Auburn Tigers Hire New Secondary Coach

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Greg Brown

An experienced attorney and chairman of the board of Alabama’s Custom Cable Services, Edgar Gentle is also treasurer of the state’s Democratic Party. The recipient of a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University in 1975, Edgar Gentle continues to support the school’s football team.

After losing secondary coach Wesley McGriff to the Ole Miss Rebels in the 2016 offseason, the Auburn Tigers found an experienced replacement in Greg Brown. A 36-year veteran with coaching experience in both college and the National Football League (NFL), Brown recently served as cornerbacks coach for Missouri, a team which tied for first in interceptions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 2016 regular season. He has also coached defensive backs at Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado.

A former University of Texas at El Paso cornerback in his playing days, Brown has coached some of the most decorated defensive backs in college football. Both Deon Figures and Chris Hudson, whom he coached at Colorado, won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. Gerod Holliman, whom he coached at Louisville, won the award in 2014 after tying a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record with 14 interceptions.


Auburn Football Scores 23 Signees on National Signing Day

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Auburn Football

After obtaining a bachelor of science in biology from Auburn University, Edgar Gentle completed the juris doctor program at the University of Alabama School of Law. Outside of his work in the legal field, Edgar Gentle is a loyal fan of his alma mater’s Auburn Tigers football program.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, which was National College Signing Day, Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff signed 23 new players for the upcoming football season, which will kick-off against Georgia Southern on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

A junior college transfer that started at quarterback for Baylor University in 2015, Jarrett Stidham is one of seven signees who chose to get a head start on the process and enroll early. Stidham, a five star quarterback, is rated the number-one junior college prospect by ESPN and holds all-district honors in basketball.

TD Moultry, a 6-foot-2-inch, 230 pound linebacker, played high school football for the Jackson-Olin Mustangs, only two hours northwest of Auburn. Moultry received high praise from Coach Malzahn as possibly the best player in the state.

Finally, the biggest surprise of the day for Coach Malzahn and his staff came when pass-rushing machine Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant’s letter of intent arrived in Auburn. Bryant had been sought after by the program for quite some time, and his commitment to the Tigers was like “icing on the cake,” in Malzahn’s words.

Larry Porter Joins Auburn Coaching Staff

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Larry Porter

Edgar Gentle serves as a partner attorney at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has contributed to and helped administer in excess of $2.5 billion in settlements as a special master and settlement administrator. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team.

The Auburn coaching staff recently added a new tight ends and halfbacks coach in Larry Porter. Porter makes his way to Auburn from the University of North Carolina, where he served as running backs coach. Porter replaces Scott Fountain, Auburn’s previous tight ends and special teams coach.

In a statement, Porter expressed his gratitude to head coach Gus Malzahn for the opportunity and praised Malzahn’s coaching staff and team. In Malzahn’s own statement, he noted Porter’s accomplished history in player development and recruiting.

Porter is regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters, having twice been named National Recruiter of the Year by in 2007 and 2009. Before accepting his role with North Carolina, Porter worked as an assistant coach for Texas and Arizona State, as well as head coach for Memphis during the 2010-2011 season. His background also includes assistant coaching positions at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana State.

Three Tips for the Novice Poet

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Novice Poet

The director and chairman of the board of Custom Cable Services, Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, Edgar Gentle also holds one-third of the stock in the company, which maintains annual sales of $13 million. Outside of his professional life, Edgar Gentle spends his time between two Alabama lake houses, where he enjoys writing poetry.

Like any art form, poetry can seem intimidating to the novice, resulting in fear rather than bringing feelings of joy and satisfaction. Here are three tips for budding poets to get the most out of their work while avoiding common mistakes:

1. Write About What Matters to You – Poetry can help poets recognize and process their own feelings. Andrew Motion, a former poet laureate of the United Kingdom who has been knighted for his contributions to literature, has said that his early poetry helped him deal with and express his feelings regarding his mother’s death. He advises poets to “let your subject find you.”

2. Have Clear Direction – Before writing your poem, ask yourself what the purpose of the poem is and what you want it to do. This clear vision will help you write a poem with a cohesive message and theme.

3. Revise – Your poem is not completed once you have finished the first draft. Put your poem aside for a few days before coming back to it with a fresh perspective. Another option is to ask a friend or colleague for constructive criticism. A fresh set of eyes may notice an issue you completely missed.

Auburn Football Names Chip Lindsey New Offensive Coordinator

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Chip Lindsey

A partner in Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, Edgar Gentle has served the law firm for nearly 25 years. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys reading, fishing, and cheering on Auburn University’s football team.

With an eye on the 2017 season, the Auburn Tigers recently hired Chip Lindsey as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Announcing the appointment in a recent press release, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn described Lindsey as a rising star with a deep knowledge of the game.

Like Malzahn, Lindsey began his career as a high school football coach before moving on to serve in collegiate programs. He worked as an assistant coach at five high schools and later served as head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia and Spain Park in Alabama. Most recently, Lindsey was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State, a team that averaged an impressive 33.3 points per game in 2016.

Three Outdoor Destinations in Arizona

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Cathedral Rock

An attorney with more than 35 years of experience, Edgar Gentle serves as a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison in Birmingham, Alabama. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys traveling, and he recently made several trips to Arizona.

Rich in natural beauty, Arizona offers a host of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Below are three stunning sites:

Cathedral Rock. Located in the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Cathedral Rock has become one of the most-visited attractions in Arizona. Peaking at 4,921 feet, Cathedral Rock consists of red sandstone formed from dunes near the ancient Pedregosa Sea.

Beaver Falls in Havasu Creek. Located in the Grand Canyon, Beaver Falls is one of five sets of waterfalls in the area and offers gorgeous views and great swimming.

Montezuma Castle National Monument. Estimated to date back to 1200-1450 CE, Montezuma Castle National Monument is a dwelling cut out of limestone cliffs. The monument features 20 rooms made from fieldstone, mud, and clay mortar.

The Best Times to Visit Sedona, Arizona

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Sedona, Arizona

Edgar Gentle is the director and chairman of the board at Custom Cable Services Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, where he guarantees company loans and helps the business keep good financial standing. Although Edgar Gentle is dedicated to his career, he still finds time for traveling and often visits Sedona, Arizona. Below are some of the best times of the year to visit Sedona.

1. From March to May, temperatures in Sedona are not too hot, and desert flowers begin to bloom amongst the Red Rocks. With plenty of hikers and nature enthusiasts enjoying the landscape, the spring time is considered peak season, with higher lodging rates and less availability.

2. June through August is a less popular time in Sedona since temperatures are higher, but lodging is also cheaper and more readily available. To escape the heat, tourists can enjoy the local art that Sedona is well-known for in the many art galleries and studios.

3. Autumn is another popular time of year in Sedona, with cooler temperatures and good deals toward the end of the season in November. In more comfortable outdoor conditions, hikers enjoy the changing colors of the season, especially on the West Fork Oak Creek trail.