Miami commit Crowley breaks down Florida Gators junior day visit

Miami running back commit Marcus Crowley breaks down why he visited the Florida Gators on Saturday and how the visit went.

Morales visits his childhood favorite school the Florida Gators

On Saturday, USF tight end commit Kamari Morales visited his childhood favorite team the Florida Gators for junior day and he recapped the visit.

LIVE UPDATES: Arkansas at Alabama

Follow along for updates as Arkansas travels to Tuscaloosa looking for its 20th win of the season.

Live: Arkansas at Alabama – Arkansas Razorbacks

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Live: Arkansas at Alabama
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The Razorbacks are searching for back-to-back road conference wins for the eighth time in the last five years. • For the first time in 10 years, Arkansas is 3-0 in its last three games against ranked teams, including last Saturday's 19-point win ...

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Abrams commits to the Florida Gators during junior day

LB Jammal Abrams committed to the Florida Gators on Saturday during his visit to Gainesville for junior day.

LB Abrams commits to Florida – 247Sports


LB Abrams commits to Florida
The Florida Gators landed their first commitment of their Saturday 'Junior Day' when Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin three-star linebacker Jammal Abrams pulled the trigger. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder landed his Florida offer back in January following a ...
Abrams commits to the Florida Gators during junior

Florida lands commitment from linebacker Jammal
Florida lands first 2019 commitment under Dan Mullen, a LB from AlabamaSaturday Down South

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Vols ‘excited’ to add ‘unbelievable’ Harris to bolster DL – 247Sports


Vols 'excited' to add 'unbelievable' Harris to bolster DL
Two Tennessee defensive coaches explain why the Vols' new staff began recruiting defensive lineman Kingston Harris "as soon as we got off the plane" in December. Patrick Brown - 50 minutes ago; 0; Tools. Edit; Slot to 247Sports Home; Slot to Tennessee ...

Former Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson signs with American Arena League team

The Montgomery native is joining a pro indoor league

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These former Gamecock football standouts to host unique camp in Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach Sun News

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These former Gamecock football standouts to host unique camp in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach Sun News
Famed football coach Steve Spurrier left an indelible mark on many of his former quarterbacks. The influence is so heavy that a pair of his former South Carolina signal-callers now find themselves in a similar role as their former coach — molding the ...

Hudson Henry among top Arkansas 2019 targets visiting campus Saturday

Pulaski Academy junior tight end Hudson Henry (6-5, 225) is one of 11 2019 prospects in ESPN's Top 300 that are expected to be on the Arkansas campus on Saturday.

Former Florida QB Luke Del Rio on players getting paid: ‘It’s happening everywhere’ –

Former Florida QB Luke Del Rio on players getting paid: 'It's happening everywhere'
The sport of college basketball saw two bombshell reports drop on Friday that likely will turn the sport on its head. First, there was the Yahoo Sports report from Pat Forde and Pete Thamel which detailed a number of players meeting with Andy Miller ...

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Kentucky basketball: No rules violations for current players or staff, school says –

Kentucky basketball: No rules violations for current players or staff, school says
It looks like Kevin Knox will play Saturday against Missouri as Kentucky says it reviewed the Yahoo Sports report connecting Knox to an agent and found no violations. Joe Mussatto/SEC Country. Kyle Tucker · @KyleTucker_AJC. Posted 3 hours ago ...

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WATCH: Tennessee football’s 2018 starting quarterback could be on campus this weekend –

WATCH: Tennessee football's 2018 starting quarterback could be on campus this weekend
Stanford graduate transfer quarterback Keller Chryst is a name circled on the board, a prolific pro-style quarterback who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 234 pounds. New offense, new opportunity. Vols offensive coordinator Ty Helton has made it clear ...

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Preview: Florida looking to get back on track with No. 12 Auburn in town –

Preview: Florida looking to get back on track with No. 12 Auburn in town
Picked to finish ninth in the SEC in a preseason media poll, No. 12 Auburn can clinch at least a share of the conference title this weekend. The Tigers (24-4, 11-3 in the SEC) need a win at Florida on Saturday or a loss by Tennessee at Ole Miss to ...

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Auburn’s top defensive line targets in the 2019 recruiting class

A look at Auburn's top defensive line targets in the 2019 class.

Scarlett working his way back into football shape – 247Sports


Scarlett working his way back into football shape
After a year off, though, it may take Scarlett a little bit of time to get back to football form. "Hard to tell, I've been around him for about a week and a half watching him in workouts," running backs coach Greg Knox said. "It's hard to say where he ...

Bruce Pearl Named Naismith Coach of the Year Semi-finalist

Bruce Pearl has been named as a Semifinalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year. Pearl has lead the Tigers to a 24-4 record (.857%) in their best start since the 1999 season. This is also the Tigers second consecutive winning season under Pearl.

Highlights of Auburn’s 90-71 Over Alabama

Auburn went into the game undersized and undermanned. They got off to 8-0 lead, then a 14-2 lead, then saw that lead dwindle to zero. By outhustling, outrebounding, outshoooting, and outplaying Alabama, they got the lead back up to 24 and ended with a 19 point victory. It was a beatdown.

AD Allen Greene Emails the Auburn Family

Auburn’s new Athletics Director, Allen Greene, has been on campus a short time, but already has big plans. Greene replaces Jay Jacobs as Auburn’s 15th Athletics Director. Below you can read a copy of the email Greene sent to the Auburn Family.



February 16, 2018

Dear Auburn Family,

By way of first introduction, let me express to you how honored I am to serve as your 15th Director of Athletics for Auburn University.

I have heard many times over the years that Auburn is a special place and in just a few days of being on this incredible campus, it became evident as to why. Auburn is special because of its people and its values which are masterfully articulated in the Auburn Creed. My family and I can already feel the love and passion the Auburn Family has for this outstanding university and community.

