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Coffee and Magnolia: 23 February 2015

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the internet

Neydja Petithomme Auburn Women's Basketball vs Georgia on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Auburn, Ala
Neydja Petithomme Auburn Women's Basketball vs Georgia on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in Auburn, Ala
Wade Rackley - Auburn Athletics

BASKETBALL

Let's start with the bad news, ok? That Kentucky game was... woof. It was bad. Really bad. However, it was also every Auburn game this season compressed into one. Auburn was very cold at the start, but managed to hang with their opponent for much of the rest of the game. You can still win games like that on occasion against lesser competition, but not against Kentucky. Kentucky will just destroy you.

Now the good news... The ladies won! They ended their 14 game SEC losing streak with a manhandling of the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, 44-26. AU stats guru Scott Scroggins (@ScrogginsNoggin) pointed out it was one of the lowest point totals the Tigers have ever held an opponent to, and I believe the lowest points total that UGA has ever been held to. If you're going to end that winless streak, it couldn't come against a nicer bunch of people than Georgia, in my opinion. Congrats to Coach Flo and her team!

BASEBALL

The baseball team swept visiting Radford in a rain-altered weekend. The Tigers' Friday game was cancelled due to cold, they played two on Saturday, and then rain shortened Sunday's game to six innings. The Tigers' bats have done fairly well this season in terms of hitting home runs. They're already well ahead of last season's number of long balls by this many games played.

FOOTBALL

Most of the news stories out there right now are about the Combine. We'll get to that with a separate update later on, I promise.

Gus Malzahn is not a fan of the proposal to change the illegal man downfield penalty, according to AL.com. Neither are we here at College and Magnolia. Mostly because it's similar to so many other things in the world where people just propose more rules: how about we just enforce the rules we already have? That's what WarRoomEagle argued for a week or so ago when the announcement of the proposal came out.

There are some in college sports who are pushing for a return to the days when freshman were ineligible to play, immediately. Chadd Scott discusses this as an attempt by some of the other conferences to cut in to the SEC's power. Decades ago there were freshman football teams that player short seasons - a sort of JV team, if you will. Auburn's freshman team at one time was coached by Erk Russell, and then later Vince Dooley, among other coaching greats, before they moved on to bigger jobs.

AUBURN SPORTS

It was a big weekend in a number of other sports for Auburn, and we'll have an update for you on those a little later this afternoon, as well, as we've been trying to do the past few Mondays. For now, we'll leave you with the above stuff. It isn't much, but it's enough to get us all going on a Monday!

War Eagle!