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More from T. Taylor (not the Toolman) and T. Roof

Hey everyone. The HABOTN, along with other credible news-gathering organizations, spent time Thursday discussing football and life in general with Auburn assistant coaches Trooper Taylor and Ted Roof (aka Rüf).

I provided an overview yesterday. Here is another dose of less gripping comments, though you may enjoy them more. We'll see.


  • On how Auburn's recruiting effort should be better in 2010: "The expectations are always going to be high because I think when you're at a place like Auburn, the expectations should be. When you're going to play in a league where if you don't play your best every week, you're going to get beat. We're going to fit our needs. If that puts us in the top 10 or the top 5, that's good."

  • On Auburn's specific 2010 goals: "We might have four senior offensive linemen (in 2009). Next year, offensive linemen better be a big deal for us. We might have three DBs that are graduating. Whatever that need is, we've got to make sure we're fulfilling that need. I think some schools get in trouble and you'll see them dip off because they'll go and try to get the highest-ranked kid or just the highest-ranked player regardless of position and then you stack them up. You fall short somewhere else."

  • On how esprit de corps affects recruiting: "We watch tape together. I want to know what Ted Roof is looking for when he's looking for a linebacker. What is Tracy (Rocker) looking for when he's looking for a defensive lineman? At most places, most coaches, the offense watches their players and the defense watches theirs. Well, I'm going to recruit a defensive player in my area. I'd better know what (the coach) is looking for. I think those things are important. We have really put our egos in our pocket in being able to do those things."

  • On pursuing (and signing) two-time LSU signee DeAngelo Benton: "I knew his coaches well. We were recruiting another kid from his school and I saw (Benton) working out still. I was like, 'Is that…?' and his coach was like, 'Yeah, that's still him.' I said, 'Well what's he got going?' 'Well he's going back to this school (ie LSU).' I said, 'Oh, he is, huh? Well, let's see if we can do something about that.'"

  • On what Auburn is seeking at wideout: "You can't ever get caught up in your own pride and say: I'm going to go get me a guy that's 6-4 and fits what I'm used to having. Dez Bryant would be different in this offense than anybody else. The things (Gus Malzahn) looks for in this offense is guys that can wiggle and make people miss. That's what we're going to do."

  • On Auburn recruiting more versatile kids with multi-positional backgrounds: "You have to find guys who are not locked in and say: Well, he's a Mike backer. That's all he's going to do is play Mike backer. What if he busts? Now you're stuck with a kid that – you're not going to run him off; he's somebody's family – but you're stuck with a kid that can't play and that doesn't help you. You'll be planting fruit for a living really fast. I don't want to be on the grapes. I like doing the football, myself."


  • On promising playing time to recruits: "We talk about opportunities. I think you get into some real deals when you start promising kids jobs because if they come to your school you sure don't want them thinking you're out in a living room next year promising their job to somebody else. There will certainly be opportunities and then whatever is earned, players are going to get exactly what they earn."

  • On which players can contribute early in their careers: "I think the closer you are to a football, the tougher it is to play as a freshman. The reaction time is cut down, where if there's a bunch of blades of grass between you and the ball, you've got maybe a better chance of playing as a freshman. Not that it's easier to play away from the ball, but from a reaction standpoint, you've got a little bit more time."

  • On if he'll be headbutting players like Will Muschamp: "I don't know if you'll see that. I got a few more gray hairs than I used to. Maybe 10 years ago you might have seen that."

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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Blogger tigercowboy said...

the saddest number

4:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Peter had it, forfeited it.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

What happened?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I have a certain hate for first posts that have no substance...

4:30 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

that makes a big assumption..... that other posts have substance by not being first?

4:32 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

always hovering..

4:32 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

the missing post has the least substance of all

4:32 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

JGT... keep talking to T&T... I like to hear what they have to say..

Great work..

