FAYETTEVILLE -- Bruce Pearl's Auburn Tigers have developed into the top story in the SEC. The Tigers (16-1, 4-0 SEC), who advanced to No. 17 in The Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games by rallying for a 76-68 victory at Mississippi State on Saturday. Auburn trailed by as many as 12 points and rebounded from a 35-24 deficit at halftime to claim its second SEC road victory after a 94-84 decision at Tennessee in its conference opener. Pearl, in his fourth season, is trying to keep his team from getting caught up in the hype of the winning streak, Auburn's longest since 2000. "For me, it's just we've got Alabama on Wednesday," Pearl said on Saturday in Starkville, Miss. "We've got to get better to be able to win this league. We have 14 games left. We could win them all, we could lose them all. Where we are right now is fine ... but we're taking them one at a time. Don't get too high, don't get too low." Pearl said last year's club … [Read more...] about Auburn washing out ‘taste’
Tailgating at ole miss
The pillar of smoke seemed to come out of nowhere, slowly creeping its way into the dimly-lit sky behind the southeast corner of Jordan-Hare Stadium.Twenty years ago LSU's football team claimed a 19-15 victory at Auburn, but those in attendance and watching on TV may not remember much about the game itself. A ball of flames just 40 yards away demanded plenty of attention."It was a tough loss for us against LSU, but it was an interesting night," said former Auburn coach Terry Bowden. "It's one you never forget for weird reasons."On Sept. 21, 1996, Bowden's Tigers were riding high. Ranked 15th in the nation entering Week 4, junior quarterback Dameyune Craig led Auburn past UAB, Fresno State and Ole Miss by a combined score of 138-28. LSU, coached by Gerry DiNardo, was 1-0 and ranked 21st after edging Houston 35-34 in its season opener two weeks prior.During the early and scoreless stages of the first quarter, the smoke appeared and rapidly grew larger and darker, causing concern and fear … [Read more...] about The night ‘The Barn’ burned at Auburn
STARKVILLE — This year's Egg Bowl is on Thanksgiving, forcing a change of plans for many families planning on attending this year's game at Davis Wade Stadium.Annie Costabile caught up with those in the Junction to find out how you tailgate Thanksgiving-style and get ready for the big game. More: Egg Bowl: Ole Miss vs. No. 14 Mississippi State live updates … [Read more...] about An Egg Bowl Thanksgiving: how Mississippi State fans are celebrating in the Junction
Every day it seems like a new one is coming down. The “President” hates it. I love it. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” But to that, I say, as a former history major myself, what has a monument in the image of someone who was hateful every taught anyone? There is no beauty in racism. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee will be removed from the City University of New York Hall of Great Americans. “Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, … [Read more...] about It’s time for colleges to dump Old South nicknames and mascots
TEMPLE, Texas — Margaret Sauls Jones, the paternal grandmother of Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., drives her black F-150 pickup down Heritage Ave., searching for a copy of Dunbar High’s 1965 yearbook. She stops in at four classmates’ houses, inquiring about the annual’s whereabouts. Each time, she slides back behind the wheel empty-handed, staring out through a windshield with three cracks in it, smoke from her cigarette swirling. She details Junior’s genealogy as she steers, noting his mix of African-American and Caucasian blood, with a drop of Cherokee. She tells about her childhood as a sharecropper’s daughter: the sack she needed to fill with cotton by noon; the segregated schools she attended; and how she’d sleep, in a slip, out in the moonlit yards on hot nights. She pulls up to the property where she was raised. “That was my hardest time, pickin’ the cotton,” she says. “If you didn’t get the amount … [Read more...] about The rise of NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Brushing aside a carnival-like atmosphere and Alabama’s potent defense, Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace bounced around in the pocket and threw one perfect pass after another, willing the Rebels downfield in the fourth quarter. Two touchdown passes and one stunning comeback later, No. 11 Mississippi had a 23-17 victory over No. 3 Alabama on Saturday and asserted itself as a true contender in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. “We worked hard for this moment,” said Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell, who caught a touchdown pass. “And as (the final seconds) happened, I thought ‘This isn’t the end of it all. It’s just the beginning.”’ Wallace threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 10-yarder to Jaylen Walton with 2:54 remaining. It capped a methodical, nearly flawless fourth quarter for the Rebels (5-0, 2-0 SEC), who have won five games to start the season for … [Read more...] about SEE IT: No. 11 Mississippi rallies to stun No. 3 Alabama as RB Kenyan Drake suffers awful leg injury
