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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NC Dawg

November 17th, 2010
1:23 pm

When Mike Slive and the SEC won’t make Fairley sit, then it’s up to the head coach. Chizik won’t sit him for one minute of the Iron Bowl because the game is more important than the principle. This is on you, Chizik! Auburn is turning into “Thug-U”…similar to what their basketball program was a few years ago.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:23 pm

By the way, whoever the flamer is that keeps impersonating me- have fun while it lasts. I just reported every one of those comments. Enjoy your banning.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:24 pm

gdawg, that’s just wrong.

AUin ATL

November 17th, 2010
1:25 pm

Hey Bulldog59-

Just for the record, if something improper such as play for pay was done at AU, I will be leading the lynch mob at AU. I agree its not worth it.

However, at this point in time. There’s absolutley nothing in common with the Reggie Bush case with exception of the Heisman/NC potential. In Bush’s case, there was a house ($750k?) in which Reggie’s parents moved into from a small apartment. It took a while to produce documented evidence. There was a lot more than smoke.People forget, Newton was not Heisman material when he was being recruited (Reggie Bush was). Cam wasn’t even named the starting QB at AU until August/September. It would be strange to have this kind of money and risk involved for a potential special play/backup QB at the time. I can see where MSU wanted him bad. D Mullen coached Cam at UF. I’m not saying paying is justified for a known potential Heisman contender such as Bush at the time. I’m saying that it would be strange.That would mean that the booster or whomever allegedly is rumored to have paid knows the future. In Cam’s case, so far, everything is based on the MSU gang. The famous church hasn’t been fixed as was originaly claimed. Granted, I’m an AU alumnus and I am hoping for the best.

Based on what I know, I’m guessing what happened is that the Newtons visited MSU. Kenny Rogers and C Newton discussed play for pay (not clear on who approached whom, it doesn’t matter). Former MSU player J Bond becomes involved or gets wind of it. Reports it. MSU reports to it to the SEC/NCAA. Newton backs off for whatever reason. AU, UO and UT recruit Newton. All three (Stoops, and Kiffin went on record) claim nothing improper happened. Newton ends up at AU. I know, the implication/accusation is that AU must have outbid MSU. But so far nothing, not even a rumor of the money. It is very hard to hide $200k. Note how fast they found $1k in the AJ Green case). We all know, everyone and their brother is looking for the money trail. Nothing so far. I hope its stays that way. I’m not saying Newton is a choir boy either. I don’t know of any SEC school or any big program that recruits choir boys only. Specially UGA.

On the lobby group/casino/dog track angle. That would be pretty bad if it turns out the way that it is being speculated. I’ve never been a big fan of Lowder and his MO at AU. But at this point, if true, it seems to be more of an IRS case. I hope that stays that way.

If nothing else, AU maybe guilty of everything they are accused of. All that means is that the AU thugs are better at football than the UGA thugs. And smarter, as they at least manage to stay out of jail.

Sandra Couch

November 17th, 2010
1:26 pm

And whether Fairley, plays fair or not, you can bet he is on his way to the NFL! And I will be watching!

truther

November 17th, 2010
1:27 pm

I wonder what these so-called experts are looking at sometimes. Tony Barnhart’s judgement is in total disrepair. If Aaron Murray was on oxygen support with a severed spinal cord today, you think Tony would still say Chizik should sit down and have a talk with Fairley.

Come to think of it, he probaby would. Barnhart should go to work in Bristol. smh.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:28 pm

People forget, Newton was not Heisman material when he was being recruited (Reggie Bush was). Cam wasn’t even named the starting QB at AU until August/September.

I have heard this argument before. He was the juco player of the year. Chizik has said that he knew he would be the guy as soon as he saw him the first time. Don’t kid yourself.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

November 17th, 2010
1:29 pm

Sandra Couch, nick’s fata$$ will not last in the NFL. He is really not that good. Just a fat loser with a lot of energy. Plus NFL O-line coaches will have him pegged from the begining. He will probably be a late round pick or supplemental but that is it. Especially with the baggage.

