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3/18/15: While the University of Alabama is busy trying to find a way for Nick Saban to be their student government president, Auburn University is busy with spring practice. Auburn's big hire was defensive coordinator Will Muschamp the former head coach of the Florida Gators. He is the third DC in the last four years and is wisely trying to keep it simple for his players right now. But that comes with a warning. If the players do not learn the system and execute, then they will not be playing. Muschamp's tenure with the Gators was not successful overall, but he is a great defensive coordinator and should help the Tigers immediately.
3/11/15: Call it another win for Gus Malzahn and those teams who utilize up-tempo spread offenses. Malzahn, along with Arizona State's Todd Graham, Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze and Baylor's Art Briles were able to rally enough of an opposition to a proposed rule change that would not allow offensive linemen to be more than one yard past the line of scrimmage on passing plays. Malzahn acknowledged the current rule at three yards and said that should be enforced. In the end, the NCAA decided to table the rule change, which may mean that it is dead in the water.
2/25/15: No surprise here. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has come out against a new rule in college football that bans offensive linemen from being more than one yard past the line of scrimmage during a pass. Recall, it was a year ago that the Malzahn and other coaches that run a spread offense were against a rules change proposal to allow defenses more time to substitute. The current rule limits offensive linemen from being more than three yards downfield while a pass is in the air, but is rarely enforced. Malzahn and other coaches are trying to get the new rule overturned.
2/18/15: Auburn has been able to pull in some elite recruiting classes over the past several years, but not all of those prospects work out. Auburn lost a four star recruit from a year ago just last week. Kalvaraz Bessent announced that he is leaving the program to pursue opportunities closer to his home in St. Mary's, Georgia. Bessent took a redshirt in his only year at Auburn and made more news off the field with a drug arrest a year ago (those charges were dropped). When he was a recruit, he was rated as the number 12 cornerback in the country and 13th best player overall in the state of Georgia.
2/11/15: Another year, another strong recruiting class for the Auburn Tigers, who finished sixth in the nation according to Rivals. That is the 'half-full' view. The pessimistic view is that the Tigers finished third in the SEC and second in the state as Tennessee was ranked fifth and Alabama was second. But the Tigers have a strong class, and that was bolstered by the addition of new assistant coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp was the head coach at Florida for the past four seasons and was able to bring a few of his recruits to Auburn. Needless to say, UF is not happy that they are paying him $6 million NOT to coach them this season and he poached some of their prospects.
2/4/15: There is nothing like the recruiting period in Southeast. It is ruthless, cold-blooded, and endlessly entertaining for those on the outside. Auburn looks to finish with another strong class in 2015. The Tigers were ranked 12th in the nation by Rivals at the end of January and were battling all the other SEC West schools for last minute flips and commitments. Auburn already had eight signed letters of intent, including from Jovon Robinson, a five-star running back from Millledgeville, Georgia, as well as Maurice Swain who (at 6'5") is a four-star defensive tackle from Perkinston, Mississippi.
1/28/15: The SEC, and in particular, the SEC West, is hyper competitive on the football field as well as in the recruiting battles. With about a week left before National Signing Day, all seven members of the SEC West are ranked in the top 25 in recruiting, while 11 SEC teams are in the top 30. Auburn currently sits ranked 11th, behind Alabama (1), Tennessee (5) and Texas A&M (9). Still, that should be a pretty strong incoming class. The coaching staff only has a few days left, but Auburn's recent success speaks volumes and the Tigers may be able to crack the top 10.
1/21/15: Well, it looks like Nick Marshall will be in the Senior Bowl after all. And as a quarterback, no less. Marshall was an alternate for the annual Senior Bowl, but got the call because Oregon's Marcus Mariota never responded to his invitation. That is great for Marshall. Many question how he can function as an NFL quarterback, but this will give him the chance to meet NFL coaches and train under their tutelage. That can only help him as he prepares for the draft. As for Mariota. Perhaps he is confident that he will be a high draft pick. Or maybe he just did not respond in time.
1/14/15: A couple of years ago, Auburn was short on quarterbacks, so they converted Nick Marshall from a defender to a QB and made the National Championship Game against Florida State in 2013. Marshall ended up being a serviceable quarterback, but not one that is likely to make it to the NFL. In fact, he was not invited to the Senior Bowl, though is on the waiting list. He could still get in to the game, but probably as a defensive back. That may benefit him anyways, because if he makes it to the professional ranks, that may be where he plays.
