Welcome to the New Year! And no, I didn't type "2015" in the headline and then have to change it. I got it right the first time!
There's a fair bit of news for the weekend, so let's get to it!
The men opened SEC play Saturday afternoon against Tennessee and things went very well for the Tigers! Well, they went mostly well. I could have done with a lot better rebounding, but thankfully the Vols countered that with some horrendous shooting from beyond the arc. Dr Z has your excellent recap for the game.
Bruce Pearl used Saturday for his AUTLIVE Cancer game to raise awareness for detection and prevention. Here's the video produced for it.
The official site has the game's highlights, which include multiple alley-oops and so many threes from Kareem Canty and Bryce Brown that I lost count. The funniest highlight of the game in terms of Rod Bramblett's calls comes from a Canty to Brown to Jordon Granger alley-oop play.
The men had a great weekend, but they definitely weren't the only ones. Last season, Coach Flo's team didn't get their first SEC victory until the third from last game of the regular season and there was questioning by many whether Coach Flo would be on the hot seat. Well, this year the ladies got their first SEC victory in the first game of conference play. Not only that, it was against 7th ranked and previously unbeaten Kentucky in a game where they came back from a large deficit. I'd say things are better this year. You can see highlights of the game here.
If you want to know one of the things that helped lure Kevin Steele to Auburn, it's the state of Alabama's pension system and the fact he already has a number of years in it due to his time at Alabama.
Hopefully we'll get some more staff news, soon. The school is back open as of today, so contracts can be approved for assistants, etc. I'm still hoping for word that Kevin Greene will at least be approached about a job. Apparently he really wants to come back and coach at Auburn, and we do have some openings that would fit for him. He doesn't have much experience recruiting, but his playing days resume and his coaching with the Packers is a pretty good recruiting tool on its own.
The Ledger-Enquirer discusses the turning points in the 2015 season.
Cameron Artis-Payne scored his first NFL touchdown yesterday for the Carolina Panthers in their defeat of Tampa Bay to clinch the NFC #1 seed for the playoffs. Here's the video.