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7.30.2009

Steve Renfroe is back in baseball

Hey everyone. One of the most complicated men every to wear an Auburn uniform, former baseball coach Steve Renfroe, has landed in the world of (top-level) high school baseball.

He will coach at Briarwood Christian, which has an outstanding baseball program. Renfroe took over for Lee Hall, the former UAB assistant, who left to spend more time with his family.

First off, Hall is one of the 10 best coaches I've ever seen. I hope he resurfaces around here soon.

As for Renfroe, he is a very good man who is very bad at managing scrutiny. I enjoyed so many swell conversations with him during his tenure under Hal Baird. Once Renfroe became the figurehead after the 2000 season, though, he slowly became a completely different person. He seemed unhappy, paranoid, argumentative and miserable.

That affected his relationship with the players and everything fell apart. He was fired after the 2004 season and has been out of the spotlight since then.

I hope Renfroe finds Briarwood more to his liking. The guy can coach.

131 Comments:

Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

heee's bbaaaaccckkk!

2:00 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

impeccable timing i must say. not much substance, though.

2:00 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i spent the entire '99 season with AU baseball. i really liked Coach Renfroe. i was sad it didn't work out for him. hope all is well at Briarwood.

2:01 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

if a new thread appears, and no one else is around to post with you, did the thread really happen?

2:04 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Scottie, did you ever read what Jet said about having 4 posts in a row?

2:05 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

We're just catchin up scottie b

2:05 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Do we still have a baseball program, or is it just a pretty park?

2:06 PM  
Blogger wes said...

auburn baseball has me very depressed

2:08 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Barn sucks at baseball.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Maybe Slater can coach third base for him.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

"Barn?"

2:10 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

Plainsman Park used to be a ton of fun back with Gilleimo, Gross, Faulkner, Dunn, Rich, Bootcheck, and Colter Bean. good times. we won the Super Regional at home in '99 then traveled down to Tallahassee for the Super Regional. that was ugly. we got beat something like 15-2 and 12-1.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Sean = bammer

2:11 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

THE Barn...excuse me.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

One of the most complicated men every<--- typo.


Why is he complicated to wear a uniform? are his appendages twisted like a pretzel or something?

2:12 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

What Barn?

2:14 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

We really do need to step it up in baseball. Maybe this new guy has the answer.

2:14 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

well, i understand the complicated in a uniform thing. Renfroe had back trouble from a playing injury many years ago. he spent as much time in the training room as a lot of the players. he was a bit odd at times but a really nice guy.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

C'mon guys, I was being self-deprecating...it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. Apparently I deserve a big FAIL.

2:15 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

FAIL.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

What is Steve Renroe's hometown? Anyone know?

2:16 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Sean, since the beginning of the semester you've been on Double Secret Probation.

2:16 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

sorry, i had to.

wow, look at the set on Aeronaut.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

APB out on one DL, Asian head, caucasian torso, likely unclothed, perhaps intoxicated. His presence is missed in HABOTNland.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Wow, didn't even notice the avatar change, I seriously got one-upped there.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

May I say I'm udderly impressed.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Nice Aero.

2:19 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Aero's got it workin'!!!!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Big Bird said...

This is a huge pickup for Briarwood and I am very glad to see him in that spot.

I attempted to walk onto the AU baseball team back in the day and I came away very impressed with Coach Renfroe. He was very enthusiastic and knew everyone's name in 5 minutes despite the fact that most of us were wasting his time. It killed me to see him go out the way he did.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Wow, Finebaum is really on his game today. Stating that Florida fans are arrogant and that bama fans can be arrogant, but they have a right to be. Florida is the new kid on the block...blah, blah, blah. Just tell me how he is even remotely neutral anymore? He is getting worse with age.

2:29 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

i have decided to forgo most talk radio now with 3 exceptions, 1)HABOTN Radio, 2)The Auburn Football Insider, and 3)Inside the Auburn Tigers Radio (archives). that is all.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

The HABOTN just rang up around 600 posts in a 24 hour period and practice hasn't even started. I'm wonderin' if it'll start to resemble a permanent campfire as soon as football starts. THT and Aero will still have to cover the late/early hours.

For a frame of reference, check out the archives from July 28-Aug 3, 08. There were around 10-30 posts per 24 hours. Also check out JGT's perceptions/predictions at that preseason juncture. There are some very prophetic statements and some way off the mark.

Sports predictions are never fully right and rarely even close.

SteveFC has that issue covered, b/c he has predicted every possible QB scenerio outcome.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I've started going to bed around midnight, but I'll do what must be done ;-)

2:36 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I like your play list scottie. I'll have to just try and not be so addicted to other sports talk radio while i'm working.

2:40 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Nothing happening today. Wish it was but may be a washout for now. Still in the lead, but no news to report.

2:41 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

What ya' got Eddie? I'm hearinf nothing is happeneing today.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Not a thing is going to happen and i'm not sure when the next good news will be. For perception sakes, if this staff has a big time commitment up its sleeve, it needs to have it go public.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

8 more hours of work and I'm already getting sleepy.

