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Phillip's blog: What wish list?

Thoughts to ponder on a sweltering Saturday. …

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

It’s amusing to see stories about North Carolina’s “wish list” of coaches to replace Butch Davis and speculation about where Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn stands.

North Carolina has already named an interim coach. It has no athletic director. No search is under way.

There is no wish list.

Would Malzahn be interested? Under normal circumstances, I don’t have any doubt he would be interested. But these aren’t normal circumstances. The North Carolina program could be severely crippled by NCAA sanctions. …

Has our sense of responsibility and fair play been completely consumed by the Internet age? Did a radio talk show host in Montgomery really make the preposterous statement that a former Auburn wide receiver, who he called by name, is the phantom “bagman” to whom Danny Sheridan refers?

Nasty rumors about an assistant coach, which can’t be confirmed because they’re flat-out false, have been welcomed without challenge on other radio shows in Birmingham.

Is college football really worth this? Really? …

In case you didn’t know, here’s the truth about Cam Newton and the suit he wore to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He didn’t get a discount from a Montgomery clothing store. He didn’t pay for it at all. But don’t worry. The NCAA won’t come calling. It was paid for, perfectly legally, from the Student Athlete Assistance fund. …

I talked with former Auburn players Aairon Savage and Karibi Dede on Friday. Both are quality control assistants on Gene Chizik’s staff and the most loyal of Auburn guys. I’ll have stories coming later. I think you’ll enjoy what they have to say. …

Imagine what it must feel like to be Nick Fairley, who remembers when, as a child, he and his siblings had to alternate days having enough to eat. Now he has enough money to take care of himself and his family for the rest of their lives. …

Based on what has happened and what I hear is likely to happen in recruiting, Auburn and Alabama may both rue the day that former Tiger quarterback Dameyune Craig left the state and went to work for Jimbo Fisher at Florida State. He was one of the top players in Auburn history, in my opinion. I know from personal experience that he’s a terrific guy. Those who have worked with him tell me he’s terrific coach. He’s making it painfully obvious for his home state that he’s a terrific recruiter. …

Until next time. …

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