Allen Greene and his family

My Love of Sport

My journey into athletics administration is a little unique. I was supposed to be a major league baseball player, but like an overwhelming majority of aspiring professional athletes my dream was crushed just three years after it got started. When I finished playing minor league baseball for the New York Yankees, I worked for a small web development firm in South Bend, Indiana. Though I enjoyed my job, I still had a yearning to be around a baseball field. So on my way home from work, I would frequently stop by the diamond to see my college coaches and former teammates.

One spring afternoon, I attended a baseball game. When I walked up along the fence on the third base side of the field I noticed two gentlemen in suits. One of them was Bernard Muir, the current AD at Stanford, and the other was Bill Scholl, the current AD at Marquette. I approached them and asked, ‘Why are you guys here?’ and they said, ‘We’re supporting the baseball team.’ I quickly responded, ‘Wait, you get paid to watch college baseball? This is a job I have to have. I’ve got to get into this industry because I’ve been watching baseball for free!’

What started out as a selfish desire quickly turned into a passion to shape lives.

My career began in compliance at Notre Dame, then a few years later I made the unusual jump from compliance to fundraising. I later moved to Oxford, Mississippi, and for three years served as a fundraiser at Ole Miss. From there, I moved to the University at Buffalo. During my time there I managed the day-to-day responsibilities of the department before being named Director of Athletics in 2015.

The Future at Auburn

I’m excited about my new role on The Plains because the future for Auburn Athletics is so bright. With your help, we will invest heavily in our student-athletes to ensure their success in the classroom and on the fields and courts of play. We will develop them to be champions in life. We will be unwavering in our quest to win conference and national championships and to raise the profile of Auburn University.

Allen Greene and Gus Malzahn
As a former student-athlete, I didn’t fully grasp the level of investment our donors made, nor the hard work our coaches and staff put into making my experience at Notre Dame memorable.

Allen Greene at Notre Dame

My evolution as an athletics administrator has resulted in an appreciation for the collaborative effort that is required to develop champions on and off the field. I’m convinced that my calling is to serve others with passion and humility so that they can be successful beyond their wildest dreams. This type of undertaking requires everyone to “pull in the same direction” and to that end, I will be asking for your support toward that endaveour.

Allen Greene with student-athletes

What are we going to be?

When I met with the search committee, I talked about three overarching principles under which we will operate. Education. Championships. Student-Athlete Development.

First and foremost, Auburn University is an institution of higher learning, and we expect our young people to graduate.

As President Leath has made clear, educating students is our core mission. Therefore, we will concentrate on providing our student-athletes with the leadership and critical thinking skills that will give them the practical wisdom to be successful in their careers and in life.

We will bring an everyday commitment to producing productive members of society. It is imperative, particularly in today’s climate, that we make sure our young people are well equipped for the rigors of the real world.

Graduating student-athletes

We will always operate with integrity and compliance, particularly when it is most inconvenient, because the Auburn brand comes before personal gain.

Athletics staff will be armed and equipped as we become industry leaders. We will take some calculated risks, to better serve the fan base, and promote our brand nationally.

We will foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. There are many people in this world. We don’t all look, talk or think alike. We will embrace our differences and challenge one another to think outside the box, to be different and strive to enhance Auburn University.

Allen Green in the student section


The traditions at Auburn University, including Tiger Walk, the Eagle Flight and Toomer’s Corner are the bedrock of the fan experience and help solidify university pride.

In this fast-paced world, we want our people to be innovative and move this athletics department forward. However, we will do so keeping in mind the importance of embracing and respecting the traditions we know and love.

Rolling Toomer’s Corner

Exceeding Expectations

I understand there are lofty expectations for Auburn Athletics and I embrace them wholeheartedly. Without these expectations, how do we expect to push ourselves and achieve success at the highest level?

SEC West Champions. Auburn defeats Alabama 26-14.

As mentioned before, our quest for championships will be unwavering. We will be incredibly committed to making sure we bring home championship hardware.

Remember that championships don’t just happen, they are a result of hard work, preparation and commitment to one another. That said, we are going to roll up our sleeves and get to work. We are going to be excellent teammates and we are going to do our part in advancing Auburn University.

As we kick off the next chapter of Auburn Athletics, I am committing to you my obsession for the student-athlete experience, my obsession for winning championships and my obsession for making the Auburn Family proud.

To close, my family and I are so happy to be a part of the Auburn Family and we look forward to immersing ourselves in the community.

War Eagle!


Auburn Moves to 1-Seed in Projected Brackets

After a night full of upsets, with three AP Top 10 teams falling, Joe Lunardi updated his projected NCAA Tournament Bracket. Auburn is looking to make their first tournament since 2003, and if Joe has anything to say about it, and might do so as a 1-seed.

After Purdue’s 3rd straight loss, Auburn has replaced the formerly projected 1-seed. The folks over at BracketWag have the same sentiments.

Auburn looks to close out the season with five remaining games, three of which are on the road, and a 2.5 lead over Tennessee in the SEC standings.

Auburn Football Dances with Tiger Paws

During halftime of Auburn’s 76-66 victory over Kentucky, the Tiger Paws were joined by 20 or so Auburn football players. This is what ensued. That’s Noah Igbinoghene flying at one point.

Highlights of Auburn’s 76-66 Win Over Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats came into Auburn Arena as an unranked team. They were also on a 3-game losing streak. They are now on a 4-game losing streak.

Despite shooting terribly in the first half, Auburn was still able to battle it out with a much longer Kentucky team and get a 10-point win. The Tigers are now 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the SEC.

Bryce Brown Named a Finalist for Naismith Trophy

The powers that be have announced the finalists for the Naismith Trophy, awarded to the national player of the year, and Bryce Brown’s name is on the list. Brown has averaged 16.6 PPG and is shooting 42.6% (41.5% from 3) this season.

Bryce has helped lead the Tigers to a 22-3 record and being ranked as high as #8. Bryce will be back in action tonight against (unranked) Kentucky.

The 2018 Batch of Auburn Candy Hearts

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for Auburn-themed candy hearts again. You can go back and see the old ones (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), but these are the best because I said so. Feel free to use, but MUST CREDIT BLOGLE.

