field Taking

3:44 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Guess Pickens through around some big money!!!

3:44 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

chupacabra, perhaps?

3:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm not so sure about the Trooper-to-Auburn rumor any longer. Anybody else have any news?

3:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

With the Trooper story in limbo, I just gave up on the year 2009.

3:48 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

If Troop isn't coming, may I suggest we throw him a blanket party as a going away present.

3:48 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

Oh no we suck again

3:48 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

are you ordering a code red?

3:49 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Aubie - Chiz should jump through fire when her rides out dressed as Captain America on a Harley...with Trooper Taylor in the Side Car as Nick Fury

3:49 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Now, now, let's not all freak out. Maybe he is just hanging around OSU a little longer so he can steal some office supplies before making his way to the plains. He is particular about his pens.

3:51 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Maybe he has jetlag and just needed to rest some more. All of that flying may have worn him out.

3:51 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

maybe we should take the field wearing no uniforms, painted blue (like the picts--that scared the heck out of the romans) while "starship trooper' by yes is blaring. of course, if trooper isn't coming, this idea is off the table.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Trooper is back up on their coaching staff list:

http://www.okstate.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=200&KEY=&SPID=143&SPSID=1419

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we all agree that "Ladies and Gentleman" has got to go from the intro?

Why not Auburn Boys from Yt?

3:52 PM  
Blogger Just Win AU said...

Kathy, I'm giving up on Trooper. DANG IT!

3:53 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

The HABOTN is seems to be the one place that isn't announcing this as a done deal. JCCW even seems to be on the bandwagon. I am glad Jay is keeping us level headed until something is for certain. I have been disappointed in the past by announcements that turned out to be false.

3:53 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Ok... What is the deal with Trooper? Everybody and their brother has reporter "Done deal, Trooper to AU"... EXCEPT Jay G. Now, it seems there is question on whether he'll be a Tiger or not. Did T. Boone head off Troop at the airport with a bag of cash and a barrell of oil? Did he change his mind? Or, are the other sites just getting antsy because Jay G. hasn't confirmed yet?

What is going on?
Also, are we really going after Wickline off the OSU staff too (reported by PM)?

3:53 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Whatever happens here, we should maintain the dignity and integrity that is Auburn University. If that doesn't work, we roll his yard.

3:54 PM  
Blogger jhz said...

mrtommy - great point. I hope Trooper does show up on the staff, but I think CGC is putting together a high energy staff regardless of whether we get him. I'm sure there's a plan B (or Z) as the case may be.

I may have to go back to my former persona so y'all don't cnfue me and j-z. He scares me a little (in a TrooperZ chest bump kinda way).

3:55 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

As my childhood hero Scooby use to say"Rutro Shaggy"...I thinks we have a problem...No Super Duper Luper Trooper...

3:55 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

It would be great to see Troop, but if he does not its not the end of the world....If Pickens is tossing money around, I dont blame him for satying. If he is a no go, I want dameyune craig...that should help with our Mobile Recruiting

3:55 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

By the way, take all the hype for what its worth. This would likely be a great hire and an awesome offensive staff, but after the Franklin Experience, I am in wait an see mode.

3:56 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Some Ok St grad student is probably updating the website with information he is seeing on the internet or something like that, so I wouldn't put too much stock in what you see there. At least, that is what I am telling myself.

3:56 PM  
Blogger jhz said...

cnfue = confuse. Stupid blackberry.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Jay said he was hearing conflicting reports. Doesn't sound good for the home team, but I like Michael's theory!

3:57 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I just called Okie State's office and asked for Trooper..........He was out of the office.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Here's the deal:

I'm 100% sure that Taylor told Chizik that he was coming ... this morning.

Has something changed? Auburn doesn't think so, but I'm surprised by this delay. They're not. I am.

4:02 PM  
Blogger miztertommyd said...

You know I should wait till I hear it from Jay. And ya know what, Jay couldn't get it confirmed. I let the emotions sway, and now I'm getting to hyped and then possibly let down again. I've decided again to wait until Jay says it is so. Until then, we have Willis, Boulware, Luper, Malzahn and Chizik.

4:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

If he told Chiz he was coming this morning, then he will come. Coaches never go back on their word.

4:05 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

The thing is, this would make for an impressive offensive staff even without considering recruiting. OSU has had a very good offense and Troop was a viable candidate as the OC. Throw in him as receivers coach, Malzahn as OC, and Luper handling the backs, and that is an impressive offensive staff.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Can you think of a single time that has happened, Michael?

4:07 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

I can see Troop changing his mind. OSU has already lost one coach, so they may be wanting to put a stop to this. Imagine Troop telling them he is leaving for a $400k salary and them coming back offering $600k. It would be easy for him to change his mind and I can see OSU not wanting the offensive staff stolen.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I can't see us getting in a bidding war with Pickens!

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SteveFC, you are right. Auburn still needs to fix the offensive line issues as well though.

4:09 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

andy bitter says they took taylor's bio off the OSU sight and then put it back up 30 minutes ago.

