Just like last year, the SEC Network is going to fill some of its summer programming (once actual live college sports are finished) with 24-hour blocks of programming dedicated to each member school. Auburn's day is Sunday, July 24th.
When last season's 24-hour takeover was announced, we came up with some schedules of things we'd like to see. One was a legitimate, one was full of fake and fun ideas, and one was straight-up HARD BARNIN'.
The final schedule had some crossover between our legitimate ideas and the actual programming. All in all, it wasn't a bad schedule. I would like to have seen the 2015 Women's College World Series game against UCLA, but ESPN noted that NCAA Championships were not available for re-air, so that may explain why that game wasn't included.
With the announcement that this is happening again, I decided to do the same thing and come up with some legitimate thoughts, an over-the-top goofy schedule, and then another HARD BARNIN' lineup.
The Real One
Last year I was just flying by the seat of my pants in coming up with this schedule. This time, I based it on what they did last year and tried to include almost entirely different programming. The 2011 BCS Championship Game and the 2013 Iron Bowl are the only repeats. So, I think this schedule has a decent chance of being close to the real one.
|0000||2006 Auburn vs South Carolina|
|0200||2016 Auburn vs UAB Basketball|
|0400||2016 Auburn vs Alabama Gymnastics|
|0530||You Don't Know Bo|
|0700||1989 Iron Bowl|
|0900||2016 SEC Softball Championship Game|
|1100||2013 Auburn vs UGA Football|
|1300||2016 Auburn vs Kentucky Basketball|
|1500||Bo, Barkley, and The Big Hurt|
|1600||2011 BCS Championship Game|
|1800||This is Auburn|
|1900||2013 Iron Bowl|
|2200||2004 Football SEC Championship Game|
There was a random game against Florida thrown in last season, and I'd love to see a repeat of the "Tommy Tuberville's Fantastic Awesome Ball Control Extravaganza" that was the 2006 South Carolina game. Breaking the streak against Alabama in Gymnastics has got to be on there, somewhere.
They chose two basketball games last time, one historic and one recent, but I went with two great games from this season in UAB and Kentucky. Plus, I just like to continue to point out to Alabama that at least we play UAB. The Iron Bowls are obvious - though, I'd still love to have a 1993 Iron Bowl video - and so, I think, are the rest of the ESPN-type programming including the SEC Softball Championship. It wasn't quite as dramatic this time around, but Auburn Softball really didn't have any big, dramatic games this time around, other than the Kasey Cooper walk-off against UGA. If they could get the rights, though, this feature on Auburn Softball would be pretty cool.
The Fun One
That's all well and good, but what if we had 24 hours of programming dedicated to Auburn all the time? What would a 24-Hour ABAT (All-Barn, All the Time) network look like? I'll be honest, a lot of it is going to look just like last year's. That's because I'm lazy and not as funny as I wish I were. Some are changed due to staff changes and some are updated with new titles and hosts. We had a cooking show last year. You think we're not going to have a cooking show with Herb Hand, this year? The man himself even gave us his preferred title (though the tweets in which he suggested it are deleted, now).
|0000||Auburn Sports Center|
|0100||QVC with Aubie|
|0200||The Gus Malzahn "You Can't Touch This" Video. On Repeat.|
|0400||Hunting with Nova|
|0500||Morning Grind: Workout with Coach Russell|
|0600||Rich and Jeremy in the Morning|
|1000||Golf with Duf!|
|1100||Hand Made - w/Offensive Line Coach Herb Hand|
|1200||Auburn Sports Center|
|1300||Music Hour w/Auburn Coaches|
|1400||Tiger Talk with Rod Bramblett|
|1800||Where Are They, Now?|
|1900||Film Study: Kevin Steele|
|1930||Film Study: Gus Malzahn|
|2000||Film Study: Bruce Pearl|
|2100||Great Games in Auburn History|
|2300||Late Night with Charles Barkley|
Some of these require explanation. Some of them require no explanation at all, but I'm going to give one to you, anyway!
Auburn Sports Center: Highlights of all Auburn sports-related events for the day
QVC with Aubie: An hour of our favorite mascot selling you Auburn stuff without ever saying a word.
The Gus Malzahn "You Can't Touch This" Video: This is our version of late-night white noise. Nothing but an hour of awesome.
Hunting With Nova. Nova goes on various hunting expeditions with his other Southeastern Raptor Center friends. And educates us on raptors along the way! I'd watch an hour of raptors hunting, wouldn't you?
Morning Grind: Workout with Coach Russell. You need your morning workout. Why not let Auburn Strength & Conditioning Coach Ryan Russell get you started every day? You might be able to move your arms afterward. Maybe.
Rich and Jeremy in the Morning. They're on the radio, and I need to fill time slots, so why not put them on TV, too? Hear Jeremy (Henderson) talk about all sorts of things Auburn related and much more.
Lecture Time! We're a school, so we need to feature some educational programs. How about a lecture on sports journalism from Dr. John Carvalho? An old Kicklighter lecture? You can learn long-distance from some of the best!
Golf with Duf. As a throwback to the old morning lineups, we'll have an hour of Auburn alumnus, PGA Professional, and Auburn Men's Golf Volunteer Coach Jason Dufner giving us instruction on the game of golf.
Hand Made w/Offensive Line Coach Herb Hand. Herb Hand can cook. Quite well, actually. He's been on Chopped on the Food Network. He even suggested the name of the show, himself.
Auburn Sports Center. More highlights! Or repeats of the earlier ones for those on their lunch hour.
Tiger Talk with Rod Bramblett. Rod is awesome and we need him to mute out the Finebaum time slot!
Auburn News. News related to Auburn University and the city of Auburn in general.
Where Are They, Now? Everett Duke suggested this one, and I'm glad he did. We'll have a show finding out about old personas in Auburn history. First up: former baseball head coach Sunny Golloway.
Film Studies. Our favorite coaches break down film for us in the evening
Great Moments In Auburn History. Looking back at awesome highlights, teams, people, events. Or just the Kick Six and the reaction videos on repeat.
Late Night with Charles Barkley. Hell yes, we'd give Sir Charles a late night talk show.
The HARD BARNIN'
No explanation required.
|0000||1982 Iron Bowl|
|0200||1989 Iron Bowl|
|0400||1997 Iron Bowl|
|0600||2005 Iron Bowl|
|0800||2010 Iron Bowl|
|1000||2013 Iron Bowl|
|1200||1982 Iron Bowl|
|1400||1989 Iron Bowl|
|1600||1997 Iron Bowl|
|1800||2005 Iron Bowl|
|2000||2010 Iron Bowl|
|2200||2013 Iron Bowl|