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Furlough Day One: Sunday

Hey everyone. It's nice to have you here.

I am on a mandated and unpaid furlough as required by the Advertiser's parent company, Gannett. As such, I am not permitted to participate in blog-related activities for one week.

So we have these pre-loaded entries. That's all.

It's up to you to keep the HABOTN fresh until I return on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Have a nice day.


Blogger Kathy said...

Guess I posted too early.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

So we don't get to hear about the daddy-daughter dance?

9:01 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I'll bet cash money that Jay G. had a great time until the "Roll Tide Roll" version of Sweet Home Alabama played at the dance.

Then it became annoying.

9:02 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Good morning all. I'm sure this was discussed last night, but that basketball game sucked. our half court offense at the end of the 2nd half and in OT was terrrible. I would bench D. Reed for the entire next game.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

furlough sick

9:11 AM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

or furloughs Suck..

which ever form of ringlish works for you today

9:12 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks Ari for the update. Can't believe JGT and his princess had to listen to that trash.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I know JGT isn't a homer, but I wonder if his daughter is an Auburn fan.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I think she actually likes Alabama over Auburn because her BFF Lily feels that way. You know how these girls operate.

Kentucky probably remains No. 1, though.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Great agents always have info.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My goodness, the company JGT is letting his daughter keep??? She needs to educate her BFF!

9:42 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Late goodmorning Hotties!
Enjoyed the company last night but not the game.
Saw the remnants of 3 snowmen on my walk this morning and still some snow on the ground in a few places.
Is Jacobs paying attention to what is going on with this basketball team? It is a shambles.

9:54 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

They played Sweet Home Alabama at a Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance?????

10:08 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Digger, except for the final scores, he probably has no idea what's going on. He's too busy meddling in the football program. He attends all the football games, but I'm sure he doesn't attend the basketball games. I didn't see him anywhere at the UAT game. I guess he thinks all the other programs will run themselves.

10:19 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

You are probably right Luv but I hope not. The time has come for a change in basketball coaching. He should already have his list made out for the next hire.

10:25 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

the gannet furloughs need to take a dirt nap. do we need to send a memo to the gannet execs to quit having $600 bottles of wine with their$80 filet at dinner?

i assume the AU football program is on furlough as well since jgt is not there to cover it.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

like sands through the hourglass of time, so are the furloughs of our JGT.


12:43 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Say, I wonder what Criminal Type is up to nowadays.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

Furloughs definitely suck.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Dav4AU said...

I got a gut feeling Lebo allready has a couple of years of the new arena to work with. I feel this has been agreed on some time ago.

1:20 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

If so they can go ahead and give him a new 10 year contract and we fans will send a dozen people as designated crowd for each game. See how they like that.

1:28 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Wow. Slow day on the HABOTN.

1:29 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

No one else will probably find this as funny as I did, but...We stopped at Panera after church and had a cup of soup as our per usual. There were 2 couples in their mid sixties or so sitting at the table next to us. They spent the entire time discussing the tattoos that each of them had just gotten. It was really hysterical and entertaining. But maybe it was my weird sense of humor.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Luv ...

I'm going to call you out for your gratuitous shots at the athletic director.

Many have complained about Jay. You're not the only one. You just happened to be the latest.

OK, so what's he done wrong? Anyone complaining about his handling of football right now? Anyone? He made the baseball change. We'll see how it goes. Hold him responsible for Lebo? Hal Baird hired him. He hired Fortner, too. The gymnastics coach he hired is turning the corner.

Jay didn't fire Lebo two years ago, and that was the correct decision. Lebo won 20-something games last year. I think Jeff doesn't make it to next year.

We're going to complain because he stands on the sideline at the end of football games. I'd say about 90 percent of the ADs in the U.S. do that.

The only fair questions regarding Jay was the departure of David Marsh, and I'm not sure Jay's hands were all that dirty, and the deal with UnderArmour, which I think helps hamper basketball.

As for Tuberville, Jay either: a) fired Tommy (the right thing) or b) was forced to pay him the buyout because of what a trustee did.

Was he ready for the job when he got it? Maybe, maybe not. I understand why he got the job, but I think Jay is growing into the job. Jay makes an easy punching bag for those who don't like the powers that be. But there were always be "the powers that be" whether they are the current ones or the new ones.

