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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Crime does pay . . .

January 11th, 2011
10:59 am

General, Au scored immediately after Orgegon picked the ball off, but, it was called a non-pick. The safety came after a bogus motion call. Oregon has run that play all year where they snap it wide in the shotgun, Oregon’s coch was livid over that one and rightly so. And, the play that put AU in field goal position was bogus, the officiating crew stopped, a whilstle had apparently been blown, the Oregon defense stopped, and Auburn was given the game. I guess that was NCAA orders as well! This whole season was a joke. On the third bad call that set up the field goal, I don’t know if the AU player was down or not, I do know that most of the officiating crew and the Oregon defense stopped as if a whistle had been blown. A sour way to end an embarassing season!

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
10:59 am

Agreed on the officiating- I thought it was very good. Agreed with both big replay decisions (even though they went the Barn’s way like every other big bounce this year), and don’t remember any egregious calls.

What a joke@ 10:52

January 11th, 2011
10:59 am

Crime does pay..you don’t sound like a christian to me. Judge not that you also shall be judged. You have no proof to back up what you said…just what you think happen..
Christian? Makes me wonder………….

Dan

January 11th, 2011
11:00 am

Auburn lies and cheats.

Vandy Dawg likes this

January 11th, 2011
11:00 am

haha. everyone is laghing at the dawgs, even us

ISwallowDawg

January 11th, 2011
10:54 am
Dawg Nation:

You guys need to stop scratching your heads and understand that every program that surrounds yours has gotten better WHILE yours has gotten worse. The sooner you acknowledge that fact the better for all involved here.

Memphis Mike

January 11th, 2011
11:02 am

The UGA mantra:

1. We beat Tech!
2. We’re in the SEC!

Replay as needed…..

Crime does pay . . .

January 11th, 2011
11:02 am

What a joke . . . grace is extended to those who recognize and acknowledge their wrongdoing. AU covered it up, with a bunch of great lawyers. I was just saying that I found the “God” stuff offensive after the game, you have a right to your opinion. What are Cam and Chizik teaching? Cheat, lie, and then credit God! Give me a break!

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
11:02 am

Dooley, you thought Urb’s analysis was better than Saban’s? Really? I thought he looked like a cluster up there. Saban didn’t do anything spectacular, mind you (he’s kinda boring that way), but Urban just didn’t come across well to me. Wish I can remember what it was now, but he made one really stupid comment in the post-game.

dawg gone

January 11th, 2011
11:03 am

crime does pay, the officials did a great job. Stop the crying.

Shreveport Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:03 am

You
guys
need
to
stop
scratching
your
heads
and
understand
that
every
program
that
surrounds
yours
has
gotten
better
WHILE
yours
has
gotten
worse.
The
sooner
you
AH’s
acknowledge
that
fact
the
better
for
all
involved
here.

I doubt it

January 11th, 2011
11:03 am

Anyone think Cecil is paying all his family’s expenses to Phoenix?
Takes a lot of collection plate money, to pay for a trip like that.

Crime does pay . . .

January 11th, 2011
11:04 am

three horrible calls dawg gone . . . game changers! That safety came after a horrible call, and that thing at the end, the ended, then, non-ended play, that set up a game winner in a suppsed National Title game. Not crying, reporting the facts.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 11th, 2011
11:04 am

And another thing….Obviously a NC team needs a solid QB but in the past couple of years, the real difference makers have been dominant D-line guys. I’m sure Bama fans can relate with Mt. Cody.

I’m amazed at how how a dominant D-line guy can take over a game at this level.

JB

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

The NCAA 6 month probe of Auburn: We find that Cam knew nothing of his Daddy shaking down College teams. Play Ball…………………..yea, right.

HAWG Wild

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

Isn’t it time to finally start the investiagtion, now that everyone has made their money???

DawgByte

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

Congrats to Auburn. Regardless of how the Tigers obtained a national championship (somewhat stained IMO) they still had to make the plays to go undefeated. That’s not easy in the best of circumstances. Well done.

Enjoy, because without Cam next year it’s a whole new ball game.

bitch slapped Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

what just happened?

AUaccountant

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

Enter your comments here: @ Belle and all other haters…..Auburn and Cam were cleared. Do you not remember the statement from the NCAA? Auburn ruled Cam ineligible, but the NCAA cleared him. Your envy is obvious. Run along now. Call us what you will, just include the 2011 BCS National Champions!!!

Crime does pay . . .

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

Does anyone here care to acknowledge that the good Rev. Bishop Newton tried to auction his son, then lied about it, then fessed up, then denied ever discussing it with his son . . . . this blog, along with the rest of college football, is a joke. The NCAA has lost all control. The big losers this year were ARK and Oregon and TCU. They played fair and had it taken from them. Ya’ll have a good day!

what a joke @11:02

January 11th, 2011
11:07 am

You can’t prove anything you said…and how do you judge what they said was not real…but God knows. Its not for you to judge.

