CASEY MIZE (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Dye-Gest Column: Auburn & Other SEC Programs Are Benefitting From Having Their Own TV Network

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

Casey Mize (above) is a pitcher for the nationally-ranked AU baseball squad.

What is going on in the Southeastern Conference in all sports is an impressive thing. South Carolina winning the women’s national basketball championship on Sunday night against another SEC team, Mississippi State, is just one of many of examples of that.

The league has been very good in almost every sport it competes in for many years and I think the addition of the SEC Network has been a boost to the conference with all of the exposure it is providing.

In addition to the attention it is drawing to league teams the network has provided another revenue stream enabling every team to upgrade facilities while giving administrators the financial tools to hire and maintain strong coaching staffs in every sport. It is no longer just a handful of SEC programs that have the resources to be successful at the highest levels of their sports.

The Atlantic Coast Conference obviously noticed what was happening in the SEC and has set up a deal with ESPN to start an ACC network in 2019. Fans around the country can watch SEC teams compete on a variety of ESPN’s channels and I think that is a big deal to a lot of recruits and their families.

Although football practice is winding down at Auburn we still have the spring game coming up on Saturday and in the final week of drills there is still plenty a college football team can get to do get better. The 2017 Tigers are no exception.

As a head coach you like to see what your quarterbacks are going to do in game situations in front of a crowd and that will be one of the things fans will be watching closely on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

There were great crowds for the Auburn Tigers this past weekend as they won their series vs. South Carolina. I continue to be impressed with how the Tigers are performing.

I have mentioned before that I thought Butch Thompson is doing a good job in his second season as head coach. I will add that his assistants deserve credit, too. It is obvious they have a good eye for talent with the newcomers they have brought onto this year’s roster.

This coaching staff knows what a baseball player is supposed to look like and act like because these guys can play. This Auburn roster might not be loaded with gifted players, and certainly isn’t the most talented out there, but the guys the coaches have brought in can play the game and seem to have a passion for it.

From what I have seen of this bunch of players, they aren’t going to back down from a challenge and that is what is making this a fun season for Auburn baseball.

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