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Late updates, 9/29

Hey everyone. Here's the deal: The tape in my camera basically gave me the finger tonight. Repeated use left it compromised and tonight was the night it let me know. I'll bring a new tape next time and all will be good.

Still, no video tonight. I know you're heartbroken.

As a gesture of atonement, however, here is a detailed account what players discussed today.

  • Onterio McCalebb officially is in the punt return mix. ``I’ve been snagging a few of them. It’s been going pretty well. I’ve been doing it for a little while."

  • A while? Why haven't you been fielding punts in games? ``They wouldn’t put me back there because I was doing a whole bunch of other stuff."

  • McCalebb confirmed that PPL (aka Philip Pierre-Louis) also has been fielding punts this week.

  • DE Hot Carter revealed tonight that he had surgery on his right knee April 7. It was to re-attach (or "anchor") the meniscus back to the bone. ``The recovery is longer than a regular meniscus tear, with mine being anchored back down instead of getting cleaned out. You got to give the anchors time to heal. They're deep down in there now."

  • DE Antonio Coleman still is wearing a brace on his right wrist. He doesn't like wearing it in games. ``I'm down on the line. I've got to have my hands. I've got to shoot my hands. I've got to get off blocks. I'm still adjusting to it. I'm messing with the trainers every day, but it's for my own safety and I respect that."

  • Coleman on surrendering so many points to Ball State: ``It doesn't sit with me... at all. We're a much better defense than that. To give up 30 points to Ball State? That's just bad."

  • Craig Stevens on Auburn's defense being ranked 69th in points allowed: ``I think we're a lot better than that. Rankings don't mean anything, it's just going out there and stopping the other team whenever you get out there. I don't really buy into that stuff."

  • Due to "safety concerns," Tennessee officials apparently will not allow Auburn to hold its traditional Tiger Walk prior to Saturday's game.
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University


Blogger Dear Leader said...


8:09 PM  
Blogger Norm said...


8:10 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...


8:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I knew you'd be happy.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Let's see what PPL can do with the ball.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Another FAH!

PPL is FAH (Fragile As Hell).

8:13 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

thanks for diggin that up...

I hope afer all of this he does not suck....

Heck he is listed running a 4.2 40..pre injury... that is FAH

8:13 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

talk about bad luck... injured on the first play... thats like getting a ticket pulling out of the drivers ed building.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Diaz three run tater!

Braves tie Marlins 4-4 in the 6th.

8:15 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

"Safety" concerns? That smells fishy.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...


8:16 PM  
Blogger wes said...

RK or Scottie,

What has John Adams had to say about the game this week. His commentary with Hooker is classic. Also, Adams gets grief from UT folks for being "anti-vols". True is, he tries to be objective and is a great writer in my book. He's one of the few things I miss from Knoxville.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks for calling in Coosa.

Jet, we did talk special teams or lack of.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

i am watching the rerun (whats happening) of tenn Ohio and wondering why on earth Tenn is talking smack???

8:17 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Eduardo ...

You started just as I hit the button.

8:18 PM  
Blogger wes said...

No Tiger Walk...I hate everything about UT!

8:20 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Not allowing tiger walk due to safety concerns would make me believe that Tennessee has a negative view of their fans.

8:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I call shenanigans on the reasons for no Tiger Walk.

Big knock by Diaz to tie the game for the Braves and bail Hudson out of a loss.

8:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Dave Hooker was on talk radio here in Chattanooga today and he wasn't very optimistic.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Let's go to Vol Walk in force and boo.

8:25 PM  
Blogger wes said...

I like Hooker...he doesn't seem to take himself too seriously. A year or so ago, he got banned from UT events, for interviewing a player without UT's permission. He joked about his rebel status on air.

8:28 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I would prefer if Auburn wasn't associated with booing anyone.

8:28 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I do favor someone like PPL or Gulley beng the punt returner. I prefer to keep the key playmakers off special teams and it is a good way to get the experience.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Key offensive differences for AU 2008 vs. 2009

1. Todd's arm.
2. Adams/Zachery getting separation
3. better OL play
4. better schemes

8:34 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm 100% sure that the banning of Tiger Walk has nothing to do with security reasons.

Just everyone show up where the bus would unload and have an unofficial Tiger Walk.

8:35 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Enjoyed it Eddie. So am I the first person to publicly suggest that Todd could play on Sunday?

8:38 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I never really thought any of our Tiger Walks at visiting locations were official. Fans will show up where the players exit the bus regardless of what TN says. That's just how we roll!

