Dogs practice without Murray; SEC won’t suspend Fairley

Quarterback Aaron Murray didn’t practice Tuesday as Georgia began preparations for its regular-season finale against Georgia Tech. Murray is listed as “day-to-day” with a bruised knee and a bruised sternum, both suffered in last Saturday’s loss at Auburn.

In related news, the SEC said Tuesday that it has decided not to suspend Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley for his controversial hits on Murray. The league plans to handle the matter “internally” with the school.

One hit in particular — a late, helmet-to-the-back blow for which Fairley drew a  penalty in the third quarter –- has drawn much scrutiny this week.

Georgia’s open date clearly comes at a good time for the battered Murray.  The Tech game is on Nov. 27 in Athens.

Coach Mark Richt told the Touchdown Club of Atlanta on Monday, “We think by game time he’ll be able to play.” Richt later said on his radio call-in show, “There is no guarantee he will play in the game, but we’re thinking there’s a good chance he will.”

Tuesday’s practice was closed to the media, and no players or coaches were available for interviews afterward. Georgia said in a news release that Murray did not practice.

“Practice today was a start” in preparing for Tech’s option offense, Richt said in the release. “It’s always tough to simulate their offense. The better job the scout team does, the better chance we have. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was a start.”

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Dawgs!Rule!

November 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

That’s OK. We’ll get him next year.

You think Auburn is dirty?

November 16th, 2010
7:20 pm

Harold

November 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

I think Fairley is a THUG, but if we don’t like guys hitting our QB, then we need to do something about it.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:23 pm

The SEC is a bunch of cowards. The NFL would fine and possibly suspend Fairly. The SEC should suspend the officiating crew for letting the late hits continue to the point where emotions got out of hand. Due to poor officiating, two AU players ultimately were suspended. Had the game been controlled, it would not have digressed to that point most likely.

Lee

November 16th, 2010
7:24 pm

He won’t be at Auburn next year, he’ll be a top ten draft pick this year. Sorry. You might want to spend some time finding offensive linemen who can block, rather then looking for vengence. Fairley plays the game like everyone SHOULD play the game, hard and fast and until the whistle blows. I find it amazing so many think Fairley is a dirty player when he has had two penalties all season long. Two penalties does not make a dirty player. I would dare say that Georgia has a player with more then two chop block penalties this year, which IS A DIRTY PLAY.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:26 pm

I wonder if CTG could be enjoying his only season in Athens. Even if Richt survives another season, is it possible that CTG could get cut a long with Bobo? You can make a strong argument that the season could have been different if the defense hadn’t played so poorly at times. Every team thus far has managed to burn the defense, some more than others. In my opinion, 31 points is enough. Had the defense manned up against ARK, FL, AU, CU, or SC, or even some even against some of them, we would be in the SEC title game.

Hit A Single

November 16th, 2010
7:27 pm

The reason Fairley is not being suspended is because Slive doesn’t want to take a chance on Auburn getting beat and then you would not have an SEC team in the NC game. It is all about money. When was the last time a player took two full steps after the QB let go of the ball and still hit him helmet first in the back. I don’t care if you are an Auburn fan or not that type of play has usually drawn at least a suspension of at least a half and you know it. Money talks and that is all it is about now.

crusher dawg

November 16th, 2010
7:27 pm

I’m not surprised. The SEC doesn’t have the guts to stand up and enforce regulations.

Hit A Single

November 16th, 2010
7:28 pm

Slive has no guts!!!!!!

George

November 16th, 2010
7:28 pm

Lee, the argument here is that Fairly should have been penalized more for what everyone agrees were late hits. If you don’t think he played dirty, you must not have watched the game. Even ESPN (normally biased against UGA) was railing on AU about it Monday.

Rick

November 16th, 2010
7:29 pm

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Wes Durham's Gigantic Bottom

November 16th, 2010
7:29 pm

Fairley is a bum.

McBud

November 16th, 2010
7:29 pm

Joke.

The next kid who gets speared in the back and seriously injured can back the Brinks truck to the SEC office. They just set a precedent that getting a team to the championship game is more important than a student’s safety.

Money.

I will feel sorry for the kid that is crippled, but will not shed a tear when the SEC is taken for millions.

