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Coffee and Magnolia: 6 March 2014

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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Something fun, first. Have you read Bobby Barkley's interview with Bubba Bowling? If you haven't, then you really should. Perhaps you remember seeing him being briefly interviewed by the SEC Network the day the trees were planted and seeing his image all over Twitter. He has quite the story to tell, and Bobby tells it very well.

BASKETBALL

It was a long SEC season for the Tigers, but it ended on a higher note before the Tigers fell in the 2nd round of the SEC Tournament to the Texas A&M Aggies. After going winless in the conference for most of the season, Coach Flo's ladies were on a four game winning streak before the Aggies knocked them out of the tournament. They finished the season with a 13-18 record.

The men are preparing for their final regular season game tomorrow afternoon against the Georgia Bulldogs. It will be Senior Day. If you can be there, then be there. Those players deserve it. I wish I could be there instead of at drill.

SOFTBALL

The softball team is out west playing in a tournament. Things looked bleak in game 1, but a 7th inning rally sent the game to extra frames. The Tigers ended up prevailing even after Long Beach State took a 7-5 lead in the top half of the 8th. The Tigers came storming back again and won the game 8-7. The second game was much smoother for the ladies, knocking off Pacific 4-1, as they improved their record to 23-1 on the season.

FOOTBALL

Spring practice is set to begin next week, but we're still taking looks back at last season right now, as well. Yesterday I took a look at the linebackers/Star.

The Montgomery Advertiser is still looking back at 2014, as well. They discuss 21 reasons why Auburn should not have lost five games during the 2014 football season. I'll give you one big reason I'm not as shocked Auburn did lose that many: the schedule. Auburn lost three very tough road games, one inexplicable home game, and then a tough neutral site bowl game. The 2014 schedule was unreal.

As for spring, Auburn will focus on building the defense from the ground up. They will practice a few times before taking spring break off and returning to the practice fields afterwards on the route to April 18th's A-Day. Think of it as a five practice learning period for Will Muschamp to determine how the final two-thirds of the Spring will proceed.

The Mothership examined just how Will Muschamp can return Auburn's defense to being "SEC West Worthy." It's really hard not to get too excited when you think about some of the talent this team has and to have Will Muschamp coaching it. Sure, much of that talent is untested, but I think we're going to see a lot brought out of them very quickly.

AL.com is now on to the Wide Receivers in their 2015 Spring Practice preview. That will be an interesting unit to watch. Aside from Duke Williams, I can see a number of people stepping up to take on large roles. Marcus Davis and Ricardo Louis will be right in the thick of it. I also think we'll see a lot more from one of Jeremy Johnson's favorite targets, Melvin Ray.

Finally, a programing note... Content on the site may not be as quick or as full, next week. I'll be off on a training event, but I'll try to keep things going with some pre-written and scheduled things. Bobby Barkley will handle a good bit, as well. We'll still keep you updated as much as possible on spring practice happenings and any big news as quickly and thoroughly as we can.