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3.24.2010

Auburn hires a basketball coach

Hey everyone. It's 100% official -- Tony Barbee is now the head coach at Auburn.

Barbee, who coached under John Calipari at Memphis, ran the show at UTEP this past season and the three before that. The Miners qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team earlier this month before losing to Butler in the first round.

I had been hearing talk that Barbee was The Top Candidate at DePaul, which seems ripe for a revitalization. Chicago is a haven for prep hoops. Still, Barbee will be coaching on the Plains instead.

He went 82-51 in four seasons at UTEP. His team won 15 of its 16 Conference USA games this year and finished 26-6 overall.

``I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Auburn Family and proud to be the next head coach at Auburn," Barbee said. ``We have challenges in front of us, but we also have great opportunities with everything Auburn has to offer—a great university, outstanding community, tremendous fan support, and a terrific new arena and practice facility. The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights."

BARBEE CAREER TIMELINE
UTEP, head coach (2006-2010)
Memphis, assistant (2000-06)
Massachusetts, assistant (1999-2000)
Wyoming, assistant (1998-99)
Massachusetts, assistant (1996-98)
Massachusetts, graduate assistant (1995-96)

**1993 graduate of Massachusetts

HIS TIME AT UTEP
2005-06 ... team went 21-10, 11-3 ... coach Doc Sadler left for Nebraska.
2006-07 ... team went 14-17, 6-10 ... Barbee's first season ... team returned three players.
2007-08 ... team went 19-14, 8-8
2008-09 ... team went 23-14, 10-6 ... made it to the CBI finals.
2009-10 ... team went 26-6, 15-1 ... qualified for NCAAs

More to come ...

232 Comments:

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Blogger FSJ said...

RTR

7:37 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

WDE

7:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I think this is the best hire among the names I heard. He's young, he's hungry (which should make Jet happy) and he knows how to recruit. Not too shabby.

7:40 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Good job JayG on confirmation.

I think this is a very good hire per the things you posted.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

GET SOME

7:42 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

How about it Phred?

7:42 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Seems like a good hire..

Kudos to wtc for calling this one the other day.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Howdy WTC. Howdy Jay. Howdy FSJ.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The Realist misses another one.

So it goes.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hi, Phreddy.

7:46 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

What up Phred?

7:47 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

FSJ-My sources got this one. I want to thank all the little people behind the scenes that work so tirelessly to make me look good on this blog.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Gonna head to the house and do some eatin. See y'all on the BB. Going mobile now.

7:49 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

who did he say would get it Jay?

I was going to start my own blog. Call if Hotties Undercover, but that sounded like an adult website, so I passed.

7:50 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Wow! I didnt even know he had his interview yet. I thought it was later this week.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Came home from work inspired by spring ball and actually cut the yard for the first time in 2010. Now I'm reading that Auburn has actually made a good hire for basketball coach. Excellent info today JGT.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

He said it was going to Tubby Smith, book it, done deal, turn out the lights.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Realist sucks. Supermarket checkout line sports writing. Trayf. Absolute garbage.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

C'mon Barbee, let's go party.

7:54 PM  
Blogger scottie b schwarzenegger said...

Sweet

7:56 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

hunter morris with a triple
2-2 bottom of the 3rd 1 out.

7:57 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I must admit that Jay Jacobs earned my trust after the Chiz hire. He could have hired Tony Bennett as the basketball coach and I would have been like "Give him a chance. Jay probably knows what he's doing."

Barbee sounds like a good hire and a fan fav already.

7:59 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Let me say it was an rbi triple.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Coming Fall 2010: Barbee's Dream House

8:01 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

McElroy with a 3 run homer
AU 5 UA 2

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jay4AU said...

Oh, I can just see the all female student cheer section: "the Barbee Dolls" HABOTN TM

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jay, that's a good one right here!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Jay4AU said...

