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Coach Carnell Williams talks to Andy Burchan and Brad Law Thursday at Tiger Talk on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 in Auburn, Ala.
Tigers prepare for emotional Senior Day and tough Group of Five opponent

It has been a long season for the Auburn Tigers, with a five-game losing streak and a midseason coaching change, but now the senior leaders on this team will have the chance to say goodbye to their program on Saturday.

Jeffrey M'ba (5), Morris Joseph Jr. (91) Auburn football open fan practice on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022  Auburn, Ala.
Jeffrey M'ba 'day-to-day’ as Auburn defense prepares for Western Kentucky

One of Auburn’s top recruits from last class and a former No. 1 player in JUCO, Jeffrey M’Ba went down against Texas A&M with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. As Auburn prepares for Western Kentucky, it is still unclear if the Tigers will have M’Ba along the defensive front. 

K.D. Johnson (0) reaction during the Basketball Game between the Auburn Tigers and Winthrop Eagles at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022. Grayson Belanger/Auburn Tigers
Second-half explosion helps Auburn secure victory over Winthrop

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl has said once his players start hitting shots, the team has a chance to be really good, and that was true tonight as the Auburn offense finally clicked on its way to a huge 89-65 win over Winthrop.

November 12, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA;  Colby Wooden (25) forces the quarterback to throw off balance during the game between Auburn and Texas A&M at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Colby Wooden named SEC Defensive Lineman of the week as Auburn defense improves

For the second time this season, an Auburn defensive lineman has been recognized as the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and this time it is junior standout Colby Wooden.

Jarquez Hunter (27) carry 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
Grading Auburn's positions after its 13-10 win over Texas A&M

The grades for Auburn following its 13-10 win in a defensive slugfest with Texas A&M. 

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.
Auburn running backs go crazy, Cadillac gets first win as head coach

On the coldest night of the year in Auburn, with two of the coldest teams in the SEC doing battle, the Tigers finally ended their five-game losing streak with an ugly but hard-fought win over Texas A&M. Auburn’s defense shut down the Aggies offense in a dominant second-half display that secured the 13-10 victory. 

Allen Flanigan (22) during the game between the South Florida Bulls and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Nov 11, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn overcomes slow start, handles USF Bulls 67-59

In the 25th consecutive sellout at Neville Arena, the Tigers prevailed once again in front of a raucous home crowd. Behind the dynamic duo of point guard Wendell Green Jr. and small forward Allen Flanigan, Auburn was able to overcome a halftime deficit and defeat the University of South Florida (USF), 67-59.

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Auburn fights for bowl eligibility as Texas A&M visits Jordan-Hare

Just under two years ago, it was hard to imagine that a primetime kickoff between Auburn(3-6, 1-5 SEC) and Texas A&M(3-6, 1-5) on a Saturday in November would decide the last place team in the SEC West.

Dylan Cardwell (44) during the game between George Mason University and the #15 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Defense wins it for Auburn in season opener against George Mason

In the much-anticipated season-opener, in what is likely the most anticipated(at least ticket-wise) season in recent memory, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl’s No. 15 Tigers(1-0) defeated George Mason 70-52. The Patriots(0-1) put up a good fight, but Auburn’s size and tenacity on the defensive end decided the matchup. 

Coach Carnell Williams presser on Monday, Nov 7 2022 in Auburn, AL. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Support for Auburn interim head coach Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams grows ahead of Texas A&M matchup

Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is as Auburn as they come. A record-breaking running back during his four years on the Plains, Williams returned to his alma mater in 2019 to coach the new crop of Auburn running backs looking to etch their names in the annals of history. 

Starkville, MS, USA; Owen Pappoe (0) and Cam Riley (13) tackle MSU offense between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium .
Grading Auburn following its near-comeback loss to MSU

The grades for Auburn following its heartbreaking 39-33 comeback loss to Mississippi State.

Starkville, MS, USA; Pre-game huddle with Coach Carnell Williams before the game between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium .
Cadillac's comeback falls short; Auburn drops its fifth straight 39-33

With a slow start, missed opportunities on turnovers and a comeback that came up just short, Auburn fought as its coach said, but the Tigers could not pull off the upset in Starkville. 

Coach Carnell Williams after practice Auburn football practice on Wednesday, Nov 2 2022 in Auburn, AL.
Auburn prepares for first game under Cadillac; Interim coach hopes to 'play hard, compete'

The hiring of Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams has seemingly breathed life into a program that was looking for direction during the final weeks of the Bryan Harsin era.

