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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811 comments Add your comment

tigerrt

January 11th, 2011
3:36 pm

Will the UGA Thugs win back to back Fulmer trophies ?? Will the UAT Cheaters ever come off probation…16 years in a row and counting.??

Uncle Curly

January 11th, 2011
3:37 pm

Pay for Play; Cecil Newton; Bobby Lowder, Milton McGregor; Colonial Bank, FBI, Sean Nelson, Trooper Taylor; Remember these names terms. You will hear them again. When the FBI is done, you will see how it all fits together and how everything you’ve heard is connected. The clock is ticking….it is only a matter of time.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:40 pm

Did you watch the game? Florida was really lucky- first it was almost ahome game for them.Second, they drew PSU who is not very good and their QB was the absolute WORST QB I saw in any of the bowl games. He was pitiful – a pick6 and blocked punt for scores. Brutal.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:41 pm

FBI- ALL IN!

All in . . . the tank!

January 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

College football deserves a champ like AU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NCAA is corrupt, AU is corrupt. Its a perfect fit! I’m done with CFB, it is not about students who are also athletes any more. Its about dirty play, and cash for play, and fans who want to win at any price (yes Aubies, I’m talking about you). What was once a great game is now not even worth watching, or, worrying about. The game, its champ, and this blog . . . worthless! Congrats AU, your scam paid off! Good riddance . . .

Cecil Newton

January 11th, 2011
3:46 pm

All mine….I mean ALL IN.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:47 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:40 pm
Did you watch the game? Florida was really lucky- first it was almost ahome game for them.Second, they drew PSU who is not very good and their QB was the absolute WORST QB I saw in any of the bowl games. He was pitiful – a pick6 and blocked punt for scores. Brutal.

PSU is “not very good,” yet they came into the game tied for fourth in the B10 with Iowa and Illinois. Glad the SEC isn’t mediocre like that conference.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:47 pm

BAMA dude Florida went 7-5 in the regular season. Got absolutley crushed by Bama and FSU, lost 3 times at home and one of those a beat down by SC. Mediocre? Yeah .

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:48 pm

Good discussions today folks, even the more irrational among you. Talk to you tomorrow.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:47 pm
BAMA dude Florida went 7-5 in the regular season. Got absolutley crushed by Bama and FSU, lost 3 times at home and one of those a beat down by SC. Mediocre? Yeah .

Seventh out of twelve SEC teams? Yeah.

Dean

January 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

I think the point is that yes the SEC was down by comparison this year. There is no denying that a year where Florida, UGA and Tennessee are lucky to be hovering at or are below .500 then the conference is down. But, said that they won a majority of their bowl games and in fact did dominate the Big 10. Sure Ohio State beat Arkansas but it went down to the last second and if you asked any SEC fan, Arky even as good as they were this year are not the 2nd best team in the conference. No way Ohio State beats Bama or LSU in that game. As for Oregon, I think they played pretty darn well and could have won that game. I don’t see any need to bash them. I admire them for theway they play given they are undersized. I hope Auburn hasn’t cheated in that it denies them the claim to be NC’s.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

Congratulations to War Eagle, KR and other Auburn fans. I hope this makes up for 2004 in some small measure. Enjoy it while it lasts, and remember to savor the championship for the something special that it is. National championships in major sports don’t just happen every other year.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

Dean

January 11th, 2011
3:49 pm
I think the point is that yes the SEC was down by comparison this year. There is no denying that a year where Florida, UGA and Tennessee are lucky to be hovering at or are below .500 then the conference is down.

Sure there is. Arky, Missy State, and the Barn took their places by being much better than usual, that’s all. Now I get it- UGA and UGA’s rivals suck so the whole conference is down. Makes perfect sense.

OK, really out now. Later.

Dean

January 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

Kind of funny that Auburn fans have been using the term “all in” in reference to supporting a team member who is embroiled in a monetary scandal, especially since it possibly involves the owner of a casino. I think it may be ‘all in’ as in culpability for an athletic program and university out of control

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:52 pm

He is your typical, lack of discipline, fat-lipped, ghetto-behavior, southern-style african american ballplayer.

And you are the typical, glasses wearing, pants wetting, booger eating, snivelling mama’s boy whose crying because his little **d**** is smaller than his pride. You must be one of those sore looser “duck” fan. Run home to mama, little boy and let her dry your poor little tears. Quack. Quack.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

I could care less how the other conferences do- unlike you dufus! That would be you little dude. You have this love affair with the SEC and no one can even compare with those 12 unbelievable super teams to you and your sec fanatical brethren. It is the teams that make the sec not the sec that makes the teams. The SEC has not won the first NC. It was the SEC Least teams that stunk it up last year- the individual teams. That may change next year. But that does not change the facts of this year- 5-5 in bowl games. 5 of those super SEC teams just got whipped. Deal with it. not so great

CL

January 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

“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.”