And here are some of the best from previous years that are still relevant:

These will always withstand the test of time…

Happy vAUlentine’s Day, amirite?!

Podcast #10: Signing Day: Good. Basketball: Great. AP Voters: Terrible.

The 2nd podcast of 2018, and the 10th overall, is another grand time with @AuburnEinstein spent talking about hot Auburn basketball being held back by the man. The man is that guy in Montana that has Auburn ranked #19th.

But it’s not all complaining. We talk National Singing Day and the NCAA Selection Committee, and all sports committees for that matter, in a very favorable fashion. It’s worth the price of admission! Have a listen!

The podcast can be heard on multiple platforms:

1. On an iPhone, download the Podcasts app, and then subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

2. For those of you that enjoy the Google, you can listen here.

3. If you want to be all techy, and subscribe to the RSS feed, here you go:

4. Listen right here within the friendly confines of the Blogle.

5. Download the podcast here (right-click to save).

If you have any questions or topics that you want my next guest and I to discuss next week, leave them in comments.

Highlights of Auburn’s 78-61 Win Over Georgia

Auburn never trailed. Auburn out-rebounded a bigger Georgia team. Auburn was the better team and played like it. They did it all without their leading scorer. There was no need for a 28-point swing this time. Auburn is 22-3 overall and 10-2 in the SEC.


Auburn’s 2018 Football Signing Class

The original, and now less exciting National Signing Day is over (and so is the 2018 National Signing Running Post), and it was just as the last few. Auburn got mostly what they wanted, finished in the top 12, and will go about their business. Auburn signed 15 in the early signing period and 9 yesterday. For those not good at math, that makes 24. For reference, they signed 23 total last year.

Just yesterday, in terms of a positional breakdown, Auburn signed 2 WR, 2 DL, 1 ATH, 1 Buck, 1 RB, 1 DB, and 1 P. That brings the total numbers to 4 WR, 3 LB, 4 DB, 2 OL, 3 DL, 1 QB, 2 RB, 1 DE, 2 ATH, 1 Buck, and 1 P.

When all is said and done, Auburn’s class is ranked as so:

That’s what you would call a consensus #12 class, which would be Gus Malzahn’s lowest overall at Auburn, but it’s also his first Top 3 class in the SEC at Auburn. I don’t really care if Penn State or Miami or teams like that are up there. It’s all about winning the SEC (or not if you’re Alabama).

But without further adieu, here are the gentleman who have agreed to spend their college football career at Auburn University. We’ll start with the 9 that signed today.

Signing Day Signees

Kolbi Fuqua
3-star ATH, 6-1, 210; Cordova HS; Cordova, AL
Versatile athlete who played both wide receiver and defensive back for Coach Jimmy Gay at Cordova High … selected for Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ASWA first team all-state as a sophomore, junior and senior … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … also a basketball letterman

Matthew Hill
4-star WR, 6-2, 185; Brookwood HS; Snellville, GA
Explosive wide receiver who led the Brookwood Broncos to an 11-3 record and the Georgia state Class 7A final four … also played strong safety for Coach Phillip Jones … Under Armour All-American Game … Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 … GSWA all-state and Gwinnett Daily Post offensive player of the year … Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN four star … Rivals No. 7 athlete nationally … Scout No. 14 overall prospect in Georgia … also a track and field letterman

Richard Jibunor
4-star Buck, 6-3, 215; Athens Christian School; Athens, GA
Defensive prospect who played on both sides of the football for Coach Chris Williams at Athens Christian High … first team GSWA Class A all-state … terrific athlete with great work habits … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … native of Nigeria … also a track and field and basketball letterman

Caleb Johnson
3-star DL, 6-3, 260; Northside HS; Columbus, GA
Productive talent who recorded 104 tackles, 16 TFL, eight sacks, two blocked kicks and three defensive touchdowns as a senior for Coach Morgan Ingram’s Northside Patriots … GSWA Class 4A state co-defensive player of the year … Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City big school defensive player of the year … first team all-state as a junior and senior … Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports three star … also a baseball letterman

Harold Joiner
4-star RB, 6-3, 210; Mountain Brook HS; Birmingham, AL
Versatile offensive threat from Birmingham’s Mountain Brook High … scored 16 touchdowns as a senior for Coach Chris Yeager … U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … also a basketball letterman … Rivals, 247Sports four star … 247Sports’ No. 4-ranked player in Alabama

Roger McCreary
3-star DB, 5-11, 180; Williamson HS; Mobile, AL
Versatile cornerback prospect with unlimited production … eight interceptions and more than 100 tackles as a senior for Coach Dedrick Sumpter at Williamson High … also had more than 2,100 offensive yards … first team Class 5A all-state … Rivals, 247Sports three star … also a basketball letterman

Coynis Miller Jr.
4-star DL, 6-2, 300; Jackson-Olin HS; Birmingham, AL
Imposing defensive tackle prospect from Jackson-Olin High in Birmingham … high school coach was Tim Vakakes … Under Armour All-American Game … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN four star … No. 12 defensive tackle nationally by Rivals, No. 13 by 247Sports, No. 14 by ESPN … also plays basketball

Anthony Schwartz
4-star WR, 6-0, 180; American Heritage HS; Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dynamic deep-play receiver … helped the American Heritage Patriots to back-to-back Florida Class 5A state titles under Coach Patrick Surtain … Under Armour All-American Game … Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN four star … No. 10 WR nationally by ESPN, No. 28 by 247Sports, No. 31 by Rivals … No. 18 prospect in Florida according to ESPN and No. 25 by 247Sports … Broward County track and field athlete of the year as a junior and an all-USA sprinter … set a world youth record with a 10.15 100m in the Florida Relays

Arryn Siposs
2-star P, 6-2, 200; Melbourne, Australia
Punter who trained with Pro Kick Australia and Coach Nathan Chapman … played five seasons of professional soccer with St. Kilda in the Australian Football League, scoring 22 career goals … graduate of Hallam Senior Secondary College in Hallam, Victoria

