That's "terror" in two senses: Between 7.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and a handful of dominating performances on national television, Fairley's reputation for terrorizing offenses like no other defensive lineman in the SEC this year is well-earned. But between his consistently suplexing, body slamming, planting, goring, kneecapping and especially spearing opposing quarterbacks, so is his reputation as the dirtiest player.
And despite Georgia's best efforts in the wake of Saturday's contentious, 49-31 loss on the Plains, he'll be taking both reputations into Tuscaloosa in two weeks, for all 60 minutes:
The Southeastern Conference office has reviewed the tape of the Auburn-Georgia game and has decided it will not suspend Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley for the Iron Bowl against Alabama.
That news comes today from SEC associate commissioner Charles Bloom.
"We're handling the matter internally with the institution," Bloom told The Birmingham News.
Fairley was flagged in the third quarter for blindsiding Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray with a helmet to the back well after Murray had let go of the ball. Later, he was at the center of the fourth quarter melee that landed two of his Auburn linemates an automatic first half suspension at Alabama for throwing punches in Fairley's defense, after Georgia linemen ganged up on him in response to a late, helmet-on-kneecap hit that knocked Murray out of the game.
The SEC has already opened the door for suspensions this year by holding out two players, South Carolina linebacker Rodney Paulk and Mississippi State linebacker Chris Hughes, who was put on ice for an entire game by the conference office for a flagrant hit against UAB that wasn't flagged during the game. There hasn't been a more egregious hit in college football this year than the shot Fairley put on Murray to draw the personal foul. When it comes to the presence of one of the best players in the league in one of the biggest games of the year, I guess "flagrant" is all in the eyes of the beholder.
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