It was one year ago that I took my internship at a radio station in Auburn, AL. The big thing about Auburn, AL is Auburn University. Growing up about 45 miles north in the small town of Roanoke, I attended a few Auburn University sporting events occasionally. It was when I moved to Auburn from North Georgia that I began to attend Auburn events regularly. Watching Auburn men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, soccer, football, and baseball every chance I could get and just being around the Auburn "Family" makes me really enjoy living in this town. After the 2011-2012 season, a legend in my opinion, Nell Fortner retired after a fantastic career. While Auburn Women's Basketball wasn't an NCAA Tournament type team, I knew there was something special about this team that everyone would notice in years to come.
Losing three seniors, and two others transferring to different schools, this team had experience, dedication, and chemistry. Not to mention an all new staff including a new head coach, Terri Williams- Flournoy. A head coach who led the Georgetown Hoyas Women's basketball team to three straight NCAA tournament bids in a very tough Big East Conference, something told me that this is what Auburn needs in a Women's basketball coach. A few weeks before the season, I met one of the assistant's on "Coach Flo's" staff. He was telling me about how Summer conditioning and training was going and how he pushed the girls to their full potential. I'm no coach, but if players are determined to get a win on the court and in the classroom without cutting corner's and taking the path of least resistance, they will be successful no matter if it shows on the court or not. By January 10th game vs Ole Miss, The Tigers had 13 wins in 16 games, which matched the total of wins from 2011-2012. This was the staff Auburn needed. Blanche Alverson is having an honorable season so far, Tyrese Tanner and Jet Ourdad never fail to dissapoint, the whole team just seems to have a better chemistry this season than last. The question I have been asked or have heard being asked is "Which team, if any, will go to the NCAA tournament from Auburn University?" The ladies hava a great shot as well as the Men. I'm anticipating a great conference schedule and seeing where the Women's team ends up in the post season.