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Auburn Won Me Over: A Convert's Brief Bio

Austin Lankford joins the crew!

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

War Eagle everyone. I first want to express how honored I am to be a part of the team at College and Magnolia. But before we get started there is something I need to get out in the open.... For the majority of my life, my roots as a fan were deep in Volunteer soil. It was a promise I made in first grade to spite my parents when they moved us from Nashville to Birmingham.

I was a weird kid, but have since traded for a darker shade of orange and added a navy blue. There is a silver lining in every situation and I believe that all things happen for a reason. So after some thinking, I have come to realize I was meant to be a Tennessee fan so that Bruce Pearl would follow me to the Plains. You're welcome, and I couldn't be more excited for basketball season.

I mainly grew up in Birmingham, Ala. and my dad has always been an Auburn fan, faithfully hanging his Pat Sullivan Christmas ornament on the tree every year. With that said, my grandfather and I are the only ones from our family to attend Auburn.  After we beat Oregon my sophomore year he pointed out that he was also a sophomore in 1957, Auburn's only other national title season. That gave me more chills than Nova on a Saturday and my allegiance was solidified.

When I arrived at Auburn in the fall of 2009, that place won me over and it honestly had little to do with sports. I attribute much of who I am to Auburn University and the people who influenced me while I was there. It was the best experience of my life and I couldn't have made a better decision.

During my four years at Auburn (should have stayed longer), you could have found me at any of three places: The Plainsman newspaper office, the Student Act playing pickup ball or in the Camp War Eagle offices, where I was involved for two years.

My degree is in Journalism as writing and reading are my passions. And I am grateful to Walt Austin for giving me a chance to do what I love while covering a place that is dear to me. As a general sports nut and a competitor, I find entertainment in just about anything that has a winner and a loser.

I am counting down the days until we host Arkansas and when I am not at work, I am either re-watching the 2013 Iron Bowl or trying to predict what song is going to play during this year's pregame video. I hope to see you there. STRIKE UP THE BAND.