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The breaking news of Rhett Lashlee’s departure from the Plains on Wednesday night sparked all kinds of questions and discussion.
Was Lashlee really on his way out? Why would the Tigers’ offensive coordinator up and leave? More importantly, who would take his place?
As possible replacements were listed and opinions flooded Twitter, the impact Lashlee had on his players and the Auburn program faded into the background.
Now, I’m a big believer every player-coach relationship at the college level is different. It just is. Playing at the Division I level isn’t like playing in the middle school league at the YMCA. While every player has significance and is special to a coach for different reasons the reality is that some players earn more minutes and therefore build a different repertoire with different coaches. This is especially true in a system where you have support staff and GAs, position coaches, coordinators and a head coach.
Did every player like Lashlee?
But did some?
Every player Lashlee came to know might not have liked or agreed with his every decision — that’s rarely the case. Still, as players log long days in and around the athletic complex, you come to appreciate particular qualities about certain members of the staff. Different coaches have different strengths, talents and ways of connecting with their players.
More than anything members of the team often recognize and appreciate the time and effort coaches dedicate to their teams (especially when a coach has young kids as Lashlee does).
Sometimes it takes a player graduating and living life away from college sports to realize the impact a coach had on them. In other cases, a coach leaves rather suddenly, causing players to stop, recall and appreciate how that person tried to help them grow as a player and person.
Lashlee’s time may have been up on the Plains, but the positive impact he had, as demonstrated by different Tiger Twitter accounts this week, shows that his influence will continue to be appreciated and effect current players long after he leaves for Connecticut.
I've got nothing but love for my dawg @rhettlashlee ,you taught me a lot in a short period of time! Congrats & Godspeed ??✊?
— KD (@KDSZN) January 12, 2017
Thank you so much Coach for everything! Uconn is lucky to have you! I wish nothing but the best for you! @rhettlashlee
— Chandler Duke Cox (@chandlercox10) January 12, 2017
A man of many talents
Well this wasn’t really surprising at all.
Kyle Davis continues to amuse Auburn fans as one of the most multi-talented players on the roster.
Along with his dancing and choreographing skills, the freshman wide receiver is apparently on track to become the next star of the equestrian team (which is fantastic at Auburn).
Don’t be shocked to see Davis compete and do rather well considering he’s a newcomer to the sport.
If anyone can do it, it seems like he can.
— KD (@KDSZN) January 13, 2017
Please, don’t forget the ‘Y’
Kerryon Johnson is puzzled.
The sophomore finished the year with 895 yards rushing despite missing several games with a nagging ankle injury.
Yet even after all of his dynamic spin moves and diving touchdowns, somehow, some people are still leaving the Y out of his name.
So Kerryon is asking, please don’t forget (or discriminate) against the Y.
I really don't see how people still call me kerron……like you can't just discriminate against the Y like that
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 11, 2017
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Gus Malzahn’s new offensive coordinator search and Clemson’s win over Alabama should be linked.
- CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson says these are four things to know about Rhett Lashlee leaving for UConn.
- SB Nation recaps Lashlee leaving for UConn and his desire to run his own offense.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk provided updates on the latest Auburn recruiting news.
- ESPN’s Brett McMurphy says Auburn will not consider Art or Kendal Briles for the offensive coordinator position on the Plains.
- AuburnTigers.com highlighted some former Tigers contributions from this week’s NFL wildcard games.
- SEC Country reported Bo Jackson saying he would ‘never allow’ his kids to play football today.
Happening on the Plains
The Auburn women’s hoops team came from behind in Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night to top the Commodores in Music City.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) January 13, 2017
Auburn gymnastics will take on the Georgia Bulldogs tonight at 6 in Auburn Arena.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) January 11, 2017
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) January 12, 2017
Auburn baseball installed a new video board. It’s not quite as big as the one at Jordan-Hare, but it is the fifth-largest in college baseball.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) January 12, 2017
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) January 12, 2017
Auburn hoops takes on Kentucky this Saturday in Lexington. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from the Tigers’ Tuesday night win over Mizzou.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 11, 2017