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Weekend Update

... and here's your host, Dennis Miller.

Hey everyone. It's been a pretty busy weekend for Auburn athletics, though I sat out Saturday's action. I didn't feel well. It happens sometimes.

So what's going on? I'll tell you.

FOOTBALL -- The team held a two-hour workout inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday morning. Some 11-on-11 stuff was included. They were moving at "thud tempo," which means players collide but do not tackle. I didn't hear about anything super exciting. Safety Mike McNeil was back on the field doing real work for the first time in a year. I'm glad he'll get a second chance.

BASEBALL -- My friend Phillip Marshall wrote yesterday that today's Auburn-South Carolina game is the program's biggest in a while. While I probably disagree with that idea -- we're five games into a 30-game SEC season -- it's important to note that Auburn lost on Friday and Saturday. Another loss on Sunday all but eliminates meaning behind the team's sweep in Athens last weekend. Cole Nelson pitched exquisitely against the Gamecocks on Saturday and his teammates scored ... zero runs. Nice.

UPDATE: Auburn won the game, 10-6.

SWIMMING AND DIVING -- Auburn, the defending NCAA titlists, began the day in sixth place at the championship meet. A jump to No. 1 would require a miracle. So it goes.

EQUESTRIAN: Auburn, ranked No. 2, beat top-ranked Georgia on Saturday to win the Southern Equestrian Championships. The event was held at the Auburn Equestrian Center. The Tigers now have beaten Georgia twice this season and improved to 14-3 overall.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

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Blogger Kathy said...

Hope you are feeling better.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

Kathy with the quick hands

2:26 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Watching the NCAA BB and catching up on the latest in Auburn!

2:27 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Kentucky lost.

On to soccer season for me ...

2:32 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

And first up in a big week for United, a trip to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Visited there a couple of years ago. Fantastic stadium. One of my favs.

2:37 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Glad to see you still kicking, Jay. I was beginning to get a bit concerned.

The other thing that happened this weekend was we got another commit, some safety. But commits mean very little 10 months away from signing day.

I do hope you get to feeling better.

Take Care,

2:56 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

Did you include equestrian because you consider it to be a sport? If so, can you start reporting on the Auburn Ultimate Frisbee club team soon?

2:58 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Equestrian was added as an official, varsity sport a few years ago. I think it's worth mentioning a time or two each year. Jeez.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

I appreciate the equestrian coverage Jay. I need an occasional reminder that the team exists.

I would love me some Water Ski updates. I think their first spring tourney is this weekend.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Yea! after most of an eternity and multiple refreshes, the page finally loaded with a "publish comment" button on my crappy phone .
JGT - Thanks for this update. I'm glad you took a well deserved break yesterday and I hope you rested well and feel better.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

p.s. I love the equestrian news!

3:15 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Auburn could have a tiddly winks team and I still wouldn't mind having an update on them.

Especially if they are one of the best teams in the nation.

3:17 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

What an interesting weekend this has been....

I need a drink.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

That play would make Laettner roll over in his grave.

Well if he was dead of course.

3:37 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Auburn BB defeats USCe 10-6 in the third game of the series to avoid being swept.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Brian Williams and Scotty Hopson looked like they'd rather be in a skunk den with Phyllis Diller than at the free throw line with the game on the line.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Frame said...

Just messin' around. It's just hard to believe that show horses are considered a varsity sport.

Some Ultimate coverage would be just greeeeaaaaaat, though.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Glad to hear Cincy. Thanks for the update.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

In equestrian, do we recruit horses? Did we have Big Horse Weekend?

4:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks, Cincy. War Eagle!!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

THT, how is 2.0 travels today?

4:23 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hi Kathy - I haven't heard yet. She has been in Copenhagen today. While MrsTHT and I were running errands this afternoon, LGGByron called 2.0 at 10 pm Copenhagen time to tell her about Molly.
2.0 was still out for dinner with her friend's family.
She is in Copenhagen tomorrow until late afternoon when she flies to Oslo.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm sure she was very sad to hear about Molly.

I've been sad thinking about Molly.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Duke is hitting the 3s.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Best "human dog" ever ---->

4:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I'm watching basketball right now for the first time in months. I do not like Puke, so I probably won't be watching very long.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Baylor putting on the pressure!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, I may watch for a few more minutes ;-)

4:55 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I've thought about you and your family a lot today. Dogs named Molly are the best.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

We don't have to recruit horses... horses crawl over broken glass to be a part of our equestrian program.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Stupid foul by the Baylor center.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

Lacedarious Dunn is good...
and, how can you not be a fan of a guy named Tweetie?

5:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

interesting... Mac+Chrome=invisible to Feedjit

5:21 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Great to be an Auburn Tiger!

