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Chris Moore (5) during the Men's Basketball game between Texas A&M Aggies and the #15 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn's winning streak ends, Tigers fall behind in the SEC

On the precipice of making more history in Neville Arena, and with the Jungle out in full force, the nation’s longest active home winning streak ended before it could really begin. Texas A&M(14-6, 6-1 SEC) shot the lights out in the first half and held on to their 15-point halftime lead, taking down the Tigers 79-63. 

Sunisa Lee during her floor routine against Arkansas January 20 2023
Auburn Gymnastics not overlooking non-conference meet

Even with a non-conference week coming, and the Alabama and LSU meets on the horizon, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics is remaining focused on the task in front of it, as No. 20 NC State comes to town on Friday. 

Former Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell talks with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn during warmups before the San Jose State game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) AL.COM
Jason Campbell takes over for Stan White as Auburn Football radio analyst

Before the 87th Iron Bowl, football radio analyst and former Auburn quarterback Stan White announced that after 22 years in the booth, he was retiring from his position with the Auburn Sports Network. Only a few months later, it has been announced that Jason Campbell, another former quarterback and legend in his own right, will be replacing White as the radio analyst ahead of the 2023 season. 

Head Coach Bruce Pearl during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the #21 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Jan 14, 2023.
Duo of Broome and Green dominate as Auburn cruises against South Carolina

The duo of Johni Broome and Wendell Green Jr. has led the Tigers throughout the season and it was more of the same today in Columbia. The duo earned a pair of double-doubles as Auburn took down the Gamecocks on their home turf, 81-66.

Apr 16, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sophia Groth Floor during NCAA Women's Gymnastics Final Four at Dickies Arena. Photographer: Elaina Eichorn/AU Athletics
Business as usual for Tigers in gymnastics home opener

A Final Four banner was hung, Suni Lee won the all-around and Derrian Gobourne(along with her equally as exciting family) stole the show once again.

Lior Berman (24) during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the #21 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Jan 14, 2023.
Tigers weather second-half LSU run to win fourth in a row

For the second time this season and the first time on the road, the Auburn defense held a team to under 50 points. The No. 16 Tigers of the Plains took care of the Bayou Bengals of LSU (12-6, 1-5 SEC) and cruised to a 67-49 victory behind a suffocating defense and another solid performance from the duo of Wendell Green Jr. and Jaylin Williams. 

Jaylin Williams (2) during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the #21 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Jan 14, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Jaylin Williams and Wendell Green, Jr. combine for 38 in Auburn victory

In a day filled with upsets and blowouts across the SEC, the No . 21 Auburn Tigers came close against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but ultimately prevailed 69-63 in front of a vintage Neville Arena crowd. 

Auburn gymnast warms up at the meet vs. No. 2 Florida | Matthew Shannon/Auburn Athletics
Auburn gymnastics scores 197.200 in tough road loss to No. 2 Gators

On the road once again, No. 5 Auburn gymnastics traveled to one of the toughest environments in all of college gymnastics, the Swamp. At the home of the No. 2 Gators, the Tigers led after the first rotation, but Florida pulled away behind three perfect 10s, winning the meet with a score of 197.825 to Auburn’s 197.200. 

Kentucky defensive lineman Justin Rogers, left, fights his way past Missouri’s Javon Foster, right, during a game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Columbia, Mo.  L.G. Patterson
Auburn adds former 5-star defensive tackle through transfer portal

Hugh Freeze’s hot start as Auburn’s head football coach continued Thursday with another big time signing through the transfer portal. The Tigers have landed one of the top defensive tackles in the transfer portal and a former five-star from Kentucky, Justin Rogers. 

Johni Broome (4) during the game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the #21 Auburn Tigers at The Pavilion in Oxford, MS on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023. Steven Leonard/Auburn TigersSteven Leonard/Auburn Tigers
Auburn rides dominant second half to victory in Oxford

It was not always pretty, with the Tigers even trailing at halftime, but Bruce Pearl’s offense came alive in the second half and helped secure the 82-73 victory over Ole Miss(8-8, 0-4 SEC).

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Auburn adds two offensive pieces from transfer portal

Nick Mardner, a wide receiver from Cincinnati, and Brian Battie, a running back from USF, are transferring to the Plains for the 2023 season. 

Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze is introduced during Auburn basketball vs Arkansas on Saturday, Jan. 7,.2023 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Recruiting Recap: Auburn lands three transfers and one flip

The rebuilding of Auburn’s defensive unit continued over the weekend as the Tigers turned to the transfer portal once again, and even landed a recruit with offers from several Power Five programs.

Apr 16, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sophia Groth Floor during NCAA Women's Gymnastics Final Four at Dickies Arena. Photographer: Elaina Eichorn/AU Athletics
Auburn Gymnastics scores program record in season opener

The No. 5 Auburn gymnastics team picked up right where they left off during the inaugural Super 16 in Vegas. Scoring a 197.350 at a quad meet that featured No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 4 Michigan and No. 10 UCLA, the Tigers finished in third place behind Oklahoma(197.925) and Michigan(197.400).