Aha! I'll go get me another DC!!!
Non-existent news becoming existent would also tend to wake me up.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Man.. wtc

That lighting makes your arm muscle looks like a wee-wee when you are scrolling up / down.

Could you hold your arm at some other angle and take a pic?

we've been quiet about it for the last 48 odd hours but this thing is in our face, man.

2:53 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'll see what i can do abou that.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Mucho gracias.

3:06 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

How is that for you guys?

3:12 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

WTC you change that avatar and you I are finished.

3:14 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

oops

3:15 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Get over it, Aero. If the chicks here can look and watch y'all make fools of yourselves over half a boob I think the guys can deal with a little optical illusion.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

WTC ...

Don't worry ... she'll come back to you ... she likes you best.

3:17 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I had a fatherhood tear in my eye moment today. I went home for lunch today and my 6 year old boy walks up to me, gives me a hug, and says, "You know what Dad? Alabama sucks." My wife looked at me and wanted to know when I was going to tell him that we don't talk that way. She's on restriction for a week.

I f-in' hate you bama.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

Who else failed to qualify from the 2009 class?

Please let it not be Taikwon Page or Coleman.

3:35 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Nicely done, j-z jr

3:36 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

j-z

I'll pay cash money for the kid. Name your price!!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

straight cash money homey.

3:39 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Almost quitting time around here. Way too much to do around the house after the workout but I'll squeeze by later on this evening.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

J-Z ...

And people worry about the future of America! They shouldn't when they look in the eyes and listen to the words of our youth.

They hate UAT as much as we do!

God bless America.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

let down and heart broken once again by a habotn boy

3:52 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

The other avatar my be for after the kiddies go to bed.

3:55 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

wtc = Thread Killer

4:11 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

j-z, that's priceless

4:15 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

J-Z ...

No, I think Steve Renfroe killed this thread like he killed Auburn baseball.

4:16 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Can someone answer this: do I need to order ESPNU, or will I get ESPNU SEC games on a local channel?

4:17 PM  
Blogger michael said...

SOMEONE TELL ME! THIS IS PUPPET HOUR! ANSWER ME!

4:26 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I think you have to buy ESPNU...not the channel, but the entire network.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't even know if we get ESPNU, much less what games will be on it. That is a homework assignment for my summer vacation week in August.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Michael ...

I think this is the way it works ... the 11:21 ESPNU game will be syndicated into local markets the way Raycom was ... go check the archive from the SEC media days because it a list of many of the local markets.

The night ESPNU games, I believe, have to be viewed on ESPNU. The games will be in HD, but the HD availability depends on your provider.

In the Gump, ESPNU is not in HD. Boooo!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

You should order it Mikhail. I don't have thay option. Comcast doesn't carry it at all in my area. How do you just not have it available, but 50 miles up the road, there it is. Ugh!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ESPN regional network stations here

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

rats I missed Lemieux

4:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

but i got

JAGR

4:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

PF - same way I have ZERO access to SportSouth :-(

4:46 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I have to buy the whole stupid sports package for ESPNU... I think I will just go to my friends house who has it to watch those games. Effin ESPNU.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I have to go to the basement for ESPNU and ESPN Classic; they are "digital variety" channels, i.e. >100, so I can only access them in the basement where we have the cable box. Of course, it's a moot point if I don't get a functioning TV down there.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

is it still puppet hour? can I get a puppet to go? I'm starving and they won't give me a chance to go find food.

4:55 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

THT, sounds like its time to start looking at TVs again.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

NoVa - the one I want is rumored to hit the shelves Aug 16. HomeTheaterStore.com lists it as in stock, so I ordered. Since no one else had it in stock, I called to verify. They don't have it, but they did try to sell me another model. Losers. I obviously canceled that order.

6:07 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Puppets are too stringy to be good eating.

6:16 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Since no one else is around, I'll revive a topic from a couple of days ago.

No beverage with the words light or lite in the name deserves to be called beer.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm around... work keeps getting in the way.

6:27 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Since you're around, I'll continue on my beer topic.

Yuengling is drinkable, I don't cook with anything I won't drink, but that's what I use to boil the bratwurst.

I love a good stout. Real Guinness (not the stuff you can get here) is nectar.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

or course, the only beer I drink is root beer.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I wouldn't know a yuengling from a yingyang

6:56 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Beer is good.

Auburn is great

Bammer sucks

Country music is all I listen to

7:07 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

WOW too fast on the trigger.
Double take

7:08 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

This is true, Bama Sucks!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Sweetwater replaces bottle for bottle of skunk or expired beer (they don't pasturize. so the shelf life is limited).

7:59 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The only Sweetwater I know is a local chain of microbrewery/restaurant and they don't bottle their beer. It's good. It has the Omnica seal of approval.

8:09 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Remember when generics were so popular and you could get generic beer - white can with black lettering?

8:09 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

still slogging away here at work. where are all the "usual suspects" tonight?

