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December 31, 2008

Auburn swimming coach Quick has inoperable cancerous brain tumor

Some very sad news came out of Auburn today on the swimming and diving front. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach Richard Quick has been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor, according to the school.

Quick is a six-time United State Olympic coach who has won 12 NCAA titles, the most in Division I history.

“We’re currently in the process of looking for the best care possible to fight this,” Quick said. “I want to thank the countless individuals that have passed along their well wishes, thoughts and
prayers.”

Quick, who served as Auburn’s head coach from 1978-82, won seven NCAA titles at Stanford and five at Texas. He re-joined the Tigers again in 2007.

“Richard is such an energetic person, has an incredibly positive attitude, and is bound by his faith,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said. “I know that he’s going to meet this challenge head on, just as he has done with every endeavor he’s encountered. We ask the Auburn Family to keep Richard and his family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Brett Hawke will oversee the men’s team in the interim, while Dorsey Tierney-Walker will run the women’s program.

December 30, 2008

Marks to enter NFL Draft

I’m on the road to New Orleans, but the news from Auburn doesn’t stop. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks will make himself eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft, the school confirmed this morning.

Marks finished his Auburn career of 37 games with 114 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks. A highly-regarded prospect entering the year, he fought through an injury-plagued season to finish with 32 tackles, 10 of which were for a loss.

“I’ve had a great experience during the last four years at Auburn,” Marks said. “However, I feel that it’s in my best interest to enter my name into the 2009 NFL Draft. It’s always been a dream of mine and I feel that I’m ready to advance to the next level.

“Auburn is, and always will be a special place to me. I want to thank all of my coaches at Auburn for giving me the opportunity to play college football and get an education. The Auburn family and my teammates have always been very supportive of my family and me, and for that I’m very appreciative.”

Marks is a near lock to be a first-day pick come April and could go in the first round. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had Marks ranked as the fourth-best junior defensive tackle, behind Alabama’s Terrence Cody, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.

Fellow defensive lineman Antonio Coleman will announce his intentions for next year at a press conference Jan. 3.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.

Moving pictures: Malzahn introduced as Auburn OC

OK, I finally was able to get this video posted after having connection problems earlier. It’s the first 10 minutes of Gus Malzahn being introduced as Auburn’s new offensive coordinator.

It’s off to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl for me tomorrow, but I’ll try to keep posted with the goings on at Auburn from afar.