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Coffee and Magnolia: 19 February 2015

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the internet

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

The Tigers split their midweek games this week, falling to South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday and defeating Alabama State in Auburn on Wednesday. Auburn fell behind against ASU early, but starting pitcher Cole Lipscomb - in his first start - settled in and Auburn's bats came alive midway through the game to propel the Tigers to victory.

SOFTBALL

Emily Carosone hit two home runs and had 6 RBIs as the Tigers cruised to a 10-0 victory and a 13-0 start to the 2015 campaign. Our softball team is very good.  They'll go on the road this weekend to a tournament in Tampa, FL.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Auburn swimmers medaled in a number of events on Day 2 of the SEC Championships, but the men's team fell back to third (379) behind Georgia (421) and Florida (391.5). The women moved up to 6th from their tie for 8th after Day 1.

BASKETBALL

If you've never heard the story of all that Auburn Forward Cinmeon Bowers has been through, you really need to check out this article over at Sports Illustrated. He's had to deal with quite a bit.

The ladies return to action tonight at home against Ole Miss. They have four games remaining to prevent a winless season in the SEC.

FOOTBALL

FoxSports.com says Auburn fans have reason to be confident about 2015 and Jeremy Johnson is a big reason for that. That should not be earth-shattering news to any Auburn fan. We know Jeremy Johnson is good. I really think Auburn's success on offense this season will come down to blocking. We know the WRs and RBs should be good. We know Johnson is a more than capable QB. The only question will be can the offensive line block well and can someone step into the Jay Prosch role.

I'm not going to spend too much time on the story I linked to yesterday morning about the reported harassment of a female veteran by two Auburn football players. A reddit user posted a slightly different account than the one the young woman initially reported. It's strange that there have been no other people who have come forward with accounts of what happened. I'm sure the athletic department is trying to gather as much information as possible. I still hold by what I said yesterday morning, though. I'm not going to give it a full article treatment with detailed opinions on the matter until as much of the full story is out as possible, and maybe not even then.

Are you tired of feel-good stories about former Auburn WR Sammie Coates? If you are, then what is wrong with you? Sammie Coates is awesome. Chadd Scott explains why everyone should be rooting for Sammie to succeed. He has done a ton of good works off the field in his time at Auburn, and that doesn't look to change as he heads to the pros as he is donating a portion of his Under Armour contract to his former high school in Leroy, AL.

For other former Tigers, the Montgomery Advertiser has some updates on Chris DavisNick FairleyGreg Robinson, and Dee Ford. The outlook is very positive for three of those four. The only one facing an uncertain future is Nick Fairley. After wrecking offensive lines, quarterbacks, and running backs in the SEC during the 2010 championship run, Fairley has not done much in the pros. He's been hampered by injuries and off-field issues.