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3.19.2010

Tubby Smith speaks ... sort of


Hey everyone. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, one of two men on Auburn's initial list of candidates, on Friday dismissed reports that a jump to the Tigers is imminent.

``That's just talk ... because I'm pleased with what we've accomplished here; I'm pleased with where we are in the program," Smith said after the Golden Gophers' loss to Xavier in the NCAA Tournament. ``I'm looking forward to coming back to Minnesota."

Smith is a Southeastern Conference veteran. He spent 10 seasons at Kentucky, where he won a national title in 1997, and two seasons at University of Georgia.

Photo credit: Morry Gash/Associated Press

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176 Comments:

Blogger jhag said...

pow

4:20 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

wow

4:20 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Tubby or no Tubby

That is the question?

4:22 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Don't let this be the Christmas gift I didn't want.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

Jay I am greatful for your stance on reporting the facts. Today is just another case in point as to why.
Why does a reporter (cbs guy) report something and then in the same sentence claim "it may be nothing." Why didn't he just say in other words... "I have no clue!"
I just don't see Tubby coming to AU... but then again "it may be something..."

4:28 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

we need another tubbs to run off..

4:36 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Tubby is a good coach, and could make us a stable team (which is more than we have now). I just wish we could get someone that would excite the AU fans.

To Me:
Getting Tubby would be like us hiring Larry Coker as our football coach.
A decent Coach, who won a championship a year or two after a Big Time Coach, then did nothing.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

When AU athletics is in flux ...disinformation abounds. That ol' executive media-technique from the 90's continues to work for the AU AD department.

Think about it. If someone close enough to truly "know" is willing to leak the truth, then their loyalty should be called into question and probably fired. It's not hard to find out who is leaking info. Just feed them fake info and see if it surfaces. I haven't seen anyone "in the know" getting fired.

If we are truly interested in Tubby Smith, then there is no good reason for the AU AD to purposely leak that fact. It would only serve to add tension to the situation and hinder negotiations.

The best way to play the media is to feed them true, harmless inside data most of the time and gain trust. Then when an important issue needs to be "controlled", feed disinformation.

I'll buy Jet's smoke screen theory.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Well it looks like the battle of the aggies is turning to be a blowout

4:48 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

i think its a smoke screen... no one saw the chiz coming down the pipe and WHAM... he was hired...

4:49 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jet, I'm probably wrong, but I don't think you have to worry about getting that unwanted Christmas present.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

I can see it being a smokescreen, but I fear it would be to hire someone like Sam Mitchell not Mike Anderson.

I know alot of people are keen on Barbee, but what do yall think of Ron Hunter. What I have seen and read about him he has that Bruce Pearl energy, which is something I would love our coach to have.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Tubby Smith is on the list.

You can say it's a lie, that Auburn has no interest in Tubby Smith, but I know that's inaccurate.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

kind of like how yu know your dad is really your dad, no matter how much he denies it

5:05 PM  
Blogger caderivard said...

Uk won in 97 not 2007.

5:09 PM  
Blogger michael said...

And no matter what the paternity test or any court of law says, either.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Thanks, cad.

I was there, I covered it. I guess the years get away from me.

5:14 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I got my flippy floppies

5:17 PM  
Blogger IV said...

I can see Tubby Smith coming back to the SEC under the right circumstances. Will he find those circumstances at AU? It could happen. And I can see Jay Jacobs making a splash hire with the new arena next year. Will it happen? I don't know. I think that I will just hide and watch and not be surprised if the Tubster is our next BB coach.

5:21 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

The Tubby comparison to Spurrier is spot on. Perhaps not perfect, but an improvement and a stepping stone for future improvement.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

JG, I'm not doubting you were told that. I'm questioning either the loyalty or credibility of the teller. See my post above for my logic.

5:49 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Unless AU hired John Calipari, Billy Donovan, or Pat summitt I don't see how we could make a bigger splash than Tubby.

