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Auburn 34 – Alabama 28

Video highlights of the Auburn 34-28 win over Alabama Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Auburn 43 – Georgia 38 (Video)

Video highlights of the Auburn 43 – 38 win over Georgia Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Auburn 45 – Florida Atlantic 10 (Video)

Video highlights of the Auburn 45-10 victory over Florida Atlantic Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.


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Auburn Works To Create Better In-Stadium Environment

gfx - they said itCollege and professional sports franchises alike are fighting a difficult battle against a massive foe — television.  Just as high-definition TVs have brought a sharper picture into fans’ homes, new cable and satellite networks have greatly increased the number of games available.  Those two factors — mixed in with a gradually recovering economy and high ticket prices — have led many sports fans to simply sit at home on Saturdays and Sundays.

In response, the SEC recently created a panel to focus on improving the in-stadium experience at league football games.  So it’s no surprise to learn that Auburn has already started adding flat-screen TVs to the concourse at Jordan-Hare Stadium as well as new food items at the venue’s concession stands.

Athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the improvements yesterday:

 

“We’ve really made an effort to listen to our fans and respond with changes that we think make our entire gameday experience among the very best in college football.  Our fans wanted more parking and tailgating opportunities, more choices at the concessions stand and better communication, so we are pleased to announce these improvements for the upcoming season.”

 

Expect to hear more announcements like this one from all across the SEC over the next 12 months.

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SEC Headlines 6/26/2013

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1. Understanding the coded language college football coaches use on Twitter.  ”The most creative recruiting announcements on Twitter have come from Butch Jones’ staff at Tennessee.”

2. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has no issues with recruiting younger players.  “If I see a 6-foot-6 man walking in the mall with his wife, and she’s 6-2 and she’s pregnant, I’ll go up and offer their unborn child.”

3. Who are the SEC’s top Heisman Trophy contenders?  Athlon lists twenty-five names starting with Jadeveon Clowney.

4. Why Clowney’s teammate, sophomore free safety T.J. Gurley, is considered one of the top 12 most important Gamecock players heading into the fall.

5. Auburn assistant coach Rodney Garner returns to Athens.  ”When you come in Sanford Stadium … I mean to Jordan-Hare Stadium,…You better be ready to suit it up.”

6. Freshma running back Peyton Barber becomes the 21st newcomer to arrive on the Auburn campus since December. Status of two Auburn signees still not clear.

7. With A.J. Jackson failing to qualify academically, expect more four wide receiver sets at Ole Miss.

8. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin wrote a letter in support of Johnny Manziel  that helped overturn his suspension last summer.

9. Alabama opens its season against a Virginia Tech team that’s seen multiple changes on the offensive coaching staff.

10. In praise of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron - “easily the most talented college quarterback Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban has worked with since he had JaMarcus Russell at LSU.”

11. “If there’s any stopping the SEC’s runaway train, this may be the year to do it.” Five SEC teams with the best chance to knock off Alabama.

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12. .Since 2003, only twelve college teams have had at least six first-round picks in the NBA draft.  Two of them are Florida and Kentucky.

13. Florida forward Erik Murphy projected as a second-round pick. “You’re talking about one of the best shooters in the country…”

14. Will Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel be the first player taken?  He’s not a lock.

15. The question facing Missouri’s Phil Pressey: “Is Phil Pressey the guy that you see in the first 35 minutes of a Missouri game or is he the guy you see in the last five minutes?

16. After Thursday night’s NBA draft, it will be 12 straight years without a first-round pick  for both Alabama and Auburn, longest stretches in the modern-era for both teams.

17. With BJ Young and Marshawn Powell off to the NBA draft, Arkansas has lost its top two scorers from last season.

18. Former West Virginia forward Keaton Miles is transferring to Arkansas. Will have two year of eligibility beginning in 2014-2015.

19. Mississippi State’s Wendell Lewis granted a fifth year of eligility.

20. Ole Miss releases its non-conference schedule.

21. Tennessee’s Darius Thompson on fellow freshman Robert Hubbs: “He’s probably the most athletic person on the team.”

22. Will the new block-charge rule help improve scoring?

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23. Aaron Hernandez taken from his home in handcuffs this morning. Less than two hours later, the Patriots release him from the team.

24. NCAA penalties for Oregon don’t include a bowl ban.

25. College World Series comes to an end with UCLA beating Mississippi State but it was still the most successful season in Bulldogs history. MSU fans not happy with some comments on ESPN.

