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2.04.2009

LIVE -- Gene Chizik NSD press conference

The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CST. I am here.

  • "We've had a blast. It's been so great to go out and recruit the state of Alabama. It really has been very exciting. We were excited when we got here and we're more excited now."

  • "It was a big day for us today."

  • He's thanking coaches and the "player hosts".

  • "We had about three or four weeks to hit the ground running and recruit. We talked about a standard -- what Auburn is and what Auburn stands for. We made sure we recruited the right player. That's very important to us. I wanted to make sure we recruited student-athletes."

  • "It was really the first step in the foundation of what we're trying to do."

  • "A lot of people get caught up in the rankings. People get caught up in the stars. At the end of the day, they're not tell-tale signs."

  • "We're going to go out now and re-recruit our own players. We'll now get ready for the business at hands over the next six or seven months."

  • (Assistant coaches) "dug up guys form everywhere."

  • On the apparent surge during the past few days: "This day is a little nerve-wracking. It comes down to the past two or three days. I have to give credit our coaches who stayed in there and fought. They kept fighting and we ended up signing them."

  • On DeAngelo Benton: "We got him on campus. We threw our hat in the ring. We battled for him. Our assistant coaches kept fighting on that thing. That was never an easy get up until the time we actually received the fax. We thought we were in the race because we got him on campus."

  • "To a certain degree, it was like the NFL Draft. We've got to go get the best 12 or 13 guys on offense; the best 11 or 12 on offense. There has to be a mean to the madness. We had to find a balance between the best players available and what we needed, number-wise, to balance out the class."

  • "I can say that I'm happy with the class. Our goal is to make sure next year's recruiting class is better than this one."

  • On recruiting with staff vacancies: "The guys I put out on the road believed in Auburn."

  • "I'm excited about the result we had on this Wednesday morning. This was a huge, landmark day for us."

  • On his emotions this morning: "It's kind of like game day. You've got to produce. You've got to go in there, the adrenaline has to be flowing and you have to produce. I didn't sleep, but it was neat. It's your test. It's your exam. There was adrenaline flowing."

  • On getting kids out of Texas: "A lot had to do with pre-existing relationships and the timing of the whole thing. We have coaches who have recruited in Texas and had phenomenal relationships. You're able to get your foot in the door. When you get your foot in the door and get a young man here to campus, we feel like we have a shot. And it's a legit shot. We were able to close the door in the end."

  • On Moseley: "We're always looking for winners. It's hard to win one (state championship). He's won three. He's won a couple in baseball. He's exactly what we have envisioned. We're looking forward to him coming in here to compete."

  • Chizik doesn't want to compare Moseley and Tyrik Rollison. "They are two great quarterbacks who can come in here, learn this offense and earn this job."

  • On Eltoro Freeman: "You talk about an excitable guy? He's exciting. He's what you're looking for at that position. Getting here mid-year, that gives him a chance to get the defense. When they come in January, their chances for playing go up."

  • Chizik doesn't want to discuss which newcomers have a chance to play next fall. "We tell them: `If you're the best guy, you're going to play.' We want to open the book for them and give them some hope."

  • "With speed, we're always looking to upgrade there. We feel good about where we went in that direction."

  • On Benton's year off: "Coming out of high school, he was one of the top players. There are different circumstances with all the guys out there. He's one that we found. He looks like he can come in and play today. He's a couple years wiser. All you have to do is put on his senior-year highlights and you say: `Yes.'"

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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

222 Comments:

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Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

one to the chizz!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two for the road.

Thanks for all the updates today, Jay G.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Updates = my function.

Visiting the site = your function.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

WDE

GREAT DAY

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitting the refresh command multiple times a day=duty of all HABOTN followers

1:50 PM  
Blogger michael said...

You can tell Chiz is saying, "BUY! SELL! BUY! SELL!" in that picture.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Steve, about that K Hart deal, I think it is a sad story as well. Sometimes these 17-18 yr olds are put into grown up situtations when they are not mentally ready to be there. He is playing JUCO now and looks like he'll make it through this whole thing.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Koolaid for all!

