SEC Protecting Its Investment

The next time you see an SEC promo or public service announcement that is related to sportsmanship or conduct, you can pretty much laugh and change the channel.  All they are doing is playing lipservice to the notion that they care…

Why do I care?

Its simple really…their lack of willingness to discipline Nick Fairley leads directly to their inability to discipline the UGA players who left the bench during the brawl at the end of the UGA vs Auburn game.

They didn’t discipline late hitting, dirty playing, fight inducing Fairley because to do so would further hinder a Ted Roof led Auburn defense that already leaks like a sieve.  (GT fans can understand this…that defense cost Joe Hamilton the Heisman in 1999 and the Jackets a shot at a national title…)

And the SEC needs Auburn to beat Alabama because Auburn is the last (and only) chance that the SEC has at putting a team in the 2010 national title game.

So…since the SEC sat on its hands regarding Nick Fairley, they no longer have any capital with regards to dealing with all the UGA players who left the bench area during that brawl.

An Auburn fan board captured the details nicely…

Lets start with a quote of the NCAA rules:

NCAA Rule 9-4-5-1-c:

during either half, coaches or substitutes shall not leave their team area to participate in a fight, nor shall they participate in a fight in their team area.

PENALTY—15 yards from the succeeding spot, plus first down for Team B fouls if the first down is not in conflict with other rules. Disqualification for the remainder of the game and for the next game [S7, S27 or S38, and S47]. For fights that occur in the last game of a season, coaches and substitutes with eligibility remaining will serve fight-related suspensions during the first game of the next season for which they are eligible.

That’s right…disqualification for the remainder of the game and for the next game…

So what UGA players would have been at risk?  What UGA players left the bench area and should be suspended against GT?

Instigating player:
61, Ben Jones

Players on the field involved in the play:
3, Washuan Ealey
7, Orson Charles
8, A.J. Green
12, Tavarres King
14, Huston Mason
16, Kris Durham
61, Ben Jones
60, Clint Boiling
71, Cordy Glenn
77, Trinton Sturdivant
78, Josh Davis

Players on the field NOT involved in the play:
2, Brandon Boykin
5, Blake Sailors
6, Logan Gray
10, Jordan Love
13, Drew Butler
15, Marlon Brown
16, Josh Murray
17, Rantavious Wooten
20, Derek Owens
23, Jakar Hamilton
24, Ken Malcome
25, Vance Cuff
28, Israel Troupe
33, Chase Vasser
35, Michael Gilliard
37, Akeem Hebron
38, Marcus Dowtin
39, Dustin Royston
46, Alex Ogletree
47, Chad Gloer
48, Kosta Vavlas
50, Darryl Gamble
51, Akeem Dent
63, Chris Davis
64, Dallas Lee
70, A.J. Harmon
72, Kenarious Gates
81, Aron White
83, Cornelius Washington
85, Derrick Lott
86, Derek Rich
89, Bruce Figgins

Yup…that second list is all the guys who left the bench and who should be suspended based on NCAA rules…if the SEC had the “stones” to do it.

Don’t believe the list?

Check out the image at this link….UGA Players Leave Bench.

That second list of players “not involved in the play” is the list of guys who should be sitting out Tech vs UGA tomorrow.

But like I said earlier…the SEC is protecting its investment.

They desperately want Auburn to beat Alabama and go to the national title game.

And they desperately want UGA to gain bowl eligibility so that they can collect payouts there as well.

Its all about the almighty dollar in the SEC…sportsmanship has nothing to do with it.

Amusingly enough…I’m watching Auburn vs Alabama as I write this blog…Fairley has already been called for one personal foul that extended a Bama TD drive and the Tide is trying to make the score 24-0 midway through the second quarter.

The SEC’s best laid plans of putting Auburn in the national title game look to be hanging by a very slim thread and the Jackets will have a chance to knock UGA out of their bowl bid tomorrow as well.

Tomorrow I’ll be screaming “Go Jackets!” but today I’m feeling a little bit of “Roll Tide!”

- by Chris Boggs, Ramblin’ On Blog

91 comments Add your comment

Get over it buddy!

November 26th, 2010
4:26 pm

What a pathetic waste of a story.


November 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

Personally, I don’t want to give the mutts any excuses for the tail kicking the’re gonna receive tomorrow.

Go Jackets!

Innocent Bystander

November 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Eh, I’m not exactly sold on this theory. Notice the rule states “coaches or substitutes shall not leave their team area to participate in a fight“. While I think it was wrong for the mutts to leave their sideline, the rule doesn’t apply to them because they didn’t actually fight anyone.

Also, if you’ve been keeping up with the Iron Bowl today, you’d notice that the refs are most certainly not selling out for Auburn. The unsportsmanlike penalty on Fairley after his big 3rd down sack may have been the worst penalty call I’ve seen all year.


November 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

I’m not really rooting for Bama, because knowing the BCS beating Auburn will jump Alabama right over everyone into the #2 slot or something.