Early Signing Day Signees

Joey Gatewood
4-star QB, 6-5, 230; Bartram Trail HS; Jacksonville, Fla.
Talented quarterback who will enroll in January … led the Bartram Trail Bears to the Florida state Class 7A finals … passed for 1,468 yards and 12 TD and rushed for 1,100 yards with 16 scores as a senior … high school coach was Darrell Sutherland … Elite 11 finalist … Under Armour All-American Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … also a sprinter in track and field

Michael Harris
4-star LB, 6-2, 215; Tucker HS; Tucker, Ga.
Explosive linebacker prospect who led the Tucker Tigers to the Class 6A state semifinals … high school coach was Bryan Lamar … first team all-state as a junior and Clayton News-Daily defensive player of year … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … 15th-ranked OLB nationally according to ESPN

Jalil Irvin
4-star OL, 6-3, 300; Stephenson HS; Stone Mountain, Ga.
Outstanding offensive line prospect … played for Coach Ron Gartrell at Stephenson High … helped the Panthers to an 8-4 record and the Georgia Class 6A state playoffs … Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … Rivals and 247Sports four star … No. 5-rated center nationally according to ESPN

Asa Martin
4-star RB, 6-0, 205; Austin HS; Decatur, Ala.
Productive running back who will enroll in January … rushed for 2,228 yards and 33 TD as a senior … Alabama state Gatorade Player of the Year for Coach Jeremy Perkins at Austin High … led the Black Bears to the Class 6A quarterfinals … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … No. 9-rated RB nationally by 247Sports … also a track and field letterman

Zakoby McClain
4-star LB, 6-0, 205; Valdosta HS; Valdosta, Ga.
Physical linebacker prospect … high school coach at Valdosta High was Alan Rodemaker … 123 tackles, 20 TFL as a junior, leading the Wildcats to a state title … nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … ranked No. 12 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN

Smoke Monday
4-star DB, 6-3, 190; Carver HS; Atlanta, Ga.
Physical safety who plans to enroll in January … led the Carver High Panthers to the Georgia state Class 5A semifinals … high school coach was Darren Myles … Under Armour All-American Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … No. 8-ranked safety according to ESPN and No. 9 athlete nationally by 247Sports … also a track and field letterman … given name is Quindarious

Kayode Oladele
4-star DE, 6-5, 250; Champagnat Catholic School; Miami, Fla.
Relative newcomer to American football … attended Champagnat Catholic School in Miami … coach was Dennis Marroquin … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … ESPN’s No. 19-defensive end prospect nationally … native of Nigeria

Jamien Sherwood
4-star DB, 6-2, 200; Jensen Beach HS; Jensen Beach, Fla.
Terrific safety prospect who plans to enroll in January … high school coach was Tim Caffey … Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … nominated for U.S. Army All-American Bowl … all-state and all-area … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … also a track and field letterman in the sprints

Shaun Shivers
4-star Ath, 5-7, 175; Chaminade-Madonna Prep; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Electric all-purpose back from Chaminade-Madonna Prep … led the Lions to the Florida Class 3A state championships … high school coach was Dameon Jones … rushed for more than 6,000 yards in his prep career … all-Broward defensive player of year … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … state runner-up in the 100 meter dash

Christian Tutt
4-star DB, 5-11, 195; Thomson HS; Thomson, Ga.
Outstanding cornerback prospect for Coach Rob Ridings at Thomson High … led the Thomson Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and the semifinals of the Georgia 4A state playoffs … compiled 51 tackles and had 522 yards of total offense with 11 touchdowns as a senior … U.S. Army All-American Bowl … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … nephew of former NFL linebacker Danny Verdun Wheeler

Seth Williams
4-star WR, 6-3, 215; Bryant HS; Cottondale, Ala.
Versatile contributor at receiver and safety who helped Bryant High to an Alabama Class 6A state playoff berth … high school coach was Eldrick Hill … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports four star … fifth-rated player in Alabama according to 247Sports … ranked as the No. 10 athlete nationally by ESPN …also an all-state honoree in basketball and a state medalist in the long jump and high jump

Shedrick Jackson
3-star WR, 6-1, 185; Hoover HS; Birmingham, Ala.
Wide receiver who will enroll in January … helped Hoover Buccaneers win Alabama state Class 7A championship … high school coach was Josh Niblett … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … nephew of Auburn great Bo Jackson

Josh Marsh
3-star LB, 6-2, 215; Decatur HS; Decatur, Ala.
Speedy linebacker with great production … high school coach was Jere Adcock … led the state of Alabama as a junior with 206 tackles … nominated for Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … also a track and field letterman … active in mission work

Daquan Newkirk
3-star DL, 6-3, 280; Mississippi Gulf Coast CC; The First Academy, Orlando, Fla.
Nation’s top-ranked junior college defensive end prospect who will be a January enrollee … recorded 48 tackles, 9 TFL at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last fall … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star … nationally ranked as a Top 10 overall JUCO prospect by ESPN and  247Sports … played at The First Academy in Orlando for Coach Leroy Kinard … Class 3A all-state … Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district at running back and defensive line … Blue-Grey All-America Game

Kameron Stutts
3-star OL, 6-4, 330; Brooks HS; Killen, Ala.
Agile offensive line prospect … helped the Brooks Lions to the Alabama state Class 5A playoffs … high school coach was Brad Black … Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports three star

2018 National Signing Day Running Post

For the NINTH consecutive year, War Blogle will be THE PLACE to get all of the no-frills Auburn info on National Signing Day. The early signing period has severely diminished the already-waning excitement of the actual National Signing Day, but there’s still some ‘croots to be had.

As always, this post will be updated constantly throughout the day, so don’t get inundated with the same announcement 400 times, just keep hitting refresh on this post and you’ll see who signed. It’s simple. It’s straight-forward. It’s all you need.

