Auburn football: Celebrating Independence Day, Austin Wiley and Team USA

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss why the Fourth should excite Auburn fans and how Austin Wiley will spend the holiday. 

Reason to celebrate 

It’s common knowledge that the Fourth of July isn’t synonymous with football like other holidays such as Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day. Still, Auburn fans in particular might have cause to be even more excited about celebrating America’s birthday this summer.

Today people across the country are spending time with friends and family, enjoying delicious food and taking in entertaining fireworks shows. But there’s a lot of potential to experience many of those same things in Jordan-Hare come September.

The Auburn family will file onto the Plains anticipating a thrilling and successful season. Tailgates will be roaring and food will be tasty. And the fireworks?

Well, that’s where the football comes in.

Auburn has a chance, if Gus Malzahn and the Tigers can make a few minor changes, to do big things in the SEC this season — at least, that’s what the spring indicated. That’s why even though it’s still early July, Tiger fans can get pumped. SEC Media Days is coming up, and camp won’t be far behind.

In short, football is going to be here before you know it, and that is a reason to celebrate.

Gus’ recruiting game 

Two weeks.

That’s how long it’s been since 4-star running back Harold Joiner said LSU was his top choice and Georgia was close behind. Both of those schools were not included in the top- 6 list that Joiner released last week, however. So what changed?

SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says a “personal phone call” with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and talk of him playing exclusively at running back have been the potential game-changers.

Still, there’s a lot more to this picture when it comes to Joiner. There are other Power 5 schools — including Alabama — in the mix, so keep following SEC Country for more updates.

Austin Wiley, America and another FIBA game

Looking for a way to celebrate Auburn and Independence Day today?

Unless you can catch a quick flight to Cairo, Egypt, fire up your computer and watch Auburn basketball center Austin Wiley and the rest of the U19 FIBA World Cup team take on Italy.

The United States is attempting to notch its third straight win in the final pool play game. That means with another victory today, the U.S. will receive a top seed before moving on to a round of 16, quarterfinals and hopefully, so on.

Wiley has been sensational for Team USA and continues to give Auburn fans more to be excited about. The big man was running the floor, knocking down free throws and playing with, as coach Bruce Pearl highlighted recently, a different kind of explosion and strength.

If you missed what Wiley has been up to in Cairo, here’s a quick look at his first two games.

Opponent Points Rebounds Minutes
Iran 5 8 15
Angola 16 16 21

ICYMI

 

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