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Coffee and Magnolia: 24 December 2014

It's Christmas Eve! Here are some Auburn stories. Things will be a bit slow around here for the next day or so. We'll be hitting it hard for Bowl Week after Christmas, though.

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AUBURN FOOTBALL

Jakell Mitchell's mother shared a heartfelt thank you to all for the thoughts and prayers following her son's death. It's well worth the read.

There's really very little on the actual football news front today. Most of it is all looking forward to next season.

The Ledger-Enquirer is now on to the cornerbacks in their position projections for next year. They're almost finished with their way-too-early previews.

Both the coaches and the players believe that Auburn is capable of a Top 10 defense next season. I've got a prediction for you: if Auburn has a Top 10 defense (hell, maybe even a Top 20 defense) next season, then Auburn wins the national championship. That's why Auburn was more than willing to shell out all the money for Will Muschamp's services.

I still have to pinch myself sometimes just to make sure I'm not dreaming and Will Muschamp really is back at Auburn as our defensive coordinator. It gets me kinda giddy.

AL.com profiles two receivers who could be primed to step up big next season. First they talk about Marcus Davis and his ability to fill the Quan Bray role, and then there is Tony Stevens who could be someone to replace Sammie Coates as the deep threat. This is all before the next recruiting cycle comes in, which could yield some big prospects.

In news about former Tigers, Ben Tate was waived by his second team of the year today when the Vikings let him go. It's strange, given that Ben was putting up some good numbers in Cleveland before they let him go. He never really caught on in Minnesota.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

Auburn was primed for a let down after the big win on Saturday night against Xavier. However, in spite of falling into a double-digit deficit yet again, the Tigers fought back and came away with the 61-60 victory over Texas Southern.