Auburn is going to enjoy this. Big Time

Glendale, Ariz.—There was joy. There was relief. There were smiles of happiness. There were tears. There was incredible exhilaration. There was utter exhaustion.

 
You could see it all on the floor of University of Phoenix Stadium in the aftermath of Auburn’s 22-19 victory Oregon which gave the Tigers their first national championship since 1957.

 
Ted Roof, who took more than his fair share of criticism as Auburn’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, had his arms around his two sons as confetti rained down around him. The former Georgia Tech captain could not be happier. For it was his defense that held the mighty Oregon offense to only 19 points, 30 points below its average.

 
Oregon’s offense had 12 possessions in the game and Auburn’s defense got nine stops: five punts, two interceptions, and what will become two very big plays in Auburn football history: In the second quarter Mike Blanc stuffed Oregon’s LaMichael James in the end zone for a safety. In the third quarter Auburn stopped Oregon on fourth and goal at the Tigers’ one-yard line.
Oregon came into this game averaging almost 245 rushing yards per game. Auburn held the Ducks to only 75.

 
“I am so proud of our guys. They stepped up and played the best when we needed it the most,” said Roof. “We didn’t do anything fancy. It was all about effort. All I know is that we’re the national champions. Nothing else matters.”

 
A lot of people wondered if Cameron Newton had one more great game left in him. He did. Yes, he had a late turnover that allowed Oregon to tie the score make a game-winning drive necessary. Still, it has been an extraordinary season for the Heisman Trophy winner in every sense of the word. He became the flash point of a great debate in college football and it was not pretty. There was a significant portion of the populace that believed that Newton should not be on the field but there were also those who believed in the presumption of innocence. The debate will never be resolved unless more facts in the case emerge down the road. That is another discussion for another day.

 
Regardless of where you came down on the Newton issue, there was no denying that he was one of the greatest college football players we have seen at the quarterback position. I say WAS because Newton will soon close the door on this controversial chapter of his life and declare for the NFL Draft. We may disagree about Newton’s legacy, but we will certainly never forget him.
“I have never seen a football player go what he went through and continue to perform so well on the field,” said former coach Pat Dye, who beamed during the post-game awards ceremony. “People said a lot of bad things about that kid but it never affected the way he played. He is something special.”

 
Then there was Gene Chizik, whose hiring in 2009 brought rounds of criticism from those who thought he was not dynamic enough or tough enough to stand up to what Nick Saban was building at Alabama. But when the sun rose this morning in the state of Alabama, the schools had the same number of national championships since Saban arrived in 2007. Chizik has proven to be a rock solid manager of the program who surrounds himself with very talented people.

 
“It was never about me and proving anybody wrong,” said Chizik, who was the defensive coordinator when Auburn went 13-0 in 2004 and did not get a chance to play for the national championship. “That’s not the way I live my life. From the day we arrived it was about doing what was best for Auburn. I am so proud to be a part of the Auburn family.”

It’s been a great season at Auburn but has also been a draining season for all concerned. The weekly scrutiny which came with the Newton case was not an easy burden to bear. The SEC has won its fifth straight national championship. But the conference had to routinely defend itself against the criticism that it did not exercise due diligence in the Newton case. Now that the SEC has won another championship, that criticism is not going to go away. Such is the nature of success. Off the field, it has been a tough season for college football as a whole.

 
And what about Auburn for 2011? As is our nature, we will quickly move on to next season. Auburn loses 24 seniors including Wes Byrum, who kicked the winning field goal at the buzzer. Newton will leave as will defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is more than ready to play at the next level. If you had to guess you would say that Auburn will take a dip next season but such dips are easier to take when you have a crystal football in the trophy case.

Both those issues can wait at least a day or two. Auburn fans will celebrate and know that for the next year they are the national champions while Alabama is not. And if you don’t think that’s important, you do not know the state of Alabama. Auburn is going to enjoy this. Big time.

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3rdN8

January 11th, 2011
12:29 pm

ok…..I’m just semi-thrilled for all of th AU fans, and their football team. They had a great season….no debating that one. Going 14-0 in the SEC has only been accomplished twice.

However, if I have to watch that big cretin blow any more kisses, I think I’ll hurl on the spot.

Get him out of my state….please!!

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

OK “gadawgs” and what about the Soulja Boy dancing and leading the NCAA in personal foul penalties? You just choose to look the other way on that? You all give hypocrites a bad name….

