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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Funny

November 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Whine,whine,whine,,,poo,poo,poo,

Newton & Fairley are still laughing at ugay. The ugayers will never understand they lost to a much better team and a much better coached Auburn team.

David

November 17th, 2010
9:04 am

You are throwing me off Tony. Nobody would argue you are a Ga homer right? Then why are you smooching with Auburn? Stop screwing with us. So your Auburn buddies tell you that Cam is clean and a good citizen right? Cut it out man, you are messing with our minds.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Riddle me this… The throat slash was made illegal since it was viewed as a form of taunting. How is it permissible that the Failey kid was allowed to run around the field putting on an imaginary championship belt. How would this not be viewed also as a form of taunting an opponent?

Bull Meacham

November 17th, 2010
9:05 am

SEC football is growing old. Here is what we saw Saturday.
- Auburn: Player possibly being paid to play and too much dirty play for it to be just football. They are teaching that.
- Georgia: A team full of petty criminals. And not good football players.
- Florida: A key player that has bullied a woman and threatened to harm her.
- South Carolina: They had issues too. The hotel and agent thing.
- Consistent bad officiating.

I have loved SEC football my whole life, but it is getting hard to accept anymore. Out of control and an inpept commissioner / office.

258DAWG

November 17th, 2010
9:05 am

Tony – If Cam’s dad has admitted he asked for money, whether Cam knew it or not it supposedly is a violation in itself, which should make him ineligible. Seems very cut and dry; what’s the hold up? Do you really think college football needs a paper champ team title and Heisman winner now a days?

Bama Fans

November 17th, 2010
9:05 am

@JB

We just hope it ain’t the same crew that was so caught up in pattin’ Cam’s hiney last week.

SECfan

November 17th, 2010
9:06 am

I am not sure why everyone is so quick to jump on the Auburn bashing bus, other than that they are winning and opposing teams and their fans cannot stand it. Fairley’s hit on Murray in the back was indeed dirty, and he was penalized, as he should have been. the one low was due to him being tripped up and rolled into the QB by the O-lineman. That is football, get over it. he was being chop blocked all day by the O-line and was only flagged ONCE. The same blocking that Pugh put on Dorsey that injured him 2 years ago in the LSU game. it is WRONG, but no one seems to bring this up. Fairley’s face mask got caught in Murray’s, he was not intentionally trying to cut him, give me a break. And if the AU players get suspended for the fight (which they did), i am shocked that there was no consequence to UGA’s bench clearing. For years now viewers have cited inconsistencies in the SEC officiating. This is just another example. Not saying it is right, but it definitely goes both ways and every team has been on both sides of that. So stop acting like AU is the only team that has ever done any of this. They are winning, get over it. end of story.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 17th, 2010
9:06 am

GA TECH FANS….UGA’s QB will be a little sore when you play them…you should blitz a lot and really get on UGA fans nerves!!!

SWEEP THE LEG!!

Charlie Bama

November 17th, 2010
9:06 am

@Tony (not the TB)– Tony Barnhart is not anymore or less a shill than the fan chumps contributing to this blog board everyday and the supporting cast of sports commentators across the cable channels. It’s entertainment, not journalism. What in the world do you expect? Seriously. (TB — Keep up the good work and provacative spears)

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:06 am

Auburn can use the Field (Pat Dye Field )for Cows and their AG dept. the next three years…..Waste of some nice grass I’m thinking.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:08 am

Trisaslutwareagle…………………..Tech has no one that is future prison material to penetrate our backfield.

Gene

November 17th, 2010
9:08 am

Tony, I agree that it is time for everyone to shut up about the Auburn-Georgia game. It is beginning to remind me of a divorce trial. I don’t understand the role of the FBI in the Newton investigation. I think that it is based on “marketing children” from the movie industry or some connection to child-labor laws, but Cam is certainly not a child. If Cecil got money from somewhere, it would not be subject to the IRS yet because we are still in the 2010 tax year. I am glad the FBI is in it because they move faster than the glacial NCAA, and they put the fear of God into people. Refs will certainly be watching Fairley in the same way they watched Georgia after the end-zone frolick against UF.