4:33 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Dear Leader,
I have determined that you are a profit since the post you just made is from tomorrow in Pyongyang.

4:34 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

So do I get it only by a technicality?? Or should I surrender the 1st post?? These are the things that keep me up at night.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

phe for fi

4:34 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'm a little confused about this "recruiting area" thing. So there's a DB in the OC's recruiting area. At what point do both the DC and DB coach step in and participate in the recruiting of that player? It seemed this year, much of the face-to-face recruiting was done by committee. Will this continue, and the "areas" are simply for talent evaluation and deciding who they want to recruit?

4:34 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Oh, it doesn't bother me if any other post lacks substance, only the first.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

so, do the recruits say,
Hi Coach, is that an ego in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said... reports that other reports of Leader's demise are premature.

Peanut Brittle at the DMZ Gift Shop (there is one) is 50 percent off.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I love the Trooper Taylor interview. He is fun to read.

4:37 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Coaches have always been assigned areas. They do not move people in and out for a position player. These coaches have to build and work a territory just like any sales rep. They bring in the position/cordinator to seal the deal.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

the deleted post disappeared, huh? not even a "this post has been deleted?" Vaporized posts have negative content.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

cowboy, I need a more detailed explanation.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Peter ... that's good because I was really worried, since as a matter of course I lack substance, except those times when I really push the envelope and become a blithering idiot.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

if I was annoyed by lack of substance in general, I'd be more self-depreciating than I already am. that might turn out not so well.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Peter I will try to have substance to all of my first postes moving forward.

Sen Jet.... thanks for keeping the faith.. no matter what happens Dear Leader will always live in the hearts of his peeps...

4:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Peter ... I vaporized your initial comment after you have deleted it. I try to clear those "comment deleted by user" prompts because they disrupt the flow that I consider so critical to the HABOTN's aim.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Believe me, I hate it when my flow is disrupted.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

BTW.. what is his issue with those who have chosen the respected profession of fruit picking/packing/spraying....he seems to have a hang up with it.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

what about durst's family?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm a zit. Get it?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

that happens to me often,jet. the missus likes to talk to through the door. flow is either disrupted because I'm startled, or because I can't hear her if it's not. sometimes, when I don't want to hear her, though, I maintain or increase the flow....yeah, I rap behind closed doors.

4:45 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...


Since everyone it seems to agree, Trooper even mentioned it, that we are poor on O-line, what do they think the recruits look like for next year?

4:46 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tiger, you need to rephrase.

I don't understand.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

"Doing the football" -- Should we be concerned about this?

Nah, it's Troop! You know, Troop ... of Delta Force Z!!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

how am I supposed to distinguish Roof's comments from Taylor's on on this post?

4:48 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

flowus interruptus--best cured by cranberry juice and a beer.

4:49 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Do they think it is strong year for O-line recruits in the Alabama for 2010 class. I am just curious because he clearly recognizes, as we do, our need there. He also talks about making a big push in state. Sorry about the confusion.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

PeterF- I'm guessing we just seen a minute bit of minutae. JayGT is probably still working on raising the Roof to the thread

4:51 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i know we've all joked about au's o line--specifically re ziemba's manic compilation of penalty yardage--but aren't they returning bigger and better this year? i don't think they'll be the liability they were last year.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

tigercowboy- I'm going to see if RC Luper will assign you to stalk that super OL from Olive Branch, MS who will be in the 2010 class.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tiger, that's beyond me.

I haven't had any conversations with Taylor about the 2010 crop of OL recruits. I don't get the sense -- talking with recruiting gurus -- that it'll be a nutty year for O-linemen.

Auburn better get to work.

4:52 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Peter, based on what I have seen so far Trooper will have the interesting and entertaining quotes. Roof has the others. Someone feel free to correct me if I am mistaken.

4:54 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

I believe they will be better next year but there is no depth behind them. I am just thinking are we going to sign a large number from in state and even if there are a large number available in state?

