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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

BASEBALL

The 2017 baseball schedule was released last night. It is favorable for the Tigers and the Parking Deck crew is going to have a lot of games to go to this year.

FOOTBALL

It's late, but there's a reason for that! It's time, as we approach Game Week, to get into previewing the 2016 Auburn Tigers by their position groups. Yesterday began the previews with the defensive tackles and the defensive ends. I'm going to try to get two out per day through Sunday.

Want to see what Auburn's summer workouts are like? They're rough. I wouldn't want to do them. Strength and Conditioning coach Ryan Russell released an 8-minute video on YouTube showing the Tigers' summer workout program. You'll have a greater appreciation for the work these guys put in when you see this.

Kirk Herbstreit is one of those guys that tends to be right about Auburn more often than he's wrong. He was one of the only people excited about Auburn in 2010 and 2013. Well, he's tabbed Auburn as his sleeper pick to win the SEC. I hope he's right.

On the same vein, three AP voters had Auburn ranked fairly highly in the first pole. They explained just what they see in the 2016 Tigers to justify those rankings.

Pat Dye likes this year's coaching staff at Auburn more than last year's for one particular reason. Apparently, according to him, the staff last year just didn't like each other. I can see that. There were stories of discontent. Not exactly outright hostility, but definitely not a whole lot of love, either.

Gus aims to increase the pace and speed of the offense after his worst offensive season as a coach. File that under "duh, and/or, yeah." There's a lot of talk about his offense being predictable and simple. That's absolutely true. Where it kills people is when they're able to go fast enough to lure you in and THEN kill you with the misdirection out of the exact same formation as the previous plays.