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Phillip's blog: Lunchtime musings

This is not about the most recent controversy or the one before that or the one before that. It’s not about who is guilty and who is innocent, who has paid a player and who hasn’t, what someone has written or what someone has said.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

It’s about our state. It is about college football, the game that captured my imagination when I was 7 years old. It’s about so many great players and great people who have worn blue and orange and crimson and white. Call it a plea, if you will, to people on both sides of our state’s great divide.

This ought to be a time of celebration. Our state has produced the last two national champions and the last two Heisman Trophy winners, an unprecedented happening and a remarkable accomplishment for a small, relatively poor state. It could well be topped off later this month by that same state producing the top two picks in the NFL draft.

Yet, there is no celebration. Instead, there is snarling, growling and vows of vengeance for wrongs real and imagined. The atmosphere in our state is historically toxic and getting worse. If it continues, there will be no winners in the end. Only losers. …

Chaz Ramsey said in making his allegations on HBO that he didn’t know who gave him money after games. Now he says he “may” know. Makes you wonder. …

Auburn’s rejuvenated baseball team will face a desperate LSU team in Baton Rouge this weekend. The Bayou Bengals are a stunning 2-10 in the SEC and have lost four straight games. Should be interesting. If Auburn wins the series, it will be right back in the hunt in the West and LSU will be basically playing out the string. That won’t go down well in Baton Rouge. …

Perhaps the most overlooked stories at Auburn this spring are in softball and men’s golf. The No. 24 Tiger softball team is just a game and a half out of first place and plays No. 10 Florida at Jane B. Moore Field this weekend. The men’s golf team is ranked No. 8 nationally and will try to win the SEC title this weekend. …

Tweet of the week from Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com: “Just to be clear, Auburn in no way was involved in any of the Barry Bonds case. That disclaimer has to be made these days.” Some fans took that as a shot at Auburn. I didn’t see it that way at all. …

It’s a safe bet that the NCAA (and Auburn) will try to talk to all four players who made allegations on HBO. Regardless, for Auburn to have problems, there has to be evidence to back up what they say. …

Until next time …

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