Shameful.

UGA, Class of 1992.

Lee is a Douche

November 16th, 2010
7:29 pm

Once again another classless Auburn fan defending his player’s behavior. Just because a penalty wasn’t thrown doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I do however, know that if Scam Newton had taken the same hits ya’ll would be crying foul. You classless F@#K!!

Hit A Single

November 16th, 2010
7:30 pm

Teams have had players that have had to sit out a half because of a flagarant clip. If a helmet in the back isn’t flagrant I don’t know what is.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:30 pm

Hit a Single, you are right on the money, pun intended. You hit a homer with your analysis of the issue.

Hit A Single

November 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

If I were a coach I would tell my def. line to hit the Qb as hard as they can in the back and all you willl get would be a 15 yard penalty. I would swap 15 yards for a QB leaving the game. Not really, but that is what we are teaching here. I bet if Slive’s kid got hit he would have some balls and do something.

Beast from the East

November 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

Pretty tough shots Murray took. Kind of reminded me of the beating Wuerffel took against the Noles in 1996. Good ol’ Bowden said his “boys hit to the echo of the whistle”. This Auburn squad kind of reminds me of the characters from the Nole team.
If there ever is a good week to be banged up it’s a bye week. Hope Murray bounces back quickly and is ready for Tech.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

So, how do you think AU will handle the Fairly issue internally. I bet Chiz will pat him on the back and say “Now let’s get McElroy”. ROLL TIDE.

dawg nation

November 16th, 2010
7:33 pm

Cant believe it took our offensive line that long to go after Fairley!!! Wish Richt would have made a comment about the late hit. Not sayin anything does not defend your Q.B. Step up to the plate Richt and defend your q.b. and the future of UGA football.

HeyDawg

November 16th, 2010
7:33 pm

Here you go Auburn fan w/ many names, I’ll explain everything to you because I know you’re too dumb to figure this stuff out on your own. Fairley’s late hits> where he lifts the quarterback’s legs out from under him and drives him into the ground is some of the trashiest football I’ve ever seen played. Newsflash: It ain’t hard to do what Fairley is doing. Fairley thinks he’s found some new thing. The reality is, no other defender in college football player does that. Why? I mean, it’s just so easy to do. Why don’t you see it all the time? Here’s your clue, AU fans: Football players generally respect each other, and typically don’t want to hurt each other. Fairley is a raging idiot, and other defenders in the league just shake their heads at the guy making an a$$ out of himself. So he’s not doing anything extraordinary. Just b/c he knows how to body splash a redshirt freshman quarterback on a late hit is nothing special. Like many things that are drastically different b/t the two programs, Georgia football isn’t played that way. We’ve had some great defensive players, David Pollack, Greg Blue, Thomas Davis, some of the meanest players you’ll ever watch. But did they ever do that? Not once have I ever seen a Georgia player do that. We’ve had dominant players that didn’t have to stoop that low to get attention. Fairley does it and you morons just cheer him on and think it’s something special. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s nothing special. It’s nothing new. And, it’s not hard to do. Fairley will get his one day, and when he does, he will deserve it. And, I hope it’s in the Bama game coming up. ROLL TIDE!

DavidinLoganville

November 16th, 2010
7:34 pm

you would need michael oher to block the player until he is on the bus to keep a dirty player from laying cheep shot on a qb long after the ball is thrown.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

Murray is a MAN. He is the best Damned Dawg I’ve seen at QB in a long time. Just think what Matt Stafford could have done with that kind of moxie. Aaron Murray is the real deal!

Love Mark Richt-Hate Coach Richt

November 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

One of our coaches should have told our players to go for un-Fairly’s knees in order to protect our young QB. This should be handled on the field and not whining to the SEC commissioner – if that’s what GA did.

Hit A Single

November 16th, 2010
7:35 pm

George – The Auburn administration better get ready next year and have plenty of security because they have dug some wounds.

catlady

November 16th, 2010
7:37 pm

I think they should back that Brinks truck up to the SEC office, and Murray should go ahead and file against the future earnings of Fairley. If that is done a few times, there would be a LOT cleaner playing going on. We hold little kids responsible for their actions; it is past High Time to hold college students accountable. And the SEC, who allowed their refs to enable this assault.

