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Merry ChristMus?

The hottest latest indicates this sign could … could … double it’s irony … or its irony could reverse field …  sometime today…

I was so proud of my feral skepticism towards last year’s ‘done deal’ newscasts from Arkansas, but they were reporting a nonsensical, lateral-at-best move for Tuberville.

This would make a bit more sense.

And despite the sour taste the boggle-the-mind, fly-by-night, dash-dash-dash (taste Will’s Jan. 2 prediction again for the first time!) departure left in the mouth of my heart, despite my Gill thrills (but man, I’d be all about him), I’d be kinda all about it.

Just because, you know

UPDATE at 7 a.m. CST: Check out what WSFA 12 of Montgomery is “reporting” (I’m putting it in quotes because they are writing about a weak rumor at best):

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) – The WSFA 12 Sports team has learned that Auburn University may be close to offering its head coaching job, and that person could be South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier.

The “may” was in bold on their site. Click here to read the rest.

Remember a TV news station in Arkansas last year was reporting from “sources” that Tuberville was the next head coach of Arkansas. This time we have a “source in the coaching profession.”

UPDATE at 10:45 a.m. CST: Evan Woodbery of the Mobile Press-Register just got a statement from Muschamp:

“I have not interviewed for any jobs. I’m not interested in any jobs. I’m happy here, my family loves Austin and I’m going to be at Texas.”

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Toomer’s Rumors and Boomers – 1.24.08 #2

(You can see I’m really liking this format…)

*** The powers that be at AU (c) presume they can trademark actual “verbiage” like “Tigers,” “Toomer’s Corner,” “The Plains,” even “Auburn” and are reportedly Nazis when it comes to enforcement… but somehow this is OK…


UT-Martin’s Faux Jackson outruns AU licensing attorneys. The Tigers will copywrong the Skyhawks on Nov. 8th. (h/t/a/t/s to Track’em Tigers)

*** Muschamp’s hire earns equal pay raise for Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis = $425,000

*** News of Urban Meyer’s possible repeated recruiting faux pas is beginning to make some waves. Meyer reportedly went out of his way to grease the scholarship rails for Gator gymnast Maranda Smith so as to assure a commitment from Smith’s boyfriend, wide receiver Carl Moore. Smith claims that Meyer called her on a daily basis to encourage her decision to sign with Florida, a possible recruiting violation. Though slightly less illicit, the scenario so far reminds me of a story I was told last week by a former Auburn player recruited in the late ’60s, who’s girlfriend was already attending Auburn. Heavily courted by both the Tide and the Tigers, he eventually signed with Auburn but was later told by his father that several Bama boosters and even a coach had communicated in no uncertain terms that were he to commit to the Crimson Tide, his girlfriend, were she to transfer, would receive a free ride at the Capstone.

“I wanted you to make up your own mind, so I didn’t say anything to you ,” his father told him. “Of course, if it’d been your brother or sister, we might have been talkin’.”

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More Muschamp Musings

By J. Henderson

Ancient history. No one cares.

Hey, it’s the off-season…

Stop me if this is old news, I don’t think it is:

Going by a story in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News, we can now scratch “more money” off the list of incentives for Will Muschamp’s decision to jump jobs; Muschamp will be making $425,000 per year as Texas’ defensive coordinator, the exact same figure he would have made this year at Auburn as the highest paid assistant in the SEC.

This revelation thickens the plot, or curdles it I guess, especially in light of Muschamp’s recent elaboration of his air-born deliberation described in yesterday’s Austin American-Statesman.

muschamp-airport-pic.jpg“On the plane trip back to Auburn the next day, he and his wife, Carol, made a list of the pros and cons about the job.

He said he had decided to say yes to Brown’s job offer, which Brown had extended earlier in the day, at the end of the plane ride.

‘There were no cons,’ he said.”

Sir? Some questions?

First off, no cons? Perhaps none specific to the job itself but surely some implicit in taking the job…. Pulling up stakes for the third time in three years for what could only be described – even before disclosure of the equal salary – as a lateral career move? Drawing negative fire in the press and provoking the disenchanted ire of thousands? Forgoing a promising 2008 season with a talented, proven group of players groomed for two years under your berserker intensity? No cons?

Secondly, and maybe I’m parsing here, but you say it was made up at the end of the plane ride? Your mind, I mean? Then why did you say it wasn’t, as a story in the Jan 5. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer indicates:

“For Auburn, the writing may have been on the wall when Muschamp briskly walked past reporters at the Robert G. Pitts airport with little to say. He said at that time he hadn’t made a decision.

