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

Reality Sets In

November 17th, 2010
8:14 am

Shhh!!!

This is a Cam Free zone.

Black Coffee & Bourbon

November 17th, 2010
8:18 am

Very sad about the players from Southern Miss. Kind of puts things in perspective for some of those who get so fired up with their comments…

Brian

November 17th, 2010
8:19 am

The uproar over Ole Miss is that even if everyone picked them last they should be 6-4 right now and in bowl contention…hard to overlook the two very bad losses they have.

Tony

November 17th, 2010
8:20 am

Tony, what I don’t understand about the game at Wrigley is why they aligned the field in the way they did. I’ve seen old aerial photos from when the Bears used to play there, and the field was turned 90 degrees from what it is currently — and there was not an issue about the field running directly into a wall with that configuration.

Saint Simons

November 17th, 2010
8:22 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Diaspointed in Mike Slive

November 17th, 2010
8:22 am

Has Mike Slive lost control over the SEC? Spearing a player’s spine, using a helmet to cut a player’s chin, and using a helmet to hit someone’s knee are now permitted based on Slive’s decision not to punish the guilty player. Will it take a player being permanently injured before the commissioner finally wakes up? UGA lost a football game Saturday, the SEC office lost all integrity and credibility by its inaction.

CFB Season Null & Void

November 17th, 2010
8:24 am

1. It’s okay to commit these fouls against other opponents — but not my Dawgs. Oh well, at least he didn’t give anyone the ‘choke sign’.

2. What uproar?

3. No comment.

4. Pray for everyone who got shot in a nightclub. Scratch that — if they don’t play football, then the thugs got what they deserved.

5. Do neither of these schools own a legitimate football field?

2 cents

November 17th, 2010
8:24 am

I wouldn’t worry about the wall in the endzone. I doubt either team will find themselves there very often.

Jake

November 17th, 2010
8:25 am

Never over look H. Nut. He is a winner. Ask Frank at Arkansas.

travy

November 17th, 2010
8:26 am

wrigley field and football is a lawsuit waiting to happen. funny how the college football cartel can do pretty much anything it wants. i can’t see any other business entity being allowed to put on such an obviously risky event.

Kevin

November 17th, 2010
8:28 am

Tony (the author), instead of saying “I’ve seen some of the pictures” re: Wrigley, why not just provide a link? (e.g. http://www.clubhousecancer.com/2010/11/danger-looms-in-the-east-endzone-of-wrigley-field-for-northwestern-vs-illinois.html).

Tony (the commenter), Wrigley added stands in left field several years ago, which would prevent the field from being aligned the way it was when the Bears played there.

Big Al

November 17th, 2010
8:31 am

When not if Fairly plays like a Thug the refs will again over look it–the SEC had there chance and blew it.

RxDawg

November 17th, 2010
8:32 am

1. The Auburn coaches? Tony Fairley has been doing that all year long. It’s the Auburn coaches who probably told him to do it. Meh… I’m tired of talking about that dirty cheating rogue program. Grats to their 0-14 year.

2. Are they still called the Rebels? Or are they official the Bears now? That will take some getting used to.

3. I like that idea. I don’t think it will still bring the complete truth out, but it will help get a little closer.

4. Violence sucks. I’d like to see it prosecuted a little bit more intensly overall.

5. I saw another article griping about this game. *shrug*

RxDawg

November 17th, 2010
8:33 am

Hmm, there should be a comma between Tony and Fairley

*Tony, Fairley has been….

juimbeauxtiger

November 17th, 2010
8:34 am

Good points Tony.

There will be alot of emotion in the Iron Bowl and the refs will need to establish control from the beginning. I have never seen a rivalry in which the fan bases despise each other as much as this one. Even more than GA-FL.

Ole Miss has been a disappointment nonetheless. They typically have the weakest out of conference schedule of anyone in the SEC and they still lost to Jax State. I’m shocked that they scheduled Boise State to open in 2011.

I don’t care to hear anymore speculation with Newton. At this point I only want to hear the facts when they come out, whatever they may be.

That is really sad about the So. Miss situation. There are bigger things in life such as this and the Nick Bell tragedy.

I agree that Wrigley seems to be a small venue to play a football game in. I believe Gameday will be there too.

Alabama Jack

November 17th, 2010
8:35 am

Bill Clinton lied but didn’t go to jail..so the Fed thing is wau over-rated!

m

November 17th, 2010
8:35 am

Tony, I find it very telling that you and your crybaby dawg brethren are boohooing about Nick Fairly this year…..BUT last year when your dawgie low lifes nearly break Josh Nesbitt’s ankle at the bottom of the pile AFTER the whistle…you don’t say a word…not a word.

Tony, you are a pathetic hypocrite..

Hyperlink to Nowhere

November 17th, 2010
8:37 am

Richham

November 17th, 2010
8:39 am

The hit by Fairley at the end, which was a late hit that wasn’t penalized, is what started the whole problem at the end of the game. You want to make the argument that it was a football play, fine, I’ll give you that he was still playing all out, but he didn’t get knocked into him and it certainly looks like he aimed his helmet for the knee.

