The morning after on the Plains

With Friday’s dismissal of the four players arrested on armed robbery charges, Gene Chizik’s got a helluva job ahead of him.  And, no, it’s not making people like Scarbinsky happy.  It’s this:

The arrests and quick dismissal of four Auburn football players won’t dramatically change the Tigers’ 2011 opening day lineup, but it has created more holes on a roster that will be radically different than the one that won the national championship eight weeks ago.

The Tigers have lost at least 32 players since they beat Oregon for the BCS title, including five players who have been dismissed following arrests in the last two weeks. [Emphasis added.]

The good news there is that the dismissed kids didn’t make the situation much worse.  The bad news is that the roster was already thinned out before the arrests.

… Auburn returns only three starters on offense and three on defense, and neither of its kickers.

The Tigers must replace their top passer and rusher, in quarterback Cam Newton; three of their four top receivers; and seven of their top nine tacklers.

The high-profile work will come when the Tigers seek to replace their three juniors who have left for the NFL draft. Gone are Newton, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and wide receiver Darvin Adams and their considerable statistics. Auburn is also losing 24 seniors, 20 of whom either started or played a significant role last season.

Piece of cake.


Filed under Auburn's Cast of Thousands, Gene Chizik Is The Chiznit

65 responses to “The morning after on the Plains

  1. lrgk9

    Piece of Pie,
    Easy as cake…


  2. Dawg eat Dawg

    A little respect please, we’re talking about a reigning Coach of the Year here …

    • TennesseeDawg

      and Fulmer Cup championship contender.

      • Contender? I hate to think what would have to happen for another school to overtake Auburn at this point.

        • WarD Eagle

          Oh ye of little faith.

          Surely, there are some some major violations resting beneath the surface somewhere.

          When fall rolls around and reporters focus on football again, I’m sure something will turn up.

          • Dog in Fla

            Yes but by Fall the Fulmer Cup season will be closed. Until then, never count the University of Tennessee out on anything. If there is a school that has the tiger blood and bad decision making capabilities to challenge Auburn’s commanding lead on accumulating multiple felony charges, it has to be the Vols. They are winners and they do it with panache like a Prius getaway vehicle.

          • Go Dawgs!

            Of course, “major violations” sounds more like an NCAA thing than law enforcement issues, for which the Fulmer Cup is awarded.

            However, I do like the fact that “everyone else is doing it, too” is now becoming Auburn’s answer for everything.

            • WarD Eagle

              I stand corrected on the NCAA vs Sheriff.

              As to the “everyone else is doing it, too”, you’re the originator of those words in this conversation, not me. Considering your school is the latest reporter of violations, I understand how that phrase might be on the tip of your tongue.

              • Hackerdog

                Take the major out of it, and you’re correct. UGA, along with (almost) every other school, does commit a few inadvertent violations that are considered secondary.

                Then, there are those happy few schools who are willing to go “all in” on the NCAA violations. If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying, eh?

                • WarD Eagle

                  But, as a UGA fan, I’m sure you’re okay being one of “those few happy schools” as long as Richt doesn’t lose the big one yet again, right?

                  • Joe

                    Your like the pot calling the kettle black.

                  • Hackerdog

                    Read it again. UGA is guilty of a secondary violation. Richt didn’t pay anybody. Our players (and/or their families) haven’t admitted any pay for play schemes. That would be a major violation. See the difference?

                    Can you think of any schools that are implicated in pay for play schemes? You shouldn’t have to think too hard. It’s one you know well. And it’s not UGA.

  3. Bad M

    Depends on how much they paid for their replacements.

  4. Ubiquitous GA Alum

    The Aubies need to call the Bamers and ask how the addition by subtraction process works because they (Bama) only get better when starters leave …

  5. AthensHomerDawg

    ….let me get a tissue.

  6. mwo

    With that many players leaving they should have plenty of cap room to reload.