1:55 PM  
Blogger AUNugget said...

Yes, i think he should be referred as The Chiz, like the fonz, but awesomer.

and in case i don't get another chance, thanks for all your work Jay G. it makes my day(s).

1:56 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

apparently, my function is two part:
1. visiting the site
2. ignoring my work which is piling up higher and higher

1:56 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

7 tyrik rollison

1:56 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Hitting the refresh command multiple times a day=duty of all HABOTN followers

Definitely!!!

I am hyperventilating now........

1:57 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

wow I was way off 12 chris Todd

1:57 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I await live coverage fhis momentus occasion.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

FSJ- although you've teased us with KK thoughts, I'm quite certain The Chiz wouldn't have his presser simultaneously with a "KK to Auburn" announcement. He's a bammer, or an ACC tiger.

2:01 PM  
Blogger michael said...

What if chizik says, "Unfortunately for, Auburn, your top recruits didn't look at the fine print. Muuuuwwwwwahhahahahahahaha!" and then he rips the mask off to reveal his true identity: Nick Saban! "Your top recruits just signed with bama. See you at the Iron Bowl! Start the car, Willis."

2:01 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Dr. HABOTN

2. ignoring my work which is piling up higher and higher

Do you have a cure for this?!

2:03 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

KK to Bama.

2:06 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Todd McShay is an idiot. He was just on ESPN2 talking about how disappointing Auburn's recruiting class is. Said we had 26 committed and lost 12 of them. Where has he been???

2:06 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

WEG - Rx = turn this thing into a pay site

2:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

There was a presser just like this when I chose my college. I don't see the big deal.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Scout.com, 10 SEC teams are in the recruiting top 25.

2:06 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Dre K to UAT

2:07 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I barfed! What a show.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Dre Kirkpatrick to the Atlanta Braves apparently.

2:07 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Dre too...

2:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

the productions are embarrassing

2:08 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

I have F5'd so much today, I may go blind.

Or wear a bandaid on my index finger all day tomorrow.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What Saban's doing, buying parents, I mean recruiting parents!

2:08 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Dre was a clown. Athletic bag with a sealed pillowcase bag inside, with a red box and an UA hat inside. What happened to just announcing where you were going?

2:08 PM  
Blogger astatguy said...

I chose Auburn over Bama, Huntingdon, Troy State, and Tulane, but no press at all. Of course the scholly was academic.

2:09 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

The Kevin Hart story is just one example of the pressure. What happens with real recruits is just as bad.

To a large extent, I believe these high school recruits are abused. Many schools present an unrealistic picture that the recruits are destined for the NFL. Of those told that, only a small fraction actually make it. Others go to the NFL and realize it stands for Not For Long.

This is why I liked the way Rocker seems to have treated Egua. Give the kid honest opinion of what he can expect, present where he fits into the program and make it clear where hope and reality are.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

How does Rollinson and Benton line up with this "recruiting student athlete stuff"

2:09 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

And he ain't scared of Julio....

2:09 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) - I tried the pay thing... did nto go over well with the ownership..

2:09 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I thought Todd McShay was an NFL draft guy. What the poop does he know about recruiting?

As tourettes guy would say, "I'd like to see you walk a mile in my sh%$!"

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will say. Dre just got burned, that is just shocking?!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Will said...

I guess AU doesn't have any swagguh either. Oh well.

2:10 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

I'll have a glass of that kool aid big mike.

2:10 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Again, I say this for us as well...

Lets go back one year or two years from now and see if any of these kids are playing or even on the team. Its their 5 seconds of fame. When the step on campus the team has them then, no need to kiss their butt. They are then just a number fighting for a position.

2:10 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

By the way, I have no problem with parents such as those of Cotton that shield players from a lot of this. High school kids know little of the real world and it is easy for them to be lead astray.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Dear Leader - sometimes medicine tastes bad.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

press conferences to announce was bad enough - and now this stuff - someone needs to stop these people from making fools of themselves

2:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Tommy said it's hard to beat Nick with the way he's got that program rolling......