‘I don’t have anything to say,’ Muschamp said. ‘You’ll have to talk to coach Tuberville.’

Asked if he had made a decision yet, Muschamp said, ‘No. I have to talk to coach Tuberville.’

You know, maybe the move to Texas is going to help in becoming a head coach because it seems he’s already gained some valuable experience in duplicity. I’m sure former boss Nick Saban would be proud.

And lastly, speaking of Saban… came across something while writing that Finebaum piece… again, could be old news, not sure how I missed it, but at least a couple of stories written during the West Virginia coaching search claim that Nick Saban’s connection to the story was yes, yes, of course, of course, limited strictly to an advisory role… but that the advice he reportedly gave was to hire Will Muschamp, outstanding defensive coordinator of his new arch-rival and the same person who took that coordinating job in part because Saban demoted him at Miami. This little detail was actually being used to explain away the Saban-to-WVU rumors on BamaOnLine.com:

“Some nice people in West Virginia asked Nick Saban for his input on the WVU job. He recommended two guys for the job: Florida State head-coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher and Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

That is the extent of Saban’s tie to the gig. Having either of those guys at WVU would be a good thing for UA. Specifically, Saban wouldn’t have to recruit against Fisher and AU would be without one of the top young assistants in college football.”

If true, is that something that happens in the coaching biz? Is it weird for a head coach to phone the mysteriously ex officio head of another school’s coaching search, who just happens to be his best friend, to tell him to hire away one of the major weapons in the arsenal of the coach’s arch-rival (a man the coach himself recently, essentially, fired)? I mean, I don’t know, that could be standard protocol, just seems odd from where I sit…

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Quote Of The Day – 1.8.08: “Muschamp Fallout,” Myth So Far

“I really wasn’t concerned because I really wanted to go to the school and didn’t want to go there just for Coach Muschamp. I feel like they’re going to bring in the best person they can find to get the job done.”

— Auburn’s latest commitment, defensive back D’Antoine Hood, who yesterday committed to play for the Tigers. Sure, he’s former Auburn standout Roderick Hood’s cousin, but still…

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somethIng theRe tO remiNd me, alwaYs…


muschamp-crop.jpgI always thought the focal point guy in this Cotton States Insurance billboard, which is across from The War Eagle Supper Club on S. College, was a dead-ringer for Boom Boom in so many ways… the actual facial features, the obvious passion (which, I think, were the main reasons we all really loved him)…

… but on my way up to Birmingham yesterday, I just wasn’t prepared for the irony.

Take a good hook look…



(A similar ad ran each week in this season’s game day program…)

Update: I would have accepted that the restaurants in Austin were better or something, or that he was really into live music. We knew there had to be something more, of course, because none of it made any sense. More has now come and it makes even less sense. Was it all a dream?

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Well Damn.


Photo from The Goldmine

War Damn.


Onwards and upwards.

Confused, but I wish him the best. Let us, this day, like Tuberville appears to be doing, take Will “Boom, Mofos” Muschamp’s own immortal words quickly to heart.

“Get your ass goin’. You ain’t hurt. War Eagle, mofo.”

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Still MusCramping…

By J. Henderson

Friday, 11:30 am.

Regardless of how it all ends, I think it is safe to say that the rumor’s stock – at least the shares of done-deal certitude – fell overnight. Phillip Marshall and Charles Goldberg both signed off last night by sourcing the Austin-American Statesman, which late yesterday reported:

“A Texas official said late Thursday that there has been no deal reached to hire Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. An internet site and an Austin TV station reported that Muschamp had accepted an offer from Mack Brown earlier in the evening.”

Though there seems to little to no doubt that Muschamp has been in contact with the Longhorns (unlike our Tuberville fun from a month ago), as far as actual sources, and judging from recent history, you’d have to feel at least a little better about the above sounding so very familiar

Speaking of sources, Texas Rivals site OrangeBloods.com, the most ominous root to this round of angst, doesn’t actually cite any…

I’m sure the editor is connected and all, but their story, cobbled together by its staff, is simply a statement that “Mack got his man” followed by Muschamp’s career bio. No quotes from Texas officials, no indication of a press conference, nothing…

Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News is still couching the story in very “if, then” terms.

Again, this is all very confusing, as in, from an Auburn perspective, it currently makes zero, zero, zero sense. Hopefully there will be some official word by the weekend, for all our sakes… especially The Auburner’s – those guys are on the verge of having half their shirts go vintage in less than a month (the Brother Oliver header was, by the way, brilliant)…


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