  7. JaxDawg

    Everyone (except Auburn fans) knew that this was a one-hit-wonder team. Chizik has built nothing at Auburn; no staying power, no repetitive success, no depth, no strong foundation, no consistency – just college football’s versions of Dexys Midnight Runners.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see it take 4-5 years before either GA or AL lose to them again.

    • WarD Eagle

      I’ll take our one-hit-wonder over your perennially over ranked no-hitters.

      • Ward Smeagol

        me precious mnc….me precious….

      • Wow, y’all beat Georgia one time in five years and all of a sudden you’re a powerhouse. Have y’all been cribbing strategy from Tech fans?

        • WarD Eagle

          UGA fans, the most selective memories on the planet.

          • 2006: Top-five Auburn team, routed by an unranked Georgia squad.

            2007: 18th-ranked Auburn team comes into Sanford with one of the nation’s top defenses, gives up 45 points, leaves wearing tight pants and lipstick.

            2008: At home, Auburn manages only 13 points against the worst defense of the Richt era, loses.

            2009: Auburn blows a 14-0 lead against an even worse defense, loses.

            2010: An undefeated, second-ranked Auburn team beats a Georgia team that would finish 6-7. Apparently they expect to be given a cookie for this.

            Not all that selective, was it? What’d I miss?

            • WarD Eagle


              …if you’re a five year old.

              • Mayor of Dawgtown

                The fact is that overall the series is just about 50-50 between the 2 schools and is one of the best rivalries in all of college football.

              • Ben

                Ah, yes, Georgia fans are children for recalling the most recent history. Nice one, WarD Eagle. I guess that makes you a mere infant then, right?

      • Go Dawgs!

        from what I hear, the hit’s gonna be pretty big on the Plains when the hammer finally hits from your one-hit-wonder…

        • WarD Eagle

          Alas! The rare bammerdawg post.

          • Go Dawgs!

            I’m not sure I understand what you mean here. Anyone who references the smoke around the Newton family potentially leading the NCAA to a fire somewhere is an Alabama fan?

      • Turd Ferguson

        Auburn is a “30 for 30” special just waiting to happen. Wonder if Auburn fans will still “take [their] one-hit-wonder” as they watch. More than likely, by that point, they’ll all be pretending to have been Bama fans all along.

      • Joe

        I don’t think so. Go look at the averages for teams over-ranked and under-ranked. Georgia is perennially UNDER-RANKED. Oh and WHEN your MNC is stripped because Cheez and Dye went “ALL IN”…remember this response.

    • mant

      Now that was funny.

      Comparing what I remember of the Come On Eileen video to the AU fan base. Overalls – Check, Bad Teeth – Check, Fugly Chicks – Check.

      In conclusion Dexys Midnight Runners were AU Grads all along…..

      I love a good conspiracy theory

  8. ScoutDawg

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer program.

  9. They now can justify their overpayment, I mean oversigning.

  10. Ausdawg85

    All part of the plan. Take the sanctions now while you have 2 – 3 years to rebuild anyway. Then buy another upgrade and go all-in in 2013 / 2014.

    • WarD Eagle

      It hurts, doesn’t it?

      • ScoutDawg

        It is going to hurt you a lot worse.

      • Shadrach

        No, it doesn’t. I’ve got some dignity, something that despite the Auburn Creed, most folks on the Plains are willing to sell for a QB and his Pops. If you have to cheat to win, it only makes you more pitiful when you celebrate it. Fool.

        • WarD Eagle


          Is that what makes you invent the “Auburn must have cheated because they beat my MAHTEE BULLDAWGS” delusion?


          • Hackerdog

            You think Georgia fans are behind the Newton getting paid scandal? I know the Senator is Jewish, but I don’t think he controls the media.

            • Dog in Fla

              But if you ever hear Wagner around here…

              • Hackerdog

                Physician, heal thyself.

                You posted, “Is that what makes you invent the “Auburn must have cheated …” delusion?”

                So, by your own words, you’re claiming a Georgia fan invented the “delusion” that Auburn must have cheated. Did a Georgia fan also coerce Cecil Newton to admit that he was lobbying for cash?