TechismyBEEotch

January 11th, 2011
12:32 pm

2011 SEC Championship Game–Ms. State vs. UGA

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
12:33 pm

Ok…explain this to me…Au gets a new coach that no one likes from piss ant Iowa State and all of a sudden they have a top 5 recruiting class. Something is not adding up. The only explanation is that Au is paying players and running a dirty program. The truth will set you Au cheaters FREE.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

BAMA dude Not to belabor the point , but the SEC went 5-5. That is said because so many SEC fans, yourself included, continue to rail about the SEC winning everything. The SEC wins nothing(other than big bucks) It is the several strong teams that win the NC’s not the SEC. I have been an SEC and later ACC fan for over 60 years friend. But most of the SEC this year was mediocre at best. just my take.

T'VILLE DAWG

January 11th, 2011
12:35 pm

I’m thrilled for Auburn and mainly for the conference. Rather the Dawgs had been there but as long as the SEC wins it’s fifth straight I’m happy, let’s go for six and I wouldn’t be surprised.

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

Jack Bull watch his post-game news conference. He praised Oregon and congratulated Chip Kelly on a great season. But that didn’t fit into your pre-determined biased opinion did it?

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:36 pm

it is funny to see Coach Eugene when he’s talking, he has that Obama thing going on with his chin sticking up for some reason…and has he smiled yet?

SEC Fact Finder

January 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

Tony,

All this is going to do is make Saban have extra motivation to win, the same for Muschamp at Florida, Mullen at Mississippi St, and Ricth at Georgia.

There are coaches behind the scenes who you know are still scratching their heads as to why many of the early or preseason rulings were made so harshly while the black cloud over Auburn only got brighter while under the watchful eye of the NCAA.

Not taking anything away from Auburn for what they did on the field, they outplayed everyone 14 up and 14 down, but the behind the scenes outlook from their SEC brethren are lining up behind their AD’s to really question some of the outcomes and the rulings.

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:37 pm

i watched, didn’t see it.. still haven’t ..

WAR CAM NEWTON

January 11th, 2011
12:38 pm

Sorry Dean. We absolutely own every team in the United States of America and that includes GEORGIA and ALABAMA. We only have a “1″ game lead in the Georgia series and I’d rather the little brother to Bama than the WEAK SISTER of the SEC. congrats on your 6-7 season!

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:39 pm

and no, don’t have a pre-determined biased opinion. just what i saw,,,,or didn’t see…

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:41 pm

I think it is interesting, although not surprising, that Newton Sr was at the game last night. Even after Mark Brandley on his blog and Brent on the broadcast spoke very sternly about how the Dad was not at the game. You see the rules don’t apply to the Newtons, not to the good reverend nor to the son (witness the 11-13 traffic violations in Gainesville). So that mutual agreement with Auburn not to attend? Well it just didn’t matter to Newton Sr. OK Auburn officials you are now officially free to cluck, cluck and tsk,tsk about how sad it is that the good reverend did not uphold his end of the bargain. Is anyone surprised??? The apple does not fall very far from the tree.

jwilli120

January 11th, 2011
12:42 pm

First of all congrats to Auburn for a game well played and
one of if not the best BCS Championship game played, 2nd
we UGA fans watch another SEC team win a BCS Championship
and our program loses to UCF, UfreakinCF in the toilet bowl
and yall still think we have the man to lead us to the BCS
Championship, I say again what has UF,BAMA,LSU,and now AU
done that seperates them from us? They hired guys that in
3yrs or less won BCS TITLES! Everyone keeps saying that if
CMR wins 10 games he will have turned the program around
and should keep his job i say Bull, 11yrs and all the talent
CMR has had ZERO BCS Championships or better yet ZERO BCS
Championship games, if CMR does not win the BCS next year he
should be FIRED, my piont is do we really want another year
of this BS @ UGA i say no. CMR=no coaching, no inspiration,
soft as charmin,no heart,terrible evaluator of talent, had
a good program and now not very good,CMB bad @ everything
and was not a good QB in college but is our OFF CORD, no
emphasis on special teams(LIKE BEAMER @ VA TECH), did
anybody else see our boys looking confused in our bowl
ie several guys on the offensive line holding their hands
out and looking around like WTF,if you didn’t go back and
look @ the game again as pianful as that sounds, all of
this is unacceptable to me and should be for all bulldawg
nation, i uderstand if i don’t send in my donations all of
the programs suffer but how can i continue to send my hard
earned dollars for this inferior product that CMR keeps
putting on the field? Bulldawg Nation should not stand for
this, what are we to do FANS, we are the laughing stock of
the SEC and the VOLS will mess around and win another BCS
title before we do (the Vols have passed us too). So
congrats to LSU,BAMA,UF and now WAR EAGLE for doing what
the Dawgs hired CMR to do 11yrs ago, 6 BCS championships
have been won in that time frame in the SEC and the DAWGS
have Zero of them. Sorry for the rant just tired of seeing
this BS peroid…. *CONGRAULATIONS AUBURN 2010 BCS CHAMPS*
GO DAWGS BASKETBALL TEAM.

