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Somebody get Big Swoll in front of a computer!!!!!!!!!!! As soon as I heard this on the radio coming back to Auburn I thought 2 things – 1) this is GREAT for Auburn; and 2) can’t wait to see the jubilent take from Big Swoll!
I’m going with “no” on that Mark. He gets the 200k plus a month until that contratual obligation from AU runs out. He’ll simply keep less of that $ each month…and if he sells anything that had a capital gain, he’ll make less there too.
JC, couldn’t be happier with Gus’ staff – he did a bang up job already and still has one more asst slot to fill.
Could he have negotiate a lump sum payment in November that would’ve resulted in AU paying less, but Chizik getting more after taxes? Or would that have resulted in your people paying a visit to the athletic department?
Everyone is on it today – Gus for filling out an incredible staff and my Auburner peeps’ for spot on reaction. It’s always great to be an Auburn Tiger, but you guys make it fun! Lisa and T-dog, love your takes (and pop culture reference from Lisa…that blooper is so funny).
Mark, “my people” don’t have an interest in tax issues…just securities law violations. And as you can imagine I can’t / won’t discuss anything we are working on or potentially looking at in any forum (public or private). :) I can discuss the public portions of already adjudicated cases but that pegs out the “esoteric” scale for the Auburner. lol
Jason, everyone on the defensive side of the ball have worked together at some point in their career, including Bisaccia (That last name is going to be hellish to pronounce and type). So Gus did concentrate on continuity AND SEC experience on that side of the ball.
With offense, the only concern is that Craig and Lashlee have been named co-Offensive Co-ordinators. Not sure how well that would work out.
This is what Im talkin about! Goose bumps mayne, and Im a hothead that dont chill easy!! In the (slightly modified) words of Vaders boss “This battle station is nearly FULLY OPERATIONAL!” My goodness, I know many thought Troopers loss was going to spell doom and gloom for us (no doubt he contributed a lot and much respect to him) but gol-gosh-golly-gee-whiz-willikers…. this is EXACTLY what I think we needed! The mighty War Eagle soars high and free and let the Plainsmens prey in the SEC and beyond take notice…. Be on guard, because these Tigers are set to ROAR! Big shout out to big Spencer Lee for his shout out to me!
WAR EAGLE FROM CASCADIA TO THE PLAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh man, don’t tempt me with poutine! If they started serving it on the Plains I’d have to re-enroll for another degree.
When you think about it, Auburn actually should be a place with good poutine since the secret is in the cheese curds. I’m betting our School of Agriculture could produce some of the freshest and squeakiest cheese curds around.
And we got a JUCO safety and hopefully will get JUCO Bradley Monday. I LOVE the recruiting of JUCO players…I think it’s worked out pretty good for us before! Get some good JUCO players and some hot HS recruits and we might get out of the hole we’re in a lot sooner than expected.
OT: is it just me, or does anyone else think A&M will be playing for the NC next year? Of course, when I mention this to a Bammer they’re just like: no way, their style O won’t work in the SEC….ummm seriously?? A great addition to the conference!!
Seems my last comment failed to post….I was saying I could see TAMU getting there but they will have to replace their O Coordinator (who went to take Tubs’ place @ TX Tech). IF they find a reasonable facsilile to the guy that ran that rediculous offense they will have a shot…..their 2013 schedule is doable too – which always helps if you want to contend.
TAMU has a legitimate chance, but it all depends on how healthy Manziel stays. Also, next year, DC would have a whole year’s worth of tape on him, so it depends on the OC they hire, as Spencer suggested.
After listening to and watching the media focus on Johnny Football more than either team or the bowl game something occured to me. A key to success for SEC squads in general and West Divisioniers in specific could be to make focusing on going to war with him a priority. Taking nothing away from him, I DO believe that even as a frosh he deserved the HT and yes, I really do think he’s the cream of the crop of BCS division offensive players going into next season. With that in mind, staying respectful but making him a marked man could be a key element to a successful campaign. While other squads are busy gushing over him and praising with awestruck aura, the team that decides “not us” could be the team that sets the tone for a successful season. And in our case a rallying point to restoration of our program. What do yall think, a way to restore our toughness and focus or a pointless exercise?