I’m sorry but any teams fans would be upset about that hit. Your telling me that Auburn fans wouldn’t be outraged if one of our guys was involved in that exact same play with the game already decided? He should have been called for another late hit on that play. The official is standing there staring at the play in the background looking right at them. The officials haven’t been quite as bad this year, but they missed that one big time.

I don’t see Justin Houston the SEC sack leader trying to purposely hurt the other teams quarterback.

Don

November 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony, Institutionally, Auburn teaches dirty football – been watching it for years and yes you can ask Glenn Dorsey who almost had his multi million dollar per year NFL career ended by Auburn a few years ago – I see it in almost every Auburn FB game I watch so this is nothing new. Nick Fairley is just a bit more blatant than most since I suppose hs is one of those “all in” men of integrity over on the Plains. I’ve had to shut down your TV show twice in the last two weeks since you continue to bring that sniveling weasel Mr. Finebaum on the show. Who the hell outside of Northern Alabama would want to hear what this homer has to say? Please, some objectivity is in order for somebody calling themselves “Mr. Football” – you might have to change that to Mr. Alabama – but the weasel would probably sue you for that one.

guy

November 17th, 2010
8:40 am

dawg fans have short memories. must be the altitude up there on the high horse..

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

check out 15 seconds in to that video as an example of a ‘classy’ progam

trupert

November 17th, 2010
8:40 am

Tony, glad to hear that the SEC officials will finaly pay some attention to Fairleys dirty play.

It’s to bad the officials didn’t do their job in the Ga / UA game, it almost turned much uglier and it’s just another example of bias by the $EC officials for the team that’s in position for the MNCG, everybody knew that Fairley had been coached to take the Qb out with dirty hits coming in and the officials watched it happen numerious times.

The Ga / Aub rilvery has always been a classy affair but Fairleys play and the coaches applauding and encouraging it have turned it into something else.

The atmosphere in Sanford stadium will feel much different for next years Ga / Aub game.

Jdawg

November 17th, 2010
8:41 am

OH, how the noose is tightening around Scams neck !

Paul N Destin

November 17th, 2010
8:42 am

Fairly is what AU is all about. Always has and always will be 2nd rate. Karma will take care of this in due time.

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:43 am

He’ll get tossed Tony””…..He’s a thug, his coach’s condone it and he doesn’t care what his coach will say to him pre game. He’s on the way to the NFL, and Auburn’s goals and his are not the same…..He enjoys the attention, and if I’m a beating man, Bama won’t wait on him to act up, he’ll catch a blow while not expecting it…..Case you don’t know, they hate each other….I mean HATE….

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:43 am

that’s “betting” man

SimpleDawg

November 17th, 2010
8:44 am

So what happened to my post…..again?

WTF is going on? Is it TB or some GIT schmuck at the AJC?

I know my comments are neither profane nor that provocative.

WesDawg

November 17th, 2010
8:45 am

Really? Auburn and many of it’s fans have willfully lowered their moral and ethics to support the cheaters and dirty players on their team. I understand as fan they don’t have much of a choice and have to believe the university’s spin. AU is going down. It’s only a matter of time. Fairley play will catch up with him and I will smile when it does. Newton will have that silly grin wiped from his face and can continue his self love in private.. What a great season it could’ve have been on the Plains if they weren’t so desperate to keep up with big brother bama. Asterisk time Barners. Slive should be immediately fired for his compliance in this mess.

SimpleDawg

November 17th, 2010
8:46 am

And why do you always post my comments asking for an explanation? I’m confused….not terriblely unusual, but I can figure out most things, given a little time.

Hyperlink to Nowhere

November 17th, 2010
8:47 am

@SimpleDawg

No hidden agenda, just piss-poor coding. It happens to all of us occasionally.

Colonel Rebel

November 17th, 2010
8:47 am

Hey Tony, I respect you but tell Ole Miss fans to have some perspective. We have been destroyed by two rookie coaches with arguably less talent than we have, and our defense SUCKS! Nix got his big pay raise and his unit has underperformed terribly. Nobody expected better than 7-5, but to lose to Jax State, Vandy, and this Tennessee team by 50 points deserves critisism! Shove the “perspective” talk Tony!!

redneck 61

November 17th, 2010
8:50 am

Amen Tony you are right about Fairley. The one bad hit fairley did he got flaged for it. The other hit on murrays leg was just football. Ga had 5 personal fouls in this game with the first one being on the first play of the game on rambo. What about all the CHOP BLOCKS ga was putting on fairley FROM THE START OF THE GAME. Ga got called for one and got away with more. Then when jones and the other ga player had fairley on the ground and were punching and kicking him why were they not thrown out of the game they threw the first punch. I was at this game and have watched it 2 times on tv. I see one very bad hit fairley done and he was flaged for it. And when the whole ga bench came on the field. Richt has no control on his team. This game was bad on both sides you cannot just blame auburn but ga will because ga just ga thats the way they are. I bet if fairley played for ga he would be the best player in the world.

