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Auburn DT Nick Fairley Won't Be Suspended By SEC For Aaron Murray Hits

The SEC won't suspend controversial Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley for his various dirty hits on Georgia Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray. The conference did say the matter will "be handled between the conference office and the institution," meaning Auburn has been warned to keep Fairley set on kill, not maim.

Fairley's hit to Murray's knee may have been incidental, but his behavior throughout the rest of the game (and his college career) doesn't provide us with any supporting evidence for the reasoned claim that "this is footbaw, skirts on quarterbacks, write about volleyball." 

It's nuts that two Auburn linemen -- DT Mike Blanc and DE Michael Goggans -- will be suspended for the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide for punching opponents in the helmets, while Fairley isn't being suspended for nearly halving a quarterback who was no longer involved in a play. The rule on punches is there to prevent things from getting out of hand, sure, but Fairley's presence in the game after his shot to Murray's spine meant the game was already partially out of control anyway.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.