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Coffee and Magnolia: October 14th

Tuesday Tiger stuff

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Happy Tuesday Tiger fans.

We learned yesterday that the South Carolina-Auburn game will be in a night slot, either at 6:15 on ESPN or 6:30 on ESPN2 or the SEC Network. Also on that Saturday (the 25th), the 2:30 SEC broadcast on CBS will be Mississippi State at Kentucky. I can't wait for the Jarvis Varnado-Anthony Davis matchup in the post.

With a little more down time while on his bye week, Gus Malzahn spoke at Birmingham's Monday Morning Quarterback Club yesterday. He talked about where Auburn goes from here following Saturday's game, and said he was glad to see how much the loss affected his players.

"It hurt our players a lot, and that's a good thing," Malzahn said. "We faced major adversity, but we still have the second half of the season."

And it's a very difficult second half of the season; one that features three top ten teams on the road, as well as hosting a couple of other strong SEC sides. Gus called it the hardest second half schedule in the country, and I wouldn't disagree.

He also gave a few updates on some missing Tigers. Carl Lawson's status is still "up in the air" for the rest of the season, not reassuring news for a pass rush ranked 80th in the nation in sacks.

Jermaine Whitehead has seen no change in his status since his alleged altercation with a coach. The senior has missed four games after starting the previous 28. I'm still really disappointed in this whole situation as Whitehead was one of my favorite players to interview when I worked in Auburn and always seemed like a very mellow and respectful guy. And, of course, he's a pretty darn good player.

James Crepea also covered Malzahn's Tiger Talk from Monday night with a few notes and highlights from the weekly radio program.

Ryan Black and Justin Feguson tag-teamed a piece at the Ledger-Enquirer with some updates including C.J. Uzomah's naming to the Mackey Award's mid-season watch list. There's also notes about Nick Ruffin taking over the backup star role from Justin Garrett, who will be moving full-time to linebacker, and the offensive line going through a reevaluation process this week.

The baseball team's Fall World Series will begin today with game one of the split-squad series starting at 2. The whole thing is free and open to the public, so if you're there and have time, go get in some fall Tiger baseball.

The O-A News posted some updates on a few other Auburn squads, including updates from the weekend on the soccer team earning some conference awards, as well as women's tennis and men's golf.

And to wrap up the day's roundup, here's a couple of podcasts to listen to: one with Ryan Black and Jay G. Tate at AuburnSports, and the other with a recruiting focus from 247Sports with Keith Niebuhr and Justin Hokanson.

MISC, Added by Walt: I just got this in my e-mail ten minutes before publishing, so I'm throwing it in. It's a link to SB Nation sister-site vox.com's huge look at sports in America via maps. You've seen these types of things lately with "who is a fan of what teams in which states," etc. Here is vox.com's "40 maps and charts that explain sports in America."