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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girldawg

November 17th, 2010
11:13 am

Hey Tony
Fairley has been doing this all year I guess you missed those games and the refs have looked the other way so he is getting bolder and bolder about it and Thug Chizick is appaulding his antics so why not keep on with the late hits. UGA just had enough since the refs seem to be “all in” for Auburn. The REFS could have stopped this early on failed to they should be under further review. Fairley is in for rude awakening in the NFL… none of his coaches have done him any favors.

Driving Ms Dooley

November 17th, 2010
11:14 am

There are rumors of a tapes of conversations because people want to believe there are tapes.

I don’t think there are tapes, but I doubt that some of the shady characters in this drama will be able to lie the FBI about their involvement and get away with it.

I think the FBI will get some answers that the NCAA investigators could not get. I just don’t know what they will share with the NCAA.

AJ Green

November 17th, 2010
11:15 am

You mean Cam got 200K and alls i got was 1G for my jersey and I had to give it away…. Man dat aint right.. We gon shock da world yo… oh wait guess its to late for dat.

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November 17th, 2010
11:16 am

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Dirty Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:16 am

The guy that runs Victoryland went to Troy State but ‘funnels’ a lot of money to Auburn, along with most of the politicians in Alabama..maybe he’s laundering Bobby Louder’s money these days since the Feds have Bobby under, pretty much, constant scrutiny.

The FBI’s involved because they have subpoena power and can get all the players under oath in a hurry. You see the NCAA and the SEC want this mess cleared up before they have to be embarrassed again so soon. If your people are clean you’ve got nothing to worry about AU, if not, then we and lot of others may have to be looking for another opponent for next November.

And don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish Mr. Fairley any harm. That’s for others to deal with now..and for Auburn fans to regret the hell out of signing…along with Newton…and cheeze-it…and a whole lot of others that’ll be looking for someplace to go when AU has to give up football for a while.

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November 17th, 2010
11:17 am

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Coach Dooley

November 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Fairley has played dirty all season- I am sure the SEC has received game film from more than one team this year. Why has it taken the SEC this long to warn Fairley? Because the SEC is a useless, gutless good old boys club whose only contribution is shilling for the SEC and playing CYA!!!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:17 am

Oh, I am in no way saying that tapes exist. Rumors have been rampant the last couple of days about the connection. Google Newton and Mcgregor’s names together and I’m sure you’ll find a lot of pages of “insiders” who know stuff. Gotta love the internet.

Bulldog59

November 17th, 2010
11:17 am

TB got it wrong right off the bat. The shot to the knee was not a football play. Had Fairley even attempted to extend either of his arms in ANY way, it would be considered a tackle. But when falling to the ground, still driving forward, you curve your torso toward the QB knees, pulling your arms underneath you, that is a spear, and an intentional attempt to injure.

Watched the replay countless times, trying to give Fairley the benefit of the doubt.

If there is an NFL lockout and Fairley returns for his senior season, then he is truly a marked man.

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November 17th, 2010
11:17 am

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BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:19 am

Dirty Dawg, McGregor is an Auburn grad and booster.

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November 17th, 2010
11:19 am

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November 17th, 2010
11:20 am

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Renne Curran

November 17th, 2010
11:20 am

all you thugas gots to member we dids the same thang to Joshuas Nesbitts last year when our dirty dick coaches told us to twist his ankels a little harder than usual whens we were in that TICKLE pyle last year & he had to sitz out for the whole 2nd qtr, we reapin whats we soul , so shuts up you pecker head fan base a lets playz some ball from heres on out !!!!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Facebook poster, you aren’t funny. Please don’t fill the board with that garbage.

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November 17th, 2010
11:22 am

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November 17th, 2010
11:23 am

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November 17th, 2010
11:25 am

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November 17th, 2010
11:26 am

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Driving Ms Dooley

November 17th, 2010
11:27 am

Good points Dirty Dawg. All of them. But in light of what USC got, for much worse, I doubt they will have to give up football. Reggie Bush’s case was much more severe. A new home for the family to live in. Paper trails everywhere. Bush flaunting cash and cars in front of the coaches.

I’m just sayin, maybe they get the same punishment, except they don’t have to have Lame Kitten as a coach. That being the case, forefeit the season, lose some scholarships and sit out of bowls for two years. I can’t see it being more than that.

USC isn’t exactly dieing on the vine out there. They only lost a couple of guys after the news broke. So I think Auburn will still be a solid team even if they get popped.