Sorry TN lost.

Love the horses!

Also love some Ultimate Frisbee

Jay, if it has to do with Auburn, we want to hear.......only good of course!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Gymnastics also competed in the SEC Championships this weekend. They didn't win. The gymnasties failed to motivate them.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

What a waste. I drive all the way to Tampa for a cancled race, the pouring rain kept my eyes on the road and off of my GPS, resulting in me getting lost and going a total of 60 miles out of my way. I should've stayed in bed.

Good job Grant Dayton. I'm happy that he, Cole Nelson, John Luke Jacobs and Austin Hubbard all had a really good weekend. If not for Corey Luckie, bad fielding, and failure to capitalize on small ball base hits, Auburn might have swept the series.

5:32 PM  
Blogger digger4au said...

JGT hope you get to feeling better soon.
Appreciate your work today and glad you covered all the events that you did.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

sorry about that, PF. I'm curious why you weren't on I-75. Sometimes I like to take unfamiliar routes just to see what's out there. I don't have GPS, but I have something better. A very long nose that I can follow.

5:40 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

One thing that I think is really interesting about Equestrian is that in competition the riders aren't riding their own horses. They draw lots to see what horse they will ride when they get to the competition. I would think it would be much more difficult to ride and jump on an unfamiliar horse. Just some "for what it's worth" information that you may have already known.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I was told by a friend I was on my way to 75. I wasn't. I felt like I was going north. I was. Next time, I"ll stick with instinct. I mean, I was once blinfolded and dropped off in the middle of a field in a county I've never been to, and managed to find my way home fairly quickly. This has never happened to me. The rain had me shaken up, I guess.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

That's crazy. . I understand drawing lots in bullriding, but very few people develop relationships with bulls like cowboys do with their horses.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

my long nose becomes much less accurate when the sun isn't shining

that call should have been against Zubek; if for no other reason than I hate Puke.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The former equestrian in our family clued me in on how it works several years ago.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

wartiger in the house?

6:05 PM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

I know I don't know a lot about basketball, but when did officials get to look at replays to call a foul? Glad we don't do that in football.

6:13 PM  
Blogger MLF said...

War Eagle! Glad the baseball team and equestrian teams won. Still excited about Spring football.
Nice to be back keeping up with all of the info JGT provides!

6:15 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

THT, new dog already?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Miller said...

I hate Dook.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

nope, CH=B.. this---->

is a photo of Molly when she was about 12. She made it just past 16 1/2. Many, many great memories.

6:32 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I have one of my daughter hugging (or squeezing) our dachshund a couple of weeks before we had to put her down.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I have a problem with the new Ford Taurus. It's a freakin Taurus. They built a brand on a super bland, ugly car. Now, they've redone the Taurus into a good looking car with good performance. I'd think it was among the best full sized sedans if not for the name on the back. I just can't get past it.

6:54 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Got a question for everyone. Hang with me for a minute while I get to the question. I'll start by saying I am obviously biased towards Auburn and this question may vary depending on your bias (FSJ). Lets say Chizik does really really well and wins a championship or two. Others will surely come calling. What other programs out there do you think a coach would leave Auburn for? Take out any ties to said program such as being a former player, coach or being from that area. I don't think there are many programs from top to bottom better than Auburn. There are some with more history, but besides that Auburn is right up there when you look at everything else.

My answer to the question is none, meaning there isn't a program that a coach would leave Auburn for. Now say a coach was at a lesser school and had his pick of top programs I could see him not choosing Auburn. But if a coach was established at Auburn and winning I don't think there is a program worth a move. Remember take all outside factors out of it.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


7:34 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

On another note, it appears that Barbee has hit the ground running. I think there will be a couple of current recruits that won't make it to Auburn and I think there is at least one current player that won't come back. That's all good because Barbee has targeted a couple of really good prospects already. Does anyone know how many players you can sign a year? Is it up the max # of scholarships or is there a per year limit?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

He wins a couple of championships and he there won't be a program that will want to pay him enough to get him to leave. Auburn will be paying him something ridiculous at that point, and the only thing that get's a coach like Chizik to leave a ridiculous paying job is an absurdly paying job. I don't think that anyone wants to jump to absurd.

There are places, though, with better facilities, more history, and better media exposure. If Auburn is everything you say it is (as a job), why were there not more coaches begging for the job when Chizik was hired?

7:39 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

CH=B, you've got me sounding like Sensi.

7:41 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Probably a more pertinent question would be where would he go if he won some SEC titles, but not national championships.

If he wins one or two national championships, I don't see how'd he leave for any place other than Florida (alma mater) or Texas (coaching ties), though I guess those two places violate the ground rules you've laid down.

Either way, let's hope it's a question that has to be asked (meaning he's winning championships).

