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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

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It's June! We're now three months away from the return of football. Plan accordingly.

BASKETBALL

I have no idea who or what "Today's U Sports" is as a blog (and, yes, that's rich coming from me and this not-very-widely-read blog), but they have a piece up on how the incoming recruiting class could help "save Bruce Pearl." I get what they're saying, but they're woefully misinformed if they think Bruce Pearl is in any kind of danger as Auburn's head coach.

SOFTBALL

Kasey Cooper was named the ELITE 90 award winner last night at the Women's College World Series team reception. That award goes to an individual playing at the highest level while also maintaining a superior GPA. She did not, unfortunately, walk away with the Player of the Year award. That went to Michigan's Sierra Romera.

SWIMMING & DIVING

An Auburn sophomore is heading to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for her second time. She's hoping to make the U.S. team heading to Rio this summer.

FOOTBALL

There was a lot of smoke and yesterday it finally burst into flames as Auburn announced Roc Thomas had asked for and been granted a release to transfer. Roc wasn't going to be the feature back for Auburn this season, and he'll have that chance at FCS Jacksonville State.

No more Verne/Gary after the 2016 season! Verne, who isn't retiring from broadcasting completely, will be stepping away from The SEC on CBS. He'll be replaced by Brad Nessler.

Auburn's incoming freshman wide receivers will have every opportunity to play early and often, and I have a feeling that they're going to do just that. It would not shock me if the only upperclassman wide receiver that starts against Clemson is Marcus Davis.

The SEC Commissioner doesn't appear to want to listen to or answer questions about realignment within the SEC. That was all sparked by Gus stating he believed moving Auburn to the East was a conversation that would be had. What he is willing to talk about, that Nick Saban didn't want to talk about (yet still did for a long time) is the topic of satellite camps. The SEC may host a combined camp with all 14 member schools at some point. That would be interesting, to say the least.

Do you remember the kid from Stanford who wrote about the Kick Six? Well, he's just now graduating and leaving as the Stanford Daily editor. He wrote a farewell letter thanking the Auburn Family for their response to his original piece. If you've never read it, then do yourself a favor and read it, now. That's someone who has a bright future in journalism.