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Auburn’s Tuesday News and Views

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There’s really too much to say about the BCS Championship Game than would fit in this tiny space.  The stars played like stars, though there were far too many turnovers.  The non-stars (Michael Dyer) played like stars.  The coach that was ridiculed at the airport two years ago found redemption.  The kicker who chomped the Gators at The Swamp as a freshman finished his career with a title-winning kick.  The confetti on Cam Newton’s head was enormous.  Basically, it was the second-finest BCS Championship game I’ve ever seen (2005 Rose Bowl better) and it ended with another SEC team being crowned as the king of college football.  In the thirteenth edition, an SEC team won the game for the seventh time and for the fifth consecutive year.  Yes, I am thinking it too.  CATS IN 2012!!!!!!!!

Now onto some UK notes  (and good morning too)…

 – Despite the ruling on Friday that he was permanently ineligible finally seeming to put some closure on the Enes Kanter situation, the case of UK’s sidelined freshmen was again the biggest story of the day as John Calipari spent two sessions with the media airing his issues with the decision.  Calipari revealed that Enes Kanter had no intentions of entering the NBA Draft this season, even if he had been declared eligible and played for the Cats.  He also took shots at NCAA President Mark Emmert for his assertions that it was a clear-cut case despite it taking eight months for a ruling and for what Cal deemed unnecessary comments on the situation.  No matter what Calipari says at this point, the case is closed and Enes will not be free.  But, by not going quietly, Calipari is keeping at least a little heat on the NCAA and adding more frustration to a building notion that the organization is running itself on the fly and case-by-case.  But, more importantly, he’s again proving to those with their ears and eyes tuned in that he’s the best player’s coach in the country.  To potential players, that doesn’t go unnoticed.

 – One of the other interesting comments of the day came when Cal was extensively talking about how his team is playing “content, not committed” and that there were guys on his team that did not deserve to start and were only getting a lot of minutes because of roster attrition.  The players Calipari appeared to have been talking about in the latter half of that statement are juniors DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller.  Both players have had their issues at UK, though Liggins had seemed to turn a corner lately.  But, as has been the case all year, Kentucky knows what they’ll get from Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones and, now, Josh Harrellson.  For the team to remain consistent, they’ll need the two junior wings to carry the weight that they’re expected to handle.  This team can go without them, it just can’t go as far as everyone hopes.

 – Coming off of a loss in Georgia, Kentucky seems primed for a bounce back game against an Auburn team that might be the worst BCS basketball team in America.  The Tigers already sport losses to UNC-Asheville, Samford, Campbell, Presbyrterian and Jacksonville and are coming off a game where they scored six first-half points at home against LSU.  They are 296th in the nation in points per game against a schedule that ranks 328th in the nation and have had a player score 20 points one time all season.  That’s basically a long way of saying that unless Billy Clyde comes all crooked tied to coach the game tomorrow, the Cats probably have this one wrapped up already.

 – What will make this complete and utter beat-down a little tough on Coach Cal, though, is the close relationship between UK’s head coach and new Auburn head man Tony Barbee.  Barbee was a graduate assistant for Cal at UMass and later an assistant at Memphis before taking the UTEP job and called Calipari the most influential male figure in his life besides his father.  And, as we said earlier, he can expect one of those whoopins that only Daddy could hand out when he comes to Rupp tomorrow. 

 – With football now over and the sour taste of the Compass Bowl left to linger all spring and summer, Kentucky fans can now concern themselves with whether or not Randall Cobb will go pro.  Nothing new to report, but the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft is Friday.  I don’t know if we’ve put that on here yet.  But now we have.  So there you go.  I still think Cobb leaves.

 – As mentioned in the post below, Joker Phillips’ recruiting class took a hit Monday when offensive lineman Nick Martin switched his verbal to Notre Dame.  Kentucky is not in a position to lose recruits, especially after laying a fat egg in Birmingham Saturday, and Martin’s change in allegiance is one that stings.  He was a guy who had big-time offers and Kentucky blood lines, including his father being a teammate of Joker Phillips.  I can’t begrudge a kid for doing what he thinks is best, but there’s no question that this one has to sting for the staff and frustrated fans.

