It’s not like there hasn’t been a lot going on at Auburn these days. However, by day, I approve commercial lending facilities and there has been a lot going on trying to close sales by year-end.
Auburn’s been busy, too.
We got a Peach Bowl (ok, Chick-fil-A Bowl) invitation to play Clemson on December 31st. It should be great match up. We have a home-and-home match-up with the other orange and blue Tigers in 2010 and 2011.
Al Borges has resigned as offensive coordinator. Admittedly, the offense hasn’t worked that well at times for the last two years. Still, Coach Borges should be remembered fondly for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, where it seemed his style of offense flourished. The lack of big-play receivers, like we had in 2004 and 2005, seemed to hamper Borges’ play-calling abilities. Despite this, Borges made Jason Campbell into a first round draft pick.
In addition, for the play that many of us will ever forget, it was Borges who put in the flea-flicker that we saw executed to perfection against Arkansas in 2004.
So, to Al, best wishes. If I knew you, you’d be on my Christmas card list because you’re a class act.
Enter Tony Franklin.
Borges’ replacement from Troy State looks to be a good choice. He took Troy from the bottom on the nation in offense to #17 in the nation. Troy and Auburn had three common opponents this year: Florida, Arkansas, and Georgia. And Troy put up almost twice as many points on those two teams as Auburn did. (Yes, I know, Auburn went 2-1 against those teams, while Troy, I think, went 0-3.) Still, this new coach brings excitement…and I don’t mean like the excitement we experience in a close game.
But there’s goings-on outside of football at Auburn. B-ball season has started. The men are 4-2. Expecting to contend with all five starters returning, they have struggled with injuries and suspensions. Still, there is much hope for Jeff Lebo’s Tigers.
The women are on fire!
Coach Nell Fortner has the Lady Tigers out to a 9-0 start and a Top 20 ranking. Victories include a win over ranked Arizona State team. Still, the SEC schedule, the toughest conference in the nation for women’s basketball (or any other sport) awaits.