6:16 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Rick Pitino. Pat Riley. Jim Boehim. Jim Calhoun. Possible cannonball names.

6:20 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Apologies for the sarcasm. Just trying to make a funny.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Hoopie: You're too smart and shrewd for me. What can I say?

6:31 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Ya'll better watch out that CH=B guy is gaining ground in the bracket challenge.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

Getting Tubby would be like us hiring Larry Coker as our football coach.
A decent Coach, who won a championship a year or two after a Big Time Coach, then did nothing.


Well, except for the fact that the Big Time Coach that Larry Coker followed has exactly one double-digit winning season and a career winning percentage of just under 57% in 13 years as an HC (college and NFL), and if you consider a perfect 16–0 regular season conference record in 2003 (as well as being named national AP Coach of the Year), five SEC regular season championships (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005) and five SEC Tournament titles (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004), with six Sweet Sixteen finishes and four Elite Eight finishes (1998, 1999, 2003, 2005) the equivalent of 'doing nothing', then the comparison makes perfect sense.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

I don't know if Tubby is disinformation, but this crew practices it.

All I know is that I want something else.

6:47 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I know some don't want Tubby as our next coach, but I'm hoping no one here would be upset about it. I know he was at KU but he did more in 10yrs there than Auburn has in it's 75yr SEC history.

6:56 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

I would be comfortable with Tubby.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

CHB ... I'd be disappointed, but I wouldn't go to the airport to boo. I'll leave that for PF.

I would cheer for Tubby and hope for the best. I think the guy's a good coach, but the wrong fit.

7:32 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I still think JJ should give Bobby Cremins a call just to see if he would like to rebuild Auburn as he did Ga. Tech. If not nothing lost.
he may be very happy at C of C

7:41 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Didn't he also coach South Carolina, if I recall correctly.

We need this guy. We could lead the conference in Tubbys per season.

7:44 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Hey JGT Evan Woodbery is reporting that East Carolina is looking hard at hiring Lebo. Is this rumor or fact?

7:45 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Maybe if we offered to get a drunk blond to greet Tubby at the airport. Oh wait, that has been done. Never mind.

7:50 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

AU baseball winning big so far. 11-2 in top of 6th. Just had a 3 run double. Game on CSS in Montgomery.

7:54 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

3 run homer for Hunter Morris. 14-2 top of 7th.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Dang, I forgot the game was on. Is UGA still ranked? Hoover, here we come! Jay G, do you believe?

Holy crap scorefest.

8:32 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

UGA is 8-9 I think.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

The Tubby talk is just talk... There's too much talk for it to be true.
In most cases where there is a lot of smoke there is fire... With this crew, smoke is a diversion.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

AU up 20-2 over UGA right now...
Hunter Morris with 2 HR's and Justin Bryant with 2 HR (and 8 RBI)...
I'd say it's been a rough night for the UGA pitching staff ERA.

8:50 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Baseball final...
AU - 20
UGA - 3

8:55 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Luckie's pitching line sounds great. An errorless game looked good until the 9th (one of the errors was bunk though, considering some of the fielding problems they've had early.

20-3 is a great way to start the SEC season. Baseball season!

8:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

dmiller...
I said exactly the same thing earlier. We haven't heard the name of the guy they're actually going after.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

If you aren't watching the buckeyes and gauchos, you should be. Amazing shot by tOSU.

9:10 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

I am thrilled to hear that baseball win. Putting up 20 runs and only giving up three says a lot of our pitching and hitting tonight. I'm hoping we do more of that tomorrow and Sunday afternoon.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Note to Gouchos: don't shoot the inside shot if Lauderdale is anywhere near you. 3 blocks now ofr OSU's big man.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

5 blocks now....dude has a 7 foot something wingspan. His arms literally hang down to his knees.

9:40 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Was planning on going to Athens tomorrow regardless of the score tonight, but ummmmm WOW!!!! 20-3?!?!