1/7/15: January 1st, actually the entire Bowl Season, was a disappointment for the SEC in general. Alabama was upset in the Sugar Bowl by Ohio State, both Mississippi and Mississippi State were beaten badly by more motivated teams and not even Auburn could summon a win. The Tigers drew the Wisconsin Badgers in the Outback Bowl and were the favorite to win. But they could not stop Badger running back Melvin Gordon, who rumbled for 251 yards and three touchdowns. The game was tied at regulation and Auburn had a chance to send the game to a second overtime, but missed a field goal, and Auburn fell 34-31.
12/3/14: Auburn knew that they were in for a tough battle against Alabama in the Iron Bowl this season, especially after the famous 'Kick-Six" won them the game and SEC West a year ago. Alabama started strong, but Auburn rallied for a comfortable halftime lead. They silenced the Alabama crowd and looked in control of the game. But Alabama found their game and stormed back for a 55-44 win. The 99 points was the highest point total ever in Iron Bowl history and was another memorable chapter in a storied series. Auburn finished the regular season at 8-4 and now waits to find out what bowl game they will be going to.
11/19/14: Its been a tough couple of weeks for Auburn and the 27 point rout by Georgia has ended all hope for the Tigers to get into the college football playoff. Auburn scored first on the host Bulldogs, but it was all Georgia after that. QB Nick Marshall had a rough day, completing only 11 of 23 passes for just 112 yards, no touchdowns and one INT. He added41 yards on the ground, but overall the Tigers' offense was not effective. Auburn fell to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. Auburn, like many SEC teams, has essentially a bye this week when they host Samford. The following week is the Iron Bowl against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
11/12/14: Auburn has been outstanding under Gus Malzahn (both as a coordinator or head coach) in one possession games. So no one was worried when visiting Texas A&M went up big early because Auburn comes back. The Tigers had a chance to take the lead late but fumbled at the three yard line, then fumbled again as they were driving, with just 54 seconds left. That ended the game with A&M winning 41-38 and dropping Auburn to 7-2. The loss will certainly drop Auburn from the number three spot and probably put them out of playoff contention.
11/5/14: Auburn won/survived the biggest game on the slate as their third ranked team was in Oxford, MS to face No. 4 Ole Miss. This was a back and forth affair that was really an elimination game. Ole Miss appeared to score a late touchdown to take the lead, but upon further review, Laquon Treadwell was ruled to have fumbled before reaching the goal line and Auburn recovered. Tigers win 35-31. Auburn is now 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the SEC, and their playoff hopes are very much alive. The Tigers return home this Saturday to face another SEC team in Texas A&M.
10/29/14: There is no question that the Auburn Tigers' playoff chances took a big hit when they lost at Mississippi State a few weeks ago. But now the Tigers are back on their way up the rankings (and it certainly helps that LSU upset Mississippi). The Tigers went into last Saturday's game against the disappointing South Carolina Gamecocks ranked fifth. South Carolina made this a game and it was not until a nine yard touchdown run by QB Nick Marshall in the fourth quarter put the game away for good. Auburn survived 42-35, but that is much better than Ole Miss. Speaking of which, Auburn head to Ole Miss this Saturday.
10/22/14: The Tigers suffered a tough loss on the road to Mississippi State two weeks ago, losing their number 2 ranking, but only dropping to 6th. Auburn had a week off to lick their wounds and get back on the horse. The loss may have stung, but by no means is the season over. There will be more carnage in the top five as the season progresses, and there is still the Iron Bowl against Alabama on November 29th. In the meantime, the Tigers are preparing to host South Carolina this Saturday and get back to their winning ways.
10/15/14: Auburn had been lingering around the top of the polls all season, thanks to some fine play against strong SEC opponents and a road victory at Kansas State. But the Tigers fell last weekend to the upstart Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have put on an impressive show for the past three weeks, beating LSU on the road, then Texas A&M and Auburn at home. The Tigers fell behind early and simply could not catch up. The loss dropped Auburn in the polls, but there will be time to catch up. They get a week off to prepare for South Carolina on October 25.
