Tigers show off signs of success

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 1:18 a.m.
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Auburn's Toney Douglas launches the 3-point shot at the buzzer that sends Wednesday's game into overtime.

The Associated Press
AUBURN, Ala. - Less than two weeks removed from its Sugar Bowl win, signs of Auburn's perfect season were apparent throughout town.
Students returned to campus Tuesday. Some wore T-shirts that read "No BCS" with the C crossed out. Others wore T-shirts that read "our champions"
Auburn's 12-0 record and SEC Championship win over Tennessee wasn't enough to convince the BCS to place the Tigers in the championship game. Undefeated teams USC and Oklahoma went instead.
No football-related events were planned for Tuesday's basketball game against Florida. Auburn is holding a "Parade of Champions" for the football team Saturday afternoon. The parade will begin at Jordan-Hare Stadium and end with a Tiger celebration at Toomer's Corner.
The day wasn't without news, though. Auburn underclassmen Anthony Mix and Marcus McNeill announced before the basketball game that they were returning for their senior seasons.
"We know that we did a lot finishing 13-0, but we didn't get the ultimate prize we wanted," McNeill said. "All the dogs are still in the cage. We're hungry to eat again."
  • WALSH IN TOWN: Junior guard Matt Walsh made the trip and will travel with the team until his injured left ankle heals.
    Florida's training staff travels with the team for road games. Walsh did some rehabilitation work before Wednesday night's game against Auburn.
    Walsh suffered a high ankle sprain in a late-December practice and is expected to be out until early to mid-February.
    Walsh isn't the first injured Florida player to travel with the team. Christian Drejer traveled with the Gators when he suffered foot and ankle injuries that forced him to sit out the first 16 games of his freshman season in 2002-03.
  • BIG SHOES TO FILL: Freshman Al Horford had big shoes to fill, stepping in for Adrian Moss as starting center. His size 17s have more than filled the bill.
    Horford said he grew a shoe size every year between ages 10-17.
    "Every year, I had to buy new shoes," Horford said.
    Horford said his shoe size still isn't as big as his dad, ex-NBA center Tito Horford. According to team spokesman Fred Demarest, Horford has grown close to half an inch since first being measured by the team in August.
  • ETC: Freshman Joakim Noah's father, former French Open champion Yannick Noah, was one of four players Tuesday inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame ... Auburn senior guard Ronny LeMelle is out for the season with a leg injury. LeMelle first injured the leg during the preseason, sat out the first three games, then re-injured it in Auburn's 85-78 loss to Wofford. LeMelle is applying for a medical hardship for a fifth year of eligibility through the Southeastern Conference at the end of the season.
    You can reach Kevin Brockway by e-mail at brockwk@gvillesun.com or by calling 374-5054.
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