It’s going to be a long 11 days until the Iron Bowl

It’s Monday. There are three more Saturdays left in the regular season. So what have we learned?

1. It’s going to be a long 11 days until the Iron Bowl. After one of the more bizarre weeks I have seen, Cameron Newton played and played very well in beating Georgia 49-31 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The kid is just a great football player and, in a perfect world, would be a lock for the Heisman Trophy.  Newton is the best player in college football and right now it really isn’t close. Newton remained eligible to play on Saturday and he should. Right now there is no concrete evidence to sit him. But between now and the Auburn-Alabama game on Nov. 26 a lot can happen. The FBI is going to be talking to some of the principals in this case. Reporters are going to be asking questions. There will be digging. And leaking. This story moves so fast. I predict Newton will play against Alabama because Auburn, absent any hard evidence, really has to be all in on the kid. Stay tuned.

2. Auburn coach Gene Chizik needs to have a talk with Nick Fairley.  I was very disappointed with the end of the Georgia-Auburn game on Saturday. We came really close to a bench-clearing brawl and that is not supposed to happen in Auburn-Georgia. It has never been that kind of rivalry. 

 Two Auburn players–defensive end Michael Goggins and defensive tackle Mike Blanc–were ejected. Both will have to sit out the first half of the next game with Alabama. Georgia coach Mark Richt chose to take a knee on the last play of the game rather than risk another fight. That was the prudent thing to do.

After the game Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he was “embarrassed” by the way his players behaved at the end of the game.

“That’s not who we are,” said Chizik. “That’s not the way we carry ourselves, and we will address it.”

I agree with Coach Chizik. That’s not Auburn. And for Auburn to address the problem Chizik needs to begin his conversations on this subject with Nick Fairley. Fairley is a great football player but even the most strident Auburn fan has to understand that the hit he put on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray earlier in the day has no place in the game. Gary Danielson of CBS pointed out that such hits in the NFL easily draw a fine. I came home Saturday night and watched the entire game again. More than once Danielson had to point out that Fairley was being too aggressive in driving the quarterback into the ground, a practice that the NFL has cleaned up.

Understand that the late game skirmish didn’t break out just because of Fairley’s helmet to the knee of Murray at the end.  That was a borderline play. It had been building the whole game.

And for the Auburn fans who are going to get mad at this I will simply say: If you accepted my defense of Newton for the last 12 days I would ask you to keep an open mind and go back and look at the game tape. You have a problem here that needs to be addressed.  

3. This SEC championship game could be the toughest ticket ever: I thought the last two SEC championship games featuring Alabama and Florida were off the charts when it came to ticket demand. But the Dec. 4 game between South Carolina and Auburn could be an all-timer.  If Auburn beats Alabama on Nov. 26 the Tigers will be no worse than No. 2 and playing for a spot in the BCS championship game. South Carolina, who has never played for the championship since joining the conference in 1992, will be coached by Steve Spurrier. Spurrier will be going for his seventh SEC championship which would move him past Vince Dooley and John Vaught on the all-time list. Spurrier would be second only to Bear Bryant, who has 14, in career SEC championships. That should be enough to keep our attention.

4.  Boise State and TCU will be pulling for Alabama on Nov. 26: Boise State was still No. 4 behind TCU when the BCS standings were released on Sunday. But the smart people who crunch the numbers tell me that Boise, which still has three games left, will eventually jump over TCU, which only has one  game left with New Mexico (1-9). And it didn’t help TCU’s case that Utah went on the road Saturday and got thumped 28-3 by Notre Dame while the Horned Frogs struggled to beat San Diego State 40-35. Why is this important? Because if either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Auburn stumble, either TCU or Boise State is going to be poised to fill the second slot in the BCS championship game. I think Oregon had its scare for the season when it beat California 15-13 Saturday night. The best hope for TCU or Boise will be for Auburn to fall at Alabama. Yet another layer of drama.

5. Georgia may be battling Tennessee for a spot in the Liberty, Birmingham Bowls: Saw some Liberty Bowl people at the game on Saturday and they expressed a real interest in Georgia if the Bulldogs can beat Georgia Tech and get to 6-6. But if Tennessee (4-6) wins its last two games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, the Vols will be finishing up on a nice little run to also finish 6-6. So the Liberty, located in Memphis, might take the Vols knowing they will sell tickets to a fan base that will want to see Tyler Bray play one more time and start getting ready for next year. So Georgia might be heading to Birmingham for its bowl experience if the Bulldogs can beat Georgia Tech.

