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
Coach Tommy Tuberville talks to ESPN about dominating Alabama in recruiting, until Alabama hired Nick Saban.
ESPN: How many players from the state of Alabama do you and Alabama typically go head-to-head on each year?
TT: I’d say five or six, and we pretty much dominated them for the last eight years. And then last year, Nick came in and did a good job on Julio (Jones) and the kid from Gadsden (Jerrell Harris). You’ll normally go 50-50. There will be a few more kids that grow up Alabama fans, but we get our share. A lot of these kids leave the state, too. But we go to Georgia and get kids to come here. I don’t think the loyalties in the different states are there as much as they used to be. (ESPN.com, Aug. 11)
Chris Low of ESPN.com starts his column today thusly, causing my heart to race: “AUBURN, Ala. — The weather on the Plains has been gorgeous, and the speed on this Auburn defense is equally stunning. That’s even by Auburn’s standards.” (ESPN.com, Aug. 12)
Josh Moon of The Montgomery Advertiser takes a look at the different approaches of coaches Saban and Tuberville to their schools’ fan day. Tuberville kisses babies and Saban does not. (I do think that Saban likes babies, but only for their blood in his dark rituals to Lord Belichick.) The thrust of the article? Saban’s cold shoulder to Bama fans is not his problem. “It was a [university] PR problem. And it’s the same PR problem that’s dogged Alabama football for the past two decades — they’re still taking the same approach to public relations that they were in the 1970s, when Alabama football was king and there was no real competition.” (The Montgomery Advertiser, Aug. 10)
A columnist for the Monroe News Star says Tuberville is the best coach in the SEC. Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino is ranked #11. I couldn’t agree more. (thestarnews.com, Aug. 12)
Takeo Spikes is a 49er (The Mercury News, Aug. 11)
Courtney Taylor could see more action with the Seahawks soon (The Kitsap Sun, Aug. 11)
Let the Eagle Soar!
A collection of favorable comments and interesting articles from blogs and newspapers about the Tigers.
Joel at Rocky Top Talk thinks Auburn will be the toughest road game for the Vols (Rocky Top Talk, Aug.8}
Vol blog, MoonDogSports.com, says the USC Trojans and Auburn will end up in Miami in January. Who will win it all? Why don’t you check out his blog and find out (MoonDog Sports, Aug. 12)
The Elephants’ Empty Bleat!
Tide Nation is talking loud and sayin’ nothing.
Picture Me Rantin … er … Picture Me Rollin calls Tony Franklin a “snitchin’ ass” and a “Rat”? Oh yeah! Hal Mumme was a victim of the unfair and overbearing rules of the NCAA … just like Bama! It makes sense now. (Picture Me Rollin, Aug. 11)