This will be the third season in a row that Auburn will compete in Holiday Hoopsgiving, and their second time facing Memphis in the neutral-site affair.
In 2020, Auburn defeated Memphis 74-71 behind a 26-point, eight-rebound game from former Tiger [autotag]Justin Powell[/autotag]. All eleven players that saw action in the game scored at least two points. Behind Powell, [autotag]Allen Flanigan[/autotag] scored 16 points.
Last season, Auburn manhandled Nebraska in the event, 99-68. Five players reached double-digits in scoring, led by Jabari Smith’s 21 points.
With the announcement of the neutral site game in Atlanta, marks four locations where Auburn will play a non-conference game this season. Auburn will travel to compete in the Cancun Challenge on November 22 and 23, will play two true road contests on the west coast at USC and Washington on December 18 and 21 respectively, and will travel to West Virginia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on January 28.
A four-star cornerback has announced his commitment date and is keeping Auburn in mind.
Auburn is in the running to land an in-state cornerback that would add value to their 2023 recruiting class.
Avery Stuart, a four-star cornerback from Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, is closer to announcing his commitment after releasing his top-8 list on Sunday, which features Auburn.
Stuart has been on the Tigers’ radar since last August, as the Tigers became the third school to offer Stuart after Ole Miss and Penn State. Since being offered by Auburn, Stuart has received offers from 16 programs, including three SEC programs in Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Arkansas.
Stuart visited Auburn on January 29, which was unofficial. According to 247sports, Stuart has only taken two official visits, which have taken place over the month of June. The weekend of June 10, Stuart visited Kentucky. At the time of this post, Stuart had just wrapped up an official visit to Florida State.
While there are no sure predictions for Stuart, On3 gives Florida State a 31% chance to land Stuart. Stuart is set to announce his official commitment on July 6.
Stuart is rated as a four-star cornerback by both On3 and 247sports. He is the 22nd ranked corner in the nation, as well as the No. 22 ranked prospect in the state of Alabama.
Contract details emerge for three position coaches on Bryan Harsin’s staff.
Auburn Football and head coach [autotag]Bryan Harsin[/autotag] added a handful of members to the staff for the 2022 season, which included three new position coaches.
Defensive Line coach [autotag]Jimmy Brumbaugh[/autotag], as well as receivers coach [autotag]Ike Hilliard[/autotag] and linebackers coach [autotag]Christian Robinson[/autotag], were hired in an effort to produce a boost to their respective positions in both on-field production and recruiting.
Now that they are settled with Auburn, details of their contracts have been released.
AL.com received the details for the contracts of Brumbaugh, Hilliard, and Robinson through an open records request. According to the report, those three coaches have signed two-year contracts that will run through January 31, 2024. However, the salaries of those contracts all vary.
Brumbaugh, who played defensive line for the Tigers from 1995-99, will earn $625,000, with a base salary of $250,000 and a bonus of $187,500 for personal appearances and endorsements.
Hilliard is set to earn $600,000 per year, $250,000 in annual base salary and $175,000 in endorsements and personal appearances.
Finally, Robinson will begin with a salary of $525,000, which will increase to $550,000 in year two of the contract. His endorsement and personal appearance pay will begin at $275,000 and will jump to $300,000 in his second season at Auburn.
Brunbaugh, Hilliard, and Robinson join coordinators Eric Kiesau and Jeff Schemedding as new additions to Bryan Harsin’s staff for the 2022 season.
Auburn’s Sonny DiChiara and Blake Burkhalter earn more recognition for their impressive seasons.
Two of the SEC’s best players from the 2022 season have earned more hardware.
Auburn Baseball’s [autotag]Sonny DiChiara[/autotag] and [autotag]Blake Burkhalter[/autotag] have been recognized as All-Americans by two separate organizations.
DiChiara earned his 4th and 5th All-American honor for the season by being named a second-team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Association, as well as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
DiChiara hit 22 home runs and sent 53 runs home to score in 2022. His 22 home runs were the fourth-most in the SEC, and the second-most home runs hit by an Auburn Tiger in program history, one behind Hunter Morris’ 23 in 2010. He was also walked 68 times this season, which is the most in the country.
The SEC’s save leader, Blake Burkhalter, was named second team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Association.
Burkhalter appeared in a career-high 30 games this season on the mound, going 4-2 with 17 strikeouts and an SEC-best 16 saves in 46.1 innings. Some of his most notable outings this season included recording two saves for Auburn in their Corvallis Regional win, as well as recording the final six outs of the Auburn Regional championship game against UCLA.
