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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

Hey, remember what I said yesterday about the JUCO slugger who spurned the Braves for the Tigers and how that was great and awesome news and he could help fill Anfernee Grier's role, now? Well, forget I said all that. The Braves upped their offer.

BASKETBALL

The entire field is out for the 2016 Cancun Challenge this December. Auburn will face Texas Tech, first. Somehow Auburn has some home games as part of the event, too, and will host Georgia State (a NCAA Tournament team two years ago) and Eastern Kentucky.

Scout has a one-on-one video with commit Austin Wiley, who is playing for the USA U17 Team in Spain, right now. Wiley performed quite well in his 12 minutes of game time in the 119-45 rout of Chinese Taipei, earning a double-double with 12 points and 11 blocks.

GOLF

Michael Johnson, now a former Tiger, was named a Golfweek First Time All-American and PING Second Team All-American. He won three tournaments last year, an Auburn record, and broke the single-season scoring average, too, so, yeah, he's one of the better collegiate golfers Auburn has had. We'll miss him.

SOFTBALL

More upgrades may be coming to Jane B. Moore Field in the future, but the likely first thing would be a softball-specific facility that would free them from having to share the McWhorter Center with Gymnastics. Either way, the sport is seeing some big-time improvements in its on-campus facilities.

Tiffany Howard's catch made it into the "SEC Moments of the Year" for the SEC Network. Honestly, I think that whole game should have been a "moment of the year."

FOOTBALL

WarRoom Eagle continues his series on Tubby Raymond's book about the Delaware Wing-T offense and the philosophies of coaching football in the book that Gus Malzahn used at his first head coaching gig in high school.

The VIP 20 for AL.com is at #16, and it's graduate transfer linebacker TJ Neal. Neal will likely be the anchor in a very inexperienced - though physically talented - linebacker corps.

Meanwhile, the MIT 25 at SECcountry is on #11 (I've missed a few of those), and that's Jason Smith, who Auburn needs to become a big-play threat, this year. Brandon Marcello conveniently left links to the others in his series at the bottom of that article if you need to catch up on anything.

You can also see the new jersey numbers for some of Auburn's incoming players. A few of these were known from spring camp. I really don't get the trend of defensive linemen with single-digit numbers, but that's mainly because I'm just so used to seeing those guys with numbers in the 90s. Marcello notes we should know more about Woody Barrett, Nick Coe, and Marlon Character in the next month, but I think we already know Barrett's status thanks to this tweet, and Coe we should know of possibly today. Same with Character. All three are expected to arrive very soon.

ESPN says the Auburn vs Clemson opener is the game to watch for ACC fans due to the stakes and the environment.