Auburn’s Nick Fairley will get a lot of scrutiny in Iron Bowl

Nobody asked me but:

1. Nick Fairley will get a lot of scrutiny in the Iron Bowl: I think the SEC office got it right when it didn’t suspend Nick Fairley for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26. The shot to the back that Fairley put on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was way over the line and he was penalized for it. The shot on the knee to Murray was a football play. But at that point I don’t think anybody from Georgia was in the mood to give Fairley the benefit of the doubt.

And please, I  don’t need the emails and the photos and the video that there was rough play on both sides. I don’t need to know that a bunch of Georgia players ran on he field. I get all of that.  Let’s talk about what happens as things move forward.

Because of what happened last Saturday at Jordan-Hare, the dynamic on Fairley has changed. I’m not saying if it is right or wrong. I’m just telling you that it has.

If Fairley puts the same kind of  hit on the Alabama quarterback as he did on Murray, there is decent chance he gets tossed.  Why? Because fair or not, Nick Fairley will be a marked man against Alabama because of what happened against Georgia. The officials, whose No. 1 job is to keep control of the game, won’t let this one get out of control like Georgia-Auburn did at the end.  And if some players have to be tossed to maintain order, so be it.

That’s why I said on Monday that the Auburn coaches need to sit this kid down and have a talk.

2. I don’t understand the uproar over Ole Miss and its 4-6 record: The Rebels were picked to finish last in the SEC West and they are going to finish last in the SEC West. New quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has done his part but Ole Miss is last in the SEC in scoring defense (34.8 points per game). I don’t follow recruiting but I hear that coach Houston Nutt has a very good class lined up. Don’t panic, Ole Miss. The guy has won nine games the past two seasons. Have a little perspective.

3. Until there is some news, we’re going to have a “Cam Free” zone here:  Here is a little bit of news: Media reports surfaced yesterday that the FBI has spoken to former Mississippi State player John Bond about what he knew and when he knew it concerning the Cameron Newton case. But it’s interesting how things tend to move a little more quickly once the feds get involved. Someone made this suggestion to me yesterday: Now that the FBI has decided that this case falls under its jurisdiction, everybody involved in needs to be hauled before a judge and testify under oath. You lie, you go to jail. I like that idea. I believe that would add some much-needed clarity.

4. Pray for the kids from Southern Miss: All this fussing back and forth among adults about a game doesn’t seem so important when three kids are in a hospital and one of them is paralyzed from the  waist down. The three Southern Mississippi football players were shot at a club as the players were celebrating their win over No. 25 Central Florida in the early hours of Sunday morning. One of the players, whose name I won’t give here, is reportedly paralyzed. This is when coaches have to be at their very best. Southern Miss is 7-3 and has a big game with Houston on Saturday. The kids on that team will not want to play and I don’t blame them. It will be hard to get them to focus.

5. I’m a little concerned about that game at Wrigley: Northwestern and Illinois will play at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday. It is a quaint notion but I’ve seen some of the pictures. The back of one end zone is right next to a wall. It looks dangerous to me. Nothing may happen and I hope it doesn’t. But if a kid gets hurt because the venue could not safely accommodate a college football field, somebody’s lawyer is going to be on the phone Sunday morning.

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Alabama

November 17th, 2010
6:31 pm

We don’t want her. We’re already stuck with Cam and Pat.

Ain’t that enough?

War Eagle!!!

November 17th, 2010
6:33 pm

War Eagle, fly through da hood
Ain’t got no classes, grades still be good
War Eagle, pays more than State
Sign up and don’t be late
Go! Go! Go!
Probation, comin’ again
Hit ‘em late, Hit ‘em late,
Clam up and spin, Hey!
War Eagle, cheat for Auburn,
Stepchild of Dixie Land!

locdog59

November 17th, 2010
6:38 pm

Don’t worry Tony, neither Northwestern or Illinois are going to spend much time in the back of the end zone.

Delbert D.

November 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

I wonder if the FBI will interview Terry Bowden. It would be good to get his statements on pay-for-play into a judicial record.

Something else I picked up from the article. Lowder is 63, yet he graduated from Auburn in 1964. He must have been 14 when he graduated from high school.

college football

November 17th, 2010
6:56 pm

fairley the thug of the auburn penitentiary got away with assault…should have kicked off of the goon team!!!!

Jdawg

November 17th, 2010
6:59 pm

@chillahill43, the only dawg that would hump your leg is the one your married too.

beatgoeson

November 17th, 2010
7:00 pm

IF this guy keeps playing it will just show you its all about the $$$ with the SEC,BCS and others.I mean damn,how much do you need? Bond,Rogers,Bell all admitting this and throwing their own school under the bus.OK,I get it maybe AU did not know,BUT you are still playing a PRO no matter if it was not your school involved with pop Newton.This is not hard to understand.

Ausome

November 17th, 2010
7:15 pm

I will admit that the hit on Murray in the back was flagrant.
Fairly should have been flagged and he was.

I think if I were Chizik or Rocker I would have sat him down at least for a series while we have a serious talk about the fine line between effort and unessessary roughness.