2:12 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Why did Dre Kirkpatrick take an Atlanta Braves hat out of a black bag, that was inside a box, that was inside a backpack???

2:12 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

We will only begin to get an idea of how good last years recruiting class was this coming season. Stars are fine, but the proof is on the field.

2:12 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

So, according to Tubs, they worked very hard on Dre and KK and all the kids in state, but just couldn't beat Nick.


I'm laughing in the floor right now!

2:14 PM  
Blogger patdyeswildturkey said...

Agreed Steve, agreed....

2:14 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

That's what he said Miller.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

The proof is also in PatDye'sWildTurkey.

2:16 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I don't buy it Kathy... Not for a second. From all reports Tubs and co. Completely ignored Gadsden.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I guess we can't ask Tubs for a refund. With "representatives" like that, who needs enemies.

JAY GT - I don't see how you do that real time. You'd make a great court reporter, or is it court recorder. Whatever.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Chizik said "Our goal is to make sure next year's recruiting class is better than this one." He has thrown down the gauntlet!

2:18 PM  
Blogger BinOBA said...

I have faith coach Malzahn can atleast make us harder to deal with in an X's and O's standpoint. The X's and O's and mph is what i'm excited to see on the field. 27 will be a monster in this offense.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Did Dre K. also have a snack in there? As long as that took, I thought he was going to pull out a table cloth and a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

I was also impressed that he kept that grim, serious look on his face the whole time, as if he didn't know it was all some silly gag. I would have used a Thrashers cap instead of the Braves but maybe he doesn't like ice hockey.

2:18 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

To me Gene is more well-spoken then CTT, sounds more professional and wise

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how would Tuberville know? He didn't even try.

2:18 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

It wasn't a Braves had Dre pulled out...the Braves A doesn't have the swoosh thing coming off the top of it. It's just an Alabama hat with a weird color scheme.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Miller, Dre did come to Auburn's camp, so I'm sure Tubs talked to him there!

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. HABOTN, I was just thinking something along those lines.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Will said...

It sure looked like a Braves hat. Navy blue or black and red...

2:22 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Re D. Benton. This from a headline on the Rivals site. No. 3overall. Why they now list him as four-star is anyone's guess:

Signing Day shocker for Auburn

by Jeffrey Lee
Former Bastrop (La.) High standout receiver DeAngelo Benton has shocked the recruiting world and signed a National Letter of Intent with Auburn. Benton, ranked a five-star and the No. 3 overall prep school recruit in the country in 2008, was a two-time LSU signee.

2:22 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

I am glad to see Chiz say we are looking for student athletes and not to get caught up in the stars. He seems to be right along the same lines as we have seen in the past, which is good.

2:23 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Yep..it was Crimson and Black which are GCHS's colors.

The logo was the Alabama A...not the Braves A.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Monica, did the day meet your expectations?

2:24 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

As a Braves fan, and a resident of Atlanta, I can assure you that it was NOT a Braves hat.

2:24 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

Bizarre posts like Tuberville didn't even try seem childish and obviously an out right lie.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

How far in the past Steve?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Just hit the DVR to watch Dre. How frikkin funny was that?! First of all, he forgot to thank his baby mamma... then he committed to the Atlanta Braves. Was the dollar store out of bammer crap?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Will said...

D Benton's "stars" fell to four b/c he showed interest in AU.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finebaum now has "experts" on saying no way will Benton qualify.

2:25 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

JGT,
Can you ask Chiz if he plans to make OL and LB priority 1 and 1a next year considering the lack of depth at each position?

2:26 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

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2:26 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I can attest to the fact that Tuberville was lax in his recruiting up here..

The assistant that was signed to this area (Coach Price I think) did a good job...

But an assistant isn't going to out recruit the HC of the other big time program in the state.

Tuberville is the one to blame for AU striking out up here the last two years. Chizik won't make the same mistake..

