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Caitlin Atkinson
Caitlin Atkinson
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Spicer's Music's World Record Attempt

The Plainsman has a brief article up on the attempt last night to break the record for World's Largest Rock Band. 521 people were needed to break the record. There were 850 of us, there. So, as long as we did everything right and proper and Guinness certifies it, we achieved the goal!

And, yes, I took the mandolin.

Walt with Mandolin

NCAA Woman of the Year

Two Auburn athletes are up for the NCAA's Woman of the Year award! They are gymnast Caitlin Atkinson and shot put specialist Valentina Muzaric.

BASKETBALL

I've updated the links with this article on Danjel Purifoy. I thought it was pay-walled and forgot to check to make sure! It's the first time he's met with the media and he discussed the #FreeDanjel movement and his time waiting on the NCAA's clearance issue.

GOLF

Michael Johnson, now a former Tiger, is competing in the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup/Walker Cup type event featuring 10 star collegiate golfers from the United States and 10 from Great Britain. I'll be honest, I didn't know about this one. I knew all about the Walker Cup - the amateur version of the Ryder Cup (well, perhaps I should say the Ryder Cup is the professional version of the Walker Cup, in reality) - but not the Palmer Cup. Good luck to Michael and Team USA!

SOFTBALL

Clint Myers is set to be rewarded again with a possible restructured deal, bonuses, etc, to ensure that he stays Auburn's softball coach until he's ready to retire (and hopefully pass the torch to his son). I posted it last year, and I'll post it again this year. This is my response to that:

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Scott Lazeroff advanced to the finals in the platform dive at the Olympic Trials! He's in 11th place after the semifinals. He would be only the second Tiger to make the US squad. The last one, Caesar Garcia in 2004, I went to Camp War Eagle with back in 2000.

FOOTBALL

WarRoom Eagle began a series yesterday that will cover 1-2 posts per week for the next few weeks. They revolve around the book on the Delaware Wing-T offense that Gus Malzahn followed like a manual when he first began coaching high school football at a tiny little Arkansas school. Look for Part 2, soon.

Jay Jacobs spoke to the media, yesterday, and Gus Malzahn's extension was brought up. He said that what Auburn needs most right now is stability and Gus is "our guy." I'll have more thoughts on that, later today.

Could a football-only facility still be in the works in improvements? Absolutely. It's not at the top of the list, right now, but it could be pushed there. Just where it would go is another matter. One of the only places in the current footprint of the practice fields and athletic facilities is the current location of the old track. Of course, they could also finally demolish Beard-Eaves, or the old Student Act. Both are still in limited use, right now, though.