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Saint Simons

November 15th, 2010
6:50 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Bad Beat

November 15th, 2010
6:58 am

Wish “Coach” Mark Richt would take a knee on his career at UGA

Hershel Walker

November 15th, 2010
7:00 am

Nice job by the Thuga fan setting fire to Toomer’s corner.

The Striped Shirt

November 15th, 2010
7:02 am

You know what will get Fairley to stop with the pile driving? A flag. If it’s Unnecessary Roughness – call it. The officiating crew in the game Saturday – and I have no rooting interest – seemed overwhelmed by the circumstances. They seemed hesitant on several occasions. I imagine they’ll have a rough week’s review.

George G.

November 15th, 2010
7:04 am

Not shown on TV was Georgia DB Brandon Boykin diving at the knees of the Auburn WR’s while they were running half-routes on Auburn’s last drive. He was flagged for it once, but they didn’t show it on TV and the refs didn’t call the two other instances on that drive alone. Not to mention at least three chop blocks on Fairley in addition to the one that was actually flagged. That game was dirty on both sides, and it started long before the opening kickoff.

david

November 15th, 2010
7:05 am

UGA vs UCF in the Liberty Bowl

knuckledragger

November 15th, 2010
7:06 am

Tony, I agree that Fairley gets too aggressive. He could have been ejected for the late hit on Murray or in my opinion the body slam of Jordon Jefferson in the LSU game that didn’t even draw a flag.

Besides those 2 plays, though, I haven’t seen anything but a beast who at times nobody can block.

The frustration from offensive lineman and the offense he disrupts causes alot of the tension.

I haven’t heard anyone mention the stand-him-up, chop-out-his-legs illegal block from Georgia. The aggressive blocking and laying on top of him if you get him down is part of the game.

What should Fairley not have done? Head slap? Holding? Why this peek a boo comment?

Or is it just that he blew up your Georgia offense at times?

SimpleDawg

November 15th, 2010
7:07 am

When next year’s Auburn vs Georgia game comes around, I’d be really nervous if I were Nick “The Assassin” Fairly. His knees should be the object of every UGA player’s desires. He deserves the attention. His plan was obvious – to maim and injure Aaron Murray.

I’m not sure what the referee’s agenda was, but to pile drive a guy into the ground and then lay on him for 20 seconds taking smack is a penalty in every league in the country.

This should be filed under “Unfinished Business”,….you get one of ours, we get one of yours…..I don’t doubt that the Chizzler encouraged the plan.

Next year can’t come soon enough. Awbarn has achieved Florida, GIT, Tennysee, Clempson hate status. Congratulations.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 15th, 2010
7:10 am

SS,

I feel sorry for you. You are a pitiful excuse for a human being.

Reveling in the unhappiness of others is a miserable way to go through life. I am a DAWG fan. I make no bones about it. But if you read the post I left last night on a Tech blog, I encouraged fans calling for Coach Johnson’s job to think about what good he’s accomplished in a couple of years, to factor in Nesbitt’s injury and keep a good coach in your program because the back biting and lack of support might adversely affect your recruiting.

I’m not a big fan of AU today because of the way the game was played, but I’m not going to look for AU msg boards to trash their team. I’ll watch quietly to see how the Newton scandal unfolds and if anything is done about the late hits on Aaron Murray. Last year, Rashad Jones got flagged for a late hit when the QB threw the ball while he was in mid-air about to hit him. Fairley took a couple of steps after the pass and slammed Murray to the ground. Not just once, but three or four times without a flag. I don’t blame Fairley anymore than the officiating, and AU can thank them for the two ejections. If things weren’t so out of hand earlier, the fights would not have happened late.

But as for you, SS, I wonder if you have deep rooted psychological problems. Did you enjoy torturing small animals as a child? Wet the bed still until a teenager? (or is it still happening?)

Seek professional help. Find a church. Do something. Something is terribly wrong with you. And I’m seriously concerned about the state of your mental health.

Chris

November 15th, 2010
7:16 am

Mr. Barnhart,
I agree N. Fairley was a bit aggressive Sat. night. Do you think it may have been, in some part, to the late hits and chop blocks he had endured during the game? Also, some of the hits may have drawn a fine in the NFL but he’s not in the NFL. Only one of the plays was deserving of a flag and he got it.