2:27 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

Big, I don't keep bringing him up and childish fans telling lies doesn't change the truth.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Luv - I've been so happy with how this staff has approached recruiting that I was pleased before today. The fact that they delivered as well as they did is just icing to me. Next will be getting them enrolled.

2:28 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

According to Bastrop Recruiting Police and All Around Permission Giver...Benton was SURE to qualify this time around.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact: Tubs went duckhunting when Saban was out recruiting.

To me, that's not trying. How in the hell is that childish????

2:29 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Dr. HABOTN has issued the medicine on the mourning period.

2:29 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

signed to this area?

Am I drunk?

Assigned. Sorry.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Maybe Tubs wasn't everything he was quacked up to be.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping a girl out, FSJ.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Dre about to be on Finebaum. Somebody call and ask what position he will play for the Braves.

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Omnica, I'm sure you help out with that.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

AUBIE IT'S NOT A BRAVES HAT. Geeze folks. If you're going to make fun of someone make sure you have the right material.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

One of those tools on ESPN is using my name for some type of HS award. If he doesn't watch out, I'll have to get Brad Bradshaw on him!!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I meant to say, I'm sure you can help out with that.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Steve, Tubs is on ESPNU. Has been all day. Folks are watching and listening to him, so naturally they are making comments.

Moving on. Love how hard this group of coaches have worked. Wait until they have a full year under them.

Now it's time to finish how the staff.

2:31 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

There are a lot of fans that are pretty embarrassing. Idiotic comments about what coaches happened to be doing on a couple of days are pretty ridiculous.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Seanz: Do you have something against the Braves??? Or humor in general??

PS. We know (insert huge sigh here)

2:32 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:32 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Well look at it this way, Tub on ESPNU is not nearly as bad as Matt Millen being on NBC analyzing the Super Bowl...

2:32 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

This is from Bryan on AuburnSports.com

On Benton's Ranking

"DeAngelo Benton was not added to the 2009 database until this morning after he committed to Auburn. It's Rivals policy not to rank players that are not playing that year and are expected to re-sign with the same team for a second or third time. Benton signed with LSU in 2007 and 2008 and counted on their team rankings. He was a 4-star in 07 and 5-star in 08.

Because he is now signing with Auburn, Rivals has added Benton to the database and assigned him a 4-star ranking (5.8). It's the exact same ranking they assigned OL Jermaine Johnson, who signed twice with AU but is now enrolled at Miami. Johnson was a 3-star out of high school in 07 and a 5-star out of Hargrave in 08.

On the other hand, Bama's Kerry Murphy, who signed with Bama a third time this year did not get a 2009 ranking and does not count in their 09 team rankings. That would have also been the case for Johnson if he stuck with Auburn and Benton if he stuck with LSU."

2:32 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

In terms of recruiting, it looks like this staff will be great. I still can't get over that we actually got Benton.

I am wondering about the offensive line and the valid points jhag brought up. It would be interesting to hear what Chizik thought there.

2:34 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I am with SteveFC on this... people around here like to act like Tuberville was worse at recruiting than he was. He had a pretty bad year last year, but other than that, things were pretty good.

That being said, this staff looks like it is built much more for recruiting, and that is awesome. But the, "Tuberville sucked so bad" stuff is getting annoying. He obviously did something right with the amount of wins he got over the years.

And, not to rain on a parade, but....well.... Chizik won 5 games the last two years. I think he has a good enough supporting cast to win here, but there is nothing that proves to me he is Pete Carrol/Nick Saban and not a Charlie Weis/Ron Zook. Today has been awesome, but it is a little nuts to be singing "Ding Dong, the Witch is dead, Tuberville's gone, we gots Chizik instead!"

2:34 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Clear as mud Monica!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Let it Go Already!!!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Steve, we all (you and I included) say embarrassing, idiotic things from time to time. Simma down over there. Do you need a nap?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

We need some good dip with all this chippiness.

2:34 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

I don't have anything against humor or the Braves...In fact I love the Braves, and I don't want a Braves hat supposedly sitting on Dre's head.

