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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ugaclassof2004

January 11th, 2011
9:09 am

WDE,

Congrats on the National Title let’s get a few things straight:

UGA has won 4 out the last 5 games vs. AU. You guys got beat by Joe Cox for God sakes! Now will AU beat UGA again in 2011? Probably, because our program is in the crapper. But don’t let the National Title “Rose Colored Glasses” cloud the fact that you guys have been anything but dominant vs. UGA the last 5 years; which is pretty pathetic when you consider that UGA has been playing some of the worst football it its history as of late( especially on defense).

Also, Kentucky has been a very underrated team the last few years. They have the talent to beat you if you don’t play well against them. I don’t exactly recall AU blowing them out of the water earlier this year.

JWalker

January 11th, 2011
9:09 am

Auburn is going to enjoy this. Big Time

…at least until probation hits.

sccatfan1

January 11th, 2011
9:10 am

Clearly AU was the better team, and if it wasn’t for some dropped passes and poor throws, they would have won by more. Frankly, I was surprised Oregon was so soft physically, but they did make some gutsy calls (faked punt/long pass from their goal line).

If all you geniuses and sore losers have some PROOF that AU cheated, please send it to the NCAA. Also, if you have PROOF that Cam Newton was aware and participated in the shakedown of MSU, again, please forward it to the NCAA in Kansas City. Otherwise, your bloviations become tiresome.

ugaclassof2004

January 11th, 2011
9:10 am

WDE,

Congrats on the National Title but let’s get a few things straight:

UGA has won 4 out the last 5 games vs. AU. You guys got beat by Joe Cox for God sakes! Now will AU beat UGA again in 2011? Probably, because our program is in the crapper. But don’t let the National Title “Rose Colored Glasses” cloud the fact that you guys have been anything but dominant vs. UGA the last 5 years; which is pretty pathetic when you consider that UGA has been playing some of the worst football in its history as of late( especially on defense).

Also, Kentucky has been a very underrated team the last few years. They have the talent to beat you if you don’t play well against them. I don’t exactly recall AU blowing them out of the water earlier this year.

Hike !!

January 11th, 2011
9:10 am

Congrads Auburn for a great game. You represent the SEC at it’s best…enjoy.

xNick Sabanx

January 11th, 2011
9:10 am

Profound headline Tony. We weren’t sure if Auburn would enjoy this victory or not. Thanks for clarifying, I feel a whole lot better knowing that now.

Keith in Warner Robins

January 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Tony, the team that played Oregon last night and won the BCS Championship was the AUBURN TIGERS, and not some amalgamation of SEC All Stars. The Crystal Football will be on display in Auburn’s Trophy case in perpetuity. It is never going to be on display in Birmingham at the league office. It is not going to be shared with the other 11 members of the conference. If you think that somehow Vandy or UGA will get to showcase it, you are delusional. Don’t spout off this SEC wins another title B.S. any more.

Phil Fulmer

January 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Anybody have the phone number for LSU’s athletic department?

Reggie Bushwhacked

January 11th, 2011
9:13 am

The real question is how long before AllBarn gets stripped of this title they paid so much for.

Les Miles

January 11th, 2011
9:13 am

Dear Phil Fulmer –

I’m going to Michigan and LSU would love to have another baffoon moron run their football program, so come on down. Have fun with these crazy cajun fans who are never happy, no matter how many games you win.

Love,

Les Miles

jimmy campagna

January 11th, 2011
9:13 am

I guess with Newton & Fairley on the team,apparently crime does pay.

NCAA LOST INTEGRITY

January 11th, 2011
9:14 am

The NCAA has truly lost control of big time athletics.Consider in point Ohio St.and Auburn U.Money was the determining factor in both cases.Any other schools besides the aformentioned benefitors of illegal gain,would have lost their rights of illegal players services. So Ohio St. can go back to being dominated by true SEC schools,(Ark. is hybrid,as they are just waiting to bolt to an inferior new SWC).And AU can just now wait for the truth to come out to bury your heads in shame once again.See they have never had a great year without controversy or probation.So go ahead and gloat now the true champion OREGON will be crowned in a couple years

Atlanta Gator

January 11th, 2011
9:15 am

Buckeye–

You’re just hoping your boys get to play Vanderbilt in a bowl game. Be careful what you wish for—-it might be a while before the Buckeyes improve on that one shiny new bowl win against the SEC.