Thanks for the tip Jason, but the ones that know me best on here would probably see right through that thin veneer of that excuse b/c they would know I don’t own a “smart” anything – thus no “autocorrect”. :)
Big Swoll, that was kind of our highlight in the Tim Tebow years…made life rough for him and beat his teams both times we played them – but toughness is made week by week. I say it would start in earnest by redeeming ourselves v. Miss State. If we haven’t upped the anto on our preparation by the time we face TAMU we would have serious problems in general. That being said, it would be some kind of impressive if we could keep him in check at College Station…key to that would be cutting off running lanes and getting people in his face for every pass play…2 facets we sorely lacked in 2012.
AU Fish, what an awful representation by the #1 team in the nation? Right ! Just shows you again the weakness of those teams outside the conference. As long as the Oregons and K/States keep losing late like they did this year, it will give the SEC chances to sneak back into the championship game and continue the string of BCS wins. Dang, now we will hear Dynasty for the rest of the year !
ND did what I thought they would do, be totally over ranked, weasel their way into the #1 spot after winning several games they should have lost aka Stanford (thanks refs!) then choke. This is one of the many many reasons I hate ND, but now they just added to my hatred by making me have to listen to this drabble for another millenia.
Hopefully, after such dismal ratings (I don’t know many people other than hardcore bammers who watched the whole thing) maybe ND will be gone for a while. I would have much rather watched Oregon play, especially since fast pace O’s seemed to give UA problems this year.
All I know, is it’s going to be sweet to knock them off their pedestal after the Gus Bus gets moving…because the egos I’ve encountered the last 24 hours make me want to vomit.
I guess I am fortunate to live in FLA and don’t get as many obnoxious Bama fans gloating. All I have heard here is how UF got screwed by the refs in the Sugar bowl (since they never lose a game due to bad play)..HA !!!!!!
Im hoping that Saban versus Malzahn will end up being classics. I think the spread will give Saban some headaches. Bama seems to have problems defending non-traditional offenses.
After watching that game I am convinced that Saban is psychotic. There’s no doubt now that he is obsessive. I mean if he were to retire now he’d be sitting pretty but he won’t because all he cares about is winning. There is nothing wrong with being convicted but Saban has taken it to another level which is not normal. In part I respect it but, it does not seem healthy.
This bodes well for Alabama and all concerned but you have to wonder at what point this will catch-up with Saban.
I suspected Alabama could win the game handily but I did”t foresee the 1st half beat-down put on ND, it really speaks to the difference in competition each team played during the season…this really is a golden age for SEC football..which makes what Saban has done more impressive than anything Bryant ever did at UA in my eyes… I know this won’t last forever, I was an infant when the Bryant teams repeated in the late 70′s– I’m just glad to be able to see it again at a point in life where I can enjoy it
Thanks for the congrats… I think you could probably add Ole Miss (at least the end of the season Ole Miss team) to that list as well, for as much talk as there is about SEC speed, the real difference is in the trenches on both OL and DL
So my 2 most hated teams wind up dancing for it all. Couldn’t decide who I wanted to lose more until the “gift” punt fumble that wasn’t and then it became crystal clear to me: Bammer must lose. But win they did and there were many a comment made akin to JMac’s about Saban’s psychological state. My contention was that while he’s a sociopath, or at least exhibits tendencies, Bo Pelini is more of a classic psychopath. Thats my armchair diagnosis anyways! Who would have thought wed see the day when ND just didn’t have the recruits to handle a challenge like this? I understand any team can win or lose any game, but after getting so many good commits over the years regardless of how bad the squad was, we now see that they just didn’t have the horses to compete.
Being I watched the game here in the PDX Portlandia, there were also many comments made on how the Ducks blew it and seemed like the only team that could have given Bammer a test at this point (with a month to prepare, I just don’t see Saban not figuring out what to do against TAMU). I agree and I gotta say, these people brought up Sabans whining about “rule changes” needed to slow down UofO’s light speed offense shows that despite his bravado, there are things that strike fear in his game plan. Probably many things which is a big reason why hes so ultra anal/prepared. But Gustav could be operating at ward speed and with the right hyperdrive of a QB (I am maxing out my sci-fi references!) running the O, Saban’s gang could certainly be left eating dust. My concern is that O wouldn’t have the monsters up front needed to deal with the Bammer D line and other attackers whereas the Mighty War Eagle can pull, train and produce the type of “critical mass” needed to go toe-to-toe with the sides of beef Saban and co. lines up opposite of an offense.
Agree on that latter analysis matt…everybody has speedy skill position guys – the difference is the athelticism and strength SEC teams bring to other positions, including both lines…where games are won and lost anyway.
