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Coffee and Magnolia: 4 December 2014

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Auburn News and Notes

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DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR SEARCH

This is in front of the paywall, so I highly recommend you go read it. According to that article, Phillip Marshall is pretty confident that Will Muschamp will be the next defensive coordinator at Auburn. It may be a week or so before it's official, but right now that's the path we're on. Hopefully that doesn't change.

The article also indicates there will likely be staffing changes, and maybe we shouldn't be too expectant that just because Coach Boom may be at Auburn it means Travaris Robinson is coming, as well. We can still hope, though. If I had to guess, I'd bet the staffing issues are what we're going to do with Rodney Garner. We're not letting him go, so we'll have to do some shuffling.

We put an update in the coaching search story stream last night about the FoxSports.com report the hiring was getting closer. That's where the first discussion of "staffing issues" was mentioned, though I think that was long suspected to be one of the main hang-ups. AL.com does a good job of fleshing out the details.

AUBURN FOOTBALL

Speaking of al.com, their film study from the Iron Bowl talks about Auburn opening the playbook for the Iron Bowl to really let Nick Marshall loose. Marshall had the best single game performance in terms of passing yards and total yards of any Auburn quarterback in history in the Iron Bowl.

The Montgomery Advertiser's James Crepea discusses Duke Williams' status for next season. At various times this year I've heard "he's leaning towards staying" and "he's definitely gone." I suspect he will go to the NFL, but there's still a chance he could return next season and get a little more seasoning and have Jeremy Johnson throwing passes to him.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

The men's team fell 46-44 to Texas Tech in Lubbock last night. You can read our recap of the game here. The official site's recap is up, as well. Fouls were the story of the night. Along with Auburn's usual cold spell. It was broken in two by the half time break, but Auburn had it's worst cold spell of the season last night, as indicated by WarRoomEagle's awesome interactive (and depressing, in this case) graph.

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Even that cold spell shouldn't have spelled the end for the Tigers, as they regained a decent lead late. The amount of times Texas Tech went to the foul line was one of the biggest issues. It gave them a chance to score free points.

The women's team returns to action tonight in the Auburn Arena against Southeastern Louisiana. You can check out more info on that in Everett's "Home on the Plains."

MISCELLANEOUS

Putting this out there again, just because:

Please go vote for Aubie in the Capital One Mascot Challenge! How has Aubie never won this!?!? The rules are in the link above, but it's as simple as a tweet saying "I would take a selfie with Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium #CaptialOneAubie." Seriously. Copy and paste that and tweet it or put it on Facebook. Aubie gets 50 points every time you do it. Are you a selfie-taking person? Well, if you actually take a selfie and tweet it with #CapitalOneAubie, he gets 100 points for every time it's done. Example is like this from when I just happened to see Aubie in the common area of my building here on campus:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I got my selfie with <a href="https://twitter.com/AubietheTiger01">@AubietheTiger01</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CapitalOneAubie?src=hash">#CapitalOneAubie</a> <a href="http://t.co/9JegHj857H">pic.twitter.com/9JegHj857H</a></p>&mdash; Walt (@AUTigerGSUEagle) <a href="https://twitter.com/AUTigerGSUEagle/status/539450137542942720">December 1, 2014</a></blockquote>

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