Hunker Down

November 17th, 2010
9:09 am

Emotions were certainly running high especially towards the end of last weeks game with the tigers. Since the SEC decided not to make Fairley ineligible then the next course of action was to monitor the situation very closely. I am sure that Chizik has gotten the word by them that blatant late hits will not be tolerated. I think so will the officaiting crew for the iron bowl. Hopefully, no situations will develope due to what I am sure ever Bama player on the offense has seen and is familiar and in wanting to protect their QB from illegal hits. I hope the iron bowl is one marked by a great southern tradition of football and not marrred by incident.

shreveport

November 17th, 2010
9:09 am

i guess if fairley is going to get scrutinized, then Ben Jones is really gonna get stared at, considering his efforts at end of MSU and AU games to purposely hurt another player

NewnanDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:09 am

1. Enough with Fairley. IMO, they did not suspend him because of the backlash they would have received about not suspending the UGA players that came off the bench at the end. I’m not worried about it. Fairley will have to have an armed escort, and be lucky to leave the stadium walking if he tries anything with Alabama because those people are crazy. Murray is a tough kid; I’m proud of him, and with Scam and Scumbag gone next year, he’ll hang 70+ on them, with Coach Richt calling timeouts at the end to score again. Make no mistake, when Richt says “no comment,” he speaks volumes. He always defends players and the game; if you recall, he said the Spikes eye gouging thing was no big deal. I feel sorry for the Auburn team that comes to Athens next year.

2. No worries Ole Miss, we dog fans understand all too well losing games you shouldn’t.

3.Who?

4. Stories like this and the tragedy at Miss. State with such a short cancer battle make everything else I’ve written seem pretty unimportant.

5. I hope we don’t have the next tragedy story brewing. Can they pad the wall for the game?

Go Dawgs! and Say a prayer for SMU and MSU

greenjacket

November 17th, 2010
9:10 am

LOL Trisha! sweep the leg

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2010
9:10 am

Ok guys, it’s been a difficult year for everyone. I cant wait to get home to my hot-tub, put on my favorite “The Way We Were” by the wonderful Barbra Streisand, and pour me a little white wine. All my troubles go away! Everyone just needs to relax.

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
9:11 am

Never seen so many whining, crybaby “Dawg” fans in my entire life lmfao So gouging a guys eyes out on the bottom of the pile & clearing the benches is OK? I agree Fairley made a dirty hit & he was called for it! Ya’ll say AU is “a bunch of thugs”? This coming from ThUGA, the team with more arrests than I can count lmfao Both of your starting TB’s have been arrested THIS SEASON ! Remember the “Blackout” game where the 4th qtr. turned into a Soulja Boy dance party? I lost all respect for UGA that day, and Richt was just dancing along! If Fairley played for ThUGA ya’ll would love him lol If u don’t like it, beat us on the field! Stop snitching & STFU no1 wants to hear ya’ll sore losers anymore! U LOST!! SHUT UP!! LOL

gomdawg

November 17th, 2010
9:13 am

WHY HAVE YOU REPORTERS STOP ON CAM NEWTON , THE WEEK WE PLAY THEN THATS ALL YOU TALKED ABOUT NOW ITS LIKE HE WENT AWAY. FAIRLEY WILL GET HIS TRUST ME . GET BACK ON CAM NEWTON THATS THE BIGGGGGG STORY

Seriously

November 17th, 2010
9:14 am

A team that has to cheat to beat the 2010 Dawgs has no business playing a post-season game in ANY bowl.

Mr. Illogical

November 17th, 2010
9:15 am

Tony — The Bears played at Wrigley Field from 1921 – 1970 and now you are suggesting that Northwestern & Illinois players may need to lawyer up — brilliant.