All About the NC

November 16th, 2010
7:38 pm

This is all about getting a team in the National Championship game and the SEC, corrupt as they are, will make sure Auburn gets there gets the cash for the conference before they any judgement comes down on Newton, Fairley, or the Auburn program in general. It’s all about the cash! Suspect they’ll hold some out for CAM and his Daddy. Fairley would have been fined and suspended by the NFL for his ongoing play to intentionally injure opposing QB’s so this is truly blatant disregard for what is right. If you have a chance listen to all the Auburn hacks who call into the Paul Finnebaum radio show in Birmingham saying the Fairley isn’t dirty, that they expect their players to kill the opposing QB, yada, yada, yada – what a joke. Some of these people apparently just crawled out from under a rock. Football is a tough physical game played with more intensity than most can ever imagine, but cheap unprotected blind side hits like the one Fairley took on Murray is indefensible. Go Bama, Go Carolina, go anybody but Auburn and the SEC Commissioner’s office.

George

November 16th, 2010
7:40 pm

Hit a Single – Tickets to next years AU game will be hard to come by. No doubt, the dawgs are going to remember what happened. There’s gonna be some juice in that game. Too bad SCAM Newton and Dick Fairly won’t be around for the beat down.

ROLL TIDE.
SCAM Newton for Heistman.

LilburnDawg

November 16th, 2010
7:40 pm

The first time he drove Murray to the ground, he took his face mask and tried to peel Murray’s face off. The commentator said their face masks were stuck. lol I don’t know how our Olinemen can look Murray in the face today after that performance. Ben Jones is one kid that has some heart……and he is from Alabama. dang just dang.**

AFDawg

November 16th, 2010
7:40 pm

Lee, Quit making excuses — he’s been bragging about “taking out quarterbacks” all season. Your defense of this guy is inexcusable. Go back and watch the game again. He even resorted to raking his facemask against Murray’s chin. You are living in fantasy land. My guess is Fairley will eventually end up spending a part of his life in jail.

GADAWG

November 16th, 2010
7:42 pm

You can’t suspend him he was playing hard even though it may have been overly agressive. I do agree that if you want to stop that action get poeple to block him. I do believe Murry should have jumped up and got in his face. I also believe Murry should have at that point chewed his O lines A$$ out. This leads to my next point.

UGA is getting top 10 recruiting classes year after year. I believe the issue is we are getting players that expect to win and not wanting to win. All these kids we are getting come from teams that always win and they dont have to work as hard to get them. I believe UGA needs to re-evaluate who they are trying to get. Go after kids that want to win not expect it. This is just my opinion

DawgGoneFishing

November 16th, 2010
7:42 pm

The SEC sucks !!!!!!!

DWdawg

November 16th, 2010
7:43 pm

here it is, a primer on late hit spearing by Nick Fairley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrP0UdJY-lI

DawgGoneFishing

November 16th, 2010
7:43 pm

Ooops !!!

The SEC Commissioner sucks !!!

Rick

November 16th, 2010
7:43 pm

I think most of us in the Bulldawg Nation have been somewhat disappointed in the outcome for this season. We need to step back and look at a few things. The offensive has come on and put points on the board that should have made us competitive in most SEC games with the exception of South Carolina. Murray has done a tremendous job directing the dawgs this season. Let’s face facts. With AJ Green in the game, Georgia has put enough points on the board to win most games. We cannot expect our offense to out score the other team everytime out to win games. Before jumping on Todd Gratham and the new defensive coaches for the often time underperformance of the defense, we have to understand they are underhanded at almost all of the positions. I truely believe that only three of the starters for the Dawgs would be able to start for any of the better SEC teams. Houston, Boykin, and Dent stand out to me this season. That does not mean the others are not capable of performing, but it does mean there is a lot of work to be done to improve or be replaced. The next two years recruiting classes will be critical to the program being turn around and return to greatness. Fans who blog about firing this coach or that are not helping the team. We all want the Dawgs to be a winner, but no more than these young men out there playing out their hearts every Saturday.The blame game is counter productive and does not solve anything. I love watching the Dawgs and wish that more Georgia High School talent would stay in State, get a good education, and build a winning tradition right here at home. Go Dawgs!

