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Former Auburn Tigers Brandon King, Jonathan Jones and Josh Harris will play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Auburn football: The end of a search, Tigers in a big game and another kind of Iron Bowl

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’ll talk about the hiring of Chip Lindsey, former football players who made it to the big game and the Iron Bowl (hoops style). 

The end and the beginning

After what seemed like an eternity, Gus Malzahn made a final decision on an offensive coordinator.

Over the weekend, Tiger fans learned (and in a sense got to meet) the man who will be running Auburn’s offense in 2017: Chip Lindsey.

The new offensive coordinator made the jump back to the Plains — he was an offensive analyst during Auburn’s 2013 season — from Arizona State. He’s coached successful running backs and plans to liven up Auburn’s passing game — and he’s got the weapons, both new and old, to do it.

Here are a few images from the Saturday reveal:

* You can check out more news about Lindsey from SEC Country and others in the ICYMI section below.

Super Bowl bound 

One of the best things about the NFL’s conference championship games on Sunday (for Auburn fans, at least) was the high chance that at least one Tiger would be playing in the year’s most watched game.

After two somewhat surprising blowouts, however, long snapper Josh Harris’ Falcons will take on Brandon King and Jonathan Jones’ New England Patriots.

The two teams will meet at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.

This game should also make college football fans feel a little bit better because it means spring football isn’t too far off, either.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

A different kind of Iron Bowl 

This year’s Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa was a bit of a disappointment for Auburn fans. The Tigers went all the way to Bryant-Denny and were dominated by the Tide after a strong showing in the first half.

By the end of the game, it didn’t feel like much of a rivalry. Alabama fans seemed more into the music being played over the loudspeakers than the game that was unfolding on the field.

But the basketball version of the Iron Bowl on the Plains on Saturday was different.

Though the game’s first few minutes were sloppy (both teams really struggled), Bruce Pearl’s young team relaxed and took control. Freshman center Austin Wiley put up a career-high 19 points (which is pretty good considering he’s been playing college ball for like, a minute). Guards Mustapha Heron and Ronnie Johnson also recorded impressive stat lines and Auburn added another win to its streak.

Here are a few images you might have missed from the weekend:

Women’s hoops edged by the Wildcats

The Tigers dropped a tough loss to Kentucky at home on Sunday afternoon.

Tiger tennis gets rolling

Women’s tennis opened the season with three wins over the weekend.

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