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February 27, 2010

As construction on the new Auburn Arena moves closer to completion, it is time to say farewell to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. We hope you will join us as we pay tribute to past teams and celebrate four decades of basketball at Beard-Eaves over the next week. This Saturday, Feb. 27, will be a special day as our men's team hosts LSU at 6 p.m. CT. All former players, coaches and support staff have been invited back for a reunion and will be recognized at halftime of the game for one final ovation at Beard-Eaves.

The final basketball game at the Coliseum will be played Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. CT when the Tigers host Mississippi State. Mini-replicas of Beard-Eaves will be given away, and we will honor this year's seniors during a post-game ceremony on what will be a historic night. We will close out Auburn basketball in the Coliseum the same way it began when Wally Tinker, who sank the first shot there in 1969, shoots the final basket ever at Beard-Eaves following the game. The nets will then be taken down and put aside until the goals go up at the new Auburn Arena. The night will conclude with a highlight video of games spanning the full history of basketball at Beard-Eaves.

We will celebrate the final women's game at Beard-Eaves when the Tigers face Kentucky on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. CT. Former Auburn women's basketball letter winners have been invited to the game, along with the first women's basketball team to play at Beard-Eaves. Five hundred Coliseum mini-replicas will be given away prior to the game, and halftime will feature recognition of the letter winners and a video highlighting the #1 greatest moment at BEMC. Senior KeKe Carrier will also be honored for her Auburn career after the game.

It will be a special week ahead as we close one chapter in Auburn basketball history and prepare to open a new one. We hope you can share in the celebration with our past and present teams.


Please join me in congratulating Coach Brett Hawke and the Auburn men's swimming and diving team for winning the school's 14th straight men's SEC title last weekend. In his first full season as Head Coach, Coach Hawke has continued to build on the great legacy that began with the late Coach Richard Quick and former Coach David Marsh. This unprecedented streak of championships is a phenomenal accomplishment for the men's team, which consistently lives up to the highest of standards that have been set for Auburn swimming and diving. We look forward to watching our men and women's teams compete in the upcoming NCAA championships.


Baseball season is in full swing, and this weekend is the perfect time to enjoy Plainsman Park and be a part of history at the induction of the Auburn Baseball Wall of Fame's inaugural class. Former Auburn and Major League Baseball greats Tim Hudson, Bo Jackson, Gregg Olson and Frank Thomas comprise the inaugural class and are expected to be in attendance for the ceremony, which will take place approximately 40 minutes prior to Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Missouri.

Auburn has a great baseball heritage, and the dedication of the Wall of Fame on the outfield walls will be a special time. Former Auburn Coach Hal Baird will introduce the class. We hope to see you there at Plainsman Park to celebrate these four Tiger greats and then cheer on Coach John Pawlowski's 2010 team, which opened the season with a series victory last weekend.


With one of the highest-ranked recruiting classes in school history set to come to The Plains, momentum continues to build for Auburn football.

As you may have read, Head Coach Gene Chizik recently received a raise to bring his salary to $2.1 million annually. Coach Chizik's contract was also extended by a year to keep him on a five-year contract. In addition, Coach Chizik gave raises to his entire staff of assistants, which will return for the 2010 football season intact.

The raises were well deserved and will help us maintain needed stability as Coach Chizik continues to build the foundation for the future of Auburn football. In addition to putting together a successful 2009 season despite significant challenges, Coach Chizik and his staff made Auburn football a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail once again. While one great class alone will not restore our talent level to where it needs to be to consistently compete for championships, we are on our way thanks to this staff's hard work. The greatest part about it is this staff loves being at Auburn as much as we love having them here, and that truly makes a difference throughout the Athletic Department in terms of energy and excitement.

If you want to know what you can do to help our football program, start by marking your calendars for A-Day Weekend and the A-Day game, which will be held at 1 p.m. CT Saturday, April 17 and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Let's show our support for our players and coaches with a great crowd for the annual A-Day game, which will represent the culmination of spring drills.

One question some of you may have is why A-Day is being held on a weekend in which the Auburn baseball team does not play a home series.

The answer is the schedule does not set up well for A-Day to coincide with a home baseball weekend this year as it has some years.

With Spring Break set for March 15-19, the earliest we can start spring practice is March 22. The NCAA allows 15 spring practices, and the ideal scenario is to fit those practices in a four-week span and free our coaches up to get on the road as soon as possible once the spring high school football evaluation period begins. The spring evaluation period mandated by the NCAA begins April 15 this year, so our coaches can hit the road as soon as they wrap up A-Day.

Holding A-Day on April 17 also gives our football student-athletes an extra week to finish up classroom assignments and prepare for final exams, which begin promptly after the final day of classes May 3.

We will provide more information about other activities that will make A-Day Weekend special in the coming days.


The spring semester is always a great time to visit Auburn, as many of our teams are competing. This weekend alone, you can see the Auburn gymnasts in action against Florida at 7 p.m. Friday at Beard-Eaves; Auburn baseball Friday, Saturday and Sunday; men's basketball at 6 p.m.

Saturday; Equestrian at 1 p.m. Saturday; women's tennis at 12 p.m.

Sunday; and women's basketball as the Tigers host Kentucky at 2 p.m.

Sunday in their final game at Beard-Eaves.

It is great to be an Auburn Tiger, and it is a great time to be in Auburn. We hope to see you soon.

God Bless and War Eagle!

Jay Jacobs

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