Monthly Archives: December 2015

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 103, Dec. 31, 2015

Wednesday, December 30th proved to be an outstanding day for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers, as they dominated the 9-3 Memphis Tigers in a 31-10 rout, holding QB Paxton Lynch to less than 150 yards passing.

The day also brought the news of Malzahn’s hiring of Kevin Steele as defensive coordinator to succeed Will Muschamp.  Steele departed Les Miles’ LSU staff after but one year in Baton Rouge.

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean as they break down both the Birmingham Bowl game and exactly what the hiring of Kevin Steele means to Malzahn’s staff and 2016 prospects.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 102, Dec. 29, 2015

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss the ongoing search for Auburn’s next defensive coordinator.  The candidates du jour being prominently mentioned now are Manny Diaz, Todd Grantham, and Ted Roof, who was fired from the same post at Auburn just four years ago.

With the Auburn vs. Memphis Birmingham Bowl matchup just a day away, Coach Ray and Dean also analyze what fans might expect from Memphis and Auburn in what could be a high scoring contest.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 101, Dec. 22, 2015

With the Birmingham Bowl matchup against the Memphis Tigers and 6′ 7″ quarterback Paxton Lynch on December 30th approaching, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has a busy holiday season.  Auburn fans still await the announcement of the defensive coordinator who will succeed Will Muschamp in 2016, and Malzahn is undoubtedly spending considerable time assembling exactly what repairs to the offense are in order to regain his 2013 MoJo.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they share their own gift list for Santa for the Auburn football program, and the anticipated hire of South Florida defensive coordinator Tom Allen.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 100, Dec. 18, 2015

In the past three days, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers have defied conventional wisdom that the precipitous departure of 2015 defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and his sidekick, Travaris Robinson, would destroy recruiting momentum.  In a flurry of phenomenal recruiting news, the Tigers captured the signatures (some on Financial Aid Agreements, some actual NLI signings) of top Alabama recruit 5-star Marlon Davis, JUCO QB John Franklin III, JUCO DE Paul James, III, DB John Broussard, 4-star RB Malik Miller, 4-star LB Tre Threat, and 4-star TE Landon Rice.

As icing on the cake in a monster week, Malzahn and staff beat out Ohio State’s Urban Meyer for the commitment of 4-star Antwuan Jackson, a Rivals 250 recruit with enormous upside at the DT position.  Of vital importance, NINE of the current 18 commitments / signees will enroll at Auburn in January, which gives Malzahn & staff a full Spring and Summer to get them ready to ball out this Fall.

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean as they break down the latest recruiting boom, where things stand with the defensive coordinator search, and of course, a requisite celebration for reaching the 100th podcast milestone with the Auburn Football All-Access podcast show!

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 99, Dec. 13, 2015

The recruiting dead period has arrived without Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn filling the vacancy left by former AU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.  While not ideal, Malzahn will be able to stabilize recruiting in January if a solid defensive coordinator hire is made soon.

Join Coach John Ray and Doug Dean as they discuss potential candidates, and the recruiting landscape in this coaching transition.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 98, Dec. 8, 2015

Coach Gus Malzahn faces a significant hurdle in rebuilding his defensive coaching staff in the wake of Will Muschamp’s “one and done” departure to succeed the Ole Ball Coach at South Carolina.  Muschamp is also taking Travaris Robinson with him, and possibly Lance Thompson, so who will Malzahn go after to quickly restore continuity on the defense even as the recruiting dead period prohibiting live visits is upon us?

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean for the analysis, and an funny recruiting story from back in the day from Coach Ray.

Auburn Football All-Access Podcast, Episode 97, Dec. 4, 2015

With Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers having completed a very disappointing 6-6 regular season, attention now turns to preparing for 2016 on many fronts.  First, stabilizing exactly who will be the coaching staff for ’16, with rumors swirling of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as a possible head coaching hire at South Carolina, which would undoubtedly impact Auburn defensive recruiting adversely.  Second, developing the young talent on the team given the luxury of 15 additional practices for the Bowl game.

Join Coach Ray and Doug Dean for their usual analysis of what’s top of mind this week with the Auburn Tigers.

And listeners will also enjoy an in-depth interview with special guest Jason Wilson, Auburn University graduate and CEO of Back Forty Beer Company.  You will feel your craft beer IQ increase in this fascinating segment!