6:00 pm – In the earliest time ever, I’m calling it. National Signing Day is over. There won’t be a live chat because it’s basketball season. The rankings likely won’t change too much, and I’ll have a list of the entire class posted tomorrow. Good day. Thank you for coming.

3:46 pm – I’d say the class is done with 24 signees. 15 were already in, 8 were committed and did not waiver, and 1 made his decision known today. As of right now, these are the rankings from the big three:

Gus has spoken to the media, and I hope to have the video and transcript soon. I’ll post the entire class in a separate post once the day is completely over.

2:55 pm – Auburn’s last remaining commitment has finally figured out the fax machine. Kolbi Fuqua (3-star ATH, Cordova, AL) is in. There was talk that he may be grayshirted due to an injury, but Auburn has a spot so why not?

1:51 pm – Auburn has their first (and probably only) hat of the day. Caleb Johnson (3-star DE/LB, Columbus, GA) has picked the Tigers over Georgia and Florida. I’m not 2-4 on my predictions.

12:20 pm – Ja’Marr Chase (4-star WR, Metairie, LA) has chosen to stay in-state and go to LSU. I at least predicted that one successfully to take me up to 1-4 on the day.

12:15 pm – Justyn Ross (5-star WR, Phenix City, AL) has picked Clemson. Dang it. 0-4 on predictions.

12:05 pm – As of right now, these are the rankings from the big three:

Those have all dropped a spot or two, but mostly because Notre Dame has made a big jump.

10:35 am – Wasn’t expecting Quay Walker (4-star LB, Cordele, GA) to go to Auburn. Wasn’t expecting him to go to Georgia either, but he is. Flipped from Alabama. Tide can’t win. 0-3 on my predictions today.

9:52 am – Two guys with Auburn hats on the table (Caleb Tannor – 4-star DE/LB, Cameron Taylor – 3-star DB) have already picked up Nebraska hats instead. Is that how it’s going to be Scott Frost? Check my predictions and the other announcement times down at the bottom.

9:39 am – The next last commitment is in. Coynis Miller, Jr. (4-star DT, Birmingham, AL) is faxed in his intent to attend Auburn University in the Fall.

9:30 am – Per usual, a good many of the hard commits have already faxed in their letters of intent way before I’m up and going. It starts with the Aussie punter, Arryn Siposs. Did you know the last five Ray Guy winners have been former Australian football players? Good sign. Here is the full list of all the guys that are already in and that we expected to be in.

  1. Arryn Siposs – 2-star K, Australia
  2. Matthew Hill – 4-star ATH, Snellville, GA
  3. Richard Jibunor – 4-star ATH, Athens, GA
  4. Harold Joiner – 4-star ATH, Mountain Brook, AL
  5. Roger McCreary – 3-star ATH, Mobile, AL
  6. Anthony Schwartz – 4-star WR, Plantation, FL

That leaves us with two more commitments left to fax their information in, which alone would set the class at 23 signees, and then there’s the few possible guys listed way down at the bottom. Check their schedule to see when they are announcing.

Given that we already have most of the class signed and in the barn, it only makes sense to split this initial post into three sections: those we have, those that have said they’ll have us, and those that we may have by the end of the day.

First, let’s go with what we have. This class is good enough by itself, and combined with the verbal commitments (more on those later), it ranks as so: ESPN – #8, Rivals – #7, 247 – #10.

  1. Joey Gatewood – 4-star QB, Jacksonville, FL
  2. Michael Harris – 4-star LB, Tucker, GA
  3. Jalil Irvin – 4-star OL, Stone Mountain, GA
  4. Asa Martin – 4-star RB, Decatur, AL
  5. Zakoby McClain – 4-star LB, Valdosta, GA
  6. Smoke Monday – 4-star DB, Atlanta, GA
  7. Kayode Oladele – 4-star DE, Miami, FL
  8. Jamien Sherwood – 4-star DB, Jensen Beach, FL
  9. Shaun Shivers – 4-star Ath, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  10. Christian Tutt – 4-star DB, Thomson, GA
  11. Seth Williams – 4-star WR, Cottondale, AL
  12. Shedrick Jackson – 3-star WR, Hoover, AL
  13. Josh Marsh – 3-star LB, Decatur, AL
  14. Daquan Newkirk – 3-star DL, Orlando, FL
  15. Kameron Stutts – 3-star OL, Killen, AL

Next, we have the guys that have given Auburn their word that they will sign with them on National Signing Day. I suspect most will be faxed in before any of us really wake up.

  1. Richard Jibunor – 4-star ATH, Athens, GA
  2. Anthony Schwartz – 4-star WR, Plantation, FL
  3. Harold Joiner – 4-star ATH, Mountain Brook, AL
  4. Matthew Hill – 4-star ATH, Snellville, GA
  5. Coynis Miller – 4-star DT, Birmingham, AL
  6. Roger McCreary – 3-star ATH, Mobile, AL
  7. Kolbi Fuqua – 3-star ATH, Cordova, AL
  8. Arryn Siposs – 2-star K, Australia

And lastly, we come to the guys that Auburn has a shot at getting on this hallowed day. There aren’t too many spots left, and there aren’t too many guys left to pick Auburn. Most of these guys will go elsewhere, but if you count the stars above, these are just icing on the cake guys.

We do have the times they’ll be picking and the teams they’ll be picking from, and would you look that that, I even threw in my “I haven’t cared about recruiting until yesterday” predictions.

