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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602 comments Add your comment

Damon Evans

November 17th, 2010
9:30 am

How is the weather in B’ham in early Jan? I am planning on bringing my a few honeys to the Pizza Bowl if we beat tech.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:31 am

WM…..most “men’ fight back when mugged.

jeffery mosley

November 17th, 2010
9:31 am

Tony, be quite when you roll out of bed this morning as not to wake up Mike Slive,and next year why don’t you two hold hands while you skip on over to the AU side to view the game.

Greg

November 17th, 2010
9:32 am

It is Illinois vs Northwestern (missing 75% of their offense). I doubt the endzone will matter much.

The Most

November 17th, 2010
9:33 am

Block him and he won’t hurt your QB. Also he did not hurt parker that was another thug.

DaNewU

November 17th, 2010
9:34 am

So Prick Fairley gets the green light from the $EC,Nice! Watch out Bama,The crippler is coming to T-Town baby.Loser leaves town match.

Scot "Razor Ramon" Hall

November 17th, 2010
9:34 am

I cant wait for the atmosphere in Sanford Stadium next year. Karmas a b***h you fat thug Fairly, unless of course the Tide take him out first. Then you will understand I am the only one who wears the real championship belt!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

The Most

November 17th, 2010
9:33 am
Block him and he won’t hurt your QB. Also he did not hurt parker that was another thug.

Actually he tends to cheap shot on plays that he IS blocked. The fact that he was behind Murray by three yards when he released the ball proves that the OL did their job. Unfortunately he took it as an opportunity to plant the crown of his helmet in Murrays’ back.

Crash Test Dummy

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

It’s freakin football people not crochet. If you can’t take the heat get out of the SEC! Take up quilting or, hell just move to San Francisco and get a boyfriend you wussies.
And if you think that was an intentional hit on the knee you are either lying or dumb as Ugga’s butt. The AU/GA game used to be a good slobberknocker every year, but I guess GA is just another wimpy mediocre program now. I’ll send some kleenex and bandaids your way girls………..

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

Honest Bulldog @9:28…………….I totally disagree…….I don’t see any other player in the ACC or SEC playing like that………His trail is to long this year with dirty play……AU folks, the one’s on here anyway are fine with it…… some AU folks are not…..Georgia is not the only team looking forward to a Camless AU team next year. AU is now on a island in the SEC

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

I hope and pray that someone either from Bama or Sc puts Fairley on the sidelines for the rest of this year and next too. He tried to injure murray cut and dry. That the SEC did not do anything does not surprise me in the least…they are led by a total moron. That you dont want pictures or emails doesnt surprise me either. What that piece of garbage did to Murray is inexcusable. That the jerk they have for a coach didnt do anything is a joke. Hopefully auburn and their booing fans end up 0-12 for the year.

merculf

November 17th, 2010
9:36 am

Wow. Having lived in Atlanta over the last 30+ yrs I have never heard such whining form the “Bulldog Nation”. So your team is struggling to break 500 and you are looking for someone other than your coach or players. It must be Auburn being dirty. Let’s forget about all the penalties UGA (and every other football team) has had this year and pick out the ones that benefit us. By complaining about Fairley, it makes us a better team? Come on Bulldog nation….grow a pair and man up. You got beat. Plain and simple. There was no coach who said Fairley “rubbed his face mask on Murry. Just stop. It’s football. It’s rough. If it was the other way around (see the late UGA hits on Tebow) you would be singing a different song this week. Auburn isn’t the reason you are down this year. Take a look in the mirror.

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
9:38 am

We’ll get Murray a pink tutu for next years game lmao

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:38 am

The AU/GA game used to be a good slobberknocker every year, but I guess GA is just another wimpy mediocre program now. I’ll send some kleenex and bandaids your way girls………..

That beat Aubie the previous four times they played.

Ramblin Wreck Your Mama

November 17th, 2010
9:39 am

I cant wait for us to show the dawgs how football is played. Your boy Murray is a fairy that cant take a hit. It does not surprise me though. Richt is a pansy too that would back down in any fight. The decline of the Uga program continues, and I laugh at all the long faces in athens. We will wax.

