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Friday, September 25, 2009

Tigers getting used to reality TV cameras

I wrote a notebook for today's newspaper. Here's how the first item starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — College football coaches generally aren’t forthcoming when it comes to divulging details about their teams.

But when filmmakers approached Auburn and head coach Gene Chizik about a weekly reality TV show that chronicles the behind-the-scenes workings of the Tigers football program, it sounded like a great idea.

“Auburn’s a great story,” Chizik said. “And we just felt like there were a lot of great Auburn people out there who would enjoy the every day part of it that very few people on the outside really have a chance to kind of see inside.”

The 30-minute documentary-style show, “Auburn: Every Day …,” has aired four episodes and is produced by the Auburn ISP Sports Network in association with Authentic Films. It follows players and coaches throughout the week, from practice to meetings to games, catching their every move with a multitude of cameras.

“At first it was (strange), but after a while you start not even noticing them,” linebacker Craig Stevens said. “They just become another thing back there with us.”

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