Thursday, March 14, 2013

Auburn Villager, March 14: Auburn AD Jay Jacobs talk, Basketball's over, etc.

Hello again. Another week down at the Villager, and more proof that March is more entertaining than February could ever hope to be.

- First, I wrote about Auburn University athletic director Jay Jacobs, who isn't everyone's favorite around here right now. But I'm not sure he's judged as an A.D as much as a de-facto general manager of the football program. I'm not sure that I still have a good answer for the situation.

Anyway, here's the piece. I liked how it turned out, anyway.

- Here's the final preview for an Auburn men's basketball game this season. They were bounced in the SEC tournament's first round.

- And this is a writeup for a local high school baseball team's Play Against Cancer fundraiser.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gus Malzahn: QB whisperer; SB Nation football stuff

My big story this week for the Auburn Villager was a look at new Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and how, save for a few interesting situations, he has basically made every college quarterback he's coached thus far a whole lot better in his first season with them. When he and Cam Newton joined forces it was just plain silly.

- Here's the link.

Elsewhere, wanted to post some recent stuff I've been doing for SB Nation.

- When Jermichael Finley said recently he wouldn't take a pay cut with the Packers this season, I wrote why that wasn't a big deal, since both sides are treating it as a bottom-line business decision.

- After the NFL Combine, I wrote about Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden, just happy to be there after surviving a freak, near-fatal injury on the practice field.

- Last but not least and most sad, I wrote Charles Woodson's free agency profile. I only cried through 78 percent of it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Auburn Villager stuff: February - Now

So the Villager has a new web site that is less dry erase board and more, you know, web site. It's been good so far.

I've been doing plenty, but here are a few recent highlights.

- The Auburn men's basketball team has, wow, been really bad in the new year. I wrote here that even planning for the future in the present doesn't feel optimistic, and here after they lost to Alabama shortly thereafter.

And here's a look at their final home game against Tennessee, and momentum versus habits.

- For the craziness that is National Signing Day, I looked at Auburn's defensive signees, of which there were many.

- Lee-Scott Academy won their third straight state title in girls basketball. The boys lost right afterwards. Their coach talks winning a championship, then losing one in the same night.

More to come tomorrow.