Meanwhile, you go out of your way to not call out Mike Slive and the SEC office for sleeping at the switch on Nick Fairley. You state “the SEC office got it right when it didn’t suspend Nick Fairley.” Really? So, a player who has been documented on film throughout the season, for shots like we saw on Saturday, should be allowed to continue unabated and without any real consequence — apart from don’t do it again son? Your approach is that he get a lecture from his coaches before the 11th game of the season. Gary Danielson has already reported that LSU brought Fairley’s play on Jordan Jefferson to the attention of the league office. That obviously fell on deaf ears — sound familiar (Miss St./Cam Newton). He is allowed to continue his shenanigans on Saturday (spear to the back, pile drive tackle and raking his facemask across Murray’s face all while his head coach dances around pumping his fist in the 4th quarter like a complete jack-off). So, how does the SEC office respond to yet another incident? It “gets it right” by doing nothing. Your logic is astoundingly stupid. So, the SEC should willfully sit by while one it’s players runs around attempting to maim other players, but the Big10 should fear legal action by playing in a venue that held games for 50 years. Great analysis Tony. Well done!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

November 17th, 2010
9:16 am

JB, instead of calling me a slut and threatening AU fans at next years game in Athens(other blog) try to stay classy and keep it on a non-personal level..otherwise some AU fan will end up owning your doublewide

Dirty Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:17 am

So Tony, you’re saying that Fairley will be a marked man in the Iron Bowl…what do you think happened last Saturday? I mean it’s been reported that Georgia had sent a tape of Fairley’s ‘hits’ during the season to the SEC office the week before the game, so why wasn’t he ‘marked’ then? These officials are the ones that should be suspended. If they had been paying attention, and had had the cajones to do the right thing, there wouldn’t have been a problem at the end of the game cause half Auburn’s team would have been in the locker room – along with their damn coaching staff.

This guy cheeze-it has forever changed the rivalry between the two schools – at least for me – and I’m gonna have a hard time dealing with my Auburn friends when they start making excuses for him and for that quarterback who shall remain nameless. How can a program that Shug Jordan had lent class to fallen so far? Oh, I forgot, they hired Pat Dye…nevermind.

Dave Hess

November 17th, 2010
9:17 am

1. this wasn’t the first game were Fairley made a questionable tackle. I wonder what his fines would total up to “if” he were playing in the NFL.
2. do you think Oregon would be undefeated and #1 if Masoli had not been kicked off of the team?
3. still in Cam’s corner, great ball player wish that he had stayed at Florida!
4 playing for them
5. DA BEARS use to play there but as previous post stated the field was turned 90degrees, i would like to know why it wasn’t set-up like it was in the 50’s also Wrigley will only hold about 40,000 fans

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:17 am

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

Exactly. The most disconcerting part for me was that Cheezit didn’t pull the kid from the game himself. That’s part of a coach’s job- to help these kids learn to control their emotions. A few plays on the bench and a good dressing down by the line coach would have been appropriate. Looked to me like nobody even scolded the kid.

Charlie Bama

November 17th, 2010
9:18 am

What are the odds Cam will play in Tuscaloosa? Probably very good, if AU has a choice of playing and winning and probably retro-fitting a full slate of forfeitures years from now. They’re betting that nobody will remember in 5 years that they (on paper and in theory) had to give back the wins and the NatChamp title (like USC/Bush). In the end, it’s only a tiny footnote in some obscure book someplace. It is what it is. We all know AU will likely be 13-1 this season, thanks to Cam. Anybody want to bet on Aubie’s record next season, san Cam? 5-7, best case? Most of you know what I’m saying and agree.

SECfan

November 17th, 2010
9:19 am

cheat? where is proof. the only ALLEGATIONS have been made in regards to MSU and their recruiting of Cam. NOT AUBURN. in no way shape or form has Auburn been accused of improper recruiting. If you are referring to them playing Cam, why shouldn’t they? how many times does the SEC and NCAA have to meet with them and NOT tell them to sit him before you realize there is no reason for them to do so? There is no evidence or reason for them to bench Cam, so he plays. as he should be. good lord people. let’s just chill out until all the facts are in, then start the bashing.

Gator Mike

November 17th, 2010
9:19 am

Tony, do not worry about the Illinois – Northwestern game at Wrigley Field. Remember, the that Wrigley was the Bears home field fo many years.
Also, I will admit to all that we have the worst coaching staff in the SEC this year. UF has too much talent to be managed by an under achieving coaching staff. Meyer will be forced to make changes.
Go Gators!

War Eagle

November 17th, 2010
9:20 am

I’m going to tell the teacher or the principal on Nick Fairly. Holy crap. Get over it guys. You suck this year. It’s a transition year again for you guys. You guys have all this talent and never get any real trophies to show for it.

TallaDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:20 am

Auburn fans seem to focus on the timing of the Fairley hits (i.e. – He was palying to the whistle.). What they ignore is the manner of the hit (i.e. – How he hit Murray.) The object or job of a defense is NOT to injure anyone. It is to negate the play of the offense with supperior CLEAN defensive talent. If you think injuring people is part of the game, you are a big part of the problem, in college football and society (see No. 4 on Tony’s list).

TallaDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:22 am

War Eagle @9:20 – Auburn does not have very many trophies. Most of the time they win they are found to have been cheating.

DC

November 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Tony – This blog was a little more balanced than your previous one. Thank you. I agree he will be watched very closely during the Iron Bowl..but honestly, everyone will be watched closely. This game is always heated and played with so much emotion. Heck, last year we had a piss poor team out there and almost beat bama. I expect AU to win the game due to the fact we have a better offense than they do. If we shut down the run game we will win. I’ve given up the fact about the passing attack. We suck. But, we’ve played against teams with 10x better quarterback (McSuckeroy) is overrated. Their defense is filled with a BUNCH of freshmen..it showed against SC and LSU..

I hope we all can move on past this hit..UGA needs to focus on GT and GT only..you might get burned for looking at the past way too much. Focus on getting beating GT..getting into the Liberty bowl…and preparing for next year with recruits..AU is in your rearview mirror..let it be like that.

PS Dave..your fan loyalty is blinding you slightly…just slightly..

Square Peg

November 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Auburn is Thug U. Their M.O. seems to be take out the quarterback.
They hit Parker from Clemson in the back after the play.
They aimed and got Aaron Murray’s knees. Then paraded around like happy buffoons.

Then their coach makes statements that he’s embarrased. “THAT’S NOT US”
Well, yes the hell that IS you.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Charlie Bama, I don’t know about 5-7. They will struggle mightily though- road games at LSU, Arky, USCe, and UGA plus Florida and Bama at home. Good luck with that.

WM

November 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Before any more stones are casts by the UGA fans (who continuously wear their red/black sunglasses), look at all of the facts:

1. The tone was set by UGA in pre-game warm-ups with the team jumping on the logo at midfield. The officials were there and kept them from being in the direct center and avoiding the penalty. How is that “classy” UGA?

2. On the first drive of the game UGA was called for a personal foul. The player was away from the ball.

3. For the game UGA was called for 6 pers fouls and AU was called for 5 pers fouls. Many of these were offsetting.

4. The hit on Fairley in Murray’s back was a late hit and was called a penalty. It was a vicious hit BUT it is being treated as the first late hit in the history of college football by UGA. Should he have used his helmet like that? NO, but if you watch the game tape there are other instances of UGA def backs using their helmets in a similar fashion on AU QB and RBs when being tackled.

5. There was a chop block on Fairley that was called and, if you watch the tape, a couple that were not. A chop block does not as vicious as the hit in the back but could result in a severe knee injury.

6. The game was very emotional and “chippy” throughout. There is one instance shown on TV in the 3Q where Gamble has tackled Cam and drives his elbow into Cam’s back when getting up. There is another play where a UGA defender drives a knee into Cam at the end of a tackle. How is that “classy” UGA?

7. The play at the end of the game where Fairley’s helmet hit Murray’s knee is clearly not intentional. He is being blocked to the ground and rolls into his knee.

8. The UGA players clearly went after Fairley on the next play and did throw punches while he is on the ground. It is clearly on the tape. How is that “classy” UGA?

9. Several UGA players came onto the field after that play ready to fight. How is that classy UGA? How many AU players came onto the field? Should the AU coach be ashamed because his players did NOT go on the field?

10. The AU players that retaliated were ejected. There is no excuse for what they did and it is not defensible.

BUT to make AU and it coach out as a “dirty” team is beyond silly. The tone was set early by UGA and continued throughout. I’m sure AU were not “angels” either on the field. Please look at ALL of the facts before making accusations. The “holier than thou” rhetoric from UGA fans should stop.

DawginLex

November 17th, 2010
9:24 am

why did it take Murray getting beat to death before Fairley is now being scrutinized?

Why didn’t the refs take matters into their own hands and take control of the game from a safety standpoint?