Dawg '88

November 16th, 2010
7:44 pm

Harold are you thinking at all or what?

He hit Murray late each time. Its not a matter of not blocking….he was doing hits illegally. What do you do? Go after him illegally? Give me a break. Your argument is an old one…”its our fault” that the other guy was dirty and a thug.

GEEZ! Grow a brain!

NYCDAWGFAN

November 16th, 2010
7:44 pm

Doesn’t matter if he is in the pro’s or college next year or any year after that… If I see him I’m chopping knees on the side walk :O) Go Dawgs!!

realistic dog fan

November 16th, 2010
7:44 pm

LEE – YOU ARE AN IMBECILE!!! The worst thing that 90 did was drag his facemask – purposely across Aaron Murray’s face. That video shows how sick and sadistic that player is. He should be suspended for that. At least our players just forget about traffic tickets; they don’t find pleasure in taking out other players.

GADAWG

November 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

Why is there no article about How the Refs let this game to this point?

dawg fight

November 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

Fairly is a fine young man, just like Cam.

And I’m the Easter Bunny.

NYCDAWGFAN

November 16th, 2010
7:46 pm

Are you hearing me Nick?… Step one foot in the big city and your career is over. Stomped out with red and black shoes.

porch dawg

November 16th, 2010
7:49 pm

I agree w/George. The unmentioned story here is the incredible toughness of Aaron Murray. He kept standing in the pocket and delivering. The guy is a prize, and he has three more shots at Auburn. Something tells me he will be ready.

BullDogMike

November 16th, 2010
7:50 pm

Did anybody out there actually believe Fairly would be suspended ? Yea , the SEC is really going to take out Auburns best defensive player when they are on the verge of possibly being in the NC game. Do you not realize how much money that will make for the league? It’s all dollars and cents folks. Think about it……..

bitter "sec commish, mike slave owner"

November 16th, 2010
7:51 pm

f—– yaaaw, i make all dissh based on making moo money, stop whinny the world turns on money, who cares vabout the truth it was a chruch, had to get it fixed. stop crying right and wrong, kiss my as—-, and go back to your trailer in green county. exploit and deposit is all that matters. p,s. georgia if you cant get a bigger kid than murry to be able to take hitts, well dont call my office, stop crying , hay got a crash newton to bring down in well 8 weeks after he is off to the NFL, hahahahah, death penaty to auburn, will have fun then, i say not until then cry babies

stan pike

November 16th, 2010
7:52 pm

Are you guys blind ??? Yes Nick hit Murray in the back once and it was soft, not a” sucker hit”. The hit to the knee that put Murray out was done by your player !!! Look at the films and you’ll see your tackle push Nick into Murray knee. I played college and pro ball in the 70’s and this is football not soccer !! I never played dirty and would never want a player to get hurt,but this was not a dirty hit.The SEC protects every player and I would suggest all you cry babies to go watch flag football instead.

ViningsDawg

November 16th, 2010
7:52 pm

If we don;t want Murray getting hit, then get the darn OL to do thier job. I’m sorry but our complaining is embarrassing and it is our job to not let him. OBVIOUSLY, we did not do our job.

Mark better get control of our team, it is becoming more and more obvious that he is losing it.

undesclosed location in the sand box

November 16th, 2010
7:52 pm

Keep digging Dawgs. All I know is I would hate to be a UGA O Lineman this week.

DawgFan

November 16th, 2010
7:53 pm

I think the SEC acted properly. They should wait until someone is REALLY hurt before they do something about it. You know, like a career ending injury. Then AFTER the person is hurt, then that suspension will really mean something.

NYCDAWGFAN

November 16th, 2010
7:54 pm

BullDogMike you got it bro. It’s the same reason that the Bama kid got 2 games and AJ got 4. At the time NCAA and SEC thought that Bama was gonna repeat. Porch dog kudos to you as well. I’ll go to war with and for Aaron Murray. Might be the best UGA QB of all time when it’s over… Unless Mr. Lemay is as good as advertised

THE MAJOR

November 16th, 2010
7:54 pm

What happened to the Dawgs? At one time they were physical and now they are a finesse team who has to chop block to block someone.

Complain all you want about Fairley, but UGA had 6 personal fouls in the game.