                Do you admit that stating that a Georgia fan(s) invented the Auburn cheating scandal is idiotic? Or do you stand by your statement, going “all in”?

  11. Comin' Down The Track

    I’d like to chuck another log on the smoke producer.

    What are the chances that these dirtbags turn on Auburn and sell them down (or up, as the case may be) the river?

    • JaxDawg

      I’d like to take a crap in this already smelly bucket of shit.

    • WarD Eagle

      Well, it’s obvious to everyone but we Auburn folk that these four doofusses were on the gigantic Auburn payroll. After all, we all know it’s the wealthiest folks in the nation that commit armed robbery.

      • Comin' Down The Track

        Your logical acrobatics are sensational. Jumping from one non sequitur to the next without a care in the world… It really is a pleasure to watch you work. My hat is off to you, sir.

        One does not have to have been on a payroll to have known about a payroll.

        But all in, right?

        Really, I get it. I’d be enjoying my title, too, if I were you; but I don’t know if I’d be skywriting about it all over the place…
        Who knows? Maybe I would.
        Carry on, Ward. You’re an inspiration to us all.

        • JaxDawg

          they’re hardly “acrobatic”. More like complete denial and childlike arrogance.

        • WarD Eagle

          How ironic that you understood the connection of my non sequitur.

          • Comin' Down The Track

            First of all, learn the definition of ironic.
            Secondly, a non sequitur is a statement that does not follow logically from the previous statement. It does not mean that it was completely incoherent.
            You know what. Nevermind.

            I won’t be dragged down to your level then have you beat me with experience.

  12. W Cobb Dawg

    I guess that makes the Dawgs already easy 2011 schedule even easier. Malzahn shoud’ve tossed his hat into more coaching vacancies while he was a hot commodity.

  13. Turd Ferguson

    God I love when fans of rival teams show up on rivals’ blogs to desperately attempt to defend their team from any and all criticism, no matter how deserving. Truly, one of the most pathetic sights in sports fandome.

    • mant

      Well, we are talking about Auburn fans here. So, yeah.

      Didn’t they invent righteous indignation on the plains?

      I mean it’s not they have a history of doing the things they are being accused of. Oh wait, they do.

      And to actually defend a home invasion is new low, even for the barners……

      And before you get your panties in a ward, you have yet to take issue with what the post was made on, again typical of your fan base.

      Tell us how you would have done the invasion Ward, and gotten away with it….

    • WarD Eagle

      It isn’t nearly as pathetic as the “rivals’ blog” defense, is it?

      Waaaaahhhh! You shouldn’t be here messin’ with my groupthink! I had all my cute little ideas lined up and we were imagining how bad you were.

      As to most pathetic, I guess you’ve never seen a grown man bark in public.

      • mant

        I guess you don’t have a job, as evidenced by the amount of time you spend here.


        Since every fan base in the country has accused you “fools” of cheating, do you go on every major CFB fan base blogs and boards posting this?

        You still haven’t posted on the topic this thread was started with. You keep repeating the same tired old cliches because at the end of the day, you couldn’t come up with an original thought if your life depended on it. But then again, what else is there to do in Alabama. And now you will tell me you don’t live in Alabama, you were just educated there. And that statement will win for me every single time. The butt of all the nation’s jokes, and it was your choice to be educated there. Gold Jerry, Gold.

        And when, not if, but when the FBI finally gets its day in court with your Board of Trustees, you know all of them have been indicted, we know we will never hear from you again…..

  14. Samford Hall

    Yes it is the morning after, but ooooooooooohhhhh what a party it was!

    You wouldn’t understand.

  15. Aious

    So with these 4 arrests, we learned that when AU players get arrested for robbery, they are bad apples

    When a single UGA player gets public intox, they are thugs who show what an out-of-control program it is

    Brilliant logic

    • Jimmy Williamson

      Don’t forget about emerging from alleys, or failure to use their middle names. We, as a civilization, cannot tolerate such blatant disregard for the pettiest of rules.

      On my watch, UGA will have the safest alleys of any campus in the country.