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:45 pm

Tell The Truth If your son was playing for the National Championship would you not want to be in attendance?

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:46 pm

FBI——- All in!!!!

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:48 pm

Remember The Blackout Game? Oh please don’t pull that crap. He had an agreement with the University not to attend. What you want to continue to make excuses for this pitiful excuse for a family? That is what you Aubies have done from day one- make excuses for little cammie and his good reverend dad.

dg

January 11th, 2011
12:50 pm

The BCS Champion Auburn War Eagles.. I am holding my nose while saying this. While Chizek and his team where kissing the trophy, I had visions of Cam’s dad and maybe Cam making some back room deal, and Fairley doing his impression of Albert Haynesworth/Terrell Owens! What makes it worse the Auburn coach or anyone tied to the program just want to push it under the rug.So much for making boys into men!

jwilli120

January 11th, 2011
12:52 pm

CMR was not that good @ FSU it’s just that all the studs went to
FSU back then and they covered up alot of the bad FSU mistakes,
just think back during the hay days @ FSU, they would lose a game
that they should have won during the year and get knocked out of
the top 10 then go on a tear and by the end of the year FSU would
be the best team in the country but not win the NC. go back and
look before the BCS @ how many times FSU finished #2 nuff said.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:54 pm

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:28 pm
as far as the bad missed call, Auburn folks know he was down, we all do. not only that call, i thought Oregon had the INT early on in the game on the sideline myself…but it is what it is..

Your understanding of football rules is obviously limited.

danny

January 11th, 2011
12:58 pm

Well Mike, at least you are clean after your shower. Jeez

danny

January 11th, 2011
12:59 pm

Bama Dude must be visually impaired!

MikeP

January 11th, 2011
1:02 pm

BAMA dude
January 11th, 2011
10:53 am
“Mike, let me say this slowly for you.

There is one committee that deals with player eligibility issues. They, based on evidence in front of them, cleared Cam to play.

There is another committee called the Committee on Infractions (COI). They investigate institutional compliance. We don’t know what they are or aren’t investigating, but there were quotes from contractors acknowledging that NCAA investigators had questioned them.

I’m not saying it is or isn’t “over”, but the Barn should not assume that it is. Also, you never offered your theory as to why a national writer for Fox would have it in for the Barn.”

I’ll type slowly so hopefully, even a bammer can understand: We do know what the Committee on Infractions is NOT investigating. Before an investigation can begin, the institution must be sent a PLOI (Preliminary Letter of Inquiry). Auburn has received no such letter, therefore no investigation.

A couple of months ago,Thayer Evans started on his anti-Auburn/Cam Newton crusade because he was pushing the Boise State QB for the Heisman. As his efforts became more and more futile, his lies became more outrageous. His statement that NCAA investigators were in Georgia Christmas week is laughable.
You do know that Thayer Evans spent a week lurking around the Auburn campus trying to prove that Cam Newton doesn’t go to class, right? Several students caught pictures of him hiding behind bushes on their cell phones. The guy is at Fox.com because he was fired from the New York Times for manufacturing stories and presenting them as facts. The leopard hasn’t changed his spots.

The NCAA has filed the Newton investigation away and moved on. You Bamzos and Dawgs would be well served to do the same.

God

January 11th, 2011
1:03 pm

I just want everyone to know that I don’t appreciate being blamed by Coach Chizik for Auburn’s victory last night. I had nothing whatsoever to do with that game, nor am I in any way associated with any of Reverend Newton’s “churches”.

I can only assume that Coach Chizik will want to blame me for all of Auburn’s losses next year. Here’s a clue coach, you’ll know that I was involved when you begin to see stars*.

I work in mysterious ways.

