And so we’ve come to the end of the road. Today is my last day of handling the morning links while Walt was off getting hitched and touring one of only two places in the world to make acceptable whiskey*. Anyhow, to the links!
The SEC Media Days lineup yesterday included South Carolina and Mississippi, so we have plenty of virtual ink spilled over former Auburn defensive coordinator and current South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp as well as the close relationship between Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahn. The Freeze-Malzahn match-up is currently 2-1 in favor of Auburn, but all 3 games have been very close. Meanwhile Muschamp was very complimentary of his time at Auburn, and since South Carolina doesn’t play Auburn this season, he can cheer for the Tigers to do well.
The assembled media in Hoover made their picks for the 2016 season, and Auburn was picked to finish 6th in the West. If you are in the camp that Auburn does better when nothing is expected, you have your wish. The media is looking to improve on a 5-19 record over the last 25 years.
Be sure to check out the latest in WarRoomEagle’s rundown of the Delaware Wing-T: how it attacks defenses. If you’ve ever wondered about Malzahn and Lashlee’s playcalling, hopefully that gives you a little more insight.
As of today, we’re just 50 days away from the kickoff of the 2016 season. Let the official account get you in the mood.
With the Barbasol Championship going on, there is plenty of golf news. Plenty of athletic department employees are tournament volunteers, and I know several Auburn fans in the area are as well. As for the first round, former Tiger Blayne Barber shot a 5-under 66 in his first round, which leaves him one shot behind the leaders.
Across the pond, Jason Dufner is currently tied for 51st at the Open Championship. Hopefully Duff makes a run today.
On the women’s side, former Auburn golfers Diana Fernandez and Carlie Yadloczky are participating in the Danielle Downey Classic in Rochester, NY. Downey was a former Auburn golfer and stepped in as interim coach while head coach Kim Evans battled ovarian cancer. Downey passed away in December of 2014 in a motor vehicle accident.
Unsurprisingly given the history of the program, Auburn will have several current and former athletes and coaches at the Olympics in Rio. This includes former head coach David Marsh as the head coach of the USA women’s swimming and diving team. Good luck and War Eagle to all the athletes!
*-Obviously Kentucky is the other one. Jack Daniels is micturated Tennessee swill.