November 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Granted the SEC protects their investment, however this is about a pathetic effort as I have seen to point that out.
Before anyone from Tech gets all high and mighty, I do not even give a rat’s a**
about UGA, Tech, ACC, SEC. Pac-10 all the way.


November 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

SO you when you lose by 30 to a 5-6 team you can go crying about how the whole team should be suspeneded? I do agree with you on Fairly, but a team has to be able to defend their players against a team of thugs with cheap shots. ROLL TIDE ROLL


November 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

Innocent Bystander is correct; you’ve misread the rule. “During either half, coaches or substitutes shall not leave their team area to participate in a fight, nor shall they participate in a fight in their team area.” Under standard rules of legal interpretation (were this a legal question), as they’ve used the word “participate” in both sections, you have to treat the word as meaning the same thing throughout; you cannot assign it different meanings under different circumstances. Under your interpretation, were a fight to break out in the team area, the entire team would be suspended for being in that area. That’s also a silly conclusion about the SEC; I’ve never seen an entire team suspended, but I’ve seen many bench clearing scuffles outside of the SEC.


November 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Oh I can’t wait to hear all the uga justification for being thugs. Actually we should be happy for it because a huge part of the richt problems are the fact they don’t have the ability to control their players. Again when the same coach who throws choke signs to opposing players calls another team trashy, then you know what kind of morons you are dealing with…

Chris Boggs

November 26th, 2010
5:09 pm

@ugaben81 – Actually it means UGA has no excuses since noone was suspended.

The Jackets are an underdog, on the road, without Nesbitt…but we’re already bowl eligible. Much less pressure on GT than there is on UGA..especially considering the coaching situations.


November 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Chris, 8 out of 9 hurts doesn’t it?


November 26th, 2010
5:18 pm

Tech people are pretty pathetic. Twist the words to suit their needs, typical. You guys should stick with numbers. I guess all the confidence at the beginning of the year, with your Heisman Trophy quarterback turned out to be a load of hooey. If there is a defence worse than Georgia, it is Tech. Use whatever excuse you want, you will be pounded tomorrow, byt the worst UGA team in 15 years. Man that sucks for you all!!


November 26th, 2010
5:20 pm

Bowl Eligible, I have seen where you will go. I think the Liberty Bowl would be a huge step up!


November 26th, 2010
5:21 pm

Worst UGA team in 15 years sure, but if you beat GT you’re also beating one of the worst GT teams in recent memory. It’s the great Rivalry Suckfest :P


November 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

That has got to be the dumbest thing any nerd has ever written. Go back to the tickle pile. Geez!

Drexel Gal

November 26th, 2010
5:32 pm

Mr. Boggs missed a great opportunity when he said that Ted Roof’s defense at Auburn “leaks like a sieve” … he had a chance to call it the “Leaky-Roof Defense”.

Sensei John Kreese

November 26th, 2010
5:49 pm

Wow. Making excuses the day before the game. Hilarious.


November 26th, 2010
5:58 pm

What kind of hick town newspaper is the AJC ? . Absolutely NO MENTION of the Ga Tech Utep game being played as I type. I know the basketball team is not great but at least a sentence is worthy.


November 26th, 2010
6:16 pm

I love how Jacket fans start looking for every way to win except by playing the game. Just shut up and show up and play the game!

Jim Wright

November 26th, 2010
6:20 pm

Mr. Boggs – As a GT graduate I am embarrassed this story carries the GT logo at the top. GT does not have a dog in this fight no pun intended. Other than that given by your editor to you have any claim to being a Yellow Jacket? I bet not!


November 26th, 2010
6:22 pm

This may be the most pathetic excuse for journalism ever published by the AJC and that’s really saying something. Boggs, I hope you and your editor are ashamed of yourself for putting this garbage online…I look forward to watching your excuse-laden team go down in flames tomorrow night.

Dawgs Run This State!

November 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

I would be embarrased at this whining column the day before the UGA/Tech game if I were a tech fan… Even more so once you lose by 30.

Big L

November 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

Mr Boggs is totally setting up his post Tech getting their ass kicked by 20 points arguement.


November 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

This article is a Big Waste of Everyone’s time…


November 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Wow, trying to find a way to win the game are ya? That was the most laughable and worthless blog I’ve ever read. Seriously dude? This is why Georgia fans make fun of tech fans so much, this whiny type stuff. Did they take your lunch money too? By the way I’m an Oklahoma fan so I have no bias in this situation.

Big L

November 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Loosen your pocket protector up, NERD. It’s just another loss coming.


November 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

You didn’t read the complete rule. You relied on an Auburn fan’s work and then used it to make a case that doesn’t hold water.

Obviously, Georgia Tech isn’t a journalism school. This is both lazy and a waste of everyone’s time.


November 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

this is a pathetic article. one of the most pathetic ive ever seen. im a dawg and i will say both teams have underperformed this year and i hate it that nesbitt broke his arm…but at least he got the record before that happened.

pathetic piece of journalism


November 26th, 2010
6:41 pm

So if those players play in the GA Tech game, can Tech file a protest to the NCAA? Is that legit?

And, if so, will GA Tech get an automatic win?