Looks like Coach P knows how to get a team going. I think it was a great move to start playing teams like ASU to let these kids learn where they stand and where they want to be. Ofcourse I'm not a huge follower of the baseball team and we very well could have been playing that caliber of team outside the conference for the past several years and I wouldn't know. The only tough part is that it seems like the SEC has 7 or 8 of the top 25 teams in the country this year. It'd be nice to be one of them again.

I also have a feeling we may have the same reaction to our new basketball coach as we have had to the recent baseball and football hires.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

So... with Round 1 in the books... How does everyone's bracket look?

11:39 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I'm horrible at this picking the winner deal

11:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hottie Ho! I hate I missed another great campfire. I stopped by to see the embers.

Y'all have a great Saturday.

3:18 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Good Saturday morning, Hotties! Round 2 begins today! I don't know why I'm excited. My bracket sucks. Next year, I'm filling out two - one that is safe and one that takes risks. That way, all my bases are covered. Where's Cincy been? She said everyone would be laughing at her bracket. She needs to start bragging on it! D. Miller and Eddie are hanging in up near the top!

After the first day of Round 1, the second day was kinda boring... I think things will start getting interesting now! Good luck everyone! : )

8:08 AM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

Morning everybody

My midwest 4 of 8 but it is the 4 I picked to win this round so I am still good. As bad as my first round was I still have all of my big guys in.

Big HEY, HEY to the baseball team on a big win

8:30 AM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Doesn't sound like Tubby is appreciated -- much -- up north.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/88703682.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUjc8LDyiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

9:01 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Miller since you asked.....
I am doing well and as expected.
Tied for last place and I had to have some luck along with the hard work to get there. Really I tried very hard to pick this thing but I know so little about college basketball.

9:10 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Digger, don't feel bad. Most of the time, it's just pure luck and good guesses that brings success in the Tourney. Because, just like in football (and, I guess, most other sports), on any given day, anything can happen. A good team may have a bad day and not-so-good teams have great days. Case in point: how many people picked Ohio to beat G'town??

9:34 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

what bracket? i don't know anything about brackets. anyone else know what these brackets are that miller speaks of?

9:44 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Jet, that is why I'm with you and whoever else that wants a younger, exciting coach to be hired at Auburn. It seems that maybe after all these years, it's just a job to Tubby and he does just enough to keep his job. I maybe totally off-base because I know nothing about the situation at Minnesota.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

24 out of 32. That ain't bad for a whole 5 minutes of analysis.

Years ago I followed College Basketball and seriously analyzed the brackets. After witnessing folks win the office pool while not knowing anything other than how the seeding/picking worked, I realized the futility in deep analysis. Our receptionist took great delight reminding us that she beat all of the experts. Listen to all of the sports media "experts" that study this stuff for a living whine about how bad their brackets are doing each year. Heavy knowledge and analysis can absolutely get you into the top 1/3 of every year's pickem'. The variables in a basketball single elimination tourney bracket are too great to allow for reliable predictability.

Baseball and Basketball have much greater chance for a hot streak to dominate one game than football or soccer. The pros have those playoff formats correct.

10:18 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

One and done makes for a lot of upsets. I know alot of this is pure luck and that is one reason that I did not expect to do well. My luck on brackets and parlay cards has always been rotten. So I just don't anticipate doing well. But I still like to play them and watch the results.

10:50 AM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Well, Everyone talked about opening the new Arena with a big name.

Maybe it IS going to be a big name, but not the team but with our coach.

Tubby Smith opens with the new Arena.

Could that be the BIG Splash everyone is hoping for?

And anyone that has a problem with CTS as our coach, is not understanding how important this could be for AU BB,

Any ohte coach we look at will not be any bigger or more qualified, unless there is a coach out there we do not know about.

11:14 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Wow, MSU went from lead to nothing real quick.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hi Hotties,
If y'all start piling up the posts, someone chime in with a BEASLEY!!! at an opportune time. With less than 9 hours of cumulative sleep in the past 3 nights, I'm going to crash soon.

