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Coffee and Magnolia: 2 February 2015

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It's Groundhog Day! Here are your daily links.

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AUBURN FOOTBALL

There's not terribly much to report in the general football world. We'll get to a recruiting round-up a bit later, today.

Natalie Pierre is ranking the SEC's returning tailbacks, now. You have to go a bit down the list before you find an Auburn back. I can't really argue with that, since Auburn isn't returning a back with much in the way of experience. There is a lot of talent in Auburn's backfield with Roc Thomas, Peyton Barber, Jovon Robinson, and Kerryon Johnson (assuming he signs on Wednesday, which is a 99.99999999% probability), but it is not talent that has proven anything at the major college level, yet.

Improvements are on the way  for Jordan-Hare Stadium. Jay Jacobs has - rightly, in my opinion - held off on adding more seats, but premium upgrades are definitely something that Jordan-Hare has needed for a while. I wish we were looking at putting another video board in on the north end-zone, but that is likely where some of the premium seats will be placed, eventually.

The video board planned for the southern end-zone will be the biggest in college football. Texas A&M's Kyle Field currently has the largest video board at 163 feet. Auburn is planning on that is 200 feet in length. The current board is around 70 feet.

Sammie Coates won the "Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award." Everything about Sammie has indicated he is a very grounded person who cares about helping other people. Having him at Auburn has been fun.

Before we get to some recruiting stuff this afternoon, take a look back at some of the things Dusty Miller worked on for us on Friday and Saturday. First there was a look at Auburn's defensive targets remaining, and then a swap over to the offensive targets.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

Auburn basketball did not have a good weekend. The men dropped a road game at Tennessee in Bruce Pearl's return to Knoxville. Freshman center Trayvon Reed was ejected from the game with two technical fouls. Bruce Pearl said he assumes it was the right call, but the first technical was iffy at best.

On the women's side, the Tigers remain winless in SEC play. They lost a road game at #12 Texas A&M on Sunday. They played the game - and will play the remainder of the season - without senior Hasina Muhammad. Muhammad was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

AUBURN SPORTS

Just a reminder that it's Monday, so we'll update you on what's been going on in other Auburn sports later today!

Oh, and it's Groundhog Day. Screw your rodent, we have this majestic and bad-ass weather forecaster. He says he saw his shadow, so you better get used to wearing warm clothes for another six weeks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This morning I woke up and saw my shadow. Therefore, I hereby declare 6 more weeks of winter for <a href="https://twitter.com/AuburnU">@AuburnU</a>. <a href="http://t.co/Dt9gqXBw2N">pic.twitter.com/Dt9gqXBw2N</a></p>&mdash; War Eagle VII (@auburnnova) <a href="https://twitter.com/auburnnova/status/562249542310301696">February 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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