4:10 PM  
Blogger ron mexico said...

i think we are getting played

4:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

...as reported by the hotties about thirty minutes ago.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's the OSU web site.

It's not like the OSU president or athletic director is the webmaster.

4:12 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

We're still on for Kicker on a Stick even if he doesn't come, right?

4:15 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

T. Boone Pickens grandkids probably run it

4:15 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

This whole thing is chock full of crypticity.

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

its all smokescreen. I think Tuberville is coming back.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another note, any update on Tray Blackmon?

4:18 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

Looks as if the plane is set to depart to Stillwater OK tonight @ 10:06pm. Unless i'm reading it wrong. Someone else please confirm.

4:20 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDxh3iyy9s


Tony Franklin and Charles Barkley like calling themselves dumbasses

4:22 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't see that, AUant.

4:23 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I am telling you guys, I think Taylor said to himself, "Uh oh, my Pilot G-2 pen is almost out of ink. And I know I will need some more sticky notes in the near future. And I have done a lot for this university, so I deserve to keep my Swingline stapler, right? Better make one last pit stop at the supply closet. Go on without me, I will catch up fellas."

I mean, have you guys ever used a G-2 pen? Have ya?!

4:24 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Well Phillip Marshal isn't wavering..I have been looking at Trooper all day on his page. He may be a risk taker though.

Maybe Trooper left his luggage on the plane so they are taking it back to him.

Forget what we are paying the coaches...what's the taxi fare up to by now?

4:25 PM  
Blogger AUant said...

flightaware.com then airport code: KAUO

Like I said...I could have been reading it wrong.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

michael, all we get are crappy bics and free drug pens at work. they break after about 8 clicks. i do get lots of free sticky notes though

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

4:28 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

PMarsh almost never waivers from what Auburn Media Relations feeds to him.

I felt bad for him during the HC search.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch, RK brings the nail gun to the blog.

:-)

4:29 PM  
Blogger michael said...

That's because T. Boone Pickens doesn't stock your supply closet, Harrison.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I retro-posted an item below ...

Jeff Lebo appearing in Montgomery on Wednesday as part of an Montgomery Auburn Club event.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe T. Boone offered Taylor his own windmill if he stays at OSU.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I would just like to say you all are so much fun!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auburn's aircraft is scheduled to go to Mobile and back first. Then scheduled to depart for Stillwater at 10:06 pm

4:34 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

To be fair to PMarsh ... Trooper did say yes to Auburn.

So even if Taylor ultimately doesn't take this job -- which I still consider unlikely -- PMarsh is covered. He reported the facts.

4:35 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

It is like the engergizer bunny we just keep going and going and going...That has to be the longest running ad campaign in television history by the way..

4:35 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

that already happened.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I still don't see this stuff.

I don't see the Mobile flight, I don't see an upcoming flight to SWO. I see another Auburn plane coming back from MCO (Orlando) shortly ...

4:37 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenzchmidt (50%) said...

jay, they're just reading the history. nothing new there.

4:38 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay,

I agree that PMarsh is just reporting what was said. I'm just saying in recent times PMarsh hardly ever goes away from the company line or what he is being fed by his sources.

I think he's a great writer, but sometimes he seems a bit blinded by his loyalty to Auburn.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter is correct Jay. My mistake. I did not click on the departure to see the info. Those flight happened earlier

4:39 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

AUant,
That flight leaving AUO at 10:06 was last night.

4:42 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I can't stand this anymore...I am going over to the RiverView Plaza and ask Gus just the hey is going on. We have to many conflicting stories...IS you or Is you not my constituent....then get it done already.

4:42 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Maybe they are waiting so Trooper can make the announcement himself at his high school.

4:46 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Can I say this in a nice way? One of the best things about this blog is that Jay is not an Auburn fan. Not all of the numerous other sites' reporters can say that. Not saying that there is anything wrong with being a fan covering a team, I just like this approach better. Now, back to the trooper- watch.

4:47 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Michael,

Maybe you are right. He can have a press conf. with Auburn, OSU, Miami and Tennesse hats out front and try each one on and say this one fits just right....and the winner is....

4:48 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Just saw Gus leaving the RiverView. I yelled out Trooper and gave him the thumbs up and he responded with the thumbs up. Here is where it gets muddy, I am not sure if he thougt I was calling him a trooper or if he was referring to Trooper. I am more confused than ever.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Everything is fine with Trooper.

He's on board. No issue.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll make a new post.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Matt01 said...

Whew

5:05 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

So he was talking about Trooper...Good he understood me.

5:05 PM  
Blogger ZteveFC (Live to Punt) said...

Don't put too much stock in the webpage going away and coming back. This could have simply been due to server load. A server only accepts a limited number of requests and there could have been a flood of people wanting to know about Troop. I doubt the page was actually taken down.

5:07 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

depressed,
I agree with you on the part about Jay G not being a fanboy...
However, to add to your point, Jay is one of the very few that can cover AU without showing a bias. Several (in this state) are assigned to cover AU, but are fans of the other team, and this comes out in their coverage.

Jay, we appreciate your professionalism.

5:21 PM  
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