DC

November 17th, 2010
1:30 pm

Finebaum took that article he tweeted out of context…if you read the article..the guy stated alot of what ifs..please read the article that he tweeted its a good read…shows auburn isn’t in as much trouble as you think if they are clean..

DC

November 17th, 2010
1:31 pm

Whiskey tango foxtrot…he is being compared to Warren Sapp…lets be realistic..

TonyBonehead

November 17th, 2010
1:33 pm

Are you kidding? Just another ball play? A pathetic article written by a pathetic wannabe expert. Mr. Football indeed.

ESPN College Football Awards Show

November 17th, 2010
1:34 pm

Our facility is ADA compliant, thus we will be able to accommodate Nick Fairley if he is on crutches when he attends the show.

Impartial ACC fan

November 17th, 2010
1:34 pm

To Dave:
Refs missed a LOT of calls against Georgia:
1- Onside kick was touched by kicker beforeit went 10 yards
2- Georgia was flagged for 10 penalities (only average 5 a game)
3- Fairley had 3 illegal hits, including a helmet to helmet
4- Newton’s fumble on the goal-line (announcers called it a fumble)
5- Pass interference on Geogia was questionable

You left off that the refs allowed Auburn to score 3 TD’s after UGA was up 21-7. Dave, you seriously watched that game and can tell me Auburn wasn’t the better team? Take the blinders off buddy. And I was pulling for UGA as I HATE, no hate is not a strong enough word, I depise Auburn. The bahstuds still have no idea if they are the Tigers, War Eagles. Plainsmen or the Cheating Lowders. At least UGA, know that their the Bulldawgs and that they don’t suffer from an identity crisis.

Pulpwood Smith

November 17th, 2010
1:35 pm

Don’t miss this video about UGA/Auburn:

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

Artie

November 17th, 2010
1:38 pm

Sorry AU fans, Fairley is a BUSH-LEAGUE player…just admit it!!!!!

corso

November 17th, 2010
1:38 pm

NC Dawg:

“Auburn is turning into “Thug-U”…”

They are already there my friend.

Impartial ACC fan

November 17th, 2010
1:39 pm

Maybe the Falcons can draft Farley? No one can forget Hall of Fame Falcon/Auburn Linebacker Tracy Rocker. He is an all-time classic, at least as far as wasted draft picks. Good thing McKay is around now to save us the possibility of making the same mistake twice.

Cyber Dawg

November 17th, 2010
1:39 pm

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whiskey tango

Tom

November 17th, 2010
1:40 pm

Enough of this crap. Accept the UGA-AU rivalry for what it is and, since college football is all about money anyway, why not make the most of it? Here’s a suggestion: using the UGA-UF game as a hugely successful marketing model, why not turn this one into the “Hillbilly Barn Dance”, complete with its own logo? My first thought is the banjo kid from “Deliverance”, but certainly there are other images just as appropriate. The AJC could run a contest and Ned Beatty can announce the winner. I know I’d watch it.

Bulldog59

November 17th, 2010
1:41 pm

AUinATL, agree with everything…..nothing proven yet, which is why everyone needs to calm down. The only things for certain is the NCAA is incredibly slow and they never quit. Once they come knocking, they rarely leave empty handed.

NCAA investigations don’t typically involve the FBI, so everyone is or should be wondering why now? The investigation of the lobbying firm and it bleeding over to the NCAA because they found a trail of money from schools to players is a possible explanation. Again, just have to wait and see.

The last point is, no one knows what the NCAA is doing. There are no leaks from them, EVER. They could have a mountain of evidence against multiple schools already or they could have virtually nothing. Just have to wait and see…..

Blog Security-AJC wont help with these idiots

November 17th, 2010
1:41 pm

BAMA dude,

Just ignore the idiot-He will be back later. You should be able to pick him out now-If not I will run him off again

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:41 pm

Impartial ACC fan

November 17th, 2010
1:39 pm
Maybe the Falcons can draft Farley? No one can forget Hall of Fame Falcon/Auburn Linebacker Tracy Rocker. He is an all-time classic, at least as far as wasted draft picks. Good thing McKay is around now to save us the possibility of making the same mistake twice.