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Peter, I hope it clear to you now.

4:57 PM  
Blogger tigercowboy said...

Maybe I could go and hang out in Olive Branch. Its so large they would probably not notice a new face. I think we need to kick start the OTC (Orange Tiger Club) to combat the REC.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

tc- at this point, Scout doesn't show any OL with offers from AU. Offers have been made to Mr. Robinson in Olive Branch, MS and also to a TX OL and a FL OL, the latter not interested in AU.

4:58 PM  
Blogger depressedAUfan said...

Lee Ziemba is probably the most irreplaceable player on the roster for '09. OT is a disaster waiting to happen.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

I meant no instate OL have offers (according to scout)

4:59 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I see the light.

5:10 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay Roof answered the question about Demond Washington being a player on offense. Can you ask him about Brandon Jacobs if you get the chance? He could probably help the LBs our now but I like having a big, fast RB in the bullpen.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Ted = Steve Martin in that pic

Love me some Brother Trooper

5:14 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Dear Leader,

You're swagalicious.

Warm regards,

5:15 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Frankenbummer, do my posts that include statements like, "sdalkfhaskdjlf lsdflksdflk fsdfhsdf jhdfs ," have substance in your opinion?

5:59 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

They indicate the possible use of substances, yes.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Jay GT - front page stuff, that.

Keep in mind that Michael de-poops the shrimp, so we cant't detect his use therof (the shrimp, not the poop)

6:30 PM  
Blogger §teve L²P said...

Thanks Jay, I really liked this blog. I especially like the way the tool man puts things.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

it really depends, mikhail. is it voodoo or santaria that you're practicing? Either way, they scare me.

7:15 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Jay, what's the beef with you and Barry Mcknight?

On his show this morning, him and the douche bag Longshore acted like there was some reason you didn't like them.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Bark, those guys trashed me for years. It seems like they're relenting lately, not sure why, and I'm really disappointed in their lack of constancy.

If you think I'm a no-count loser fatbelly and you feel strongly enough to say that on the air for years on end, there's no room for change.

I'm the same guy. Keep giving me the same business.

I hope that makes sense to you because it's crystal clear to me.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I deemed them no-count blowhards a long time ago and, believe me, I won't soften on that stance.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Thanks MON...

Happy V day...

You have my sisters name,,, well close,,, she is monrika

7:47 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

They have to have the worst radio show to ever be on air.

I knew there was something about them...

That explains it, they're HABOTN haters.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Hotties- I'm getting ready for a little Monk and Psyche and hopefully, just hopefully, try to stay off the computer afterwards. I've gotten in a bad habit of Habotn lurking/posting and watching Frazier til 1 a.m. every night (sometimes M.A.S.H.)
Have a great weekend. Warrrr Eagle to all, including the lurky-one, Criminal Type.

7:52 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Jay, c'mon. Maybe these guys I've never heard of have decided to change and not be jerks anymore. You gotta love, man! It's like Phil Collins said: "If you spend your life holding grudges, ohhh ooo oh oh oooo, then the grudges will end up holding your life, oh oh ooooooo."

7:53 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Barry Mcknight has no radio personality whatsoever, he sounds like a recording.

Longshore is so biased towards Alabama it is impossible for him to make good points.

That's just a terrible, terrible show. I wish 740 would play Mike and Mike.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yea, what was with CriminalType earlier. Getting a little forward if you ask me.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

he was showing some unadulterated man love for our Fearless Leader.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It's not really a grudge, per se, it's that I value constancy.

I could see your point in a lot of cases. People change and whatnot. These guys are clowns. It's terminal and that's that.

7:55 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

McKnight and Longshore are losers.

That is all.

8:00 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

FSJ, I refuse to believe you're a bama fan. You have way too much sense.

8:02 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Longshore is the same idiot that comes on Finebaum saying that Alabama needs to put the script A on their helmets instead of the numbers.

He sucks.

