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July 1, 2014 5:43 PM

Philip Lutzenkirchen crash site a place of tragedy, hope

In the yard of the Big Springs United Methodist Church, a small makeshift shrine is perched against a large pine tree. Three orange and blue shakers. Two Auburn banners. A pennant from the 2011 BCS national championship, where top-ranked Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19, giving the Tigers their first national crown since 1957.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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