10/8/14: Week 6 was full of carnage for some of the top ranked teams in the nation, but Auburn managed to survive and moved up from No. 5 to No.2. Ironically, they are only behind FSU, who beat them in the BCS Championship Game last January. While No. 2 Oregon, No.3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma and No.6 Texas A&M all were upset, Auburn easily strolled to a 41-7 shaming of No. 15 LSU. This game was over in the first quarter with Auburn up 17-7, and 31-7 at the half. Auburn gets an interesting test this Saturday when they travel to Mississippi State, who is coming off a thumping of Texas A&M and is better than anyone expected.
10/1/14: Auburn is off to a great start on the season and now stands at 4-0 after beating an overwhelmed Louisiana Tech team 45-17 at home last Saturday. The fifth ranked Tigers took control early with a 24-3 lead at halftime and cruised to an easy win. While this will not rank as one of them, Auburn has some impressive wins this season, including a 45-21 win over Arkansas (who now looks better than their record indicates) and a 20-14 road win over then 20th ranked Kansas State. The Tigers get a chance to improve their SEC record this Saturday when they host LSU, who is looking for vengeance after losing at home to Mississippi State two weeks ago.
9/24/14: Auburn scored a huge road win against a top 20 opponent last week, beating Kansas State 20-14. While K-State's head coach Bill Schneider may think that his team lost the game (rather than the Tigers winning) and may believe that Auburn was stealing play calls, the fact of the matter is that Auburn battled adversity and won. It is true that the Wildcats had their chances and missed three field goals, as well as turned the ball over. However, Auburn QB Nick Marshall made throws when he had to and the Tigers got a big road victory.
9/17/14: The Auburn Tigers had a bye week, which is always a good chance to rest the players and get them ready for the next game. The next game is tomorrow night at Kansas State - a dangerous team, especially at home. But this is a great chance for the Tigers to show how good they are this year under the primetime lights and with a national audience. And for those that worry that Auburn lost a gifted kick returner in Chris Davis, do not worry. Auburn has Quan Bray, and he can fill those big shoes nicely.
8/28/14: OK all you Auburn fans in the Mobile and Pensacola areas, you could have had a chance to get a little revenge on Harvey Updyke. Updyke, of course, is the Alabama fanatic who poisoned the trees in Toomer's Corner a few years ago. He agreed to appear at function to raise money for a family who lost a young son to cancer recently. Upyike was very accommodating about the function, which would have allowed a chance to throw a pie in his face or dunk him in a tank of water. Unfortunately, none of this will happen as the organizers have faced threats, even if this is a charity event - so Updyke's appearance has been canceled.
8/21/14: Many people do not realize it, but Auburn plays a rare 4-2-5 defense, with the extra secondary member a hybrid linebacker and safety. The Tigers call him the 'star' position, and it has been the dominion of Robenson Thereizie since it was introduced a year ago. Therezie has thrived in the position and finished sixth on the Tigers with 57 tackles last season. Robenson is facing 'eligibility issues' right now and may miss some of the 2014 season. That would likely leave Justin Garrett as the temporary starter, though the junior only appeared in two games last season.
8/14/14: Everyone knows that starting Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will not start Auburn's season opener against SEC foe Arkansas. The team is benching for at least part of the game for his citation for marijuana several weeks ago. That means that backup Jeremy Johnson will get the call to start the season opening game. Curiously, head coach Gus Malzahn has taken his time to officially name Johnson as the starter. It also remains to be seen how long Marshall will be benched, be it a series, a quarter or a half. Marshall is expected to join the game at some point, but the length of which has not been announced yet.
8/7/14: College teams often schedule 'softies' or 'creampuffs' for their first game of the season. That gives them a glorified scrimmage and an easy win. Auburn is not doing that this season and has scheduled SEC rival Arkansas for the first game of the season. Starting QB Nick Marshall will not start in this game as punishment for a marijuana issue a few weeks ago. While he will not start, he will be available to play in the game. Whether that means he will come in on the second series or even not at all remains to be seen.
7/31/14: The Gene Chizik era at Auburn was a case study in extremes. The Tigers won the BCS Championship in his first year, which seemed to justify his hiring (which was highly questionable at the time). But the program quickly fell as Cam Newton and others left the program. The Tigers were in complete disarray by the time Chizik was removed. But Chizik is still getting paid. He received a $7.5 million buyout of his contract. It will pay him $200,000 per month through the 2015-16 fiscal year. While that will free Auburn of Chizik, it has to be disheartening to professors or other coaches that can only hope to make his monthly stipend over the span of a few years.
