SEC takes no action for Bama player’s body slam

The Southeastern Conference will take no action for one of the most flagrant fouls since Nick Fairley speared Aaron Murray.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, the SEC decided not to punish Alabama defensive end LaMichael Fanning for body-slamming Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough during the Tide’s 42-10 win Saturday.

The SEC office issued a statement on the matter Tuesday:

“The NCAA Football playing rules call for mandatory conference review following specific fouls. The SEC has been diligent in reviewing plays that by rule involve the initiation of contact and targeting defenseless opponents to the head and neck area. The conference maintains constant communication with head coaches on matters of penalty violations during the season. In the first instance discipline for violations involving non-NCAA-required automatic conference review are to be handled by the institution subject to the approval of the league office.”

The play happened in the final minutes of the game. Fanning had stopped Hansbrough on a running play, then picked him up and slammed him to the ground on his head. He was called for a personal foul. Missouri’s offensive line appeared to target Fanning on the next two plays, driving him downfield and knocking him to the ground.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Fanning, a 6-7 298-pound freshman, used “very, very poor judgment” and ordered him to write a letter of apology to Hansbrough and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.

“I think this is a young player who’s excited about getting into the game, makes very, very poor judgment on making that play,” Saban said. “It’s something that we don’t condone here. It’s not how we want our players to play.”

In the 2010 Auburn-Georgia game, Fairley speared Murray in the back with his helmet several seconds after the Georgia quarterback threw a pass. He was called for a personal foul but was not disciplined by the SEC. Auburn coach Gene Chizik also took no action against Fairley.

See video of Fanning’s tackle.

38 comments Add your comment

just sayin'

October 17th, 2012
8:12 am

as if….it is ‘bama….SEC doesn’t want any blemishes on a potential MNC….

Saint Nick

October 17th, 2012
8:27 am

A letter of apology??? Get real Satan……

To Tell the Truth

October 17th, 2012
8:33 am

This is total BS!!! This kid has no business playing the game as his goal is to hurt someone!!!!

an observer

October 17th, 2012
8:44 am

I am sure you Georgia fans who have commented actually saw the play. Just cause it is Saban related go ahead and hate!

GAHSFBFAN24

October 17th, 2012
8:47 am

What this kid did and what Fairley did are completely different. Fairley went after Murray and cheap-shot him time and time again. He should have been ejected from the game and severely disciplined. The Alabama kid had one play where he got too excited. He was penalized as he should have been. Fairley is a cheap-shot thug (his behavior has continued in the NFL on and off the field) and his coach has lost control of the program.

north ave. faithful

October 17th, 2012
8:56 am

Apparently an ex-wrestler, he just got a little to excited when he got in the game.

Chi Town

October 17th, 2012
9:00 am

All you mutt fans are so jealous of Alabama and Saban. Hope Kentucky whips y’all this weekend.

Moreno Stafford

October 17th, 2012
9:06 am

On another note. . .when was the last time UGA beat a top 5 team?

Peadawg

October 17th, 2012
9:07 am

I agree with GAHSFBFAN24. That suplex was actually pretty sweet haha. WWE should be calling him after he graduates.

NCDawg

October 17th, 2012
9:25 am

I’d like a real football fan from some other part of the country to come comment on things like this. I’d like a genuine objective observation of what I perceive to be a double standard in the way the SEC handles certain teams in situations like this. I admit that I have a dog in the fight and that could skew my perception but I really believe that the league office plays favorites.

howard

October 17th, 2012
9:41 am

The WWE will probably give this kid a look-see after he finishes football. That was as perfect a suplex as Kurt Angle or Ric Flair or Triple H could have done. That kid and Saban and Alabama are lucky as heck that Missouri kid didn’t break his neck…could you spell “lawsuits?” Heck, there might be one anyway who knows with lawyers and such. Was it deliberate? No. Stupid? Yes. And what happened to the Missouri player that got carted off when the game ended?? Hope he was OK…imagine he was because if he had been paralyzed, that would have been the lead story all over.

Notso Fast

October 17th, 2012
9:41 am

If he has accepted $200.00 dollars of used clothes they would have suppended him for several games but because he only did something that could have broken the player’s neck, they leave it to the school. Makes you wonder.

RBCAubie

October 17th, 2012
9:42 am

I’m sure the letter of apolgy will come directly from the young man’s heart! Not! Typical sabeen punishment.

5149

October 17th, 2012
9:48 am

case closed!

nate from detroit

October 17th, 2012
10:00 am

Does anyone really believe the SEC will do anyting to tarnish its image or especially one of its cash cow schools. After the SEC and NCAA handling of the Scam Newton incident on the plains a few yrs ago they have lost all credibility. The NCAA suspended AJ Green for 4 games because he sold a jersey that was given to him by the school but if your parent sells your services to the highest bidder that is OK. What a freakin’ joke.

D man

October 17th, 2012
10:06 am

Here come the Bama haters.