They start serving b'fast at 4 a.m. local time and we plan to be down there not long thereafter. We're headed to BaselWorld tomorrow. It's safe...they don't sell any stuff until the last day, which is not tomorrow.

12:08 PM  
Blogger THT 2.0, G.G. said...

HOTTIE HO!!!!


Thanks for the all congratulations, y'all.

12:43 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

St. Mary's is looking hot on 'Nova right now. I was 23/32 yesterday and Thursday. Three of those were sweet 16 teams (Georgetown, Marquette, and Louisville) and I had Marquette in the Elite 8 too. By no means busted, but it's not hot.

12:46 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

What is up with 'Nova?? IF they win this game, how are they going to do against a much higher seed?? If 'Nova loses, screw my bracket. I'll be pulling for St. Mary's!

1:48 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

eaglesteeler, even though you are a fellow Pennsylvanian,and I mean no disrespect by this, but, your opinion on CTS and the AU bball program is just that - an opinion. Making a big splash can come by the next coach have a great season next year.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

With only one starter coming back, and a shortage (pardon the pun) of talent, I don't think ANY coach AU hires will have a 'great' season next year. Unless you define 'great' as being .500 in a very subpar SEC.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Some jack@$$ didn't completely put out the campfire yesterday and it re-ignited and torched my bracket.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I has teh interwebs again.

Hope no one shed tears over my absence.

2:31 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

I had Nova with a big L today anyway. Just to Richmond but I will take a loss to St. Mary's just as well.

2:39 PM  
Blogger bigdaddy334 said...

It is a slow day.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

I spent the day in the yard, only to walk in and see another portion of my bracket in flames with Villanova.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Your right Freep...It was a bad example...I should have gone the Spurrier route

3:18 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

The Realist via John Longshore is reporting that Tubby Smith has separated his shoulder and is no longer able to coach

3:21 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Middle of the 6th, AU-4 UGA-0

Nelson is throwing some great stuff, and Paws is manufacturing some runs. Great coaching today.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Emmett ... I love me some Ron Hunter. I'd go to the airport to cheer for him.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I'd be very pleased with Danny Manning.
Until I'm proven otherwise, I think the Tubby talk is just that, media talk/speculation... there is too much talk coming out about it.
Looking back at Jacob's last hires, the names that were out front in the media were smokescreens.


I have been told by several $$$ donors that the HC will be Chuck Person. We'll see if that comes to fruition. In the meantime, I'm not putting too much credence in the Tubby talk.

3:51 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Georgia coming back. Nelson was pulled in the bottom of the 6th, Now 4-3 AU leads

4:18 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Watching Butler-Murray State ... each has a player from the state of Alabama.

Butler G Ronald Nored from Homewood.

Murray State C Tony Easley Jr., from Auburn, whose father was an All-American track guy at Auburn.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

'Nova lost? I had them in the final 4. That's a crack in the vessel.

4:28 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Hoopie I had Nova in the final 4 also "kiss of death"

4:35 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

That's a wrap. 4-3 Auburn wins.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Thanks ... wells ... impressive win to hold on ... let's get the broom out tomorrow.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

My dog as a child ...

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

was named ...

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

BEASLEY!

4:55 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

It'll be nice to be on the other end of the broom this weekend, Jet. Shame to see the two players we missed out on from the Butler/Murray St. game.

4:55 PM  
Blogger eaglesteeler said...

Luv,

glad to here from you. what part of PA? I grew up in a small town near the Burgh.

I really do not care whether Smith is the coach or not.

But what I am SURE i want is a coach that has a KNOWN rep for winning NCAA games. AU admin have never before gone that route. It is has always been an 'potential' coach, outside of Ellis (who had been burned out and wanted back in).

I agree that the Big Splash could be a great season. I'll take that too.

My only ref to Tubby, was because all of blogs, forums, and radio talk see that AU needs a 'sizzle' hire.

And if the hire is another 'great potential' coach, then forget the great season next year.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Auburn 2-0 in SEC play. Let's sweed the dawgs and get this road Hoover started right!

5:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

In case anyone is wondering, I don't care who the next basketball coach is going to be. If I were to take a stance though, it would be the same as SteveFC's.

5:05 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

At this point I'm with PF and SteveFC. I just want to see someone hired. I trust JJ will make a solid decision based on his calls with Paws, Tubs1, Chiz, and Lebo. Whether its Tubs2, Person, Dan Dan the Man Man, or whoever, so be it.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Someone take PF's temperature, he is talking crazy.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I have no valid opinion on which BBall to coach hire. Nevertheless, Jet's reasoning seems sound to this uninformed individual.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Tebow's been invited to NY for the pro draft. I guess the NFL thinks viewership will improve as folks tune in to watch Tebow sweat the entire first 2 rounds without getting drafteed.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

The "reporter" for the Orlando Sentinental has called out Meyer stating that he "owes" the UF fans an explanation for his medical/leave/return situation. Read the comments ..LOL

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/college/gators/os-adelson-urban-meyer-0319-20100318,0,347061.column

5:39 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

Jet - I like Hunter too. From everything I have read, he seems to have a Trooper style attitude mixed with a Malzahn style coaching process.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Those crazy fans do pay Meyers salary....


Hoopie, that same crazy fan base will be the reason Tebow will be a top 10 pick. Jags think it will increase ticket sales.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Halfway to a flip.

6:14 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

Kansas is going to lose.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Northern Iowa is falling apart.

6:39 PM  
Blogger wellsAU said...

This is ridiculous. My bracket will be completely ruined, but I'm ok with that at this point.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

That eases the sting of losing Nova a little. I know alot of people had Kansas going all the way. I had them falling in the elite 8.

6:53 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Hey Hotties! Just popping in to say hi. How's my bracket? I think after round 1 I was 25-7, but we are on a TV free weekend, so that is just what I have gleaned by talking around. Have fun, talk to you tomorrow.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

If you picked Kansas...well...busted.

6:54 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Well, now it's official. My bracket is done. But, I don't care. I found myself rooting for UNI early on. What a performance!!!!

Can Auburn hire Ben Jacobson?

7:00 PM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

eaglesteeler, I'm from the other side of the state - Lancaster. I don't really care who the next coach is either. With the way Auburn operates, I'm inclined to believe what D. Miller said about Chuck Person.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Ben Jacobson is worth 2 mil, I guess.

7:21 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I don't know about Chuck Person as a coach, but I think he would excite the fan base. He is an Auburn Legend and I think he could recruit.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Emmett said...

My bracket is now so thin I its not worth using as TP. Now I am just rooting for Chaos.....Anarchy - Anarchy

7:38 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Norther Iowa vs St.Mary's championship game.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Does a 9,10, and 11 seed making the sweet 16 help or hurt the argument for expanding the tourney to 300 or so teams?

7:47 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

My argument against expanding the field is simple:

A sixteen seed has never won before. The field is deep enough.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I'm not for expanding, but that argument makes no sense when you consider that a team like Mississippi State would not have been a 16 seed.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

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9:01 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

I'm for expanding by six, but put the last 8 at-large teams in the play-in games and let them play to be the 12 seed in the four regions.

9:11 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Arghhhhhh! I just found out Kansas lost. I had picked them to win it all. I am never picking a 1 seed again!

The speaker at our retreat is a Kansas grad. Someone called her to tell her K lost. She said it was good her faith was in God, not college basketball!

Off to another meeting. Bye!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

My best AU buddy has been in Cedar Falls (home of UNI) for the past 15 years, and is quite familiar with the situation up there. He told me that UNI could beat KU, but I thought it was the corn talking.

He says the relationship between the University of Iowa and UNI is similar to UA-T and UAB (except that they do occasionally meet on the basketball court).

The Hawkeyes absolutely HATE seeing UNI succeed. And the UI grads in the state gummint are trying to hamstring UNI's athletic dept by cutting off funding.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Northern Iowa beat us in 2008-09, as I recall. Perhaps it was the season before that.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Fearless Freep said...