GT Dude

November 17th, 2010
8:50 am

You dawg fans need to get over this Auburn bashing; your whining about as much as Frank Beamer at VT does after a loss

I’m guessing this complaining will continue until a week from Saturday, then the dawgs will be celebrating how great Richt is or complaining how Johnson cheats and TECH plays dirty

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:51 am

I was told this AM by our Bulldog club President that one of the coach’s told him that when Fairley had Murray down, laying on him, he took his face mask and scrubbed it over and over on his chin and tore the skin off………NICE

skydawg

November 17th, 2010
8:52 am

Agree with everything except the Wrigley field situation. It’s the same wall that MLB players have been running into for years, with no pads I might add. It’s football Tony. The kids are accustom to collisions and I would imagine both schools are doing everything possible to make it as safe as possible. But once again, it’s football. And I can promise you those kids are jacked up about playing at Wrigley. Who wouldn’t?

gt4ever

November 17th, 2010
8:52 am

Good Grief, I have never heard so much crying…… It’s tackle football for goodness sakes….. Get over it Barnhart….

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:54 am

redneck 61 ( perfect name by the way)…you’re clueless…..Do you know the rules on Chop blocking? Ask out Tech friends on here….It’s legal as long as another lineman does not block him above the waist at he same time the chop is being done.

Bystander

November 17th, 2010
8:54 am

Yankee Stadium will host the Pinstripe Bowl and I watched them mark the field out recently. The corner of the end zone stops at the dugout steps…..should be interesting.

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Let’s just enjoy the AU/Bama game, although I hate it for Bama, unless they score a lot, they will have trouble beating AU……Cam will score….You’ve got to match it and stay close….

Wheresmycrackpipe?

November 17th, 2010
8:56 am

cant we all see that richt has turned his team into a bunch of pu$$y’s and now he has turned the fan base into a bunch of pu$$y’s…….if we would win a football game and stop whining then we wouldnt care who the SEc suspends every week

Clark Kent

November 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Tony — There’s more Cam news today. Check out the confirmed stories on the NCAA’s visit to Tuscaloosa to talk with the former Miss State assistant now at Bama, and confirmation that NCAA investigative team left from Tuscaloosa directly for Auburn, with a list of things to do. And tossing toilet paper into trees isn’t one of them, if you know what I mean.

Dave

November 17th, 2010
8:56 am

Say you you will, but Auburn is this year’s SEC Darling, thy’re going to get all the calls, somtimes it’s Bama, sometimes Florida, sometimes LSU, this year, it’s Auburn. Ben Jones got suspended for a 1/2 for a lesser infraction. Fairley should be BANNED from COLLEGE FOOTBALL, not for ONLY his hits on Murray, he has illegal hits on MULTIPLE QB’s and TOTAL DISREGARD for the HEALTH of a QB.

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

Again, I predicted this. been watching football too long in te SEC, i kno their moves before they happen.

Just the Vegas SEC connection.

JB

November 17th, 2010
8:57 am

And I still say Fairley will get tossed early, and it will be a marginal call that does it…..His Rep will see to that……

Mike Slive

November 17th, 2010
8:58 am

My goal is to have no NCAA probations in the SEC. I don’t know how I’m supposed to attain my goal if I can’t get you hard-headed SEC coaches to understand God’s intended purpose for brooms and rugs?

A Real DAWG Fan

November 17th, 2010
8:59 am

The Wrigley field alignment is due to the fact that goal posts are no longer placed in the endzone. They had to reconfigure the alignment to allow for a goal posts to be set behind the endzone.

In response to skydawg… you are forgetting that a baseball player can feel where the warning track is and is usually waiting on a fly ball to either gracefully land in their mitt…or have time to play it off the wall. Either case, they have a few seconds to decide whether or not they are going to approach the wall and how they are going to play against it. In football, you have to catch the ball in the air, full speed, while a defender is trying to knock you out of bounds.

In response to those arguing that there isn’t much clearance in NFL stadiums between the endzone and stands… keep in mind that Wrigley’s wall is brick (not padded)… Could lead to some ugly injuries. Just saying…

Tony

November 17th, 2010
9:00 am

Tony’s “analysis” is always calculated curry favor with the right people so he maintains his accesss. You notice he always lectures the fans that they don’t know what they are talking about (see Ole Miss fans above) and protects the head coaches, confernence presidents and other powers that be.

Tony wants to sell books, do TV and sell his brand. He is not a credible authority. He is a shill.

There are 5 people on the GT blog

November 17th, 2010
9:01 am

gt4ever,

Didn’t you Tech fans whine after the UGA/GT game last year when your boy Nesbitt got hurt. Come on man, it’s just a football game.

Clark Kent

November 17th, 2010
9:01 am

Follow the money to greyhound racing–there you will what filled the Lowder vacuum.

JB

November 17th, 2010
9:02 am

I hope Steve Roberts crew is doing the Bama/AU game……He will go to Chiznik before the game starts and tell him ” I’m going to keep control of this game, one questionable or marginal late hit by #90, he’s gone” No warnings, consider this it.

Mike Slive

November 17th, 2010
9:02 am

Hey! Lay off my homie!

Tony’s just keepin’ it real.