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Auburn football: The Gus Bus keeps on keepin’ on

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Gus Bus keeps on rolling

Before the 2017 football season started, there were rumblings about Gus Malzahn’s future at Auburn.

All the head coach needed to do, critics said was beat Georgia and Alabama.

Half of that task, of course, is done. The way that Auburn defeated the Bulldogs in Jordan-Hare — and the direction Malzahn’s team appears headed — is not what many anticipated.

On Thursday the head coach was named a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award. As Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said when the topic of the Broyles Award (nation’s top assistant coach) was discussed, awards in the world of college athletics are truly a team effort. Still, the job Malzahn has done so far this season — especially considering the injuries Auburn’s defense suffered in Baton Rouge — is worthy of recognition.

Weekend reminders 

It’s almost game time. Reminder that Auburn takes on Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, with kickoff set for 11:00 a.m. CT / noon ET (which means Tiger Walk will start at 9 a.m. CT). ESPN2 will televise the game.

In other Auburn football news:

More dancing to be done 

It’s game day for another group of Tigers!

Auburn soccer will take on top-seeded Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 9 p.m. CT Friday night in Palo Alto, Calif. The match will be streamed on Facebook Live. The winner will take on the Florida State-Arizona winner Sunday in the third round.

Fortunately Auburn isn’t unaccustomed to playing tough teams. Stanford will be the eighth ranked team Karen Hoppa’s group has faced this season.

Make it 2-0 

Auburn basketball got its second win of the season on Thursday morning at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina.

The Tigers handled Indiana State 83-64 with a particularly impressive defensive effort.

Desean Murray dropped in 14 points (and added a game-high 12 rebounds) and Bryce Brown scored a team-best 15 points. Auburn held Indiana State to 30.4-percent shooting, forced 21 turnovers, blocked 9 shots and out-rebounded the Sycamores, 45-37.

Auburn will next face the Temple Owls in Day 2 of the Charleston Classic. The game will tip off at 10 a.m. CT on Friday and be broadcast on ESPN2.

Tweet of the day 

On Thursday, we chose a tweet by ESPN the Lunchbreak and Podcast on the Plains host Zac Blackerby as our tweet of the day. Now, it’s co-host Noah Gardner, who gives some insight into what the Plains is going to look like over the next couple of weeks.

For those who don’t quite understand the Iron Bowl hype, folks who tailgate and bring campers can set them up ahead of the Louisiana-Monroe game on Saturday and leave them there for Alabama the following weekend. And the people are taking advantage in a big way.

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