RTR22

October 17th, 2012
10:06 am

just sayin’ your comment was so silly. Is your national championship from 1982 mythical or imagineary? You dawgs are all bark and very little bite lol……

Sam

October 17th, 2012
10:25 am

I think it was totally awesome. I wish some UGA player was BA enough to do that. No one will want to run anywhere near that guy for the next 3 years.

Virginia Jim

October 17th, 2012
10:28 am

This message is for those fans who hate Bama and Saban for all of their success, so far. I understand your jealousy.

Special K

October 17th, 2012
10:30 am

Problem is you pups were not watching the game and saw what happened to said BAMA player for the next two plays after. He got his and then some so go home little pups, go home.

DogRoll

October 17th, 2012
10:33 am

Alabama has the SEC office in their pocket from long ago—no surprise. Alabama rules the decision making in the sec.

CC

October 17th, 2012
10:50 am

Unreal! How can yhe SEC take no action on this matter? Saban should step up and suspend this player.

Time4Bama

October 17th, 2012
11:05 am

Fanning is a 4th or 5th string DL. He could probably be suspended for 3 games and no one would know because he would not be playing except for blowouts

The Bear

October 17th, 2012
11:41 am

If picking up a player and slamming him to the ground warrants suspension then the whole Offensive line from SC should be because they were doing it all-night to UGA “D” linemen. Just kidding the play was a bit much. I am sure Saban will take care of it. I would think UGA has enough of their own problems.

Roll Tide

tell me again

October 17th, 2012
11:43 am

I wonder if that tackle had broken the kids neck if the NCAA would have done anything. The NCAA at its inconsistent best. And yet they still won’t let Houston play. They sure know how to keep the really dangerous players off of the playing field.

Mike

October 17th, 2012
11:51 am

I don’t recall UGA folks get all up in arms when Greg Blue would pull wrestling moves on the field.

Jefferson

October 17th, 2012
11:55 am

I love how the AJC is still clinging to the Fairley/Murray thing. The comparison is somewhat apt, there were two plays where a defender was playing hard, but beyond that? No similarity. There have been dozens if plays in the last 2 years that draw a better comparison to this play. Fairley’s hit didn’t draw a penalty flag live in the game, but everyone in Metro Atlanta was lighting up their torches to go out and join the lynch mob to get Nick Fairley. Let it go, AJC, Nick Fairley is in his second year of the NFL, there’s no good reason to continue whining about something he did or didn’t do in his Junior year of College.

Big Crimson 75

October 17th, 2012
12:05 pm

Not surprised at all.
Guess where Fanning played High School Football?
It takes a few years, even for Saban, to teach em how to play the Game the right way.

All is well, Saban & Pinkell are long times friends.
The Mizzu O-Line spent the next 3 plays trying to end Fannings career.
Lesson learned.

Joel Provano

October 17th, 2012
12:11 pm

Jefferson, Fairley WAS flagged for the hit.

Wilson Pickett

October 17th, 2012
12:11 pm

We’re lucky the RB wasn’t hurt no doubt. The letter was only a small part of the plan Nick has in place for Fanning. This is going to be decision day for Fanning at Bama. He will either make something of himself or he will be gone come spring. This is about more than that one play folks.

Big Crimson 75

October 17th, 2012
12:15 pm

You dwags are clueless.
Suspend him.
No, seriously, suspend him!!
Fanning is our 18th out of 19 defensive linemen!!

Big Crimson 75

October 17th, 2012
12:28 pm

Speaking of the infamous 2010 Ga-Aubie game.
How many personal fouls were called against UGA for chop-blocking Fairly?
Sad thing about those, they were ordered from Richt, who hid behind sunglasses as he gave instructions to his linemen to end Fairly’s career.

DP

October 17th, 2012
12:47 pm

The difference in this situation and Fairley is that Fairley did it all year, knocking 3 or 4 QBs out of the game. Many of his lift, clean and spear into the ground shots and/or hitting with the crown of his helmet were after the whistle. And when coaches finally started complaining about it late in the year the Auburn coaches acted like he was in some kind of gray area. Fanning, a 3rd or 4th string lineman, did this one time late in a blowout game and Saban dropped the hammer on him immediately. I think the SEC should have suspended him a game, but it doesn’t make much difference since he rarely plays and Saban undoubtably has plenty of other disciplinary action in store for him. His teams don’t play that way, didn’t at LSU and don’t at Alabama.

WTF

October 17th, 2012
12:53 pm

Big Crimson 75 you are a joke.

NateDawg

October 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

I didn’t see the body slam, so I’m not sure if it warranted punishment or not. However, I do wish some of you Dawg fans would quit being such an embarrassment to the rest of us. Bama has a better program than us. They usually do. Saban is a better coach than ours. Get over it. Envy is very ugly.

NateDawg

October 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

Now, I have watched it. If that doesn’t get you suspended, I don’t know what will.

DP

October 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

As for the Missouri linemen going after Fanning for the next several plays, I applaud them. That’s what players should do to retaliate for a blatant cheap shot. Had an offensive lineman blown up Nick Fairley’s knee after one of his body slams I would have applauded.

The Bear

October 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

@EDP maybe Missouri should have blocked a little better during the game and their backs would not be getting power slammed at the line of scrimmage.