Jim Pierce

January 11th, 2011
11:08 am

**To Crime does pay: “As an SEC fan, and, as a Christian, I find the whole Auburn fiasco an embarassment.”

First of all, it hasn’t been an “Auburn fiasco”. The problem was with Miss. State, or do you not read? Auburn simply recruited a Jr. College quarterback, and did it with NO violations. The Ncaa, the Sec, and the Fbi has found no wrong doing BY AUBURN.

” I think God honors those who acknowledge their sin and repent, not lie and lawyer up.” So YOU are judge and jury as to who has been truthful right? Let me quote YOU a verse… “Judge not, and ye shall not BE judged” I’d be more careful with my words if I were you.

“I assume the truth will eventually come out and this will turn out to be a big black eye in what was a great run by the SEC, ” Guilty until proven innocent….. that’s the montra. Based on gathered facts, the truth has already come out…. You just refuse to see it, because it doesn’t fit into your desires for your team.

Auburn deserved the National Championship. Period.

war cam eagle

January 11th, 2011
11:08 am

Hey dawgs, probe this

2010 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

JB

January 11th, 2011
11:09 am

DawgByte………….They lose 24 seniors, Cam and Fairley as Juniors. AU will be toothless next year,,,,Of course, they’ll give my Dawgs fits.

Driving Ms Dooley

January 11th, 2011
11:09 am

Don’t get me wrong Bama Dude, I would take Saban over Urban in a heartbeat. And yes, Urban did stare at his little pad too much. He made a couple of good points on momentum shifts. You also have to take into account the fact the Saban is still coaching and had to be more guarded in his comments.

Either way, I thought that was the best pregame commentary I’d seen in years with the two of them breaking down the spread offense and the up-tempo style. The two hour pregame, not the 30 minute deal.

I just fast forwarded everything but those guys and got through it in 30 minutes. It was great representation for the SEC to have them there

Morning Rush

January 11th, 2011
11:09 am

[...] / Chris Dufresne, Gary Klein, L.A. Times >> A game of one-upmanship / Chris Dufresne, L.A. Times >> Auburn is going to enjoy this — big time / Tony Barnhart, Atlanta [...]

War Cam Eagle

January 11th, 2011
11:10 am

Hey dawgs. what does our azz look like from way down there where you are standing?

All Auburn

January 11th, 2011
11:10 am

How utterly clever and original you Dawgie haters are out there. Two months of the same trash coming from your jealous little heads. How smug you must feel about yourselves when you send your latest posts. Enjoy it. It’s all you’ve got, and all you will have. That and your self-righteousness.
Auburn is the national champion, they are bringing that trophy back to Auburn and the title will not be vacated. Sorry, Mr. Asterisk. I know it must make you and the others like you feel better about yourselves and your slightly glorified high school atmosphere you have there in Athens to take your daily whizzes on Auburn’s success. And as the days and months and years go by and Auburn keeps its trophy because it earned it and did nothing wrong to get it you haters will slowly die off one by one until you are all gone and we will finally be rid of you and your pathetic, venemous, unsubstantiated whinings. We will cheer for your team if and when you and your program puts on the big boy pants again and proves worthy to compete for the national championship. Going 6 and 7 and LOSING to mighty Central Florida is not a good start, however. Of course it is all pure speculation as to if and when you will be able to reach that level. What is not speculation is this: Auburn University. National Champions 2010. I know that just eats you up, and that gives me great, great pleasure. War Eagle.

terry

January 11th, 2011
11:10 am

I feel dirtier after watching that last night.
Thibodaux will be their downfall.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
11:11 am

BAMA dude, LMOA! They must recruit their linemen to fit the socks? They don’t come in men’s sizes?

Crime does pay . . .

January 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Jimmy, seriously, I think a lot of folks were offended that Cammie’s preachin after the game . . . . Au did NOT deserve that title, they had many assists. I could and would respect Newton and Chizik if they would come clean, what they’ve done to the game will long be remembered. But, you obvioulsy have orange and blue blood and I understand your blind loyalty. Congratulations on your title. Again, good day all!

Forfeit Title in Due Time

January 11th, 2011
11:11 am

War Jacket
January 11th, 2011
7:50 am

Eat your hearts out Georgia fans. You’ll never get to know the feeling of being a National Champion!!!!

**************
You’re right. We’ll never know what it feels like to have a championship stripped of us. War Jacket…act like you’ve been in this position before you “jackwagon”.

JB

January 11th, 2011
11:12 am

War Cam eagle…………..It would look about right in stripes

bitch slapped Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:12 am

hahaha. Yeah, but Yall didn’t beat us when we had Hershel. haha. take that you beeeatch!

Roger M

January 11th, 2011
11:14 am

The NCAA’s not going to investigate. They have already proven they are worthless. I don’t think there will be a thorough investigation by anyone else. Sad day for NCAA athletics.
Auburn has given us the blueprint for success, and it is based of lies.

