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Bicknell Jr. named offensive line coach at Auburn

AUBURN —Jack Bicknell Jr., a successful coach at the collegiate and professional level for over three decades, has been named the offensive line coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday.

Bicknell, who was at Ole Miss the previous three seasons as offensive line coach, has 33 years of coaching experience, including 25 years in college and seven seasons in the National Football League.

“Jack has a wealth of coaching experience and success in all levels of football, including the last three years in the SEC,” Malzahn said. “He has been a part of a Super Bowl championship team and been a head coach collegiately. Jack’s diverse and extensive resume will be valuable in developing our offensive line unit. We’re very excited to have Jack join our staff here at Auburn.”

This past season at Ole Miss, the Rebels were second in the Southeastern Conference and ninth nationally in rushing averaging 251.2 yards rushing per game. Freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee averaged 113.7 yards rushing per game, good for first in the SEC and eighth nationally.

“I’m fired up to be joining a tradition-rich program like Auburn. Auburn has always been known as a blue-collar, hard-working team that has achieved a tremendous amount of success,” Bicknell said. “I am very appreciative of Coach Malzahn for this opportunity. He and Coach Morris are very well respected offensive minds in the game of football and I can’t wait to work with them and the rest of the Auburn staff.”

Bicknell spent eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech (1999-2006), where his 43 victories are still the third-most in school history. Following the 2001 season, he was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a conference championship in its first year of membership. Bicknell also served as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach from 1997-98.

Bicknell joined the Ole Miss staff after spending two seasons as assistant offensive line coach with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. Working with offensive line coach John Benton, Bicknell assisted to guide the Dolphins’ offensive line that helped protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill during a pair of 4,000-yard passing seasons. Bicknell’s line also paved the way for running back Lamar Miller to rush for 1,971 yards over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Prep Bowling

Dothan Wolves girls bowling team gets victory

The Dothan Wolves girls bowling team finished its first regular season with a 9-1 dual record following a victory at Auburn Monday, 993 to 915.

Ellie Smith paced Dothan’s effort in the traditional round with a 139, while Natalie Turner had a 127 and Rayleigh Thagard a 126. Mackenzie Stewart added a 108.

The Dothan boys fell to Auburn 1347 to 944, finishing the regular season 6-4 in dual meets. Landon Conrad continued his strong surge of late, bowling a 202 to lead DHS. Jace Dyer followed with a 132 and Chase Allsup had a 111.

Both Dothan teams compete in the South Regional postseason tournament in Mobile on Thursday and Friday.

Prep Basketball

Ariton downs New Brockton

Landon Tyler scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading Ariton past New Brockton 55-24 on Monday.

Hayes Floyd had 11 points and seven assists and Ian Senn contributed 11 points.

New Brockton was led by Dillon Kelty with 10 points.

Houston Academy 47, Opp 45: For Opp, Erik Matthews scored 16 and Bryan Matthews scored 14.

No stats were provided for HA at press time.

Brantley 71, Elba 41: Leading the way for Brantley was Taye Person with 20 points, which included five 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and five assists. Kenuwyn Dixon added 12 points and Morrel Edwards had 10 points as the Bulldogs improved to 13-1.

Varsity Girls

Elba 37, Brantley 28: Leading the way for Brantley was Gabby Perkins with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Ariton 39, New Brockton 7: Zakyria Johnson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ariton (8-4).

Lacey Sprinkle led New Brockton with four points.

Houston Academy 55, Opp 25: For Opp, Vanessa Stoudemire scored 12.

No stats were provided for HA at press time.

Junior Varsity

Houston Academy 55, Opp 48: For Opp, Zaccheaus Lindsey scored 19.

No stats were provided for HA at press time.

Women’s College Basketball

South Carolina new No. 1 in women’s Top 25 after 1-2-3 lost

NEW YORK — South Carolina moved up three spots to No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll after the top three teams from the previous week all lost.

It was a rough week for ranked teams, with 11 of them losing at least one game, including Nos. 1-3 falling in a four-day span. The last time the top three teams in the AP Top 25 lost within a span of seven days was during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

It wasn’t just the top teams that lost. Eight of the Top 25 programs were beaten by unranked teams, showing more parity in the sport than before. Only two teams — No. 9 North Carolina State and No. 16 Gonzaga — stayed in the same place.

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