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Coffee and Magnolia: 2 July 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

The man replacing Reese Dismukes? Probably.
The man replacing Reese Dismukes? Probably.
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Yesterday was Auburn's SEC Network Takeover Day. It was filled with classic Auburn moments. One of the best has to be Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl live-tweeting the Auburn vs LSU SEC Tournament game and giving insight into the huddles. It was filled with other great moments just like that, including Ronnie Brown tweeting and speaking about the 2003 Iron Bowl.

BASKETBALL

Speaking of basketball, Auburn put five team members on the First-Year Academic Honor Roll. It's the most of any SEC school.

New Williams, one of Auburn's incoming freshmen, had surgery on his knee two weeks ago. He'll be out for the rest of summer workouts, but as far as I can tell will still be ready to go when the season begins.

GOLF

Former Auburn golfer Patton Kazzire, the money leader on the WEB.com Tour (golf's "minor league") has been added to the slate for the Barbasol Championship to take place at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr Grand National course in Opelika from 16-19 July.

FOOTBALL

I examined the "Big Six" in the SEC and how they've historically performed since the "Big Six" era began. The results aren't too pleasing from an Auburn perspective, but I'd much rather be in the bottom of that conversation than on the outside looking in. A little later this afternoon I'm going to discuss how the SEC has done business in terms of selecting conference champions. If I'm ambitious enough after work, tonight, I'll go back and examine every team since the SEC began. We'll see if that happens, though.

If you missed it, Auburn and Oregon will open the 2019 season against each other. We're all hyped about that match-up right now, but the Montgomery Advertiser examines just how much about each team may change in the four seasons between now and that game's scheduled date.

I'd say AL.com's VIP 25 is getting a bit ahead of themselves with their #8 pick since the starter at that position hasn't been officially named, but I think we're all confident in assuming the player in question in the article will earn the starting nod.

Who are the top draft-eligible players by position in all of the SEC going into 2015? AL.com college football writer Natalie Pierre gives her opinion.

Auburn is back on the slate for ESPN's "Ultimate SEC Road Trip" with their week 8 trip to Arkansas. That's a game plenty of people are pointing to as critical on Auburn's schedule.