Regards. Stay warm.

gt

January 11th, 2011
9:15 am

Not enough is said about Newton’s articulation and attitude. Auburn is a better place because of him whether he cheated or not. I to this day have a very hard time thinking he cheated, who back then would pay this guy 180,000 for a one year and done, where was he on anybody’s radar, no one in his right mind would have seen this year unfold back then. This kid in one year left more good will than most of these hot shots leave in the two or three years they country club at places like Athens or Knoxville. More should be said about the sorry characters that hang around these other programs that are so determined to point out the splinter in the other teams eye. I think winning still takes character more than speed. Cam Newton has both.

Phil Fulmer

January 11th, 2011
9:17 am

Hey, Les: Thanks Bub! I’ll head on down to Baton Rouge. Two quick questions: Any good restaurants down there? You know, where volume equals quality? And, how much are they paying? I need to know.

Terrible Truth

January 11th, 2011
9:17 am

Between short hopping that easy touchdown pass and letting them easily knock the ball out of his hands, I thought young Cam had sold himself again.

Big Mike

January 11th, 2011
9:19 am

Ticket to the BCS Championship: $550. Roundtrip airfare: $879. Coming on this blog to read some of the low-class comments from the low class dawg fans (some of you): Priceless!

A great, great football game. Certainly 1 vs 2. It lived up to the hype. Congratulations to Auburn. A hell of a game, in a hell of a lot of pressure. Oregon certainly is worthy of #2. A shame some of you are so jealous and small you couldn’t appreciate it. All you have left is your underperforming team, and inability to focus on anything else. War Damn Eagle! Get over it!

BAMA

January 11th, 2011
9:19 am

gt…..Who would pay $180,000 for a national championship ? I’m guessing about 119 other division FBS schools.

Will

January 11th, 2011
9:20 am

I wish we had a football coach like Auburn’s football coach.

Heck, I wish we had a football coach like our basketball coach!

daBoze

January 11th, 2011
9:21 am

Congratulations to Auburn. A well earned championship. My only criticism is that there were no gracious nods to Oregon and Coach Kelly and how close they came to derailing Auburn. Even the Romans honored their vanquished foes.

BAMA

January 11th, 2011
9:22 am

The SEC will be the single reason for a playoff system when everyone figures out that they can’t beat us.

Les Miles

January 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Phil – They have one of the nicest Golden Corral’s I’ve ever been too. I think they have a double wide door to get your big ole *** through….you’ve put on a couple pounds since Tennessee let you go. Every heard of an exercise bike Phil? It would do wonders for you. LSU pays ok….not as good as Auburn pays their QB’s, but ok.
Love, Les Miles

Bamajacket

January 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Uh, ugaclassof2004, lets get another thing straight. Auburn has 3 undefeated seasons since 1993. How many have you got? Historical stats suck, don’t they?

Buckeye

January 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Atlanta Gator,

I’m stuck here in ATL just like you. Haven’t left the house in 36 hours.

Curious, how’s the Gator basketball program doing this year?

goldwreck

January 11th, 2011
9:26 am

To all the Dawg fans out there.If you are as inept as Auburn has been between their National Championships you can look forward to being the National Champions in 2033.I just thought you might want to relish in the expectation of such.Have a good day.

jumbeauxtiger

January 11th, 2011
9:27 am

Congrats to Auburn for winning the national title!

Geaux Tigers
Go War Eagles
Go SEC

Jake

January 11th, 2011
9:29 am

Way to go Auburn. Thanks for keeping the trophy in the SEC. Now, enjoy.

Buckeye

January 11th, 2011
9:29 am

Perhaps the SEC West, certainly not the SEC East, should join the NFL. I’m sure they could beat the Bills.

Sandman053

January 11th, 2011
9:31 am

Buckeye…that’s funny right there

Is it true??

January 11th, 2011
9:32 am

Someone told me last night that Auburn is now offering direct deposit on all future recruits. As long as that act like they do not any thing about it.Cam & Cecil Newton will be teaching a class on this.

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
9:32 am

I’m sure Auburn put Cecil up at the nicest hotel in Phoenix, with plenty of room service. “Just stay here, and enjoy the game from your room.”
Don’t need the Man of the Lord talking too much, that’s for sure.

