Richt may file Auburn complaint

Coach weighs league complaint over injury to QB Murray

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Auburn defender Nick Fairley (90) rolls over UGA's Aaron Murray in the second half of Saturday's game.
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 8:51 PM
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ATLANTA  - Georgia coach Mark Richt would not say Sunday if he has filed a complaint to the Southeastern Conference about the hit by an Auburn player that knocked Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray out of Saturday's game.

Georgia coach Mark Richt reacts following a first half Auburn score during an NCAA college football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.  AP
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Georgia coach Mark Richt reacts following a first half Auburn score during an NCAA college football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.

Richt also would not answer questions about Murray's health. Murray had to be helped from the field and did not return after Auburn's Nick Fairley hit the quarterback's knee in the Tigers' 49-31 win on Saturday.

Fairley was penalized for a late hit on Murray earlier in the game.

When asked about Murray's injury, Richt said "I'm not going to talk about injuries ... just going to hold off on that."

The play that knocked Murray out of the game preceded skirmishes that resulted in the ejections of Auburn's Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans, who threw punches.

Asked if he sent film to the SEC of the hits on Murray or other events late in the game, Richt said it was "another subject I'm not going to make a comment on right now."

Richt said he had not been contacted by Auburn coach Gene Chizik on Sunday to discuss the plays.

"No, but I don't really expect him to," Richt said. "I know our guys were highly emotionally charged, also. I'm not going to sit here and try to say their guys were doing one thing and our guys were doing another."

Added Richt: "I know he's a man of integrity. He doesn't need to do that on my account."

Chizik, asked about Fairley's hit that knocked Murray out of the game, said "That's not what we do here."

"Everything we're going to do is with effort, with great effort," Chizik said Sunday. "Are we going to make a mistake here and there with an intensive effort? Yes. That's going to happen because it's human error. But I can assure you certainly nothing is ever done intentionally to harm another player. That's not happening."

Richt said after the game he didn't think Murray suffered structural damage to his knee. He usually offers injury updates in his Sunday teleconferences with reporters.

Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings left in the third quarter with an injury to his right ankle and was on crutches on the sideline.

Georgia has an off week before playing Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.

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smartie
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smartie 11/14/10 - 11:08 pm
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anybody can see that this

anybody can see that this fairley dude has a method to picking up the opposing qb and driving him into the ground. he's dirty. should be kicked out of college football. auburns love affair with chizik and newton will soon be over. they'll be just like the bowden team of the 90's. all dressed up, and nowhere to go. probations coming, warrr eagle!! i hope it's the death penalty, this time. after the dexter manley scandal you know, the guy can't even read or write, yet, has a degree from, you guessed it, warrr eagle! this is a PATHETIC excuse for a athletics department.

smartie
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smartie 11/14/10 - 11:14 pm
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a mistake? that's what he

a mistake? that's what he says? gary danielson said the first time this fairley dude got in the backfield saturday, he's been accused of picking up, and driving his prey into the ground. no sportsmanship on this team. you can rest assured, a team with no discipline, no sense of fairness, no values, can't win a championship. chizik is a classless gator, a thug himself. i'll go on record now, and you can talk to me in january, auburn ends up 11-3.

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CATFISHSTEW 11/14/10 - 11:46 pm
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On the play in question..the

On the play in question..the injured leg...# 90 was blocked from his right side and into the QB..# 90's face mask hit Murray's shinn and that is painful. On further reveiw...he was not hurt that much, because he RAN out on the field on the next play for the fight. so the ruling stands no harm no foul. Get over it, this not putt-putt golf.