November 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

Nick Fairley has had 2 personal fouls all year. I imagine there are players on your Bug team that have had more than 2 fouls. Should the ACC discipline every one of them?

Oh and the flag against Fairley during the Bama game was for celebrating a (clean) sack. Even the sports analysts said it was a ticky-tack penalty and should have been a non-call.

Wow… and I always thought techies had an above-average I.Q….

Tech Rules

November 26th, 2010
6:42 pm

Get a clue u idiot dog posters…. the ajc ONLY has writers from uga. None of them are pro-Tech at all.

It is too funny that you bash the writers coming from your OWN journalism school!

Bobby Dodd

November 26th, 2010
6:45 pm

Please, can we just forget that I was associated with Georgia Tech University? I’m really embarrassed.

Red Panties

November 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

What a year!! I should have
” stuck ” around a little while longer.


November 26th, 2010
7:08 pm

WAR EAGLE!!! 28-27 :)


November 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

What a joke. You are a pathetic joke. So the only way GT can win is if half the UGA team is suspended???? Get a life whiner!!!!!

Todd Grantham

November 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Just remember, there’s nothing dumber than a Georgia Bulldog fan. Nothing.

Road Scholar

November 26th, 2010
7:22 pm

SEC has no ethics or balls! I watched the Auburn/Alabama game and the unsportmanlike conduct penalty on Farley was a farce. What did he do that any self centered player hasn’t already done this year with no flag/penalty? Skipped? Beat his chest?

But this brings me to Auburn’s quarterback. With a theft and lieing charge/conviction and 2—yes 2– school cheating accusations / “convictions”at UF, How do they justify letting a thief and liar transfer to another SEC school? Oh it’s the ratings!

And as for the supposed rule on loss of play if one leaves the bench, why are we amazed no dicipline has been issued? I guess if you whine enough, the SEC will single out a player.

It’s the same thing with the Bruce Pearl penalty…he must miss 8 SEC BBgames, but he can coach any out of conference game until the last applicable SEC game. So we’ll disciline you, but not to the detriment of the SEC out-of -conference record!

Yeah, the SEC is an alledgedly leading conference, but add having low standards wasn’t what college sports are about!


November 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

I’m torn, I want to pull for GT over the whining mutts, but I can’t stand listening to someone from the ACC posing as a legitimate college football commentator. Fairley got one personal foul. ONE. There were a couple of close calls, but the SEC doesn’t discipline players for incidents that didn’t even draw flags. Seriously GT people, shut this idiot up. You need to focus on getting to a bowl and beating the pups. Save the SEC envy for a year when you’re more competitive.

Road Scholar

November 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Savannahdawg: So winning at all costs trumps playing by the rules? I thought so! I expected nothing lower from a dawg fan who runs their mouth!

Buzzy the Bug

November 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

I am not obsessed with Georgia. I am not obsessed with Georgia. I am not obsessed with Georgia.


November 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

Whaaaaaaaaaah! Poor baby. The world isn’t fair. The only thing those lists prove is how insulated the GT campus is from real life. The SEC plays to win. You’re just learning this now?


November 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

Why do ACC people write about footbal? It is so obvious that you lack an inkling of a clue. Write your next column about basketball.


November 26th, 2010
7:44 pm

you lost your qb,sorry about that.we lost a.j for 4 games over stupid stuff.if you had looked at the replay’s you would have seen how dirty auburn’s big d. is it’s the dirty’s bunch i’ve seen in a while. how do you think the acc would do if they had a stud team

John Galt

November 26th, 2010
7:53 pm

The only chance Tech would have to win would be for every player listed above to be suspended…

John Galt

November 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

And moron-

Who left the bench TO PARTICIPATE IN A FIGHT? No one.

You, sir, are an idiot. But then again, you write about technical school sports.

Todd Grantham

November 26th, 2010
8:00 pm

Chris Boggs is a UGA alum Dawg fans

John Galt

November 26th, 2010
8:06 pm


What a disappointing flop by Alabama today. This puts the NCAA in a very bad position- they will have a UCS/Reggie Bush deja vu when independent investigators- because the NCAA is gonad-less- prove that Cam Newton was paid to attend AU.

Newton and Fairley are the best offensive and defensive players in the country, respectively, but I would rather lose than have either of them in red & black.

John Galt

November 26th, 2010
8:06 pm

Todd, we revoke our parental rights to him. He’s a free agent.

Dr. J

November 26th, 2010
8:12 pm

Isn’t it a little early to start making excuses for the Saturday Tech loss?


November 26th, 2010
8:23 pm

I knew you were a wussie before Chrissy but this takes the cake. Is that how you little sissies want to play UGA? You still wouldn’t win.

Dawg in gatorville

November 26th, 2010
8:23 pm

Boggs is mad because all of UGA’s players will be playing Saturday and that means his GAY jackets will lose again. Your pathetic and your team is pathetic and your wimp conference is pathethic!! ACC, the place teams go to suck!
GT, Clemson, and Florida State all lose tomorrow.. TAKE IT TO THE BANK YOU LOSER!