Jehovah

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 11th, 2011
1:04 pm

WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR EAGLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2010 NATIONAL CHAMPION AUBURN TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We love you, Coach Chizik!!!! We love you, COach Gus!!!! We love you , Coach Tubberville!!!! We love you, Coach Dye!!!! You all restored AU to prominance…

I can’t even talk this morning, voice totally gone and well damn worth it!!!! Auburn family..ALL IN!!!!

AUaccountant

January 11th, 2011
1:05 pm

All of these pitiful comments are quite entertaining. For those who are illiterate, the NCAA has cleared both Auburn University and the Heisman Trophy Winner, Mr. Cameron Newton. I understand everyone is upset that uga can’t get to the big time with all their recruiting prowess. The fact that uga continues to underachieve has nothing to do with Auburn. Accept the fact that Auburn won the National Championship. Nothing you say can take that away from those kids. These childish comments show your jealousy and envy. As always with uga, wait until next year.

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

ALL IN for $180K plus travel expenses.

JD

January 11th, 2011
1:08 pm

Congrats to Auburn, they definitely stood tall when they needed to. Did not like the two PF’s that they drew for absolutely stupid acts. Fairley is defensive presence but cut the extra stuff. Don’t know who it was that kneed the Oregon player, but he should have been ejected. Newton played a tough game, will he go pro?

joseph

January 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

congrats to au i am glad we kept it in the sec

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:35 pm
BAMA dude Not to belabor the point , but the SEC went 5-5. That is said because so many SEC fans, yourself included, continue to rail about the SEC winning everything. The SEC wins nothing(other than big bucks) It is the several strong teams that win the NC’s not the SEC. I have been an SEC and later ACC fan for over 60 years friend. But most of the SEC this year was mediocre at best. just my take.

Ask the Michigan contingent about the strength of the SEC’s middle-tier. If anything there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the top 5 teams in the SEC West. Missy State blew Florida and Michigan out and lost to the Barn by a FG. In fact the Barn won the division by beating all of those other four teams in close games. The SEC waa by far the deepest conference this year, hands down.

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
1:11 pm

Did I defend Cecil Newton’s behavior? What he did was inexcusable. But you still didn’t answer the question: If your son was playing for the NC, would you want to be in attendance? Yes or No?

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
1:11 pm

AUaccountant

January 11th, 2011
1:05 pm
All of these pitiful comments are quite entertaining. For those who are illiterate, the NCAA has cleared both Auburn University and the Heisman Trophy Winner, Mr. Cameron Newton.

That is factually inaccurate.

Round Mound

January 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

Auburn worked it pretty well. Tell everyone that Cecil was not going to attend the game (lie). Don’t have Cecil sit with his wife, and hide him so that the reporters can’t find him. They are fully aware of the mess he could make, if he were to answer a reporter’s question.

SEC Fan

January 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

@JD

Yes. He’ll go pro. He’s academically ineligible for a second season at Auburn. Auburn can work with the SEC and the NCAA, but SACS won’t let them slide, because they don’t have any ca$h on the line.

Dirty Dawg

January 11th, 2011
1:13 pm

Hey ‘blackout’, my point was that the ‘knee’ thing should have been grounds for ejection and since the refs didn’t call it – I think herbie did – that kind of ‘thuggery’ should result in an ejection (worse than throwing a punch, don’t you think) and should be ‘reviewable’.

As for whatever we did to ‘celebrate’ an important win over you guys a couple of years ago, while you may find it ‘dis-tasteful’ (kinda like how we felt gettin’ ‘hosed down’ all those years ago at your place) it wasn’t dirty play intended to injure – that’s ‘thuggery’ to me, and you guys have become the poster boys for it. For a moment there last night it looked like the ‘classier’ team just might pull it out – you know the one that didn’t mug, and preen, and show their lack of class all night long.

Also, and even though I had intended ‘not’ to bring this up, you folks can be proud that you included young Mr. Dyer in your pay-for-play parlay last year – or more accurately, late ‘09 – cause he saved your bacon all night long. Without his strong ‘inside’ running, AU’s FU’d. Nobody ever said you folks didn’t know the value of good football players. But tell me AU fans, if when the final verdict is in on Cam/Gate and you have to relinquish all these ‘awards’, how will you feel about it? Embarrassed? Ashamed? Remorseful? No? Oh, I get it, that’s what ‘All In’ means…regardless of whether they were paid to play, you’re all in this thing together – right or wrong, cheatin’ or playin’ it straight. It’s kinda like when a guilty defendant’s attorney says to him, ‘regardless if you did it or not, you’ve got to act as if you’re innocent and do and say things as if you actually were…get it?’