The question is does the FBI speed this thing up enough to possibly effect the outcome of the mythical NCG and the equally mythical–best player in the country award.

mdf

November 17th, 2010
11:27 am

damn that girl on ” SEC Gridiron Live ” has a ‘butta face ‘ .. whoaa

Spurrier

November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

Good god, are the mutts still crying about Fairley? Your season is in the toilet, and all you can do are whine like women. Your team is garbage, and we exposed that early on. Work on getting some tougher, smarter players that don’t get whipped by real athletes. If Richt was a man he would have challenged Chizik at the handshake. Instead he went and hid in UGA’s doghouse like a coward. UGA has weak, undisciplined, moronic athletes that can’t stay out of jail. With such a shining example like your former AD, I am not surprised. Is Murray wearing those red panties during games?

Mobile Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

Let the trolls play for a while. Gotta run folks, enjoyed the exchange….

Atlanta Gator

November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

1. Nick Fairley is going to get a lot of scrutiny from the refs—-deservedly so.

2. Yeah, and just think how bad the Rebels/Black Bears would be without Masoli.

3. Thank God.

4. Heartbreaking for everyone involved. I don’t pretend to understand how this happened, but these kids need to consider celebrating somewhere else.

5. Wrigley is one of the last remaining first-generation sports stadiums in America and a great venue for the fans. The close-in wall in the end zone is no worse than many other close-in side lines, walls, hedges, etc., in various major CFB stadiums around the country. Put some extra padding on the outfield wall and let the Fighting Zooksters have at the Purple Wildcats. My money is on the funny colored cats.

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November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

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Bama Dude hate this because his entire happiness depends on whether or not bama wins football games.

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John Galt

November 17th, 2010
11:29 am

TONY-

Why is there so little talk of the face mask gouging? I thought that was worse that the Brandon Spikes eye-gouge of last year!

1eyedJack

November 17th, 2010
11:29 am

Any stories containing the phrase “they were in a club early Sunday morning” always portends bad news.

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November 17th, 2010
11:31 am

I always act like a 5 year old.

Everyone realizes this and laughs at me.

CHIKIN MAN from Paulding County

November 17th, 2010
11:31 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.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:32 am

Gotta love immaturity.

Dont delcare AU guilty just yet

November 17th, 2010
11:33 am

Latest Finbaum tweet is that Newton may be cleared by the end of the wekk.. So all you haters keep hating and we will keep destroying everything in our path… 49-31

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November 17th, 2010
11:33 am

Has joined the group. Man you people need to lighten up and have some fun.

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AUin ATL

November 17th, 2010
11:34 am

TB is doing a good job. Proof is, all sides are calling him a homer for the other side. Thats when you know that you are being unbiased. If only one side was doing the bashing, then there’s probably a bias.

Speaking of bias (which I am). Here’s my 2 cents.

UGA fans: Get over it. You got spanked. It happens. I would be more worried about the 49 points that were laid on you and making sure to beat tech to be bowl eligible.

Fairly had a clear late hit. AU was penalized. The other one, was part of the game. AU and UGA were pretty even on penalties. Stop making a big deal of it. Thats not why you lost. See above.

So some say AU would not be the same without Newton. Well…DUH. I love it. UGA fans say UGA would have beat AU without Cam. Maybe. Just maybe. On the other hand, what do you think would have happened if UGA didnt have AJ Green. I’m guessing a mercy rule or modify score board to work with 3 digits.

On Cam Newton saga. The whole world has been digging for almost a month. The NCAA since January. And as a result, the same smoke being recycled, nothing new has been found. All roads lead back to former MSU players. The only new thing that’s bad for AU, NCAA stated if a player or his rep, solicited money (play for pay) they are inelegible. However, there is precedent for a identical situation with a former Bama player. In that instance, the NCAA ruled, that he was unlegible to play for the school with which negoatiations ocurred. We’ll see who has the better lawyers. Btw, there needs to be proof. An ESPN/Fox/blogger analyst citing unamed sources doesn’t count. It makes for a busy news day. Thats about it.

And if AU gets slammed by NCAA. UGA still got taken to the woodshed in the field. Cam and the rest of the team could have got paid in gold coins, framed the coins and put them on their wall. That doesnt make the AU players any stronger or faster or coached any better.

JaxGator

November 17th, 2010
11:34 am

Have the UGAs [mascots] ever whined as much as Dave/Jason? Since you are so big into “conspiracy theories”, you never have told us exactly who shot Kennedy. Beware the Vegas/SEC connection; they may try to silence you.

