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Coffee and Magnolia: 31 March 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

BASKETBALL

It looks like Tennessee is going to hire former Texas head coach Rick Barnes, so that $860 raised will likely be going to charity, as the man who started it claimed would happen if it failed to reach the $5m threshold.

BASEBALL

If you're in the Birmingham area, you can catch Auburn baseball live tonight at Samford. The game begins at 6pm.

GOLF

Two days are in the book at the "Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate." The Tigers are tied for third. They're going for a school record 4th consecutive tournament victory.

FOOTBALL

The official site profiled QB-turned-WR Jonathan Wallace. Wallace is hoping his move to WR is similar to Kodi Burns' in 2009/10. I wouldn't mind if he ended his career the same way Kodi did: with a touchdown catch in the national championship game.

Montravius Adams is now the experienced veteran of the offensive line. Adams has played behind a junior and senior heavy depth at the defensive tackle position for his first two seasons, and now he's the big man with the most experience at the position on the team. His stats increased significantly from year one to year two - as I noted before - so hopefully that trend continues.

Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has five practices behind him. The next three will be significant for anyone who hopes to see the field this fall, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Meanwhile, AL.com lets us know three story lines they think we should be following as Auburn returns to the practice fields, today.

Phillip Marshall profiled Kris Frost, who is getting ready for his senior season on the Plains. Big things were expected of Frost when he was recruited, and while he's been a good player, he hasn't quite hit the level that everyone was hoping. We'll see how a year under Will Muschamp and Lance Thompson changes that.

Duke Williams came back for his senior season because he wants to win a championship. He has a very real chance to do that in 2015 if the cards fall just right for the Tigers. It won't be easy, though, as Rhett Lashlee reminds us all that Auburn lost eight starters from last year's offense.

Kamryn Pettway is up to 245lbs, and is very athletic at that weight. He's also 6 feet tall. Auburn coaches are very excited about the possibilities with Pettway. Pettway and Chandler Cox will be playing the Jay Prosch/Brandon Fulse role, this season. Pettway has a leg up on Cox since he's been on campus for a season already. Both have the physical tools Auburn needs. If either has the vision of Prosch, then Auburn's rushing offense will get a big boost.

ESPN.com takes a look at the candidates for Auburn's starting running back position. It's quite an extensive list. This is one position that I'm really not worried about. Auburn has very rarely been without studs in the offensive backfield, and this group is no exception.