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The Most

November 17th, 2010
9:40 am

If I were a UGA fan I would be more worried about my 3-18 record against the Gators than about a big ole mean DL that hurt my pretty boy QB.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:40 am

Thank you Bama dude………They think we’re whining…..Yes, we lose that game with or without that hit…….But it’s been all year with that guy, and what I think most are stunned by, that staff at AU has no problem with it………I’ll be wearing Crimson Red Friday, Nov. 26th…….

Alex

November 17th, 2010
9:41 am

Tony….you’re worried about the wall in the back of an endzone but a piece of sewage from Auburn tries to intentially hurt a player and your response is “I dont want emails or pictures”……and the SEC did what they should have??? pretty lame to me dude

No. 1 Dawg Fan

November 17th, 2010
9:41 am

Wah, wah . . . rough play. Wah, wah . . . bought players. Wah, wah . . . hurt our QB. Wah, wah . . . death penalty. Wah, wah . . . boo-boo for our QB. Wah, wah . . . wait till they come here. Wah, wah . . . go Alabama.

merculf

November 17th, 2010
9:42 am

All of you wishing harm to Fairley should be ashamed of yourselves. Wishing harm on someone is not right. I can see if want him to be suspended, but to wish for him to be hurt physically is wrong. I want to beat all of the teams we play but I don’t wish harm on any of them. Any competitor will tell you that want to play everyone’s best. The fans don’t, but the players do.

PMC

November 17th, 2010
9:42 am

Tony, Ole Miss may have been picked last, but they played really really poorly this year. They could have been much better. They should be bowl eligible now. They did not get the maximum out of the people they had on the roster this year. This has been a very substandard year for the Rebels and Houston Nutt. The Front 7 on defense fell flat on their faces when they were supposed to be good and they have left points on the field on offense quite a few times and they have misused Brandon Bolden.

This was a really bad year for Houston Nutt and the coaching staff deserves the criticism it is getting.

guy

November 17th, 2010
9:42 am

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/cb-TEWLZNbaR_FvaLjys4HSvUJR_pgnqnzm/hot_topic_sec_fines_meyer/

could one of the dawg fans complaining about late hits and trying to injure a QB please comment on this?

anyone?

anyone?

thought not…

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Jeff, it’s the fact that the COACH or AD hasn’t stepped in that is most disconcerting. It’s like a parent sending their kid to school, their kid getting into a fight, and the parent waiting to see what the school does to punish the kid. It’s not the school’s job to discipline my kid (though they might if he deserves it), it’s mine, and my punishment will likely be more sever than theirs. It’s AUBURN’S job to disciplint his kid, not the SEC. But we’re talking about the Barn here so who could be surprised? They talk in religious overtones but play like thugs. It’s how they roll.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:43 am

I tell you who I would hate to be next year…..The guy who plays QB for AU next year……Keep the name Jarvis Jones in your mind.

Chris

November 17th, 2010
9:44 am

This blog has officially gone off the rails.

Its good to see that while the rest of the footballing world focuses on cleaning up the game and protecting players, the SEC and Tony Barnhardt are focused on keeping things under control on the field.

You people are so tone deaf its mind boggling.

The Most

November 17th, 2010
9:45 am

Is Jarvis Jones going to play against UF next year or just Auburn? I see the record going to 3-19. LOL.

GaDawg

November 17th, 2010
9:46 am

Hey WM – Good post except you missed one call that should have been on SCAM. The stiff arm on the first play was not a stiff arm but a right jab right in front of the ref. The ref warned him on that one. I’m sorry to disagree but Fairly was not blocked into the knee he lunged for it while on the ground. Also, the pile driver that bruised Murray’s sternum should have been called when he continued to lay and roll on Murray.

