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11.23.2009

Another ESPN expert impressed with Auburn

Hey everyone. One of most esteemed HOTTIEs, JD The Biscuitator, requested earlier today that we talk with one Bruce Feldman of ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com and the literature scene for his ideas about the Tigers.

That was a fine idea.

So I spoke with Feldman earlier today from his plush pad in suburban Los Angeles, where he no doubt is working on his next great piece of prose.

You should have his blog bookmarked. Also, his 2007 book "Meat Market," which examines how Ed Orgeron recruited at Ole Miss, deserves your time at some point.

Here's what he had to say about Chizik and the entire Auburn operation:
Q: So what have you noticed about Auburn from your perch on the West Coast?
A: He had such a splashy start. He beat West Virginia, which was a pretty good win. Won at Tennessee. They had a lull, sure, but to be 7-4 right now? That's a good year. There was such a negative blast of publicity with his hiring because people were so focused on what he did at Iowa State. That was deceiving. Auburn fans should be pleased with what they have.

Q: His start certainly was inauspicious -- with Barkley ripping him on the air and the 5-and-19 stuff. Did you hear much about that?
A: Not so much about that, but it was amazing to me -- to the national people -- that there was such an outcry against Tuberville. He had a bad year. Still, he didn't have all the stuff Fulmer had at Tennessee. I'm talking about the "Fulmer Cup" and all that. He had won a lot of big games and he'd beaten his arch-rival in the hardest of rivalries.

Q: Has your opinion of Chizik changed since he was hired by Auburn?
A: It's clear that he's a better coach now than he was three years ago. He was a really hot name three years ago, but he learned a lot from what happened at Iowa State. I can see him running things more intelligently at Auburn. Plus, you have to give him some credit for what has been happening at Iowa State this season. He was putting that program together from nothing. They had something when (ISU) started this season.

Q: What has been your opinion of their recruiting effort?
A: If they can close, they'll improve quickly. He clearly has good recruiters. It's harder now because Saban is there, but Georgia has slipped so far. That will help Auburn a lot. Those guys can move into Georgia and get kids that (UGA) would have locked up a few years ago. Now Auburn has that momentum.

One thing that really surprised me is how NFL guys see Auburn's talent level right now. I was talking to a scout the other day about Auburn and he said there's just not much there aside from Tate, Antonio Coleman and one of the offensive linemen. I'm guessing he meant Ziemba. He said they don't really have many play-makers. It surprised me to hear from him how depleted they are. That's not what I'm used to hearing.

Q: Where do you see Auburn in three years?
A: I think they're one of the three teams to watch -- it's Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee as the upcoming programs. You still have Alabama and Florida at the top. LSU? I'm not sure about that anymore. There is room for someone to move up and it could be Auburn. They'll have a chance. It's cyclical. Alabama can't get every recruit out there. Florida can't get every recruit out there. If Chizik is smart, and I think he is, he'll make good decisions about which recruits to target and he'll improve that program very quickly. He already has.

50 Comments:

Blogger ehyou said...

Outside perspective is always interesting to hear.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

back from the beach with some substance from JGT..

3:27 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

My bball season starts tomorrow, oh so pumped were ranked 9th in florida baby

3:31 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Man I wanted some Feldman Substance...Quick Fingers EHYOU

3:31 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

We can request you go after interviews, and it just happens?

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Depends on the interviewee.

If it's someone who already is A Friend of The HABOTN, then we can turn it around pretty quickly.

3:32 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

National guys are talking about what a bone-head Les Miles is. I could've told 'em that years ago.

3:33 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

I HATE UAT!!!!

3:35 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

ehyhou, I agree.

3:37 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Feldman always has very unique perspective. Thanks for doing that Jay G. I like what Feldman had to say. I agree with him on the level of talent. I think it is something to think about that the NFL has noticed this considering over the past few seasons the caliber of athlete that Auburn has produced. Outside of Ben Tate, Coleman this season and possibly Walt McFadden I don't know if any of the players on our team could be drafted.

One common theme that I am hearing from all of these guys is that Gene Chizik is a better coach today that he was when Iowa St hired him. He was a very hot commodity at that point in his career, it makes me think we may have picked a good coach.

3:37 PM  
Blogger LuvAU41 said...

and that was directed at your 3:27 post.

So, what do you guys think about what McElroy said? Do you think Auburn's defense will take it to heart?

3:39 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

DL, what beach? I've got nothing but clouds here.

3:40 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

FSJ-Chris Capps is the head of my all time fav UAT lineman list. Are his hand prints in the concrete in t-town? If they are, did he voluntarily put them there, or did defensive lineman plant them there?

3:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Good stuff JayG. I have enjoyed the three guys you have secured interviews with.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks for your steadfast support, wtc.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

FYI: Tiger Talk is TONIGHT beginning at 7 p.m. CST.

I'm planning to live blog it.

4:04 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Good interview Jay.. I like Feldman.

wtc, I saw your post in the last thread about Capps..

LMAO..Poor kid. Who was the Auburn defender that abused him so bad?

4:12 PM  
Blogger AUfan said...

I have the same thought on Feldman that I had on Low.

They seem surprised at the outcry against Tuberville, but then later comment on the talent and/or depth issues currently on the team.

Who do they think is responsible for the depleted roster?

4:16 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

Great interviews today, Jay.

But there is way too much bammer love in here today from the Hotties.