GeneralNeyland96

January 11th, 2011
11:14 am

OK – lets break down the horrible calls

the non-INT – granted it was very close, but the OU player did NOT have control of the ball as he left the field of play….great play on his part, but he came up short on it being an INT.

The motion penalty – I remember it being called, but I didn’t see a replay on it – can’t comment

The Dyer run – He was not down, he rolled over the defenders body, and the only thing that touched the ground besides his feet was his non-ball-carrying hand….All good UT fans will remember a very similar play against Memphis in 1996 that cost us that game. I didn’t hear a whistle, and had there been one, the refs should have caught it on the video review.

and for Driving – you’re right….the condition of the field was beyond bad…it was downright dangerous for the players….someone needs to address that for future games.

bitch slapped Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:15 am

yeah but we own yall in basketball

wonder

January 11th, 2011
11:16 am

Is there a team out there the dawg nation don’t hate? just name one!

bitch slapped Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:16 am

hahaha. and whatever jb said. take that you cheater beeeeatches

Driving Ms Dooley

January 11th, 2011
11:17 am

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
10:59 am
Agreed on the officiating- I thought it was very good. Agreed with both big replay decisions (even though they went the Barn’s way like every other big bounce this year), and don’t remember any egregious calls.

I agree as well. Not too many flags like almost every other bowl. And I was thankful they didn’t slow the game down with unnecessary reviews. Most people at home can watch one replay and make a decision. In previous bowls, they slowed the games down way too often for unnecessary reviews.

And yes, Auburn got some fortuitous bounces, the last long run being one of them. I was rooting for the SEC but was a little disappointed that the game might be decided on a lucky freak play. But it seems like every NC team has that kind of luck at some point in the season.

The end of College football

January 11th, 2011
11:17 am

Pete,
Get a life what a Cam Newton brings to Auburn is chump change compared to what you paid to send your kids there. BTW why not go in state get the hope and not pay that tuition? Your kids made a choice just like these football players do. Why not pay them is my point, eliminate this garbage about them being amateur athletes and pay them for their work. Just a case in point. My two kids got paid to play in the pep band at their college. Real money they could spend not a scholarship or tuition money. So we can pay band kids, but we can’t pay the basketball players they are playing music for? How can we keep up this charade? The NCAA is to blame that is my point. I coached football, played for Lloyd Carr. It is a job to be a college D1 athlete. You are broke, many don’t come from good economic situations, you can’t work to earn spending money because you practice year round and then you see kids in the band getting fed, paid etc. Give me a break. Quit whining about how much you paid for your kids to go to college and donate your money to your favorite college athletic program so you can buy tickets next year and watch a bunch of kids who don’t get paid be exploited by their respective athletic program and the NCAA and feel good about yourself because you had to pay for your kid to go to college and these guys don’t.

Tommy T

January 11th, 2011
11:18 am

Auburn did a great job of hiding out the Man of the Lord, but I just don’t know how much longer they will be able to keep Cecil quiet. One day, he is going to slip up and say way more than he should have.

Silent Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:18 am

wonder

January 11th, 2011
11:16 am
Is there a team out there the dawg nation don’t hate? just name one!

idaho state

BuckheadBill

January 11th, 2011
11:19 am

There will be joy in SEC when the NCAA takes away all those “wins”. I will think about papering Dreamland.

DawgByte

January 11th, 2011
11:19 am

JB -

Georgia had a four game winning streak going against AU, up until this year. With the number of players leaving AU they will be decimated. I fully expect Georgia to beat AU next year.

Last year it was the toothless Bama fans coming over here to gloat, now it’s a combination of War Tiger and Tech fans. In any case, they’re all clueless. I have to laugh at the Tech fans who are vicariously living through Auburn’s victory. I think they realize that with their High School offense and 103 year old defensive coordinator the next time they sniff a title run will be in the year 2249.

bitch slapped dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:20 am

can some one PLEASE explain to me what just happened%

Nick Fairley (Another Personal Foul)

January 11th, 2011
11:20 am

Nick – you disgrace the game! Why not play the game the right way? You have exceptional talent but I don’t approve of your attempts to hurt other players or to show your thug tendancies.

You Jackwagon!

Driving Ms Dooley

January 11th, 2011
11:20 am

At Gen Neyland
I remember the play against Memphis like it was yesterday. It was more painful that this because he kept running for another 70 yards and enabled Memphis to beat a Manning led Tn team.

It also happened this year to Arkansas–to a lesser extent–and I thought the officials blew it saying that the runners “wrist was down”
Whatever. That was Big Ten call if ever I’ve seen one.

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
11:21 am

I am going to miss Fairley’s THUGGARY

kaiser souze

January 11th, 2011
11:21 am

It was a joy to be part of the Auburn football program this past season. Thank you Tigers, thank you War Eagle faithful. This family is nuts about the Plainsmen! National fricking Champions 2011!

War $Cam Eagle

January 11th, 2011
11:21 am

Hey Roof, something else does matter. *tainted

Contests on your faux championship!