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Coffee and Magnolia: 16 February 2015

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News and notes from the newly revitalized and wonderful Auburn corner of the internet.

KC Ross-Miller had a fantastic afternoon against the Bulldogs on Saturday
KC Ross-Miller had a fantastic afternoon against the Bulldogs on Saturday
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TOOMER'S CORNER

This is just something I briefly put together last night compiling some stories on the planting of the new oaks at Toomer's Corner.

BASKETBALL

The men travelled to Athens for what most believed would be a slaughter. It turned out to go a bit differently, as the Tigers came away with the big upset victory, 69-68. The reason for the pregame pessimism was the loss of Tahj Shamsid-Deen for the remainder of the season and uncertainty of the status of Antoine Mason. Mason returned to the team just hours before the game began and played from the bench to help the Tigers to the victory.

The ladies continued their SEC winless streak, only putting up 36 total points against the visiting Razobacks in a 54-36 home loss.

BASEBALL

That's right, baseball is back! Zeke kept us up to date on the weekend series against Binghamton (NY) University. Auburn rode strong pitching to the Friday victory, but the Saturday pitchers were rocked by Binghamton. Auburn found their bats on Sunday and the pitching held off the visiting Bearcats, as the Tigers won a 13-2 victory to take the opening series of the season.

The Tigers will play at South Alabama on Tuesday before returning home for a midweek game against Alabama State on Wednesday. They will also host Radford in a weekend series at Plainsman Park this coming weekend. The Tigers won't face a true road series until the opening of SEC play.

OTHER SPORTS

I'll have a round up of all of Auburn's other weekend sports activities a little later, today. One big piece of overall athletic department news came out over the weekend, however: Auburn ran another big deficit this past season to the tune of $13.6 million.

FOOTBALL

Auburn is hoping incoming punter Ian Shannon will be able to take some of the weight off Daniel Carlson's shoulders. Between Shannon and walk-on Kevin Phillips from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, I think Carlson will have one less kicking duty to worry about this coming season.

Speaking of newcomers contributing, AL.com examined the incoming wide receivers to Auburn's 2015 class and how many of them will be expected to play immediately.

AL.com decided to take on the issue of the proposed rule changes and give their opinions on how it would affect offenses like Auburn's. If you really want to know more about the rule and how our Xs and Os guru WarRoomEagle feels on it, I highly recommend you check out his article on the subject from last week.

Auburn's former players attempting to make a run in the NFL will be heading for the NFL Combine this week. Even though he's stated he will switch to defensive back, Nick Marshall was invited to the Combine as a quarterback, and may take reps at the position.