When will the real hatin' start?

4:17 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

HATE?

You want HATE?

4:19 PM  
Blogger JD said...

I've noticed that AUfan and that is a very good question.

I have often wondered this and the only way that I can justify it is if they maybe thought that a change in assistant coaching staff could have changed the status quo as concerned with recruiting. In other words was the change at the top needed or did we just need to revamp and clean house. Keeping that in mind part of the reason that we are where we are today as it is related to recruiting efforts is because of some of the assistant coaches on our staff. I do not want to speak for any of them but that is the only way I can logically justify what they are saying.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

Wow, thought i'd see more HATE on here today. What's everyone waiting on? HATE HATE HATE

4:43 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Whenever I see "hate, hate, hate" together like that, it makes me think of this "we came back in time to call you a cracker." I loved that show.

Me and my hot wife (the only one I have since that apparently confused at least one of you) and a fine young lady I call my daughter are grabbing some pizza out for dinner then going to see The Blind Side.

Now, Keep Hate Alive.

4:55 PM  
Blogger §teveFC said...

That is pretty interesting and about how I would assess Auburn. I don't think the talent level is quite accurate, but I think it is more because of the lack of depth and how they have to play because of this.

As for the national perception of Tuberville being fired, it is as I have said all along. We looked like a bunch of boneheads.

Fortunately Chizik has proven to be an excellent head coach. By that, I mean he has mad smart decisions.

Things do look up for Auburn in the future and a 2 or 3 year time frame is about right if we can hold on to our OC, which seems unlikely.

4:55 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Anybody here ever done sheetrock repair? I have apparently had a pipe bust in my garage...

5:01 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Of course, if we all remember the situation, Tuberville was welcome back as long as he got rid of a couple of coaches. I don't think that was unreasonable to ask.

5:04 PM  
Blogger AlanforAU said...

Hate? I can gvie you some. Imagine attending the Law Enforcement Academy there. Now being an "Alumi" of the UAT. Okay, mot a graduate of the place but those three plus months do count towards a Criminal Justice degree and in my book, that is close enough. Living in Rose Towers, eating in their dining facilities. Even working out at the same fitness center the UAT players do made for a LONG stay. Running in formation around that campus. Me and running do not get along anyway. Try to imagine having to run, number one and running around the campus of UAT, number two. The highlight was two fold though. Seeing Gene Stallings' badge collection was nice and breaking formation the day before Graduation when we passed Bryant-Denny and standing in the middle of the field was the other. No, I did not water the grass but you can bet you season tickets what I was thinking;)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

The problem was CTT had done that about 10 times already. At what point, do you say, maybe it is not the coaches and it is the HC?

Just my 2 pesos worth.

RTR!

5:16 PM  
Blogger AlanforAU said...

Forgive the typo's. I am now sight impaired and clicked publish instead of preview. But I think you all get the theme of my post, lol

5:17 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

Hate bryant drive, hate eli gold, hate j barker, hate jim dunaway, hate paul f (not you, big snacks), hate buddy's #1,2,3 and 4, hate moundville, hate taylorsville, haet I 359.

5:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

HATE

5:29 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Has Devin Hester's bare ass been discussed? Apparently, it was seen on national TV last night. The radio guys are saying it was unexpectedly flabby.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Nice JGT.

Dusty - yes, but I can't really help you from the blog.

Norm - It was tempting.

On Basketball - if we can find a way to put Reed and Hargrove ON THE BENCH, we might win a few ballgames. The two of them combined are good for -15.

5:46 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

D. Miller, sheetrock is easy to repair. What's difficult is to repair it so that it looks good.

If you've got a small job, be sure and get the fiberglass tape; its much easier to use it than the regular paper-based tape.

5:47 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I've noticed some media-types saying that if we win it will be the biggest upset in IB history. Based on what? Certainly not point spread - we were 16 pt underdogs in 1972, and the line this year is 12.

I guess you don't have to have objective criteria if you work for the Bammerham News.

5:50 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I hate the bias of the Bammerham News.

5:52 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I hate the rammer-jammer cheer, except when we get to do the reverse version of it.

5:53 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I hate the Capstone. What the heck does it mean anyway? I've asked several uat grads and they didn't know.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Earl said...

The rammer-jammer cheer in reverse at The Super Club after a UAT loss at home... priceless.

5:57 PM  
Blogger coosa said...

I hate all those fake NCs. They didn't claim any until 1961, then went back and revised history.

The sec championships, unfortunately, are mostly real. I don't recognize the one they claim in 1972 when they played vandy and we didn't. The old cheating drunk knew how to rig the rules in his favor.

5:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

# Meyer/Tebow make-out sessions

over/under = 27.5

6:03 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

This month? Over. Way Over.

6:21 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

JayG, can I put in a request for an interview with Tommy Tuberville to see what he thinks about Auburn?

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Nah. He's certainly not an "expert."

6:33 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

That's true. Silly me.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Nobody can confirm Hester's rear end?

6:40 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Rammer Jammer at Jordan Hare Stadium in 1999 was pretty nice too..

Let's do it again!

Maybe I can go see the Velcro Pygmies at the Supper Club afterward just like last time.

6:43 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I hate van tiffin. and I think it should have been against the law that he was allowed to spawn

6:45 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

new thread...

6:47 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

confirmed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol9hAYBCuGc

6:48 PM  

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