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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Mindy

January 11th, 2011
2:12 pm

OK did the BCS ever strip or vacate a national title?

spike

January 11th, 2011
2:14 pm

SPENCER Region? I don’t think the Barn is even recruiting him any more.

I don’t follow it all that closely, so do tell. I was aware he is/was a top 20 graded OL, and AU is graduating 4 out of 5 up front, so I think they’d be interested unless there was some big issue.

Jeff

January 11th, 2011
2:14 pm

Such weird reactions from Au coaches and players, like they have a feeling its temporary and all going to be taken away one day.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
2:15 pm

They were pulled off of their facebook pages by sites like SportsByBrooks. The Bama blogs just reported them. But yeah, I can see where a Barner would deny what they see with their own eyes.

FACEBOOK!!! hahahahahaha!!! Well, why didn’t you say so in the FIRST place!!! That just proves it!!!

http://treebeard31.wordpress.com/2007/10/30/the-art-of-cropping-for-my-space-facebook/

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
2:15 pm

Yes, Mindy, the 2005 Orange Bowl win was vacated. USC is appealing, but if they lose the appeal (likely), then there will be no 2004 champion.

Dirty Players

January 11th, 2011
2:18 pm

They sure are good, but they are dirty players. Should have had at least one ejection. Too bad.

Jeff

January 11th, 2011
2:19 pm

God is not a deceiver or does he promote dirty play. One of the first things that I was taught was its not if you win or lose but how you play the game. The message now is totally reversed, its win at all cost.

Hokie 217

January 11th, 2011
2:23 pm

It is going to be interesting to see what Auburn does to try to keep Cecil hidden from the press. Imagine they will try to work out some sort of “pay-for-silence” deal (hush money), to keep him from ever discussing the situation. Auburn is pretty darn good at this!

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
2:24 pm

Region is an odd one. He went to a press conference to commit to Bama, then shocked his family and everyone else by committing to the Barn. He then decommitted from the Barn and listed Texas, Bama, and Penn State as his three options. Apparently Texas wan’t even recruiting the kid. From what I understand he also hasn’t lifted a finger since football season and looks out of shape and awful in workouts. Most recruiting sites I’ve read say that Bama and the Barn have moved on from this kid.

theedge56

January 11th, 2011
2:25 pm

The truth about Sham Newton and his college agent (Cecil) will eventually be revealed and the Poor Seagull will vacate all victories and the National championship all in due time.

spike

January 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

Thanks for that, BAMA dude. Odd story, but hey, they are 17 year olds. They do odd things.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:27 pm

Parse, parse, and parse some more dude. 35 bowls – they all count, even when your over rated SEC teams get kicked

Cam Newton

January 11th, 2011
2:32 pm

Anyone seen my Cammy Cam Juice?

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
2:33 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:27 pm
Parse, parse, and parse some more dude. 35 bowls – they all count, even when your over rated SEC teams get kicked

Name one that was over-rated. Last I checked, four of the five losing teams were unranked with inferior records to those of their bowl opponents (due to conference strength) and the other lost to a higher ranked team. How does this make them overrated? Seriously. Give me one SEC team that didn’t properly represent its ranking in the bowl.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

They are sooo over rated by SEC fanatics like yourself. Being in the SEC does not make you a great team every year. Get over yourselves.

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
2:37 pm

Bama dude…Very nice response with the pics.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

Now, before anyone starts squawking about the SEC’s sort of average performance in bowl games so far this year, please know that SEC teams face teams that, on average, are seeded 2 places higher in their conferences, then the SEC team. For instance, the ACC’s North Carolina and Florida State beat the SEC’s Tennessee and South Carolina in the Music City and Chick-fil-A Bowls this year. However, consider that Tennessee was the #9 team from the SEC facing UNC, #6 from the ACC. And, South Carolina was SEC #5 vs Fl. State — ACC #2 (thanks for the numbers fix Mike). This is commonly what the SEC is up against. Not complaining; just stating the facts for the record.

Final 2010-2011 Conference Bowl Records:

* Mountain West: 4-1 — wow, once again, making a statement
* Big East: 4-2
* SEC: 5-5
* ACC: 4-5
* Big 12: 3-5
* Big Ten: 3-5
* Pac-10: 2-2
* Sun Belt: 2-1
* C-USA: 2-4
* WAC: 2-2
2010 – 2011 Bowl Bids by Conference:

* SEC: 10 [tied record (set by ACC in 2009; SEC in 2010) for most bowl bids by a conference in a single season.]
* ACC: 9
* Big Ten: 8
* Big 12: 8
* Big East: 6
* C-USA: 6
* Mountain West: 5
* Pac-10: 4
* WAC: 4
* MAC: 4
* Sun Belt: 3
http://www.secsportsfan.com/top-college-football-bowl-conference.html

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
2:39 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:37 pm
They are sooo over rated by SEC fanatics like yourself. Being in the SEC does not make you a great team every year. Get over yourselves.

