Auburn Tigers News: Auburn basketball moves up in AP Poll, Cadillac Williams on Derrick Nix

In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, AU hoops moves up in the AP Poll and former RB coach Cadillac Williams has high praise for his replacement

Auburn Tigers running backs coach Carnell \"Cadillac\" Williams during Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers running backs coach Carnell \"Cadillac\" Williams during Auburn Tigers football / Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK
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In today's edition of Auburn Tigers News, AU hoops moves up in the AP Poll and former RB coach Cadillac Williams has high praise for his replacement

It's SEC Tournament week, and the Auburn basketball team is coming off a dominant win over the Georgia Bulldogs to cap off the regular season. After Tennessee won the conference title outright, the Tigers ended up tied for second place in the conference with Alabama, Kentucky, and South Carolina, and will enter the SEC tourney as the #4 seed.

Though the seeding and rankings for the conference tournament are set in stone, the Tigers are still playing for a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. They got another boost today when the AP released their latest poll, moving the Tigers up one spot to #12.

SEC teams that are ahead of Auburn are Kentucky at #9 and Tennessee at #5.

Former RB coach Cadillac Williams has high praise for his replacement

It has been a couple months since the resignation of former running backs coach and associate head coach Cadillac Williams, who is now the running backs coach for the Las Vegas Raiders. Williams said that the hardest part about taking the new role was the distance from home, but that the NFL organization has welcomed him with open arms.

On the Plains, head coach Hugh Freeze brought in Derrick Nix from Ole Miss to take on the roles of offensive coordinator and running backs coach. Williams leaves quite a legacy at Auburn, but has very high praise for Nix, according to AL.com.

“[Offensive coordinator and] running backs coach Derrick Nix is a guy I’m very familiar with, went to (Etowah) high school with," Williams added. “He made such an impact on my life [when I was] a ninth grader and he was a senior. I watched the guy get recruited, watched him work hard, he’s an outstanding person. I am rooting for the whole program.”

Although he is no longer with the Auburn football program, Williams will always be an Auburn man.