Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday evening update

Tonight's updates come from the great state of Texas.
We'll start with more rumors getting shot down. Tonight's rumor: Offensive coordinator No. 3 apparently out of the mix.
UAB coach Neil Callaway officially took himself out of the running when he told The Birmingham News that he has zero interest in taking a demotion to run Auburn's offense. Pat Dye, on Wednesday's edition of The Paul Finebaum Show, said Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown would not become the next offensive coordinator, either.
That seemingly set the door from message board favorite, Texas coordinator Greg Davis. Uh... not so much.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik is blazing the recruiting trails right now, but dead period begins again soon. After that, Chizik might put more emphasis on filling his entirely vacant coaching staff.

Moving on to recruiting. DE Nick Fairley and LB Eltoro Freeman are apparently already in the fold.
If The Dallas Morning News columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor has his way, the other recruits will band together and boycott Auburn because of the preceived racial bias.
Auburn has taken a major PR hit for the supposed racial bias. There have been a few defenders, however, like Jason Whitlock, who opines that Turner Gill would have been a poor fit on the Plains.
While I disagree with Whitlock's premise (I think Gill will be a very strong hire wherever he goes and his first stop has proven that), it bears mentioning that there are a few media members that are standing up for Auburn instead of napalming the University.

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