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Dye-Gest Column: Good Info for Auburn's Football Coaches

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about Auburn football, Auburn baseball and SEC hoops in this edition of his Dye-Gest column.

Carlton Davis (above left) and Darius Slayton are shown in Auburn's first spring football scrimmage.

I watched Auburn's football scrimmage on Saturday and didn’t get that much of a feel for the overall offense and defense because I was focusing on individuals, but I do know there were good plays being made on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Of course, what is good for the defense is bad for the offense and what is good for the offense is bad for the defense.

I would say it was a great scrimmage for the coaches to evaluate where their team is at during this stage of spring training and help them figure out a pecking order at each position.

Auburn's baseball team continues to play well and has moved into the national rankings with its 5-1 record early in the Southeastern Conference season. I think coming back and winning two of three games on the road against Georgia is about as big as sweeping the series at home vs. Florida to open SEC play. 

One of the exciting things that happened for the Tigers was that freshman pitcher Davis Daniel stepped up and was a key reason why AU clinched the series. I am seeing more interest in Auburn baseball than there has been in a while and that is a good thing. I think people like this group's competitive attitude.

It’s good news for the Southeastern Conference that South Carolina made the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Kentucky and Florida made the Elite Eight. I enjoyed watching the games over the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the semi-finals and championship game.

I am no basketball expert although it seems to me there is one team in the Final Four, the North Carolina Tar Heels, that has a lot of great players. There are probably seven or eight other college teams out there that have more talent than the other three teams in the Final Four, including the SEC representative. The Gamecocks have one great player, Sindarius Thornwell, and some really good players. However, what stands out is the Gamecocks are a bunch of real fighters and are fun to watch.

My hat’s off to the coaches and players of Gonzaga, Oregon and South Carolina for what they have accomplished. Those teams play hard and they do a great job with the intangibles.

The SEC just missed getting a second team into the Final Four. I really like Kentucky’s coach, but it looked to me like John Calipari got out-coached in the North Carolina game. Maybe that wasn’t the case, but it seems to me that Coach Calipari would have had come up with screens or plays to get Malik Monk and De’aaron Fox more than they did.

The SEC is having success in the women’s basketball tournament, too, with Mississippi State in the final four for the first time and South Carolina making a return trip. That is great and it is not surprise to me because the SEC is a big boy league and a big girl league. If you don’t want to get some bruises don’t come down here and play because the girls are just as tough as the boys.

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