Did I say it did? I simply asked you to provide the name of one single SEC team that didn’t perform to it’s ranking (the very definition of over-rated) in the bowl. If anything, based on bowl results, Bama and Missy State were vastly under-rated I’d say.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
2:42 pm

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
2:37 pm
Bama dude…Very nice response with the pics.

Yeah, I love the “let me google that” site. But I’m a smart-aleck so I would.

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
2:44 pm

Bama dude..Likewise, me too.

Hairy Dawg

January 11th, 2011
2:46 pm

Congrats to Auburn. But they still got a Cheese Whez coach. Also Auburn won by stealing players with SEC talents and speed from GA. The trators should be payed back by Dawgs winning BCS. Then we dominants Awful Burn like last many years. I blaming Adams for keeping Coach Richt from recruiting talent like Awfull Burn without restrictons to stockpile talent. Dawgs keep those folks in Alabamm from stealing Dawgs talent from GA and we get to beat down Oscar Myers hot dog Gaytors even with new Muschamps and flabby Wise offense coord. Then we take out arrogant Stevie and Dooley Boy to win east before taking league and BCS.

spike

January 11th, 2011
2:49 pm

Bama was ranked 16th and Mich State was rated 9. Yet who opened as an EIGHT POINT favorite, and proceeded to demolish a so-called Top Ten team? USC was the only higher seeded SEC team to lose a game. Conference did very well again this year by any standard.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:55 pm

My comment stands- most of the SEC teams were mediocre at best this year.

jwilli120

January 11th, 2011
2:58 pm

mindy hey are clowning you, do you realize what kind of turmoil
it would create if the BCS did something like that? your answer
is no.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
2:59 pm

Mindy You’re blowing smoke pal- 5-5 the sec results. You know those world beaters- the best thing since sliced bread. You mean they lost 5 out of 10 games??? Surely you jest. But in fairness we all know that if an SEC team lost it was because of the refs; or they did not play their best game; or the other team was lucky ; or the sun got in their eyes. The SEC team; any SEC team is at least 14 points better than any other team right?? Pretty pathetic.

spike

January 11th, 2011
2:59 pm

My comment stands-

…as an indefensible myth you’d like to see become a full blown meme. Alabama or Auburn would open as a favorite against any team in the Top Ten, with the exception of TCU (maybe and I mean maybe a slight favorite to Bama). That says pretty much all you need to know.

Richtard Simmons

January 11th, 2011
2:59 pm

please get the facts straight on the lap top deal for cam at fla. he was charged for stealing the lap top. the fla booster da reduced the charge to possession of it. just go look up the original arrest report.

spike

January 11th, 2011
3:05 pm

Mindy You’re blowing smoke pal- 5-5 the sec results.

Would you please post the conferences that had more teams involved, or won more games? Because that would really help support your cause.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:06 pm

spike You could be right- but then that is what I am trying to say . It’s not the SEC that would be ranked by 3 or 7 points it is the individual sec team. Stop blowing the smoke about how the SEC wins everything. They don’t- Bama, UF,LSU, and now Auburn won NC’s. Florida, Tn, Ga, Ky, Vandy, Ole Miss were mediocre this year. SC won the SEC Least and then got clobbered by Auburn and FSU. Pretty over-rated I would say. Seems pretty clear to me

KingGator

January 11th, 2011
3:07 pm

SEC Rocks!!

which SEC team will win it next yr?

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:08 pm

You people can’t read- I did not make any comparison with any other conference. You say the SEC is so great-yes some few teams are – but more are merely mediocre. That’s it.

Mike

January 11th, 2011
3:09 pm

best college football team money can buy!! come to Auburn..we know how to pay players & buy the NCAA!!

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Mindy You’re blowing smoke pal- 5-5 the sec results. You know those world beaters- You know those world beaters- the best thing since sliced bread. You mean they lost 5 out of 10 games??? Surely you jest. But in fairness we all know that if an SEC team lost it was because of the refs;

Dude, seriously though, which SEC top echelon team lost? BAma won, Fla. won, Auburn won, Miss State won, LSu won, — Tennessee as you know had a tough season this year, as did Georgia. S. Carolina is wishy-washy at best, and Kentucky is more known for BASKETBALL not football. Arkansas was about to give Ohio State their FIFTH lost by an SEC team; they were crapping bullets until those final seconds.

All I’m hearing from you is hateful, stalker-like chatter. Put on your big boy pants and just admit that the SEC has better players, better coaches and is a better conference. If you want a championship, you’re gonna have to come through the SEC to get it. Truth hurts.

Lance A

January 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

Ever wonder why Gene Chizik has that Floyd Landis smile on his face?

