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
Troy’s coach says Auburn made the right move when they stole away Offensive Coordinator Troy Franking. How’s this for an endorsement? “When Tony left, we promoted the guy who was closest we could come to Tony without it being Tony.” The Trojans’ new coordinator is 27-year-old Neal Brown, who played for Franklin at Kentucky and coached under him at Troy. (Montgomery Advertiser, July 16)
Paul Rhodes says he will be ready for the Iron Bowl — in his “heart and soul”: (Eufaula Tribune, July 16)
Sean Conway, a center from Nashville, gushes about Auburn’s football camp (PrepTennessee.com, July 16)
Q&A with Auburn’s early recruit from Lassiter, Ga., tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (The Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 16).
What?!?! Georgia QB Matt Stafford could be a football camp counselor for Faith Academy QB Raymond Cotton, an early Auburn committment, at ESPN’s RISE Elite 11 quarterback camp? How will that work? (al.com, July 16)
Shug Jordan comes in at #5 in this list of “15 Great Coaching Quotes” (BleacherReport.com, July 16)
Recruit #20 is an all-state QB that plays three sports from Franklin County, Miss. Welcome aboard the USS War Eagle, Jamie Collins! How about this nugget of info from the newspaper: The Franklin County Bulldogs won the 3A Championship in 2006, beating Nettleton 23-13. Collins accounted for three touchdowns in the game, and also picked off three passes. Wowweee! (The Natchez Democrat, July 16)
“Whatever happened to James Daniel,” the offensive linemen coach at Auburn University under Pat Dye from 1981-92? (The Enterprise Ledger, July 15)
“Aided by the absence of Gator-slaying Auburn on its schedule, Florida will get through October undefeated,” says SI’s Austin Murphy. I just love that Auburn is known for slaying Gators in the national press. My gator-hatin’ heart swells with pride. (CNN/SI, July 16)
Auburn comes in at #23 in the Disassociated Press Poll (DPP) on Rivals. Maybe you can make more sense of this poll than I. (Rivals.com, July 16)
A hit from an Auburn Tiger during the 1997 SEC Championship Game is still affecting Peyton Manning? (Knoxville News Sentinel, July 16)
A collection of questionable comments from other blogs about the Auburn Tigers.
Hey Auburn fans! Need something to motivate you to put a fist through the drywall? Well, try this product! (Georgia Sports Blog, July 15)
LSU’s Tiger Weekly says Auburn will end the season with a 10-2 record, finishing second in the West (TigerWeekly.com, July 16)