7/24/14: With the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama last week, Auburn and there fans had a good chance to gloat about their success last season. The Tigers are very confident about being able to repeat, though an angry Alabama team may have something to say about that. The biggest Auburn story was the no-show of QB Nick Marshall. Marshall had been cited (not arrested) for possession of marijuana the previous week. Of course, had Marshall gone, then he could have gotten all the questions out of the way now and focus on the upcoming football season.
7/17/14: Nick Marshall stunned everyone last year as he transferred from defensive back to quarterback and led the Tigers to the BCS National Championship game in his first season as a college QB. That was impressive and earned praise from head coach Gus Malzahn. Malzahn is not as happy with Marshall these days as the QB was cited - not arrested - for possession of marijuana and having tinted automobile windows during a traffic stop. It will be interesting to see how Malzahn punishes or not punishes Marshall, especially since Auburn hosts SEC rival Arkansas in the season opener on August 30.
7/10/14: Some good news for the Auburn football program, who are still mourning the loss of former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. Tigers' supporters 'rolled' Toomer's Corner in memoriam for the former player. But wide receiver Jaylon Denson is back to running routes and should be healthy to play in the upcoming season. Denson tore a patellar tendon last September against LSU and was lost for the duration of the Tigers' run to the BCS Championship Game against Florida State. Denson will be a senior this season and provides a reliable target and veteran leadership for a youngish Auburn receiving corps.
7/3/14: The Auburn family putting aside all of the rivalry items and gamesmanship between coaches for a few moments to mourn the loss of former Tiger Philip Lutzenkirchen. Lutzenkirchen passed away over the weekend in a single car crash in Georgia. He played tight end for Auburn from 2009-2012 and caught five touchdown passes the year that Auburn won the National Championship. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent last year, though did not make the team. He was well respected and will not be forgotten by his school and former teammates.
6/26/14: It will be a long, long time before Auburn fans forget about the famous 'Kick Six' play that gave them the win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl last year. Actually, that is not true. Auburn will never forget it and they will never let Alabama forget it either. One Auburn fan has found a unique way of continuing to spread the word on his car. The license plate is an Auburn edition Alabama state plate with that reads "00:01". That, of course is a reference to the time remaining on the clock when Alabama attempted the famed kick. Got to give some credit here, that is a clever way to remember the most famous play in Auburn history.
6/19/14: Auburn is a top college football program, and the proof is their stunning upset over Alabama last season, as well as their trip to the National Championship Game. While the offense got a lot of interest, the Auburn defense was pretty stout behind defensive lineman Dee Ford. Ford is now in the NFL as a first round draft pick and the next man up is Carl Lawson. Some speculate that Lawson could be better than Ford. Unfortunately, there are still issues with his knee. We know that it was not an ACL injury, but other than the fact that he had surgery, no details have been revealed. If he is healthy, then a great defense may have just gotten better.
6/12/14: Auburn is taking care of its own and has given an extension to head coach Gus Malzahn for two years and a handsome raise. He is still not on the pay grade as Nick Saban, but then again, who is? The school also gave raises to assistant coaches. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will remain as the highest paid assistant coach and receive $800,000 per year and one year extension. There are also incentives available for reaching the national championship game and for winning it outright. Of course, given another successful season, it is very likely that some assistants will be offered jobs next year, but this type of rewards system will keep good coaches interested in Auburn.
6/6/14: Give Auburn credit, they know how to pick up the game when it comes to impressing recruits and boosters. In their latest effort, the school has traced Chris Davis' run in the famous 'Kick Six' play from last season's Iron Bowl against Alabama. The path is shown in orange on the Jordan-Hare turf, from his own end zone, down the sidelines and into the Alabama end zone to win the game and get the Tigers into the SEC Championship Game. It is a pretty creative and clever tool that is now getting national attention. And somewhere Nick Saban is growling.
5/29/14: You just made The List, Florida State. Speaking at a booster rally, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher admitted that they really wanted to play Alabama in the National Championship Game rather than Auburn. FSU is not complaining by any means. The game itself was thrilling to the end and Auburn was a tremendous opponent. But Fisher comes from the Nick Saban coaching tree and would have liked to have gone against his former mentor. While this is just standard booster rattling (remember, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn took some creative shots at Alabama during a similar rally a few weeks ago), it could stir up motivation for the Tigers next season.
