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Auburn Facing Big Roster Changes (In Basketball)

When I mention “Auburn University” and “roster turnover” you probably think of the Tigers’ football team which will have to reinvent itself in 2011.  But there’s plenty of change on the horizon for AU’s basketball program, too.

The NCAA allows college basketball teams to carry 13 scholarship players.  But if no one washes out of Tony Barbee’s program before next season, his incoming class of three newcomers will bring Auburn’s total to 15.  And that’s if Barbee doesn’t sign anyone else between now and this summer.

In other words, some families that were recruited and promised a scholarship for Junior are about to get some bad news.

As Evan Woodbery of The Mobile Press-Register points out today, sophomore center Rob Chubb’s recent arrest might aide in Barbee’s decision-making.  Chubb has been charged by Auburn city police with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest.  He is currently suspended indefinitely from the team.

Chubb’s crimes were not violent in nature.  In fact, they were typical college-age, dumb type of crimes.  We’re not saying what he did was right, but his actions are not the type of crimes that normally get a player dismissed from a team.  Especially when that player has shown — as Chubb has — that he can score 18 points in an SEC game.

But Auburn’s numbers situation may cause Barbee to take a tougher stance with Chubb than he might normally take.  So stay tuned…

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SEC Headlines 1/30/2011

SEC Basketball

1. Arkansas 89 – Vanderbilt 78.  Rotnie Clarke scores 36 points for the Razorbacks.

2.  Clarke and Michael Sanchez combine for 56 points.

3. Alabama 70 – LSU 46.  Four losses in a row for the Tigers – all by 20 points or more.

4. The Crimson Tide are the new leaders of the SEC.

5. Auburn 79 – South Carolina 64.  Tigers shock the Gamecocks with their first SEC win of the season.

6. Tigers forward Rob Chubb plays on borrowed shoes - size 16 borrowed shoes.

7. Kentucky 66 – Georgia 60. A roaring start and a woolly finish for the Cats.

8. Did Larry Brown’s appearance in Lexington violate NCAA rules?

9. Tennessee 74 – Ole Miss 57.  Just five assists and 16 turnovers for the Rebels.

10.  Andy Katz: “Should Bruce Pearl return?”

11. Mississippi State 71 – Florida 64.  Bulldogs 19-23 from free-throw line, Gators just 9 of 19.

12. Florida comes up short, despite a solid effort from their bench.

SEC Football

13. South beats the North 24-10 in the Senior Bowl game. Players that helped/hurt their cause.

14. Greg McElroy cracks a bone in his throwing hand

15. How the Senior Bowl players were ranked coming out of high school.

16. Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

17. Tee Martin is now Kentucky’s “passing game coordinator.”

18. George Whitfield, Jr. on Cam Newton: “No quarterback in the NFL has his physical attributes.”

19. Auburn’s mystery man – who is Tim Jackson?

20. St. Louis Rams running backs coach Sylvester Croom is a candidate for the coaching vacancy on the Alabama staff.

21. So is Mike Groh.

22. A rare interview with sports agent Jimmy Sexton.

23. Mike Bianchi: “Since 2000, 21 college football players have died – 19 of those while participating in offseason conditioning drills.”

Extra

24.  Totally agree.

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Tigers Breeze Past Ga. Southwestern, 78-50

Andre Malone scored 17 points and Rob Chubb added 12 as the Auburn Tigers breezed past Division II Georgia Southwestern, 78-50, Tuesday at the Auburn Arena.
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Tigers Drop Home Game to Jacksonville

Earnest Ross recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Auburn Tigers dropped a 69-55 decision to the visiting Jacksonville Dolphins at the Auburn Arena. Rob Chubb added 10 points and seven boards for the Tigers.
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