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Will Marshall Play?

By on July 21st, 2014 in Football 16 Comments »

14O2O7.AuSt.70- Nick runs over Tenn. - Auburn media, anthony hallIf I were a betting man, I’d say that starting Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall will sit for the opener against Arkansas. While athletic department policy says a suspension is not required, something tells me Gus Malzahn will send a message to his team.

The fact that he has Jeremy Johnson as the backup makes the decision all the more easy. As much as I hate to see it, Malzahn needs to make a statement. Giving a slap on the wrist to your star player is never smart this early in your tenure.

Arkansas won’t be a lay down, but there’s no doubt Johnson has the ability to lead Auburn with more than a month to prepare. Malzahn needs to announce a punishment sooner rather than later. Marshall is by all accounts a good kid who made a mistake.

Let’s not allow this story to play out for two months. Announce the punishment and move on. It will all be forgotten by the first week of September…

If this past week’s preview of the SEC Network during SEC Media Days is any indication of the quality programming that lies ahead, I’ll only be tuning in for the games. I still don’t see the wisdom of throwing Greg McElroy, Paul Finebaum and Jesse Palmer into viewers faces for two hours on Saturday. I’d rather have a long dinner with Nick and Terry Saban than endure these clowns…

Speaking of the new network, it looks like its going to be on most major cable operators when it launches early next month. Comcast reached an agreement with the SEC on Friday and it looks like DirecTV is about to follow…

It’s official. Erin Andrews will not be part of college football this upcoming season. Considering she hosted Fox’s version of GameDay last year, you probably thought she left a year ago.

Andrews was recently promoted to the top sideline reporter position for Fox’s NFL coverage, replacing Pam Oliver. Last season as host of Fox College Saturday, Andrews and her team failed to convert viewers from ESPN’s College GameDay. The ESPN show averaged more than 1.8 million viewers a week compared to Fox’s 73,000.

There are some cable access channels with better success. Say what you will, but I’ll miss Andrews. When you saw her on the sidelines you knew it was a big game. She’ll be missed…

Something that’s flown beneath the radar is the relocation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta next month. The 94,000 square foot facility is scheduled to open August 23rd.

It’s relocating from South Bend, Indiana. I had a chance to visit there a few years back and the experience was incredible with a ton of Auburn representation. I can only imagine what the new place will bring. To see more, click here.


  1. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Maybe it should be done soon so as not to drag out the story but I’m not so sure Gus will do it. He may be wanting to keep Bert guessing on which QB to prepare for. I think he might keep everyone guessing and maybe have Johnson start the first half and if the game is close, bring in Marshall in the second half.

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Beevis Butthead does not deserve a heads up.He isn’t smart enough to think of more than one thing at a time.
    He so confused right now.

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Malzahn just said that we may find out Nick’s fate soon. He told ESPN’s ‘Numbers Never Lie’ show,

    “”Up until that point, (Nick) had been a model student, citizen, all of the above, but he made a mistake. He’s our quarterback. The quarterback is the face of our program, so he’ll have some things he’ll have to pay for. I have not decided that for sure right now, but – it will be in a short period of time – I’ll have that figured out.”

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Yeah but he also said this morning that Auburn is in good shape with Jeremy Johnson as a possible starter it will be interesting to see if after he makes his decission if he goes public with it or keeps Bert in the dark.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      “Hello…hold, please…Gus! I have a booster on the phone who wants to speak with you!”

  4. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    I for one, think AU would beat Arkansas this year wit Kiehl Frazier at QB (not sure why everybody is so worried about Bert). As it is JJ will be more than capable of lighting up the Arky secondary, plus the more JJ plays in these types of games the better he will be next season or if Marshall goes down this year.

  5. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Phillip Marshall’s take on the matter is the same. But actually reading his column he leads me to believe Marshall’s punishment will be light if not non-existent.

    While I hate to be the pessimist… family, I am not so sure we don’t still have a substance abuse problem that reared it’s head under Chizik. In my mind I think Gus should have released whether Marshall and the DB had anything in their system after the urinalysis test. We never heard anything but about the dissappointment and impending doom of Malzahn punishment.