1:46 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I'm not privy to ANY inside info., so I just call 'em like I see 'em. I don't think JJ and TJ have to be standing on the sidelines at every single football game. I have only been to a few bball games - one of them being the in state rival - and I didn't see him JJ at any of them. To me - a lowly fan that knows nothing about the inner workings - this says that football is more important. I don't want to hear that the football program brings in more money than the other sports combined. All programs should be important and the AD should show interest in all of them by at the very least attending some games. I, personally, have no monetary stake in all of this, so it really doesn't matter to me who the coach is. I'm just a lowly fan stating my opinion on a blog.

2:13 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Thankfully I've never been exposed to that version of Sweet Home Alabama.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

one hour intervention

3:52 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

to me it is the AD's job to show out for all his sports to some degree. maybe we are not hearing about all the equestrian and softball events he goes to...

4:00 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i'm sure HABOTN has been anxiously awaiting a report from the joe cain day mardi gras festivities here in mobile. overall it was a good parade with the bammer floats being the exceptions. there were more cousin humpers on the those floats and in the crowd that couldn't find tuscaloser on a map if you circled it and put a big elephant head sticker on it than i have ever seen. sidewalk alums should be insulted. these are gutter trash alums. you stink bammers!!!!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

For you Hotties that don't live in my area, the professor that has been charged with capital murder at UAH, also "accidentally" killed her brother in 1986 although there are conflicting reports on the accident, and was linked to a 1993 attempted mail bombing of a Harvard Medical School professor but never charged. I know several nursing students that signed a petition regarding her teaching skills last year.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I think we should enter a HABOTN car into this Toyota NASCAR promotion.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

How yippee, more snow tonight!!! At least I'm prepared. I brought my laptop home with me, so I can work virtual.

Luv, are you in line for snow?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I've never gotten into racing; car, horse, dog, or people! I will watch track during the Olympics.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Michael Hogan said...

Ari, that's the only way I'd become a NASCAR fan! Put me down for a HABOTN race team jacket.

5:15 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I hate Valentine's day... it's a pointless 'holiday'

5:24 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

I like watching the first 10 and last 10 laps of the big NASCAR races.

This afternoon, I watched the golf at Pebble Beach. I'd love to go there one day. I switched over occasionally to the Olympics and the race.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT agrees, D.Miller

5:26 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

5:29 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

As do I, D. Miller.

Kathy, we just watched the news on ABC 33/40 and we are in the 2-3" area, but I'm sure that area will move north and east and we'll be in the areas getting a dusting.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

When your Valentine is sick, it is just another lazy Sunday afternoon.

5:30 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Daytona has screwed the pooch with this race, by allowing the track to be in such shotty conditions.

5:33 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Okay, boycott Gannett until Jay returns. This stinks. I have been gone for a week and return to Jay in exile!!!

6:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I will watch NASCAR as soon as they have a race that doesn't end up where it started.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What's up with the Lady Tigers? Is this a rebuilding year?

6:44 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Mos def a rebuilding year. They graduated 5 of the top 6 scorers from last year, including 4 starters.

7:30 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I'm watching a movie starring Mos Def. Good movie too.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Surfing while Mrs. Jet watches Amazing Race.

Just for fun, here's the salaries of the SEC hoops coaches.

1. John Calipari, Kentucky, $3.9 million
2. Billy Donovan, Florida, $3.5 million
3. Bruce Pearl, Tennessee, $2.4 million
4. Anthony Grant, Alabama, $1.8 million
5. Mark Fox, Georgia, $1.3 million
6. Trent Johnson, LSU, $1.2 million
7. Rick Stansbury, Miss. State, $1.2 million
8. Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt, $981,000
9. Darrin Horn, South Carolina, $800,000
10. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss, $800,000
11. John Pelphrey, Arkansas, $795,000
12. Jeff Lebo, Auburn, $750,000

What does this say? Where should we be? Discuss among yourselves.

7:40 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If you go by salaries and the current season LSU is getting ripped off for their money.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Michael Hogan said...

