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.
Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich let Triple Play Sports Radio and https://t.co/smK5uilGKt know he took his name out on the Auburn OC job.
— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) January 18, 2017
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.
Sources tell @247Sports that Texas A&M OC Noel Mazzone in mix – and could be leader – in Auburn OC search.
— Travis Haney (@travhaney) January 19, 2017
Just as quickly, though, Mazzone didn’t seem to be an option.
Noel Mazzone isn't leaving his job as Texas A&M offensive coordinator for same job at Auburn, insider tells @HoustonChron.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) January 19, 2017
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.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 18, 2017
- Pittsburgh WR Sammie Coates
- Atlanta LS Josh Harris
- New England DB Jonathan Jones
- 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.
This snag from @KDSZN though.. ?
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) January 19, 2017
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk provided an in-depth look at Auburn quarterback commit Malik Willis (you want to read this one, folks.)
- Fox Sports college football analyst Spencer Tillman says Gus Malzahn needs to look at a former Texas offensive coordinator to fill the open position on Auburn’s staff.
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson looks like a top 15 pick when he’s healthy.
- AuburnTigers.com recapped outgoing senior Marcus Davis’ selection to an SEC leadership committee.
- Jason Caldwell, of Scout.com, says defensive targets are a key part of the visits taking place on the Plains this weekend.
- AL.com tracked Malzahn and his staff as they hit the road for recruiting.
- Auburnvillager.com says amid a coordinator search, Auburn is turning its focus to recruiting.
Happening on the Plains
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.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) January 20, 2017
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?)
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 18, 2017
Also, in case you missed the heartwarming story behind AUTLive, you can listen to Bruce Pearl tell it himself below.
— Andy Burcham (@aburcham04) January 13, 2017
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.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) January 19, 2017
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) January 19, 2017
Not Australian, but still an opening
Auburn tennis kicks off their season on Saturday against Samford.
— Auburn Womens Tennis (@AuburnWTennis) January 19, 2017
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