Tracy Rocker never played for the Falcons, and Thomas Dimitroff is now the team’s GM.

gcs

November 17th, 2010
1:49 pm

Does SEC Commish Mike Slive want another SEC team in the BCS championship game so bad that he is willing to turn a deaf ear to his responsibilities as written in the SEC by-laws?

.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:50 pm

Actually, they just deleted every one of the impostor comments. Thanks to the mods.

Dagny

November 17th, 2010
1:53 pm

You Dawg fans who keep repeating “30-24″ like a mantra enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.  

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:56 pm

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life.

Blah, blah, blah. This is a FOOTBALL blog. Folks come here to talk FOOTBALL. Now mosy on along…

Ridley

November 17th, 2010
1:57 pm

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 44 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.

Gary

November 17th, 2010
1:58 pm

Wow, the FBI is invovled and Gene still will not bench this kid. Class act over at Auburn. If dad goes to jail for taking money can his kid keep the Heisman and his Ring. The SEC seems to think it is ok. The NCAA could not move any slower.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
1:59 pm

Also Dagny,

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes.

What was Stephon Marbury’s major? Derrick Favors? Kenny Anderson? Chris Bosh?

Yeah, thought so.

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
2:00 pm

BAMA dude,

Tech fans dont depend on football for happiness in life? That’s funny! Good thing they dont rely on football,they would all be on 24/7 suicide watch. LMAO at that comment!

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

I think it would be hard to depend on football for happiness since they only play it four months a year.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

November 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

Dagny,
No one on this blog has even mentioned “30-24.” And don’t bring up that crap about “scholar athletes.” 85% of Tech football players are listed as Management majors. WTF does that mean. I am willing to bet none of them will ever be a manager. That major is worthless and every damn one of you bugs knows it. None of us are too proud to admit we have had issues with academics at UGA, however you are a complete fool if you think Tech players are superior intellectuals. Managment at Tech = Housing at UGA. Don’t even try to deny it.

By the way, nice cut and paste from every UGA blog from the last 10 years. You have never been accused of being original have you. Jan Kemp has now passed away and does not deserve having you continue to use her legacy as a punchline. Although what she did seemed like a terrible blow to UGA at the time it did bring about much needed changes here and at other schools. So please let the woman rest in peace.

MY Dawgs are down

November 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

@dagny

How ironic you cry about what UGA fans do or say and speak about the time on their hands, yet YOU took the time to type a long crybaby post……………..

You are probably the 1st to jump up and down when Tech beats UGA and the 1st to downplay it when they loose….

If you do not like college sports as many people do (yes GT has some rabid fans like ALL schools) than do not watch….

No big deal or sweat off of anyone’s back, even they backs of die-hard GT fans..

For the record I know several GT fans who didn’t attend GT…. goes both ways… Open your eyes

I wonder...

November 17th, 2010
2:03 pm

…is it time to rename the Fulmer Cup? Given the complete domination of the competion in recent years by UGA, it may be time to change the name to

The Richt Cup.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

November 17th, 2010
2:04 pm

Ridley, my comments to dagny apply to you too a-hole, but you are probably the same moron!

Cobb Dawg

November 17th, 2010
2:06 pm

The FBI wouldn’t be wasting valuable resources on this unless they had probable cause. And it’s hilarious to hear Aubies breathlessly say “we’ll if they’re investigating us, they’re probably looking at everyone else too” (misery loves company). No Aubies, just you. And normally I would never hope for a school to get heavily sanctioned. But after the way your players, fans, and coaches acted Saturday, and continue to act, I couldn’t care less what AU gets, even the death penalty. BTW, on Saturday the entire country saw what AU is made of. UGA, Bama and USC picked up millions of supporters and you Aubies jumped off the already sinking ship onto a rickety life raft. And there are lots of sharks in the water! Roll Tide!!!!