8:38 PM  
Blogger wes said...

Why do I feel like Lane had something to do with the aforementioned "security concerns"?

8:42 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

If Steve "Toddzilla" FC didn't say, then you are the first Coosa :)!

8:42 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

How, exactly, do you stop fans from lining up as the team walks into the stadium?

Are they going to send Big O out with no shirt on to scare the Auburn fans away?

8:46 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

I agree with what you have to do to make Tiger Walk happen!

Y'all just be where that bus is!

They think they can squelch the Auburn spirit?? Paleeeze!

8:47 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Does anybody agree with me that tempo may pay an important part in the outcome of the game this weekend?

I think Gus would love to kick it up a notch!

8:56 PM  
Blogger FearlessFreep said...

AUfan said...

How, exactly, do you stop fans from lining up as the team walks into the stadium?

Are they going to send Big O out with no shirt on to scare the Auburn fans away?

That tactic would certainly work on me.

8:59 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The Ball State game was very slow by Gus's standards. I agree they need to kick it up several notches. We move the ball better when plays are coming one right after the other.

9:01 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Big O is scary with or without a shirt. He wouldn't keep me away from a Tiger Walk though.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Hoopie-sittin' on G said...

Interesting point Missinit. Some pro teams are experimenting with up tempo with decent results. MKiffen is an old line por DC that may struggle with fast-paced adjustments.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Again, thanks to all that listened and thanks for calling in Coosa!!!!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

By the way, i've said it before and I will say it again. PPL is the return guy once out of the doghouse. Is he close to getting out? Time will tell.

9:06 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Eddie with the multi tasking tonight!

Good job.........

9:07 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

My bad, a slip on my part:

pay = play an important part

There again if we "play" at a quicker pace, it may "pay" off!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks missinit. I know this is a place of hate, but I have deep LOVE for my Auburn Tigers!!!!! I'm not afraid to admit it either, I LOVE THE AUBURN TIGERS!!!!

9:13 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Pick me up off the floor if PPL plays.

Resuscitate me if he contributes.

9:13 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I was tied up with baths and such. About to hit the podcast.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...


9:18 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...


9:24 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Fast or Fragile????

9:25 PM  
Blogger Hoopie-sittin' on G said...

PPL has been on suspension for 4 months. Hopefully that's enough.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

PPL wasn't suspended. He had academic or family issues or something like that.

9:42 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I would never say that Todd could play on Sundays until we see him in a game where he is pressured and banged around a bit. He has done great so far, but things will get real hot real fast.

9:46 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

Judging by how Chizik has handled things, PPL could very well play Saturday. Heck, I didn't expect Trott to play when he did and I didn't know when ElToro would play either.

9:47 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Tempo will be huge.

If we can get the ball snapped fast like Gus wants, then the crowd noise doesn't get a chance to build.

If we can get lined up and get the ball snapped quickly it keeps UT's D off balanced.

UT's D has a new MLB. Reviez was their playcaller on D, if we keep their MLB confused, they will be out of position.

9:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve's right, I had no idea that Downs kid would play on Saturday.

9:52 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


You guys may have to bring the hate without me this weekend. The AC went out on my car, so I'm going to get it fixed Thursday and I'm guessing that will probably cost money.

9:53 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

RK, it's fall. You won't need the air until spring.

9:55 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'll need heat in a couple of months though.

I'm one of those who hates something to not be working correctly and have to get it fixed ASAP or it will just bother me.

9:57 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

The Tiger Walk thing shocks me. I think UT is worried about having their lame Vol Walk shown up.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Jonesy said...

Long comment coming

Two points:
1. In 2004, the beginning of the end for UT in that game was when we had a MASSIVE turnout for the road Tiger Walk. It was right in front of a UT VIP parking deck (I was in it). The UT bigwigs couldn't believe their eyes. These were non-UT fans acting like they owned the place. A bit foreshadowing eh? There's no way that those fans didn't say something to try and force us out of that again

2. This has got to be the lowest anyone has ever gone to create a home field advantage. when you need to try and keep the visiting fans from cheering their players when you have 100,000 of your own fans, that's just sad.

War Damn Eagle. Let's kill em!

10:03 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Like I said, just show up have an unofficial Tiger Walk.

The players won't be expecting it, so it should pump them up even more.

