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Coffee and Magnolia: 24 March 2015

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Get used to seeing this guy, here. Maybe not as much this year, but I think he'll be a fixture.
Get used to seeing this guy, here. Maybe not as much this year, but I think he'll be a fixture.
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Voting has closed on Round 2 of the Bracket of Brackets (unless you sneak one in while I'm creating the next round this morning). Looks like there were a few upsets on this one! I'll have Round 3 up late this morning/early this afternoon.

BASEBALL

The Tigers are in Atlanta this evening to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. They've already beaten GT once this season in a mid-week game. If you live in Atlanta, get out there and support the Tigers! First pitch is scheduled for 6pm EST.

GYMNASTICS

The NCAA Regional held in Auburn is set for April 4th. The Tigers are the #2 seed in the regional, behind Alabama. Others competing will be Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland, and George Washington. The two highest scores from the event will go to the NCAA Championships in Ft Worth, TX.

BASKETBALL

Bruce Pearl is already looking ahead to next season, and expecting better things. As that article points out, the Tigers will go change their status as one of the smallest teams in the SEC quickly once the 2015 recruiting class arrives on campus.

FOOTBALL

The Tigers can't afford to let themselves get into any compromising situations over Spring Break, according to Kris Frost. It's something that doesn't get talked about, but college athletes (especially high-profile football athletes) really do get held to a higher standard the average student. I'm not complaining about that; they're a very public face of - and representative for - the school. However, we do often overreact when a few players do something stupid. That doesn't mean I think we shouldn't punish them. Just a random oratory on how college football players measure up to the average college student.

Let's check in on that quarterback competition and oh, hey, look, Sean White is battling hard. I'll repeat myself on this all the time until the starter is named: I think JJ wins the job, but don't think for a second that it's just a gimme. As that article by Joel Erickson says in quoting Gus Malzahn, Sean White is supposed to be scarily accurate with a football. I think it'll come down to knowledge of the offense and leadership ability. They both have the physical tools.  That's just me, though.

Joel Erickson also speculates on how the Tigers might use DaVonte Lambert when he returns from his ACL injury. He's sitting out this Spring because of the injury, but he could play just about anywhere on the defensive line upon his return. That's a good thing, too. The Tigers need players at the end position who can shift inside.

ESPN's Alex Scarborough did an SEC Football Bracket. I think it's excellent work and just all around awesome. Because he has Auburn winning it. Edward Aschoff does the same thing, and oh, hey, look... Auburn wins again. It's interesting that they both have Auburn playing Tennessee. Bear in mind that this is a bracket-style tournament, not a round robin with divisions like the actual football championship is structured.

I was going to put a recruiting bit, here, buuuuut... I like putting up whole articles for y'all. So, I'm going to promise you a recruiting article this week. Probably tomorrow, given the current schedule of articles in the pipeline. It may just be a recruiting link dump (as SB Nation Recruiting has done a lot of articles on Auburn targets from this past weekend's big camp in Atlanta), but we'll have SOMETHING for those of you who just can't help but go nuts over recruiting just under two months past the last signing day.