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Unlike Iron Bowl rival, Auburn has no issue adding in-state foe to future schedule

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Sun Belt and other Group of Five schools are regulars on SEC teams schedules but a bit of history is being made in the not too distant future thanks to the addition of one such team to the slate of somebody not normal known for making waves on the schedule front.

According to a release by the school, South Alabama will play Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 13, 2025. While that’s notable for being the first-ever meeting between the two programs, it’s also a bit of history in the region as it will be the Tigers’ first FBS game against an in-state foe other than Iron Bowl rival Alabama since 1996 (!). 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Jaguar football to get to play an in-state SEC school,” Jaguars head coach Steve Campbell said in a statement.  “They are a perennial top-10 program that has produced several Heisman Trophy winners, it will definitely be great to be able to face them.  Playing an in-state SEC school will help us in many areas.”

Auburn’s previous meeting with a local FBS team came in a game against UAB back before some of the team’s current players were even born. 

Still, the Tigers seem downright progressive when compared to the Crimson Tide, who haven’t faced an in-state opponent other than Auburn since… 1944.

And this isn’t a case of USA, Troy, the Blazers or others avoiding the SEC’s best either as just about all coaches and/or AD’s at the schools in recent years have expressed interest in a game in Tuscaloosa or the Plains.

South Alabama appears to be the only one that could seal the deal however, even if it may be several more decades of waiting around for the other in-state SEC program to see the light. The Jaguars have upcoming games against Tulane and North Texas for 2025 scheduled as well and play at several other SEC schools in the coming years too, including Florida (2020), Tennessee (2021), LSU (2024) and Kentucky (2026). 

As for Auburn, the South Alabama game will be their second for the 2025 season and compliments a trip to Baylor to open the campaign on August 31.

Mizzou confirms Eli Drinkwitz will retain Brick Haley

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After a run on bringing in assistants from Boone, Eli Drinkwitz has gotten about the business of retention in Columbia.

In a press release, Missouri confirmed that Drinkwitz has decided to retain Brick Haley as part of his first coaching staff with the football program.  Haley wil continue on as the Tigers’ defensive line coach, and will carry the title of assistant head coach as well.

“In my short time of being around Brick I know him to be a man of high character who gets the most out of his players,” said Drinkwitz in a statement. “His wealth of knowledge with the defensive line is exactly what we’re looking for to motivate young men.”

Haley has spent the past three seasons with the Tigers.  Prior to that, he was the line coach at Texas (2015-16), LSU (2009-14) and Mississippi State (2004-06) at the collegiate level.

From 2007-08, Haley was the line coach for the NFL’s Chicago Bears.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue at Mizzou and I’m excited to work with Coach Drink and his staff,” said Haley. “Our family loves Mizzou and being part of the Columbia community, so we’re thrilled to keep stakes in the ground here and I’m looking forward to getting to work on doing great things.”

Alex Hornibrook no longer with Florida State

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It seems Alex Hornibrook‘s college career is complete.

Florida State interim head coach Odell Haggins said on Saturday that Hornibrook is no longer with the Seminoles as the club prepares for the Sun Bowl

He will join (former) teammate Cam Akers in that regard.

A graduate transfer from Wisconsin, Hornibrook appeared in five games this season. His peak as a Seminole came on Sept. 28, when he completed 29-of-40 passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. For the year, Hornibrook hit 84-of-122 throws for 986 yards with seven scores versus two picks.

In three years at Wisconsin, Hornibrook threw for 5,438 yards and 47 touchdowns.

SMU WR Reggie Roberson, Jr., to return for senior season

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SMU wide receiver Reggie Roberson, Jr., will return for his senior season in 2020, he announced earlier this week.

Roberson did so through a statement that at first read as if he would leave the Hilltop. “In the past couple of weeks, it has come to my attention that I am able to forgo my senior year and enter the NFL draft. I want to thank Coach Dykes for giving me the opportunity to come to SMU, and play the game I love in my hometown in front of my family and friends,” it began.

However, like a a classic Roberson open field move, he quickly changed directions and sprinted toward opportunity. “I have decided to come back and play my senior year at SMU. There is a lot of unfinished business that I left on the field that I need to take care of next season.”

A native of DeSoto, Texas, just south of Dallas, Roberson was one of SMU’s top players before he was lost to a foot injury in October. He caught 11 passes for 180 yards in the Ponies’ opening week win over Arkansas State and hauled in eight passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-21 drubbing of Temple on Oct. 19.

For the year, Roberson caught 43 passes for 803 yards and six touchdowns over seven-plus games. Spread over a 13-game season, he was on pace to end the year in the neighborhood of 80 receptions for 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Roberson originally signed with West Virginia out of high school.

Zack Moss to play in Alamo Bowl

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It’s become A Thing ever since Christian McCaffrey bailed on Stanford for that Sun Bowl: Draft eligible players announcing whether or not their prep for the next level begins for or after their team’s upcoming bowl game.

For Utah running back Zack Moss, that will begin after the Alamo Bowl.

“I just wanted to play with my guys,” Moss told KSL Sports. “That was one of the reasons why I wanted to come back was to play with these guys and I definitely want to finish it off. I am healthy enough to play and that’s exactly what I want to do.

“I love this team, I love the program, coaching, fans and community, so why not give everyone one last game.”

Moss’s teammate Jaylon Johnson previously announced he will skip the game.

The senior will look to polish off a career in which he’s carried for 4,010 yards and 38 touchdowns.

No. 11 Utah will close the career of Moss and backfield mate Tyler Huntley opposite Texas on Dec. 31 (7:30 p.m., ESPN).