Jay G - saw you and the fam at supper. Never been one to impose on family time.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

MrsTHT is sound asleep so I can have my computer back now.

JayGT - you've put way too much substance in front of me today, but I'm a man. I must accept responsibility for my own overindulgence. I feel like I need a shot of insulin. Or maybe just more cow bell.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Jet is ECSTATIC!

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

I know virtually nothing about either coach's ability to coach, but Barbee's yearly records at UTEP are much more impressive than the N. Texas coach's. The latter looked almost like Lebo's record at AU. We didn't need that, again.

8:13 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Jay4U you need to tell Barbee/AU about that and get a cut from the t-shirts sold to the sorority girls.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Jay, you can come say hello. I really don't care. It's not like there are 15 of us.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

did calipari teach him how to "recruit" when they were together?

8:19 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

UAt scores 2 in top of 4th.
5-4 AU ahead. UAt still batting. Pitching change for AU.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Scott Coats said...

I expect to see Orange and Blue "I'm a Barbee Girl" t-shirts throughout AU's new arena next season.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jay4AU said...

Jay G, I appreciate that, but my momma would have my hide. She taught me some manners!

Off topic: spent all day Saturday at Six Flags, saw many infidels, but the AU family was out in superior numbers and proudly wearing the colors!

8:23 PM  
Blogger just another scottie said...

My first response is, whew.

I must admit I was nervous about this hire because of our place in the college basketball world. I've had a complete man crush on Mike Anderson and wanted him to get the job last go around, but it is evident that ship has sailed.

Here's a great article I read on Barbee last night and that is when I put him atop my wishlist.

http://tinyurl.com/yeg4dzp

8:24 PM  
Blogger scottie b schwarzenegger said...

Dude I could make me some Barbee girl shirts. Hmmmmm

8:28 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Okay, basketball now looks more interesting...

8:33 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

any more on the baseball game

8:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

what are you waiting for, Scottie B?

8:34 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

I'll be a Barbee girl!

8:35 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

I'll even be a Hottie Barbee in honor of Habotn

8:36 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Come on Scottie B! I can help you distribute them from Opelika. lol

8:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

from that link, you can see he definitely knows "coach speak"...

“I love it here and my family loves it here. My intention is to be the head coach at UTEP for as long as they’ll have me,” says Barbee.

***
Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the March 2008 issue of El Paso Magazine.

8:39 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I can see it all now... wet t-shirt contests during timeouts, mud wrestling at halftime, jello fights at Toomers after each win... Man we'd usher in a whole new era of AU basketball!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Quote from Barbee:


“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Auburn Family and proud to be the next head coach at Auburn,” Barbee said. “We have challenges in front of us, but we also have great opportunities with everything Auburn has to offer—a great university, outstanding community, tremendous fan support, and a terrific new arena and practice facility. The time is now to take Auburn basketball to new heights."

8:42 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Like that quote.

Get some.

8:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It's a Barbee!!! Actually, I don't know a lot about him, but from what I read he seemed like one of the better choices.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

"tremendous fan support"

was he talking about the football team?

8:49 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

THT LOL! Maybe he was speaking in generalities?

8:54 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

He gets my support if for no other reason than he correctly called us a "Family". No other university has such a fan base. Just my biased opinion.

8:55 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I do think Jacobs deserves a lot of credit for the Chizik hire. I considered Chizik more of a wait and see hire. Jacobs took a chance and appears to have nailed it.

Barbee seems to be less of a risky hire, but for me he's a wait and see too, simply because I don't know him.

Regardless, I think Jacobs does deserve a lot of credit for making some good decisions.

Also, I love the pictures of the new arena. I have been to some college basketball games and have never seen such a great looking arena.

8:59 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

JayG-Just a thought, but how about an article one day about the hires JJ has made over the past few coaching changes. May be of some interest to some people.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Middle of the 6th: AU 6 Losers 4

9:01 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

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9:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks for the baseball updates, Hotties. The game isn't on my TV here in Italy. It's after 3 a.m.. Should I go to bed?

