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For former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes, it doesn't get much better than running out of the tunnel on a game day in Jordan-Hare.

Auburn football: ‘Tubs’ joins a new crew, Gus Malzahn gets a nod and Takeo Spikes lights a fire

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Wednesday:

Tommy Tuberville joins ESPN 

For a while it looked as though former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was going to give politics a try.

After deciding to sit out Alabama’s gubernatorial race, the former coach (affectionately known as Tubs) has instead been hired by ESPN.

Tuberville will call college football games each week across ESPN and ABC with other broadcast partners.

For Auburn fans, Tubs is probably most associated with the 2004 undefeated Tigers squad or his six straight wins against Alabama. In 20 seasons, however, Tuberville totaled 159 wins. That’s enough experience, combined with all of his coaching honors, that serve him well in 2017.

Don’t mess with Takeo Spikes 

Some guys just do it. They are players who have no problem psyching up themselves, and in the process often ignite those around them.

Enter Takeo Spikes.

The former Auburn linebacker is probably one of the most entertaining (and intimidating) Tigers to ever play in Jordan-Hare. He has no problem sharing his opinions or beliefs and continues to represent his alma mater well.

Spikes recently published Behind the Maska book that takes an inside look at different NFL greats through photography.

You can watch more from Spikes (and get a little more familiar with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney) during a Football Saturdays documentary that airs July 22. And if you’re not ready for football season just yet, you will be after watching the 15-year NFL veteran.

You can find more information on the airing time of the first episode here.

24 hours of the Tigers 

All Auburn, all the time is every Tigers fan’s dream. It’s also what’s unfolding as Auburn’s SEC Network takeover begins Thursday night.

It all starts with the 2013 SEC title win against Missouri at 11 p.m. CT and will end with the Tigers’ 2010 BCS championship win against Oregon. You won’t want to miss a minute of this marathon.

Back on the Gus Bus  

Auburn players have received all kinds of attention this summer, and now their coach is getting some love, too.

Gus Malzahn was one of 19 coaches named to the Dodd Trophy watch list. He’s one of four coaches from the SEC to make the cut —  the others being Butch Jones, Jim McElwain and Nick Saban.

In other Auburn football news:

Tweet of the Day

The football program focuses on much more than just football. That’s why Malzahn invites different guests to speak to his team and provide inspiration.

It’s part of a program that helps the Tigers understand manhood and all that entails. The most recent speaker was Raymond Harbert.

Herbert is the founder and CEO of the Harbert Management Corporation.

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