NOTE: This story was originally published Feb. 18, 2016. When Lance Harvell walked into M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field to open the college baseball season earlier this year it was a homecoming of sorts.Harvell spent two years as a volunteer assistant baseball coach for the Cajuns before moving to Sam Houston State in 2014, and he knows well how Cajuns baseball fans can rattle visiting players and coaches."They've already been hitting me up on Twitter," Harvell laughed at the time, as he prepared to board the team bus for Lafayette. "It'll be good seeing a bunch of our old friends, but I don't expect anything but for them to give me a hard time."Now, The Cajuns will take on SHSU in the first round of the NCAA Regional in Lafayette Friday.The fans create a home-field advantage for the Cajuns at The Tigue that is extraordinary, Harvell said."Sometimes when you'd go on the road, you'd realize just how good we had it at home," he said. "They're smart baseball … [Read more...] about It’s hard to beat Cajuns baseball fans
It was a long tournament weekend for Cajuns fans, some of whom had been tailgating since Thursday. They outlasted multiple rain delays and scorching heat. But they are a hardy bunch.At times during Game 6 on Monday afternoon, The Tigue was eerily quiet. Maybe it was the heat, which reached the low 90s but felt like 100. Maybe it was because some fans couldn’t get out of work to attend the game. But it didn’t help that the Cajuns struggled early, falling to a 6-0 to the Arizona Wildcats before losing 6-3 and forcing a Game 7.Fans rallied Monday night. They were loud and proud as they belted out "Centerfield" during the seventh-inning stretch. They sang players' walk-up songs, despite the fact that there was no music.That game — the last before the old Tigue undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation — didn't finish the way the team or the fans would have liked. The Cajuns' season ended with a 3-1 loss to the Wildcats.No matter the outcome, Lafayette made an … [Read more...] about Cajuns fans may be the best in baseball
The term refers to partying in a parking lot, but college and NFL football fans across the country treat tailgating as over-the-top celebrations with enviable food. "We want to dispel the notion that it's a college kegger party," says Paula Dillon, a Chicago Bears season-ticket holder who, with her husband, John, has been tailgating outside of Soldier Field for close to two decades. Despite their allegiance to the Bears, the Dillons plan menus that reference the visiting team, like barbecue when the Kansas City Chiefs come to town.Slideshow: America's Best Tailgating Cities Cooking food influenced by the opposition is common practice, but stadium-goers also prepare their own regional tailgate foods among the ubiquitous hot dogs, burgers and grilled steaks. Patriots fans take pride in bringing New England seafood; Mexican food dominates at Chargers games in San Diego; and Southern tailgaters, like those on Duke University's campus in Durham, NC favor fried chicken, deviled eggs and hush … [Read more...] about Superbowl! Best tailgating cities in America for NFL football fans to grill, fry and celebrate
The University of Tennessee football team released its 2018 football schedule last week, and the lineup of games looked about as easy as scoring from the 1-yard line at The Swamp.I mean, seriously. Starting off the season with West Virginia?A four game-stretch against Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama? Did Butch Jones not offer the schedule maker's kid a scholarship or something?The Florida and Alabama games are home games and sandwich the road games at Georgia and Auburn that have a bye week in between.And when that span is all over, the Vols will head to South Carolina and head coach Will Muschamp – whom Jones has never defeated.The Fulmer Curse might have ended when Tennessee hired former coach Phillip Fulmer as a special adviser in June, but this brutal schedule seems to be the product of some kind of residual Dooley voodoo.Jokes aside, this will not be a record-prediction article. Rather, a look at what a perfect Tennessee schedule should look like, using … [Read more...] about 2018 Tennessee schedule out of sorts. Here’s a remedy.