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kylen74 11/15/10 - 12:03 am
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Richt just better be worried

Richt just better be worried about his job. No flag was called on any of the plays. All of the comparisons to Dexter Manley and some people thinking he was at Auburn.. Hmmm, check the facts he was a OSU Cowboy. Nick Fairley is going to be the Defensive MVP for this year.

smartie
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smartie 11/15/10 - 12:20 am
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you're exactly right,

you're exactly right, kylen74. my mistake. as for fairley, he probably will be. doesn't change the facts, however, that he is a dirty football player. flags, or no flags, this type of tackling needs to be banned. it's not football. it's a wrestling maneuver. didn't change the outcome. the best team still won. as for chizik, "this isn't who we are"(ajc article)? yes it is. it's exactly who you are. this thug wasn't just all of a sudden under some voodoo trance and trying to injure georgias qb. the newton thing, this type of tackling only confirms, chiziks a jerk, he'll get his. looks like eric ramsey would've taught you guys a lesson.

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CATFISHSTEW 11/15/10 - 12:25 am
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I know that he body slammed

I know that he body slammed Murray, but the play he went out on... (knee) it was not intentional...the guy was blocked into Murry no flag no foul!! I just watched it 10 min ago Mr smarty. there is nothing wrong with Murray's knee. his chest and back maybe. If he can't take the hits, there is always swimming,or underwater basket weaving. When he ran out on the field the very next play,...he's lucky that he did not get punched...just saying.

smartie
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smartie 11/15/10 - 12:35 am
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oh! ok. thanks for the

oh! ok. thanks for the warning. i thought we were arguing. i guess THIS is putt-putt golf. i know football. it's tactical. it's rough. it requires strategy. fundamental. hard hitting is an attribute. georgias had 'em. thomas davis. greg blue. but, don't sit here and try to convince me that what fairley was doing is acceptable. all it would take, is to lose one of your stars by way of a dirty tackle, and you guys would say the same. as for the mvp thing, don't discount justin houston. he is the sec sack leader.

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smec29 11/15/10 - 12:41 am
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Fairley had 3 Personal Fouls

Fairley had 3 Personal Fouls on him BEFORE that play, give me a break cat, this guy has no class, no sense of respect for himself, others, or the game.

smartie
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smartie 11/15/10 - 12:42 am
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oh, he can take 'em. he's

oh, he can take 'em. he's actually proven to be pretty dang tough in his freshman season. i'm not arguing about the play he went out on. my only point is the fairley method of trying to injure a qb. you saw it. i saw it. it's dirty. period. and if his coaching staff doesn't STOP IT, then they CONDONE IT! it's not football, mr. stew.

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johnston.cliff 11/15/10 - 12:46 am
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Fairley should be reprimanded

Fairley should be reprimanded for his style of tackling.

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Pizzaguy 11/15/10 - 12:58 am
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Auburn played a mediocre

Auburn played a mediocre Georgia team and came out on top again, just like 10 other teams this year, left 'em all crying. Auburn is gonna roll on thru the next 3 games and come out the champions. They do what they have to do to win. Those fights started on the ground by Georgia players taking "dirty" shots at a man who was down.

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smartie 11/15/10 - 01:03 am
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anyway, that issue will be

anyway, that issue will be addressed. as for you being all concerned for our classy guy coach's job, don't worry. coach richt will be in athens, winning championships, long after auburns probation is over, and a new coach is in place there. eric ramsey, cam newton. WHEN WILL YOU GUYS LEARN?

smartie
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smartie 11/15/10 - 01:10 am
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"they do what they have to to

"they do what they have to to win?" we know they paid, at least, $200,000. for a qb.

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smartie 11/15/10 - 01:12 am
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alright! i'm done. our year

alright! i'm done. our year stinks. all i have left to say is, GO COCKS!!

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CATFISHSTEW 11/15/10 - 01:33 am
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When a corner back dislodges

When a corner back dislodges the ball from the guy tring to make the catch,,,,people say, did you see the hit he put on the reciever. Nothing dirty about those kinds of plays or hits. Football is a violate game ,thats why 70 to 80 Thousand fill the seats and people watch at home.Just like Nascar you really think they watch car racing around the track...no they want to see wrecks and violate hits. If you can watch.... try watching a fishing on TV. Now they really hit on those shows.

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smartie 11/15/10 - 01:41 am
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yes, yes, catfish! i can

yes, yes, catfish! i can relate. i hope you're sitting. i have something to tell you, that may be upsetting to you. "happy gilmore", was a fictional character. it is a comedy, created to make people laugh. it was not one of those "feel good", true stories. that would be called "biography". no such person. i'm sorry.