7:45 am: Caleb Tannor – 4-star DE/LB; Miller Grove HS, Lithonia, GA

  • Teams: Auburn, Florida, Nebraska
  • Prediction: Auburn – FAILURE (Picked Nebraska)

9 am: Cameron Taylor – 3-star DB; Park Crossing HS, Montgomery, AL

  • Teams: Auburn, Nebraska, Missouri, Troy
  • Prediction: Auburn – FAILURE (Picked Nebraska)

10 am: Quay Walker – 4-star LB; Crisp County HS, Cordele, GA

  • Teams: Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee
  • Prediction: Alabama – FAILURE (Picked Georgia)

12 pm (ESPN): Justyn Ross – 5-star WR; Central HS, Phenix City, AL

  • Teams: Auburn, Alabama, Clemson
  • Prediction: Alabama – FAILURE (Picked Clemson)

12 pm: Ja’Marr Chase – 4-star WR; Archbishop Rummel HS, Metairie, LA

  • Teams: Auburn and LSU
  • Prediction: LSU – SUCCESS! (but not really because he didn’t go to Auburn)

1:30 pm: Caleb Johnson – 3-star DE/LB; Northside HS, Columbus, GA

  • Teams: Auburn, Florida, Georgia
  • Prediction: Auburn – SUCCESS!

2:30 pm: Malik Langham – 4-star DE; Lee HS, Huntsville, AL

  • Teams: Auburn, Alabama, Florida
  • Prediction: Alabama – FAILURE (Picked Florida)

So keep it locked here. I’ll have every announcement, hopefully with video or some other media ganked from the internet. There will be a live chat at some point later in the day (follow me on Twitter to get updates on that), but feel free to talk about it all in the comments below or over in The Barn. Just for nostalgia, here’s how things went in past years: 2010201120122013201420152016, 2017.

Highlights of Auburn’s 93-81 Win Over Vanderbilt

As has been the case for weeks now, Auburn came into this game with a target on their back. Vanderbilt came into this game following a win over TCU and a close overtime loss at Kentucky.

For a while it looked like the best team in the SEC playing the worst team in the SEC, but teams like Vanderbilt can hit threes in bunches, and that’s what they did. Nevertheless, the lead got up to 22, and at one point got down to 7, but Auburn controlled the game from start to finish.

An Entertaining, Yet Exaggerated Beginning

As the story goes, Georgia's 50-0 win over Mercer on this date 126 years ago should have been by a 60-0 score—yet, on second thought...

January 30—it’s a date synonymous with football at the University of Georgia, featuring a historic beginning recognized by many Bulldog enthusiasts. 

A good portion of you are well aware of the event: Exactly 126 years ago today, 1,500 spectators gathered on the UGA campus at Alumni Athletic Field—later renamed “Herty Field” in honor of Georgia football's founding father, Charles Herty—to witness the first intercollegiate football game in the Deep South, pitting Mercer against host Georgia. 

Assigning its “strong specimens” to start the contest, the Red and Black’s initial lineup averaged 156 pounds and 5-foot-10 in height per man. “Man’s best friend” was nowhere in sight. Instead... CONTINUE READING...

Highlights of Auburn’s 79-70 Win Over Ole Miss

Auburn weathered a very excited (for some reason) Ole Miss crowd to take the lead at 20-19 in the 1st half. They led by two at halftime, and never relinquished that lead. This team wears their opponents down, man. There is not a more conditioned team in the conference. Speaking of the conference, Auburn is in 1st place with a two game lead in the SEC.

Podcast #9: Auburn Basketball Should Be Ranked Higher… and Other Stuff

One of my Blogle Resolutions for 2018 was to get the Podcast back up and going with a new episode each week. It only took me one week into the year to not do that, but who says the calendar can’t start the last week of January? Every calendar ever, Blogle.

But anyway, basketball is HOT. And I mean HOT, and I brought on a guy new to the #AuburnTwitter scene named @AuburnEinstein to talk about it and other things. I broke all sorts of podcasting rules by having a guest that pretty much agrees with everything I say, but in this case it was needed.

The podcast can be heard on multiple platforms:

1. On an iPhone, download the Podcasts app, and then subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

2. For those of you that enjoy the Google, you can listen here.

3. If you want to be all techy, and subscribe to the RSS feed, here you go:

4. Listen right here within the friendly confines of the Blogle.

5. Download the podcast here (right-click to save).

If you have any questions or topics that you want my next guest and I to discuss next week, leave them in comments.

Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

Noticing that of the Bulldogs’ current 10 combined four- and five-star commitments from the 2018 and 2019 classes, eight were from the state of Georgia, I thought I’d conduct a simple analysis in regards to all of the four- and five-star prospects in the state during the Rivals era (beginning in 2002)—what hometown were they from, and what school did they sign with? 

I discovered that from 2002 through 2017, there were 394 four- and five-star prospects from the state, hailing from 121 different Georgia towns/cities, who would sign with 40 different schools. With obviously Georgia leading the way (although, and I’m no recruiting expert, that 33.2 percent seems low to me), the top-10 schools the state’s top prospects signed with:

The Name Is the Game

Georgia's All-Name Team has a formidable offensive line consisting of (L to R) Sandy Beaver, Bum Day, Max Jean-Gilles, Puss Whelchel, and Pud Mosteller.
For more than a year, I compiled nearly 100 names of Bulldog players who I came across in my work/research and regarded worthy of being featured on an all-time Georgia “All-Name Team.” From those, I have selected a starting offense and defense. 

Of note, the name given is the name the player was most recognized for… For example, Georgia’s Buzy Rosenberg was always acknowledged as, well, Buzy Rosenberg—not Leman (his real first name) Rosenberg. Also, if I had a difficult time choosing one player over the other based solely on their names (e.g., Ben Zambiasi vs. Danny Verdun Wheeler at one of the linebacker spots), the deciding factor was their performance on the field. Still, in choosing most of the positions, as they say, the name is the game:

UGA’s Mount Rushmore of…

This summer, Dave McMahon and I at explore a topic that has been debated for years. Beginning in June and twice a week leading into fall camp, we will post the UGA’s Mount Rushmore of… series, whereby we each present our opinion of the top four Bulldogs representing each positional unit. Whether statistics, big plays, championships won, and/or something else, we have our reasons why these quartets of Bulldogs have been chosen.

Here's our most recent postthe Mount Rushmore of UGA Inside Linebackers. Check every Monday and Wednesday for a couple of new foursomes of Bulldog legends.