Any chance we can get ECU for the basketball season opener? After all, we did promise Lebo a new arena to coach in.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

THT, WSFA.com has it streaming.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

THT, the ECU comment is priceless.

9:06 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I've never understood the criticism that JJ has received from some of the fans from Auburn and outside of Auburn. Finescum bashes him as well. What do fans and Finescum really know about the guy and how he does business. I think WTC has a good idea. Do an article on JJ and his recent hires. I think it would really shed a new light.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, PF. Unfortunately, WSFA's stream is apparently even weaker than my own. Just a blank screen so far.

9:11 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

I think JJ is starting to get the respect he deserves from the fans. It looks like he might have had his hands tied in the past.

9:12 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

yikes. WSFA has BPH.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

What's up with this lawyer on a horse I keep seeing?

9:14 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

THT-great line.

The signal has been on and off tonight. Stick with it.

Au 6-4 after 6.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Might be your browser. Chrome wouldn't pull it up. IE did.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

LOL, PF.

JGT - I know I've overdosed on substance. But I still can't wait for a new thread. "RTR" at the top of the comments list is just plain wrong.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i tried Safari and Firefox. Both just show it in never-ending loading mode.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

looks like it's a WMV stream. You have flip4mac installed on your fancy laptop?

9:18 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Sorry THT

9:18 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

PF-that is what she said.

THT-I had to go with IE to get the feed.

9:18 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

OK Maybe not.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Thrashers really needed to beat the Bruins last night. I don't think they jump them now with just a handful of games remaining, two of which are against the Caps. SE division continues the one team in the playoff tradition.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

If you've got flip4mac installed, .wmv streams will play in Safari. I know this as fact.

9:21 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

I feel something special happening when the playoffs come around.

9:23 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

Last yr they would have lost to the Pens tonight.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

their little baserunner dots are inaccurate. I see men on first and second, but the yellow dot just says first.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

If I was at home I could go to the old PC.

yes, flip4Mac installed.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

AU1N04 - don't you realize this is an Auburn blog ;-)


GO PENS!!!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Hmmm, maybe Italy doesn't like American Television stations.

9:33 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

7-4 2 out bottom of 7th.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Pitching change. Auburn has men on 1 and 2 with 2 outs. RBI from Caldwell makes it 7-4 Good Guys.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks for the updates

9:34 PM  
Blogger AU1N04 said...

I do....it was the first and only time I got a chance to woot!

Woot!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Pens headed for a 4th seed in first round. Ottawa likely opponent.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Y'all had plenty of SUBSTANÇIO today. We'll live blog Barbee's presser tomorrow around 5 p.m.

Y'all won't be here then -- it's always dead right after Puppet Hour -- but the quotes will be here for you when you get back.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

9:40 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Thanks for all the excellent work today JayG.

9:42 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

More importantly...

Thoughts and prayers with RK and his family.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks for the GREAT coverage, JGT. I'll be missing the live blawgin' tomorrow night since I have to be up at 4 a.m. local time Friday morning.

It's closing in on 4 a.m. Time for a few winks.

Sweet AU dreams, Hotties!!!

9:43 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

errors on Au's part lets UA back in the game.
7-6 going to bottom of 8th.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

7-6 au error at ss cost us a run

9:52 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Whats up WTC? AU has had a lot of fielding errors under this coach. Hitting improved this year so far, but would really like to see us cut down on errors.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

ua walks our lead off hitter, bottom of order. HA! Not a good baseball move. Come on AU, we need to get runs this inning to close it out.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Thought these fielding woes were going away. Better shape up against USC or it won't be close.

10:00 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

SS error was a bone head play. also earlier the right fielder did not come up with a grounder and allowed runners to advance. left fielder made a throwing error in that inning also by throwing home on a grounder. he had no chance to get the runner and the catcher missed the ball and allowed runners to advance.

