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Coffee and Magnolia: 7 January 2015

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News and notes around the Auburn internets. I set this to publish before I went to sleep last night and apparently set it for tomorrow at 8am rather than this morning. That would be why it's late. I didn't realize it hadn't published until just a few minutes ago.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

AUBURN FOOTBALL

Curious about what was going on with the defense after the Whitehead suspension? The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer has an excellent article about what happened and the result on the defense's chemistry among all of the players.

James Crepea wrote a story on one of Auburn's most under-appreciated seniors this season: Cameron Artis-Payne. I really wish CAP could have run behind a line as strong as 2013's. I think he would have broken Tre Mason's record for most yards in a season even without the benefit of a 14th game.

Speaking of CAP, Todd McShay has CAP and Gabe Wright pegged as mid-rounders at best in this year's NFL draft.

Of Auburn's players who were considering leaving early for the draft, we're only awaiting Kris Frost's decision. Avery Young confirmed what was said before the bowl game that he is returning for his junior season, and Cassanova McKinzy announced he's staying for a senior season. Sammie Coates will be Auburn's only early entree into this year's draft.

When it comes to replacing Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis is ready to step in to that role. Louis has had some of the issues as Sammie in terms of dropping the ball, but then there's this absolute thing of beauty:

That... that is probably the most beautifully thrown ball of Nick Marshall's Auburn career.

Oh, and we have a guy next year who is capable of throwing that type of pass probably 75% of the time or better.

On the recruiting trail, Auburn expects new cornerbacks coach Travaris Robinson to have a big impact. Just how much of an effect will Robinson and Muschamp have? Well, we may have seen the first hints last night.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

Well, that's not how you want to start SEC play. The Tigers fought hard, but ultimately suffered a 12 point defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt to extend the winless streak in SEC road openers and at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym. The Tigers return home to take on Missouri on Saturday.

AUBURN SOFTBALL

The 2015 schedule was released, and someone made some smart decisions. The Tigers have a three game home series against Alabama on A-Day weekend.