Did anyone really expect the SEC to come down hard on Auburn?

Gene Chizik, getting a Gatorade bath from Cam Newton and other AU players, has taken the "friendly" out of the rivalry with UGA. (Associated Press)

Gene Chizik, getting a Gatorade bath from Cam Newton and other AU players, has taken the "friendly" out of the rivalry with UGA. (Associated Press)

Auburn looks like the SEC’s best shot at having a team in this year’s BCS championship game, which also would help the conference’s chances of getting two teams into BCS bowls. And that translates to a lot of dollars for the conference.

Nick Fairley is a big part of Auburn’s success on the field.

So should anyone really be surprised that the SEC chose not to suggest Auburn suspend its defensive headhunter for the blatant spearing in the back that was only the most egregious of several late hits he delivered to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray?

Instead, the conference is handling the matter “internally with the institution.” That means any disciplinary action is up to Gene Chizik, the same guy who during the fracas at the end of the game with the Dogs was stirring it up on the sideline and allowing Fairley and one of his assistant coaches to dance in celebration on the field.

Asked by The Macon Telegraph what he thought of the conference’s inaction on the matter, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said, “I probably better not comment on that. I need to stay away from that. I don’t want to get into any type of trouble or conflict with the conference office.”

Which is a diplomatic way of saying he thought the conference blew it.

I’ll say one thing for Chizik: He’s changed a lot of UGA fans’ view of the so-called friendly rivalry between Georgia and Auburn, as Darrell Huckaby notes on the Dawbone site. Said Huckaby: “I think Gene Chizik has taken the friendly out of the rivalry forever — not because he played a player who most of the nation feels will eventually prevent the Tigers from being able to count the victory in their long and storied history, but because of the way he and his team conducted themselves throughout the contest and particularly at the end.”

I’m sure Darrell will be bombarded with AU hate mail for that, as have any of us who’ve questioned any of the actions of Tiger players and coaches.

Speaking of which, has there ever been a more thin-skinned bunch than Auburn fans, who have been all over the blogosphere and talk shows the past few days trying to equate Bulldogs players running out on the field with Fairley’s cheap shots and taunting?

I like the way MrSEC put it: “Auburn fans need to stop trying to defend the indefensible. As if a team dancing on someone’s logo is reason enough to risk injuring someone. How incredibly stupid. … By defending Fairley’s helmet-to-back shot, it makes it appear as though AU fans would defend anything and everything done by someone in navy [and] orange.”

But I guess that’s what comes from being perpetually the second-ranked program in your state thanks to the school over in Tuscaloosa.

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Buckhead Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:02 am

This rivalry may never be friendly again. Can’t wait for next year to make it 6 in a row…

CSA

November 17th, 2010
11:03 am

Buckhead Dawg, six in a row? What on earth are you talking about?!

Superhomer

November 17th, 2010
11:05 am

Yeah huge SEC conspiracy going on here. I love how you think all Auburn fans are classless and all UGA fans are angels. Could you be more delusional?

Dan Ryan

November 17th, 2010
11:06 am

Bill,

Nick got a flag for the obvious calls. Why must you carry this on so long? You are starting to sound like a UT or Bama fan with your whining. I thought UGA fans were way past this?

You won 4 of the last 5 games vs AU-be happy.

Is Aaron Murray hurt? Do you honestly believe it is Nick’s intent to hurt him?

Give this a rest….

jack bull

November 17th, 2010
11:07 am

i believe it ‘went down’ with the SEC exactly the way we all thought it would,,,unfortunately….

i’ll say this, there’s no way you can convince me now that the SEC, and the officiating crews ran by the SEC,don’t have a little say in who they want to win ball games at the end of the season when there’s a lot on the line in terms of the National Championship..

Sanford Drive

November 17th, 2010
11:07 am

I only wish Nick Fairley and Cam Newton woudl be around next season. They will not. One to the NFL, the other ruled ineligible, forced to the NFL, and will be cut when they realize spread offense quarterbacks donotmake good NFLers.

Good news it, this game will likely catch prime time status at Sanford next season, and you can bet your butt Aaron Murray and the Dawgs have ALREADY circled it.

