Players to receive SEC Champions rings before A-Day game

AUBURN – The final celebratory act of Auburn’s incredible 2013 season, receiving the SEC Champions rings, will be done prior to Saturday’s A-Day game.

The hardware, a picture of which was tweeted out by Tigers coach Gus Malzahn on Tuesday, will be given to members of last season’s team, which posted the biggest single-season turnaround in conference history, going from 0-8 to 7-1.

Malzahn, Bo Jackson to pair up at Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

AUBURN – Gus Malzahn and Bo Jackson will represent Team Auburn at the eighth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament held April 27-29 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta.

The 11-team field of college head coaches and celebrity alumni is set to compete for their share of the $520,000 scholarship money for their universities.

“This event is really a celebration of college football, with National Coaches of the Year, Heisman Trophy winners and celebrity alumni, all representing their universities in a competition for scholarship money for their schools,” said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in a statement.… More

Spring Practice: Day 13

AUBURN – We’re live from the final open viewing of Auburn practice this spring.

It’s practice No. 13, with A-Day just five days away.

  • Chad Slade was back to working at right guard and Avery Young was at right tackle. Interestingly, Patrick Miller stayed at right tackle behind Young.
  • Ricardo Louis is over his “minor ailment” from last week and back in pads.
  • Special teams was working on downing punts.
  • Nick Marshall was out there, not clear if whatever prevented him from fully participating on Saturday.
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Bruce Pearl issues open letter to ‘Auburn Family’

AUBURN – Bruce Pearl issued a letter to the “Auburn Family” on Tuesday, asking for fan support next season.

“We will play for championships at Auburn but we have to do it together,” Pearl writes.

The impact of Pearl’s hire resulted in an immediate boost in season ticket sales, with 361 public sale deposits and 150 Tigers Unlimited donations in the first 24 hours.

Pearl, who is still serving his NCAA show-cause penalty, landed a commitment on Sunday thanks to the work of top assistant Tony Jones.… More

A-Day game to be ‘exactly’ like last year

AUBURN – A-Day will be “exactly” like last year, with the team split into two squads – like the first and second teams with some players flipping sides for more reps.

“We’re going to put the ball down and we’re going to get after it,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “We’re going to do what we do.”

Auburn will hold its regular Tuesday and Thursday practices this week before concluding spring with A-Day. Last year Malzahn cancelled two earlier practices to go over corrections after the spring game,

“I think it’s really important, especially for us to grade the scrimmage, to come back and try to get corrections the last two practices,” he said after last year’s game.… More