That said, he might actually be an upgrade to the Braves roster...sigh

2:34 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Not sure we'll have 80,000 for the A day game but a big crowd would be a nice showing of support.

Wonder if the ignorant on the al.com blog are still spewing forth about the Chiz hire? Nah, not going over there to check it out.

2:34 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

And what I hear about KK to Bama was that it all depended on how the dominos fell with Randle.

If Randle had gone to Bama...Kelly was going to Clemson.

Auburn put forth effort on him after Chizik arrived. I think had they been there the whole time he might have ended up in Lee County.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy, agreed. It's pretty exciting to think about what will happen from here on out.

2:35 PM  
Blogger michael said...

In a scary parallel, Charlie Weis has recruited great everywhere except... the offensive line. And he is a genius just like Malzahn.

Lets hope we get some o line next year.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

lol Kathy - exactly!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

The Seanz,
I live in Aubie world. In Aubie world, that is a dang Braves hat. At the very least, whatever the hell hat is was, it was not an officially licensed UAT hat. It was not crimpson and white and the bill was flat as a board... which, in my opinion, should also be illegal.

2:35 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

The thing with star is also that they are relative. They basically grade on a curve, with them allocating so many of each. So, if there is a lot of very talented players, some five stars will drop to four stars.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Kum Ba Yah, my Lord.

Kum Ba Ya!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Jet - How about some black bean soup instead?

2:38 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Can't we all just get along?

2:38 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (Live² pÙnt) said...

Charlie Weis is a good example of not judging your head coach too soon. He started off great at Notre Dame and they basically gave him the keys to the place. Then came the sudden fall.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

I agree Michael....OMG....no I don't. I'm glad Tubbs moved on and would have supported whoever we hired. It happened to be the Chiz so I'm now a Chizler. Nuff said!

2:38 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Aubie, on that we agree. That hat was ugly as sin. It could have only been worse it was that ridiculous houndstooth cap. Dre and Tana have been put on the top of the SeanZ list of ridiculous hat choices today.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I said wasn't childish or idiotic. I was just giving ONE example. I'm not saying he was the worst recruiter ever. I'm just saying the over the past couple of years, it seems he didn't work as hard as he could have. I'm not the only one on here to say this. And, now I'm done.

WAR DAMN CHIZIK!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm thinking we have spent too much time together today! Kind of like a family on the 6th day of that week long rainy vacation couped up in the hotel room!

2:40 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

SeanZ...

Tana's hat was great...

2:40 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

"$teve," let's just get this over with. You actually ARE Tommy Tubberville. No one would be so sensitive about whether the guy was slacking off duck hunting or not, or a million other charges you get so rankled about, but THE guy himself.

So, Tommy, my thanks for running a clean program for so long and being a great representative for Auburn. And thanks for resigning and moving on when your tank was empty.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Aubie - is that a list you have every day?

2:41 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

I made the mistake of drinking 4 mugs of coffee and having 3 different media streams running together...I am WAY too keyed up.

2:41 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I support chiz also, and the staff choices have been awesome. It's the Tubs bashing that annoys me. I think once a couple of seasons have gone by, the same old choir bashing Tubs will be bashing Chizik. This staff just hasn't had a chance to be turned on yet because they haven't lost a game yet.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Sean... we agree on the hat - ugly as sin. I am good with that.
Dre just said he wanted to go to Texas but he changed his mind when his son was over at his house the other day. He realized he would only see him every four months.

2:41 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

FSJ, its a great hat if you like ripping off Bobby Bowden and looking like you should be incognito in Central America.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Great point Comm'r.

Thanks for everything Tommy...see ya at the lake.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Monnie,
What list is that?

2:43 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks Jay G for the live blogging of the press conference.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

nevermind

2:44 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Did someone here just add me on FB? Just trying to get an ID...

2:44 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I don't see the big deal about the grades. I'll be happy to take some tests or whatever. Sheesh. They act like college is for education or something.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be me, DMiller.

2:45 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

LOL SeanZ....

