When former Georgia safety Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team a couple weeks ago, he tweeted that his next home would either be Louisville or Auburn. It looked really good that he would end up with the Cards with his former Bulldog teammates Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins. A few days passed, and then there were reports that Alabama and Florida were even in the mix for Matthews. There hasn’t been too much more on those two, so we will bring it back around to Louisville and Auburn…
I lived in Auburn for 4 years, from 2008-2012. I still keep in touch with friends down there. 99% of our conversations are about sports. If you have ever lived down that way, you know that Auburn football (or big-time SEC football) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Everyone keeps up with football information, whether that be recruiting or just anything else with the team.
All week I debated on writing a post about how I expected Kevin Ware to leave UofL after this season. I decided not to because it was such a big week with the UofL-UK game. I didn’t want to put out something negative and take the focus off of the game. Now I don’t have to say what I think will happen, because ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Ware will in fact transfer.
Some people may think Ware will follow his friend Chane Behanan and go to Colorado State. I think the obvious school he goes to is Auburn. Bruce Pearl is the new coach for the Tigers and Ware was committed to Tennessee when Pearl was there. So that would be my guess.
There are some exciting games this week in college football. The great thing about Louisville playing a weeknight game (to me) is getting to enjoy watching other games all day Saturday. Teams in the Top 10 have some tough match-ups, highlighted by a pair of Top 5 teams squaring off. That surely gives Louisville the chance to make a move in the polls, but will a team jump ahead of the Cards? Here are the games to keep an eye on this weekend! (Once again, this is using the USA Today/Coaches Poll)
It was officially announced today that Louisville will face Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for the 2015 season. The game will be on Saturday September 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for the game will be split evenly between the two schools.
As some of you may know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from August 2008-April 2012. So I was down there for the 2010 National Championship and got to see Michael Dyer live and in person. So I have been very excited about the possibility of Dyer joining the Cards. Others may have just seen his numbers and knew he was a good player, but being somewhere where football talk happens 24/7, 365 days a year, you get to know a lot about the players.
By Daryl Foust:
I wouldn’t say it was a ‘dire situation’ (pun intended) to add Michael Dyer to the Louisville roster this upcoming season. Louisville has just been voted the conference favorite to win the AAC for what I like to call a buffer year until we pack our bags in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, like Teddy said on ESPN First Take with Stephen A Smith, teams aren’t going to lay down for the Cards. But I think it is unanimous that the Sugar Bowl champs have a very weak schedule ahead of them until they head to the ACC, where we will call home for what I hope is a good while.
There has been a lot of chatter recently, but now it is finally official: Michael Dyer has joined the Louisville Cardinals! Dyer was the MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship game for the Auburn Tigers when they defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19. He rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries and had the most memorable play of the game when this happened to set up the game winning field goal.
By Justin Renck:
This may not be UofL news, but it is still worth posting!
5 star Linebacker Reuben Foster was committed to Auburn for next season. He moved to Auburn, AL for his senior year of high school, and was regarded by most as the top LB in the 2013 class. Big time recruiter and Wide Receivers coach Trooper Taylor will not be kept on Gus Malzahn’s staff next year, and that is who Foster had a close relationship with during his recruitment. He actually switched his committment from Alabama to Auburn at first.
Well Reuben decided it was a good idea to get a big “AU” tattoo on his arm. After today, that seems kind of awkward doesn’t it?
This is posted on Auburn’s 24/7 site. Very interesting! This is the guy who first reported that Charlie Strong had a phone conversation with Auburn. Now read what he says.
Sorting out the Charlie Strong story
It’s been a crazy last hour.
First, a story broke that Auburn had interviewed Louisville coach Charlie Strong. In response, I made a call and was told it wasn’t an interview but a telephone conversation. I quickly reported that here. Then, I was told that maybe it had been a search firm that reached out to Strong, which is an entirely different thing than even a telephone conversation. One thing that is certain is that there was no conversation with athletics director Jay Jacobs.
Strong has denied having any contact at all. His team plays Rutgers for the Big East championship on Thursday night.
The bottom line is this: Strong has not been interviewed in any true sense of the word. He is on Auburn’s list of candidates. He might yet be interviewed.
Sorry for the craziness and the confusion.
This post was edited by PhillipMarshall on 11/28/2012 at 9:21 PM