I know we just spent a boatload of dinero on a new arena but I'm still left wondering if we're really committed to basketball when I see those salaries. It will be an intersting offseason to say the least. If we're going to pay at the bottom of the conference, why build a new arena?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i may be wrong, but I think football HC is a much more labor intensive position than basketball HC. Based on that potentially erroneous assumption, I think all the SEC schools are getting ripped off to some extent by their bball coaches.

8:06 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I'm bored.

8:12 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm Michael.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

NO! I'M MICHAEL! Never ask me about my business.

8:25 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I'm not Michael. Don't ask me about my business.

8:26 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No, you're gatiger. You killed some guy named Norm and stole his identity in the past. See, I know all about your business.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattallgia. Moe Green. Slacci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

Looking at that list of salaries, I'd say the top 3 are being paid for their accomplishments, the next 3 were hired since the new TV deal, the next two have been around awhile and have garnered numerous raises over time, and the remaining four are trying to save money.

As far as the Lynyrd Skynyrd selection at the Daddy-Daughter dance, I would have preferred one of their other tunes that might be a lot more appropriate for a Bama tie-in.

I'm thinking maybe "That Smell".

8:30 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Jet You get what you pay for. Lebo is being paid what he is worth. I thought when he came on board that he would show improvement and get raises accordingly. Well he didn't and Auburn was smart in not pumping his salary up.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

My sense is for Auburn to be serious we'll have to double the head coach's salary.

Otherwise, we're "taking a chance."

If we're a mind to steal within the league, then it seems to me Darrin Horn and Andy Kennedy are "get-able."

I think both are pretty good coaches. But there are other folks to look at.

8:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Jet-Godfather II on AMC.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

WTC ...

I know. But thank you.

8:49 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Jet I agree we will have to go much higher to attract a good coach and hope that is what we do. I really thought we had found that diamond in the rough with Lebo it just hasn't worked out.

9:03 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I have said this before and will say it again. Auburn needs a guy with a personality. He needs to be charismatic and fiery. Auburn can't recruit in basketball players with it's name. We need a coach that can recruit. Combine a charismatic guy with the new facilities and we could be a top 25 or better program every year.

I really like the possibilities of Chuck Persons. I don't know a lot about his personality, but I have read and heard good things.

9:04 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I am willing to coach for a discount. I've coached 4 year old basketball before.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Michael ...

That qualifies you to coach Dewayne Reed. Unfortunately, he completes his eligibility this season.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

It's the Chinese New Year, the year of the Tiger!!! War Eagle!

9:47 PM  
Blogger API said...

Chuck Persons never bothered to finish his degree, and as such is un-hirable at an academic institution.

11:29 PM  
Blogger J.B. Black said...

Person is on his way to finishing his degree. Talked to him at the Alabama game before halftime, and he openly said he wants the job.

2:30 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Good morning, Hotties. As usual, the meteorologists got it wrong.

I should have been a meteorologist...

J.B., that's a very large dog.

6:21 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Person's coaching experience is in the pros. Can he recruit and teach fundamentals to kids? Hiring him would be a risk but maybe it's time to take a risk. I doubt he'd be worse than Lebo and at least he's an Auburn man.

1-4 jnches expected here tonight. At least the weekend got a lot of roads in better shape.

6:57 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Good Morning Hotties! Luckily I was able to make the drive through the interstate system that was supposed to be shut down because of the 2-4 inches of new snow that we didn't get that would be lying on the 1 inch sheet of ice that wasn't there from all the snow melting and refreezing Friday and Saturday. I guess I'll consider myself lucky. As much as furloughs suck, I really wish I didn't have to work. But those are to semi unrelated things.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

J.B. if you've posted previously I missed it. So, welcome.

Good morning to you peeps.

Keep Hate Alive and Get Some.

7:03 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jet said...We're going to complain because he stands on the sideline at the end of football games. I'd say about 90 percent of the ADs in the U.S. do that.

One more thing on this topic and then I'm DONE. He doesn't come down at the end of the games. He and TJ are there from the moment Tiger Walk ends until the end of the game. How do I know this? Because we go to just about all the games - home and away - and we go into the stadium right after TW and I see them out there on the field and I see them standing on the sidelines during the game.

7:12 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

mrtommyd, your post made me laugh - mostly because it's so true!

