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Coffee and Magnolia: 30 June 2015

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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Go Check Out Blake's Book!

In sort-of site news, Blake Ells (theplaymaker, he of the TAKES) has a book out! It was released yesterday, and is called The Muscle Shoals Legacy of FAMEYou can can get it on Amazon!

SEC Network Takeover

Auburn's actual schedule for the SEC Network Takeover (which begins tonight at midnight, 11pm CDT) was released, yesterday. We wrote a few things about it.

BASKETBALL

Cinmeon Bowers' production dropped off during the latter part of last season, and you could tell he was worn out. He's slimmed down a bit over the offseason, and he is hoping the better conditioning leads to a better season in 2015-16.

Auburn's newcomers are taking part in summer basketball, and head coach Bruce Pearl is quite happy with what he's seen from them.

FOOTBALL

Yesterday marked one year since the passing of former Auburn tight-end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

If you want to reserve a parking spot for football season on campus, you can do so right now!

Somehow I've missed a couple of AL.com's VIP 25 features over the past few days. They're down to #9, now. #11 is a very welcome site back on the offensive line after a year off due to injury. #10 is a sophomore running back that we're all looking forward to seeing tote the rock a bit more. Finally, that #9 is Auburn's best returning cover man. Hopefully he's healthy come opening day against Louisville.

Vegas's initial college football betting lines (that we discussed yesterday) weren't too high on Auburn. However, the lines are already moving, since CBS Sports reports the professional bettors seem to be backing the Tigers pretty heavily.

Expansion rumors, wooooooo!!!! Yep, it's the offseason. Oklahoma is the one stirring things a bit right now, pushing for expansion in some form for the Big 12. If that doesn't happen, Chadd Scott writes that the Sooners and the OSU Cowboys could be southeastern bound. Should the Big 12 expand? Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville thinks they should. Of course, he has a vested interest in it, since his Cincinnati team went from being in a BCS auto-qualifying conference to one of the G5 conferences with the last shuffle.