But let’s move on for now. We have some bugs to squash under the lights in 10 days!!!!

Big Turf Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:07 am

Does anyone think that it is ironic that AU got jobbed by USC and the cheat Reggie B out of a chance at the National Championship. This time it looks like they might have jobbed themselves. You might have beat us, but we likely get to claim the win for ourselves….HaHAHAHAHA!!!! ‘Bout time for another bon fire at the corner…

guy

November 17th, 2010
11:12 am

christ you guys are huge whiners. uga isnt that good this year. get over it.

i dont recall the outrage over late hit spears to tebows back in jax last year.

Ralph

November 17th, 2010
11:13 am

Did the SEC come down on thUGA when half the team illegally came onto the field during the skirmish (unlike the Auburn team)?

Cuz

November 17th, 2010
11:13 am

No, next question.

CSA

November 17th, 2010
11:14 am

To my knowledge, we don’t “get a win” if Auburn must forfeit theirs.

Big Turf Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:15 am

CSA, you are correct. I just wanted to rub their nose in one more time.

Cuz

November 17th, 2010
11:16 am

You are correct CSA.

Dogs Smell

November 17th, 2010
11:18 am

I dont think there is any team in the country who cares who Ga circles on their schedule next year ! Circle it highlite it , send fireworks off around it. Georgia will not be any better next year. No A.J Green and several departing early. Funnt to see all of the crying about Fairly coming from one of the MOST penalized teams in the country , not just this year but over the past few. Yes You , Ga fans look it up Ga is one of the top 5 most penalized teams in the country and you are pouting and making excuses for every loss. Any wonder why their fans are some of the most hated?

Cuz

November 17th, 2010
11:19 am

I can handle the loss. I thought we were going to lose anyway which makes Fairley’s behavior more puzzling. The dirty play and our response to it, ruined my favorite game of the season. I felt like I needed a shower after the game.

Truth

November 17th, 2010
11:20 am

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Cuz

November 17th, 2010
11:20 am

Most hated, well we got that going for us. We’re number one!!!!!!!

BigCountry

November 17th, 2010
11:24 am

I think it is funny, It took what 5 yrs and a Georgia team that is really not good this yr for Auburn to finally get a win. If that makes you proud Auburn than go right ahead. In the end you are and will always be a second rate team in your own state. It took cheap hits on our QB and getting away with bullsh@t calls for you to get by us. When your prize defensive player started getting beat up he did what all Auburn does best he ran. Lets not mention the cheap punches thrown at the end of the game. lol how cowardly can a team be. You won’t fight like men but you sure will run your mouth and run.

Dawg Man

November 17th, 2010
11:26 am

It just goes to show you what classless people the players and coaches are at auburn

cajdawg

November 17th, 2010
11:28 am

After the Iron Bowl, AU will slink back to obscurity- where they belong.

Still wondering

November 17th, 2010
11:29 am

The SEC officials, management, and Auburn all seem to be in on this. The punishment for Fairley is probably a slap on the back by Chizik, followed by the comment, “Keep up the good work!” I have developed a complete dislilke of Auburn. We know many of the Auburn students come from the state of Georgia because they couldn’t get into UGA. That’s a proven fact!!!

BigCountry

November 17th, 2010
11:31 am

Nobody really expected us to win the game which makes it even more hilarious that Auburn had to cheap shot and act like they did. There is no secret that Georgia is terrible this yr and to act like that was funny. No body makes excuses as to why we lost games GEORGIA SUCKS this yr no secret.

Spike

November 17th, 2010
11:34 am

It’s game on for next year, beotches!

BigCountry

November 17th, 2010
11:36 am

It took a bad yr for the SEC and a lot of teams having to rebuild their programs for Auburn to finally do something for once. Lets not forget though Auburn has not beaten Bama yet, Has not beaten South Carolina for the SEC championship yet, so really Auburn has won nothing.

Joe S.