7:46 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Honestly, trying to put my Auburn bias aside, I can admit that from a neutral standpoint, some jobs probably look better than Auburn.

Off the top of my head...Texas, Florida, LSU, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio St., Oklahoma. Maybe throw FSU (ten years ago) and Miami in there as well.

I think Auburn is a top ten caliber program with the capability to compete for national championships, but I think there are other programs that coaches would consider their dream job.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

I think he'd go to BC.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Do a couple of championships provide enough changes in facilities and media exposure to change Auburn's standing among those programs, though? History is what it is, but it's not static. Look at UF. They weren't mentioned in that list when I was a kid. Not even close.

7:56 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Yes I agree some jobs may look better to someone not currently at either schools, but I find it hard to believe that an established winner would leave Auburn for another college job. Unless there are ties which is not part of the question.

There aren't too many schools with all around better facilities or more money. Yes there are a few that have more media coverage, but being in the $EC is huge. Also if we one some championships of any kind then the media coverage would grow.

7:57 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

PF is correct. I think Auburn actually has more history than Florida if you look at the big picture. If you look shorter term then yes they have us beat. What other facilities are there? I'm pretty sure our's are top of the line. I think the only thing missing is a full sized indoor practice field. I think that is coming.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Aren't too many and aren't any are two totally different things, though.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Texas's facilities destroy Auburn's from what I've heard. I don't know, though.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

...and Notre Dame puts real gold on their helmets. Do you know how expensive gold is?

8:01 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I would find it hard to believe that any facilities destroy ours. To me though the kicker in my question is the fact the coach is already at Auburn. So with the no ties clause in my argument It' would take a whole lot to get someone to leave. I don't think that "whole lot" exists.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

How do folks? I guess I'm the guy on Feedjit from Alameda, CA though I'm probably actually an hour away from there. Hot Wife and I had an enjoyable day in the area with no particular schedule in mind. We spent some time in a Redwood forest, drove through some pretty country, drove up and down Pacific Coast Highway stopping at a few nice places. Tomorrow begins the reason for the trip which is work, but this has been a pretty nice weekend. I still say I don't think I'd want to live here though.

THT - Hot Wife and I feel your pain. We've each been there and I expect we'll be there again in a few years or so. Our dogs (ours and yours) are lucky we chose them and we're luckier to have had them.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Any of you heard anything about Shon Coleman? Lots of prayers being sent his way. Some rumors said he was admitted to St Jude's. If that is the case, this young man definitely needs our prayers.

8:34 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...


8:59 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...


Who is reporting that? The only thing I can find is a couple of randoms on message boards.

9:00 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Interesting Kathy.

I heard that also, but no one I talk to seems to know if it is true.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Like I said, rumor on message boards, but his facebook page has several prayers sent his way. Smoke = some kind of fire

9:05 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Just found some postings on the subject and they are saying leukemia.

9:08 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Hope that's not the case. That can be very tough for a family to go through.

9:08 PM  
Blogger jhag said...

I really hope the Shon rumor isnt true, if so AU family will be suppourtive more than imagined

9:11 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Prayers for that young man and his family. Leukemia does have an excellent cure rate. My niece's husband was diagnosed with leukemia when he was in high school. He is now the proud daddy of a one-year old son.

9:11 PM  
Blogger CH=B said...

I'm sure his family isn't thinking about this right now, but if his playing days are over he will still have a future with an education from Auburn. He is part of the "family" and always will be.

9:16 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Guess we'll not have another Swimming and Diving Championship.....

9:40 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Does anyone have a bracket left? My daughter has actually picked West Va to win! Didn't see that coming!

9:42 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...


9:46 PM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

Brother Jet would say that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, but the prayers of the righteous avail much.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard his heart and comfort those who love Shon,

9:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Well said, Brother Jet. The Colemans are in our prayers.

4:25 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Norm - glad you and Hot WIfe had a good day. The redwoods are so incredible, I can't think of an adjective worthy of their description. Things like that don't just happen because a bunch of space dust congregates.

4:41 AM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

The drawing horses thing is crazy.

Texas's facilities are MUCH better than ours (or just about anyone else's) from what I've heard.

PF, they tried renaming the Taurus with the last generation and failed miserably. The first gen Taurus's weren't particularly bland for their time period and the SHO's were ahead of their time.

My only problem with them is they are a big fat cow of a car. The curb weight well exceeds that of a Crown Vic.

I want to see a Fusion SHO.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Today is long commute day to Southern Pines. We're oh so close, but I'll have to let someone else take responsibility for honoring Mr. Beasley. See y'all around 9 EDT.

5:23 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

Good morning, Hotties. UGH, it's Monday again already.

