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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

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.

Coach Carnell Williams celebrates touchdown during the football game between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 19, 2022. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers
Cadillac, Auburn senior class ready for Iron Bowl

Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams understands the significance of this matchup, of what this rivalry means to not just the players but fans across the state.

Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin watches on during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Alabama won 30-24. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)AP
Report: Lane Kiffin to Auburn; Ole Miss, Kiffin deny rumors

The Auburn coaching search has taken another turn as Jon Sokoloff reports Lane Kiffin will step down at Ole Miss on Friday following Thursday's Egg Bowl and head to Auburn to become the Tigers' 28th head coach.

Oscar Chapman (91) punts the ball during the football game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Nov 12, 2022. Todd Van Emst/Auburn Tigers
Auburn's Oscar Chapman named semifinalist for 2022 Ray Guy Award

Oscar Chapman has been named to the list of 10 semifinalists for the 2022 Ray Guy Award. The award is given to the best punter in college football by the Augusta Sports Council. The semi-finalists for the ward were chosen from a field of 81 nominated candidates. 

Nov 19, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Coach Carnell Williams celebrates touch-down during the game between Auburn and Western Kentucky at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mackenzie Harris / AU Athletics
The Auburn report card following Tigers' second win in a row

Grading Auburn following its dominant 41-17 win over Western Kentucky. 

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
Auburn defense pitches second half shutout as Tigers win second in a row

Auburn’s seniors went out with a bang, and the Tigers are winners of two in a row after a shutout of the Western Kentucky offense in the second half led to a 41-17 Auburn victory.

Chris Moore (5) during the game between the Texas Southern Tigers and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, Alabama on Friday, Nov 18, 2022. Jacob Taylor/Auburn Tigers
Auburn survives physical contest with Texas Southern

Auburn has been a true second-half team through the start of the 2022-2023 season and the same was true tonight as the Tigers overcame another stagnant first half to defeat Texas Southern 72-56. Auburn outscored the Tigers of Texas Southern 43-29 in the second half after leading by just two points at the break.

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.

Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley calls for Auburn to hire Deion Sanders — 'He's going to win or be successful at anything he does'

Auburn basketball legend and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley on Thursday voiced his support for his alma mater to hire Jackson State head coach Deion "Prime Time" Sanders to fill its coaching vacancy.

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.

Carnell Williams, Auburn
Paul Finebaum on Auburn head coaching search: 'Cadillac' needs to be considered 'legitimate candidate for the job'

As rumors swirl about the next Auburn head football coach, SEC Network's Paul Finebaum is floating a new, yet familiar, name out there.

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. 

Auburn's Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams
Watch: Auburn's 'Cadillac' Williams on first win as head coach: 'All glory goes to God'

The legendary former Auburn running back celebrated the victory in a big way with a gathering of former Tigers behind him and an energized crowd cheering him on.

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.

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