Dooley the Vol

November 15th, 2010
7:18 am

It was a very chippy game, but I can’t believe how undisciplined CMR’s team is. They left the bench and nearly provoked a huge brawl. CMR needs a get back guy, this has happen twice and i am amazed that there has not been a bench clearer.

Vols are getting better, I bet they wind up in Nashville.

@DanWeiner

November 15th, 2010
7:19 am

Now that Florida is eliminated from SEC Championship Game contention at least we won’t have Urban Meyer leaking anymore information intended to hurt Cam Newton’s character.

German Shepherd Dawg

November 15th, 2010
7:20 am

knuckle dragger,

Your name speaks volumes and your comments match it perfectly.

phil

November 15th, 2010
7:22 am

Come on folks- In football now a days, it’s all about protecting the qb. Who cares about protecting the knees of wide receivers’, defensive linemen, or offensive linemen. The qb is the marquee position. College & pro football are going to try to protect the qb. Enough said about who tried to hurt who.

Nub

November 15th, 2010
7:22 am

How far we have fallen…. How much further will we fall…. Potentially the same record as Tenn…. Worst record in 14yrs…… Recruiting on the ropes….. Coaches try this …. Try that ….. Maybe that will work…. Dosn’t sound championship caliber ….

steve w

November 15th, 2010
7:23 am

my dogs are a botton teir sec east team

Me and You and a Dawg Named Belue

November 15th, 2010
7:25 am

To quote Urban Crier, “mr. Fairley, we’ll take care of you in our way and it’s going to be a big deal.”

John Davis

November 15th, 2010
7:28 am

Fairley, got a 15 yarder as he should have on the hit to the QB. The shot to the knee he was blocked in to. Too bad you won’t mention the following play with the linemen for georgie pile driving on farley. I guess that’s ok with you. I’ve never seen more whinny a$$ georgie fans because they lost.

ladyluckjc

November 15th, 2010
7:29 am

Simple Dawg,

Fairly won’t be nervous in the UGA game next year because he will be making millions in the NFL. The game was dirty on both sides. It was impossible to see unless you were there due the severely slanted CBS telecast. It would be interesting to see how many times Verne commented on the cecil newton scandal. I would guess in the neighborhood of 50 plus. And for all the UGA fans ripping Jordan-Hare for booing an injured player you have zero IQ. The UGA player was limping off the field when the UGA coaches were waving him to the ground. All of a sudden, the player went down like he was shot. Jordan-Hare was booing because it was bush league. I had flashbacks to Ray Goff.

BnB

November 15th, 2010
7:29 am

I think Tony is being quite fair here. I’m an AU fan but I thought Fairly was getting some cheap shots in as well, however, as someone pointed out, this was going on all game on both sides. UGA would have loved to get in some crushing blows on Cam but, really, that doesn’t seem possible. A couple of plays he laid on the ground a seemingly long time and I wondered if he had been hurt only to pop up with that big smile of his, continue chewing gum and go back to the huddle. Fairly playing to the crowd witht eh wrestling belt move reminded me of the old Miami teams and it really is not what Auburn has historically been about. Give Auburn’s team a little slack here. Due to the unique events of the previous ten days everything about the program has been slammed and the team and coaches had been called everything but children of God. There was no doubt a lot of bottled up frustration being released and experience for the team and fans was a cathartic one. It doesn’t excuse it but it explains it.

A DB for UGA was called for personal fouls on consecutive plays on AU’s last TD drive if memory serves. In retrospect, Chizik probablky should have called a TO, huddled his team and had a pow wow to cool them off but that is 20/20 hindsight vision. This game was NOTHING compared to the Clemson/USC game I witnessed a few years back and is, unfortunately, a sign of the times as the stakes get higher and discipline in general has become lax. Don’t believe me? Talk to your local high school teacher.

The game was much closer than the score suggests. UGA put up a valiant fight and their QB and WRs were truly excellent. I hate ticky tack, flag littered games and perhaps the refs could have gotten this one under control a bit more but simmering feuds getting settled in the waning seconds of a game are hard to stop. An unfortunate way to end the game, no question.

Jethro Bodeen

November 15th, 2010
7:32 am

Auburn has become the Miami from years ago! You reap what you sow! The Auburn program will be brought to it’s knees real soon! It’s a shame to watch a team win at no costs but in the end ..it just hurts college football!