Au can hit, but they need to clean up the fielding. they are last in the SEC in fielding. That will get them hurt in league play.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

The difference between this hire and the football hire is that no one was trying or contemplating hiring Gene Chizik. It was a bold move based on understanding of the comfort of Auburn Family familiarity coupled with a person who outlined a vision for success.

As for Barbee, he could have been in the picture for a half-dozen jobs. This was a bold hire, too, but for a different reason. Jay Jacobs showed he realizes that Auburn basketball didn't need a rebuilding job, but a complete transformation.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Nice sac fly makes it 8-6. Man on third. One out. Bottom of 8th.

Intentional walk puts runners at corners.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Wth base running?

10:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Interesting thing going on with USCe athletics. Apparently the only black member of the board of trustees may not be getting re-elected. There is a group requesting that black athletes refuse to play for USCe if the trustee isn't re-elected. Now, that would definitely change the complection of things.

10:04 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Another base running mistake for AU. run down at third base for the 3rd out. Two bone headed plays at 3rd base this year.

AU 8 UA 6 headed to the 9th.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

au wasting runs

10:05 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

That's stupid. The black football, basketball, and track athletes are just going to quit?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

wtc, our base running last year was abysmal. We make far too many mistakes on base paths and fielding.

errors, walking lead off hitters, etc, get you beat. UA paid for walking our leadoff in this inning.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I hope Paws gets their heads back into it tomorrow. Tonights game is pretty much just for fun. The weekend games are not.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

get him. one more strike.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

fun if we win!

10:10 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Walk. Hope we don;t regret that one.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Dang. Ahead in the count, too....c'mon Austin.

10:11 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Didn't count in the record, but a good win for AU.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

There we go. Good last inning. Wish the W counted, though. On the other hand, Auburn 2 Bama 0 in Capital City Classic.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

AU wins. any win agains UA in any sport is good. AU's three errors make this game way closer than it should have been.

10:13 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I cut the sound on D. Amos in about the 3rd inning. He kept talking about UAt's strength of schedule will get them into the touney at the end of the season. Maybe they need to win a few games first DA. He is such a tool.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Let's see ...

1. Spring practice starts.
2. We hire Barbee
3. We beat the Cousin Humpers in baseball.

What a beautiful spring day.

10:14 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

PF, yes, it would be terribly stupid and I am not sure what would be accomplished. The sports teams would stink and suddenly a lot of college kids would be out of school. Someone should have thought that out a bit more before hand, but it was reported on our local news here. Sometimes this racial crap gets to be terribly idiotic.

And honestly, I don't see how anyone that is a college football fan could be racist. God bless all these players. Color hasn't got a thing to do with it. They are all members of the Auburn family.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Y'all are missing the mark on the T-shirt ideas. Here it is, check it:

An orange shirt with a very large blue 'Q' on it followed by the word 'boys'.

As in the Barbee 'Q Boys'.

Oh yeah baby, I am good.

10:14 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-FAN) said...

WDE baseball score Alabama 6 Auburn 8

10:15 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Is AU best team UA has played this year? Seem to remember their schedule pretty easy so far.

10:15 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Hahaha, Phred, that was terribly bad. Sorry, but I don't think I will be ordering that shirt.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

The report I saw said black recruits shouldn't go to USC, not that the players should quit.

Maybe I read it wrong.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

The name Barbee has a lot of options, not all good.

10:17 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Now, a bunch of hot chicks in Barbee Doll T-Shirts at the games definitely might help attendance.

10:17 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

The student section next year will be Barbee's Barbies. Males will watch while women look like their naturally beautiful Auburn selves.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

If Auburn plays clean ball, I think they're a very good team. Playing at home again this weekend should be nice. 5 straigth wins on the road.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

I hope Barbee recruits like Calipari, but without the brown bag of cash.

10:18 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-FAN) said...

