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Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:53 am
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Posted by Adam Jacobi

As mentioned earlier, Auburn DT Nick Fairley will not be suspended for the Alabama game by the SEC after a series of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties marred the Auburn-Georgia game last week. Alabama fans will no doubt be rankled by the conference's decision -- for reasons most certainly including Fairley's prodigious talent, of course -- and Auburn fans are pointing fingers at Georgia for the whole mess and calling no-foul on the decision, but Gene Chizik will get two weeks to punish Fairley in-house and then that'll be that.

Except, here's the thing: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the target of multiple late hits by Fairley last week, still isn't practicing yet as he recovers from injuries that knocked him out of the end of last week's game. Georgia's on a bye and Mark Richt is calling his quarterback "day-to-day," so Murray's probably unlikely to miss any playing time, but the freshman is certainly injured; even with the bye week coming up, it would be insane for Richt to hold his signal-caller out of practice if Murray's able to go, what with a must-win tilt with Georgia Tech looming. And we really mean "must win;" Richt's job might be on the line if he can't get the Dawgs to .500 and a bowl game, so if Murray's not even practicing with a no-contact jersey on, there's a good reason.

So since Murray is clearly injured at some level, if Georgia were playing a game this week, there is a significant (if not necessarily ironclad -- we don't really know) chance that if Georgia had a game this week, Murray would be too injured to go. And if Nick Fairley had indeed knocked an opposing quarterback out of not only the Auburn game but also the following week and with multiple instances of dirty play, there's absolutely no way the SEC would have left his eligibility up to Auburn's discretion for the following week. 

Ah, but Murray and Fairley both have the week off, and neither is likely to miss any time, so this is all largely an academic question. Still, it's worth wondering -- is Nick Fairley's conduct always going to be at least implicitly condoned by the SEC like this, or was his status for the Iron Bowl the result, in part, of some measure of scheduling luck?

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 4:57 pm
 

Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

Auburn fan cannot be so niave as to believe that this was the first game that Fairley acted like a thug on the field.  If you have been watching the actual games, you know this is a trend with this guy, and for whatever reason, the SEC seems to look the other way.  He body slammed Jefferson during the LSU game, but the ref just watched.  Fairley must have naked pictures of Mike Slive or something because this so obvious to everyone outside the Auburn family. 



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

If you think Georgia only commited one chop block hit on Fairley during the Auburn game, then you are either a Bulldog homer, or you didn't watch the game. Just because it wasn't flagged doesn't mean it wasn't a chop block.  You obiousely didn't watch a replay of the game - I did - counting two additional face mask against Fairly dragging him to the ground.

Would you like some cheese with your whine?




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:57 am
 

Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

If you think that Fairley only committed one late hit during the Georgia game, then you are either an Auburn homer, or you didn't watch that game. Just because it wasn't flagged doesn't mean it wasn't a late hit. There have been several cases this year where leagues have suspended players for conduct that wasn't penalized during the game.




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:37 am
 

Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

Multiple late hits? Do you guys research before you write, or do you just repeat whatever (erroneous) info you've heard? Fairley was subject to one personal foul penalty for a single late hit. One.  Where in the world do you get the idea that there were multiple late hits? There weren't.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 7:55 am
 

Did bye weeks save Fairley from suspension?

For Fairley not to be punished by the league for his play from the beginning to the end of last week's game makes the SEC leadership irrelevant.  Failing to act on such transparent actions with the expressed desire to injure another player goes against all standards of amateur athletics and sportsmanlike play.  It was easy for me to tell from the very beginning of the game that Fairley's intent was to injure Murray.  I'm not a fan of either team nor their rivals but respected each of these schools.


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