Phillip Marshall: Just wondering on a summer day

May 27, 2014

As another football season draws closer, there are plenty of questions and opinions about what will happen, what has happened and what might happen. There’ll be more as newcomers report for summer school and preseason practice nears.

Following are a few of my questions, most about football but some not:

Will so-called experts and others ever recognize that Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn’s offense features a physical, downhill running game? If leading the nation in rushing wasn’t enough, maybe not. …

Why would a TV reporter ask an Auburn signee about Alabama coach Nick Saban during a word association game? Did the same reporter ask any Alabama signees about Gus Malzahn? …

In the Internet age, are we really to the point where we’re going to play gotcha with high school kids? …

Did somebody forget to tell new Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his assistants that they can’t recruit successfully because of the Under Armour contract and limitations on dealing with summer league official Mark Komara? …

Why is it rarely mentioned or seemingly not even widely known that Auburn has won more Southeastern Conference championships in the past 10 seasons than any other school? …

Does anyone really believe the lawyers and so-called advocates searching for reasons to sue the NCAA are in it for the good of student-athletes as opposed to enriching themselves? …

Why do people smirk at the term student-athlete? Are college players in all sports not students and athletes? …

Does anybody doubt that softball coach Clint Myers will have Auburn in the Women’s College Series sooner than later? …


 

 

Will the schools from the five power conferences, along with Notre Dame, really leave the NCAA if they don’t get the right to control their own affairs? My feeling is that they absolutely will. …

Why do smaller programs care whether power conference schools provide full cost of attendance scholarships or other benefits? It’s not like they recruit the same players. …

Who will be picked at SEC Media Days to win the West, the East and the overall championship? Auburn and LSU are potential picks in the West. South Carolina and Georgia are the top candidates in the East. …

How will Auburn replace fullback Jay Prosch? …

Why has it been so difficult, going all the way back to the weeks leading up to the BCS Championship Game, for my old friend Jimbo Fisher to give Auburn any credit at all? ...

Will junior college wide receiver D’haquille Williams live up to the hype? From what I’ve seen, I believe he will. …

Until next time …

 

Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter:

 

 

 

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