October 24, 2008

Serious questions for Tigers

The day after Auburn's third-straight loss at West Virginia, head coach Tommy Tuberville said it's time for his team to look in the mirror and start asking some serious questions.

"Anytime you're losing games, you've got guys looking around going, am I doing the right thing. Am I giving the effort. Sometimes you have to question yourself," Tuberville said. "That's what we've talked about as a team. You have to look at yourself and ask can I give more? Do I understand what I have to do to get better?"

Auburn fell apart in the second half against the Mountaineers, a trend that has become all to familiar. In all four of AU's losses -- to LSU, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and West Virginia -- Auburn held a double-digit first-half lead.

"The effort is great. Can it be better? Sure it can," Tuberville said. "Can we be more aggressive at times? Sure we can. Can we be smarter in certain situations? Sure we can.

"Ninety percent of these guys are going to be back (next year) and they've got to learn that. That's my job."

The disappointing season appears to be affecting AU's play each week. Tuberville said he saw signs Thursday night of the players not playing well together as a team.

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