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
9:47 am

Hey Jeff I’ll send u a pink tutu so u & Murray can wear em to your next ballet class LMFAO If u don’t wanna get hit then don’t play the game! Fairley got him with a late hit & HE GOT PENALIZED! END OF STORY! Clearing the benches was BUSH LEAGUE! Looking forward to stomping on ya’lls ass for years to come LMFAO

Crash Test Dummy

November 17th, 2010
9:47 am

I can’t wait for the 26th. AU gets to play a team with external genitals.
Bring on the Iron Bowl. WDE

merculf

November 17th, 2010
9:47 am

Bama dude you say that the school should punish Fairley but he didn’t break any rules. When he did break a rule (ie. the spear hit) he was penalized. Do you penalize your kids for not breaking the rules? It’s not the job of the coaches to call fouls on their own team. Get a clue.

Alex

November 17th, 2010
9:48 am

Saint Merculf………maybe if the people that should do something about jerks that try to intentially hurt players we would not have the problem. I bet if it was your son or family member out there you would sing a different tune. maybe its you who should be ashamed with your bashing of people because they get upset at something like this……You talk good smack dude….loser

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:49 am

On this front page of this on line paper. Auburn and FBI used in the same sentence………Yea, go War Eagle LOL………………

Jiggy Smaha

November 17th, 2010
9:50 am

Typical Tony Blowhard. Don’t say anything if you disagree with my rulings. I am supreme so let’s move on. There is a penalty for “unneccesary roughness” for a reason. There is a difference between clean hard football and dirty football and Farley is a dirty player. The SEC is afraid to do anything about it becasue they can’t fathom not having a team in the BCS championship for the 5th straight time. It is all about money—which is why the game we all love so much is being destroyed, little by little–and we can’t even realize it.
But Farley’s participation in the Iron Bowl will soon be the VERY LEAST of Auburn’s problems.

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
9:50 am

Agree with you Bama Dude……jrptigers…..4-1 dude….and hopefully 0-12 for you morons

Dirty Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:51 am

Hey SECfan…you just keep believing that there’s no ‘proof’ of AU having done anything illegal in ’scoring’ young Mr. Newton. They’ll come out soon enough. And for you to say that the only ‘allegations’ are directed toward Miss State, you seem to forget that it’s been ‘alleged’ that young Cam told a recruiting representative of MSU that ‘he wanted to come to Miss State, but his Daddy said the money was too good at Auburn’…now that’s what I call an allegation that can easily be verified. If the guy’s lying they’ll find out soon enough. Plus I’ve seen enough episodes of Law & Order to know that all they’ll need is to ‘pull the luds’ on the Newtons, the MSU recruiters, Bobby Louder and Milton McGregor…along with ‘following the money’ on Daddy Newton’s, so-called, church, and the allegations will become proof soon enough. Wonder what rationalizations and excuses you’ll be making then?

Hell fire, any program with an once of integrity wouldn’t have recruited him in the first place. His bad behavior at Florida got him run off – OK, so they let him ‘withdraw’ in lieu of dismissal – but cheating, stealing (or paying somebody else that stole), attempting to destroy evidence and the accumulation of traffic violations that he never was penalized for, would be enough for just about every school in the Conference, but not you guys, and apparently not Miss State either – they just got ‘out bid’.

TLH Gator

November 17th, 2010
9:51 am

Tony, where’s the consistency in your takes on Fairley and Brandon Spikes’ eye gouging last year? Here’s your quote on Spikes: “If Florida doesn’t suspend Brandon Spikes, then the SEC office should.” To me, Spikes’ actions were just as objectionable as Fairley’s, and should draw equal punishment. Yet, you seem satisfied that Auburn was penalized 15 yards, then put the player on double-secret probation. I guess that’s old guard SEC people watching out for their brethren.

Mobile Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:53 am

A couple of points to all fans.

Football unlike golf isn’t a gentlemans game. That said, Fairley’s style of play isn’t what I would coach a young man to do. You play hard, lights out, whatever you want to call it without “intentionally” trying to injure the opponent. That’s “dirty” football period. AU has condoned his style of play all year. I am becoming more and more skeptical of the game as far as the officials ability to move a game to one side of the board with their calls, or non calls.