Beat us rather handily, as I recall.

They are a solid team and a fine program. Their football team is consistently in the 1-AA playoffs, and both teams play in the UNIDome, which is generally packed to the rafters every time they play in either sport.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Ok..... I'm away from the tv for a while to go meet family for dinner in Cullman (All Steak)... and I get back to find out that Kansas and 'Nova both lost today. Wow!

10:20 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

PF...you don't make sense.

Zing.

In all honesty, though, I don't think the logic of my argument was hard to follow.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

The logic of your argument is easy to follow, it's just irrelevant when you consider that the next several teams would not be 16 seeds.



Zinging your own zingers is like laughing at your own jokes.

8:32 AM  
Blogger digger4au said...

I must be falling apart. I have gone from 54 to 53 in the bracket. Watch out leaders I am on the rise.

9:32 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Easy PF. I was just joshin'. I feel like your sometimes on edge too much.

But I'll elaborate on my point a bit further. The point of the NCAA tourney (besides making money) is to find a national champ, right? Do we need to give out more at large bids to teams that very likely do not have a chance of winning it all?

It's great that a nine seed like Northern Iowa beats Kansas, but it's not like they're a bubble team or anything, even if they lost their conference tourney. The lowest seed to ever win the tourney is an 8 (Villanova in 1985). What's the next lowest seed to do it? A four or a five maybe?

I dare say none of these teams that won it all were bubble teams.

Whether expanding to 96 teams or 72 like Jet proposed, is anything but a little more money really coming from it? You argued with me a few weeks ago about the Olympics rewarding the first and second losers too heavily. If the NCAA tourney expands anymore, aren't we just starting to reward mediocrity by letting some of these bubble teams in?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Ha. Yep, second losers deserve nothing. I said I wasn't for expanding, just playing devil's advocate to an argument that didn't hold up until it was explained differently.

I'm not on edge, I just wanted to use the words zinging and zingers in the same sentence. I'm misunderstoood. Such is life.

10:27 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

True dat, yo. True dat.

10:33 AM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

The only fair way is to allow everyone in the tournament. Come to think of it though, that would kind of get rid of the need for the regular season. So, I suppose we get rid of the regular season and change it to one big tournament.

Of course, it might be a bit problematic if it were single elimination.

10:51 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is PF on the edge again?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

PF seems to wander around the edge at times, but he is just getting a better view.

No way he's a jumper.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

OK, in order to even stay close, my bracket needs the following winners today: Maryland, OSU, Syracuse, Pitt, Duke, WVa, Wisc. Even with that miracle, a couple of folks may have me blocked anyway.

Purdue losing would be a defensive wish.

12:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I picked Kansas to win it all...now I hope all of the games I picked to win are losers so I can finish last.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

In order for bracket to stay in contention, I need a cholera outbreak.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I think I may have an ever so slight chance if Syracuse and Baylor play for the national championship.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Auburn Baseball going for their first SEC sweep since 2003, first sweep at UGA since 1998, and first sweep to open up conference play since 1995...Auburn 7 UGA 2 in the top of the 5th.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

oops, make that middle of the 4th, not top of the 5th.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

*stats courtesy of Auburntigers.com via AUPPL's twitter feed.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

UGA's gamecast server is pretty cool:

http://www.georgiadogs.com/newLiveStats/Baseball/index.dbml?GAME_STAT_ID=465770&db_oem_id=8800

1:36 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Take a look at Jose Canseco's twitter feed.

Latest post is: "This is Jose's girlfriend and everyone should know that he is a DICK"

1:40 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Jose's GF also failed to mention that he is a loser.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Grand Slam by Hunter Morris makes it 11-2 in the top of the 6th. 1 out.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

McElroy walked on 4 pitched, then has advanced to second and third on consecutive wild pitches. I think Morris's grand slam may have ruined UGA's pitcher's day.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

12-2

2:03 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Another walked runner. UGA's coach is just being mean now by keeping his starter in. Let the guy run laps tomorrow or something, but don't leave him in.

