Circlin' the wagons. Seriously, if you're going to pay off some I-AA Glass Joe to come into Jordan-Hare for their ritualized 67-second knockout, why not make it a team that's gonna keep the ca$h in-state, huh? I'd rather not play the likes of Jax St. or Samford at all, but I'd rather play the likes of Jax St. or Samford than Furman or those uniform thieves at UT-Martin.
The JCCW: dictating the terms of the Auburn media cycle. OK, not really. (Obviously.) But I have to say I find it a little amusing that earlier this week I responded to the news of Auburn's free-n'-easy ca$h-flow by writing
Happy as I am about this sort of news, I'll be even happier if I get to read a story sometime soon about how the athletic department funneled a chunk of these revenues back to the universityand that today we get a blog post from Evan Woodbery entitled
Auburn athletics department plans to endow professorships, scholarships.You can see why this is amusing, right? That the trustees happened to meet this week was a beautiful coincidence. But true to my word: I am very happy, and give
Beisbol. So there's been a good handful of newsbits related to the Auburn baseball team the last few days, and I was all ready to hit you with them in a quick bunch ... and then Plainsman Parking Lot just went and did the same thing. So you can just go there and read them. The best news: Auburn just stole a twice-drafted JUCO pitcher out from underneath Arkansas's nose, apparently.
Coachspeak. Rather awesome story here from Jay Tate and the Advertiser. The Trooper-Luper tag-team combo went to an area high school and went through a "mock interview" exercise with students ... in which they answered a series of questions that basically didn't differ at all from a real interview. And since we're talking about Taylor and Luper, some of the responses were candor-rific, particularly Taylor sort-of-paradoxically saying that "I've got to mow my own grass" and then saying he'd try to have his players learn from the Tide's mistakes. (I think his point is that he's not worried about the Tide's punishment, but he's not above using it as a counterexample on his end) and this from Luper:
"We are developing the culture of our football team -- from A to Z. What are they like when they walk across the campus? What are they like when they walk in the building? Will they take their hats off? Will they say 'Yes, sir' and 'Yes ma'am'? Do they take their earrings off? Will they pull their pants up? Everything. To develop that culture adequately takes a couple years."Man, I have to say, that does make the dress-cod-eand-neat-locker policy go down a little smoother. Particularly since it's about a thousand times nicer to read than a local columnist trying to explain two dozen arrests by saying "You've got to have thugs to win football games." Ugh.
Also: Grimes meets with Woodbery and Roof has a Q&A at the official site. Not too much of interest, though you do have to wonder if Grimes' plan to limit contact in fall practice might lead to a less physical approach come gametime. (Not that I think Grimes has a choice. Auburn just can't afford offensive line injuries. Not one.) Oh, we also learned that Ted Roof's first album was a Hall and Oates record (!) he won from a radio station.
BlAUgosphere. Jay Coulter takes a look at 10 college football media members Track'Em would rather got lost in a dark wood somewhere (just 10?), and though I agree with nearly all of his choices--the zinger about "Glory Days" being written for Mark May couldn't be more on the nose--but man, I have to disagree here:
Holly Rowe - Some things in life you just can't explain. Holly Rowe fits in that category. How she continues to get the top games as sideline reporter on ESPN ahead of Erin Andrews and Bonnie Bernstein is one of the great mysteries of television. It's a question that many drunken men have asked themselves on Saturday nights in the fall.I'm going to
Holly Rowe is way, way better at doing those things than Erin Andrews. I get the "football and hotness: two great tastes that taste great together!" angle, but I don't need to taste anything else. I want to taste as much football as I can, so, yeah, I'll have Holly as my side dish, thanks.
Elsewhere, Fields of Donahue also gets his response on to the Smart Football Malzahn post.
(Yes, I know I took that sideline reporter metaphor about three steps too far. Deal.)
Etc. Lache Seastrunk might have missed that Texas visit because he was busy taking summer school classes, classes that should keep him on track to graduate in December ... Oh my goodness, Iowa hired Norm McDonald for an athletics fundraiser in 1997 and didn't expect "jokes about women having sex with pigs" ... more lulz, this time from the Onion, who skewer the Skip Baylesses of the world appropriately ... not that Bayless is any worse than Buzz Bissinger, who apparently can't tell the actual Harold Reynolds apart from the blog "Hugging Harold Reynolds"; please no one tell him about this site, just in case he ever meets he actual Joe Cribbs ... and lastly, I can't say I have their confidence, but there is one pre-season magazine out there with Auburn in front of Arkansas.
Enjoy your weekend.