The element of surprise is what makes the Auburn-LSU rivalry so intriguing.
The famous “Tiger Bowl” rivalry between Auburn and LSU is intriguing not only because it pits two of the SEC’s blue bloods together for an annual showdown, but also because it seems that every game provides some sort of College Football historical significance.
Some of the notable games in this series include the 1988 “Earthquake Game”, where the crowd reaction to LSU’s game-winning touchdown registered on the Richter scale, the 1996 “Barn Burner” game where the old sports arena burned during the game, and more recently, last season’s game where Auburn snapped a 10-game losing streak to LSU in Baton Rouge dating back to 1999.
There are many more memorable games between these two programs to name, which is what makes this one of the better rivalries in the SEC.
Pat Dooly of Gators Wire recently listed the 12 best conference games on the 2022 schedule as part of his “Dooly’s Dozen” series. On the list. he ranks this season’s LSU game as the No. 5 most intriguing game of the SEC schedule, for the sole purpose of not knowing what to expect.
Remember when this game was such a big deal? Nobody is really sure what to expect from Auburn and LSU with (Brian) Kelly a mystery as well. All we know is that both teams have players we want to watch play the game.
Although Auburn holds a two-game streak over the Bayou Bengals, LSU leads the overall series 31-24-1 that dates back to 1901, and has been played annually since 1992. The 2022 edition of the Tiger Bowl is set for October 1 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Here’s everything you may have missed from the latest Morning Rush:
Auburn may have been bounced from the College World Series, but don’t fret — there is still Auburn news to catch on.
On this Friday morning, we have a transfer player from Western Kentucky headed to Auburn, one of the softball team’s big hitters being ranked among Division I’s best players, the men’s golf team celebrates a big anniversary and Auburn’ track athletes get the chance to represent their countries for international qualifiers.
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A magical run came to a heartbreaking ending in Omaha on Tuesday night.
The Southeastern Conference’s “surprise team” from the 2022 season wrote their final chapter on Tuesday night at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska.
Auburn, who had just won their first game in the College World Series since 1997 a day prior, could not overcome the experience of fellow SEC squad, Arkansas on Tuesday, dropping the game 11-1, thus closing the book on a magical run.
“It was a great experience for every one of us. We found a ton of positives out of this season,” said head coach [autotag]Butch Thompson[/autotag] following the game. “Our people stepped up to the plate for this team before we ever played a game and I’ll never forget that. I thought we returned the favor at the end of the postseason.”
Arkansas jumped ahead early in the first inning on two quick hits. Braydon Webb would lead off the game by reaching base on a double to left center field, then would score one at-bat later on a single by Peyton Stovall, giving the Razorbacks the 1-0 lead. After a meeting with pitching coach [autotag]Tim Hudson[/autotag], Auburn starting pitcher [autotag]Mason Barnett[/autotag] would sit down the next three batters in order, earning two strikeouts.
Auburn kept Arkansas off of the scoreboard in the 2nd inning, but the Razorbacks would catch wind again over the next two innings. Arkansas scored seven runs over the 3rd and 4th innings to gain control of the game with an 8-0 lead. The Razorbacks scored a run in the 6th, and two more in the 9th to cap scoring.
Auburn’s lone run came in the 7th inning, when [autotag]Bobby Peirce[/autotag] led off the inning with a line drive home run off of the left field foul pole.
Despite ending the season with a lop-sided loss, Auburn Baseball defied the odds that were given to them during the preseason. The Tigers went from being picked to finish 7th in the SEC West, to ending the season as one of the final five teams left standing at the College World Series.
Head coach Butch Thompson feels that the foundation has been laid, and he expects to see this program continue to grow.
“You can look at pen to paper from the time we’ve been here to this second and see some growth,” said Thompson. “I absolutely think we are on the cusp of doing amazing things consistently. That’ll be the driving force, trying to leave this program in a better place.”
Auburn ends the 2022 season with a 43-22 record. Some of the accomplishments that the Tigers were able to claim this season include posting a winning record in the SEC, hosting an NCAA regional for the first time since 2010, win a regional at home for the first time since 1999, winning the Corvallis Super Regional to set up their second trip to Omaha in three NCAA Tournaments, and winning a College World Series game for the first time in 25 years.
Auburn faces SEC rival Arkansas for a chance to extend their stay in Omaha.