Observations

November 15th, 2010
7:35 am

Georgia has a very undisciplined team. Auburn has a very well disciplined, dirty team. That is nothing new. Auburn has always felt that their “little brother” status gives them special permission to cheat. That’s why they are well on their way to knocking off SMU as the team with the most NCAA infractions in the history of collegiate athletics.

A Differnet Jim

November 15th, 2010
7:37 am

Auburn is the team which turned the water cannons on our fans when they lost. Do not think well of them. They have always been classless.

DSCR

November 15th, 2010
7:41 am

As an Auburn AND a Georgia fan, I have two thoughts.

Fairley is a beast that plays on the edge and every team wishes they had 3 or 4 of him. BUT, I dont like going over the edge like Fairley does. It is not necessary for the intimidation factor and he does not need the explanation point added at the end of every play. That is the way football used to be all the time, but not now. The AU coaches should have addressed this sooner instead of after the 11th game, and may have done so. Other than the pile drivers and personal fouls, Fairley has been a joy to watch. Also, dont forget, Georgia has had a long history of GREAT defensive players perfectly willing and able to deliver explanation points as well. And, Georgia fans and players dished out an awful lot on Auburn over the last four years. I was not surprised that 4 years of built up frustration came out in this game. Both sides need to realize that what goes around, comes back to you.

This Georgia team was “Oh So Close” to greatness this season, as well. I see a team full of top players with great talent. I am not sue where the disconnect is, but forcing Richt out would be silly. He has been a great coach and deserves a chance to clean out the negative elements, whether they are players or coaches. Also, Georgia needs to realize that not every 4 and 5 star recruit is gonna be a 4 or 5 star player. Perhaps they need to recruit more good kids with dedication and high motivation that happen to be a 2 or 3 star recruit. The NFL is chocked full of players that nobody ever heard of when they played in college. Which recruit is the next Randall Cobb, that wont get a second look from Georgia, Alabama and Florida recruiters? Every team wishes they had 2 or 3 Randall Cobb types too.

Go Dawgs! War Eagle! Play nice! LOL

Georgia Rolls!

November 15th, 2010
7:43 am

Georgia will whip Tech simply because both defenses are horrible but UGA can score on anybody. GT has proven they cannot score touchdowns this year. Score will be something approaching 38-10 UGA.

AU Tiger

November 15th, 2010
7:43 am

I am disgusted with what my program has become, and I demand answers. We act like the new Miami.

Big D

November 15th, 2010
7:43 am

Auburn’s thug plays were terrible as everyone saw but they are only surpassed by the excuses the Auburn nation makes.

Hobnailbooty

November 15th, 2010
7:43 am

Hey Saint Simons – you are truly a pathetic person. Your team gets clocked (((((( 35 – 10 )))))))) and you are bashing us (((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Dude you need to come out from your mothers basement and get a life and oh BTW

(((( 35 – 10 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Georgia Rolls!

November 15th, 2010
7:44 am

BTW …. The game will also be for bowl eligibility for GT. I promise you that if they could lose to Kansas they can and will certainly lose to Duke. Both teams enter the game at 5-6 but UGA wins again.

Hartdawg

November 15th, 2010
7:46 am

Well who cares what bowl we go to. Keeping a bowl streak alive means nothing to a true fan. I would love to just be a topic of conversation in college football again. And don’t look for any improvement next year. Coach Richt has one more you to improve and he knows it.

trupert

November 15th, 2010
7:46 am

T B, thanks for pointing out the dirty hits by Fairley. The Auburn coaching staff are just as guilty as fairley and I say that because he’s been doing it all season.

What really gets to me is that the $EC officials knew that this has been happening all season, that Fairley was following the Cheznic game play of hurt the Qb and knock him out of the game and instead of addressing it early they just let it happen the whole game.

Something still needs to be done to correct the lousey state of affairs that is the $EC officials. They knew that Fairley was a piece of trash coming in and they just let it happen, if not for Mark Richt the benches would have been cleared because the officials had allowed it to get out of hand.

MURPHY

November 15th, 2010
7:49 am

From a Dawg fan: If you dont want Fairly to hit and drive your qb into the ground-Block him.This is football. Sure I dont want Murray hurt but football is a physical,and at times brutal sport. As far as the fighting and ejections-Yes that has no place in football. For us Dawg fans to complain about Fairley is like the pot calling the kettle black-UGA lineman hitting a MSU defender low from behind.

