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UGA had ‘exhausted all avenues’ on Fairley cheap shots

The SEC, after reaching down to grabs theirs and realizing they didn’t have any, decided Tuesday they would not suspend defensive tackle Nick Fairley from Auburn’s next game, which just happens to be the Iron Bowl against Alabama in nine days.

That doesn’t mean, however, there wasn’t some behind-the-scenes nudging for such an outcome.  And that everyone is pleased with the final decision.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed to the Macon Telegraph that the school had spoken to the conference about several borderline hits and one blatant cheap shot on quarterback Aaron Murray.

We exhausted all avenues of communicating to the conference office,” McGarity said. “And then it’s up to the SEC to make the decision. There’s really nothing more that we could’ve done. We just followed SEC protocol in how you communicate and how you deal with questions.”

The paper then asked McGarityif he was surprised that there would be no external action taken against Fairley.

“I probably better not comment on that,” the AD said. “I need to stay away from that. I don’t want to get into any type of trouble or conflict with the conference office.”

The SEC’s decision doesn’t and probably shouldn’t come as a surprise given the title bounty within Auburn’s — and thus the conference’s — grasp, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.  Regardless of how much the apologists attempt to rationalize the decision and explain it away.

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17 Responses to “UGA had ‘exhausted all avenues’ on Fairley cheap shots”
  1. soflatrojan says: Nov 17, 2010 9:46 AM

    UGA should have put a scrub in the game to go after Fairley’s knees on a couple plays.

  2. thompgk says: Nov 17, 2010 10:04 AM

    Nagurski finalist!!!!!!

  3. steelers6pack says: Nov 17, 2010 10:13 AM

    That is no surprise! Like I have said in previous post the SEC will do anythign for one of their own to play for national title! DUI’s, arrest, not going to class and on field fighting does not matter! If Auburn were to face Tenn-Chattanooga he would have been suspend for 1st half! NCAA needs to step in and FORCE SEC to suspend him OR fine SEC 1 million dollars!

  4. thompgk says: Nov 17, 2010 10:18 AM

    steelers, it really should be ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!

  5. superfbfan says: Nov 17, 2010 10:21 AM

    Yep…too much $ on the line for SEC to suspend Fairley…sad because this has been going on all year and if the SEC and refs had done their job what happened sat. would have been avoided…college football and the bcs are a complete joke…

  6. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Nov 17, 2010 11:15 AM

    What the SEC do something to protect student athletes from getting injuried for life? Remember this NASCAR country, death, dismemberment, and paralysis are all part of the show.

  7. WingT says: Nov 17, 2010 11:19 AM

    It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Auburn does in the way of disciplining Fairley.

  8. blakebuchanan87 says: Nov 17, 2010 11:37 AM

    I absolutely agree the hit in the back of the QB was a cheap shot…but why no coverage of the UGA players retaliating by trying to tear apart Fairley’s knees? I’d imagine they would have had to be suspended too if the SEC had decided to suspend Fairley for what he did.

  9. mitifinenoles says: Nov 17, 2010 12:36 PM

    It was not just one cheap shot. He was involved in a number of cheap shots and evidently had a track record coming in to this game. As I said before Karma will get him because the SEC will not.

  10. soflatrojan says: Nov 17, 2010 12:40 PM

    WingT,
    I think you forgot to put LOL or ROTFLMAO at the end of your post.

    Good luck to Bama I hope you Auburn. I would love to see a Boise vs TCU BCS Championship game. Anything to move closer to a playoff.

  11. soflatrojan says: Nov 17, 2010 12:41 PM

    Sorry, meant to say I hope you beat Auburn.

  12. WingT says: Nov 17, 2010 4:32 PM

    Trojan,
    I am sure that Auburn will not punish Fairley, so I guess you caught me at sarcasm again, lol

    But I am glad that Auburns 2 best players are playing in the Alabama game – should be a great game – another Auburn / Alabama classic.

    Roll Tide

  13. thompgk says: Nov 17, 2010 4:52 PM

    There is a reason that UGA is beating its head against the wall and it has to do with the fact that 22 of their players came off the sideline to clash at the end of the game to Auburns 0.

    If UGA wanted to go after getting him suspended they were risking having their 22 guys suspended in addition to two offensive linemen who were on film punching Fairley on the ground after the play.

    One of the guys punching had already been suspended once this year for below the waist blocks, but thats ok because Fairley is a big mean animal.

  14. proppilot says: Nov 17, 2010 5:58 PM

    This is really a bash session but what appears to be a group of hypocrites. Fairly is aggressive, too much so at times but how was the hit on Murray a cheap shot?

    I’ve seen the replay numerous times and he was blocked into the QB, there was no cheap shot about it. The media has a definite bias but you guys are making it easy for them. Explain how the chop blocks against Fairly are justified (and they were before the supposed “cheap shot”), or how the Ga offensive line ganging up on Fairly the next play is justified, or the entire Ga sideline clearing on the scuffle that followed? Seems like a double set of standards here.

    The Auburn defensive players that threw the punches should be benched, not just for a half but the entire game. So should the Ga bench that went onto the field during the altercation. I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Coach Richt but he didn’t help the situation either and this whinning is starting to sound an awful lot like Bama speak…….

  15. gamustangdude says: Nov 18, 2010 7:34 AM

    So we punish 22 guys for walking maybe 10-15 feet, but don’t want to punish a guy for spearing a quarterback, in the back 3-4 seconds after the ball was out of his hand.

    Oh and the punching on the ground stuff happens almost more often than you think at all football games. What do you thing they do in dog piles, whisper sweet nothings? But I’m implying that you’ve actually played sports before, more than likely you probably haven’t.

    I hope Fairley gets his knees taken out; it’ll be nothing short of karma

  16. WingT says: Nov 18, 2010 8:12 AM

    @proppilot
    I have watched Fairley play 4 or 5 games this year and I agree with you that he is not a dirty player. He is relentless and I have yet to see a team stop him this year.

    The Auburn / Georgia game got out of control at the end. I fault the refs for that one – they can do a much better job calming down the players when emotions start to take over. It doesn’t matter who started it – both teams went over the line.

    I think the SEC handled this correctly and I am sure that both teams have been warned to cool it in future play. I would expect the refs to really watch for and flag any unsportman like conduct in the next games.

  17. tide4life says: Nov 18, 2010 10:17 AM

    Fairely was NOT conveniently “blocked” into Murray; only the most pathetic apologist can maintain such a stance with a straight face. The kid is a thug and cretin, and apparently has some sort of cloaking device that renders him invisible to officials most of the time. Guess a booster paid for that, too.
    The hell with Newton- who can we get to investigate the SEC?

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