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College Football Schedule on ESPN 106.7

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We start our season with the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff, featuring Alabama and Florida State on Saturday, September 2nd. This game will be the first regular-season college game played in the new state-of-the art Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Following this matchup, we will broadcast The Cowboys Classic (Florida vs. Michigan) from AT&T Stadium. We cap off our weekend coverage on Monday night with the Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee Chick-fil-A Kickoff game from Atlanta.

 Saturday 9.2

Alabama vs Florida State

Florida vs Michigan

Monday 9.4

Georgia Tech vs Tennessee

Saturday 9.9

Stanford @ USC

Oklahoma @ Ohio State

Saturday 9.16

Texas @ USC

Saturday 9.23

UCLA @ Stanford

TCU @ Oklahoma State

Saturday 9.30

Clemson @ Virginia Tech

Saturday 10.7

Oregon State @ USC

Saturday 10.14

Auburn @ LSU

Saturday 10.21

Louisville @ Florida State

Thursday 10.28

Florida vs Georgia

Saturday 11.4

Auburn @ Texas A&M

Thursday 11.9

North Carolina @ Pittsburgh

Saturday 11.11

Michigan State @ Ohio State

Alabama @ Mississippi State

Saturday 11.18

UCLA @ USC

Kansas State @ Oklahoma State

Friday 11.24

Baylor @ TCU

Saturday 11.25

Texas A&M @ LSU

Florida State @ Florida

Friday 12.1

Pac 12 Championship Game

Saturday 12.2

Big 12 Championship Game

ACC Championship Game

Other schedule highlights include:

·        Six (6) games featuring a 2017 College Football Playoff team (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington).

·        20 of the pre-season Top 26 teams (ESPN FPI)

·        Two (2) premier games at the Horseshoe featuring Oklahoma-Ohio State and Michigan State-Ohio State.

·        The Tiger Classic on October 14th.

·        Four (4) USC home games, including three against Pac-12 conference opponents.

·        Florida vs. Georgia at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on October 28th.

·        A trio of games during rivalry weekend.

·        Three (3) championship games (Pac 12, Big 12 and ACC)

…and many high College Football Playoff impact games.

Our lead play-by-play team returns for another year together:

·        Play-by-play: Bill Rosinski

·        Analyst: David Norrie

·        Sideline reporter: Ian Fitzsimmons

Tommy Tuberville hops on ESPN 106.7

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Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville has been in the news around the state for something other than football.  He’s considering running for governor. He said he’s been working his way all around the state. He also explains why his campaign for the governor is not set in stone.

Here’s the interview with the former football coach.

NFL Draft Coverage on ESPN 106.7

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On Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th, ESPN 106.7 will broadcast live coverage of the NFL Draft in primetime from Philadelphia. Anchoring Live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dari Nowkhah, (co-hosts of Dari & Mel), Bill Polian (NFL Analyst), and ESPN New York’s Chris Canty (NFL Analyst / former DE) will be joined by ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton providing an analysis of each first-round pick.

 

Thursday’s first-round coverage will begin at 7pm ET that includes interviews with draftees and team personnel, as well as the opportunity for listeners to participate via e-mail or phone. Friday’s second-round coverage will begin at 6:30pm ET.

 

In the event of the NFL Draft ending early, live coverage will remain continuous until 1:00am ET.

Additional NFL Draft Coverage:

Mike & Mike, hosted by Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, will broadcast live from Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philadelphia on April 27 and April 28.

ESPN 106.7 is also home of The Draftster, your one stop shop for everything NFL Draft.

Did the Florida Coach push Auburn’s Haley Fagan?

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Rightfully so, this video has created a buzz among the Auburn fan base.

Who do you think is at fault? Tweet us @lunchbreakespn or @thedriveespnau.

Or give us a call during our shows!

*UPDATE*

Coach Walton’s statement:

“I apologize to Haley, I just wanted to congratulate Auburn on the win – it was a good series. My intent was to give a high-five to each opposing player as we do after every game. Apparently, her hand wasn’t up as I said ‘good game’ and I touched her shoulder. I should have paid closer attention and did not intend to upset her. I regret that this has taken attention away from the effort and sportsmanship both teams displayed all weekend.”

Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson thinks he can run down a leopard…

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After Auburn’s practice Tuesday, defensive end Marlon Davidson made an interesting comment.

“I’ve got the mind that I can run down anybody,” Davidson said. “Even, like, a leopard. I probably can’t, but that’s my mindset.”

That is not a bad mindset for a defender to possess and Davidson will be asked to set the defensive edge and run down many talented, fast running backs and quarterbacks this season.

As for chasing down a leopard, probably not.

Leopards are able to reach speeds of 36 miles per hour. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt has been clocked close to 28 miles per hour. The near 300-pound Davidson’s best chance of running down a leopard is making sure the cat never gets started.

Davidson had an outstanding freshman season and is expected to be a leader along the defensive front in 2017. But asked about being a starter last season, he said it never felt routine.

