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Link sAUsage: 19 January 2016

News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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BASKETBALL

Bobby Barkley was on a late-breaking story last night that many of you may have missed. It appears that the culprits behind the "alleged tampering" with the surface of Jordan-Hare Stadium were at it again with the court of Auburn Arena! Unfortunately, thinks may have gone a bit too far.

$100,000 is the cost of Auburn's court-storming against Kentucky this weekend. It's that high because it's considered Auburn's second offense after the Iron Bowl.

Phillip Marshall wants to know if perhaps Bruce Pearl and Avery Johnson will become the modern version of the great Sonny Smith and Wimp Sanderson rivalry for Auburn and Alabama in basketball.

FOOTBALL

We're just over two weeks away from National Signing Day, now. Here's a brief update on where things stand and a look at the visitors who were in town last weekend on their Official Visits.

Peyton Barber shocked us all when he announced last night that he's going to enter the NFL Draft this season and give up his final two years of eligibility. It's surprising, but understandable. He's not likely to get the majority of carries next season, and 2017 is shaping up to be loaded with running backs in the NFL Draft. It's a good time to go. We'll always be thankful for what he did for Auburn in 2015 as his performance really carried the load for a number of games.

ESPN wrote about how recruiting could improve Auburn's struggles at wide receiver. Auburn has the potential to sign an amazing WR class in 2016 and the Tigers definitely need some of those guys to be ready to contribute immediately.

AL.com took a look at all of the underclassmen from Auburn who have declared for the draft early since 2006. They actually posted that yesterday morning, so it was before the Peyton Barber news even broke.

This is the first time in the history of the NFL that two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks have faced each other in the NFL Playoffs. That's an insane stat when you consider how long the trophy has been around and how long there have been NFL Playoffs. Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers and Carson Palmer's Arizona Cardinals will play this weekend for a trip to the Super Bowl.