Students playing in the snow around midnight on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Classes are canceled Wednesday at Auburn University. pic.twitter.com/6sce3YbkUZ— The Auburn Plainsman (@TheAUPlainsman) January 17, 2018
It’s snowing in Auburn (and everywhere else around the southeast), so I know you’re socked in and reading the entire College and Magnolia archives! Here are some other things to help make your snow day a little more enjoyable.
First, read up on some past Auburn snows:
Auburn's 8.5 inch snow of '73 was insane.— The War Eagle Reader (@wareaglereader) January 17, 2018
"The mad driver jumped out and pointed a .38 at the crowd. Some players who couldn't see the gun kept throwing snowballs..." https://t.co/M60f3ePkdo
The big news from yesterday, however, pertains not to the wintry skies above, but to the newly-created hole on the coaching staff.
Offensive line coach Herb Hand left Auburn yesterday to take a job at Texas as the line coach and co-offensive coordinator. It’s a position he’s familiar with, having had co-OC duties with his previous boss when he and Malzahn were at Tulsa together. Word is that we may see a quick hire to replace him, and lo and behold...
UConn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes resigns. “I want to thank J.B. for his efforts during his time with us,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I wish J.B and his family nothing but the best.”— Mike Anthony (@ManthonyCourant) January 17, 2018
Huh. If J.B Grimes returns to Auburn, he’ll be returning to a familiar group indeed. If you don’t remember, he helped coach Greg Robinson into a high draft pick, and coached Reese Dismukes into a Rimington Award winning season. He left after the 2015 season to take a job at Cincinnati, and then moved to UConn where Rhett Lashlee was offensive coordinator.
However, never mind the fact that we’ve got an opening for an extremely important position coach just a few weeks before Signing Day. Softball is just around the corner, and new head coach Mickey Dean’s got practice in full swing.
Auburn Softball Notebook: Pitchers working to increase velocity, plus injury updates https://t.co/zLzu07Hbb0— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) January 16, 2018
Kasey Cooper’s gone, but we will have a couple years of fabulous recruiting classes to help out with filling the void. It’ll also help that Dean’s one of the best pitching coaches in the land, and he’s got great returning talent in Makayla Martin and Kaylee Carlson.
And finally, tune in at 6 pm CST for the Iron Bowl of Basketball tonight as Auburn goes for fifteen straight victories on the season. We’ll have a full preview up later today.