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Coffee and Magnolia: 11 December 2014

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News and notes from the Auburn beat

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COORDINATOR SEARCH

Still no concrete news. I don't expect there to be any, today. There are conflicting reports out there as to which way Muschamp may go, but right now the Auburn reports sound more convincing than the South Carolina reports. It seems obvious that the Gamecocks are attempting to go all-in on the Muschamp sweepstakes, though. Hopefully we'll hear something soon.

Rhett Lashlee's name is still in the Tulsa head coaching pot. I'm not sure where he stands on the list, but he would very likely take the job if offered.

AUBURN FOOTBALL

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer is putting out a very early projection of next season's positions. They're already put out projections on the QuarterbacksRunning-backs, and H-back/Tight end. Those should be positions of strength next season, as there are multiple quality candidates at each position.

We reported a link yesterday that a UAB wide-receiver was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend. That is now not the case. Auburn has apparently decided to hold off on scheduling this as an official visit. The Tigers are still in the running for a number of high-profile high school wide-receivers in this class, so perhaps they don't want to scare off one of those.

AL.com has a great film study on trends in the Auburn offense during the 2014 season.

Our own WarRoomEagle has begun his cutups of Auburn games this season. You can see his work on Auburn's offense against Arkansas here. Watch it and dream of Jeremy Johnson slinging the rock.

The Home Depot College Football Awards Show is tonight, and Auburn's Reese Dismukes is a finalist for two awards: The Outland and the Rimington. The Outland goes to the nation's top interior lineman. The last Tiger to win this award is Tracy Rocker. The Rimington Award goes to the nation's top center. Dismukes was a finalist for the award last season, as well. The show starts at 7pm Eastern. ESPN is not projecting Dismukes to win either award.

In bowl game news, Wisconsin running-back Melvin Gordon has announced that this will be his final game as a Badger.

In other bowl game news, the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers for the bowl game may look very familiar to Auburn fans from the last time the Tigers and Badgers faced each other. After Gary Anderson announced that he had taken the Oregon State head coaching job yesterday, the Badgers are left wondering who will coach them in the bowl game. Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez is searching for the new coach, but did say last night that he may consider coaching the bowl game himself. There is precedent for this, as he did it two seasons ago after Bret Bielema left Wisconsin to take the Arkansas job.

MISCELLANEOUS

Because it is somewhat relevant to things going on in the state of Alabama, I figured I would post a link to something I wrote last night for UnderdogDynasty regarding UAB. The Blazers are shuttering their program and even though they were bowl eligible, they are left sitting at home. Another college football team left at home because of NCAA rules tried to pursue a solution to both of their problems, but unfortunately it didn't work out.