 – And, as I’m writing this, there seems to be the potential for more bad news as it’s being reported that UK’s insistence that committed three-star tight end Josh Forrest grey shirt has him wavering his allegiance as well.  Forrest will visit UCF with Lamar Dawson next weekend and said that, as of now, he’s 50-50 between the Cats and the Black Knights.  So you’re saying there’s a chance we keep him?!?!  Space Mountain isn’t that cool.

 – With a loss against Arkansas already running the Vols record without Bruce Pearl to 0-1, the Vols and Gators play Tuesday nightin a game that was seen at one time as a battle of potential SEC championship contenders.  Instead, all I can think about is how badly I’d love for Bruce Pearl to UStream himself while he watches from home.  I’d even contribute some money to see that one play out.

 – Sometimes, life hands you lemons and you have to make lemonade.  That’s exactly the case here.  Enes is ineligible and this Kentucky man left Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Diamond Dallas Page stranded.  Those are the lemons.  The lemonade?  A new Kentucky Barnstorming Tour.  Make it happen, Matt Jones.  Kanter and Jorts vs. DDP and The Anvil.  Better than a Bruce Pearl UStream.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throughout the day as we get you all set for a big day against the awkward little brother of your BCS Champs.  As usual, it gets started with Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am and then continues with (gasp!) a couple of new faces.  In the meantime, try to see how long it takes you to realize this is a picture of a barefoot Lee Corso in a pool with a duck head on.  Dirtbag.

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See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

72 Comments for Auburn’s Tuesday News and Views



  1. UK Steve
    12:00 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Drew Franklin can’t be human after that tweet. I’m speechless.



  2. Cat Fan
    12:07 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Nostradrewus Franklin…..



  3. Cards Suck Balls
    12:17 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    DAMN oregon lost. O btw scam newton is a cheater NCAA- u sir are a retard.
    I hate cam newton
    FREE ENES



  4. Free Joker
    12:18 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Just wondering, does Auburn have two mascots, the War Eagle and the Tiger? Is it like our co-Defensive coordinator system, the War Eagle calls plays but the Tiger is in charge of pumping up the crowd?



  5. ATM best paying odds
    12:20 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart is on a plane headed to Florida to Lure Urban Meyer to the Bluegrass state. Operation need a homerun hire for a coach.



  6. Free Joker
    12:20 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    What was Drew Franklins tweet?



  7. jokers pink slip
    12:23 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    bring in urban and adios to operation epic fail



  8. tyson
    12:25 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    can somebody get the domain name “firejokerphillips.com” for me. i will pay you back.



  9. Mark Liptak
    12:25 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Conventional wisdom would say the clock has now started on how long Auburn gets to keep the championship but would the NCAA, already getting blistered by fans and some in the media on a regular basis, really want to open up that can of worms? They would be crucified (correctly) for stripping a championship after letting a kid play in the game who almost certainly knew what his dad was doing in the first place.

    I honestly don’t know what will happen but my gut says they are going to try to close the book on this as quickly as they can unless someone provides overwhelming evidance…where’s Pete Thamel when you need him? LOL.

    Loved reading and hearing the comments today from Bilas, Vitale and DeCourcey on Enes. The NCAA has got to be royally pissed they are getting hammered like they are. Good…I hope it continues.

    Mark Liptak



  10. vegas
    12:27 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    over/under on aubarn vacating this natl.title is 3 mos. what u got?



  11. Stickman
    12:30 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Beisner, the rasslers were stranded in Mercer County WEST BY GOD VIRGINIA, not Mercer County, Ky. The guy arrested was from Kentucky, but the crime and arrest occurred in West Virginia.



  12. Cam Newton
    12:34 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t hate the player, hate the game. National champs biatches!!!!!!! NCAA awarded Auburn the championship, denied UK theirs. Wasn’t Cam’s fault, blame Mark Emmert.



