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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Cliff Claybourne

November 17th, 2010
2:34 pm

Whiskey Tango, it is a little known fact that all the Tech football players are members of Mensa. Cheers!

MY Dawgs are down

November 17th, 2010
2:37 pm

@gt4ever

I know a guy who ran track at Tech in the late 80s. Said that there are many morons on Tech on athletic scholarship.

Also know a lady whose son has an ungrad and graduate degree from Tech. When he was andundergrad, he was a trainer (whatever that means) for the football team. He personally told me that Phillip Wheeler along with several other players on the team were dumber than rocks and only there because of athletics. Said that many on the team for the two years he was trainer couldnt get into Tech or UGA is it wasn’t for athletics.

While I cant say what classes you took or GT athletes take, an ex GT athlete and trainer have no reason to lie to me….

There probably is more leeway at UGA, but you are blind to think all GT athletes are smart bookworms………… NEVER HAS BEEN and NEVER WILL BE

Middle GA Dawg

November 17th, 2010
2:40 pm

Tony, how did the SEC get it right? Was it then wrong to suspend Ben Jones for the first half of the Colorado game? Didn’t you feel that the suspension of Brandon Spikes last year was appropriate. If so then you should critize the SEC for those suspensions. The SEC needs to be uniform in its application of the rules! The rules should be applied equally to the last place and first place teams in the SEC East and SEC West respectively. If suspension was appropriate for Ben Jones and Brandon Spikes than certainly it is appropriate for Fairley! Frankly, the SEC officiating and its preferential application of the rules makes me sick.

joe

November 17th, 2010
2:41 pm

Tony, The SEC blew it and you are idiot. I am a GT fan and do not care that much about GA, but I watched the GA AU game and AU played one of the dirtiest games I have seen. We can only hope that AU loses to AL and SC and it all backfires on the SEC. It is sad when money becomes more important than safety.

Delbert D.

November 17th, 2010
2:42 pm

Per request from “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” ” That major is worthless and every damn one of you bugs knows it.”

I’m not a bug, but to counter an outrageous statement:

US News&World Report rankings of Georgia Tech
College of Management (undergraduate)

#28 Top 50 Undergraduate Programs
#16 Among Public Universities
#6 Quantitative Analysis
#11 Production/Operations Management
#10 Management Information Systems
#14 Supply Chain Management/Logistics

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
2:42 pm

Regarding Fairley, here is the problem. What you have down there is a culture problem. And if you click on the link, check out the photo. Dude looks like a clown. Quote:

**Chizik defended defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s play.

“I don’t know how people refer to him, but certainly no one teaches (rough play),” Chizik said. “He’s a very try-hard guy. He plays with good effort. Certainly, no one would try to do anything but the right thing in any game.”

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2010/11/auburns_gene_chizik_enjoying_r.html

Way to be a coach, Gene.

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:45 pm

Joe, shouldn’t you be worried about whether or not your All-Crap-Conference of a team even shows up against a superior SEC Dawg team?

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
2:45 pm

Cam’s feet going across the 10-yard marker and goal lines were not optical illusions.

Yep, you will always have the memories of this dirty season. Congrats.

Cobb Dawg

November 17th, 2010
2:46 pm

Little Aubie-knob, you don’t want any more trouble. Cheating is cheating. Do you think winning negates cheating?!?! “Well, we won so the cheating should be overlooked”?!?! What are you folks drinking over there?

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
2:47 pm

Aubie won,

Yes that is correct-Cam and the boys still beat 11 opponents.

MY Dawgs are down

November 17th, 2010
2:48 pm

Delbert

Nice retort, but all the GT athletes are not graduating with any degrees just like UGA

Saying it was worthless was totally incorrect, but this notion that all GT athletes are bookworms and would be at Tech even if not on athletic scholarship is just being blind………

There are numerous ways to take classes core, electives, etc… stay eligible for 4 yrs and not graduate…. Goes on at most schools…….. Nothing new and Tech is not exempt

Atlanta Gator

November 17th, 2010
2:48 pm

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

Cobble-Dawg. What cheating. Of you were there WITH the AU alums and the paybacks. Which must mean your hand was extended as well. Otherwise, how would YOU know? So how much were YOU on the take for? Oh, ANOTHER unnamed source told you? Come again when you can BACK up the statements YOU made with facts and not repetitive “cheat” stories. In other words, tell us something new. Inquiring bloggers want to know.

Aubie-won-knobi

November 17th, 2010
2:53 pm

Thanks Bama dude. I’ll take those memories.

Atlanta Gator

November 17th, 2010
2:55 pm

Aubie—-I have a hard time believing you are an actual Auburn alumnus. Every Auburn grad I know in Atlanta is horrified at the prospect that Auburn could be forced to vacate or forfeit their entire season, including possible SEC and BCS championships.

