Football. How hard is Gus Malzahn willing to work to get this Auburn offense fixed? Hard enough that he keeps working even in his sleep:
“I get consumed on what I’m doing,” he said. “Some of it is you work hard, but a lot of it is, you know, when you got something on your mind real strong, your mind doesn’t slow down when you go to sleep.”Keep those gears whirring, Gus: we're going to need every neuron you can muster, I suspect. (Which is why I'm a little troubled that Malzahn is trying to cut back on the java. Coffee is for closers! Come on, Gus, did Bon Jovi teach us nothing?)
I will say I'm legitimately encouraged to hear Malzahn calling Auburn home already in that article--I shouldn't be, knowing a) that it's just fluff for the media b) that if the Spread Eagle blows up and a head coaching opportunity comes calling, it's not going to matter how much Malzahn likes Auburn. But after the still-stinging Muschamp and (irony ahead!) Chizik departures, I'm going to grasp at any straw I can that Auburn might be able to hang onto him if he's just offered a Texas-like step up the coordinating ladder. (Of course, I really should be concerning myself solely with his offense actually working rather than the fallout if it does. I know that. Ah, offseason boredom.)
Elsewhere, the ongoing Tyrik Rollison Facebook watch continues at Lifetime of Defeats. Today, Tyrik is declaring himself "ready to start" this fall. Good--I prefer my potential quarterbacking saviors with a certain level of ingrained cockiness rather than without, please.
Baseball. Hey, a series win on the road with two big late-inning comebacks! A .500 SEC record! Just two games back of second in the SEC West! Things are good, right?
Well ... I'll let PPL fill you in:
(T)he real story (from Sundayis the fact that Auburn just walked away with the game. Literally.It's probably also worth noting here that four of Auburn's six SEC wins have come against Tennessee and Miss. St., the two teams currently mired in the cellar of each SEC division, and that despite the even record, per PPL they've been outscored 90-70 in their 12 SEC games.
In the top of the 8th, MSU and AU were tied 9-9 and Auburn already had two men gone. Sanders singled, then later advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch.
Then, well, the wheels fell off for the Dogs. Hunter Morris walked. Pitching change for MSU. Caldwell walked and the bases were loaded. Ben Jones walked. 1 RBI. Bases still loaded, AU up 10-9. Pitching change for MSU. Brad Ray walked. Another RBI. Bases still loaded. AU up 11-9. Kevin Patterson walked. a 3rd RBI. AU up 12-9. Bases still loaded. C-Mac hit into a FC to end the inning but the damage was done.
All told? 5 Straight walks. 3 different pitchers. 3 RBIs for Auburn without having to take swing and AU holds on for the game and ultimately, the series.
Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. Auburn was lucky ... (W)ithout 2 late innings collapses from MSU on Sunday and Friday, we’d be looking at a cool 4-8 league mark.
Then again, half of Auburn's six losses (and more than half of that negative scoring margin) came at the hands of dominant league leaders Arkansas. This weekend's home series against 7-5 Florida should tell us a lot about how legit Auburn really is, I would think. But before then: nonconference snacky cakes.
Hoops. No actual news here, but you just really ought to read this brief Pigskin Pathos post updating us on the whereabouts of fallen prodigal son Chris Porter ... and cutting to the quick of the eternal desperation of the sports fan:
Chris Porter isn't exactly a role model. But my goodness could he jump high. And, in the end, that is all I am looking for in a hero.Tongue-in-cheek? Yeah. So much more accurate than I'd like to admit? Yeah, that too. As for Porter, he's averaging a 26-and-12 for his current team, but I'll force you to click over to find out Where in the World that is.
Softball. Not that I know very much about Auburn's softball program, but, uh, it's a pretty big deal when this team takes two of three from a previously 8-4 SEC team on the road, right? Those two one-run victories in Fayetteville bumped Auburn's record to an even 7-7 in SEC play ... or still a little off of last year's pace (when Auburn was 9-5 after 14 games), but coming closer.