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Malzahn’s Tuesday press conference
Auburn’s first two losses of 2016 hurt. They were tough for fans to digest and, to some level, for players to comprehend. Yet, those two losses might not have been harder on anyone more than Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn took responsibility for the way Auburn’s season has unfolded. At times, without blinking, the fourth-year head coach admitted failures in a way he hadn’t to this point.
It remains to be seen whether Auburn will be able to make necessary corrections against the visiting LSU Tigers this weekend, but one thing is certain: Malzahn is aiming to fix it.
- The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger said LSU players still love Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.
- The Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek reported on the statement former AU tight end Landon Rice’s attorneys released Tuesday.
- Here’s what LSU coach Les Miles said about Auburn at his weekly press conference, per NOLA.com.
- ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf talked Malzahn’s job security.
- Just in case you are sick of talking about Auburn football, College and Magnolia’s @peggyrossmanith put together a string of giphs that will brighten your day.
- My colleague Ben Wolk wrote about how eager Auburn’s wide receivers are to face their former position coach — Dameyune Craig.
Shon Coleman feature spotlights cancer battle
It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, NFL on CBS put together this awesome feature video about former Tiger Shon Coleman. An offensive tackle, Coleman overcame leukemia and went on to become a tremendous Tiger and an NFL player (again, you should watch, but have some tissues nearby).
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 18, 2016
If you’d like to help others who are now in Coleman’s shoes, you can donate to the American Childhood Cancer Organization here.
Happening on the Plains
Equestrian: The NCEA and SEC Champion Auburn equestrian team is ranked No. 1 in the NCEA preseason polls. Follow the wonderful season these ladies are sure to have here.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) September 20, 2016
Men’s golf: The Auburn men’s golf team (280-281-282—843) placed 11th at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Ohio.
— Auburn Men's Golf (@AuburnMGolf) September 20, 2016
Women’s basketball: The Auburn women’s basketball team released its 2016-17 SEC schedule (mark your calendars for the season opener Nov. 11 vs. Troy). The Tigers also learned about proper nutrition in a nutrition education session.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) September 20, 2016
And when you head over to Auburn Arena to watch them in action, you’ll also see some facility updates.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) September 20, 2016
That’s a gold medal
The Paralympics are still going on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team — including Tigers coach Robb Taylor — will travel back to the states with a gold medal. The U.S. defeated Spain, 68-52, to bring back the first gold since Seoul in 1988.
— AU Wheelchair BBall (@AuburnWCBB) September 20, 2016
The most fashionable Tigers
You probably saw the new look the Auburn cheerleading squad had over the weekend, but just in case you didn’t, Auburn fan @Clintau24 gave you another look.
— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 19, 2016
What do Tigers think?
After some careful deliberation, Malzahn decided to start sophomore Sean White again Saturday.
You can read about it, and when you’re done, you can vote in the Wake Up, Auburn poll.
Being a college athlete is hard. It seems glamorous and in many ways it is. You get to come to a place like Auburn and play a sport you grew up loving in front of some of the most passionate fans in the country. Jordan-Hare Stadium on a game day is one of the best atmospheres in college football.
It’s also a full-time job and more physically, mentally and emotionally draining than you can ever imagine.
And suffering tough losses doesn’t make it any easier.
When you’re watching these incredible athletes, whether it’s on the football field or the softball field (or on any other type of surface), it’s easy to forget that you’re watching young adults.
These are student-athletes who are figuring out life. They’re trying to balance school, take on adulthood, have some semblance of a social life, and practice and play at the highest level every day.
Of course, these players know and understand that when they sign a National Letter of Intent. They are prepared for this undertaking. Still, being a college athlete today is made even harder with technology and social media. These 18- to 22-year-olds are doing all they can to score touchdowns and pass their chemistry exams.
Sure, it’s frustrating as a fan to watch a player you love get tackled (or maybe miss a tackle). It’s disappointing to come out for a game only to see a tough loss. But whatever emotion you’re experiencing, that player and that team feels worse. Way worse.
And they’re probably hearing about it from family, teammates and coaches. Those conversations aren’t always fun. Sometimes they’re quite miserable. That doesn’t even begin to cover social media.
Again, it’s understandable to sometimes be frustrated. Athletes and coaches are even more upset than you are. Just keep in mind that these aren’t pro athletes. These are young adults trying to figure out life. And sometimes things are just out of their control.
Auburn softball catcher Courtney Shea provided a great reminder over the weekend:
people don't realize the athletes are 18-21 year old students doing the best they can do to represent the auburn family. please show respect
— courtney shea (@courtneyshea93) September 18, 2016
It’s also important to remember just how much these student-athletes love Auburn and their fans. Keep it in mind and be respectful.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) September 20, 2016
— Julie Needham (@julesau) September 19, 2016
Tebow and his bat in town?
BP at Plainsman Park this weekend? https://t.co/0WPlR0vMuT
— Auburn Baseball (@Auburn_Baseball) September 20, 2016
OK, so not really Tim Tebow’s bat. At least, I don’t think so. But be on the lookout for the SEC Nation crew this weekend. It’s going to be a good one, Tiger fans.