I have watched every game this year and I have seen his sacks.
There was nothing there more than just good form tackling.
Players are coached to run through the ball carrier wrap them up and drive with your legs.
Anyone that ever hit a tackling dummy knows that.
Fairley is simply pretty good at it.

Defensive linemen live to hit the quarterback.
Aside from the occasional fumble recovery, its the closest the guys in the trenches ever get to glory.
As long as its a clean legal hit, thats football.

I do hope that the coaches will clean up the junk……that would be both coaching staffs.
There was plenty to go around.

Delbert D.

November 17th, 2010
7:18 pm

Meanwhile back at the Heisman watch:

“Nerds! Pac-10 releases All-Academic team
November, 16, 2010 By Ted Miller”

“First Team
RB LaMichael James, Oregon So. 3.01 Sociology”

Keith

November 17th, 2010
7:48 pm

Barnhart, you’re an idiot if you don’t think that Auburn thug (and likely future 1st round bust when he finds out NFL offensive linemen will kill his ass over junk like this) doesn’t need to suspended.

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
7:49 pm

Hey Tony, it is now open season on QB’s in the SEC. If I were Saban I tell my hardest hitter to drill Newton in the back 2 or 3 times. All you would get would be 30 or 45 yards of penalties. I would switch that to get him out of the game. I never have been for hurting a player, but now this is playing by the rules according to you and Slive.

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
7:50 pm

Keith – You are right and I hope I am there to see it.

Atlanta Gator

November 17th, 2010
7:51 pm

Delbert D.—-It would appear that Oregon has a future Rhodes Scholar.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
7:56 pm

@locdog59

Speaking of Wrigley, I’ve notice several people reminding Tony that the stadium was the home of Da Bears until 1970. That’s true, but the stadium seating has changed since then and the layout of the field is now different.

Wikipedia article for Wrigley Field: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrigley_Field#Football

Once Again

November 17th, 2010
7:59 pm

Once again no article about the Ref’s letting the game get to this point.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
7:59 pm

Ausome,

That sounds like a good enough way to end the argument. It got too chippy on both sides.

JT

November 17th, 2010
8:00 pm

Tony:

Do you think that the Auburn coaching staff is capable of coaching Nick Fairley to mitigate, if not eliminate, any type of behavior that would be considered unruly? If so, do you think Fairley’s play will be impacted in the Alabama game? Last, how do officials distinguish between a “football play” and one that’s not (the answer is obvious for a late hit, but where do they draw the line)?

Many thanks.

Tom

November 17th, 2010
8:03 pm

If the Iron Bowl is on CBS, Gary Danielson and Verne will be up Auburn’s butt. I officially hate Auburn now after last week. The officials should be fined or punished for not calling anything on Fairley.

I hope the Tide hangs 50!

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:04 pm

@Once Again

I’d be surprised if there isn’t some official review of the officiating happening right now, but people got weary of writing about that last year. Best to just keep quiet about it, I guess.

Moe

November 17th, 2010
8:05 pm

Is anyone investiagting payments to the other Auburn recruits?

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:06 pm

@JT

If you’re asking if Auburn’s defensive coaching staff knows the official rules of the game, I’d say that they should — considering how much they are being paid to do their jobs.

th dawgs

November 17th, 2010
8:07 pm

TMZ.COM IS REPORTING CECIL NEWTON WAS GIVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BY MILTON McGREGOR A VERY RICH AUBURN BOOSTER , THE FBI IS SAYING THIS.

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
8:08 pm

Somebody said that the UGA line was responsible for Murray getting hit in the back because they didn’t do a good enough job of protecting him. Watch the play and you will see that Murray had time to throw the ball and Fairley took two fulls steps after he had let go of it and drilled him. In the Pros I hope Fairley gets to play against the Steelers and Hines Ward. He will find out what a real man will do. Ward will bust his ass!

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:09 pm

I don’t think that “Unruly Behavior” carries a specific penalty, but unsportsmanlike conduct is actually fairly well defined in the rule book.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:11 pm

@th dawgs

You’re exaggerating somewhat regarding the content of TMZ’s article. But it does look bad for Auburn, at any rate.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:14 pm

@Tom

It’s CBS. 2:30 ET Kick.

nuts

November 17th, 2010
8:15 pm

Still a bunch of he says/she says garbage,Auburn fans are still saying this? Well then I guess all three of these guys just lied to the NCAA and the FBI.And they are being critical of their own school,NOT AUBURN.You people are in serious denial,SERIOUS!!!!!!!!

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
8:23 pm

Tony, I used to rspect you until now. Fairley used his facemask as a weapon to cut Murrays face. The videos are all over the web. You and spineless mark Richt don’t care about what is right. You will leave it to ‘officials’ to decide if players can bring knives into games. You both can go to hell for not sticking up for rights of players. You should both enter into a contest of thumbsucking, while worthwhile writers and coaches call attention to dangerous behaviour on the field. You are a worthless scrap of paper i woul’ndt waste on my dogs but. Richt, you too. How about standing up for our team for once in your life? UGA is paying you are’nt they/? Forget it, you will just take a knee.