Thanks, but I’ll leave the men’s gymnastics and their tights for others, and just assume that if it’s a sport at AU then it involves cheating and dirty play. It’s endemic (which means kinder, gentler).

Dean

January 11th, 2011
3:53 pm

I’ll agree they were better but only Auburn would qualify to be on the same level as UGA, Fla, or Tenn. Miss St. and Arky would never have a chance against ay of those teams in a typical year. Granted the west was a beast this year but the East was quite weak. You can’t deny that.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

Hokie 217—-

Recent digitally enhanced photos of the Kennedy assassination apparently show a young Cecil Newton on the grassy knoll!

Dean

January 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

Uhhh, Did any of you guys watch that game last night. Oregon hung in there pretty good with Auburn. Better than every other SEC team with perhaps the exception of Bama. The game was tied with 2 seconds remaing. Oregon gained my respect for that.

Marcus Dupree

January 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

I finally found a working Colonial Bank atm, it was located in the lobby of the SEC offices in Birmingham. Who knew?

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
3:56 pm

The best prospect on Carver-Columbus is not Crowell, but Gabe Wright 6-6 310 DT, who will commit to Auburn. Go to Scout.com for source.

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

BAMA dude Florida went 7-5 in the regular season. Got absolutley crushed by Bama and FSU, lost 3 times at home and one of those a beat down by SC. Mediocre? Yeah .

And yet they STILL won over JoePa!!! Who would’ve thunk it?

MikeP

January 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

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.”

First, we do know a PLOI has not been received, because Alabama has a public freedom of information law and F-bomb would have been all over a PLOI before it cleared the post office.

Second, the contractors were named in the article? If not, they are from Evan’s imagination and an imaginary person cannot refute anything.

Lowder's Lemmings

January 11th, 2011
3:59 pm

Cecil won’t be a problem.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:00 pm

BAMA dude—-

It’s okay. No need to stick up for the 2010 Gators. They are what they are: and 8-5 team with a middle-of-the-pack 4-4 SEC record. Still good enough to handle a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team, too, and send their coach out with a win.

See you next year!

= )

Reggie Bush

January 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Congrats! To Cam and the rest of the team. Oh and Cam enjoy that bronze trophy while you have it because it might be going back in a few years!!!!

Terry

January 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

War Jacket, Unlike the Auburn people, who probably didn’t know what it was like to win a National Championship, I was around when UGA won theirs in 1980 it hasn’t been 53 years for us like it was for them there are still many UGA Fans that were around for the National Championship. ( Look at the Sugar falling out of the Skies, Look at the Sugar falling out of the Skies) I don’t begrudge anyone that feeling, winning a NC best feeling in college football.

Marcus Dupree

January 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

I knew Aubbie would win, Trooper Taylor told me I could bet the house they bought me on it. Anyone know where I can cash some dog track vouchers?

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:04 pm

There will not be a letter of inquiry until the other investigations that cover the boosters and illegal activities are in the courts. Evidenciary proceedings must occur first and those are not scheduled until late spring, unless the current people under indictment request additional time. And when I say people under indictment we mean 5 auburn boosters. On top of that the SEC is continues it investigation into Bobby Lowder on fraud and conspiracy charges.

So there we have it, the criminals leading the criminals at Auburn, ” The Auburn way of Life”

Auburn has a saying this year “ALL IN” after the proceedings the rest of the world will be chanting “THE FALLOUT”

MikeP

January 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Dean, what monetary scandal is Auburn embroiled in? Forget that bait and switch article on LSU’s “TigerPoop” site. Give me a cite from a real news source. I won’t hold my breath for that. Sorry you were duped by a sophomore creative writing major who was practicing his future craft on some blog..

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

Trooper Taylor says in the New York Times article that he has never met Bobby Lowder or even shook his hand, and the funny thing is they are photographed together on multiple occasions. That must have been the alter ego of Trooper Taylor that has not met Bobby Lowder.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:08 pm

Dean—-

That’s what a match-up between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country is supposed to look like. The closeness of the game reminded me very much of the Gators’ win over Oklahoma in the 2009 BCS Championship Game. If the selection process works as it should, there should not be a blow-out like the Gators’ 41-14 win over the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS Game. The 2006 game just shows that one of the teams was over-rated . . .

. . . and it wasn’t the 2006 Gators.

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

Not bout Bama or UGA- Most pathetic blog I have ever read in 10 years of sport blogging in ajc.You nare probably a multi-username with bama ties.