I have no complaints in losing to AU, I expected it. And as far as our defense goes, CMR throttled CTG’s intensity and his ability to get the players attention. CTG can only do so much within CMR’s guidelines. CMR sets the tone for our team and his “passive” nature is our current culture. Not condoning or criticizing, but want to bet as to whether “young” AJ McCarron goes against Sabans wishes again? It’s pretty “damn” clear who’s in charge in that program.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:53 am

merculf

November 17th, 2010
9:47 am
Bama dude you say that the school should punish Fairley but he didn’t break any rules. When he did break a rule (ie. the spear hit) he was penalized. Do you penalize your kids for not breaking the rules? It’s not the job of the coaches to call fouls on their own team. Get a clue.

Really. If it wasn’t against the rules then why was it flagged? I have been around football for a long time in almost every capacity. I currently work the chains at a big time HS. Almost like clockwork, a stupid late hit results in the player spending some time on the sideline with his coach telling him (nicely, of course- HA) that his actions hurt the team and that his future playing time depends on his controlling himself.

Looloo

November 17th, 2010
9:54 am

I love it when the Dawgs become righteous.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:54 am

FBI…………Hum………………..nothing to see here…………..Oh really…..the frigging FBI…..The NCAA calls in the FBI…….How big can this be………Why would the guys who have told this stuff tell it, out of vacation time…bored….Maybe THEY have some integrity? We’ll ALL know soon………..

Jeff

November 17th, 2010
9:55 am

TLH Gator…totally agree…..hopefully that the barnyard has the FBI’s focus and attention…some great things will come to this team and its coaches…..thank God it’s not left to the SEC to figure out.

H

November 17th, 2010
9:55 am

Mike Slive just lost a lot of respect around the country.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:56 am

Looloo………….I hate it when your University and team have been hijacked. I think ya’ll know this won’t end up good for you guys………

Mobile Dawg

November 17th, 2010
9:56 am

merculf, I teach my kids sportsmanship, class, integrety, and when all else fails hit’em hard right between the eyes. I will deal with the fallout then. I fear the calm, quiet one. Usually the 800 pound gorilla gets what’s coming to them.

PMC

November 17th, 2010
9:57 am

I’m completely fine with the SEC not suspending Fairley. He only had the one clearly bushleague hit and then the facemask rake earlier in the game, but that’s kind of what we ask out of beastlike defensive linemen.

What should have happened is that the Officials should have removed Mr. Fairly from the game after the 4 seconds late hit spear.

Ejections should be more common in football. Forget the Suspension/Fines after the fact.

When guys do something ergrigous flag them for the 15 yarder then kick them out on the spot.

Fairley is a thug

November 17th, 2010
9:57 am

We should be ashamed for wanting to see Fairley’s knee blown out? He’s been trying to injure QBs all year, hitting them late when they’re defenseless. He’s not picking up running backs up and body slamming them.because they have forward momentum and can defend themselves, unlike a QB who has just let go of a pass, or in the case of Jordan Jefferson, is just standing there while the officials are blowing whistles for a false start.

What’s really pathetic is that Tracy Rocker asked Fairley why he was body slamming QBs after one of his dirty plays in the LSU game, yet the Auburn coaching staff has done nothing to stop it.

I’d rather see Fairley hurt than multiple opposing QBs. Maybe if he spent a few months rehabbing he’d reflect on how much it sucks. But I doubt it.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
9:57 am

Oh, and Saban just sat a starting DB, Dre Kirkpatrick, against MSU for skipping a class. There’s the difference in long term success and flashes in the pan. Somebody needs to draw a picture of Cheezit with his fingers in his ears screaming, “NO! I want my trophy! He’s innocent! Cam and Nick are good kids!”

AJ

November 17th, 2010
10:00 am

the shot on the knee was NOT a football play Barnhart….he went after Murray and meant to hit his knee with his helmet. How in the world can you media type not see this??? Does his play the entire game up to that play not speak to this? Come on

mdf

November 17th, 2010
10:00 am

I have never cared about AU ,Alabama,or Georgia..I now Despise Auburn.. Congrats AU you have managed to turn the entire SEC against your Thuggery of a football team..You Au “fanatics” are just as PATHETIC as your football team…KARMA is a ‘coming….and I and millions of others are going to ENJOY every ,minute of it ..lmaoooo