26. Matt Hayes lists the ACC’s top five games.  Four of them are against SEC competition.

27. Shaquille O’Neal will go into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Saturday.

28. Yankee Stadium - host to college football playoff games?

29. Meet the man who bets on Major League Soccer.

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Auburn And Arkansas Finalize Football Schedules, Two Other SEC Schools Impacted

Two SEC schools finalized their 2012 football schedules yesterday and a third school will notice the difference:

 

* Auburn has placed an open date between its September 22nd game with LSU and its October 6th game with Arkansas.  Both games will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but bye week will allow the Tigers to rest up between the two huge SEC West showdowns.

* Arkansas has officially added Rutgers – now minus coach Greg Schiano — to its home schedule on September 22nd.  The Razorbacks will then play in New Jersey on Rutgers’ campus next September.  In addition, the Razorbacks are moving this year’s home game with LSU from Little Rock to Fayetteville for the first time since 1994.  An additional 20,000 tickets can be sold to the UA-LSU game at Razorback Stadium.  Arkansas’ game with Ole Miss will move from Fayetteville to Little Rock for the first time since the Hogs entered the SEC in 1992.

* The site of the Arkansas-Texas A&M contest is still up in the air at this point.  Arkansas wants to play the game in Arlington, Texas as planned, A&M wants the game at Kyle Field in College Station.

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Iron Bowl, Boot Game On CBS In Expected Time Slots

CBS and the SEC decided to announce something yesterday that we’ve all known since back in January — the TV listings for the Iron Bowl and the Battle for the Boot.

As expected, CBS will carry the Friday, November 25th matchup between LSU and Arkansas beginning at 2:30pm ET.  The game moves back to the Friday after Thanksgiving this year, after the Iron Bowl filled that slot in 2010 and 2009.  This year’s Battle for the Boot trophy will be played in Baton Rouge.

A day later, Alabama and Auburn’s November 26th battle will kickoff at 3:30pm ET live from Jordan-Hare Stadium on The Plains.


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No Byes Before 2011 Iron Bowl

In the state of Alabama, bye weeks are always a hot topic.  Last year, Alabama faced six SEC foes who were coming off byes.  Talk to a Tide fan and you’ll soon learn that those byes were the only reason Bama lost three games on the season.

To offset the bye-week gap leading into the Iron Bowl, Nick Saban had the Tide’s 2010 game with Georgia State moved to a Thursday night… so his squad could get an extra couple of days off heading into its game with hated Auburn.  The Tigers were one of those six league opponents who had a off week prior to Bama.

This year, no schedule moves will be necessary.  No byes have been awarded.  In a state where every little advantage is magnified, neither participant in the 2011 will have an open date the week prior to the Iron Bowl.

Alabama will face Georgia Southern on November 19th in Tuscaloosa.  Auburn — which has just released its official schedule — will host Samford on that date.

So both programs will be in action the week leading into the November 26th showdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  If games against FCS foes qualify as being “in action.”

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Auburn’s Championship Video On The Web For All To See

For those Auburn fans who were unable to join 78,000 revelers at Jordan-Hare Stadium last Saturday, below is the season highlight tape that was shown during the Tigers’ official BCS Championship celebration.

Enjoy.  (Or weep, if you’re not a Tiger fan.)



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NCAA Rules Newton Eligible for SEC Championship Game

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FILE - This Nov. 13, 2010, file photo shows Auburn's Cam Newton (2) reacting with fans after a 49-31 win over Georgia in an NCAA college football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Newton is eligible to play in the SEC title game, even though the NCAA says his father broke rules by shopping his son to another school. The NCAA released its finding in a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

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FILE – This Nov. 13, 2010, file photo shows Auburn’s Cam Newton (2) reacting with fans after a 49-31 win over Georgia in an NCAA college football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Newton is eligible to play in the SEC title game, even though the NCAA says his father broke rules by shopping his son to another school. The NCAA released its finding in a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

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Apparently, Auburn won’t receive any punishment for the Newton situation. The NCAA ruled that Newton’s father did indeed shop his son around to Mississippi St., but it’s letting Auburn and Newton off because they apparently didn’t know about the actions of Newton’s father. I would assume that this is case closed on this issue unless additional facts become available. That means that in addition to having their star QB this weekend, Auburn won’t forfeit any of its victories or any titles it might win over the next few weeks. Sorry, ‘Bama and UGA fans.

I would say the NCAA is letting Auburn off pretty easy here. Rules were violated and the letter of the law would suggest punishment is in order. However, I guess the NCAA let us off easier than they might have, too, considering that we have several players who not only sought but, at least according to the NCAA, received improper benefits. Fair enough, I say. I’m ready to see our guys play the game and quit worrying about the Newton off-field situation.


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