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When coach Mike Norvell and his staff arrived at the University of Memphis, they said their football program would be built upon a foundation of fit and, perhaps more importantly, family.

And this fall, Memphis inside linebackers coach Dan Lanning says, those words have rung true.

About a month ago, his wife, Sauphia, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer. In the days and weeks since, Dan Lanning said they have been blessed by an outpouring of support from the Memphis football program — and coaches at all levels, across the United States. He said every Memphis assistant’s wife has stopped by the house to spend time with Sauphia, 28, many of them nearly every day.

“We’re really lucky here to have incredible support with the coaching family,” Dan Lanning said after practice this week. “Luckily, we came to a situation where, even moving jobs, we knew a lot of people we were coming to work with. They’ve been unreal.”

Fewer than 20,000 cases of osteosarcoma are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. In Sauphia Lanning’s case, it was found in a tumor in her leg, approximately the size of a golf ball.



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3 reasons why Auburn beats No. 2 Clemson

AUBURN, health Ala. — Auburn is an underdog at home and not many are giving the Tigers a chance against No. 2 Clemson, order but we believe there are several reason why they have a shot against the national runner-up from a season ago.

In fact, search here are three things Auburn has in its favor heading into the 8:05 p.m. CT kickoff on ESPN.

1. Auburn’s defensive line is better than Clemson’s offensive line
Clemson has experience at three spots along its offensive line, but two new starters are in the fray (they have some experience, too). We’re not so sure the visiting Tigers can match up with Auburn’s defensive line led by Carl Lawson on the edge and Montravius Adams in the middle. If Auburn can stop the run and get pressure on Deshaun Watson, it will give Auburn’s offense a shot at scoring points and staying on the field longer. If that happens, the defensive line’s deep rotation — they roll at least 10 deep — will take over this game and dominate in the fourth quarter.

For all of the hype we’ve heard about the defensive line, it’s time to prove it against a Clemson offensive line that might be a work in progress at a couple of spots in the trenches. Auburn should have the advantage up front on paper, so if Clemson starts pushing the home Tigers around, this could get ugly quickly for Auburn. If not, then Auburn has a good shot at knocking off the No. 2 team in the country.

Sacking Deshaun Watson a few times would be nice, but stopping running back Wayne Gallman (a record setter in his own right) should be paramount early in this game. Clemson is going to score points, but Auburn absolutely can not allow the offense to consistently run the football down its throat.

It’s up to Adams, Devaroe Lawrence, Dontavius Russell, Maurice Swain Jr. and other to step up and plug the hole. This is the biggest show-me-what-you’ve-got-game for defensive line coach Rodney Garner’s group since the Gus Malzahn era started in 2013.

2. The home-field advantage
This is low-hanging fruit, sure, but Auburn fans can make a big difference tonight on the Plains. Teams feed off the energy of its fans, especially in season openers, and the home Tigers are going to need it tonight against No. 2 Clemson. When Clemson faces a third-and-long, the defense needs the fans to cheer as if it’s the Iron Bowl.

We’re not so sure Deshaun Watson will be rattled by the noise. At this point he’s a veteran and has proven himself to be the best quarterback in the country, but what fans can do is provoke false starts, frustration from defenders after plays and general confusion before plays at the line of scrimmage.

Auburn did not win a single SEC game at home in 2015, and Clemson is certainly an SEC-caliber team, so what better way to break that streak by knocking off the second-ranked team in the country? Lee Corso believes it can. Why shouldn’t you?

Auburn fans needs to bring the noise tonight for their Tigers to have a chance against Clemson. It’s that simple.

3. The new Sean White
We have written in this space plenty of times about the successes and follies of Sean White as Auburn’s quarterback. Simply put, he was hindered by a knee and foot injury last season and we never truly saw the real Sean White on the football field. He completed 64 percent of his passes when healthy and only 39 percent of his throws when he was not.

Auburn’s new starters if fully healed and ready to play, and what we like about him is his quick-fire release in the pocket. That attribute will match what Auburn is going for on the edges perfectly in this game. It certainly appears Auburn is going for speed over height and girth at receiver (Darius Slayton, Jason Smith, Ryan Davis, etc.) and running back (Kerryon Johnson), and that’s by design (of course). Auburn not only wants to return to its hurry-up roots, but it wants fast receivers and running backs capable of turning plays at the line of scrimmage on screens and draws into monstrous gains that cause the Clemson defense to tire while chasing them down.


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Auburn legends on hand for Tigers’ game against Clemson

The Auburn Tigers have a tough task ahead of them tonight if they hope to pull off a major upset against the No. 2 Clemson Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

But, troche perhaps Auburn will be motivated by the presence of legendary RB Bo Jackson and Carolina Panthers QB and reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton:

Jackson was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1985 and has his No. 34 jersey retired by Auburn. Newton won the 2010 Heisman while guiding Auburn to a national championship.

Of note are Newton’s shoes, online which are very bright, to say the least:


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Dabo Swinney pledges $1 million to Clemson program


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his wife Kathleen have pledged $1 million to support the football program, the school announced Monday.

The donation will go through IPTAY, the school’s booster arm, and will be used to “provide future funding for building initiatives that will continue to propel the program forward.”

“I love Clemson, and I believe in our program, and I feel like Clemson has been pulling for me since that first game in 2008,” Swinney said in a statement. “But no matter how much we win on the field, my passion is building and empowering successful young men through the game of football. Kathleen and I are blessed. And we have always known we need to use those blessings to do good for others. It’s so important to us that we give back to this program that has been so good to us.”

The Swinneys have given back to Clemson before, donating $340,000 through their All In Foundation, and personally donating another $265,000 to fund need-based scholarships and several other initiatives around the school and football program.


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Clemson Tigers full of surprises: Defense shines, <a href=decease Mike Williams doesn’t miss a beat.” width=”717″ height=”480″ />

No dancing for Dabo following Clemson’s nail-biting 19-13 victory over Auburn this past weekend. While the offense didn’t play great, click the Tigers defense was a pleasant surprise. The talk for most of the off-season was about Clemson’s star studded offense and how they were going to rip Auburn’s defense apart. Tigers fans wondered if Clemson had the depth on defense to repeat last year’s success.

The answer was a resounding yes.

Gus Malzahn is revered for his ability to manufacture yards on the ground, clinic however, Clemson’s defense was able to hold Auburn to just 87 rushing yards on 41 attempts.


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It just wouldn’t be College Football without Lee Corso making some off the wall prediction.

As a matter of fact, medicine you could just call them wrong.

The analyst who has made a living over the past few decades on picking the losing team is back at it again, doctor this time with an exclusive Facebook Live post from fellow College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit.

College GameDay is getting ramped up for its first show of the football season up in Wisconsin, Herbstreit decided to go live and introduce Corso to a feature on Facebook.

Here is an excerpt from 247’s Kevin Flaherty’s article on Auburn Undercover as to what happened during the video.

When asked for his final four teams in the College Football Playoff, Corso picked LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida State. When Herbstreit reacted by saying that Corso thought Clemson was going to lose to FSU, Corso made another bold prediction.

“No, they’re going to lose their first game [as well],” Corso said.

Clemson opens the season at Auburn.

Corso went on to pick LSU and Michigan in the national title game, with LSU emerging as the national champ. Herbstreit cracked that this was the fourth-straight year Corso picked LSU to win the title.

“And I’m going to keep picking them ‘till they win,” Corso said, joking.

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