8:08 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Finebaum gets annoying sometimes, but I can still listen to him when I'm really bored at work.

Longshore gets so annoying you can't even handle it. I just have to flip over to FM.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

AU had numbers on helmets until mid 60s.

8:20 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Very nice Jay. Do have a question for you though, What was your feelings to your girl Jenna Fischer's accent of Alabama Legend Forrest Gump? "Sales are like a box of chocolate"

8:29 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

wait wait i have to defend the morning show. the best thing that longshore and mcknight have are the (cough, cough) callers to the show...

8:34 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

I listen to John and Barry every morning.

Wait a minute, I listen to John Boy and Billy. That's it.

8:38 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I can honestly sat that I have never had more awareness/respect/like for a bunch of assistant coaches in my Auburn history. That tells me that we are absolutely headed in a good direction.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Since Alec Baldwin blew up like a whale, he sure looks a lot like Bob Huggins.

8:43 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Howdy Hotties - I really like that new guy "Criminal Type" he seems alright to me. I look forward to hearing more from him in the week to come.

JGT - I get your point about L & M even though I do enjoy listening (sometimes) to their show during football season, I understand your point and I'm glad you put it out there tonight. I'd been curious.

And yes, because you're all curious, the local bike shop did have that nifty jogging stroller AND I even convinced them to sell it to me for $100 less than the marked price. So, gatiger can drive a bargain and close a deal.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

AU on helmets, 1966 to be exact. So, FSJ, if they put the script A on at UA-T, in 40 years no one will care that they once had just numbers.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

GaTiger ... did the stroller fit in Le Car?

8:47 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Jet - I don't know about it fitting in Le Car. It does fit quite well in my manly, gas guzzling, American made Tahoe.

Don't forget, I know where you stay and I can get there from here.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Dr. H ... my daughter went to dinner with Turbo's GF. (He had other plans tonight). They went to get ice cream and didn't bring me any. I weep for our future.

Thoughtless jerks.

8:53 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

You'd better weep for Turbo's future. Other plans which did not include his girlfriend on a Friday night of Valentine's weekend??? In my mind that's one of two things; either it's sheer lunacy (typical given his father), or absolute brilliance in that he's about to put said girlfriend to the curb.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Jet- come on over. I've got 3+ cartons of Breyers vanilla and 3 small Ben & Jerry's of various flavors. And your choice of Hershey's chocolate syrup or Ghiardelli chocolate sauce.

But hurry, Psyche is about to start. Monk was actually decent tonight.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Nah ... they've been together 3 years ... He's at DorkStock (a gathering of the boys to play Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, etc.). They've got dinner scheduled for tomorrow night.

He's livin' the dream.

8:57 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

JGT you were throwing down earlier and it was considered awesome. The substance line was great and if you've got a feud then you go ahead and count another gun in your camp.

I'm serious, it is not the two carafe's of saki at the hibachi talking.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

I've got a box of Ghiardelli brownies in the pantry ... I'm cooking dinner for tomorrow night, so I think those are a definite.

8:58 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Back in the days I kept ice cream in my house, you just could not beat Blue Bell Country Vanilla and Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. mmmmmmm

8:59 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I used to really enjoy the 740 until I realized that they were no account blow hards. I like McKnight and I don't think he was that tough on Jay G. But Longshore, man, he is such a no talent unprofessional poor excuse for anything, it is a miracle he can make the jack he makes doing his same old tired schlock. I wish Jay G would just bust him out every opportunity he has. When McKnight is on by himself, it is a good show, but Longshore is such a buffoon. He reminds me of Boss Vic Koss from the movie, THat Thing You Do

8:59 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...


Could you clarify your statement? I'm not sure I understood it. Just kidding.

9:00 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

"What Gus is sayin' is..."