10:07 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I was considering the effect of the up tempo play earlier this week. It occurred to me that an added benefit is the players only have time to focus on the job at hand and can't take time to think about what has occurred. They have to be purely focused on execution. I think I like that.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Nervous jhag said...

We need to score first in this ball game

10:54 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

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11:16 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

I was reading another blog and ran across a delightful quote.

"LSU is the fourth-best team in the country? Yeah. And Kansas coach Mark Mangino runs a 4-minute mile."

12:34 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Eff Lane Kiffen! What a little pink panty waist girly girl sissy boy. I hope the "highschool coach" hangs 50 on his sorry little wormy azz. What a piece of what I just squeezed off. I hope we intercept Crumpton 17 times and I want them to run over there and spike the ball in Kiffen's gonads after each one. I'll take the penalty. It is worth it. And after we beat him down and make him cry, I want the 10,000 Auburn fans who are there to tear the entire stadium down to the ground and bring it home in their car trunks. What a little cousin humper he is.

And I can't tell you how I really feel or Jay G would ban me for life!

12:48 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

If anybody has the man's phone number, call him and tell him I would like to challenge him to a cage death match.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

We will just let the scoreboard do the talking.

3:44 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Eddie - Good points last night in your rant on the polls. I'll take the other side.

I've never understood why a young woman would dress like a hooker and then get all upset when guys look at her. What does she expect? All she's gotta do to avoid it is to dress a little more modestly. Why is she dressing like a hooker?

So why is the AP dressing like a hooker? If they don't want people to complain about their poll, quit having it. Or at least wait until later in the season to start it. But if they are going to have them this early in the season, they oughta expect people to complain about them.

6:22 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Kevin Scarbinsky has a good article out this morning on Auburn and polls.

OK, I realize he's not exactly a reliable source for proving points, but I do agree with him today.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...


Auburn Fan's going to Knoxville need to show up in force to provide our on Tiger Walk without UT's permission. I know I'm not the only one that will be doing so.

RK- I bet you get a ticket outside the gate for fairly cheap still. Also, you don't need no stinkin' AC, it's Fall :)!

Coosa- I just think it is silly to get upset with any voter in a poll during week 5 of the season, no matter how much you agree or disagree with them.

6:59 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Let me clarify a post form about 2 days ago about the Isom suspension.

The 3 game minimum I heard was based on the the rumor of what team rule he broke. If that rumor is not true, then of course the 3 game thing is possibly wrong also.

I had one source, a former player, pass this info along. He could be wrong, but I just wanted everyone to know.

7:23 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

ok, my modem at home went kaput so no internet there, then the audio on my HD tv went out. thus, i missed reading about Tiger Walk and missed calling in to the AUFBI (sorry fellas, i was gonna call). gggrrrrrr.

i can't wait to dance down Neyland Ave. with my Trooper Towel!!!!!!!!

7:30 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Phred-I loved the post.

Too bad you had to hold back.

Jet, et al-anyone up for a HABOTN lunch out Eastchase way, Momma G's on Friday.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Tubs segment is just starting on Jox right now.

7:37 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

thx eddie.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Aeronaut said...

I'd like to know what xCTT ha to say.

7:51 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

says it's a joke that neither AU nor Missouri are in Top 25 (interestingly he did not address the Iowa situation).

7:53 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

But isn't the Iowa situation crucial to Auburn? I mean, considering how much it was discussed here...

7:56 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So what all did Tub have to say other than the rankings?

7:57 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

He thought we would beat Tennessee

7:58 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

This post is for Salsa- Dude, you are pathetic. Your post copying my comments on here to the bama boards has been sent to me. Are you getting a little worried about what we are doing in Auburn that you must spend your time looking at Auburn boards? Get a life dude.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Tubs says if we stay healthy and win this weekend then things could setup very nicely for us.

8:02 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

RK, that's the only ranking he discussed for 2009....however, he did reflect back to 2004 and how AU beat 5 top 10 teams and Oklahoms beat ZERO and still played for the NC. :(

he said we would be ranked after this weekend and UT's line cannot handle Antonio Coleman.

8:04 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I wonder how Tommy feels watching basically the same team as last year being far far more effective.

It's got to be a mixed feeling of pride and disappointment.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

RK- I think Tubs can now sense that most people know he was asleep at the wheel for the last couple of years.

8:08 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

Shane from Centerpointe called in and asked Tubs if he took the defensive playbook with him when he left. it was pretty funny.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Eddie - asleep at the wheel

Just like the captain of the Exxon Valdez

8:15 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Good morning Hotties - not much in store for me this morning at the office but there are 18 holes in my future this afternoon. So I got that going for me, which is nice. So, what do y'all think about the BC coaching and Iowa ranking situations?