2:45 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

LMAO @ "JAZZ HANDS"

2:46 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Michael I'm not on this staff's bandwagon for any reasons other than the new fresh attitude, leadership and hard work shown so far.

Which is how I was/am judging the prior administration. Because as Steve will be quick to point out...they were the ____ winningest coaching staff in all the world. (not my point)

2:46 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Thanks Sensi... Had to make sure it wasn't a stalker. Or, at least a stalker I didn't approve of.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Marlon Brown is going to UGA if anyone cares.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

pop and sparkle, Monnie, pop and sparkle.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Marlon Brown to GA. Good WR. Bulldogs keeping a low profile today.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Marlon Brown's UGA cap makes DK's Braves cap look almost non-revolting ... almost.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried, but I can't get away from Facebook. So, if you can't beat em, friend requested everybody, I say.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Word on the street in Athens is that they're doing FBI background checks before deciding if they're excited or not.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Turbo Prop, who will enter this fall as a freshman, is available to assist any and all.

He's available for SAT and ACT "consultation" as well. Believe me, you want him.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Hats off to Coach Chizik and the rest of the staff. I think they have added some much needed energy that has been lacking in recent years.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The SeanZ said...

Marlon's craptacular cap...UGA hats are unusually stupid lately.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

LOL

Aubie, I'm going to lure you to Facebook if it's the last thing I do!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

All this recruiting guru stuff made me wonder... whatever happened to bammer Forrest Davis?

2:51 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Marlon Brown opposite DeAndre Green is just about scary!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Group hug, anyone? Group hug?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

How about a group grope?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I'm going to fly around the world if it's the last thing I do - Amelia Earhart

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, I am not a Tuberville hater. I liked him. He ran a good, clean program. But, like Denny Crum just stated referring to Chizik and Co.:
"they have added some much needed energy that has been lacking in recent years."

2:53 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

snort

2:53 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Will there be mascots involved, Monica?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Oku is the final Auburn target.

So what you see now is what you got ... aside from an Oklahoma City scatback.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Must ... resist ... urge ... to ... write ... manifest ... must ... not ... do ... it.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody that thinks 2 days duck hunting makes for a lazy coach or that it affects a recruiting class outcome is delusional.

Stop slamming the ex-coach and the defenses of him will stop.

If you have to qualify today's successes against last years recruiting class, then you are looking back and essentially trying to justify something.

Discuss this for what it is today.

2:55 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Check that.... AJ Green

Too many names swirling to get it right.

2:56 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Marlon Brown to UGA. UT fans not very happy.

2:58 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Dr. HABOTN, Please prescribe a round of laxatives for all please. Some folks are way too uptight.

Mon, I am all about the group grope...especially if mascots are fair game.

3:00 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I hear UGA fans have been a little upset over their recruiting today. I'm not sure why, their class looks pretty good to me.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Like all the others Hoopie, just your opinion. I wouldn't have known "the other" coach existed nor would I have had comment concerning his shortcomings had he not been on a TV show today about "cruitin".

3:00 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Does this group grope involve Aubie?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

I am convinced that that Layla Kiffin without makeup looks like Monte Kiffin, hence the collapse of the Vols' recruiting class.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

UT fans definitely not happy today. I had lunch with a few that are wondering about their $6 million coaching staff. Pretty sure they forgot that there's no 'cruitin in the NFL.

3:02 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Is Zteve AWOL??

3:02 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Ditto JZ's comment. Sheesh you folks are working hard at being a buzz kill.

You can wear a mascot uni if you want, JZ.

3:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Just like we have been able to say for the last 6 months or so, at least we are not UT.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Is everything Fox 6 B'ham/al.com related just gross to you guys?

Did anybody see the things people were spamming the chat next to the live feed with during the bammer anouncements. That was disgusting!

On top of the people on that site (though I'm sure it's been discussed) the little webcam they shot with, the music, the convo. between dre and mom, etc. was just a little much!

WDE

3:03 PM  
Blogger Big MikeZ16 said...

Hence the iggy button Omni

3:03 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Time to get back in the right direction ... who's up for a HATE BAMA chain?