5/22/14: Fresh off an appearance in the National Championship Game, Auburn put together a pretty good recruiting class. They have just gotten even stronger. It looks like the top 2015 junior college recruit, Jovon Robinson, is coming back to Auburn. Robinson left Auburn two years ago under an academic controversy and has spent his time at the Georgia Military College. He is scheduled to graduate in December and could play in the 2015 season. He had offers from FSU, Alabama, and USC as well, but is going back to where he started when he was a four star recruit.
5/15/14: The Auburn Tigers had a good showing on the first day of the NFL draft with two players going in the first round. First, the St. Louis Rams took offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the second overall pick and expect him to be a road grater for running back Zac Stacy. Second, the Kansas City Chiefs selected defensive end Dee Ford with the 23rd pick, which will keep him in the same state as his former Auburn teammate. Many may have missed the Ford pick because it came right after Johnny Manziel was taken, and all eyes were on him.
5/8/14: The Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the same person twice only one time. And that was Archie Griffin over 30 years ago. Tim Tebow had a shot, and did not do it. Johnny Manziel had a chance, and did not do it. Jameis Winston has a chance, but that seems like a longshot after the crablegs incident. That could put Auburn QB Nick Marshall in the driver's seat this season. Marshall looks better than ever through spring practices. There will be a lot of eyes on him, but Marshall has shown that the brightest lights only make him better.
5/1/14: A lot of good coaches get mileage out of tweaking their rivals. The boosters love it. The fans love it. And the media loves it. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn seems to enjoy taking jabs at rival Alabama, and found a new way to do so at a booster event recently. The podium had game clock showing Auburn and Alabama tied at 28 with one second left. As Malzahn was on stage, it changed to game over and 34-28; a tip of the hat to the famous Kick Six from last season. Of course, the boosters loved it, and it was a fun and creative shot at Alabama.
4/24/14: There is a lot of turnover at QB in the SEC going into next season, and that includes new signal callers at Alabama, Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, and LSU. The Tigers are one of the few teams to return their starter and Nick Marshall looked very good in the spring game. He led the first team offense to scores on all seven of his possessions, tossing four TDs to three different receivers. His completion percentage was a bit low at 59%, but he may be making an early statement to Heisman voters seven months from now.
4/17/14: Coaching in the college football ranks is a full time job throughout the year. Even though the regular season only last three months from September through November, bowl games add another month, so do spring practices and summer training camp. That does not even take into account the non-stop recruiting. Such is the case with Auburn as they try to land top prospects like four-star wide receiver John Burt. Burt is a Tallahassee native and the FSU Seminoles are after him, as are the Texas Longhorns. That is just one example, but the Tigers will have dozens of more recruits to go after, all year long.
4/10/14: Reese Dismukes figures to be the Auburn Tigers' starting center again this season, so the coaching staff is limiting his play in spring practices. Not a bad idea since it reduces his chance for injury and allows the team to evaluate other players. Xavier Dampeer is taking on that challenge to prove that he should be Dismukes' eventual replacement. Dampeer has shown strong play this spring with the first and second teams. Dampeer came in in the middle of the semester and has quickly picked up the offense and call that the center must make. He should get some time playing this season and looks to be the Tigers' center of the future.
4/3/14: Auburn has yet another off the field issue hanging over their heads, but at least this one does not involve players. Three Auburn students were arrested for a burglary at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The trio made off with over $16,000 worth of football memorabilia from the stadium, much of it relating to Auburn greats and Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Cam Newton. The students allegedly broke in through the locker room and stole jerseys, helmets and a football from the 2010 BCS Championship Game (which Auburn won). Its probably safe to say that the students will not get season tickets this year.
3/27/14: Auburn has 17 spring practices scheduled, and by the looks of things, incumbent starting defensive end LaDarius Ownes will not be part of any of them. Owens has a foot injury, one that required surgery. He is in the midst of rehabbing from the surgery and head coach Gus Malzahn does not expect the senior defensive lineman to be able to participate in any of the spring practices. The good news is that with Owens experience, he probably will not miss much. He knows the schemes and is a starter for a reason. It also gives other players a chance to show their skills. If all goes well, then he should be fine to start the regular season.
3/20/14: Auburn is among the most unique football programs in the SEC, indeed in all of college football. This is a program that can achieve greatness, then be among the worst in the nation, and get back to the top without missing a beat. Just five years ago, Auburn went undefeated and won the National Championship. Then they slipped, and won only two games just two years ago. Then, in a blink of an eye, they are playing for the National Championship once again. They may want to see more consistency in the future, but just getting to the top of the mountain is pretty impressive on its own.