Richt rarely says anything to the refs. He lit those guys up at the end of the game for allowing the events to get worse as the day went on.

greenjacket

November 17th, 2010
9:24 am

if you haven’t seen this floating on youtube yet, it is hilarious (UGA fan v. AU fan)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7mGTZ_k838

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
9:25 am

Go back and watch the tape! ThUGA illegally chop blocked our DL the entire game! On the last Murray hit Fairley was clearly blocked into the QB No doubt about it! Unless u are a sore loser ThUGA fan still crying over spilt milk cuz ur little 5-6 team blows this year! ThUGA had 15 arrests THIS OFF-SEASON! WE ARE THUGS?? Who the f*** are u kidding? Why is AU being dragged through the mud right now? Maybe b/c we are in NC competition with the HeIsman trophy winning QB? Seems like sour grapes & jealousy to me! Good luck in the weedeater bowl!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:25 am

War Eagle

November 17th, 2010
9:20 am
I’m going to tell the teacher or the principal on Nick Fairly. Holy crap. Get over it guys. You suck this year. It’s a transition year again for you guys. You guys have all this talent and never get any real trophies to show for it.

Uh, pot meet kettle? The Barn is still polishing their 1957* MNC trophy (asterisk due to NCAA probation).

RxDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:26 am

“and it’s just another example of bias by the $EC officials for the team that’s in position for the MNCG”

I agree 100% trupert. It’s so obvious… they do this right in front of everyone on national TV. You can thank our current bowl system for this garbage too. There is just too much money to be made by getting our BCS candidate and an at large team into the big money bowls. It’s so sad my favorite sport is corrupted like this.

Good luck to Bama, your going to have to beat Auburn straight up to have a shot.

WM

November 17th, 2010
9:26 am

The comment about AU as an institution teaching dirty tactics. Help me understand how an entirely new coaching staff are teaching the same things from 5 or 10 years ago. That comment is just stupid!

Big Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:26 am

Trish, if you’re paying rent on the double-wide, then you don’t own it. I can understand how you’d get confused by that, since at one time I dated a girl from Aunurn. She was a pretty little thing, but she just couldn’t wrap her head around the difference between renting and owning.

Damon Evans

November 17th, 2010
9:27 am

I went out to the car at the end of the first quarter. What did I miss?

NewnanDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Gator Mike – Now hold on a minute there mister; I’ll see your Addazio and raise you a Bobo. We’ll go “all in” and see who really has the worst staff. LOL

Honest Bulldog

November 17th, 2010
9:28 am

The people who’ve joined the Dirty Fairley campaign should stop and listen to Buck Belue. You know things have gotten crazy when the former Georgia quarterback, now an Atlanta radio host, becomes the voice of reason.

“Fairley would be a rock star in Georgia if he played for the ‘Dogs,” Belue wrote on his blog. “But he plays for Auburn. So we hate him. I get it.”

It’s really a compliment. You don’t become the front-runner for the Lombardi Award by sending quarterbacks flowers. You do it by planting them.

Not the flowers. The quarterbacks.

bo

November 17th, 2010
9:29 am

the punishment for the spear to the back (even if Murray had still been holding the ball) would have been harsh in the NFL. Strange that the college game is more lenient.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:29 am

Any time you are using the “look, they did it too” argument, you are simultaneously acknowledging that you have no defense for what your team did. Whether UGA has a bunch of a-hole players is immaterial to Fairley’s being a worthless POS. Everyone knows that he had to go the juco route because his high school altered his transcripts, right?

Fairley is a thug

November 17th, 2010
9:30 am

I guess Barnhart has been too busy making new BCS projections all year to have noticed that Fairley’s dirty play didn’t start with the Georgia game. He’s hurt 5 QBs this year, all on late and dirty hits: Kyle Parker, Ryan Mallett, Jordan Jefferson (on a play blown dead for a false start where nobody else on the field even moved out of their position), Jarrett Lee and Aaron Murray. He’s the worst thug I’ve ever seen in the SEC. Hopefully somebody from Alabama will blow out his knee.

DC

November 17th, 2010
9:30 am

Clark Kent- you aren’t bringing up anything new…we knew about that story early yesterday…*gasp*