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Former Auburn receiver Sammie Coates may get a chance to play in the most watched football game of all in February.

Auburn football: An ongoing search, Super Bowl spot and significant hoops win

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 ongoing OC search, Tigers with a shot at the Super Bowl and Auburn women’s big hoops win. 

An ongoing search

When Rhett Lashlee somewhat surprisingly left for Connecticut the rumor was head coach Gus Malzahn wanted to hire an offensive coordinator quickly.

Well, things haven’t exactly worked out that way.

It’s technically been 10 days and still, no announcement has been made.

On Wednesday Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich reportedly removed his name from the opening.

Then on Thursday it seemed like the hunt might be close to ending as Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone was thought to be in the mix.

Just as quickly, though, Mazzone didn’t seem to be an option.

And still, nothing. This isn’t the quick turnaround Malzahn was apparently hoping for. While it seems like a bad sign for the Tigers it doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem (though the quick turnaround of a couple of names is strange). The final piece to Auburn’s coaching puzzle should fit perfectly, no matter how long it takes.

The big game

Cubs catcher David Ross did Auburn proud leading Chicago to a World Series win.

Now a few more former Tigers have a chance to play in a big game.

Here’s the list of former Auburn players who will be competing in NFL divisional championship games this weekend. The winners of the Packers-Falcons and Steelers-Patriots games will move on to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

  1. Pittsburgh WR Sammie Coates
  2. Atlanta LS Josh Harris
  3. New England DB Jonathan Jones
  4. New England DB Brandon King

A quick look back 

Before you head into the weekend, take a minute to reflect on Kyle Davis’ outstanding catch from earlier this season.

Keep calm and Kyle on.


Happening on the Plains 

Rolling Tigers

It’s We Back Pat week in women’s hoops and teams across the country are honoring the famous Tennessee head coach who suffered from Alzheimers by wearing purple and raising awareness about the disease.

Facing off against the Lady Vols this week was an undoubtedly difficult thing to do, but thanks to Janiah McKay, Auburn defeated Tennessee on the Plains.

Rival hoops

It’s a big weekend for Auburn basketball.

Bruce Pearl’s Tigers take on in-state rival Alabama in what’s sure to be the most hostile Auburn Arena setting so far this season. It’s also the AUtLive game.

You can buy a t-shirt to help those battling cancer and support your team in one of their most important games this season (and is there anything better than that?)

Also, in case you missed the heartwarming story behind AUTLive, you can listen to Bruce Pearl tell it himself below.

Flipping into Lexington 

Auburn gymnastics takes on Kentucky tonight (7 p.m. ET). Don’t worry, though. You can catch all the flips, turns and twists on SEC Network.

Not Australian, but still an opening

Auburn tennis kicks off their season on Saturday against Samford.

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