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Former Auburn baseball player David Ross helped the Cubs earn their Monday trip to the White House.

Auburn football: The OC search continues, Tiger in the White House and reality of Monday night

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 the continuing OC search, a former Tiger’s visit to the White House and what reality TV show at least one Auburn football player is tuning into on Mondays.  

The OC search continues

Since Rhett Lashlee took the job at Connecticut, the Huskies seem to have a lot to look forward to in 2017. Former Auburn assistant coach J.B. Grimes was added to the UConn staff a few days later, as were a couple of other position coaches.

There’s going to be a ton of talk about the possibilities of Auburn’s 2017 team the second the Tigers name their new coordinator.

Until then, however, the waiting continues …

A Tiger in the White House

David Ross’ role in the Chicago Cubs World Series championship was crucial.

An argument could even be made that the Cubs couldn’t have won their first title in 108 years without him. The veteran nicknamed “Grandpa” by his adoring teammates spent his final season (or what’s become known as a retirement tour) making his teammates better players on the diamond and better people off of it. And then, of course, there was that whole coming back from being down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians and making history thing.

That continued on Monday, when the Cubbies made their first trip to the White House since 1888.

As expected, Ross was front and center. Well, technically front and directly behind Barack Obama. The president, just days away from vacating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, shouted out the former Tiger in his opening statements, too.

President Obama is a known White Sox fan but welcomed the Cubs to Washington and spoke about the hope they offered the country. First Lady Michelle Obama, who the president said has never attended a celebratory sports event in the Obama’s eight years in D.C., also attended to support her Cubs.

And while that seems like a pretty good day on its own, Ross tweeted about how it just kept getting better.

The best news of all might be that Ross is far from done in the Windy City. He was hired as the special assistant to baseball operations just a few days ago. And there seems to be a lesson in Chicago’s winning efforts for optimistic Auburn fans.

The Monday night reality 

Sometimes there’s just no better ending to a long, stress-filled Monday than cozying up on the couch to watch the train wreck that is the Bachelor.

The show has become so popular over the years that watch parties have become somewhat common and it’s easier to stumble upon an unlikely viewer than you’d think.

Occasionally, during the offseason, some Auburn football players may be tuning in, too. Sophomore H-back Chandler Cox was ready for the never-ending drama on Monday evening.

If it seems strange that an athlete would be tuning in, consider this: The show has become so popular that you can now join fantasy leagues, courtesy of ESPN. Popular media personalities often tweet and live blog the show.

There’s also a little bit of SEC-Bachelor history.

For those who are out of the loop on reality TV, former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers (yes, that would be Aaron Rodgers’ younger brother) won the latest season of the Bachelorette. If you don’t know Rodgers from the ABC show, you might know him from SEC Network, where he landed a gig after winning JoJo Fletcher’s heart.

It’s all in good fun, but if sports fans are being honest, sometimes it can be a better option than watching your team go down to an in-state rival or take a beating on the gridiron (Cox supported a channel flip, jokingly of course, when Clemson’s Mike Williams appeared to be injured in the national title game against Alabama.).

But no need to stress. Cox isn’t so distracted by the happenings on the show that he’s become unfocused on football — far from it.

It’s just something to pass the time until spring workouts begin. And thankfully, that time is quickly approaching.


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