7:12 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Glad it did Luv. It's very Monday today

7:39 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Mornin' hotties. Off to Opelika. See y'all when i get back. Hold the fort.

7:40 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...


7:43 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

good luck today Phreddie.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Thanks Scottie B. I'm planning on using my last year of eligiblity after this.

7:54 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

use it or lose it homes. ;)

8:02 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...


8:03 AM  
Blogger Sensi the Sidewalker said...

Andy Fuller!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Let's get this thing moving, before the next thread auto-starts.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I openly don't want someone as coach who never bothered to finish his degree. Let him stick with NBA coaching where you can still get a job as a college dropout. Getting his degree now just so he can get the job smells of Sidney Lowe, and that ain't a good smell.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Lawyer Tillman!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Walter Reeves!

8:25 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...


8:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Connie Frederick!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

now look who goes and spits in my soup

8:25 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

crap THT. great minds think alike, eh?


8:25 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Good luck Phred. Praying for a speedy recovery.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

LOL- you guys are funny.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

we need to synchronize our watches next time

8:27 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...

use the Bat-phone THT!

8:27 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Speaking of Chuck Persons. I have always liked him and thought he was a great basketball player and Auburn man but I do not think we need to take a chance on an unproven coach at the college level. We need someone with a good track record at the college level.

8:32 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Digger, we need a coach that knows how to coach young men, and teach them how to play together as a team. I nominate Gene Chizik.

I can also see the Ditka comparisons starting if CGC starts realizing the type of success we all want.

8:41 AM  
Blogger scottie b. said...


8:42 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I think we need someone that loves Auburn in here coaching and someone that will go around and get the fans out to attend and some enthusiasm in doing so. It will be tough for Auburn to get a quality coach, so any person you hire will be a risk, why not risk it on someone you know loves the program and openly wants a chance to someday coach at Auburn? Could it be any worse than what it is now? This is close to a low in my lifetime of Auburn basketball, at least one that I remember so Jet don't thrown Tommy in the mix :).

8:52 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I agree we need someone to teach and lead the team as a coach but great players don't make good coaches. In fact most of the time they don't do well at all with a few exceptions. Auburn can not attract the very best but should be able to find someone who can compete.

9:14 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...


9:30 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

101 - Freshman year. All in all, not bad.

10:04 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I thought for sure a new thread would have started at 9:00. We need some new material.

10:13 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

I agree with Digger in that great players don't always make good coaches...look at Lebo.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Luv, what do you think of the IOC cutting the luge event in half?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Seanzie- I think the luge getting cut like that is over kill in addition to the wall that was put up. I hate it about the death, but really would have loved to see the original starting point.

10:32 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I find it interesting that Texas already has 13 commitments for their 2011 recruiting class. Seeing that Chizik has mentioned learning his recruiting philosophy from Mac Brown, I wonder if we will see a lot of early commitments this time around.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Steve- Texas does this year in and year out. If Auburn could hand pick the guys like Texas can, I'm sure they would.

10:35 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

How about Charles Barkley for head coach? If things weren't going so well, he could always sell Mexican food at halftime.

10:40 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Yeah and then he could write a "poem" about Auburn basketball

10:41 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Does Charles need money that bad?

10:42 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Agreed, Eddie. It's not like they didn't know the risks. I know that seems terribly insensitive but it's what they signed up for.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Ari Gold said...

I saw Jay by coincidence earlier today and he said a new thread would post around 11 a.m.

I'll be waiting for that first morsel of SUBSTANCE.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

"I thought for sure a new thread would have started at 9:00. We need some new material.

Change Day 1: Sunday
to read
Day 2: Monday
and there's your new material, Luv.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

This just in from the SEC office:

Due to current economic conditions, only the first half of basketball games will be played. This new rule will also be applied retroactively to all SEC games already played this season. Auburn is your new leader in the SEC West.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

In re Lebo ... I will always remember the Kevin Scarbinsky column right after he was hired, and an "unnamed SEC coach" (I think it was John Brady) said. "Good coach. Very good coach. Won't win. Can't win. Won't cheat."

10:59 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

New Thread Upz.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jet - you distracted me from the new thread. I bet you were in cahoots with those early posters. ;-)

11:01 AM  

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