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Catching up after a great weekend in Savannah with my wife celebrating our 20th anniversary.....

Golloway brings a winning track record to Auburn.

I’m not sure Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and his staff could have made two better hires than baseball coach Sunny Golloway and softball coach Clint Myers.

Jacobs wanted coaches with proven records of winning and hit the mark with both. In eight full season at Oklahoma, Golloway led the Sooners to six 40-win seasons, seven NCAA Regionals, four NCAA Super Regionals and the 2010 College World Series.

In the 13 seasons since Hal Baird retired in 2000, Auburn has just two 40-win seasons and five NCAA Regionals with no Super Regional or CWS appearances.

Myers’ record is even more impressive. He guided Arizona State to the Women’s College World Series in seven of his eight seasons as head coach and won national championships in 2008 and 2011.

In its 17-year history, Auburn softball has never advanced to a Super Regional or College World Series.

Jacobs survived perhaps the toughest athletic year in Auburn history. He made the most crucial hire of his tenure in December when he brought Gus Malzahn back to replace Gene Chizik.

The program that will be in the spotlight heading into the 2013-14 athletic year will be men’s basketball where Tony Barbee needs to take a big step forward after compiling a 35-52 record in his first three seasons.....

I can’t help but root for Tim Duncan, who is one win away from leading the San Antonio Spurs to their fifth NBA Championship in 16 years. To be honest, I thought the Spurs’ trio of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili was over the hill a few years ago but here they are heading to Miami with a 3-2 series lead.

Duncan spent all four years at Wake Forest because he promised his mother, who passed away when he was 14-years old, that he would earn a college degree. He is as unassuming a professional athlete as you’ll find. He spends much of his off-the-court time with his philanthropic efforts, family and playing video games. You won’t find him among the athletes that have been in the headlines for various misdeeds.

You also won’t hear his name mentioned on ESPN anywhere close to as much as LeBron James, Tiger Woods or Tim Tebow, but I bet that’s just fine with Duncan.....

We really enjoyed our weekend in Savannah. The place is just oozing history and it was a joy to visit all the squares and see all the grand old houses and architectural details.

A big part of Savannah’s beauty are the many live oaks with hanging spanish moss that line the streets and provide shade in the squares. The Candler Oak, estimated to be 300 years old, is one of the most beautiful trees I’ve ever seen.

The food, of course, is terrific. We especially enjoyed dinner at the Olde Pink House Friday night, which was built in 1771 and is the oldest mansion in Savannah.....

If you’re wondering what happened to my Twitter account, @BMatt247, so am I. Sometime Saturday evening, my account was suspended. I don’t know why and so far the only responses I’ve gotten back from Twitter were automated. Hopefully, we’ll get that squared away soon.

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