AUBURN — The writing was on the wall as soon as Gus Malzahn announced Auburn will focus its 2019 quarterback competition on redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix. Read the full story
DOTHAN — Auburn’s quarterback competition isn’t over yet, but it is no longer a four-man race like it was during spring practice. Read the full story
AUBURN — D.J. Williams’ decision to commit to Auburn on Dec. 19, the first day of the early signing period, wasn’t met with much fanfare.
AUBURN — More than once this spring, Gus Malzahn described K.J. Britt as the player who is “taking over that Deshaun Davis role” on Auburn’s defense.
AUBURN — Eli Stove turned toward Joey Gatewood like he was looking for a screen, made the defender on him bite, then turned upfield and sprinted down the right sideline. The redshirt freshman quarterback hit the junior wide receiver for a 28-yard completion.
AUBURN — Last year’s A-Day was a slog. It was cold and windy and raining. Starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sidelined due to injury, as were top two centers Kaleb Kim and Nick Brahms. The offense suffered because of it.
AUBURN — Gus Malzahn is on record as saying he felt “really good” with the quarterbacks Auburn had coming up behind departed two-year starter Jarrett Stidham. But that doesn’t keep the seventh-year head coach from making a run at some outside options.
Horace Spencer wants to remember singing and rapping with his teammates. He wants to remember the Hibachi dinners they ate. He wants to remember the smiles on their faces when they won SEC tournament and Midwest Region championships, the latter of which was displayed in a photo that hung in the locker room Saturday night in stark contrast to the mood of the team.
MINNEAPOLIS — Bryce Brown stood hunched over, hands on his knees, Auburn jersey pulled up over his face.
MINNEAPOLIS — It hadn’t really hit Anfernee McLemore yet. Of course, he knew what Auburn had accomplished, the history the program had made. But it still seemed so surreal.
MINNEAPOLIS — The game wasn’t technically over yet when Jared Harper sunk his first of two free throws with nine seconds remaining Sunday, but that didn’t stop Bryce Brown from kicking off the celebration.
MINNEAPOLIS — Standing the hallway just outside of Auburn’s locker room somewhere inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Pearl was calm.
AUBURN — Bruce Pearl woke up Monday morning, remembered that Auburn was going to the Final Four, and couldn’t stop shaking his head.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The question posed to the five Auburn basketball players sitting on the stage Saturday inside the Sprint Center was whether they had been recruited by the Kansas and North Carolina teams they just beat or the Kentucky team they were set to play the next day.
AUBURN — JaTarvious Whitlow was at home watching the CBS broadcast like everyone else Sunday afternoon when he saw an all-too-familiar face pop up on his television screen:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Pearl leapt up onto the stage that had been hastily set up at center court inside Sprint Center. He watched his players hoist up the Midwest Region championship trophy they had just earned, received a bath of confetti and placed his hands on the oversized bracket tha…