Not bout UGA or BAMA

January 11th, 2011
3:11 pm

What the AU fans, along with a few othere (albeit very few), fail to realize is that the backlash against AU is not about UGA or BAMA, or anyone else. Its about integrity, something that AU faithful, the good rev. bishiop newton, “Mr. Cameron Newton” (as AUaccountant says), Nick “I play dirty not fairley” fairley, don’t understand. College football fans are upset becuase the SEC and the NCAA sold out. There were bad calls, on intereceptions, motions calls, and an AU running back was allowed to walk down the field after he and everyone else knew he was down. Heck, even ESPN sold out but Herbstreet has a man crush on Cammie so we’ll forgive Herbie. I, for one, have lost most any interest I’ve had in what was once a great game played by student athletes. Yes, AU won the BCS, but it will forever be TAINTED, and, it may well be REVOKED. The most embarassing point of the night was when Chizik and “Mr. Cameron Newton” started preaching, and crediting God for their vicotry. My Bible says that God does not condone cheating, nor lyi,ng . . . it says He grants grace to those who acknowledge their wrongdoings. The best thing AU can do is come clean . . . but its a bit late. The post pointing out the similarities between 04 and 10 is so on the money. In 04 AU deserved to go but USC cheated and won. In 2010 TCU deserved to go but AU cheated and won. All we’re waiting on now is the sanctions and the stripping of the tainted title. Thanks Auburn, you are an embarassment to CFB and the SEC. Thanks NCAA, you’ve proven you’re more interested in a glamarous title game than rewarding young men who play hard and fair. And, finally, thanks refs, and ESPN, for showing what a bought and paid for game looks like with everyone on board. CFB is a mess and deserves a tainted champ, in that regard, AU is the fitting BCS winner! One question AU fans, in the long run, one day, what will you decide when asked if cheating was worth it?

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
3:13 pm

Mindy, IF the NCAA would have followed the rules Arkansas would have won hands down. But seeing as it was THE ESPN Buckeyes they got to play their ineligible players.

Score Check

January 11th, 2011
3:14 pm

Congrats to the best paid player and also congrats to dirtiest player in college football.

What a shame & sham. It just doesn’t past the smell test.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:14 pm

The SEC team; any SEC team is at least 14 points better than any other team right?? Pretty pathetic.

Well, how BCS National Titles does your favorite conference hold? Just asking………….

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:15 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:08 pm
You people can’t read- I did not make any comparison with any other conference. You say the SEC is so great-yes some few teams are – but more are merely mediocre. That’s it.

But that’s the point. Inter-conference wins and losses are zero-sum and you are making this “mediocre” claim based on conference performance. A twelve team conference will have a total of 48 conference wins and 48 conference losses. Either everybody will be 4-4 (mediocre) or some will be better than others (almost always the case). This is true everywhere, meaning every conference will have more “mediocre” teams then elite teams. Your point makes no sense.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:15 pm

Mindy- good one!!! pitiful

S GA AUFAN

January 11th, 2011
3:17 pm

We “get it” as in innocent until proven guilty. You don’t “get it” because in your own mind is the only place where we are guilty of anything. Grow a pair!

Not bout UGA or BAMA

January 11th, 2011
3:17 pm

College football is no longer a game of student athletes . . . and Auburn University in no chamption!

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:18 pm

NO sport I am making this claim based on INDIVIDUAL TEAM performances. Ga was a poor team this year based on their performance NOT based on how they played vs how other conferences played. Florida was mediocre at 7-5 reg season. Has nothing to do with how other conferences did.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:20 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:18 pm
NO sport I am making this claim based on INDIVIDUAL TEAM performances. Ga was a poor team this year based on their performance NOT based on how they played vs how other conferences played. Florida was mediocre at 7-5 reg season. Has nothing to do with how other conferences did.

Right, and they were both in the bottom half of the conference where 7-5 and 6-6 teams should be. Again, zero-sum.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

The SEC is gonna punch you in the mouth and their gonna punch you in the mouth hard — if you really wanna hang with the big boys you’re just gonna have to learn how to take a punch. Sorry.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

Florida was mediocre at 7-5 reg season

Yet they still whipped up on JoePa’s team. Go figure………………..

CL

January 11th, 2011
3:29 pm

Oregon must have been stunned to face off against those thugs last night. Auburn was faster, better, and far dirtier than anything they’ve ever seen. Enjoy it AU, you’ll be back to a perpetual 8-4 before you know it.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:31 pm

In fact, Florida at 8-5 had the 7th best SEC record. Wonder where 8-5 would rank elsewhere?

ACC- 5th
B12- 6th
B10- tied for 4th
Pac-10- 3rd
Big East- tied for 2nd

Yep. Mediocre.

harddawg

January 11th, 2011
3:33 pm

Auburn will enjoy this until the FBI releases it report and then it will be just like USC.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:35 pm

Oregon must have been stunned to face off against those thugs last night. Auburn was faster, better, and far dirtier than anything they’ve ever seen.

Those Pac-10 pretty boys couldn’t hang with the big boys. Football ain’t golf, if you want a bunch of gentle men in tights, you should look at gymnastics. I hear it’s a kinder, gentler sport.