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SlapShot2 11/15/10 - 01:49 am
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Any true football fan knows

Any true football fan knows that Auburn played dirty and they will get there due. I expect the NCAA will get their point across aftet they take aways their wins. Chizik, Trooper (assistant coach) and Fairley did not represent Auburn in a fashion that would resemble a school of high standards. I guess thats what happens when you lose to Georgia 4 staight years.

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dickworth1 11/15/10 - 05:12 am
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Maybe the NCAA will act on
Unpublished

Maybe the NCAA will act on the cam newton issue and auapend him and
Auburn. It would be justice to the rest of the schools in this country. You
can not allow college students to have agents and be negotiating money
issues of which school he opts to go to. I wonder what Auburn paid? I
do not believe he is that great nor do I believe Auburn is that great! Auburn has not even won the SEC, they must defeat Carolina and I think
USC will kick their butt in Atlanta.

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PWRSPD 11/15/10 - 06:58 am
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How can any of ya'll say

How can any of ya'll say anything about any other teams players after so many of ours have been locked up this year?LOL. Ya'll sound like a bunch of losers whining "they were mean to our poor little thugs".LOL.

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just a comment or two 11/15/10 - 08:10 am
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Recruit thugs and they play

Recruit thugs and they play like thugs, no matter the school or the coach.

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smec29 11/15/10 - 09:07 am
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I am a GA fan through and

I am a GA fan through and through, yes we are having a bad season, yes we have a good team that just cant get it together. There is no excuse for the personal hits that certain players think is ok! Bottom line. No whining, no crying, thats just common sense.

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lhsparent11 11/15/10 - 10:50 am
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CATFISHSTEW--If you were

CATFISHSTEW--If you were paying attention you would have realized that it was Aaron's brother, Josh (#16), that was on the field, Not Aaron!! His teammates were defending their QB because of all the cheap shot(s) that were taken on Aaron (#11) throughout the entire game!! It wasn't just that play, or the one that was called that they were angry about!!

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BornInAUG 11/15/10 - 11:08 am
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wow, the VERY reason I hate

wow, the VERY reason I hate UGA. Ya'll have confirmed it. The whiniest fans around! Get over it, it's football. He was blocked into Murray. This "classy" coach, isn't he the same who sent his whole team out on the field to dance and showboat after scoring first? The fights were started by UGA also. Just suck it up and stick to your motto, "well, there's always next year"

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thetroll 11/15/10 - 11:12 am
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nobody has mentioned the

nobody has mentioned the earlier play where fairley speared murray in the back helmet first , i think that it was more blatent and intentional than the other one

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Spartacus 11/15/10 - 11:16 am
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need some cheese with that

need some cheese with that whine....
UGA is Thug U and has been that way for a long time..
I thought y'all would be used to being LOSERS by now...

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justthefacts 11/15/10 - 11:17 am
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That play ( the helmet to the

That play ( the helmet to the back) would have brought him an ejection in the NFL. As the announcers commented, the NCAA has to look into this type of play. It was a blatant, obvious attempt to injury Murray. The play that Murray was actually hurt on was probably not avoidable. IMO.

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CATFISHSTEW 11/15/10 - 11:17 am
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Can't wait to see the

Can't wait to see the headlines next year. Georgia wins SEC flag football
championship. Do you think that retalliation on the next play was called for. two wrongs does not make one right. Lets face it football is a tough
sport..whats next ? I see my last post was deleted for some reason,AC
or someone else has some thin skin this am.

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chascush 11/15/10 - 09:02 pm
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justthefacts, ‘nobody has

justthefacts, ‘nobody has mentioned the earlier play where fairley speared murray in the back helmet first , i think that it was more blatent and intentional than the other one’
You are correct he should have been ejected for that play. Worst play calling I have ever seen in a GA/Auburn and I have seen most for 40 years. They hit Murray late after a lot of passes.

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