  13. SUPREMECATS
    12:34 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Last two sentences of the post = spectacular. ha ha ha ha.



  14. P.L. Wallingford, III
    12:37 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA is so mad at Cam Newton & Ohio State, that they suspended Enes Kanter for life!



  15. markp
    12:43 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Free Joker



  16. musberger's liver spots
    12:44 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    he must have thought he had gold when he said “this is for all the tostitos”…his douchiness knows no bounds



  17. tom
    12:45 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    YAWN. Didn’t even watch the championship game. Liked your pic of the Duck cheerleaders though. I see that Joker lost a big recruit. Expect more of this after our sorry performance on the field this year and last Saturday.

    Joker is NOT the guy to take us to the next level. We took a BIG step backward this season…even with one of the best offensive tools in the SEC. Now with our five best players leaving, including a seasoned and proven QB, I’m afraid next year is going to be a slide back again. The momentum of UK football, that was rolling ahead is no more.

    Back to our usual slot of 5th in the SEC East. And probably no bowl game next season. Turn out the lights until we get a coach in here who has the reputation to do something. Sorry all your hard work has gone by the wayside Coach Brooks.



  18. Catfanblue
    12:45 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Its not looking good for Joker…the hits just keep on coming and what was supposed to be his strength is turning into his weakness. He needs to get it in gear big time or he may be runnng out of time.



  19. NOB
    12:47 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Nice job giving Nation of Blue credit on the 50/50 on the Josh Forrest situation….Oh my bad, you didn’t…



  20. corso sucks
    12:47 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    free joker from his contract. bring in urban or malzhan



  21. kygrl02
    12:49 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    OMG! It took me a min of 5 min.!!! Jeez, help me…hahhaha.



  22. general custer
    12:49 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    chaaaaaaarge! bring in a good f’ball coach. the sec east is ripe for the takin’



  23. Stickman
    12:50 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll be SHOCKED if Barnhart gets rid of him anytime in the next 3-5 years. I think he’ll be afraid of being accused of being discriminatory for firing a minority coach. If he’s honest and doesn’t let political winds influence him, he’ll do it simply based on the guy’s performance, which so far has been predictably lackluster.

  24. War Eagle! (but not if they’re playing UK of course!!!!)



  25. Kevin Probus
    12:51 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    BTI is confused. Oregon averaged more points so they should’ve won.



  26. Stickman
    12:53 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Let me add I think Joker should get the chance Billy G got. One year is not enough, but if you combine his performance as Coach Brooks’ number two man with his performance as number 1 this year, then you kind of get a sense of where we’re headed. He’s going to be the Bill Curry of the early 21st century.



  27. scam newton
    12:53 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    musberger looks like my grandma



  28. Andy
    12:54 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    That was the worst Championship game I’ve seen. What a waste of time. I’d have a better time watching a D II playoff game.



  29. kygrl02
    12:57 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #18: You need a f/n clue. It was one season w.o his players give him a frickin chance and a little encouragement. Are you sure your not a UofL fan? You sure respond like one.



  30. BlueMike
    1:06 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    29) did you watch the game? Best bowl game of the season, by far! Last second field goal to win. How was that the worst championship game? It’s usually a blow out against OSU, at least the PAC-10 made it a game.



  31. Camper89
    1:15 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m surprised that no one has talked about how hot all of the orogon cheerleaders were…



  32. BPsycho
    1:17 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #31 YES



  33. Grammar Clown
    1:28 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I love Oregon cheerleaders. I think that Cal will play the bench alot for the game, will be fun to watch.



  34. tdogg4033011
    1:34 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    now that this Enes stuff is behind the team, maybe the boys will play with a little chip on their shoulder & just start spanking teams ….. starting Tuesday night !!!



  35. stegbrent
    1:40 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Somebody tell the girl in front that I want to prove to her that blondes have more fun.



  36. level 9 pissed
    2:02 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    As long as i’ve got a face, those girls have a place to sit.