I HATE BAMA!

3:03 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I think I'd be made if I were a UT fan too. Their class just fell apart in the end.

3:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Everyone, even JGT has said it, the recruiting game passed Tub by, he wasn't putting the time into it the other HC's were doing in the past few years and the game did change when Saban came to town.

If he had been taking good care of recruiting the other 363 days a year, then nobody would have noticed he went away for two days to hunt.

Also, this forum is about open conversation. I am not aware of any ban on talking about any topics, since today is signing day and Tommy Tuberville is on TV talking about recruiting and Tub used to be Auburn's coach I think it's all fair game to discuss.

Just my two cents.

3:04 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

made=MAD lol

3:05 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

We've been able to say that forever!

3:05 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I don't understand the negative response to the Tuberville support. Some of you guys are such a buzzkill. There are a few people who think Tubs did a good job, and all of a sudden those people are uptight and ruining your day?

Perhaps you should listen to Jan Terri and chill out and accept that some people don't think like you about coaches, and then realize that nothing anyone is saying affects the recruiting situation that we are all happy about.

3:05 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Good post RK...

3:05 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I bet nobody would get offended if the people making comments and comparisons would replace the name Tommy Tuberville with Terry Bowden.

I doubt the outrage would be the same, but the principle would be, it's a former coach who struggled with recruiting at the end of his run.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheesh, I said that the duck hunting was ONE example of many. I don't base his career on a couple of days. I'm not that stupid or childish.

Now I'm definitely DONE. BigMike, I need to take the advice you try to give yourself!

3:06 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

when i was driving around during lunch the Knoxville radio guys were in 'shock' that Auburn could have a better recruiting class than Tennessee. it about made me sick. sure, UT is SOOOOOOOO much better than AU. kiss my rump radio man!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Yes, Jet.

I HATE BAMA!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

hahahaha @ "kiss my rump radio man!"

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, WarEagleRK! You stated it much better than I could.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I am all swolled up with hate for bama.

3:08 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Mon...no can do on the mascot uni...The restraining order hasn't expired yet.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Luv - Save yourself the frustration. Trust me on this one.

3:08 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

JGT - Thanks for the great coverage today!!

3:09 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Nobody is saying Tommy Tuberville didn't do a good job at Auburn. He did and unlike some previous coaches he left it in better shape than he received it, despite the 2008 record.

In the overall picture of his career at Auburn, he was a fine HC. I just personally feel he lost some intensity and focus somewhere during the 2005 season.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

I'll save my manifesto for tomorrow.

Right now, I'm LOVIN' the Class of '09 ...

and HATIN' BAMA!

3:09 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

So, K Kelly, D Kirkpatrick and T Patrick were "undecided" until signing day when they shocked the world and chose the evil empire. Who would've believed it?

3:09 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I can so relate, JZ. I have a few of those hanging over my head.

3:09 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I'm not a hater...

3:09 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Flesh Wounds said...

Aubie: Great t-shirt.

PS. Your Mom loved the one I gave her too.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

I will be happy to rent out my Aubie costume. $20 plus cleaning fee.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Aubie said...

Flesh Wound,
It's for Monnie.
I'm not exactly sure what it means. I hope it's not dirty.

3:11 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Well all and all this was a great day for Auburn Football! Now the real work begins. These coachs have to make those recruits and the current roster look like an actual TEAM.

3:12 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

Aubie...there are some emotional stains that no amount of Clorox can wash away.

Just ask Jet.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Monica.

3:12 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Restraining orders are like speed limits in parking lots. They don't really mean anything.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I appreciate your facebook humor, Aubie. It let's me know my recruiting is working on you. You're almost ready to commit.

3:12 PM  
Blogger ballin said...

FSJ - not a hater but still a bammer.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Jet D. Habotn-Bear said...

Monica/JZ ... when I finish the lyrics to my song "The Restraining Order Blues," I'll shoot you a copy.

3:13 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I dont hate bama today..." I PITY DEM FOOLS!!!"

3:14 PM  
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