S GA AUFAN

January 11th, 2011
9:32 am

ARdawg

January 11th, 2011
9:32 am

Tony Barnhart is a Gomer

SEC Fact Finder

January 11th, 2011
9:35 am

Congratulatons to Auburn and way to bring it back to the SEC.

The game itsself was sloppy, the teams were sloppy playing, the officiating was not that good, and the playing field seemed to be the worst it has ever been for a BCS Title. On the opening kickoff an Auburn player slides and injures his knee. Players were slipping and sliding all over the field on each play.

The NCAA can do a better job than this, and the 37 day layoff is part of the problem.

But congratulations to Auburn and their fans.

PMC

January 11th, 2011
9:36 am

Congrats Tigers!

Bitter vince dooly

January 11th, 2011
9:37 am

I will never forget that b— J. KEMP yaaaw, and in a few years allburn will never forget daddy newton and the 30 sch lost and 5 years probation,

if selling yo soul to the devil was worth a nite in hollywood than congrats war hoggs!!!

but when reality hits home thaT crystal football will collect dust in a different place OTHER han tumors corner!!

your coach, just like USC coach carrol will BOLT to the NFL, that will be your first sign that the wall is coming down—CHEATERS—-.

PS: momma says forest, life is like a box of bird poo—-nation champs one day and probation bound the next, hahahahahahahahah —-CHEATERS—

Richt's Butt Cut

January 11th, 2011
9:38 am

Am I going to have to give back all the money I won on Auburn when they end up forfeiting the game in two years?

JDW

January 11th, 2011
9:39 am

Talk about conflicted…on one hand the fact that we have again confirmed that whomever wins the SEC is the best is good. On the other we have the distasteful Newton saga and the dirty tactics epitomized by Fairly. Aubarn may have won last night but living with that victory may get harder as time goes on and the FBI continues to work.

Big Mike

January 11th, 2011
9:40 am

And where is the salient, insightful comments from Mr. Dawgfan this fine morning? The AU defense was exposed last night! Hope he saw it.

Reid Adair

January 11th, 2011
9:43 am

Actually, Oregon went into the game averaged 303.8 yards rushing per game – not 245.

Bamajacket

January 11th, 2011
9:43 am

Congratulations to the Tigers! Whiney sour grape throwers are temporary, BitterVince. National Champs are forever!

Yellow Fuzz

January 11th, 2011
9:43 am

Listen to all the jealous Dog fans. How sad.

Always a Jacket

January 11th, 2011
9:44 am

Congrats AU. Great game and enjoy the trophy, you deserve it.

Pathetic

January 11th, 2011
9:44 am

Mike = SORE LOSER

Cobb Dawg

January 11th, 2011
9:44 am

Tony, I don’t quite understand you. Why are you so giddy about *AU buying an *NC? If the NCAA does what’s right, it’ll be taken away aloing with the *Heisman Trophy. And if they paid *Newton a minumum of $200k plus scholarship plus no telling what else, you know they paid other players as well. And they’ve been doing it at least since the Eric Ramsey era. Don’t believe me? Just ask Terry Bowden. It’s very curious to me how you can support *AU the way you seem to do. Very curious.

Bitter vince dooly

January 11th, 2011
9:44 am

BRING BACK PAT DYE!!!! a history of CHEATING, god loves SEC FOOTBALL, the devil is a all-burn grad, hahahahah cheaters

Speedo

January 11th, 2011
9:45 am

Game day talk
“Cecil, we think it is in Auburn’s and Cam’s best interest if you stay home today.”
That sums up Auburn’s season pretty well!

JDW

January 11th, 2011
9:45 am

Buckeye

January 11th, 2011
9:29 am
“Perhaps the SEC West, certainly not the SEC East, should join the NFL. I’m sure they could beat the Bills.”

And here I thought a fan of A Ohio State University would know that the Buckeyes fare much better against the West…since 1978

OSU vs SEC West 2-5-1
OSU vs SEC East 0-5-0
Total Record 2-10-1

UGA Fan

January 11th, 2011
9:45 am

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

IT’s just not right. I’ve got to critisize and insult Auburn and continue to make up lies about this because I’m to immature to deal with it.

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Don

January 11th, 2011
9:46 am

Cam was bought and paid for and Fairley is the dirtiest football player in America – not something I would overlook or be proud of if I was an Alumni – really sucks to be Auburn IMHO – winning is not importnant if you cheat and play dirty like Auburn.