9:02 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Jet - appreciation of avatar/handle here. It's gotten to the point that my wife rolls her eyes when I mention watching a few movies and that's one of them.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I am looking forward to more Lane Kiffin interviews. You can't write comedy that good. He by far the biggest tool to come down the pike. Just wait until the season gets closer. After accusing Pope Urban of cheating, think how bad FL will run the score up on TN.

9:05 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Kiffin is a jerk. I however think he will also win.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Blue Bell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When we lived in the Alamo, we ate Blue Bell all the time. It spread like killer bees and arrived in GA just a few years after we did. It's still not in NC, so on AU weekends we carry a big cooler in the minivan and fill it up with Blue Bell on the way home. It don't get no better than Blue Bell.

9:06 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Not necessarily against UF, but in general.

9:07 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Doc - I can't quite make it out, what's the new pic?

9:09 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Not so sure, ehyou ... it was kinda like one of my teammates said to our coach after a 58-8 loss to open the 1980 season.

"Jeez, Coach, somebody's gotta lose."

I think everybody's gonna want to kick Kiffin.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I knew a guy that worked for Blue Bell until he died in a tragic accident...don't ask me for details, I was probably 11 at the time, and don't even remember how I knew him. Maybe he was a friend of my dad or something. At any rate, I'd never had Blue Bell until he brought some up from TX. It was good. I will always associate it with a dead guy, now, though. Not exactly what you want from your ice cream.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

The guy who used to preach at our church used to work for Blue Bell as a salesman until he said he felt the call to preach.

I told him, "No, that was the Lord telling you to buy a gallon of Homemade Peach."

I also told him anyone could preach to me, but it took someone special to bring me free ice cream.

9:13 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Just a feeling - time will tell.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

I do not think Kiffin will win. The biggest score he ever made was with that hot wife of his.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

I hear she looks like Monte when she doesn't have her makeup on.

9:16 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I'm guessing Wyoming.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

gatiger- that's Medicine Bow Peak in Snowy Range, WY. I just "re-photomerged" it tonight on my mac with photoshop elements 6. Photomerge vastly improved from the old PC version 4 i was using. Better image on FB. I'll let you know next commercial break.

9:20 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Jet - I can't remember who that quote was from about losing. E.P.?(Though I believe it was against Hayneville. And I'll always remember a particular story related to Yogesh.)
Jet - you speak the truth on the the free ice cream.
Jet - you're crazy with that whack remark about Mrs. Kiffen.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

GaTiger ... it was G. Adams ... after the Maplesville game our junior year.

9:24 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Ahh, he was oddball funny to me. Just like his older brother. G. just added me on FB btw.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Who wants to go to Bruster's and pick me up some Fudgie Cheesecake?

9:31 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Great stuff as usual, Jay.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

gatiger - i just sent the image to someone on FB. I hope it was you.

9:35 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Doc - got it, good stuff. Thanks.

9:38 PM  
Blogger gatiger said...

Good night fellers. Got to rest up before the long run tomorrow.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

here's some photos on the web

9:39 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

And a very good night to the HOTTITES.

9:49 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I agree - it's nite nite time.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for the support, Chris.

I'll be live blogging the EPIC Auburn-Misssissippi State game tomorrow beginning at 4 p.m. Then it's furlough time.

Damn the man!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Good night and WAR EAGLE ehyou and Jay GT
Pleasant dreams.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Rage against the machine Jay G. I am tired of the man keeping you down.

10:32 PM  
Blogger JD the Biscuitator said...

Still no response on John and Barry's callers?

10:54 PM  
Blogger hehateme said...

Ahhhh, while everyone is enjoying their Friday night, TN has been reporting another Lane Violation.... he's averaging at least one a week!

11:46 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Happy Valentine's Day Hotties. xoxoxo

and WARRRRRRRRRRR EAGLE to y'all this Sturday morning.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

If you have any ailments this weekend, Dr Habotn's presecription:
Hire 2 coaches and call me Monday morning.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Happy Valentines Day to all the Hotties!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Response on John and Barry's callers?