3/13/14: Nothing like a good old rivalry to add teeth to what should have been a meaningless debate. It is well-believed that Alabama head coach Nick Saban proposed the 10 second offensive freeze rule to allow defensive subs. Saban denies proposing it, but is in favor of slowing down up-tempo offenses. Auburn, predictably, is against it. Auburn's athletic director came out last week bashing the proposal, and says that players like the up-tempo game. It is all moot now, though, as the proposed rule has been tabled, for now, that is. Of course it could come up later when more data is available about player safety in fast-paced offenses.
3/6/14: Gus Malzahn, the people are with you! By people, it means that other coaches support you - to the tune of 73%. A few weeks ago, Alabama head coach Nick Saban floated the idea of a ten second grace period to substitute defensive players. That would presumably slow down up-tempo offenses (and benefit Alabama). Malzahn came out critical of the proposed rule and it looks like the other coaches have his back. Most coaches apparently want to allow for up-tempo offenses, which is probably good for the game. Even if Alabama and Saban do not like it too much.
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2/27/14: The Auburn and Alabama rivalry has no bounds. If one says up, the other inevitably says down. That is just the nature of the in-state rivals and there is nothing wrong with that at all. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that after Alabama head coach Nick Saban advocated a ten second period for defenses to sub players in and out, that Aubrun head coach Gus Malzahn came out publicly against it. Allowing this substitution would slow down up-tempo offenses (like Auburn's), though Saban claims it is for player safety. Other coaches have come out against the proposed rule change as well, but none has the clout of Malzahn right now. In fact, many people believe it is just Saban trying to get a competitive advantage for his defense, rather than to increase player safety.
2/20/14: Some good news for Auburn and four star recruit Kalvarez Bessent last week. He was cleared on all drug related charges from an arrest a few weeks ago. He was originally charged with possession and intent to distribute marijuana, which could have derailed a promising career before it ever started. Another person arrested claimed responsibility and the Florida state's attorney office decided there was not enough evidence against Bessent. Bessent was a prized recruit and should bolster the Auburn defense in the near future. With this episode behind him, he can now focus on football and school, as Auburn tries to get back to the National Championship Game.
2/13/14: A cynic may say 'welcome to the SEC', but that may be even too cynical. Four star recruit Kalvaraz Bessent was arrested last week and now faces felony marijuana charges. Bessent was in the passenger seat when the vehicle he was in was stopped and the contraband was found. Since no one took ownership of the drug, all four in the car were booked. Possession is one charge that may get whittled down, but intent to distribute is entirely different. Bessent was released on bond. Here is hoping that one foolish mistake does not cost him and education and potential career.
2/6/14: There is no denying that Auburn made a spectacular leap last season. They were close to terrible in 2012, then made the jump all the way to SEC West Champion and the BCS Championship Game. A lot of the credit is due to head coach Gus Malzahn, and that is a given. But his support staff deserves credit as well. One of those is Chip Lindsey. Lindsey did not coach last season, but was part of the staff. He is leaving Auburn to be the offensive coordinator for Southern Mississippi. Lindsey understands the offense in college football, and this is a great opportunity for him to further his career. All the best.
1/30/14: Auburn's co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig is backtracking on his public frustration of not getting a head coaching job. Craig certainly has the resume now. While serving as an assistant at Florida State, he coached two first round draft picks (Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel). He also recruited Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston prior to leaving the Noles for Auburn. At Auburn, he helped turn around a team that went 3-9 into one that played for the national championship. He now says he is not frustrated, but his success does indicate that he should a head coach candidate sometime in the near future.
1/23/14: Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has been decorated extremely well for his work with the 2013 Auburn Tigers. In the last week, he has taken home both the Bear Bryant Award and the Bobby Bowden Award for coaching. The Bowden award is only five years old and has never left the state of Alabama. In addition to that, Malzahn has won four other awards, bringing his total to six of the 11 coaching awards available. Duke head coach David Cutcliff won the other five. In any case, it is a great reflection on the wonderful job Malzahn has done since he returned to Auburn.
