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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The day after: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Only got head coach Tommy Tuberville instead of him and the usual slate of players (this is because of the bye week; not because they are avoiding the media).

Anyway, here's the Cliffs notes version:
  • Tuberville promises changes to the offense, saying, "It's going to look different." He declined to give any more specifics.
  • The QB situations sounds wide open. Tuberville mentioned possibly bringing into the mix either Barrett Trotter (provided he's on board with burning his redshirt this late in the year) or Neil Caudle. That's how desperate the situation is. "We're going to look at all options," Tuberville said.
  • Running backs Ben Tate (hamstring) and Brad Lester (leg) both got banged up in the game.
  • CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring) is 50-50 to play at West Virginia in 10 days.
  • Surgery remains an option for LB Tray Blackmon (wrist), who only played on special teams because of the restrictive cast on his right wrist.
  • Tuberville, on the idea that his job is in jeopardy: "That's the nature of this business and that's the nature of this state, to be honest with you." It reminded me of Hyman Roth's "This is the business we've chosen" quote from The Godfather: Part II. I guess being an SEC coach is pretty similar to being a mobster. You never know when you might get whacked.


Acid Reign said...

.....I've posted it all over the place, but it bears going on this excellent blog, too. Our biggest Auburn donors are STUNG, economically, just like everyone else. We can hardly afford to dump another head coach, and buy a really good one, right now.

.....We have to stick to what has worked in the past, methinks.

Andy Bitter said...

If there's one thing I've learned in covering college athletics for over a decade, it's that where there's a will, there's a way.

Someone ALWAYS finds the money if they want something to happen bad enough.

And while I think it's asinine to pay millions of dollars for someone not to coach a football team, other people don't. And they're the ones who can afford it, regardless of the current economic downturn.

Acid Reign said...

.....Andy, you may be right. Clemson certainly pulled the trigger, today. Had a rainy day fund stashed away, for just such a purpose. Lowder may, too.

.....Still, it's a pretty dire situation. Trillions of dollars worth of "net worth" disappeared, last week. The consequences ripple through the economy, for a while to come.