I don't understand that.

ALSO: Happy V Day to all the HABOTN peeps. It's like a 5-minute power play, guys. Go close the deal.

8:19 AM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i just hooked myself up with a job. i'll be working for the man now. i much prefer working for myself...

8:30 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Yes Happy V Day to all the Hotties.

May all your wishes come true...

8:39 AM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Good Saturday ... and Happy Valentine's Day.

Beat State

8:54 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

FSJ- you are far too noble to be a bammer. I confess, I could never hope that ALL your wishes come true. Iron Bowl aside, I wish the very best for you as well.

Is Lane Kiffin not a joke? As reported by hehateme, another violation of NCAA rules (discussing Bryce Brown by name). The UT AD must feel like a fool.

9:20 AM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I honestly don't think he knows the rules and is just winging it.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

NEWS FLASH- Jay G Tate hires Scott from Tucson, as leaked to the press at 8:30 a.m. Oh wait, he's working for thuh man, not THE man. My mistake.


9:24 AM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Or maybe hi knows the rules perfectly well and is just a jerk that wants attention.

9:25 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Kiffin will last 2-3 years max...

Once he starts losing (and he will) to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, & Auburn, they will run him off with a quickness. His mouth will be used against him by Vol fans at that point. I know a few that are horrified already.

Kiffin reminds me a little of Terry Bowden without the 20-0 start.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

You have to be clever with it ...

JGT: "Coach, is there anyone else you are recruiting?"

CHIZZLE: "Why, yes, Jay. We're a bigger underdog than DAVID vs. Goliath or BROWN vs. UConn in hoops on a couple of them, but, I said to our staff this morning, 'OKU -- I mean OK, let's work ourselves until we're crazy enough to end up in BRYCE.'

9:30 AM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

There are a LOT of story lines for the '09 season. It should be a humdinger. I can't wait.

9:31 AM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

scott from tucson hired by jgt, goes on immediate furlough...

9:42 AM  
Blogger jhag said...


10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G'Day all ... Happy Valentines Day to fellow Hotties!

With that said, hope to see y'all at the game this afternoon.

FSJ, I believe you are right, CLK has his job cut out for him and he's not making it an easy trip.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Appropriate day for the HABOTN, Happy Valentine's Day to all the Hotties. I do love this site!!! Only site I come to for all the latest AU news, rumors, and humor!

You guys/gals crack me up.

War Eagle! Let's make it a big win today.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

After reading the interviews and comments, I have to believe that the Auburn players are very excited to have this new coaching staff. They are really emphasizing how they are all on the same page. I think Chizik is being very methodical on these last 2 hires. He is a defensive guru, so I have no doubt he will hire some great coaches on that side of the ball as well. I'm anxiously waiting the start of spring practice! In the meantime, I better go get my Saturday cleaning finished before the grandbabies come over. Hopefully I'll be back for the basketball game.

10:52 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

jhag will be pushing around a 6 foot 10, 240 black man in district finals tonight wish me luck.

11:10 AM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Happy VD to everyone!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

jhag- good luck tonight in your game.
triple double triple double triple double

11:39 AM  
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12:44 PM  
Blogger Dr. HABOTN (JaySr) said...

Auburn 2-13 in last 15 games against MSU; outrebounded by an AVERAGE of over 11 rpg during that stretch. Even rebounds in 2 of 13; MSU won rebounding in all others. AU has not outrebounded MSU since at least 2001.

At least they've never had 56 boards against us like they had against UA-T a few years back.

1:03 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Jay GT- 77-70 MSU? I hope it's that close.

I just realized tickets are $15. Wow. I'd barely be willing to pay that much to watch a good basketball team (like the one 4 miles south of me). No wonder the seats are empty at BEMC.

How many more days til kickoff?

1:09 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Anyone ever eaten at the Melting Pot? Apparently that is where we're going this afternoon....

