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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zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

Just lie after lie is Auburn does, I will give you another tidbit, go to Troup High School tomorrow when school gets back in from the snow and weather and see what kind of car your new recruit is driving? Less than a week ago he was catching rides, now he has a new one.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:23 pm

Congratulations Auburn for a victory over a worthy opponent: Oregon.

JBT

PS: Bama dude, you really were a closet fan for Auburn weren’t you?

Mindy

January 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

Mindy, go play with Mork!Mindy, go play with Mork!

Ohhhh poor, poor, pitiful zero man…….is Mindy hurting your itty bitty feelings? I’m so sorry — truth hurts I know……. :sad:

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

Borrowing a line form a FEW GOOD MEN
YOU CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH, YOU NEED ME ON THAT WALL, YOU WANT ME ON THAT WALL.

We weed out all the lies from AUBURN and the ilks like you CLUELESS MIKE P

KR

January 11th, 2011
4:25 pm

Atlanta Gator – Thanks, I am definitely enjoying the experience. I don’t really think about 2004 much any more; I try to stay with what’s happening now.

Can we ban yellow socks? All night long I kept thinking the referees were throwing flags…

People who are saying that Oregon couldn’t hang with the SEC obviously didn’t watch the game objectively. On the field last night, the two teams appeared to be quite evenly matched. Whether or not they were the two best teams in the nation is a subject that will be debated until the end of time.

People can and will speculate about what may or may not come from the FBI investigation into illegal activities related to gambling operations in the State of Alabama. But that’s all it is – speculation. Understand that it may all change next week or it may never change.

Same with the Newton issues. Most of the people who are raking Newton through the virtual mud will never believe in his innocence, regardless of any evidence provided. I said that way back in November and it’s still the case.

Now that there are no more Saturday football games, I guess I have to get back to working on the house and yard.

It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger! WAR EAGLE!

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:25 pm

Mindy,

The truth is I know more about football, collegiate athletics than you would ever know even if you hired Vince Lombardi and Vinc

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:26 pm

Tell the truth—-

Do you know anything about statistics? Here’s some from numbers for you to contemplate:

Five out of the last five BCS Championships

Six out of the last eight BCS Championships.

Seven BCS championships out of thirteen total BCS games played.

Never lost a BCS Championship game in which they appeared.

That’s what we would call “dominance.” That’s not a fluke, that’s statistically significant dominance. No other conference comes close.

2-5 Big XII

1-2 ACC

1-2 Big East

1-2 Big Ten

1*-2 Pac-10

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:28 pm

Atlanta Gator But you certainly were over rated this year eh ???

Ted Vandy

January 11th, 2011
4:28 pm

Vanderbilt – The next SEC BCS Champion! I’m not just drinking the kool aide, I bought the company!

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:29 pm

KR—-

“Yellow socks?” Ban’em all.

Just as long as the NCAA rules committee doesn’t get any ideas about white athletic socks with orange rings, right?

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:30 pm

Mindy, or Mike P( your female side we guess)

I know more about collegiate sports and football than you could ever learn even if you went and hired Vince Lombardi to teach you football and Vince Dooley to teach you athletic 101. The facts are there is NOTHING I have said that is untrue and you know it and when the truth hurts you go all to the childish games we pulled when we were 8 years old and scream and say “did not, did too,did not” But the facts are everyone knows you did and so do you and the Auburn Family is feeling the wrath of a tainted National Championship and your GM Bobby Lowder had to buy it one way or another.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:30 pm

Atlanta Gator Can you even read?? Go back and read the comments. the SEC has not won the first NC!!! FACT!!! Individual teams wonn NC’s! FACT. The SEC went 5-5 this year in bowl games- so much for the ENTIRE SEC being so much better than the rest of the world. It’s all about individual teams pal. And yours was mediocre this year.

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

Next years BCS Championship game will be Feb. 6. This year there was not enough time to analyze each team. I don’t know what these anaylst will do now?

CL

January 11th, 2011
4:31 pm

“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”

Dudette – Nope, I don’t have to prove anything. Few sports observers will ever take AU seriously when there are questions of cheating. Winners on the gridiron? Yes, no question. Respected? Yeah right, about like the Italian Army.

zero point zero

January 11th, 2011
4:32 pm

MIKE P…we find you guilty of protecting a program that cheats..

good night all…time for a long run.

Nurse Rachet

January 11th, 2011
4:33 pm

FBI- ALL IN!

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:34 pm

Tell the truth: Did you get your opinion from Fox news?

Bama dude might be a character, but he makes a point.