November 17th, 2010
11:37 am

I have watched several Auburn games this year. Nick Unfairley consistently tried to injure every opposing QB by pile driving them into the ground. This is the moron’s MO. No one has mentioned that,during the UGA game, Unfairley hurt his own shoulder by driving Murray into the ground and landing half on Murray and half with his shoulder on the turf. That’s what caused his shoulder injury. Look at the replay. Face it-the guy’s a moron and is trying to capture NFL scouts attention quickly after wallowing around as a JUCO.

Superhomer

November 17th, 2010
11:39 am

umm, they won the SEC west last time I checked. What did UGA win?

CSA

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Well, either way, you’re assuming that Cam Newton will be proven to have done something wrong. Things certainly don’t look too good for him, but who the heck knows how the NCAA will decide.

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

UGA SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

You UGA fans are nothing but whiny, toothless losers!!!!!!!!!!

Dogs Smell

November 17th, 2010
11:41 am

BigCountry

It has taken 2 decades for you to get a couple of wins over Florida and you couldnt beat their worst team in 15 years. You went a decade without beating Tennessee so keep the attempts at insults coming as it only shows what you are: A “Homer”

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:42 am

12 UGA players get arrested……..silence from UGA fans.

UGA loses 6 games and won’t go to a bowl…….blame Auburn.

LOSERS!!!!!!!!

Football

November 17th, 2010
11:42 am

Bill you – you reference the Auburn coach on the sideline and suggest he behaved poorly because his mean nasty Auburn winners were putting a beatdown on the once mighty Dogs. If the D coach for Georgia spent more time halting opposing offensive schemes and not practicing his theatrical throat grabbing choke signs toward a kid on the field the Mutts might move out of the puberty stage. This is SEC football. Fairley made one late hit and likley after he snapped becuase of the cheap knee shots. I have never seen such cry baby whiners after a physcial beat down.

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:43 am

BigCountry

UGA is a bottom tier football team that isn’t going to a bowl game this year.

UGA hasn’t gone undefeated in over 30 years.

LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigCountry

November 17th, 2010
11:43 am

Joe the announcers during the game mentioned that coaches around the league have been complaining about Fairley doing this all season. The refs where even aware of the fact he does this. Fairley knows what he had done why do you think he ran like a coward and his coach kept him off the field cause they where scared he was going to get beat up. The guy could be a good player which makes it so sad.

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:44 am

“on the once mighty Dogs.”

The Dawgs have never been mighty. Well, mighty bad but that’s it.

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:45 am

BigCountry

Buck Belue said that if Fairly was a dawg, you clowns would be laughing and loving it right now.

LOSERS!!!!!!!!

HAHAHHAAH!!!!!!

November 17th, 2010
11:46 am

“He’s changed a lot of UGA fans’ view of the so-called friendly rivalry”

LOL!!!! UGA fans have treated Auburn fans like dirt for years.

Paybacks a b!tch ain’t it!!!!!

Fred Dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:47 am

Game is over …. history!

Auburn beat us as they were the better team. Auburn outscored us 42-10 after the first qurter – we got blown away.

Auburn was more physical and UGA was out coached.

The on sides kick to open the second half spoke volumes of how the two coaches looked to win this game. Auburn forced the issue – UGA simply was playing the game and would manage accordingly.

Our defense stinks !

Let’s get over it, Bill – this game is history. More embarrassing than this loss is losing to Colorado, getting beat in OT to a poor Florida team – (which just shows you how poor UGA really is this year), the arrests and the AD pimping his stuff in buckhead getting a dui.

This program needs a strong dose of discipline and I can’t wait for a new batch of players to come in – consider it an honor and a priveledge to play college athletics – and act accordingly.

I really like Ray Goff – a great man – got the dogs to a 10-2 record – but proved to be a medicore head coach.
I like Jim Donnan – great eye for talent – built the program – just missed making it big at UGA trying to catch Tennessee and Florida – both top 10 programs – but UGA was inconsistent and underachieved at strange times.

Now for Richt – inherited great talent from Donnan – built on it – was competive up unitl 2005. We have not even sniffed the SEC East since then. It’s called coaching folks – somethingis wrong with our program – and he is the Leader.
Richt is a very good man – and has proven to be very good coach – but has also proven to be mediocre. He went CEO and became hands off. OUr players are acting disrespectful and the lack of discipline is showing of the field. He lost the program – and UGA is 8th best in the SEC – with lesser talented teams beating us. 5-6 people!!

