Category Archives: Auburn’s Cast of Thousands

What’s another $200 million between friends?

With a lede like “The facilities race in college athletics shows no sign of slowing, and athletics director Jay Jacobs proposes that Auburn pick up the pace in a major way”, do you really need to read any more to know what’s coming?

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UPDATE:  Arkansas is prepared to spend $160 million on stadium renovation.

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E.J. Price has a tough decision.

On the one hand, he’s got a lot of respect for Sam Pittman.

On the other, it appears he’s got a lot of respect for Auburn’s program, too.

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Like I said, tough call.  (Tweet’s been taken down, but not before the world noticed.)

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There’s excess. Then there’s wretched excess.

Take this as one of those “when life throws you a fastball down the middle, you’ve got to turn on it” moments:  Auburn lets recruits play Madden on its $14 million dollar scoreboard.

Robin Williams’ comment about cocaine comes to mind about now.

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If the good times are all gone, then I’m bound for moving on.

Rodney Garner demands to know from an Auburn commit why he wore a Georgia shirt after a visit from Kirby Smart.

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Reggis Ball doubles down.

Or, in the words of War Eagle Extra, “proudly shows off football he stole“.

He’s been kicked off the team for that.  Which makes it a shame he’s a senior, because otherwise he could make for one of college football’s all-time second chance stories by signing with Auburn.

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Is the Gus Bus still under warranty?

This may be the most passive-aggressive vote of confidence I’ve ever seen an AD give his football coach.

I guess he could have said “had better” instead of “can”.

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UPDATE:  If this is true, I’m not sure Malzahn’s getting the message.

Recycling Ted Roof?  Seriously?

 

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You couldn’t pay him enough to coach at Auburn.

Penn State’s defensive coordinator Bob Shoop turns down a $1.5 million a year offer to get on the Gus Bus.  Repeatedly, evidently.

According to a dependable source in Alabama, Shoop has turned down multiple offers to meet with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and discuss filling the Tigers’ vacant defensive coordinator position. And it would have been at a salary that would’ve made him at or very near the highest paid coordinator in college football.

Both last week and this week, intermediaries from both camps were in contact, each time initiated by Auburn, the source told me. Early this week, Malzahn offered to meet to discuss the position with Shoop who is preparing the Penn State defense for its game on Jan. 2 against Auburn’s SEC stablemate Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

But, on each occasion, Shoop declined a formal meeting and told Auburn he was not interested in its position.

Hard to believe, I know.

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