Allen Flanigan (22) during the Game between the #13 Arkansas Razorbacks and the #22 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Jan 7, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn bounces back with wire-to-wire victory over Arkansas

Classes have not even started, students are still enjoying their winter breaks, but when Wendell Green Jr. opened the game with a four-point play, there was a sense of something different in the air of Neville Arena. It was not a perfect game from the Tigers, but Auburn’s game plan was sound and the Jungle roared once again as the Tigers took down the No. 13 Razorbacks 72-59. 

Coach Hugh Freeze, Coach Zac Etheridge and Coach Carnell Williams talk during the morning of Auburn football signing day on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Former Western Kentucky offensive tackle Gunner Britton commits to Auburn

Hugh Freeze and his staff earned the commitment of former Western Kentucky offensive tackle Gunner Britton. 

Johni Broome(4) shoots against Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum. Zach Bland/AU Athletics
Auburn falls to Georgia in first SEC road game of the year

There were no late-game heroics from Wendell Green Jr. this time at Stegeman, as the Auburn faithful in Athens and at home watched as the Bulldogs dismantled the Tigers 76-64. Mike White is now 7-3 against Bruce Pearl in the SEC and has his first signature win at Georgia. 

Nov 12, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Bruce Pearl during the game between Auburn and ULM at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Shannon/AU Athletics
Auburn prepares for first SEC road test

The Georgia Bulldogs were the worst team in the SEC last season, but that did not the No. 1 Tigers from dueling with their familiar foes in a contest that had every fan on the edge of their seat until a Wendell Green, Jr. layup saved the day for Auburn and preserved that No. 1 ranking for a bit longer.

Auburn mascot Aubie
Auburn athletics: A year in review

It was a long and eventful year for Auburn athletics. Sometimes labeling the year as a success or failure is the way to go, but a season of Auburn athletics can rarely be classified as that, so eventful just seems right. But what were some of the biggest stories for the Tigers during 2022, and could there be more of the same in 2023?

Nov 19, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; D.J. James (4) scores a touchdown during the game between Auburn and Western Kentucky at Jordan Hare Stadium. Todd Van Emst / AU Athletics
Report: Auburn gets boost with two defensive backs returning

With a recruiting class that addressed the defensive front in need of depth and talent, Auburn will also be getting some help on the back end of the defense with two veteran cornerbacks returning to the Plains. According to a report from Justin Hokanson of AuburnLive, D.J. James and Nehemiah Pritchett will be back in the orange-and-blue for the 2023 season.

Auburn wide receiver Marcus Davis (80) works out during Pro Day Friday, March 10, 2017, during Pro Day at the Auburn Athletic Complex in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)AP
Auburn officially announces hiring of Marcus Davis as wide receivers coach

Marcus Davis joins the staff after a one-year stint at Georgia Southern, where he served as the wide receivers coach under Clay Helton.

Johni Broome (4) during the game between Florida and the #20 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn survives in first SEC contest of the season

On Wednesday, Auburn’s defense once again showed up in a huge way and saved the Tigers following another night of issues on the offensive end.

Tulsa head Philip Montgomery check his notes during their NCAA college football game against Tulane in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Crenshaw)
Auburn bolsters offensive line with commit from Tulsa

Hugh Freeze's first recruiting class on the Plains has been focused on addressing the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that continued Friday with a commitment from one of the top offensive tackles in the transfer portal, Dillon Wade.

Johni Broome (4) during the game between Georgia State and the #19 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn closes non-conference schedule with much-needed win

The Tigers (10-2) defeated the Washington Huskies (9-4, 1-1 PAC-12) 84-61 to complete their west coast trip and head home for Christmas Break. 

Coach Hugh Freeze, Coach Zac Etheridge and Coach Carnell Williams talk during the morning of Auburn football signing day on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn flips two four-stars on Early Signing Day

When Auburn hired Hugh Freeze, the Tigers' 2023 recruiting class ranked outside of the top-50 nationally and was near the bottom of the SEC.

Auburn football eagle
Auburn lands three commits ahead of National Signing Day

National Signing Day for college football begins early on December 21, and Auburn’s staff has pulled in three more recruits ahead of the event.

22 AUBURN, AL - November 29, 2022 - Auburn Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and Athletics Director John Cohen embrace during Hugh Freeze’s introductory press conference at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, AL. Photo By Austin Perryman
Auburn lands two transfers in 2023 class

With the early signing period on the horizon, Auburn has landed two big-time transfers over the past few days.

November 22, 2022; Cancun, QR, MX; Johni Broome (4) reacts after a dunk during the game between Auburn and Bradley at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Mandatory Credit: Steven Leonard/AU Athletics
Auburn fails first road test of the season

In their first true road test of the season, with an injured Wendell Green, Jr. and a strong Pac-12 opponent, No. 19 Auburn (9-2) seemed up to the challenge.

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