Delbert D.

November 17th, 2010
2:57 pm

MY Dawgs are down – I wasn’t posting about athletics, just the subject of a degree in management from the school. You are probably accurate to a degree in your statements. Too bad for the athletes that don’t move on to the NFL. Public universities should not be used as minor leagues for athletes.

gdawginkalamazoo

November 17th, 2010
2:59 pm

I though the Spikes suspension was in-house by Urban? Nothing to do with the SEC or NCAA.

gahillbilly

November 17th, 2010
3:02 pm

Saint Simons: It was funny the first time. Now it’s just stupid. Move on.

MY Dawgs are down

November 17th, 2010
3:02 pm

Delbert
fair enough….. As I noted in my post I mentioned that the word “worthless was incorrect”…
As far as the schools, I know many financial successful GT and UGA grads. I’m sure you do as well.

When it comes to the schools, I would say that UGA has more “options” and potential leeway for athletes, but GT as its ways when they want to keep an athlete eligible.

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:08 pm

zoo

The Spikes suspension was an in-house affair. First Urban declared 1/2 game. The Came back after conferring with Spikes and went on and made it a whole game. Who was it against (the game), I think Wyoming or somebody

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
3:13 pm

ARdawg,

I could be wrong but I think Spikes was suspended for the Vandy game that year.

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

November 17th, 2010
3:18 pm

gt4ever, Saying the “Calculus” taken by the football players is as rigorous as that taken by say Aerospace Engineers is laughable. (I know atleast one of Tech’s players is majoring in AE and kudos to him.) There is no way that all of these players are “good” at calculus. As a UGA graduate I did take several Calculus classes and beyond. I do know, personally how hard it is. Your general, run of the mill college athlete at any school, save the service academies, couldn’t pass these courses. (Before you start running your mouth about I probably couldn’t get into Tech save it. I was accepted to Navy, MIT, UGA, Tech and Miami. But I chose to folow the family tradition and go to UGA.) No denying they are hard but you bugs continue to spout off about how your players take these classes. I would be very surprised if the classes the player take are legit. I know for a fact all college football players do not take very rigorous classes. Although there are exceptions. But to make claims that Tech has somehow gotten players that are far superior intellectually to other schools is preposterous.

James Stephenson

November 17th, 2010
3:18 pm

So how does a player who loves Dan Mullin and never actually visited Auburn’s campus commit to Auburn.

Man that smells right there, something passed hands somewhere and left the kid out of the loop until the benefits were given to the father.

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

MURPH

You may be correct sir as I have forgotten, I remember it was a cupcake for FL

Dawg Tired

November 17th, 2010
3:20 pm

Tony – So you think all CGC needs to do is sit Fairley down and talk to him? He needs to sit Fairly down as in suspend him for the next game> How hard is this?

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:21 pm

James

AU was the highest bidder?

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
3:25 pm

Dawg Tired

November 17th, 2010
3:20 pm
Tony – So you think all CGC needs to do is sit Fairley down and talk to him? He needs to sit Fairly down as in suspend him for the next game> How hard is this?

I don’t necessarily think he should be suspended, but the culture of justification from the HC is alarming. This behavior should not be defended publicly. Cheezit’s quote should read something like, “There were a few plays that we weren’t proud of in that game, plays that were contrary to the what we teach and stand for. Rest assured that it has been addressed with the players involved and that we won’t tolerate it in the future.” Nothing condemining anybody, but also not condoning. His stance is condoning imo.

Larry

November 17th, 2010
3:27 pm

Tony, FYI the Bears used to play their home games at Wrigley.

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
3:28 pm

I have yet to post one comment of the Fairley deal and I wont make any comment concerning him and his actions.I wasnt at the game and only watched the first half on replay.I will only say this: Every team has that one poor attitude type thug that pushes the football envelope.I was at the UF/Carolina game on sat and saw one player from each team do stuff they should have been flagged for on at least 2-4 occassions each. I see alot of players getting mouthy and trying to one up each other. I dont have any issue’s with fair play and hard hits but have some class not to showboat after you have made a terrifc play-It only shows how thuggish you are.

bahh bahh boo boo

November 17th, 2010
3:31 pm

Hey mommy, why didnt the Georgia players hurted him back? We will never know the answer to that question. The real question is—-why didnt Georgias defense break one of Newtons legs? We will never ever never ever know the answer to that question.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
3:31 pm

By the way, THIS is the picture Tony was talking about. Yeah, it looks dangerous to me too.

bahh bahh boo boo

November 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

How do it know?

