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Auburn is investigating if a part-time staffer took an exam for a player in 2015.
The player reportedly was not on the team at the time, but was returning to school to complete his degree. Tutors work with student-athletes frequently, so in this case one could have completed an exam for the player. Auburn states the claims are false. Oct 12 - 8:40 AM
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Auburn will enter their Saturday showdown with Georgia Southern with just one player questionable due to injury.

If you believe in good omens, Auburn is in for a big year. The only player in doubt for Saturday's opener is freshman RB JaTarvious Whitlow, who is dealing with a leg injury. Otherwise, no potentially sidelining injuries for the Tigers this month. No suspensions, either. Auburn is a true darkhorse Playoff contender.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 29 - 10:36 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said that the program has been in conversation with UAB regarding a future match-up.

"We've had conversations with them. We'd love to play them again if we can work it out on the schedule, but finding a common date is often difficult to do some times," Jacobs said. UAB AD Mark Ingram went a step further, saying, "I think it will happen." The two teams have not played since 1996. UAB is reentering the football fray this coming season after shutting down the program in December of 2014.
Jun 23 - 5:45 PM

Auburn promoted director of player personnel Patrick Suddes to assistant athletic director for football.

With Suddes heading up the ladder, Stefan Schmidt will take his previous gig as director of player personnel while Brett Whiteside moves into the position of director of football operations. Jorrell Bostrom -- a former offensive lineman with the program -- will serve as director of player development.
Jun 18 - 2:07 PM

Auburn director of football operations Jamie Croley is leaving his position.

Croley will be moving on to work in helping to boot up a foundation started by Auburn HC Gus Malzahn and his wife, Kristi. He had been with the Tigers since 2013 and also worked with Malzahn as director of football operations at Arkansas State in 2012.
Source: 247Sports
May 9 - 9:22 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he believes that the Tigers will compete for a national championship this season.

"The big thing is I feel like we have quality depth at the quarterback position and that's been kind of an Achilles heel the last couple of years," Malzahn said. It's a fair enough statement, as last year's team was working with a quarterbacking stable of Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III. With Jarrett Stidham coming over from Baylor, though, the team now has two players with respectable starting experience in Stidham and White. OC Chip Lindsey spoke glowingly of the team's work this spring, saying that he was "really pleased with the progress we made all the way around." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom is one analyst intrigued by Auburn's potential for the coming campaign -- he ranked them at No. 8 in his springtime top-30.
May 7 - 2:23 PM

Regarding Saturday's 40-29 win over Ole Miss, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said, "I'm proud of our staff. I'm proud of our players."

"The way you win really means something," Malzahn said, "especially this time of year." Running back Kerryon Johnson agrees with that assessment well enough, saying, "We have a defense that can lift us [the offense] up, and we have an offense that can lift the defense up. That’s how you keep each other balanced. That’s how you win a lot of tough, close games like this one." After losing two of their first three contests, the Tigers are currently rolling on a five-game winning streak. The Iron Bowl looms on November 26, though contests against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama A&M will all need to be taken care of, first, before Auburn's dance with the Crimson Tide begins.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 01:54:00 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn told reporters OC Rhett Lashlee will call plays for the remainder of the season.

Malzahn served as the playcaller in Auburn's two losses to Clemson and Texas A&M, obviously difficult teams, but the victory over LSU pointed to Malzahn sticking with Lashlee. This isn't the first time Malzahn gave Lashlee this responsibility, making the same decision last season before taking it back in the offseason. Auburn faces ULM and Arkansas over the next few weeks.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 09:12:00 AM

Should Auburn choose to fire HC Gus Malzahn at the end of the season, they would owe him an estimated $8.95 million.

Malzahn signed a one-year extension over the offseason and his contract now extends through the 2020 season. Should Auburn opt to jettison Malzahn's staff, too, the bill would rise to a hefty approximate number of $13.79 million. In losses to Clemson and Texas A&M this season, the Tigers have managed to score just 29 points. They face LSU on Saturday as they attempt to dig out of their early 1-2 hole.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn believes that his program's early schedule is among the most difficult in the country.

"You know, I’m really, really excited that we’re playing at home [for the first five games]. You know, our players and our coaches and I know our fans are excited," Malzahn said. "We got a real schedule starting out. I would probably put our schedule up against anybody in college football, especially early." He isn't joking. The Tigers open the season against Clemson, Arkansas State, Texas A&M, LSU and Louisiana Monroe (all home games for Malzahn's crew). That collection of teams went a combined 42-24 last season. And that's including Louisiana Monroe's 2-11 record.
Source: SEC Country
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 07:53:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he "expect[s] to be here a long time."

Malzahn was awarded a one-year extension earlier this offseason and his contract is not set to expire until 2020. "It shows that the administration has confidence in you," Malzahn said. "Like I said, I love coaching at Auburn, love being here and expect to be here a long time." The only reason this is a discussion at all is that the Tigers managed to take a 2015 preseason ranking of No. 6 and turn it into a 7-6 record. They have lost nine of their last 11 in-conference games. For what it is worth (probably not much), AD Jay Jacobs has voiced steady support for Malzahn. "This league is tough every day. It doesn’t matter what year it is — year in, year out, how many years you’ve been here or whatever it may be," Jay said. "There is no doubt about it: [Malzahn]’s the right guy for Auburn."
Source: SEC Country
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 02:54:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that he would be open to discussing a plan that would allow undrafted underclassman who declared to retain their collegiate eligibility.

"I think that is something to definitely look into. I know Bret [Bielema] from Arkansas, we talked about that, and I thought that was probably a good idea at least to discuss," Malzahn said. Credit to Bielema for keeping the momentum on this one. Arkansas' strange-cat-of-a-coach has been publicly pounding the pavement for undrafted underclassmen throughout the offseason and Malzahn's comments make it pretty clear that this isn't just Bielema saying things for public effect. For the time being, though, this outwardly logical idea has yet to gain enough traction in practicality for implementation in the immediate future.
Source: Rivals
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Auburn and Penn State are scheduled for a home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.

Penn State will host the Tigers on September 18, 2021, with Auburn returning the favor on September 17, 2022. This will be the first time that Auburn has ever played a Big Ten opponent during the regular season. Tigers AD Jay Jacobs said, "This is another great opportunity for our players and fans to be part of something special. Bringing together elite programs rich in tradition is what college football is all about."
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said, "Auburn athletics [are] strong" despite the fact that the school's three major sports programs were historically bad over the last academic year.

The football, men's basketball and baseball teams at Auburn combined for a winning percentage of just .410 last season. Their in-conference mark was even more horrifying at .269. The three programs combined to go 15-41 within the SEC. "Absolutely we have to do better" Jacobs acknowledged, "but I can tell you this: we’re not sparing any resources to give each of those coaches — those three and the other 12 — an opportunity to be successful." To be fair, Auburn has found recent success outside of the aforementioned three sports, with the women's equestrian team winning the national championship and the softball team finishing as runner-up to national champ Oklahoma in the last academic year.
Source: SEC Country
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Dave Bartoo of the CFB Matrix that, according to his metrics, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn tied with Steve Spurrier as the worst coach in the SEC in 2015.

Malzahn "was four games below talent, schedule expectations. Something needs to turn around really quick down there," Bartoo told Paul Finebaum. Malzahn's first season was outstanding, leading the team to a 12-2 record. However, last season saw a major drop off to 7-6 which followed an 8-5 record. We certainly do not think Malzahn is a "bad" coach, but the 2016 season is an important one. He just signed on for an extra season, through 2020.
Source: SEC Sports
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 10:47:00 AM