  37. SanDiegoDave
    2:11 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Outstanding game and another great year for the SEC. Thank God Cam Newton is going pro so I will no longer have to listen about his douchebag father.



  38. tdogg4033011
    3:04 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I dont care that Joker has only had 1 year at the helm, with a coach like Urban Meyer out there …… UK has to atleast pursue, even though its a long long shot. You never know until an offer is made



  39. BPsycho
    5:04 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #37 Lol classic



  40. twnky
    5:56 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    that cheerleaders body is on point!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!



  41. Al's IndiCats
    7:33 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    In another blog someone suggested that the players where something on their uniforms with the number 0 on it to protest the NCAA’s ruling on Kanter. I suggested that they wear calf length socks (Black) with a white 0 on them…As he said the announcers will show this to the country on tv. What do you all think?



  42. thats budda
    7:41 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    there’s somebody with a duck head in that picture?…….oh yeah



  43. Phillips, Joker
    7:43 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tarkenton also took an indirect slam at Georgia opponents, saying:

    “For the last three years our program has been God-awful. Our schedule, we play two sisters of the poor every year. We play Kentucky and Vanderbilt that aren’t true SEC teams and then we play Georgia Tech that is not going to have the talent we have.”



  44. LookingForward
    7:56 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Here’s Mark Emmert’s ncaa e-mail addy, everyone write him a letter everyday this year….
    I am. [email protected]



  45. I'm Just Sayin
    8:12 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Football program is in reverse, headed for a telephone pole.



  46. bung
    8:18 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    We need to get Enes back in the media after this fballgame dies down



  47. Roach K
    8:25 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    We have two undefeated teams ranked 1 and 2 now in the final poll. Nobody will ever know who the true national champ is. The BCS IS BUSTED.



  48. Cristoforouk
    8:27 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    That game was rather boring. I don’t know what you guys are smoking that are saying it was one of the greatest ever. I thought it was pretty poorly executed on the offensive end. LOTS of missed opportunities (bad passes, dropped balls, etc.) and lots of guys slipping when they could have broke big runs. Sure didn’t look like the two best teams in the country to me.

    As for Cobb, he’s gone. He’s already told people. Move on.



  49. Cristoforouk
    8:29 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I thought the game was rather boring. I’m not sure what some of you are smoking. It was pretty poorly executed on the offensive end. LOTS of missed opportunities (bad passes, dropped balls, etc) and guys were constant slipping when they could have turned it into a big gain.

    As for Cobb, he’s gone. He’s already told people. Move on.



  50. Cristoforouk
    8:30 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry about that double post.



  51. ENEScent
    8:30 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    #30, u get a clue, joker has been the head coach in waiting for some time now. It’s not like he got thrown in there with a bunch of new players he didnt know or hadn’t ever coached before. Joker had every opportunity to win 8 or 9 games this year but failed miserably. Oh and as for “his players”, he prolly won’t have any after the bowl performance!!



  52. bung
    8:34 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    horny froggs 4evah….free enes….Now is the time for a champ fball game…..ncaa idiots



  53. bung
    8:41 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Enes press conference with list of ncaa rulings and list of why Enes family thought he was eligible?



  54. Al's IndiCats
    8:49 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    From the looks of that cheerleader’s legs, she could snap a spine with no problem at all…..what a way to go!



  55. bung
    8:51 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    yep 55 and she had prev been ruled ineligible for refusing a pro contract



  56. bung
    8:56 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    will draft$treet refs call game 2nite or do we stick with the unqualified?



  57. SavannahCat
    9:08 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Just think, if we had a playoff like basketball, we could have had the #4(Stanford) vs the #20 team(Utah) playing for the title. Duke(#4) vs Butler (#20). BCS gives us better games and always has the top two teams playing and at worst #3 might sneak in. All you BCS haters are right, that match-up and game last night was terrible, we need to do something about it!!!! BCS in basketball would have been Kentucky vs Kansas. Let’s see….Duke vs Butler, or Kentucky vs Kansas. Unless your a NE Yankee or a Tennessee “football only” fan, no one would pick the former.



