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If you’ve ever been searching for something to watch on television you might have stumbled across the show “What Would You Do?” It’s a hidden camera show in which random people are faced with difficult or uncomfortable situations and forced to make a quick decision, stand up for something or just keep quiet.
Auburn student Herron Taylor faced a similar situation when she saw a man light the Toomer’s Corner oak tree on fire last weekend. But there were no hidden cameras.
Luckily, Taylor is a pretty brave Tiger, too.
When you do really cool, brave things you sometimes get honored at unique ceremonies. And as thankful as the Auburn family is to Taylor for protecting tradition, she’s just as thankful for all of the support.
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) September 29, 2016
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) September 29, 2016
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) September 29, 2016
- Ty Roush, of Fly War Eagle, highlighted five players to watch in Auburn’s game against ULM.
- AL.com’s Wesley Sinor wrote about Tyler Stovall’s journey to Auburn.
- Campus Insiders’ Brian Stultz provided a prediction and game preview of Auburn-ULM.
- College and Magnolia’s Son of Crow attempted to predict the outcome of this weekend’s game by looking at history.
- Brandon Marcello of 247Sports wrote about Auburn’s tribute to former Tiger and Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross.
Alabama was in the headlines this week and not for a dominating performance. Here are some of the places where you can read about why freshman quarterback Blake Barnett left the Alabama football program.
- Barton Simmons of 247 Sports thinks Barnett found a transfer loophole.
- AL.com’s Matt Zenitz detailed why Barnett left Alabama.
- ESPN wrote about Nick Saban lamenting early transfers.
As usual situations like this, there’s likely two sides to this story. But for now, fans are putting Barnett on blast on social media.
So much love is in the air ❤️ pic.twitter.com/BPixXLztKI
— Drunk Aubie (@DrunkAubie) September 30, 2016
Happening on the Plains
Homecoming means lots of fun activities on campus and that’s especially true for the Auburn softball team. It’s alumni weekend and to celebrate softball is doing a couple of cool things.
First, there will be open practices and a slow-pitch game. Here are the times.
Friday: 3-6 p.m. CT
Saturday: 7:30-11:30 a.m. CT
Sunday Alumni game: 11 a.m. CT
Sunday: 1-3:30 p.m. (*This practice will actually be an intrasquad game with the 2016-17 team)
The second thing softball is doing is kicking off its canned food drive, which lasts through the fall schedule. Be sure to head over to the softball fields at some point this weekend to watch the national runner-ups and support their canned food drive.
— Auburn Men's Tennis (@AuburnMTennis) September 29, 2016
MEN’S TENNIS: Edward Nguyen, Olle Thestrup, Brandon Laubser, Carles Sarrio and Michael Durham are headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The five members of the Auburn men’s tennis team will be competing in the pre-qualifier round of the ITA All-American Tournament. The tournament is Saturday and draws will be announced Friday.
Auburn equestrian stays No. 1
The last time you saw Auburn equestrian, the women had just jumped off the bus at UT-Martin.
The team earned a road win (14-6) on Thursday afternoon. As any good coach would, Gregg Williams found a couple of areas his team can improve on, but was pleased with the meet overall.
Freshman Becky Kozma, sophomore Megan Rauh and senior Tory Hoft earned Most Outstanding Player selections in the meet. Freshman Becky Kozma, sophomore Megan Rauh and senior Tory Hoft earned Most Outstanding Player selections in the meet.
The next meet is Oct. 7 in Delaware.
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) September 30, 2016
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The women’s basketball team is doing a six-part series on its freshman class. These videos are something the freshmen will cherish (and probably be really embarrassed about by the time they are seniors). It provides a good opportunity for Auburn fans to get to know the women who will be tearing it up on the hardwood when college basketball begins.
— Auburn W Basketball (@AuburnWBB) September 29, 2016
Tigers in the Pros
Third baseman Josh Donaldson has been going through a bit of a slump. While he appears to have broken out of it recently (he hit a home run Tuesday against the Orioles), you might be able to help him out.
You can vote for this year’s best moments and players in the Esurance MLB Awards here. Voting ends at 2 p.m. ET Nov. 11.
Homecoming weekend brings back a flood of memories and leads many former Tigers to return to the Plains. If you could have your ultimate Auburn homecoming weekend, complete with a dinner across the table from your favorite Auburn Heisman winner…well, that would be pretty cool.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) September 29, 2016