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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.

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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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Recruiting Recap: Auburn gets three flips in big week

Hugh Freeze and his staff have been on the recruiting trail as they try to salvage an Auburn recruiting class that has been near the bottom of the SEC for most of the season.

Jaylin Williams (2) 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
Jaylin Williams leads Auburn in comeback victory over Georgia State

Auburn’s offense may have struggled in the first half, but the No. 19 Tigers (9-1) got back on track thanks to a trio of double-digit scorers. Wendell Green Jr., Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams led the way in a 72-64 win over the Panthers of Georgia State (5-5).

Tank Bigsby (4) touchdown during the Football Game between the Auburn Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 12, 2022. Todd Van Emst/Auburn Tigers
Tank Bigsby declares for NFL draft after three seasons with Auburn

In a move many expected, Auburn running back Tank Bigsby has announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2023 NFL Draft. The junior announced his decision in an Instagram post on Monday.

Baylor football defensive coordinator Ron Roberts on the sideline during the 2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl against the University of Mississippi on Jan. 1, 2022 Josh Wilson | Roundup
Auburn hires Ron Roberts as defensive coordinator

Hugh Freeze has found his defensive coordinator(DC) in former Baylor DC Ron Roberts. Roberts was the coordinator for the past three seasons under head coach Dave Aranda before being dismissed following a disappointing 2022 season.

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)
Report: Auburn hires Philip Montgomery as new offensive coordinator, QBs coach

Reports have indicated that Auburn targeted and subsequently hired former Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery to take over as offensive coordinator.

Jaylin Williams (2) during the game between the Memphis Tigers and the #11 Auburn Tigers at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, Nov 27, 2022. Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers
Auburn offense cannot keep up with Memphis at Holiday Hoopsgiving

Auburn's defense has saved the team a few times already this year, but the athleticism of Memphis and guard Kendric Davis was too much for the Tigers of the Plains in a tough loss during Holiday Hoopsgiving. Head coach Bruce Pearl had no answers for the attack designed by Penny Hardaway and Auburn’s offense sputtered in an 82-73 loss to Memphis.

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Auburn Basketball picks up first commit of 2024 class

One day away from Holiday Hoopsgiving, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff have landed their first commitment to the 2024 class with Georgia-native Peyton Marshall announcing his commitment to the Tigers on Friday.

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Owen Pappoe (0) celebrates incompletion during the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Owen Pappoe, Marquis Burks declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Two more veteran defensive players for Auburn are heading to the pros with senior captain Owen Pappoe and senior defensive lineman Marquis Burks both declaring for the draft. 

Colby Wooden (25) and Derick Hall (29) share a moment after the game. Auburn vs Alabama  on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Colby Wooden, Derick Hall declare for 2023 NFL Draft

Two of Auburn’s top players are taking their talents to the NFL. Defensive linemen Colby Wooden and Derick Hall both declared for the 2023 NFL Draft in separate videos on Tuesday morning. 

K.D. Johnson (0) during the Basketball Game between the Auburn Tigers and Winthrop Eagles at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Dec 2, 2022. Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers
Auburn blasts past Colgate behind offensive explosion

Barely a week removed from one of the worst offensive showings of the Bruce Pearl era, Auburn’s offense came alive behind solid three-point shooting and a tenacious defense to take down Colgate 93-66. The No. 15 Tigers scored the most points since their February matchup with Vanderbilt.

Derick Hall (29) thanks the Auburn fans after the game Saturday acknowledging their cheers. Auburn vs Alabama  on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Derick Hall wins Solomon Community Spirit Award

The Premier Players Foundation of Tampa announced Thursday that Derick Hall, a senior captain for the Tigers, is the recipient of the Solomon Community Spirit Award. As a three-year starter with 147 career tackles and 18.5 sacks, the defensive lineman has made a clear impact on the field. 

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze looks towards his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Mississippi won 27-14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)AP
Auburn announces Hugh Freeze as next head coach

The dust has settled and Auburn has found its next head coach. The Tigers have named Hugh Freeze the 31st head football coach in program history, Athletics Director John Cohen announced on Monday. Initial reports indicate that Freeze will be signing a 6-year, $6.5 million contract to be on the Plains. 

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze leads his team onto the field to play Arkansas during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Report: Hugh Freeze to Auburn

After a whirlwind of rumors over the weekend, reports are indicating that Auburn is hiring Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze to be the program’s 28th head coach. As reported by Ross Dellinger of SINow and Justin Hokanson of ON3 Sports, the university and Freeze are finalizing a deal today, with an announcement expected to come later today.s

Wendell Green Jr. (1) during the game between Saint Louis University and the #13 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Late second-half run saves Tigers in close call versus Billikens

AUBURN — This story may sound familiar to Auburn basketball fans. The 13th-ranked Tigers (7-0) followed a solid first-half performance by going cold on the offensive end as St. Louis (5-2) mounted a comeback with its own struggling offense. The Tigers failed to make a three-point shot in the second half and surrendered its lead to the Billikens, eventually trailing 58-53 with under three minutes remaining. 

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Coach Carnell Williams, Coach Ronnie Brown talk with Nick Saban before the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Who should Auburn keep under its new head coach?

The Auburn coaching search continues after a long week of rumors surrounding Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin ended with Kiffin telling ESPN’s Chris Low that he is staying in Oxford, as reports have also indicated that Kiffin will sign an extension. 

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Jarquez Hunter (27) tries to break the tackle during the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Auburn's report card following the 87th Iron Bowl

The grades for Auburn following its third straight loss to Alabama. The Tigers fell to the Crimson Tide 49-27.

Nov 26, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Al, USA; Coach Carnell Williams talks to his team before the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
'We gave our all for him': Auburn fights in Cadillac's possible final game as head coach

When Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams took over as the interim head coach, he inherited a program that was in a state of disarray not seen around the Plains since the dreaded 2012 season. Auburn was 3-10 in its last 13 games and fighting for bowl eligibility after a blowout loss at home to Arkansas. 

Tank Bigsby (4) and Auburn travel to Tuscaloosa for this year's Iron Bowl, where they will meet the likes of Alabama's Jordan Battle (9) and Will Anderson (31). (Jacob Taylor/Auburn Athletics)Jacob Taylor/AU Athletics
The 5 keys to the Iron Bowl for Auburn

Only a month ago, most people would’ve predicted an obvious blowout in the 87th Iron Bowl. That was before Bryan Harsin was fired, and before Alabama would lose to LSU. Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams has breathed life into the program that had resonated with his players and five Auburn wins in 2 of its last 3 games. 

Allen Flanigan (22) during the Championship Game of the Cancun Challenge between the Nothwestern Wildcats and the #13 Auburn Tigers at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2022. Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers
Defense and depth saves Auburn in slugfest with Northwestern

The 13th-ranked Auburn Tigers (6-0) shot 26% from the field and an abysmal 23.8% from beyond the three-point line.

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 defeats Bradley behind efficient shooting

Auburn’s offense found its groove in Cancun on the way to a big 85-64 win over Bradley (3-2) in the first game of the Cancun Challenge.

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