No telling where Cincy is in her new wheels. She's probably enjoying the open road somewhere with her iTunes blaring.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

no

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

well scratch my back with a hack saw!

hey cincy; how's the car?

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

I remember when Coors had to be smuggled in your suitcase flying home from ski trips in Colorado.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Yeah, the Sweetwater I know is better, and they bottle their beer. It pretty much rules.

8:13 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

And she's looking for generic beer!

I admit I'm a beer snob. I don't drink much or often and when I do, I want something good.

8:14 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The Sweetwater I know also has excellent grilled salmon and chicken.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

hmmmmm.....I'm still going with the Sweetwater I know as being better, but I bet it would be nice with some good Salmon.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Good evening, HOTTICRATS and HOTLICANS.

8:19 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I don't like ANY beer, but I do remember friends who tried the generic beer. I think it was pretty rough. I just remember how funny the can looked - all it said was "Beer".

THT, the wheels are great!! I am currently updating my ipod with new music to have in the car. I have too many choices now - regular radio, ipod or satellite radio. It's fine.

8:20 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Anyone every had drunk chicken?? Apparently it's a dish were the chicken is cooked with a can of beer inside it? Tell me the guy or gal that created this dish didnt already have one too many.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Paula Deen's drunken chicken recipe

8:27 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Choices are the enemy of my decision making. My ipod stays on shuffle so I don't have to worry myself with what I want to hear. I am getting sattelite radio before the fall, though. Sounds sweet, cincy.

Generic beer sounds awesome (or awful).

I'm thinking of switching my bachelor party from Vegas to New Orleans so I can go to the LSU game. Any thoughts?

8:29 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

The Transporter 2 is on FX ... one of Jason Statham's finer performances.

8:29 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Hello everybody...Once again I am watching the braves BLOW IT!!!!

8:30 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

bought AU-Tn Tixs today...HOtel is booked...ready to have a good time in knoxvegas

8:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Beer can chicken rules....I worry about anything cooked with aluminum, though, after reading a study closely correlating aluminum content and alzheimers in men.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

PF ... What happens with Corndogs stays with Corndogs.

8:33 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Any news on Dyer? Dad called me today and Longshore was running his mouth in MOntgomery about how Auburn fans were giddy about some big commitment coming

8:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I've never been to a bachelor party. I'll be in BTR for LSU game. Don't bother inviting me...MrsTHT says NO!

Someone just asked me to work weekend of Ball State instead of my assigned weekend of the UT game. I knew I should have ordered tickets to that one.

8:35 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Empire Tickets THT....Good seats in UT for 115 a piece.

8:38 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

I say good...YOu know Decent Seats. I got lower level end zone.

DAMN BRAVES!!!!

8:39 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I don't like beer, but I love me some beer can chicken. I rub the chicken with Lysanders meat rub and use a "yeasty" (is that a word?) beer. MMMMM!

8:44 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Don't the Braves just pull your heart out and stomp on it?

8:45 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Kotchman has had a good night, though

8:46 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I'm still looking for people to share a condo in Sevierville and a ticket for UT.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

I shared a meal @ Sweetwater with Nova and the beer and salmon was absolutely delicious.

8:54 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Kotchman I think was a good trade for tex last year..I mean you werent going to keep tex around so Casey nice pick up. NOt one error while with the braves

8:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

"yeasty" beer sounds scary. I think I would modify the recipe to include the following:

apply yogurt. It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. It also works when applied topically. Insert some into the [chicken] using a finger or plastic tampon applicator. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures

8:56 PM  
Blogger atlantatiger said...

Mon are you still livin in WV

8:57 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

THT, keep your hands and or applicator away from my chicken!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Goddess said...

Yes, ATL. We plan to try to move spring/summer of next year.

9:02 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I'm back.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Told you, Monica.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

wtc....that avatar resembles a shaved, dead chicken.

Mon likes it...so I guess it's got that going for it.

9:31 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

atl,
where did you buy the AU/TN tix, and how much were they?



On the sweetwater debate... if the Sweetwater beer you're talking about is the IPA, I saw it in bottles tonight at the local Publix...

Can some of you beer peeps give me a review of Abita amber beer? Give me a mainstream beer that it would compare to....
Is there a microbrew or high gravity beer that would be comparable to a killians?

9:47 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Yall must have worn yourselves out last night! Pretty quiet in here tonight.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

cincy ... it is quite quiet.

9:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Looks like no news for the week on the recruiting end.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Ok so where are the peeps screaming about the Braves, they won!!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

The week isn't over, I think we'll end it on a good note. I'm referring to 'cruitin'.

10:15 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Maybe so, just thought something would happen today. I hear Dyer is tired of it all and thought he would commit. According to everything you read, AU is WAY ahead and woudl have to do something dumb to lose him. It would just be a boost to get a big name in the fold as we move toward practice.

10:19 PM  
Blogger §teve From Columbia said...

Things seem quiet on the Auburn front, a little too quiet.

10:43 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

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10:58 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm home from work and found there's a new thread.

12:30 AM  

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