Bo Jackson

November 15th, 2010
7:51 am

Nice job by the Auburn fans to boo injured players – real class.

Auburn Grads=Not Accepted to UGA

November 15th, 2010
7:51 am

Knuckledragger,
The person who gets frustrated in the game, is your boy ‘Saint Fairley’. He is double teamed the entire game and he gets frustrated. The UGA O-line did not let him get close to Aaron Murray and that is why he had at least 4 hits on the QB well after the ball had been released. He was going to hit the QB whether it was legal or not. UGA is not frustrated because we realize who we are this year (not very good). I think the Auburn players, coaches, and fans are the ones frustrated because they know this season is going to be erased from history.

dawgfan

November 15th, 2010
7:56 am

Fairley was getting his overrated azz blocked most of the game and couldn’t take it like a man. So he retaliates like a little punk beeyotch with late hits and body slams. That’s the bottom line. The guy is a piece of trash and he’s damn lucky he’s not sitting out the Bama game. The hit on Murray that actually got called was blatant, flagrant, unnecessary and a totally bush league. Fairley is an embarassment.

Auburn would have won the game with or without Fairley’s cheapshots. Like I said, OVERRATED. So please spare us any crap about how we’re making excuses. We have a right to complain when another player is playing dirty.

ladyluckjc

November 15th, 2010
7:56 am

a different jim,

perception is a funny thing… is classless turning on water hoses, or is classless running on the field, tearing up the turf, and fighting with opposing teams cheerleaders? i don’t know, you tell me…

trupert, the bench clearing saturday night was from one side only, and not even the UGA coaches could stop from being dragged by their own players.

btowncatfan

November 15th, 2010
7:56 am

Fairley should miss more than a half. He should miss at least the next game and probably more. It is more than the cheap shots and dirty play. His antics at the end after he was seperated from the skirmish should also draw some kind of punishment.

KR

November 15th, 2010
7:57 am

Prety dirty game throughout; really can’t say which side is responsible for setting the tone. Auburn is unfairly getting the blame for all of it.

As mentioned above, Fairley endured all kinds of cheap and dirty tactics from the UGA offensive linemen all game long. You didn’t mention it, but the cause of the brawl at the end was 3 UGA linemen piled on Fairley and taking shots at him.

Chizik should be embarrassed about the ejections, because the players should have been taught better than that. But he should be pleased that the Auburn players on the bench stayed put when the brawl started. Richt cannot say the same about his team.

Forget Boise State and TCU, from perusing various websites it appears to me that everyone who is not an Auburn fan is pulling for Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

No one ever said it was going to be easy…

Herschel Talker

November 15th, 2010
7:58 am

Tony:

I’m sure you’ll drag out much more of your silliness to defend coach Richt. Do us all a favor and go write for another paper.

HT

trupert

November 15th, 2010
7:58 am

Nice try, Murphy. If you were a Dawg fan who watched the game you should know that the complaint not only comes from trying to drove his shoulder into the Qb while he’s on the ground but from leading with the crown of the helment ( it’s illegal !!! ) and tried it all game and was successful twice.

Auburn’s gonna pay, they will join the same club that USC is in. Mark it down, the NCAA is coming.

BAMA dude

November 15th, 2010
8:00 am

So the Barn worships both a three-schools-in-three-years (whose heart is still in Florida), laptop tossing-out-windows, pay-for-play QB and a thuggish, dirty hitting defensive lineman. The HC comes across as a total doofus with absolutely no control of the program. Oh, well. The Barn is and always will be the Barn. Their 2011 will be filled with sanctions, a brutal road schedule, no Newton, or Fairley, and they’re still stuck with Cheezit. Guess he’s the perfect Shula-esque probation coach. Nobody will try to steal him.

m

November 15th, 2010
8:00 am

Tony, you are such a joke and a fraud.

You are worried about questionable hits on ugag’s QB….but what did you say about last year’s dirty play in the Tech-ugag game when the georgia players nearly broke Josh Nesbitt’s ankle, at the bottom of of the pile after the whistle? You will never find a dirtier play than that.

That’s right…you said nothing.

You are nothing but a a sec homer gomer and a biased fraud.

