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Coffee and Magnolia: 9 March 2015

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the internet.

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BASKETBALL

The regular season ended on Saturday with a tough last second loss to UGA at home. It was a rough season for the Tigers in many ways, but a good foundation has been laid for the years to come.

The Tigers will open the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State at 6pm on Wednesday evening. Auburn has not won an SEC Tournament game since 2009. No official word yet on whether or not Antoine Mason will return to the team for the SEC Tournament. We continue to wish him all the best with the loss of his father.

KT Harrell could possibly be the first First Team All-SEC Auburn Tiger since 2000. He definitely deserves the honor, as he's been the continuous heart of this team all season long.

BASEBALL

The diamond Tigers swept the visiting Xavier Musketeers in a three game series at Plainsman Park. It began with a 7-2 win on Friday, then a thrilling 3-2 win on a walk-off single in the 11th inning on Saturday, and finished up with a victory that looked like it would be cruising for the first 8 innings before the Musketeers stormed back and had the tying run at the plate only to fall 10-6 in the end.

The Tigers will face Samford on Tuesday in a midweek game before traveling to College Station to take on the undefeated Aggies.

FOOTBALL

Auburn has announced the schedule for Spring Practice, which begins tomorrow. We will have a primer for the spring this afternoon.

With Spring Practice, there will be position changes and questions. One question is just where Josh Holsey will end up playing. The coaches believe he has a lot of versatility to play multiple places.

Will Muschamp talked about the NCAA actually doing a good thing for once and easing some of the restrictions on off-season contact with players to help ease the transition when there is a big coaching change. He's able to actually sit down and talk football with them rather than just monitor them in the weight room.

AL.com continues their position break downs, and are on to the tight-ends (where Auburn pretty much lost everyone except redshirt freshman Chris Laye) and the defensive line (where rotation at defensive tackle is the big question).

ESPN's Chris Low predicts that Carl Lawson will lead the SEC in sacks in 2015. If that happens, then I feel pretty good about Auburn's overall chances in the conference, next season.

For the SEC as a whole, AL.com asks what the big burning questions are going into the spring schedules.

The Tigers picked up a 2016 commitment from 3* Defensive End David Marshall. Defensive line recruiting is going to be big for the Tigers in this next cycle, along with offensive line and wide receivers.

The NCAA decided to table the rule change in regards to the ineligible man downfield, and there was much gnashing of teeth among many, while coaches like Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze celebrated the rule. Meanwhile, WarRoomEagle celebrated by talking about every pop pass play Auburn has run since Gus Malzahn returned and examines just where Auburn may have violated the ineligible down field or come close to it.