Hotties how about this.....
"Welcome to the New Auburn Area also as the BarBEE Hive"

10:19 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Maybe so, Wake. I just heard it here on the news. I probably didn't phrase it correctly. They said they were encouraging black kids to not play USCe sports, or something like that. Take it for what it's worth. It is bizarre and wouldn't help USCe, the students, or some trustee that they apparently feel is most suited for the position based upon his skin color, which I find terribly ironic.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Spongeworthy said...

Barbee's dolls, the loudest female student section in basketball. wet t shirt contests at halftime. yep, i'd buy season ticks.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Arena = Barbee's Dream House

10:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Mobilz, you have a take on the USC thing they're talking about? I'd like to hear your perspective.

10:21 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I wish I lived in the Auburn area, because I would definitely want to get behind the new coach at the new arena. One of the pluses of the new arena is the smaller size. It isn't likely to be sold out regularly, but the crowds will look bigger.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

A great day to be an Auburn Tiger.

Thanks JGT for all that you do.

10:25 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Barbee was getting $300k at UTEP. Au is paying $1.5 mil.

10:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

That sounds like a competitive salary, and no, I have no problem with them paying a basketball coach that kind of money. Lebo was seriously underpaid.

10:28 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Barbee was 82-52 at UTEP in 4 years. Lebo had something like 92 wins in 6 years. Maybe it was 99 wins.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

WTC. I saw that and almost swallowed my tounge. HOLY COW! Think we left anything on the table there? Helluva day for Barbee though.

10:32 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I might need to visit Au this week and have a visit with the new bball coach.

10:32 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Tony's Bologna? Everyone dresses as sausages?

10:33 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I'm teLling you the Barbee Q Boys shirt is awesome. On the back would be 'Dry Rub'

10:34 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Barbee's Dolls could be a heckuva recruiting tool.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Lane would be all over that.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I thought it would be more than 1.5.

10:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

It is amazing how quickly wikipedia was updated to show Barbee as the Auburn coach.

I like his record in those first 4 seasons. He didn't start off great, but he showed steady improvement.

P.S. I will never get over being older than most Auburn coaches.

10:43 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-FAN) said...

PF,
I have not researched the entire USC Issue and i typically stay away from political talk cuz we all have our likes and dislikes...

but i will give you a good answer on tomorrow after i do reseach and can form a educated opinion.

10:44 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Jay, if Barbee was making $300k, $1.5 Million seems like more than enough. Hopefully Jacobs is using the same strategy he did with the Chiz. Provide a competitive salary, and then give raises when you have some results.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Sensi said...

Totally off topic but I saw Katie (one of Larry's daughters) today and she was very thankful for the outpouring of support here on the blog for her family during this time.

Just passing that along to you all.

10:45 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-FAN) said...

Barbee Q Boys..... with Butt Rub on the back! moto "come on in the AUburn Arena and get you BUTTS kicked"

10:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Mobilz, I am with you on the political talk thing and I wish they wouldn't attempt to pull college athletes into it. These are kids that should be there primarily to get an education. They shouldn't get roped into it.

10:48 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Thanks Sensi.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Cool Mobilz,

I'm not really interested in the politics of it, that part sounds like a total mess that makes me glad I'm not a SC resident. I was more just curious about the gut reaction of someone with a better perspective than myself on issues like that. Being part of an ethnic/religious minority gives me some sort of idea, but at the end of the day, I'm also a middle class white man in the south, so I lack insight on that sort of thing. I look forward to hearing your response (which doesn't have to be public if you'd like to contact me privately).

10:50 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

I can only imagine what just got deleted.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Wasn't me.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Anyone know where I can find a video of Urban going Mike Gundy on an Orlando Sentinel reporter today? I'd love to see it. Dude's completely crazy.

10:58 PM  
Blogger AUnMobilz (CAM-FAN) said...

pf,
i can respect that, thank you.
here is one thing i always live bye which is part of the Auburn Creed...