We need a 16 team playoff and we need it now. We need biased fraud opinions like Tony’s out of football and let the players decide it ON THE FIELD.

Fairley's shot to Murray's Back

November 15th, 2010
8:00 am

With all the conversation about flags and ejections in the 4th qtr, it seems like few people noticed perhaps the most blatant Fairley move of all. Earlier in the game, well after Murray had released the ball and was just standing and watching the receiver, Fairley came from behind, lowered his head, and aimed his helmet directly into Murray’s lower back. There was no flag, but the hit was so blatant and so clearly intended to injure Murray, I thought Fairley should have immediately been ejected from the game. Those who compare the attitude of 2010 AU to the vintage Miami teams are on the mark…that’s exactly what I thought by the end of the game. The general demeanor and “fist in the air” of Coach Chizik at the end of the game was appalling.

wtgAU

November 15th, 2010
8:01 am

Your ghetto/thug team looks really nice! I’m going to really,really hope Bama knocks #90’s knees out.And the thing is you really did not even have to play that way,You’re a very good team! But I hope that dude goes down in a very nasty way!!!

Pot kettle

November 15th, 2010
8:02 am

For uga to call another team dirty is hilarious. You reap what you sow. I thought the thugs running off the sidelines was classic trailer trash and poor coaching. What were they going to do?? For those quoting NFL rules, about 30 uga players would be fined and suspended for that. But only quote those rules when it is in your favor.

Dave

November 15th, 2010
8:03 am

Fairley is the dirtiest player I’ve ever seen in the SEC. He’s been pile driving QBs after the whistle all year. He’s hurt at least 4 QBs with late hits based on the games I’ve seen: Kyle Parker of Clemson, Ryan Mallett, Jordan Jefferson and now Aaron Murray. Since Chizik and Roof have not seen fit to do anything about it I was disappointed that Georgia didn’t blow out Fairley’s knee with the chop block on Saturday. Between the Newton scandal, Fairley’s dirty play, Newton’s mugging for the cameras, the 2 late ejections for throwing punches and Chizik’s demeanor on the sidelines late in the game, Auburn really disgraced itself on Saturday.

IMO, Mark Richt’s refusal to rip Fairley after the game and back up his players is yet another illustration that he doesn’t have the stones to turn things around at Georgia.

The good news is that Fairley’s dirty play has finally gotten the attention it should have had all year and he’ll get flagged 15 yards every time he even looks at somebody the wrong way in the Iron Bowl.

Observations

November 15th, 2010
8:03 am

Mark Richt denies interest in Colorado HC job: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5803344

In other words, he’s going to Miami.

Mama’s calling…

LHardingDawg

November 15th, 2010
8:07 am

Only a d-bag fan base would make excusses for d-bag Farley.

Astropig

November 15th, 2010
8:07 am

RE: Carolina vs. AU-

The SECCG could start another good run for the ‘Ol Ball Coach. If you look at SC’s roster,a LOT of their skill players are Sophs and Juniors. ( I know its dangerous to look too far ahead. Its an ETERNITY until next august,and there will be attrition,dismissals,eligibility issues etc…) Their two deep looks quite promising for a repeat given the state of Georgia,Florida’s and Tennessee’s programs at the moment.

A win in the CG against AU could even help propel Spurrier to another recruiting find like Marcus Lattimore. It’s no exaggeration to say that without #21,SC is a .500 (or worse) team this year. He should be a lock for SEC all Frosh and in the discussion for AA honors.

It looks like the balance of power in the SEC-E is slowly tilting away from GA-FLA…

george

November 15th, 2010
8:07 am

Tony, I could not disagree more about # 3. Yes I will not argue that the late hit in the first hit was late and that is why a penalty was called. But it was no worse than any other late hit penalty that happens in games every Saturday. As for the play that knocked Murray out I have watched the replay several times and it could not be any more clear that he was blocked into him. Why is there 0 mention in your article about the 5 personal fouls against UGA in the game including CONTINUALLY blatantly going after fairley. If there is one thing that needs to go to the SEC office from this game it is the ENTIRE Uga team (including coaches) storming the field to participate in a fight. Did you see the entire AU bench storm the field???? Of course not and due to the fact that this has become a common theme among the classless group that is known as UGA this needs to be dealt with. Not to mention that Richt was out on the middle of the field on 4 different occasions yelling at the refs and not one single penalty was thrown or even a sideline warning.