Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 8.4.08

By J.M. Comer

The War Eagle Reader offers a roundup of interesting news stories, questionable opinions and great comments from other team’s fans about the Auburn Tigers across the blogosphere.

News and Recruiting Roundup

Arkansas sports columnist picks Auburn at #3 (NWAnews.com, Aug. 3) Note: No, it isn’t news that’s straight outta Compton.

The AJC offers a crash course on Tony Franklin’s spread offense (AJC.com, July 31)

The University of Alabama’s chaplin, Jeremiah Castille, needs a refresher visit to Auburn University it seems (Montgomery Advertiser, Aug. 1)

Recruit #21 commits to Auburn, says the The Gold Mine

Work begins today on Auburn’s new basketball arena (al.com, Aug. 4)

ESPN says the home games in Tuscaloosa and the Iron Bowl are “Not Hot” this football season. Note: The column says Auburn will be going for #6 in a row this year. Fact check, please! (ESPN.com, Aug. 4)

Do you remember Joey Barrett Jr.’s off-the-field performance the night before Sackapalooza ’05? This is getting strange. The Mobile Press-Register reports: A Mobile cage fighter accused of inciting a brawl in front of an Auburn University fraternity house by yelling “Roll Tide” — and stabbing several people in the subsequent melee — is now charged with bribing a mentally retarded man to take the rap.

Click here for footage of either Barrett or his dad?!?! fighting at Mobile’s Abba Temple.

Brief comment on media coverage of the coordinators

I want more information on the new defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads! The media outlets are focusing on offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and the quarterback battle (Google News results on stories about Rhoads reveal 52 dating back to early July, as Franklin merits 156 stories dating back to late July.)

What do we know about Rhoads? He’s a nice guy that likes to teach fundamentals and used to coach at Pitt. The War Eagle Reader will try to peer into the information void this week.

The eyes of the Eagle see all!

Exhalted Eagle!

War Eagle!

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