Richt will have next year – but we need to see something great – not good our of UGA in 2011.

This year has been a disaster – and it boils down to leadership, teaching and execution.

Don

November 17th, 2010
11:50 am

This matter is well worth complaining about, but now, it is time to move on AND it is time for the players and coaches to mark this occasion and do something about it next year.

It seems as if the current and past coaching staffs have seldom been successful in defending honor. I mean, 3-18 against Florida speaks for itself.

BigCountry

November 17th, 2010
11:51 am

lol Auburn has not gone undefeated yet and if they do congrats you won in a yr when the SEC is weak. Losers lol ok. Let me see Auburn second rate team in their own state, Best player on Auburn is from where……….that’s right Georgia and you had to pay for him lol. You can’t even get guys from your own state to play at Auburn. Look in the NFL don’t no one even remember who the hell came out of Auburn.

Sham Newton

November 17th, 2010
11:52 am

In light of the story on Ben Jones suspension and UGA and Richt’s agreement with the SEC to suspend him, the question should probably be, did anyone expect Auburn to take an objective look at Fairley? This might be nothing more than Auburn fighting with the SEC and the SEC saying ‘ok’. Which doesn’t surprise me at all. Oh well.. time to let it go… Karma’s coming back to bite ‘em soon, for sure.

music city dawg

November 17th, 2010
11:52 am

If neither the UGA coach nor AD have the guts to articulate just how heinous Fairley’s actions were, how can we expect the team to develop and display the spirit necessary to win games against top tier opponents.

SCTexan

November 17th, 2010
11:53 am

After Cam jumps ship this year, what will Auburn have next year?

EagleEye

November 17th, 2010
11:54 am

“I think Gene Chizik has taken the friendly out of the rivalry forever…but because of the way he and his team conducted themselves throughout the contest and particularly at the end.”

Pot, meet kettle…

Anybody remember the way Richt and UGA players and coaches “conducted” themselves in such a classy manner during the blackout back in 07? I seem to remember an out of control sideline at the end of the game with players dancing around like idiots, too.

The cheap shots by Fairley were certainly uncalled for, but for UGA to call Auburn classless for their conduct at the end is pretty hypocritical.

Dawg Tell

November 17th, 2010
11:55 am

@ Fred Dawg–Tell it like it is! I agree 100%.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 17th, 2010
11:57 am

Let’s make it FUN! If Fairley is out for the IRON BOWL, then the SC will have to suspend all the UGA players that rushed the field and more than 1/2 of the UGA O-line for throwing punches and Attacking Fairley.
Do you DAWGS want the rules to be EQUAL or just against a player you think was WRONG?

Jordan

November 17th, 2010
12:05 pm

This is not about Fairley’s hit on Murray. It’s about his play the entire season. To put it simply Fairley plays to injure QBs. Don’t believe me? Watch his games. It’s his MO. I hope Fairley has his knees blown out vs Alabama.

Dbalcer

November 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

I hoped they would suspend him but I didn’t expect it. They should have taken a stand on his late hits starting with the Clemson game at the beginning of the season. The SEC needs to get better refs who will stop this type of behavior during the game. If they had ejected him from our game it would have sent a message since they didn’t do it then I doubted the conference would step up and do it.

5150 P.O.A.D

November 17th, 2010
12:09 pm

Jordan
What team doesn’t want to put out the the other teams QB? What D-lineman is not looking to Take the head off every QB he plays? If the D players gets a flag the coaches is mad, but likes that his player is trying to help his team.
Please ask David Pollack what his job was and what coaches told him.
Pollack is the only UGA player I want to hear from and I have heard not a FREAKING PEEP form him on this issue.

heyberto

November 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

Well said, Dbalcer. No reason this league can’t afford full time refs now.

greg

November 17th, 2010
12:13 pm

regarding what MrSEC said, theyre auburn fans… of course theyre stupid.