2:06 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Man our boys can flat out hit the ball. I really think this could be a very good season. We just need to get some quality starts from our pitchers.


On the Basketball front...


http://blog.al.com/kevin-scarbinsky/2010/03/scarbinsky_auburn_smart_to_tar.html

2:08 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

We've gotten them this weekend. All three get quality starts.

Btw, Hunter Morris's grand slam, the first of his career, apparently hit the top of the wall and bounced over. He'd now in top 10 in school history in ding dongs.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

*via AUTigersBaseball on twitter.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

The UGA coach better watch out or that pitcher's mama may walk out on the field and take her son out of the game herself.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Two straight walks to open the 7th. UGA must not have anyone left in their bullpen.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Hunter follows his Grand Slam with a three run shot.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Another walk. This may end ugly. Auburn's already got 15 runs.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Pitching Change. Auburn to see UGA's 5th pitcher of the day.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Sheesh! Another HR for Hunter Morris... he has 9 RBI on the day!

2:31 PM  
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2:35 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Miller, what do you think about Grant still being in the game? Conventional wisdom on 102 pitches and a 15-3 lead says to pull him.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Let me guess that Georgia won't be spending any time in Hoover this spring.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Well, he got 3 up 3 down on just a few pitches, so I guess it wasn't that big of a deal to leave him in.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I dunno, Jet. They've got talent, but have had a lot of injuries early this season. If they get some guys back and get in a groove, they should be there. This was a team who was pretty close to Omaha last year, and started the season ranked in the top 15.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

In the Buffalo Wild Wings commercial with the photographer with the flash grenade attachment ... the guy's team has the ball in a tie game and he wants the game to never end.

What a moron. Doesn't he want to win? Or does he love their mediocre wings that much?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

PF... I say give him the work.
Our starters have had issues getting beyond the 4th inning. The 5th and 6th innings they have struggled.
They need to learn to pitch late into games because, frankly, our bullpen sucks. The starters have to pitch deeper into games to take pressure off the pen.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

PF ...

I can't claim any significant knowledge on SEC baseball ... I'll defer to you, as you clearly follow it.

I'm just glad we got out the Swiffer.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I'll defer to...well, I'll just defer. Pick a topic and I'll probably defer on it. Unless someone tells me not to in which case I may just table it.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

That's why the guys in Norm's car club back home called him "The Cruiser."

2:57 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Justin Bryant's had a crappy day after his 8 RBI performance Friday. 4 strikeouts and got popped on the knee with a pitch.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Final:
Auburn 19
Georgia 3


Auburn sweeps the series to open up SEC play...on the way to Hoover!

3:22 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

maaaaaan go tech

3:22 PM  
Blogger easyedwin said...

We are hoping for us to be "on the way to Hoover". , PF

3:49 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Mich. St just crapped on my bracket.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

My apologies to Maryland. Had I not picked them, that buzzer beater wouldn't have gone in.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

New thread up about Auburn Baseball...

err, maybe in a few more weeks if they keep this up.

4:05 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

Congrats to the Auburn Baseball team. Hope they can keep it up and make it to Hoover. Too early to tell just yet.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Phormerly Phred said...

Just popping in. AU scores 43 runs this weekend. It was my theory last year and the years before. It will be my theory next year and the years after. Big bats win ball games. Period.

4:27 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

Sweet!!

I'm glad we finally beat UGA in something

WAR EAGLE!!!!

4:30 PM  
Blogger missinit said...

By the way hubby and I went to early church today and went to Augusta for an early lunch at Sticky Fingers.

We got seated and lo and behold with most of the seats in the restaurant still empty the waitress brings a family and sits them down right next to us.

Country as the day is long...decked out in their crimson garb and tacky tee-shirts, roll tiding all over the place.

Dang...you'd think all the way over here in east Georgia I could get away from the bammers....no such luck!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

4:48 PM  

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