Catching Up With… MAC McWHORTER

After an all-conference career at Georgia during the early 1970s (center), and 39 seasons as a football coach (left) at 12 different schools, including Georgia Tech twice, MAC McWHORTER has been retired for a few years (right), whereby he stays busy as a “professional piddler,” and following and supporting Georgia football.

By Patrick Garbin—Twitter @PatrickGarbin

Following a distinguished football career as a linebacker at Atlanta’s Therrell High School, MAC McWHORTER arrived at Georgia in the fall of 1969 as the eighth McWhorter to play for the Red and Black. He was promptly moved to offensive guard where he eventually twice earned academic all-conference (back when only 20-25 players annually received the honor), and was First Team All-SEC in 1973. Still, McWhorter’s proudest honor was being voted by his teammates offensive captain as a senior that same season. From there, he remarkably coached for 39 seasons, making 13 stops along the way—three high schools and 10 colleges.

I recently caught up with Mac from his home in Bogart, Ga.:

UGA’s Most Notable "Intersectionals"

Before at Notre Dame, Georgia's "intersectionals" included one which attracted nearly 100,000 (left), a battle in Ann Arbor in which the only battle won by the hosts was the one for this Confederate flag (center), and a recent one in the desert where nearly 30 percent of the crowd wore red and black.
As you know, there’s been a lot of talk and buildup regarding Georgia’s trip to South Bend on September 9 to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Recently, a sports-talk radio host even went as far as saying the contest “as far as an intersectional opponent, is probably the most intriguing road trip ever for the Bulldogs.” Well, for those of you not from the “old school,” yes, Notre Dame is just that—“an intersectional opponent,” or essentially a foe from outside the Southeast. However, the “probably the most intriguing road trip ever for the Bulldogs” part is probably not accurate, at least in my opinion. Accordingly, here is my opinion of Georgia’s top 5 (plus a couple of honorable mentions) all-time most intriguing, anticipated—let’s say—notable intersectional road games entering this season: 

5) September 20, 2008 at Arizona State: Marking Georgia’s first intersectional game since 1967 (at Houston), its first outside the South since 1965 (at Michigan), and its first visit out West since 1960 (at Southern California), Bulldog enthusiasts came in droves to Tempe, Arizona. Georgia not only sold its allotted 7,000 seats, but Bulldog fans even bought Arizona State home tickets to ensure themselves a spot. By kickoff, it was estimated that at least 16,000-17,000 spectators, and maybe as many as 20,000, in the 71,706-seat stadium were dressed in red and black. And, they witnessed a good showing from the visitors. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 149 yards, A.J. Green totaled 159 yards receiving, and together they were responsible for all three of third-ranked Georgia’s touchdowns in a 27-10 win. READ THE REST OF THE RANKINGS...

Steady Slipping in the Cup Standings

From Dooley (left) to Damon (right) to McGarity (center), in the quest for the “cups” of college sports (both of them), UGA athletics have steadily slipped with each succeeding athletic director.
I was intrigued with the recent post on The Dawgvent started by @drdon50 regarding Georgia’s current ranking for the annual NACDA Directors’ Cup, whereby points are awarded to athletic programs based on their finish in polls/championship events. Stanford has won the cup for the last 20-something years in a row, which brings up a good point by @LawDawg86: Twenty sports are considered (10 men, 10 women) for the cup standings, yet Georgia participates in 18, meaning the school receives two “zeros.” The highly-ranked schools, like Stanford, compete in more than 20 sports, often excelling in country club athletics, Olympic sports, and the more obscure.

“Not defending the AD, just pointing out all the facts,” LawDawg86 concluded. In agreement—not defending or attacking Greg McGarity—I wanted to discover the facts regarding the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings and how Georgia performed during the tenures of its last three athletic directors.

The standings began being released annually with the 1993-94 academic year and have continued over the last 23 years: 11 years under AD Vince Dooley (1993-94 through 2003-04), six years under AD Damon Evans (2004-05 through 2009-10), and six years under AD McGarity (2010-11 through 2015-16). As mentioned, since schools compete in a varying number of sports, I decided to consider only the Southeastern Conference, and just the 12 schools which have been members for the duration of the time being measured (1993-94 to present), because schools in the SEC more or less/nearly compete in the same sports.

For the final 11 years Vince Dooley was athletic director, Georgia’s average national ranking in the Directors’ Cup was No. 11½, while the Bulldogs had a 2.6 average finish of the 12 SEC teams at the time. Their average point total was good for a solid second-place finish in the conference, trailing top-ranked Florida by an average of 117.7 points... TO READ REST AND VIEW TABLES.

Do Rivals’ Rankings Really Matter?

Having compiled something similar about a year ago—Rivals’ annual team recruiting rankings correlating to the annual final AP Poll—I wanted to calculate and post an update since the recent release of the final AP Poll for 2016.

Beginning with Rivals’ initial team rankings in 2002 and over a 15-year period through last year, I awarded points as it’s conducted for the AP Poll, allocating one point for a 25th team ranking, two points for a 24th ranking, etc. The result was Rivals’ 15-year team recruiting rankings (2002-2016): CONTINUE w/ ARTICLE...

UGA “Record Watches” Despite Season of Setbacks

During the upcoming Liberty Bowl, pay attention to the performances by ISAIAH McKENZIE, JACOB EASON, DOMINICK SANDERS, and even GREYSON LAMBERT as those Bulldogs, plus several others, will be on "record watch."
Despite what seems like a slew of disappointments suffered this season by the Georgia football team, perhaps some solace is that the Bulldogs are going bowling for the 20th consecutive campaign, which is the third-longest active postseason streak, and the seventh-longest in the history of college football. What’s more—and I give credit to my friend, Aaron, for drawing this to my attention—Georgia has played in 51 consecutive bowl games where it has scored. In other words, the Bulldogs have never been held scoreless in post-season play, which is the sport’s all-time longest bowl streak,whereby Georgia hopes to extend to 52 games come December 30.