Farley

November 17th, 2010
8:24 pm

Next time I will break that little snot nosed frat boy in half. As for you Georgia fans, you just worry about your team getting back to .500 and don’t embarrass the SEC again.

Fairley

November 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

Maybe next year little Aaron can wear a black skirt to the game. He’ll need something when he doesn’t have AJ to throw to any more.

Seriously?

November 17th, 2010
8:32 pm

I find it incredibly funny that Thug Dawg fans complain about dirty play and then say Hines Ward will teach him in the pros. You do realize Hines Ward was voted by NFL players as the DIRTIEST Player in the league, right! Georgia fans should never complain about dirty play and/or poor sportsmanship. It’s karma, remember the thugish enzone thing?

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:36 pm

Your attempts to change the subject are feeble. What are the Falcons up to?

SEC Analyst

November 17th, 2010
8:38 pm

bamalovestowin

November 17th, 2010
8:39 pm

wes dog I guess I would be crying too if my team was 5-6 and just had a team put up 49 to a team . You right about the commie not doing his job. Ir’s against the rules for players to run on the field for a fight. Explain that one since your in the know. Why did GA. chance their mascot from a goat to a bulldog?

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
8:39 pm

Seriously? Hines Ward got that vote because of peel back blocks that happen during the plays. Fairley happened after the play. Get your facts straight! Oh yea what a sweet blog name!

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
8:40 pm

I’ll say this about Tony Barnhart and calling “the game he loves”…what a bunch of bull. If you don’t see that Fairley was absolutely, ( let me spell it out for you again Tony…WRONG) you stupid son of a ….never mind, you don’t care. You are just doing it for more money than I am for writing this email. I would like to think you actually cared about good journalism, but you don’t. What a joke you are and a fool I have been for following you for a long time.

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
8:42 pm

Seriously – Not everybody thought the Endzone shot was that bad. Just the ones that are jealous of UGA. I can tell you what, no player from the other team was put in danger, just blood pressures went up .

DW

November 17th, 2010
8:43 pm

I think it would be good if we all stop and think about this whole situation about late hits and serious injury plays. Under the uniforms, these are 18 to 22 year old young men who deserve to have a healthy life after college football is over! I have been watching college football for many years and I love it! ,,,but when I hear my grandson say he wants to play football, I have to admit, now it makes me squeamish.

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
8:44 pm

To Mark Richt, you used to have a pair…now you kick field goals when you should go for it. Were you even there for the Auburn game? did you not get the report of your quarterback being targeted by Fairley? Why don’t you do something about situation? First order of being a leader from a former Marine (Vince understands) is to protect your troops. You could care less.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:49 pm

@Fan of the Game

The game got out of hand, but it’s time to let it go.

Everyone will form their own opinion about who “started it”. Both teams violated rules — that’s a fact.

It’s time to let it go.

You play again next year.

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
8:54 pm

I’ve seen some Auburn fans on here claim that Georgia fans would love Fairley if he was a Dawg.

Maybe so?

Wonder how the Auburn fans would like him now if he was a Dawg and he had speared Cam in the back like that?

Boise Fan

November 17th, 2010
8:57 pm

Hey Auburn Cheaters,

I have one thing to say to you cheating SOB’s——THANK YOU FOR PUTTING US IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME—–Next year NO SCAM,NO DIRTY FAIRLEY,3 YEARS PROBATION = BACK TO THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE SEC WEST

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Haggerty

November 17th, 2010
8:59 pm

Fan of the game, I need a laugh tonight. Please explain to me why anyone would be jealous of Georgia. Let’s see no national title in my life time, Shreavport last year, 5-6 this year…This ougt to be good. By the way, the reason no one got hurt in the endzone thing was because the Gators actually handled it well. That could have been a huge brawl and a black eye that would never go away for college ball and the SEC.

AUBUBBA

November 17th, 2010
9:01 pm

Cam Newton’s recruiting saga goes back to a College Park high school. Florida won that battle and a Coach Mullen was involved. I wonder if the CIA, FBI, and Southern Baptist Convention have any info on how Cam’s recruiting choice of Fla. was made.

Fan of the Game

November 17th, 2010
9:02 pm

Auburn – Undefeated Again and No National Championship!

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
9:03 pm

I am a Georgia fan, through and through. I have been watching SEC Football since little kid. I wasn’t fan of gimmicks like rushing field or changing colors like Mark Richt. I am traditionalist. If you have to resort to gimmicks to get your team ready and it still gets your butts whipped, why not play wit regular colors. Mark Richt lost me when we were ranked 3 and he had ‘blackout crap’ for Alabama and the beat the dawg out of us at home in fornt of everybody. That was beginning of no opponent respect and no confidence in our team. You blew it boy..Thanks Mark.

Reality

November 17th, 2010
9:04 pm

Georgia – 5-6 and no national championship.

Cobb Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:05 pm

No Jeff Garrett, you’re not a Georgia fan.

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
9:05 pm

Seriously. you are a queer

Jeff Garrett

November 17th, 2010
9:06 pm

Go to hell Cobb dawg and stick that cobb up your…