1/16/14: Auburn football enjoyed a rejuvenation this past season under first year head coach Gus Malzahn, and his genius will likely keep the Tigers competitive for several years. But, like every successful program, key players leave. The biggest so far is star running back Tre Mason. Mason rushed for over 1,800 yards this season, including over 300 against Missouri in the SEC Championship game and 195 against Florida State in the BCS Championship Game. Mason was the key cog in the potent Auburn rushing attack, and he will be missed. Here's hoping he is just as successful on Sundays.
1/9/14: Auburn let FSU rally for the win in the National Championship, but that is one extremely talented and well-coached team. FSU was favored by double digits heading into the game, however, Auburn controlled the tempo for most of the game. They ran the ball effectively all night and racked up over 200 yards on the ground. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Seminoles woke up in the second half and shut down the potent Auburn rushing attack in the third quarter. Ultimately, FSU scored the winning touchdown with 13 seconds remaining and claimed the national championship. Auburn, however, will be back.
1/2/14: Auburn continues to sneak under the radar, which is pretty much unheard of for a team heading into the BCS Championship Game. Sure, the Tigers earned a lot of publicity for the Alabama win (perhaps the greatest last second touchdown of all time), but all of the focus on this game has been on the Florida State Seminoles. There is speculation rising about head coach Gus Malzahn though. Texas has not hired anyone yet, and the longer it goes, to more the rumors may spread that Malzahn could be headed to the Longhorns. Auburn plays FSU in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, California on January 6th.
12/26/13: As Auburn prepares for the BCS Championship Game against No. 1 Florida State on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California, they have to be mindful of FSU's dynamic offense. Auburn has shown they can score on anybody, so offense is not the issue. However, they have not faced an offense like this yet. Heisman Trophy winner QB Jameis Winston will not flinch with a blitz. The Tigers best chance may be on stopping the run and keeping it close - forcing FSU to do something they have not had to do yet this season - win under pressure.
12/19/13: Auburn has always been considered the little brother to big bad Alabama, but that may play into their hands right now. The Tigers, of course, are headed to Pasadena to play for the BCS Championship against Florida State. However, Auburn is not getting much press. All the media attention is on Nick Saban and his future at Alabama or Texas or FSU QB Jameis Winston and his off-field issues or awards. That allows Auburn to prepare for the Championship Game without the distractions that are following others - and gives them a good chance to win.
12/12/13: Auburn may have just barely survived the SEC West with a couple miracle finishes against Georgia and Alabama, but they showed just how strong their offense is against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. This game was a scoring fest between two excellent teams, and it came down to Auburn essentially breaking serve in the fourth quarter to earn the win. Their prize, along with the SEC Championship, is a date with Florida State in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, California. It is the fifth straight year a team from Alabama has played in the game, and each time the Alabama-based school has won.
12/5/13: The biggest game of the weekend and perhaps the biggest Iron Bowl of all time certainly lived up to the hype. Auburn scored a stunning upset win over Alabama by continually gashing the Crimson Tide on the ground. Of course this game will be remembered for Chris Davis returning Alabama's missed field goal for a 109 yar winning touchdown as time expired. It is likely the play of the year and one of the greatest plays of all time. The win puts Auburn in the SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers, with a possible trip to the BCS Championship Game for the winner.
11/28/13: The Auburn Tigers can certainly be considered a surprise team this season. The Tigers have a bye week before wrapping up their regular season with the annual Iron Bowl game against arch rival Alabama. Auburn is currently 10-1, ranked 6th in the BCS and in second place in the SEC West. Their only loss was a road game at LSU. If the Tigers can beat Alabama, then they will play in the SEC Championship Game against either Missouri or South Carolina. A win there will get them into a BCS Bowl Game, though it may not be enough to get them to the National Championship Game.
Auburn Tigers Football Tickets - History
Auburn began football play in 1892 and has won two national titles in its history. The most recent came during the 2010 season when the Tigers beat the University of Oregon Ducks, 22-19 in the BCS National Championship. Auburn also won a national championship in 1957. The Tigers have also won seven SEC titles. Auburn has four main rivals; Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana State and Florida. The Tigers have faced those four schools a total of 233 times going into the 2011 season. Along with Auburn's team success, it has seen players shine as individuals as well. Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and most recently Cam Newton have won the Heisman Trophy as Auburn Tigers.
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The Tigers play their home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It is located on the Auburn campus at 251 South Donahue Drive in Auburn. The 87,451-seat stadium first opened in 1939 and has been expanded eight times since then.
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