Auburn Baseball broke a 25-year drought of winning a game at the College World Series on Monday. Now, they look to do something that they have not done since 1967 — win two games in the CWS.
The Tigers caught wind in the middle of their elimination game against No. 2 overall seed Stanford on Monday by scoring all six runs over the 6th and 7th innings to claim the 6-2 win over the Cardinal to stay alive in the College World Series.
The win was the first since 1997 when the Tigers defeated Rice, 10-1 in an elimination game of the College World Series.
Now that Stanford has been eliminated, it guarantees that an SEC West team will compete in the College World Series final as Auburn, Ole Miss, and Arkansas remain in their half of the bracket. The Tigers’ quest to become that one team left standing continues Tuesday as they battle Arkansas in another elimination game.
The Razorbacks went deep into their bullpen Monday night, using seven pitchers in their 13-5 loss to Ole Miss, with only one pitcher lasting over 2.0 innings.
Arkansas ran into the same issue that Auburn had with the Rebels on Saturday with its pitching. Ole Miss freshman Hunter Elliot, whose goal was to limit the amount of “Woo Pigs” that Arkansas fans chant throughout the game, achieved that by allowing just one earned run on six hits over 6.1 innings.
Arkansas, who shelled Stanford 17-2 in their opening game of the College World Series, was limited to eight hits on the night. Braydon Webb, Jalen Battles, and Peyton Stovall combined to record six of those hits.
After dropping a tough game to Ole Miss on Saturday, Auburn head coach Butch Thompson called on two former championship coaches for assistance.
Prior to Auburn’s trip to Oregon State to face the Beavers in the Corvallis Super Regional, head coach [autotag]Butch Thompson[/autotag] told local media that his team’s goal is “national championship or bust.”
The statement was made in hopes to raise the expectations of the program from “happy to be here” to true contenders for a national title.
However, after dropping the first game of the 2022 College World Series on Saturday to Ole Miss, Thompson knew that his team was behind the 8-ball since only four teams in 40 years have ever won the College World Series after dropping their first game.
But, Thompson knew that he could not allow his team to give up. So he called on former Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, as well as former South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner, who were two of those coaches who led their teams to national championships after losing their first game in Omaha.
Lucky for Thompson, those two men were happy and willing to lend a helping hand. That helped, as Auburn was able to defeat Stanford on Monday afternoon, winning their first game in Omaha since 1997, and, more importantly, keeping their title hopes alive.
“Both of those men got back and gave me paragraphs, taking me through the journey with their team,” said Thompson following Auburn’s 6-2 win over Stanford on Monday. “Those men, it was like those men were excited to hear from me, and they were like, “yeah, this is what we did, this is what we talked about, this became our focus.” I’m just hunting for every inch that I can for our program.”
The Tigers’ win over the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament field was fueled by scoring six runs over the 6th and 7th innings, which included a three-run double by [autotag]Cole Foster[/autotag], who was battling illness throughout the game. Foster’s grit is just a small sample of Auburn’s personality, and what could lead them to more wins at the College World Series.
“The man, the woman, or the team that will never quit, they have a chance,” says Thompson. “I just want us to fight, and I want us to attack. That’s all you can ask for, the score will take care of itself.”
Auburn’s next opportunity to extend their season comes Tuesday night against Arkansas. The Razorbacks dropped a game to Ole Miss on Tuesday night, moving them to the loser’s bracket. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT, and can be seen on ESPN.
To watch Monday’s postgame press conference in its’ entirety, click below.
Relive Auburn’s 6-2 win over Stanford on Monday afternoon with the gallery below:
Despite the temperature reaching the high-90s in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday afternoon, the Auburn bats needed a little time to heat up.
But when they finally got going, it was hard to slow down the Tiger offense.
Down 2-0 heading to the sixth inning, Auburn broke through to score six runs on six hits to defeat Stanford, 6-2 to advance in the College World Series, earning their first win in Omaha since 1997.
[autotag]Cole Foster[/autotag] helped Auburn take the lead on a three-run double in the sixth inning, which complimented a bases-loaded walk to [autotag]Bobby Peirce[/autotag] just two at-bats prior.
In the 7th, [autotag]Brody Moore[/autotag] scored [autotag]Bryson Ware[/autotag] on a sacrifice fly, and Peirce earned his 2nd RBI of the game on a double to score [autotag]Blake Rambusch[/autotag], extending the Tiger lead.
Auburn will now await the winner of Ole Miss-Arkansas. The game will be played on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CDT, and can be seen on ESPN.