1:25 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

Planning a mini-vacation to St. Simons Island and have never been there. Any recommendations on eateries would be appreciated.

1:39 PM  
Blogger ehyoutiger said...

I've been once D Miller. Fondue is a bit of a novelty I guess. Food was fine. There weren't a lot of good ol' boys like me in there - pretty artsy fartsy.

1:43 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

D.Miller - I'm of no help. Fondu not my cup of tea.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Curtis said...

Jay G - Just curious, the pics of the coaches offices are not really what I expected. Will this be a major upgrade when moved to the new facility? Any renditions out there regarding this and will Fortner get 1st choice?

1:46 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

So ...

DMiller wished us all to get VD, or something like that.

I'll be cooking tonight for mrs. Jet. Trying to watch game in between.

1:50 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

ehyou - for awesomely good and expensive meal requiring coat & tie, try the Georgian Room at the Cloister

For real good food but not as fancy, try

1:51 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Let me work on a "real link" for that 1st one.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Sen. Jetarsky said...

Dr. H ... I know there's a good ice cream joint on Tybee Island, does that help?

1:52 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...


1:54 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

My granny used to take the train from LA to Tybee back in the day (i.e. c1910). It was the place to go. When we lived in Savannah I only made it as far as the Baskin Robbins on Victory Dr. I don't think it's there anymore (business fell off dramatically after we moved to San Anton)

1:58 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

ehyou - I've cleaned it up, finally.

My rec for eats at St. Simon's Island

casual; real good food
Georgia Sea Grill

coat & tie $$$$$uperb food
Georgian Room at The Cloister

2:10 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

yowsa. that's a pricey menu! bet it's good though.

2:46 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

Damn, Toney Douglas is very gooood I wonder how much he would improve our squad...

2:57 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

the food was so good the rest of the family thought I had died and gone to heaven. But it wasn't death, it was just a catatonic state induced by the "sticker shock."
Mrs. THT's birthday dinner in '99 (I don't recall having one since)

2:59 PM  
Blogger Blake_34 said...

Anybody else feel like we should bring on Whitt Sr., and Whitt Jr.? Sr could focus on recruiting, specifically in Mobile. Jr is known as a national recruiter and could learn the secondary from Mean Gene.

Rivals has something up claiming to name two emerging candidates that sound like they could be the Whitts, but I have no password.

3:06 PM  
Blogger TarHeelTiger (JaySr) said...

Blake - I've sent Omnica, Queen of Habotn and Hottie without rival (but with Rivals), a request for such information to be transmitted to her loyal subjects here.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I used to spend summers on St.Simon's.

JMacs- nice place to go for dinner. Don't sit next to the piano. It gets too loud to hear each other.

Gnat's Landing: a must for lunch.

Mullet Bay- cool little local joint. Food is comfortable. Brown paper tablecloths with crayons. Turns into a locals bar later.

Brogan's raw bar-Good oysters on the half shell.On the marina. There's another Brogan's location that I'd frequent for pizza or a good sandwich.

Barbara Jeans- of Fernandina fame. Supposedly the best crab cakes in the world. Crabdaddy's and Crab trap may argue that its the second best on the island.


Cargo is downtown. Higher end food. Never had a bad meal there.

Spanky's has the best fried food ever. I'm a fan of their buffalo chicken fingers, but pretty much everything on the menu is good.

Plus those two places THT mentioned.

3:35 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

i never made it down that way. hope to soon, maybe for a st. paddy's day.

3:44 PM  
Blogger ballin said...

Anyone other than me have trouble believing that AU is a favorite today against MSU. Anyways GO TIGERS!!!

3:50 PM  
Blogger DoWhat? said...

I am thinking it may be Lolley and Thigpen from UNC, named one of the top recruiters by Rivals 2007 and 2009. From reading the UNC site he landed 5 , 4*'s for UNC.

4:06 PM  

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