"I believe in work hard work.... and nothing is given but earned"

I never pass judgement opinions on a person until i look at it from his/ her perspective.... there is only one truth doing the right thing always wins out....you never know what it is like until you have walked a mile in their shoes or experienced the same as them....

10:59 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

South Carolina is a different experience than Alabama. The laws here are strange. They had the video poker stuff, but only for a short time. There are no helmet laws. In a county next to the one I am in, you can't buy hardly anything on Sunday until after 1:30 on Sunday. No, I am not talking alcohol. I am talking about anything other than a few exceptions like food and gas. Yes, it is illegal to sell toasters on Sunday before 1:30 because, apparently, Jesus didn't believe in selling toasters on Sunday mornings.

11:03 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Mobilz, trying to see things from someone else's perspective is wise, but very hard to do.

11:04 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Thanks for the Meyer article, PF. That seems much more overblown than the Gundy thing. It appears the kid used poor wording in describing the difference between Tebow and Brantley. He probably meant to say Brantley was a more traditional style quarterback, but it came out sounding like he didn't think Tebow was a real quarterback.

It would be interesting to see the reporter's article. If it was titled
"Thompson said Tebow wasn't a real QB", I can see why Meyer was pissed and threatening to ban the reporter makes a lot of sense.

I am sure every reporter could take something a kid says and twist it into controversy. It is nice to see Meter squelch it, if that is the case. Without seeing the article, it is hard to tell.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Scottie B... Get a Barbee Doll t-shirt printed up and send to me. I'll get it to my sister at AU. Maybe she can start the fad early.

11:42 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I had the baseball game covered through Twitter tonight.
I was sitting directly behind homeplate. Ump had a bad night.
There were also about 8 MLB scouts sitting around me.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

It would be interesting to hear JGT's take on the whole Meyer deal.

I was just thinking earlier today "FSJ hasn't been around much lately"

Then he has to go off and put that ugliness at the top of our blog. If your going to do that you can just stay away FSJ.

12:23 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

WOW, you start spring football practice, announce a basketball coach, beat bama in baseball and the blog takes off!

Thanks, Jay, for all the great info today. It's great to be an Auburn Tiger!

12:48 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am sure Jay has the opportunity to misrepresent the words of a player, but he never seems to try to make a story out of nothing. That is what I love about the HABOTN. You get facts rather than artificially generated drama, such as you get from a certain bald headed radio show host in Birmingham.

I do wish I could see the article that reporter wrote, because it really isn't fair to judge without seeing the article, but I suspect the player was portrayed as saying Tebow wasn't a real QB, when that wasn't what the kid meant.

Kudos to Meyer for standing up for his player.

4:04 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Time to rise and shine, Hotties.

Great win over the UA-T'losers last night in baseball!!!

WARRRRRRRRRRR EAGLE!!!

4:38 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

rise and shine everyone. plenty to do today.

Good baseball win last night.
Good choice in basketball coach yesterday.
I would not be surprised if Person helped land Barbee. Not sure if Chuck wanted the job as he seems to want an NBA job, but maybe he was part of an informal search committee. I have no clue, but it could happen.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Meyer is a lunatic. The kid was given to reporters and said what he said. There was no twisting of words. Several accounts, including video, of the interview backed up the reports. If anything, other news outlets took the line and reported it out of context. It was everywhere. Meyer's hard on for Tebow caused him to go for no reason.

The artidle is online. I'm sure if you wanted to see it, you could find it.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

First of all, Urban is a tool.
The reporter neither misquoted, not took the player out of context.

He didn't stand up for his player ... he was protecting the glorious name of the beloved Tebow.

6:21 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Good morning Tony's Tigers.

Theeeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee Great!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

Morning folks. It's Thursday (Friday for me), GET SOME!

7:31 AM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Morning Hot Ones!!!