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:32 pm

Bama dude

As a UGA fan I say no he should not have been suspended. it was indeed football, albeit very dirty. He should have been warned and then when like incident happened again, ejected from the game. The officials now, some of those should be suspended. Fairley was maliciously trying to injure Murray. Not a doubt in my mind. Likely coached to do so but, it was the officials that let it continue as Fairley was doing it all day and only had one flag and no warnings. He wanted to injure Murray and there is a difference in playing football and trying to injure

Saint Simons wierd friend

November 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

Did Kennesaw St really beat GT at sports?

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

ARdawg, I still say that the coach’s lack of any sort of coaching up is most concerning. Makes you think the dirty stuff is encouraged, especially considering Pugh and Ziemba play on the team with Fairley.

Awesome

November 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

Just a bunch of whining pansies. Logo stomp before the game. Think that set a tone? Three ILLEGAL chop blocks on Fairley during the game (only one was called.)

Get over it, leg humpers. You’re 5-6 and may be able to back your way into the Birmingham Bowl with an upset over Georgia Tech’s second string quarterback.

Looks like you’ll finish tied for third in the worst SEC East in modern history. Lost to a putrid Colorado team.

For more fun, watch this … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7mGTZ_k838&feature=share

James Stephenson isn't smart

November 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

He DID visit the Auburn campus. But I guess facts aren’t necessary here.

MURPHY

November 17th, 2010
3:38 pm

SS Wierd friend,

After the Tech basket ball loss to Kenn St-They A.D had an emergency staff meeting and they decided not to play the first year program in football.They though it be best to schedule an opponent they knew yhey could beat.

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:43 pm

Bama dude

I agree. Hopefully St. Saban and your boys will take them to the woodshed next week. You know ordinarily I wouldn’t care who won that game (even tho I’ve been to two Iron bowls) but, I’m not convinced AU is really that good. Without Cam they certainly aren’t. Yet, the numbnut fans like Awesome believe they are and really applaud that kind of dirty play. Won’t it be interesting when the ends start to unravel?

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

As far as AU as the hope for an SEC school in the NC? If they get beat by either Bama or SC the don’t deserve to be in it. I hope they get beat

msd

November 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

4. Nothing good happens after midnight.

DC

November 17th, 2010
3:49 pm

dawg…we are 11-0…how can you not say we aren’t really that good? I will agree first half of the season was the cam newton show…(it still is his show) but there are alot more cogs in this machine now than just Cam Newton..you can hate us but dont be blind to the skill..

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
3:51 pm

DC

November 17th, 2010
3:49 pm
dawg…we are 11-0…how can you not say we aren’t really that good?

Two words: No defense. At some point giving up 28 a game will cost you. The offense can’t be asked to score 30 against every great opponent.

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
3:54 pm

In fact, if Bama scores 28 (which is likely because in SEC play we’ve scored 27ppg and Aubie has given up 28) then you’ll be forced to do something ONE team has managed this year: putting up 29 or more on our defense. The only team to do that was USCe with Alshon Jeffery having a career day catching the ball.

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

DC

You got two pretty good backs and a decent OL and really good on special teams. Other than that and Cam, what has AU got? Good kicker but, I don’t see much else. Cam is more than half your total offense production. I don’t AU in fact I always had a healthy respect for AU and was one of my favs outside of UGA. I’ve lost all respect for your guys dude. Your team would have beaten us without Fairley but, wouldn’t have without Cam

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
3:57 pm

I don’t hate AU….just calling them like I see them

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot!

November 17th, 2010
3:58 pm

I will take our legit 5-6, soon to be 6-6, over a 14-0 pumpkin that will probably turn to 0-14 after midnight. Just saying.

DC

November 17th, 2010
3:59 pm

Bama dude, I would agree with you with any other team…but AU isn’t any other team. They have proven they cannot be stopped on offense.

As far as bama’s offense..we can stop bamas running game..hear me out..our line up and how we clog the gaps (generally)..can stop bamas running style..(stopped them last year no need to get into those run numbers)..only thing AU fears day in and day out is the passing game.
I respect Julio Jones he is beast and I hate he plays for bama. But, we have played against many great Wide-outs this year and have beaten them all (schools). I am not afraid of McElroy at all…i felt if a true passer was going to beat us it would be Mullet or Murgay.

As far as bamas defense…Great they will be in the future. But, right now they are a young defense composed with many freshmen. Cam has proven he can toy with a young defense and do whatever he wants to do against immature anxious players. I feel that will play a part in deciding the game. AGAIN..Bama’s defense will be something not to mess with next year and years to come but for now…they are young and inexperienced. Thoughts? Your view of the game to be?

BAMA dude

November 17th, 2010
4:04 pm

Bama dude, I would agree with you with any other team…but AU isn’t any other team. They have proven they cannot be stopped on offense.

Really? What about Missy State?

ARdawg

November 17th, 2010
4:07 pm

DC

I will give you kudos. You are one of the few AU fans hanging around this year to actually formulate some good football discussion. Especially in the last 4 weeks or so.