    Now it looks like we will never know. Paint puppy dog eyes on yourself… act remorseful…. and the Coach is a push over.

    Did Marshall break any laws? I guess the correct response is that he wasn’t arrested. But he did receive a citation and will have to pay a fine. Technically… that’s a yes.

    My question is if that’s the case… is Auburn sacrificing it’s moral compass on a chance to compete for a chance at a championship?

    We wouldn’t be the first in this (Confrence or State… take your pick) to do that now would we…

    Are we ok @ the prettiest village on the Plains? I am not as sure as I once was.


    • uglyjoe says:

      I feel similar. I think Auburn has worked hard to improve their image and this doesn’t help. I would like to see them do something to make a statement. Multiple game suspension for both, show the world that we are different. I hope we are.

  6. donnajoandmike84 says:

    What I hope happens: Malzahn suspends Mincy and Marshall for the Ark game and JJ lights em up and Auburn hangs 50 on Bert and its never even close.

  7. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    So if he had a speeding ticket….would you hold him out a game? GA is saying that this is nothing more than a speeding ticket according to their laws. You pay a fine and you stay out of court. I don’t condone drugs but this is much ado about nothing. Did Reese get held out a game? I know it was a different coach but drinking is just as bad if not worse than mj. I’m still okay with whatever Gus decides ( he is paid millions to make decisions) but I won’t condemn him either way…..if he loses control ~ he will lose his job. He only has to look at his predecessor to know that. It’s his job to determine the direction of the team. I LOVE Auburn football but it is my hobby and entertainment……it doesn’t affect my love for Auburn. I never left any game early in 2012 ~ those guys deserved my support even if their coach was blowing it. I was not embarrassed for the University but felt sorry for the kids more than anything. It’s still a game. My diploma is still valid.

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I share many of your sentiments. I was there to the last play in a ghost town at the end of a 63-21 beating Johnny Football and Co. delivered on us. Dismukes did lose a few starts, as I recall.

      …..As far as the weed, the law’s less important than the school and football team policy. You can legally smoke weed in Colorado now, but an employer can still fire you for a positive test.

      …..What bugs me most about the incident is that he was driving. I’m a liberal (liberal on individual freedoms, but not on subsidizing idle hands…) at heart, and I think a person should be able to make their own decisions about what they are going to consume. It’s none of the government’s business. (Yes, I know that’s idealistic and unworkable!) When you get high and drive, it’s not just you. You are putting others on the road at risk.

  8. mikegee2 says:

    I love Auburn, and I am sick of the drug problem rampant in Sports (life) today. Punish Nick, give him ANOTHER second chance, and move on. Mistakes can be remediated. It’s the innate character I always worry about.

    ARKY will fall.

  9. tigertracker says:

    I think he (and mincy) needs to sit for the army game. This needs to happen for the sake of the team and public perception. It’s in my opinion the right thing to do. Now for the silver lining. You’ve got a month to prepare JJ. He needs to get some experience against more than Florida Atlantic type teams and this would be a great opportunity in the event Marshall goes down later in the year. The team I would think will rally around JJ and get the win. Either way JJ gets great experience and Marshall returns for a tune up game against a cupcake in game 2. If for some reason we lose to arky it’s the first game so we could recover. Being a west team it would hurt more than a loss to non con or east team, but survivable at any rate. War Eagle!

  10. sparkey sparkey says:

    I think we should stick to the drug policy Auburn already has in place. One offense, it’s basically nothing but counseling. On the second offense, you lose whatever equals 50% of your games during the season. On the third offense, you’re permanently kicked off the team. I personally hope Auburn treats him the same as every other athlete no more no less.

  11. milehighmike says:

    Not only did Marshall and Mincy get caught but these two players are seniors. I know Pot is legal in Colorado, although I do not agree with it. But if Malzahn sits both Marshall and Mincy down it would hopefully send a message to the rest of the team. I guess we’ll find out soon enough from Gus.