Work to replace heavily poisoned soil choking the life from two beloved oak trees at Auburn University continued for a second day Tuesday, according to Mike Clardy, the school's director of communications.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has had to answer plenty of tough questions in the past two weeks, but the queries he got from the fourth estate were softballs compared to the ones Ray Cotton Jr. and his father will soon ask.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Gary Crowton looked at the clock late Saturday night and figured he could call one more pass. Sure, the LSU offensive coordinator could have kept feeding tailback Charles Scott, could have kept the ball in the middle of the field, could have kicked a nice, safe field goal and beaten a top-10 opponent in its own house. Instead, he chose to beat that top-10 opponent and post a warning sign big enough for the defensive coordinators at Georgia, Florida and Alabama to see.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Though he's a 6-foot-1 defensive tackle who projects as a top-10 NFL draft pick, two legendary Sen'Derrick Marks stories take place on a basketball court. Both stories are true, but certain details of each remain a matter of some debate. Still, the tales should give LSU offensive linemen pause as they prepare to block Marks on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
College football finished its second full weekend on the field and with it came several surprise finishes. A number of lesser known NFL prospects also stepped up in a big way, gaining notice from NFL scouts and improving their draft stock.
AUBURN, Ala. -- If Tony Franklin's history didn't prove that the man is utterly incapable of limiting himself to coachspeak, the following declaration might sound like a ploy to put a positive spin on the fact that neither of his top two quarterbacks has played well enough to wrestle the starting job away from the other.
Coolest venue I've ever seen? I'm going off the board, Alex Trebek, up to Collegeville, Minn. -- Lake Wobegon is somewhere close by, I'm told -- to the house John Gagliardi built. Sitting on a converted cranberry bog (the Benedectine monks who run this place are nothing if not resourceful), Clemens Stadium, a.k.a. The Natural Bowl, is an eye-pleasing amphitheater that is home to St. John's University, where you will find the most magical football program in the country.
Much is made of the annual coaching carousel, and rightfully so -- obviously, anytime a Rich Rodriguez goes to Michigan or a Bobby Petrino goes to Arkansas, there's likely to be a major impact, not only on the programs involved, but potentially the national landscape.
Things are heating up at the Swamp. That's what they call their stadium down here in Gainesville, Fla. And the University of Florida Gators football team - defending national champs - hasn't lost a game on its home turf in more than two years.
The debate has reached the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated -- Pac-10 or SEC: Which is stronger? Colleague Austin Murphy witnessed USC's destruction of Nebraska last Saturday, but still feels the Southeastern Conference is deeper than its western counterpart. The gap has narrowed, but Kentucky's win over No. 9 Louisville went a long way toward showing the SEC's depth.
Every year the Southeastern Conference boasts that it's the strongest league in college football, and a look at the schedules explains why. Just try to set up a soft schedule. With so many good teams in the SEC, it just cannot be done.
Ron Zook was out, Urban Meyer was in, and Chris Leak was conflicted. he'd put in a pair of pretty fine seasons under Zook, the man who'd wooed him out of Independence High in Charlotte. As Leak recalls, "My relationship with Coach Zook went way beyond football."