Auburn football: Future is bright for Peach Bowl-bound Tigers
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‘Gus Bus’ will keep rolling
After weeks of rumors and questions, it’s official: Gus Malzahn will stay at Auburn. The coach voiced his desire to stay on The Plains before and after the SEC title game, but the “Gus Bus” reloaded for a few more years on Sunday night.
Auburn president Steven Leath tweeted the statement below after more questions came up on the Peach Bowl teleconference call.
There’s no doubt that Malzahn has built something special in his time at Auburn. Though the Tigers have had their struggles and letdowns, there have also been incredible, historic moments under the Arkansas native.
— Steven Leath (@AuburnPrez) December 4, 2017
Recruiting has been strong, the staff is tight and the Tigers are hungry. Most importantly, Auburn has proven it can contend for titles and challenge Alabama and Georgia.
The path back to Atlanta
The future will start on New Year’s Day when Auburn plays in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Central Florida.
While it’s still hard to deal with the SEC title game loss, it’s also a great opportunity for younger players who will play in 2018 to get a jump-start. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT and the game will be televised by ESPN.
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 3, 2017
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 3, 2017
In other Auburn football news:
- Auburn will play UCF in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day.
- Malzahn is unsure about running back Kamryn Pettway’s status for the Peach Bowl.
- The SEC Championship Game was the highest-rated viewed contest in 2017.
- Auburn drops in national polls after SEC Championship Game loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
- Despite the Tigers’ loss on Saturday, “the future’s very bright” for Auburn football.
- The loss in Atlanta doesn’t make Auburn’s 2017 season any less worth savoring.
Home win over George Mason
Auburn basketball topped George Mason 79-63 on Sunday in Auburn Arena.
The Tigers earned their sixth win (6-1) so far this season, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2002-03 and 2003-04. Four players — Mustapha Heron, Bryce Brown, Jared Harper and Davion Mitchell — all scored in double figures.
On top of that, Anfernee McLemore (10) Desean Murray (8), Chuma Okeke (8) and Heron all pulled down some great boards, too. Here are some highlights from the win now that football season is winding down:
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) December 4, 2017
Tweet of the day
This is more the tweet of the weekend, but what a duo that was hanging out at the SEC Championship Game, right?
Herschel and Bo.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) December 2, 2017
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