“It never did,” Davidson said. “I never felt like I made it.”

Regardless of what Davidson felt, his performance says otherwise. He had 37 tackles as a freshman and registered 2.5 sacks lining up on the opposite side of Carl Lawson.

Davidson also shared a positive perspective about Byron Cowart’s move to defensive tackle. Cowart who according to ESPN was the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in 2015, has never clicked at the defensive end position. So despite his relatively diminutive size for the position, 250 pounds, Auburn is giving him a look at defensive tackle.

**This was originally posted at Gridiron Now.** 

Auburn High Baseball Beats Rival Opelika

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The Auburn Tigers scored a run in each of the six innings they came to the plate Wednesday night.  The Tigers won 10-4 over rival Opelika.

 

Junior Ted Benda stole the show for the tigers, as he went a perfect three for three in the game with two home runs and four RBIs. Rowdy Jordan finished the game two for three in the game with an RBI. Junior Ryan Lambet also recorded his first home run of the season, as he finished two for three with an RBI and a couple of runs scored.

 

Brooks Fuller started the game for the tigers and got credit for the win for his 4.0 innings allowing just two hits and two earned runs.

 

Auburn High improved to 8-3 on the season.

 

Head Coach Matt Cimo will be giving the Tigers some time off as Spring Break approaches.  Auburn’s next game will be next Friday, the 17th, when they host Sparkman. That game will be broadcast on ESPN 106.7 at 11:00, and may be streamed online at espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Auburn High School is Playing for a State Championship

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Auburn High School is looking to take state in basketball for the first time since 2005.

 

They earned a spot in the game by defeating Vestavia Hills 44-37 on Thursday.  Senior Garrison Brooks led the charge with 24 points in the game despite going scoreless in the first quarter.

 

The Tigers will face Mountain Brook Saturday at 5:45.  We will have the broadcast on ESPN 106.7.  The AHSAA will have the call.  You can also stream the game on espnau.com and on the ESPN 106.7 app.

 

Mountain Brook defeated McGill-Toolen 52-41. Mountain Brook has now reached the title game for the fourth time in five years.

 

Vestavia Hills finishes their successful season with a 19-15 record as the Tigers stopped their season’s run with an 8-0 scoring swing with 4:30 left to go in the fourth quarter.

 

Auburn University Recruiting Needs for 2018

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Auburn’s 2017 recruiting class ranked ninth nationally, the fifth year in a row the Tigers finished in the top 10 overall.

The staff did a nice job of filling needs across the board. But what was a need in 2017 won’t necessarily be a need in the 2018 class and vice versa. Here’s a look at the biggest recruiting priorities for the ’18 class for Auburn and what positions the Tigers should target this year.

 

1. Wide receiver: Wide receiver should be a position of focus for the 2018 class. Even though Kyle Davis, Nate Craig-Meyers and Eli Stove all have at least two more years on the Tigers’ roster, Auburn needs to be ready just in case they all leave at the same time. With Auburn only signing one receiver in 2017, Noah Igbinoghene, it clearly needs to focus on depth for the future. With a tweaked offensive scheme coming for the Tigers with the arrival of Chip Lindsey, receivers will be important for Auburn.

 

2. Defensive tackle: The Tigers did not get a big name in the defensive line in this class but did sign two three-star prospects. D-line depth should be fine for this year, but after Derrick Brown leaves for the NFL in two seasons, Auburn does not appear to have a successor on campus. Rumors are swirling that Auburn will go after a junior college defensive tackle in the ’18 class and also will look at moving Byron Cowart inside in pass-rush situations.

 

3. Cornerback: Carlton Davis is a year away from being a high pick in the NFL draft. And when looking at the depth chart after Davis, there’s a big drop-off in talent. Auburn needs to find another future star at corner. Not that stars and ratings mean everything, but Auburn has brought in multiple three stars. If one hits the field and performs and develops better than expected, Auburn could be in a better situation. Still, depth will be a question going into National Signing Day in 2018.

 

This was also posted on Gridiron Now.

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Saturday Mornings on ESPN 106.7!

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Saturday mornings just got better! ESPN 106.7 will be airing three locally produced shows on Saturday mornings from 7-10 am.
The Coach Pat Dye Show gets your weekend started at 7 with Coach Dye’s genuinely engaging nature, broad perspective, quick wit, and one liners, it’s a great way to start your Saturday!
The Draftster will follow Coach Dye with a look at college football through the lens of the NFL Draft. Hosts Zac Blackerby from ESPN 106.7 and Optimum Scouting’s Christian Page bring you an in-depth look into player scouting. The show has many former players on the show to talk about their transition from the college game to the NFL.
Then wrap up your morning of sports radio with The SEC Report. ESPN 106.7’s new show features Noah Gardner, JJ Jackson and Micah Larson as they dive into the latest topics in the SEC. From football recruiting to baseball and everything in between!
Giving you even more reasons to look forward to Saturdays on ESPN 106.7.