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
11:36 am

rwcole ThUGA has had 40+ arrests over the past 3 years and WE are an embarrassment to the SEC? Maybe u should check your facts before u start casting stones from a glass house! I can hear the fear in your posts from a mile away! If u scared say u scared! Good luck in the weedeater bowl Cellar-Dweller LMFAO Loser!!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:37 am

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November 17th, 2010
11:33 am
Has joined the group. Man you people need to lighten up and have some fun.

We do. You just aren’t funny.

mdf

November 17th, 2010
11:39 am

Auburn is ugly step-sister of the college football world..
The sht if going to hit the fan.. Keep trying to convince yourself’s otherwise AU fanatics… lmaooooo
peace out

Bill O Rielly

November 17th, 2010
11:40 am

BAMA dude,

This is your everday idiot poster that changes names every 5 seconds.I am facebook today.You see me on here all the time throwing insults and contributing nothing to the subject.I will iriate you and every other blogger all day. If you just ignore me I will go away or change my posting name 10 more time.

jrptigers

November 17th, 2010
11:40 am

So when Cam gets cleared at the end of this week where will all u conspiracy theorists find your next “source”? Bama’s coaching staff? Never mind what haters say ignore em til they fade away…..War Cam Eagle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chicken man from Paulding county

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Hey BAMA DUDE…….It remains to be seen whether Alabama will have to deal with Cam Newton, but there will be no escaping Nick Fairley.

Given the choice, the Crimson Tide quarterbacks would much rather get spanked by Nick Saban.

AU Rules!

November 17th, 2010
11:42 am

Fairley’s going to have a field day against that overrated bama o-line. He’ll be in the bama backfield more than Mark ingram! Look for an easy Auburn win, then a blowout over South Carolina in atlanta!

Auburn 33
Alabama 16

buzz

November 17th, 2010
11:44 am

and the chop block trying to hurt Fairley was …………

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:45 am

Chicken man from Paulding county

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am
Hey BAMA DUDE…….It remains to be seen whether Alabama will have to deal with Cam Newton, but there will be no escaping Nick Fairley.

Fairley is a good player, no doubt. Of course, Auburn is giving up nearly 30 a game in SEC play with him on the field so I imagine points can be scored. Bama will put up some serious points and has the athletes to tackle Cam. He’ll get his yards and put some points up but I don’t see it being enough. The young Bama D has been downright nasty at home this season.

Chad Harlow

November 17th, 2010
11:46 am

12 tUGA arrests in the past year, and AU are the criminals. What an irrelevant team you have become.

War Cam Eagle
dolla.dolla.billz.yall. all $200k of them
SIW.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:48 am

AU Rules!

November 17th, 2010
11:42 am
Fairley’s going to have a field day against that overrated bama o-line. He’ll be in the bama backfield more than Mark ingram! Look for an easy Auburn win, then a blowout over South Carolina in atlanta!

Auburn 33
Alabama 16

You haven’t held anybody except Missy State to 16 points in the SEC. You think that’s all Bama , averaging over 30 a game, puts up? Ha.

Chad Harlow

November 17th, 2010
11:48 am

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Bulldog59

November 17th, 2010
11:50 am

AUinAtl you are correct, UGA got beat by the best paid player in the NCAA.

The rub is, at some point, it may be stricken from the records and cost AU dearly.

If this plays out like the Reggie Bush saga, the real question of was it worth it, may not be answered for several more years. If it plays out like Bush, the obvious answer is “hell no it wasn’t worth it.”

More interested in seeing if there is any truth to article in the Tuskegee News by Paul Davis, questioning possible payments to players thru a lobbying firm retained by AU and Alabama. Rumored monies filtered thru casinos that the lobbying firm represents. Seems like Alabama state law would prohibit state funded schools from doing business with firms that deal with the gambling industry, dangerous mix.

Michael Beam

November 17th, 2010
11:54 am

Mark Richt let his players stomp on our AU logo before the game. For people calling Chizik classless, please get a clue. Richt masks behind his Christianity, but hes the worst coach on and off the field in the SEC. How can you recruit that well, year in and year out, and still never produce your players? When’s the last time you guys had a running back get drafted in the NFL? Do you realize your players left the bench for a BRAWL? Richt sure is a good guy ;) Stay classy, Athens! Enjoy that bowl game this year…

producewiz

November 17th, 2010
11:54 am

let’s see/-Soilder Field an option and a real football field (Beahs play there), but let’s go to Wrigley.HHHHuuuuuummmmmmmmmmm

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
11:55 am

When’s the last time you guys had a running back get drafted in the NFL?

Do you watch football?