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
2:12 pm

Cobb Dawg,

The bomb will drop on the Plains very soon. The SEC has stated it wants this Cam deal handled before the SEC Championship game.The SEC doesnt want this story to be the focal point over the actual game itself.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
2:16 pm

Cobb Dawg & Murphy, Auburn may not be complicit in this deal. It may be just Cecil and his partners that are under investigation. It will be interesting though. Deals being cut to stay out of jail.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
2:18 pm

gdawg, that’s the feeling I get. Doesn’t mean Cam is eligible to play though. I can see them ruling him ineligible and immediately forfeiting the wins in order to keep the SECCG from being tainted.

Truther

November 17th, 2010
2:19 pm

@Dagny

What was Marbury’s major again? How many times did he call it “The University of Georgia Tech”? What engineering firm does Reggie Ball work for?

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
2:19 pm

Watch out for LSU though. IF Auburn stumbles against BAMA or SC then Les thinks he should get the shot at the BCS Title game. Somebody needs to tell him that he has to win his conference in order to do that.

te29wr

November 17th, 2010
2:22 pm

Why wait til the end of the year to call#90 out he has been doing this all season The ref (white hat) in the AU UGA game was the ref that was the umpire in SC LSU game and hit the LSU running back with a forearm If I had pulled a stunt like this as a high school ref I would be in jail..It is time the SEC and Rogers Reeding finds some men that can keep control of the gaems and not be a thug themselves

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:23 pm

Cobble-Dawg, the FBI is involved because it involves something GREATER than football. The dogtrack is the focus and the kickbacks going to Alabama politicans is the crux of the investigation. And if were a betting dog, I’d say alot of that money laundering could have potentially went through quite a few lobbyists and boosters at Alabama University. Because the state of Alabama has a fan base that consists mostly of Bama fans, you can bet the politicans are riding that Roll Tide crescent as well. This is bigger than Cam and Cecil Newton. You can speculate and make childish remarkds remarks at AU fans meant to nothing more than irritate but until this FBI thing plays out, they are not going to release ANY information to anyone, regardless of how GUILTY an INNOCENT party may look. It falls under the category of “too bad” but we’re just doing our job. In the end, AU will be cleared. They’re going after bigger fish.

Delbert D.

November 17th, 2010
2:24 pm

Why didn’t they schedule that game at Soldier Field? That photo of the end line and brick wall reminds me of the old Oconee County gym in Bogart. Substitute a basket for the crossbar of the goalpost. There wasn’t even padding on the brick wall there.

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
2:24 pm

Gdawg,BAMA dude,Cobb Dawg

If any payment has been made to Cecil Newton,Cam will be determined ineligiable which will cause AU to forfiet games.No deal can be made to get out of that.

gt4ever

November 17th, 2010
2:27 pm

Whiskey Tango,

You have NO idea what you are talking about…… My years there were spent with football players who were taking these easy management classes. Yes, the kind of classes that required Calculas and Statistics, yeah, I guess that is very simillar to UGA’s JOKE of a program….. You are a TOTALL MORON! Talk about something you have a clue about…..

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
2:28 pm

Cam may be ineligible even if Cecil never got a dime.

Cobb Dawg

November 17th, 2010
2:29 pm

gdawginkalamazoo, that is certainly a possibility. But I know LOT’s of AU Alum and how things operate there. I’ve seen it first-hand. I can tell you, where there’s smoke concerning AU, there’s a fire lots bigger than burning tp in Toomer’s Corner. The entire “little village” is afire! Cam said it himself “the money’s too much”! And it’s far from the first time!!

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:30 pm

And for all of you who SO want the Tigers’ season forfeited. Yes it would suck but we’re only stripped on paper. But everyone WOULD know AND remember, we won on the field. You can say we cheated all you want. Cam’s feet going across the 10-yard marker and goal lines were not optical illusions.

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:32 pm

Cobble-Dawg. You’ve seen it first hand? Explain please. Facts, dates, places, times, names. Since YOU opened this line of reveal, we would ALL like to know. Thank you.