Allen Flanigan (22) during the game between the Univeristy of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers and the #15 Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Auburn defeats UAH in exhibition game

Auburn basketball is back on the Plains, and like so many times before inside Neville Arena, the Tigers have already rewarded fans with a victory

Coach Carnell Williams talks to his team following practice Tuesday. Auburn football practice on Tuesday, Nov 1 2022 in Auburn, AL.
For Auburn's 'Cadillac' Williams, the last few days have been bittersweet

When Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams first stepped foot onto Auburn’s campus in 2001, the freshman running back had lofty expectations in front of him.

New Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, center, stands between university president Mark Keenum, left, and athletic director John Cohen, as he rings the symbolic cowbell before reporters and school supporters, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the Starkv
Auburn names John Cohen athletics director

Auburn has found its replacement for Allen Greene in former Athletics Director of Mississippi State John Cohen. Cohen spent the previous six seasons as the AD for Mississippi State, and was with the athletic program in various capacities for the last 14 years.

Auburn coach Carnell Williams talks on Zoom, Tuesday, April 5, 2021 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn names Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams as interim head coach

Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams, the team’s running back coach, is now the interim coach for the Tigers following Bryan Harsin’s firing, Auburn announced. 

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Auburn fires Bryan Harsin

The Bryan Harsin era has come to an end after 21 games on the Plains. The firing was announced on Monday in a press release sent out on Monday. 

October 29, 2022 ; Auburn, Al, USA; Robby Ashford (9) breaks out for run during the game between Auburn and Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Arkansas runs away with 41-27 victory, Harsin looking for answers

Auburn is 3-10 in its last 13 games, and Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is looking for answers once again.

18 Oct 29, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) charges the Arkansas defense during the game between Auburn and Arkansas at Jordan Hare Stadium. Todd Van Emst / AU Athletics
Grading Auburn after its 41-27 loss to Arkansas

Auburn has lost to Arkansas for the first time in 6 years and here are the grades for the Tigers following the loss.

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin, Andy Burcham and Brad Law. Tiger Talk at Baumhhower’s Victory Grill on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Auburn, AL. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn fighting for bowl eligibility as Arkansas comes to town

As the Razorbacks come to Jordan-Hare Stadium once again, the teams are heading in different directions, and the pressure is on for Auburn to get back to winning to make a bowl game for the ninth straight season.

2 Landen King (40) is unable to hang-on defended by Trey Elston  (22). Auburn football scrimmage 1 on Saturday,  Aug. 14, 2021 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's King heads to the transfer portal, Diamond 'no longer on the team' as Harsin prepares for Arkansas

Auburn has lost another player to the transfer portal in wide receiver Landen King. King announced his transfer on Twitter, after there were reports that he was taking a redshirt after limited action this season. 

Zykeivous Walker (3) during Auburn football practice on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU AthleticsTodd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Zykeivous Walker departs Auburn team, coach Bryan Harsin confirms

Bryan Harsin confirmed Monday that defensive lineman Zykeivous Walker has left the team following the Georgia game.

Auburn guard Wendell Green Jr. (1) Auburn Basketball vs North Alabama  on Tuesday,  Dec. 14, 2021 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Wendell Green, Jr. named to Bob Cousy Award Watch list

Wendell Green, Jr., Auburn’s top returning scorer from the 2021-2022 season, has been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List for the second-straight year.

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Where Auburn can improve through the bye week

Auburn(3-4, 1-3) finally got a break after the start of the SECngauntlet and the Tigers are still looking for direction and identity. Bryan Harsin’s job security has been up in the air and undefined by the athletic department or Harsin himself, who has remained committed to the program and taking the season one game at a time. 

Jan 22, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Allen Flanigan (22) goes up for a shot during the game between Auburn and Kentucky at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jacob Taylor/AU Athletics
Auburn's small forward position remains a three-way race

Bruce Pearl and his staff at Auburn will be without the instant offense of the Walker Kessler pick-and-roll or the Jabari Smith isolation plays during the 2022 season, and while Yohan Traore and Johni Broome could fill the void in some capacity, Pearl and his staff will need other players to step up.

Nov 12, 2021; Auburn, AL, USA; Bruce Pearl during the game between Auburn and ULM at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Shannon/AU Athletics
Coach Pearl confident in Auburn's depth as starters remain unclear

Bruce Pearl had a difficult task in front of him when the 2021-2022 season came to a close and the offseason truly began. Freshman sensation Jabari Smith declared for the NBA draft and Walker Kessler, the UNC transfer that became one of the best shot blockers in NCAA history, went to the NBA as well.

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