SEC WEST RULES

SEC EAST is under construction, and will be competitive in 2011.

JBT

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:35 pm

Tell the truth—-

Personally, I was not ranked at all, which I am certain was an oversight on the pollsters’ part. The Gators, however, were certainly over-rated to start the 2010 season. That’s not even arguable. The Gators have plenty of young talent and one hell of a new coaching staff. They’ll be back.

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:35 pm

It is just like baseball, the SEC rules.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:39 pm

How many games did your SEC West team win this year JB??? Where do they play? Who is their QB-their coach? The sec does not have a team that plays

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:41 pm

Tell the truth—-

Relax, fella. I can read. And apparently so can you. I will rephrase my point to salve your wounded pride.

Seven different college football teams from five different SEC member universities have won seven of thirteen BCS Championship Games. No football team representing an SEC member institution has ever lost a BCS Championship Game in which such a team has appeared.

There. Feel better now?

BTW, any time you want to compare reading comprehension scores from the SAT, GRE or LSAT, please provide your email address. I’m happy to share mine.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:43 pm

If I could just buy you for what you are worth and sell you for what you think you are worth I would do very well.

LT

January 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

Hey AU75, that would all be great if legitimate, but Auburn’s “championship”*** is extremely tainted with the win at all costs, literally, both on & off the field. The dirty play on the field throughout the game last night (just ask the kid from Oregon with blood streaming down his face on the way to the locker room, from a knee to the side of the head, a proud moment indeed), and throughout the season has been embarrassing for Auburn, and the SEC, guess you guys don’t think so. Seems like you would be put in jail for assault if on the street, with what a number of the Auburn players have been doing on the field this year. Even the talking heads on TV last night were talking about how Auburn got every break on the field last night, including what should have been 3 players kicked out of the game, but were not, including Fairly (probably 3 other games as well, but he has not been kicked out of any of them, interesting) as well as during the season. From a fellow SEC fan from a different school, it is very embarrassing to the point of disgust how Auburn has lowered the standards of college football both on & off the field this year all in the name of winning, hope it was worth it. Auburn has managed to change college football for many of us. It is very sad, and disappointing that the NCAA, and Auburn have tainted this great game that millions of us love to the point of lowered enthusiasm, participation, and highly questionable integrity. It is also shameful how many times God was mentioned in the postgame comments by Auburn players, when even last night rules were broken, with Newton’s father in the stadium. It is a sad day indeed how jaded college football has become, with Auburn leading the way in a method not hardly ever seen, but hey they won it all, so guess it doesn’t matter how, just that they won, but please don’t include all of us from SEC schools in your “proud” moment. Millions of us, as seen on websites, blogs, and radio talk shows throughout the south, dare say the majority, are not proud of Auburn, rather disgusted how it came about on/off the field, with the “sudden,” “overnight,” turnaround this year, hmmmmm…..

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

Joe Bob—-

The “SEC East is under construction?” That really did elicit an audible chuckle. Is that an unusually tactful way for a Bayou Bengals fan to suggest that the SEC East sucked in 2010?

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

Cecil Newton will be Cam’s agent now that is he probably going pro. I hope he tells Cam this time about negotiations. HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:44 pm

TT TRUTH, ???=Thibodaux

Louisiana State University

Regular Season Week Date Opponent Time (ET) Result
1 Sat, Sep 4 @ (18) North Carolina 8:00PM Won 30-24 Recap
2 Sat, Sep 11 @ Vanderbilt * 7:00PM Won 27-3 Recap
3 Sat, Sep 18 Mississippi State * 7:00PM Won 29-7 Recap
4 Sat, Sep 25 (22) West Virginia 9:00PM Won 20-14 Recap
5 Sat, Oct 2 Tennessee * 3:30PM Won 16-14 Recap
6 Sat, Oct 9 @ (14) Florida * 7:30PM Won 33-29 Recap
7 Sat, Oct 16 McNeese State 7:00PM Won 32-10 Recap
8 Sat, Oct 23 @ (5) Auburn * 3:30PM Lost 17-24 Recap
10 Sat, Nov 6 (5) Alabama * 3:30PM Won 24-21 Recap
11 Sat, Nov 13 Louisiana-Monroe 7:00PM Won 51-0 Recap
12 Sat, Nov 20 Mississippi * 3:30PM Won 43-36 Recap
13 Sat, Nov 27 @ (12) Arkansas * 3:30PM Lost 23-31 Recap
19 Fri, Jan 7 @ (18) Texas A&M 8:00PM Won 41-24 Recap

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:45 pm

Tell the truth—-

Touche.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:46 pm

The SEC had an average bowl season- 5-5 with the SEC Least champ losing to FSU. A NC and some very good teams and some very mediocre teams. Seems simple to me.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:47 pm

Joe Bob Thibodaux I think it is wonderful that you know how to cut and paste. Keep it up pal. Did you have a point??