I couldn't find the original post, but I'm assuming that Molly Dog passed away. I am so sorry, Tar Heel. I know how special she was to you. For those that don't have a dog, they wouldn't understand, but dogs get into your heart - sometimes more than people!

5:50 AM  
Blogger MrsTHT said...

i'll give this a try

6:02 AM  
Blogger MrsTHT said...


6:02 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

In Tar Heel's absence, Mrs.THT is the perfect substitute!

6:04 AM  
Blogger CH=B said...

Good morning all. I took these posts from another site.

For any others out there that are curious about Shon's cancer, he has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Its malignant, but has a decent prognosis, depending on a few factors. Apparently he is already getting chemo and responding to treatments, Praise God!

« His mom has shared a lot of information on Shon via her facebook, including his diagnosis and that it hasn't metastasized to his central nervous system (def. good news). March 28, 2010, 11:38:19 PM by Jwalker9 »

6:36 AM  
Blogger stupup74 said...

Big win for the baseball team. 4-2 is still good.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

True confessions:
1. I'm not in Alpharetta
2. I noticed as I was heading out the door this morning that MrsTHT had left her laptop on.

8:09 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

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8:17 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I was suckered.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Wake, but they're turbocharged cows. It is giant. That was the first thing I noticed when I pulled up behind one. The trunk sat up almost level with the hood of my Cherokee. It makes a good alternative to the Avalon, though, which is the only other decent land yatch before you jump to super-Luxury.

What was the renamed Taurus? The only thing I know about is the Taurus EX (or whatever they called the Taurus crossover thing) morphing into the Flex, which turned out to be a great vehicle.

8:24 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Read an article this weekend from Scarbinsky about the AU basketball hire. Seemed like a good article. He pointed out that the current incoming signees for AU were just OK. Says several coaches around the league, region said two ere SEC caliber, 2 were not and 2 would not make it into school. If Barbee has to keep all of them, he will not be able to recruit anyone next year becasue AU has no seniors coming up for the next season. That is horrid recruiting by the previous group.
1 commit is out and I look for at least 2 others to be released and possibly 1-2 current players to be asked to look really hard at their situation and to determine if being somewhere else would be better for them. In other words, look for a house cleaning real soon.

8:26 AM  
Blogger wtc said...

Wife has a Taurus for a company car. Excellent vehicle. She just ordered another one about 3 weeks ago. We both like it alot.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

guilty as charged, Cincy.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jet With The Kiss! said...

This a.m.'s revelations:

THT is into cross-posting, not there's anything wrong with that.

WTC drives the Murano chick car, and makes his bride drive the sensible Taurus. Next thing I'll find out that he was the true architect of Sofa-Gate.

8:46 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

How are 2.0's travels going? I was nervous enough when my daughter and niece traveled around Europe together! I can't imagine being brave enough to do it on my own.

If you're reading, let us know what you are seeing. Some of us are very jealous!!

8:51 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Off to Bible study. See you hot ones later!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

My thoughts this AM:

The Taurus replacement was the Ford 500. It sold as well as New Coke so they brought back the original.

Thoughts and prayers with Shon Coleman and family.

I think it was understood that Lebo was not recruiting talent on par with the rest of the conference. That would explain his abysmal conference record over his six seasons.

8:53 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I hate to hear that about Coleman, best of luck and prayers for the kid.

8:59 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Go equestrians!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

I've always admired the riding talent those women have...they represent Auburn well.

9:12 AM  
Blogger michael said...

My wife was on the first varsity equestrian team back in the day. She flaunts in my face that she was an SEC athlete. I tell her the horse was the athlete. But really, I'm jealous.

9:21 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Gut yontiff Peter

9:32 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Thanks, Tom!

9:40 AM  
Blogger LuvAU1968 said...

2.0, make that EXTREMELY jealous!!! I will probably never even see much of the U.S. let alone other countries. You are very fortunate! I'm sure you are having the time of your life!

9:42 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

That reminds me, I should plan to get a buger or sandwich for lunch. Too bad there's no Hamburger King near me.

9:44 AM  
Blogger scottie b schwarzenegger said...

i've been to every SEC stadium to see AU play, but i'll never travel the world. must be cool to be 2.0.

hotties ho, get some!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

9:51 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I've never seen Auburn play at South Carolina. That's the only stadium in the SEC that I haven't been to yet.

9:51 AM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Cause I know everyone wants to talk about the NCAA basketball thing DMiller has set up, I'm pleased to say that I have catapulted myself from the ranks of the lower 30's upper 40's to tied for 8th. This will all change next weekend as only one of my teams made it to the final 4. Thanks to all of those teams that took a look at my picks and decided to lose just so I couldn't get a free lunch.

9:53 AM  

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