Keep Hate Alive.

8:15 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Tubs did say one reason we weren't ranked this year was because we stunk it up so badly last year.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Cincy- It would have been better if his quote would have been Auburn should have been ranked if not for my crappy coaching last season :).

8:18 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Yeah, that is kind of what he said, just not in so many words. :) I have been impressed that he hasn't made excuses for last year - at least I haven't heard him.

8:20 AM  
Blogger coosa said...

Eddie - I agree that its silly to get upset about a poll anytime; in fact, its silly to get upset about anything to do with college football. Its just a game, and they're not gonna let me play a down.

Still, its something to talk about. And if they don't want them talked about in week 5, then don't put them out there.

8:23 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think Tommy has handled his departure from Auburn very well so far.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Coosa- You have a valid point. Thanks again for calling in last night. It was a pleasure to talk to you.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I'm channeling all my hate for Bama and Notre Dame into one huge F5 tornado of hate for UT and Kiffen. Everyone join with me. HABOTN twins ACtivate! In the form of ... Antonio Coleman! (who are you going to be?)

8:26 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

We're all counting on you to lead a grassroots Tiger Walk campaign when you hit the ground Saturday.

8:26 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

...form of Josh Bynes.

8:29 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

guess i need to get my UNOFFICIAL TIGER WALK LEADER shirt made. you know, to officially make it unofficial.

8:32 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think it's a great thing to just have our own Tiger Walk.

The players won't expect it since I'm sure they have been told that it wouldn't happen this week.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...


19 -- Number of consecutive wins with Gene Chizik on the coaching staff.

4 -- Consecutive wins this season.

1 -- Games that Lee Ziemba has not had a false start.

Let's keep streakin' AU!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

You know that by UT stating that they don't want us to hold Tiger Walk that this is going to be one of the biggest road Tiger Walk's in modern history.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Dang Jet, I know you didn't just jinx Ziemba. Now i'm just going to wonder what quarter the false start is coming in and I hope that the answer is not multiple quarters. Way to go. I'm blaming you when it happens :).

8:36 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Scottie- You once again let the Beasley post go untouched. I guess I decree the Beasley Post DOA.

8:37 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If we keep the tempo fast like Gus wants, then their crowd won't have time to build maybe Ziemba can make it 2 in a row.

8:37 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

Eddie, you've been up here with the team. there's only 1 way in for the visiting team, right? i guess they would have to pull the bus inside the gates instead of letting the players off outside. if 200 people throw themselves in front of the bus then it'll have to stop, right? :)

8:38 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

i know Eddie. stupid work. ggrrrr.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I believe the buses cannot pull directly into the parking area on arrival if I remember correctly. It takes some fenagling to get the busses in there so I'm almost sure the players will get out and have a short distance to walk to the locker room, unless they gate off the whole area which I don't see happening. I think this blows up in UT's face.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Eduardo ...

"I don't believe in hexes and jinxes. I believe in blocking and tackling." -- Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Salsa shark?

Yes, he/she needs a life.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I believe in hexes and jinxes and I refuse to not wear what I have worn the first 4 games to this weekends contest.- Eddie McCoy

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't believe in Beatles;
I just believe in me.

8:46 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Yoko and me

8:50 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Eduardo ...

That ain't hex or jinx ... that's TRADITION!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Love the Tigers and Hate the Vols this week!

8:52 AM  
Blogger scottie b hates tennessee! said...

Eddie, you bring your John Cusack boombox with AU Band cd and you can substitute for the band. J-Z and me will lead the Bodda Getta's. ;)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

When I think of Auburn at Tennessee ...

Pat Sullivan's worst day ever, then two years later driving the team down the the field for an amazing 10-9 victory.

The heartbreak of fumbling at the goal line, ending an opportunity to win, then Pat Dye giving his greatest speech ever in the lockerroom when it was over. Two years later, we won.

The debacle of 1985.

Letting one slip away into a 20-20 tie in 1987, then pouring rain in 1989 and lost.

The doom of the 1991 game which had the freshly broken Eric Ramsey story looming over it.

The bumbling start in 1999, including the finger from Damon Duval.

The pure joy of 2004 ... has Jason Allen recovered yet?

Don't be intimidated, but take nothing for granted.

9:05 AM  

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