What about AU with the hat trick yesterday!??

Spring practice (check), good hire for bb coach (check), BEAT BAMA (big check!).

It's great to be an AU Tiger!!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Here's the original Tebow Diss story for Lazy Steve. I continue to think Meyer is a lunatic.

7:54 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

On my way into work I realized my grammatical error on my post this morning. It was still early so I'm glad no one called me out.

8:01 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Has anyone seen any of the current player's or new comers' reactions to the hire?

8:03 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Morning, Hotties!

Does anyone play nickel nickel? I stayed up until 2 this morning playing with my parents. I am dragging this morning.

But, I get to go to Auburn tomorrow!!

8:26 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

WERK,
Praying for your dad, and you, this morning.

8:28 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

morning all

8:29 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Good article in the MA, Jay.

8:37 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

RK,
Praying for your dad

8:51 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Someone earler in the thread was saying the baseball win didn't count. Huh?! Please feel free to educate me.

8:56 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Meyer went nuts over that article?!?! wow. Looked pretty tame to me. I mean I get the comment, but then again I'm semi-rational.

8:58 AM  
Blogger j-z said...

Is it lunchtime yet?

9:09 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

RK, my prayers are with you, too.

RE Urban: I think he needs to take a deep breath or another vacation.

RE JJ's statement on Tony as a Tiger:
"We could not be happier to have him as the new face of Auburn basketball as we prepare to open a new era in a new arena next season."

I must note that the new face is a handsome one, and that will help with the Barbee dolls.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Just had my mid-morning coffee, so it's not lunch time for me.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

JFowler included the statement from the kid and didn't embellish or spin it. It's obvious that the kid meant "traditional" QB when he said "real". The kid described Tebow accurately and the reporter didn't spin it.

.....Sooooooooo what't the problem URBAN? ....someone forgot your instructions to worship at Tebow's feet?

And just for SteveFC ..some irony ... Tebow would probably agree with the WR.

9:14 AM  
Blogger martini35504 said...

They meant as far as conference standings. It does count in the overall record.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Yes, Coach Barbee is a handsome man with some hair. I'm encouraged because now he can't be accused of rubbing his bald head, when fretting the teams play.

9:17 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

thanks martini.

Tony the Tiger. ausome :)

9:19 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

100 + Beasley!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Praying for WERK's dad.

Good day yesterday for the Auburn Family.

9:30 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I was a meeting freak yesterday and therefore unHABOTNized. This is terrific news about Barbee - the best we could have hoped for IMO.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

ehyou - you're a freak everyday.

9:44 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

And lastly, the men's swimming and diving team will have to wait another day to defend its national title. The 2010 National Championships at Ohio State have been delayed a day because 18 swimmers and one coach were treated for possible gastrointestinal illness. No Auburn athletes were affected. Yup, might want to get that cleared up before anybody gets in a pool. This was from Andy Bitter.

9:46 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Apologies for asking, what's going on with werk's Dad? If it's not something that needs to be on the blog please email me. Thanks.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

I am in disbelief that anyone give "kudos" to Meyer for this latest temper tantrum. The guy needs a psychiatric intervention. I heard the audio, and the reporter simply printed what the kid said; he didn't set him up or "twist his words." It was a poor choice of words, and he probably meant to say "traditional" qb, but reporters aren't (and shouldn't be) in the business of mind reading or misquoting.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

I'm fearful that AU's new coach won't recruit some tall players, because then all we'll hear is "Throw another shrimp on the Barbee."

9:49 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Just stopping in to say I think Barbee is a good hire and to see if I can help with a flip.

9:57 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Norm??

10:02 AM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

Rotten,

That's funny.

Since this is the year of the Tiger (Chinese calendar), we have Tony the Tiger, and baseball again beat UA in Montgomery, I am feeling good about football. Seems like things are just lining up.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Scott Chocolate said...

Come on Norm!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Norm said...

OK

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