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:48 pm

Anybody see how many times Fairley went to the heads of the opponents last night? He is a cheap shot artist. They only flagged him once. Anytime he went to get up he would rub across the Ducks heads.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:48 pm

Atlanta Gator

Amigo, when this season started I would have been happy going 9-3.

About the orange rings, in Georgian that would probably be onion rings.

JBT

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
4:49 pm

LT…Well put!!!!!!

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:50 pm

TT Truth, I figured it was better than answering off the top of my head.
Nothing to dispute there. I learned how to cut and paste in the 3rd grade. You should try it.

JBT

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

Fan of the game..Yes I did. Fairley is a punk and I hope and pray that he tries the same crap on Sundays. if so, one of those big uglies will teach him a lesson or two about manners.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

Joe Bob—-

That works for me. As long as they’re Vidalias and the guy on the deep-fryer knows what he’s doing.

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

The way the NCAA operates now, Cecil Newton will be Sportsman of the Year!

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:56 pm

JOE BOB you sent me the info on LSU, who had a very good team this year. But what about that team called the SEC West?? How many games did they win? Did they play in the NC game? In any bowl game? Hmmmm?

Fan of the Game

January 11th, 2011
4:56 pm

Cam will be Junior Sportsman of the Year!

Elmo

January 11th, 2011
4:57 pm

Time will tell. The Cheater and the Cheating Football team will pay the Price.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

Joe Bob Thibodaux oh and by the way- I can think for myself. I do not watch Faux News nor their sports.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

Atlanta Gator

Tigers had a difficult time salting away victories this year, but after the TAM game, Jefferson will make LSU competitive. I wish CAM would stay one more year, I would love the revenge factor in Tiger stadium next year. LSU just didn’t tackel in the AU game. Further, I think Arkansas would beat OHIO STATE in the best 2 out of 3, but thats just me. Good luck next season Amigo, in Tiger stadium.

Congratulations again to Auburn.

JBT

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
5:04 pm

TTT, if you ask me, Auburn is an excellent National Champion.
Arkansas was a top 6 team that played rusty in the Sugarbowl.
Alabama was Alabama: Always competitive no matter who they play.
Mississippi State: A dang fine club.
Ol Miss, almost beat Auburn.
LSU, a good club that made improvement thru the season and emerged 11-2.

If you want more, then cut and paste after a Google search.

Who is your team Tell the Truth?

Bryant

January 11th, 2011
5:07 pm

At the end of the year they do not ask how they ask how many. Kudos to the Tigers!! RTR

bo knows pay-offs

January 11th, 2011
5:10 pm

too bad they couldn’t win with class.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
5:26 pm

Joe Bob—-

I’m more concerned about the Florida-LSU game than I am about the Gators playing an Auburn team that has virtually no returning junior or senior starters. In spite of all of the Les Miles jokes I’ve had to endure, that’s a pretty damn good Tigers team in Baton Rouge.

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
5:29 pm

Tell the truth—-

You may want to keep your political critique to yourself. This is a college football blog. If you want can’t find the way to the AJC political blogs, we’re happy to provide the link.

Rocky Flop

January 11th, 2011
5:30 pm

No flaming, no cop-outs, just praise. I thought that Auburn just might lose, based on the close games they played with Clemson, SC, Bama, Tn, etc. But they looked every bit a champion last night against a very good Oregon team. Auburn fans, you have in my opinion, the best team in the land for 2010.

Joe Bob Thibodaux

January 11th, 2011
5:38 pm

Atlanta Gator:

Thanks friend. LSU Florida is usually a big time game. It is hard to win in the opposing team venue. I rent to a Florida Gator who is outrageous here in Baton Rouge (with his UF flag, and sports attire.
Still, he pays the rent, and we get to rant with each other. I
am happy Les Miles decided to stay away from coaching Michigan because I think he has some hosses in the stable. If next season is anywhere as exciting as this year, then the SEC will Rule again. I hear Florida has some studs as usual. LSU will have 2 senior QB’s if Lee doesn’t transfer.
I enjoy the rap. Good Luck Gator.

JBT

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
5:39 pm

I did not bring up Fox News; Joe Bob did Atlanta Gator, but thanks for playing.

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
5:41 pm

Who is the only college football player to play on three National championships teams? Cam Newton

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