  58. WKY Blue
    9:34 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    You mean there is a duck in a pool in the pic? I can’t seem to see past the blonde.



  59. bung
    9:36 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Horned frogs rule



  60. Brian
    9:37 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    How about we do some research and find out about that cheerleader in the front! Hubba Hubba!



  61. Just saying
    9:53 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    opps…there’s…



  62. gvillecat
    10:00 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Enuff with the Urban talk. Isn’t going to happen, ever.

    Sure O-linemann are important, but it’s not a make or break recruit. Likewise, if the TE is down to a C-USA school and UK who wants him to sit a year, then I hardly think this is a terribly important get either. If he was a package deal with Dawson, then sure, but a TE, really?

    Granted I’ve been underwhelmed with Joker thus far, but I’m not crucifying the guy after one season. If he can get 7-8 wins next year with Morgan Newton (no Cobb or Locke) then he’s earned a few more years. If he wins 5 games next year, time to start the coaching search.



  63. dkrgis212
    10:16 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Is that duck butter dripping from her leg?



  64. Big D
    10:29 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Now Oregon knows how Kentucky felt when they lost on the last play of the game to Auburn. Of course we could continue to think about what could have been this year, and how things went so wrong.



  65. bmac
    10:37 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    the way these past couple of weeks have gone for UK, I expect Auburn to go 20-25 from three point range tonight.



  66. tom
    10:38 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    31 –

    yes I do have, as you so eloquently put it, ‘a frickin clue’. I started three years as linebacker in a Big 8 school garnering all conference my senior year. I have watched and even broadcasted college football for 25 years and have seen a ZILLION Joker Phillips pass through the ranks. No, I am not a U of L fan and am as big a UK fan as anyone on this board.

    Joker is not SEC head coach material. Maybe some years spent at Appy State or Eastern or a mid level school like that can provide him the needed experience. There is NO reason in the world that he allows arguably the most versitle player in college football (Cobb) NINE touches in the entire game and only THREE in the first half. Why Joker seemingly built a game plan around Morgan Newton’s ability to run ( that’s a joke) is a mystery as well. Derrick Locke was also under utilized. I could go on and on but won’t.

    Joker made similar mistakes last year when he was calling the offense and it cost us games. This team was NOT prepared for the bowl game. Anyone could see that. It is the head coach’s responsibility to make sure his team is ready. Joker failed as he did numerous times this year.

    Bring in someone who has the experience. Maybe one day that will be Joker…but not today.



  67. tom
    10:39 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    66 –
    I feel your pain on that.



  68. Citizen Cane
    10:39 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    So disappointed I didn’t wake up to a press release from Mark Cuban that Auburn and TCU had each been given $30M and there would be a +1 next weekend.



  69. The Monster Mash
    11:11 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Beisner, Josh Forrest is hardly a Tight End. 6’4″ about 215lb. 1WR, Safety, KR and PR at Paducah Tilghman. Plays PG on the basketball team. Real slim, lanky, long build, but some muscle tone. Can definitely add muscle mass. From everything I hear, he will stay at WR at college. Has the tools to go with the build too.



  70. bmac
    11:21 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    imo, joker’s only real mistake was suspending hartline. i understand that he was being a typical college student and maybe partied a bit too hard one night, but Ohio State had 5 players commit NCAA violations and they got to play in their bowl game.

    hartline should have been suspended for at most 1 quarter. that game was too important for the program to throw it away just to try and teach a 5th year senior with an otherwise clean record a life lesson.



  71. Smoke Show
    11:54 am January 11, 2011 Permalink

    My lord the Oregon cheerleaders are nothing but Smoke Shows, I think I see a transfer to the University of Oregon in my near future



  72. mike
    2:13 pm January 11, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder if Joker and the rest of the offensive staff watched the game last night? They could all take lessons from Jim Kelly and the Oregon offense. They were risk takers and fun to watch, something that was definitely missing this past season and probably next. Wake up guys.