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Well, I have finally figured it out. Auburn should just say it is guilty of everything it has ever been accused of and shut down its football program.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

Just forget about it and leave the college football stage. It has been declared guilty by thousands of message board posters. What else do you need?

After all, the PR battle has been lost.

College Football News columnist Pete Futiak put it this way in an email exchange with one of our subscribers who chastised him for attacking without proof:

“The problem is that no one else believes Auburn is clean. Lack of proof or not, fair or not, Auburn has already lost the PR battle.”

That’s what we’ve come to? This is a PR battle? Really?

You would destroy careers and reputations, even bring down a football program, because Auburn has lost the PR battle?

What strange times these are in college football. …

Several hundred high school coaches will be on hand to watch Auburn scrimmage today at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They are in town for Auburn’s annual coaching clinic. …

Looking ahead a few months to when I fill out my preseason ballot at SEC Media Days, I’m not buying into the LSU hype. I’m puzzled about how an Alabama team with an unproven quarterback and without most of its impact players from last season is a favorite for the national championship.

I don’t see Auburn as the preseason favorite in the West after losing some three dozen players from last season’s national championship team. I’m for sure not on the Mississippi State bandwagon. I might just put Arkansas at the top in the West.

In the East? I’m guessing it’ll be back to normal, a race between Florida and Georgia. …

Auburn’s baseball team got a badly needed victory Friday night, 12-9 at Kentucky. The Tigers finally got the bats going and broke a six-game SEC losing streak. There still has to be concern about the pitching. You won’t win a lot of games giving up nine runs. …

Until next time …

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