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December 26, 2011

Auburn arrives in Atlanta for the week leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl

Flew out of the north and into Atlanta myself late on Christmas night to get ready for the start of Chick-fil-A Bowl week. I spent most of the last four days celebrating the holidays with my family back home in Wisconsin, and after a solid dose of home cooking, plus a good visit with the rest of the Erickson clan and traditional viewings of It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas and Christmas Vacation, I’m back in action on the blog and on Twitter for Auburn’s preparation leading up to Auburn’s New Year’s Eve showdown against Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

And I’m not the only one who descended on Atlanta on Christmas night. Auburn arrived in Atlanta for the beginning of its Chick-fil-A Bowl practices on Monday morning. Over the Christmas break from practices, the news surrounding Auburn’s football team has been pretty quiet — the basketball team did go 1-2 in Hawaii at the Diamondhead Classic — but the team will get back to work beginning Monday, although the Chick-fil-A Bowl also has a solid dose of fun planned for the Tigers this week.

Auburn’s Chick-fil-A Bowl week schedule is posted below. All times are Eastern.

Sunday, December 25

  • 9 p.m.     FCA Breakfast, Marriott Marquis

Monday, December 26

  • 11:10 a.m.        Practice (First 20 minutes open to media), Georgia Dome
  • 4-6 p.m.            Team Welcome Party, Dave & Buster’s

Tuesday, December 27

  • 10:10 a.m.     Practice (First 20 minutes open to media), Georgia Dome
  • 1:30-3 p.m.   Sal Grosso’s Brazilian Buffet
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.   Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Visit

Wednesday, December 28

  • 7:45-9:15 a.m.     FCA Breakfast, Marriott Marquis
  • 11:30 a.m.            Auburn Press Conference, Gene Chizik, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Nosa Eguae
  • 12:10 p.m.            Practice (Closed to media), Georgia Dome
  • 4:30-6 p.m.          Milkshake Party

Thursday, December 29

  • 10:20 a.m.            Practice (Closed to media), Georgia Dome
  •  12:15 p.m.            Auburn Press Conference, Coordinators, Emory Blake, Jeffrey Whitaker
  • 1:30-3 p.m.          Auburn Hospital Visit,  Scottish Rite Hospital—101 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA
  • 4-6:30 p.m.          Andretti Karting

Friday, December 30

  • 11 a.m.                 Joint Coaches Press Conference,  Georgia Dome
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.   Chalk Talk and Football Feud Banquet
  • 3 p.m.                   Walk Thru/Team Photo (Closed to media), Georgia Dome

Saturday, December 31

  • 5:15 p.m.              Tiger Walk, Georgia Dome
  • 7:30 p.m.              Chick-fil-A Bowl, Auburn vs. Virginia, Georgia Dome


  1. Joel, I hope the Christmas holiday was a special one, and that you and yours are doing well. I am looking forward to your views of the practices, and of course, Merry Christmas.

    Comment by KoolBell777 — December 26, 2011 @ 8:33 am

  2. Looking forward to Auburn getting win #8 this season. The Georgia Dome is a fine place to spend New Year’s Eve. War Eagle to all, see ya’ there!

    Comment by MikeP — December 26, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  3. Welcome back, Joel. Hope you enjoy the experience this week.

    Comment by Tex — December 26, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Welcome back Joel. Milkshake party?? I’m guessing that’s a Chic-fil-a thing.

    Comment by SB — December 26, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  5. Thanks for the well-wishes. And yeah, that’s a Chick-fil-A Bowl event, although if they want to send any extra milkshakes my way, I will not complain in the slightest.

    Comment by JErickson — December 26, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  6. Glad your holidays went well. Thanks for the schedule and updates.

    Andretti Karting is one of the coolest places in Atlanta. Just hope there are no accidents resulting in injury!

    Comment by Hunter-Gatherer — December 27, 2011 @ 9:00 am

  7. do you have info on the auburn marching band schedule for the chikfila bowl?

    Comment by reed bethel — December 29, 2011 @ 7:24 am

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