Sad news to report on a Sunday. Former Auburn basketball player Korvotney Barber's body was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon.
Barber had gone missing and was feared drowned late Saturday afternoon near Pineapple Willy's, a popular Panama City party spot. Surf conditions up and down the coast have been at Double Red Flag for the past several days.
Barber is the 2nd person to drown in the area over the past two days in the rough waters along Florida's panhandle. Double Red Flag conditions are supposed to tell all swimmers to stay out of the water,
period. It means conditions and undertow/rip currents are too dangerous.
Barber, who played 4 seasons for Auburn and signed there in 2005, had graduated and according to current Tiger coach Tony Barbee, had been playing basketball in Europe. He was a 2nd team All-SEC player his senior season, 2009.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs released this statement: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastatingly tragic and untimely death of Korvotney Barber. The Auburn Family remembers Vot as a relentless competitor with the heart of a champion. More importantly, those who knew him best remember him as a caring father who deeply loved his children and his family. Korvotney's family and friends will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this profoundly sad time."