1 11

January 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

BAMA dude,
You just responded at 1:11 pm 0n 1-11-11!

Asterisk

January 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

National Champions – Auburn *

Tell The Truth Tells Lies

January 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

Mediocre at best? The SEC West had 4 teams ranked in the top 10 at one point this season!!! I would say 5 NC’s in a row speaks for itself.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

I’ll type slowly so hopefully, even a bammer can understand: We do know what the Committee on Infractions is NOT investigating. Before an investigation can begin, the institution must be sent a PLOI (Preliminary Letter of Inquiry). Auburn has received no such letter, therefore no investigation.

First, we don’t know if a PLOI has or hasn’t been received. Second, the comtractors obviously spoke to someone or else the story would have already been refuted.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 11th, 2011
1:17 pm

We consider the 2004 team to be national champions 13-0 also..and that year is special to me because I was an undergrad at the time and the atmopshere kept building and building, but under the BCS only one team gets recognized per year…and 2010 is the year of Auburn! I really hope the current students appreciate how special a time this is and enjoy it. It’s not just about a game or saying we are the best, it is the atmopshere, the coming together of the whole campus..anyway, I am sure I will think of something else to say soon since I don;t think were getting out of this airport today…

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
1:17 pm

You’re wrong again dude. The entire Least was mediocre, as was Ole Miss. But you believe what you want to. Just save your words and parses.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
1:19 pm

Tell The Truth Tells Lies

January 11th, 2011
1:16 pm

Mediocre at best? The SEC West had 4 teams ranked in the top 10 at one point this season!!! I would say 5 NC’s in a row speaks for itself.

Can you even read you clown???? I said the majority of the SEC was mediocre at best. Please don;t tell me you think the SEC Least was that impressive this year??? 5-5 in bowl games- deal with it.

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
1:20 pm

Liars – everyone of the Au fans, players, and coaches

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

Ok…explain this to me…Au gets a new coach that no one likes from piss ant Iowa State and all of a sudden they have a top 5 recruiting class. Something is not adding up. The only explanation is that Au is paying players and running a dirty program. The truth will set you Au cheaters FREE.

FYI – the players were already there when Chizik arrived, (recruited by the FORMER coach); the only piece he needed was a quarterback, when that fell into place, the rest is history. Alas, So many jealous, pathetic people…….so little time to beat them into the ground! SEC rules!!!

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

Of course I would want to be there, but if I had agreed not to go becuase I had embarassed everyone , most of all my son, then I would not attend. Take your excuses elsewhere, They are both cheaters and connivers that I would never trust. And liars to boot.

SEC Fan

January 11th, 2011
1:23 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle,

Isn’t it ironic how much the 2010 NC mirrors the 2004 NC? TCU got to play the part that Auburn played in 2004, while Auburn took USC’s place. Meanwhile, the NCAA takes the money and runs, as usual. Truth really is stranger than fiction, eh?

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
1:23 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
1:17 pm
You’re wrong again dude. The entire Least was mediocre, as was Ole Miss. But you believe what you want to. Just save your words and parses.

You said the majority of the conference was mediocre. Are you comparing them to teams in other conferences with this remark? If so, which conference would compare favorably? Based on bowl seedings, here was the SEC pecking order:

Barn
Arky
LSU
Bama
Missy St.
UF
USCe
UK
UGA
UT

Go ahead. Give me another conference’s pecking order where most of the matchups would favor them. Based on this bowl season it certainly wasn’t the Big 10.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
1:24 pm

Please don;t tell me you think the SEC Least was that impressive this year??? 5-5 in bowl games- deal with it.

The mediocre conference is the Big/LIttle 10 – they proved that via the Bowl games. BTW How many of those Little/Big 10 teams got dog whipped by the SEC in the bowls this year?

Lowder's Army

January 11th, 2011
1:25 pm

When it comes to cheating, Auburn Nation is definitely “All In!”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 11th, 2011
1:25 pm

All the computers showed AU had #1 strength of schedule in the entire country..and thats because we played the entire best division(west) in the best conference (SEC) ..anecdotal musings are one thing, empirical evidence based on common algorithm applied without bias shows the truth..