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Coffee and Magnolia: 31 July 2015

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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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It's the last day of July. Tomorrow I'll be able to say "there will be college..." wait, what? Oh crap, the season starts late this season, doesn't it? Oh well, the fact remains that we're oh so close to the beginning of football season.

UNIVERSITY

In Auburn University news, Auburn has partnered with NASA on testing some 3D printing testing. That's pretty awesome, right there.

BASKETBALL

The official site has a feature on some of the newcomers to Coach Flo's Women's Basketball team. It's video, but it's still of interest. The Tigers are coming off a disappointing season, but it ended well, so hopefully they can build off that momentum this year.

FOOTBALL

The USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was released, yesterday. Yes, that's right, pre-season polls are upon us! Auburn is ranked 7th in the poll, and there are seven other SEC teams ranked.

Y'all, someone had legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross narrate the Kick Six. It's as glorious as you could imagine.

There's a time-lapse on YouTube of the "TIGERS" lettering going up on MOTHRATRON.

For the first time since becoming Auburn's head coach, Gus Malzahn sat down with a beat writer on the Auburn beat. The only one-on-one interviews he's given before this were with national outlets. AL.com will have a few features over the coming days highlighting portions of that interview. The second feature is already up this morning and is about how Jeremy Johnson is similar to Cam Newton and 2015 is similar to 2013.

Hey, the Ledger-Enquirer has an article! It's been a few days. This one is highlighting that Auburn should not have to worry about the passing game in the 2015 season.

You want some extremely good news as we look towards pre-season practice beginning next Tuesday? Only one player is going into camp "limited." That's CB T.J. Davis, who suffered an ACL injury during the spring. That means Jay Jones' foot is doing well, and our star CB will good to go. It means DaVonte Lambert has healed and we'll have some more experienced pass rushing to add in to the mix. It means Tony Stevens is ready to try to take over that deep ball role. Hopefully they can all remain healthy going into the season.

In the opponent previews realm, the Montgomery Advertiser is on Texas A&M, while AL.com is close to wrapping things up as they cover Auburn's 2015 Sun Belt opponent, Idaho.

On AuburnUndercover, Ryan Black (formerly of the Ledger-Enquirer) has a nice feature on the last Auburn players to do what Carlson did last season: hold down both the place kicker and punter roles. It's in front of the paywall, so you can read that one!

Rece Davis gives his thoughts on Auburn, Alabama, and more. Even though he's an Alabama grad, I really like Rece. I had the opportunity to speak with him last season, and he's definitely one of the better people at ESPN when it comes to not really betraying any biases. I look forward to seeing what he's going to do on Gameday this year. It's hard to imagine Gameday without Chris Fowler, but here we are.