Speaking of the Liberty Bowl, with the contest versus the Horned Frogs looming, I discovered a season or career school record/feat which could be in jeopardy of being surpassed/matched for each of the main school-record categories. For what they’re worth, especially considering a few of these are rather obscure to say the least, Georgia’s top individual “record watches” for the Liberty Bowl against TCU:

Opinion: They Would Want Them to Count**

Glimpses of the 1943 and 1944 Georgia-Georgia Tech games...
They look like "true"teams/games to me.
Happy Thanksgiving! If you've been following this blog for some time, you may recall my annual posting during Thanksgiving/Tech week on why I believe—and, this is rather difficult for me to admit—UGA should erase the two asterisks, so to speak, and recognized its losses to the Jackets in 1943 and 1944 in the rivalry's series record.

For my new and updated opinion piece on this matter, please check it out here at 

Defying the Odds as Double-Digit Dawgs

This Saturday, Georgia will attempt to repeat what it achieved versus Auburn in (L to R) 1986--which brought out the Jordan-Hare hoses; 1970, when the Dogs brought down Auburn QB Pat Sullivan; a decade ago in 2006, and on two other occasions: defeat the Tigers when double-digit underdogs.
Checkout every Tuesday at during this football season whereby I post "Point Spread Tuesday." This week's...

UGA-UF not the FIRST “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”?

From long ago, spectators at The Carolina Cup or, perhaps,
the first World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?
This we know: In the late 1950s, the annual event that is Georgia-Florida first came to be known by its distinguished title—the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”—from Bill Kastelz, the editor of The Florida Times-Union. Kastelz supposedly created the moniker, but would use it just once in a column. Regardless, the nickname was said to have been picked up by other writers, yet I cannot find routine use of it by the media until the late 1960s (although perhaps there was widespread use by fans and the like).

Set in Camden, South Carolina, The Carolina Cup (also once referred to as “The Camden Cup”) is a huge steeplechase horse race occurring in the spring. Beginning in the 1930s, the racing spectacle has been as much as a social function as it is a sporting event and, at one time, was billed by the press as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” From what I discovered, the moniker was used routinely by the media for The Carolina Cup beginning in the mid-1960s, or just before the press started commonly using the label for Georgia-Florida. It was also during the mid-1960s that the event was recognized as having been “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for “many years.” During the 1970s, or when the use of “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” had become widespread in Jacksonville, the use of the title for the event in Camden dwindled as the state of South Carolina increased activity in enforcing liquor laws.

No Pass, No Problem

Whether (L to R) against Cincinnati in 1976 (or a few other games that season), Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, Tennessee in 1988, or South Carolina yesterday, among many others, Georgia has a history of routinely winning when hardly passing.
Checkout every Monday at during this football season whereby I post "Pat's Weekly Stat (you likely won't see anywhere else)." This week's...

Swatted wasps, spilled Coke, & Herschel hurdling

Checkout every week at during this football season whereby I long to hear the voice of the late, legendary Larry Munson. I recently was fortunate enough to have gained access to many Munson radio-called games spanning a couple of decades or so. Therefore, I am posting highlights I compiled from a Munson broadcast of a Georgia game from yesteryear. Adding only photos taken from the particular game, and some commentary, each video will be associated with the Bulldogs' upcoming opponent, or the date for which it is posted.

Entering Georgia's game at Ole Miss in 1981, the once-beaten Bulldogs were favored by only just over a touchdown in a road affair which was supposed to be rather contested. Instead, during a dreary day 35 years ago--so dreary that planes could not fly into Oxford--Georgia and Ole Miss featured the killing of wasps and spilled Coke in the broadcast booth and, on the gridiron, one of his best collegiate performances by the legendary Herschel Walker (and, the greatest 6-yard run in the history of the sport), resulting in a 30-point blowout by the Bulldogs over their host:

One is the Loneliest Number…

"One" is for (L to R) DAVE O'BRIEN, Larry Munson's lone replacement for a 41-season stretch; KNOWSHON MORENO's 1-yard celebratory TD vs. Florida in 2007; and, the one time brothers faced off against one another in a bowl game--a historical moment which nearly didn't occur.

Only one day remains until Georgia kicks off the season against North Carolina. Stats guru Dave McMahon and I demonstrate six ways why "1" is relative and unique to UGA football. Check us out everyday at

Only a Dozen Days…

We're down to 12... Everyday leading up to Georgia's season opener against North Carolina, stats guru Dave McMahon and I demonstrate six ways each number is relative and unique to UGA football. Check us out everyday at

Rest In Peace, Jack Davis…

Jack Davis, perhaps best known for his depictions of Southeastern Conference mascots that have appeared on University of Georgia merchandise for many years, passed away yesterday at the age of 91. One of the founding editors of Mad Magazine, Davis had an immediately recognizable style and an influence that extends far beyond Georgia. 

With Davis' passing, the Bulldog Nation mourns. Rest In Peace, Jack.

The Spirit of ’76

For what it's worth, perhaps my favorite UGA football team of all time is the 1976 SEC title squad, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall. With that being said, it was recently Christmas in July at my house. Santa Dawg, or, more like two very good friends, who both deeply appreciate, while wanting to preserve, Georgia football's rich tradition and history every bit as much as I do, generously delivered me gifts from the Bulldogs' championship season of '76. 

From the Georgia-Clemson game that year, a snippet from one of my new presents:

Called by the late and legendary Larry Munson, I am now in possession of the Georgia Bulldog Network's radio recordings from a number of games in 1976. But wait, there's more, like recordings of Munson calling gamesand, most of them in their entiretyfrom the 1975 and 1977 through 1982 campaigns, as well. 

I'm in absolute heaven, and I want to help share the wealth. If you're interested in obtaining any of these recently-unveiled Munson games from 1975 through 1982; you just happen to possess a vintage Georgia football radio broadcast of your own; and, you might be interested in a trade, please shoot me an email at

So, whether its the 1976 Florida game, featuring below the unearthed call of Munson on "Fourth and Dumb," please help, if you possibly can, my friends and I keep alive the spirit of the greatest football announcer of all time:

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