I almost included Miss St in the list but they mostly feasted on a pitiful schedule early to look imposing before they were exposed.
No sweat Big Swoll. I want to clarify what I said earlier. I’m not sure if its is fair to call Saban psychotic. I mean I’m a PhD student who has been going to school for the last 23 years of my life and I’m going to stay in school and teach for at least the next 15-30 years of my life, so some might see that as a little insane too.
I have to congratulate the Bama fans out there, they had been looking for a Bear-like coach. But they found someone better. What he has done as a coach and his demeanor is certainly not normal. There is a weird part of me that likes and respects that.
I agree with the contention that 6 SEC teams could have beat ND last night. But that does not take anything away from Saban and Alabama, what they have done is incredible—and even as an Auburn fan I recognize this is special. Given all that I still find his demeanor to be obsessive and strange… but you know what they say about geniuses.
I concede nothing. Bammer gets no respect! I also doubt Vandy having any serious shot at ND. Tbh, I am War Eagle through and through and have little love for the rest of our conference. SEC is the king of the hill no doubt and I wouldnt trade conferences, but I also dont shout S-E-C. Being as how often the media tries to promote our league brethren and how blatant their slant is against us, I ride for Auburn and no other SEC team.
Hey Swoll, the longest winning streak of any SEC team right now? Vandy. Hard to believe but true. They were a blown no call away from beating South Carolina and actually playing in a bowl game other than the Music City one in their hometown. I’m not on drugs, I don’t see them escaping middle of the pack but they are no longer a given W…..geez, we’ve lost to them twice in a row (albeit with teams that don’t merit the AU logo).
I get what you’re saying about the SEC per se (and I’m above all else college wise, an AU Tiger…period), but I do pull for about 8 or 9 of them in neutral situations.
Yeah, I have had several Gator fan friends that use to attend games up there yrs ago and they would always come back with nothing but praise on the good looks. They would ask if they were corn fed…but, wouldn’t that be Nebraska woman ?
So now, Ms. Webb has supposedly cancelled all upcoming interviews because AJ “made it very clear to her” that he was VERY upset at everyone focusing on her and not on “his accomplishments on the field.”
What a class guy this mccarron is…a truer ambassador for the tide doth not exist.
I personally had no problem with what Musberger said and I have the slightest clue as to why ESPN made him apologize. It’s not like he said anything profane and vulgar.
As far as the women angle is concerned, this is what I love about the state of Alabama. We produce some hotties, that’s for certain. It took me visiting/residing in other states to realize this, but you can visit almost any Alabama city/town and it’s loaded with gorgeous women. I can’t say the same for many other states. I don’t know what it is about the state, but we need to keep putting in the water, whatever it is we’re putting in there.
AGMIII, my take is that the comment Musberger made (Boys, pick up the football and start practicing in the backyard) could be taken as he stating that pretty girls just want to date athletes. That they are shallow enough to overlook any other trait if you are the QB of a team. Hence ESPN made the apology (I don’t think they made him apologize).
I went without the indigo blue nail polish today. :)
Seriously, she already had a good shot at opening doors based on being somewhat of a celebrity but chances are she’s got enough personal savvy to be a contributing member of society…..I mean she IS an AU grad, right? :)
Congrats to the Auburn BB team!!! 2-0 in the SEC for the first time since 2003. After the REALLY good game they gave Illinois and then the win against FSU, LSU, and now SoCar on the road, it looks like things are starting to look up for Auburn’s men’s BB team. And Coach Flo seems to have the women’s team rocking, as well!
Well stated Walt. The ladies have been playing well from the outset…13-3 works for me. :)
The impressive thing – or one of the more impressive aspects – of the men’s last three games was the fact they are missing two of their best players (both to stress fractures….which makes we wonder about those UnderArmour shoes).
But the rest of the group is stepping up. Off to Bud Walton Arena next…Go Tigers!
Miss New York last night won the Miss America pageant. But she’s not from really from the state of New York, she’s from Opelika and attended Auburn before moving to Brooklyn to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
I echo the congrats to Mallory Hagen – Opelika native and now Miss America. Happy for her and her family…the beauty of the ladies from this area is nothing new to us but it’s good to have that recognized elsewhere.
And kudos to Tony Barbee and the men’s team as well as Coach Flo and the lady Tigers. Given the guys’ rough start (and definitive weakness of the SEC this year) they would have to get around 10 wins in conference to have a shot at the NCAA’s, but they’re off to a good start.