Wait a minute

January 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

I believe Ohio St was #1 the year AU claims first NC, or at least in poll of those who were not caught cheating so bad they were on probation. It will be interesting how this saga plays out with FBI finishing its investigation. AU may lose again!

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:09 pm

Mike P, you spend your entire day defending Auburn and repeating the same crap all day, are you not tired of defending this corrupt institution? Can you not see the entire world is against the way Auburn goes about its business?

You must be the biggest loser and biggest wanna be in the world. DEFEND DEFEND DEFEND REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. Everyone is tired of you and your likeness. Go celebrate and enjoy it while you can.

MikeP

January 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

zero point zero, you need to get current. The investigation is long over, the prosecution has had the results for months now, has prepared their case and petitioned the court for a trial date. You should watch the evening news at least once a week.

Anything there about Auburn or indeed, college athletics in general would have been released in late October.. Sorry to spoil your delusional dream.

Wait a minute

January 11th, 2011
4:10 pm

Are there any newspapers in Alabama? Just asking

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
4:11 pm

Thanks, but I’ll leave the men’s gymnastics and their tights for others, and just assume that if it’s a sport at AU then it involves cheating and dirty play

Dude – (a) it’s FOOTBALL (b) You’re gonna have to prove the cheating allegation – if you can’t then you’re just repeating gossip, not stating facts. That’s seems to be endemic on this blog, (which means you’re full of bull).

Dean: Granted the west was a beast this year but the East was quite weak. You can’t deny that.

True; but that same statement could be said of every major conference — there are always teams that are weaker.

As for Oregon, I think they played pretty darn well and could have won that game. I don’t see any need to bash them.

No one is “bashing” Oregon; they did play well, however, if we are gonna play “what-if” (as some on this board is want to do); then “what if” Cam had hadn’t overthrown 3 receivers who were wide open and headed for the end zone and “what if”Cam hadn’t missed that wide open receiver in the end zone, well then the score would’ve/could’ve been 21 points MORE for Auburn………..just saying…….

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

Atlanta Gators, we are back on the Gators schedule 2011, looking forward to the respectable and knowledgable ex-dawg Coach Will Muschamp

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

The Better question Mike P is:

What SCANDAL is Auburn NOT embroiled in? You name it that is illegal and their name comes up, from taking funds for retirement and transferring to the Athletic Department, Three of its BIGGEST Boosters are indicted for fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, illegal recruiting, playing a player who was shopped, players never attending class, players graduating without being able to read or write, buying groceries and providing additonal services for players beyond a scholarship, Independent study classes that no work was done in.

The list goes on and on..

But DEFEND DEFEND, REPEAT REPEAT…

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

You must be the biggest loser and biggest wanna be in the world. DEFEND DEFEND DEFEND REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. Everyone is tired of you and your likeness. Go celebrate and enjoy it while you can.

Nope the biggest looser is YOu (literally and figuratively). DENY REALITY.DENY REALITY .DENY REALITY. MAKE uP LIES. GOSSIP. THEN DENY REALITY SOME MORE. REPEAT. REPEAT. Why not take the tin-foil off of your head and come join the rest of us in the real world?

Nick Fairley's Mama

January 11th, 2011
4:15 pm

Us plays dirty.
Us plays mean.
Us done whopped yo football team.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wB9MUBDaP8&feature=fvst

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:16 pm

Mike P.

Get with reality son. Read Pete Thayer’s article today, he repeats it himself that the investigation is not over and if you read the local paper in and around Auburn that are not owned and operated by Auburn Alumni you too will see that everyone around there is waiting for the shoe to drop at some point.

CLueless Mike P should be your New Handle

GATOR2011

January 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

Ex-LSU coach Will Muschamp should make a great head coach. Not really sure about Charlie Weiss, and can’t figure out why he would take a step backwards – NFL OC to Gator OC. Puzziling.

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:17 pm

Mindy, is CLUELESS MIKE P your husband, brother or BOTH?

Marcus Dupree

January 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

How much money did Fairley get from playing Bubba in Forrest Gump?

MikeP

January 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

zero point zero
January 11th, 2011
4:07 pm
Trooper Taylor says in the New York Times article that he has never met Bobby Lowder or even shook his hand, and the funny thing is they are photographed together on multiple occasions. That must have been the alter ego of Trooper Taylor that has not met Bobby Lowder.”

Got a link to those pictures? Even one picture? Didn’t think so.

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:18 pm

Mindy, go play with Mork!

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:21 pm

Check out the blog in your own Auburn town, it was posted on Sunday and removed almost instantly( taken at the dinner on National Signing Day 2010)

But we will find it and be more than happy to post it when we get it again.

Even Pat Dye said that statement was untrue on Monday.