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Chizik addresses the Smith situation

Here's what coach Gene Chizik had to say about Eric Smith's early-morning arrest.

He spoke to reporters after the Tigers' practice Friday night.

``I've spent a lot of the day fact-finding and doing a lot of research on the incident," Chizik said. ``In my opinion, it's a family matter between Eric, myself and our football team. I can assure you that is has been addressed. I've met with the young man, I've met with our football team. We have certain expectations of an Auburn man and quite frankly he didn't live up to that. So we've addressed it and if you see him in an Auburn uniform again I can guarantee you that he's paid a price to be an Auburn man and he'll be a lot better one at that point than he is now."


Blogger ehyou said...


7:09 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

So we basicaly know nothing, right?

7:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Yep. Exactly.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'm glad to be part of the media. I like my job. I'm trying not to go overboard with this story.

If we were to rank the 75 scholarship players in terms of their value to the team, where would you rank Eric Smith?

He'd be at least 40. Maybe in the 50s.

7:16 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I think we were more interested in gauging Chizik's reaction than the consequences to Smith.

7:19 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I think you're about right JGT... somewhere in the 45 range...

What's your read on the situation... I know you don't like to speculate... but, what kind of read did you get off Chizik? You still think 1 maybe 2 games... season/forced redshirt... adios amigo?

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I wasn't at practice today.

Can't gauge Chizik's reaction, though I know from past experience that he is not very lenient when it comes to off-the-field nonsense.

7:26 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Discipline is important to him, no doubt. At the same time, you can't set the precedent of banishing players for any and every indiscretion.

7:28 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

So essentially even though you were "off" are never off huh?

7:29 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

The sky outside just turned this very odd shade of orange... it is weird...

7:30 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Raining cats and dogs in NE Alabama.

7:31 PM  
Blogger George W. Jet said...

Waiting on the rain in East Vaughngumpery ... just tuned in to the Prattville-Carver game.

7:34 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Is Prattville going to be strong again this year?

7:35 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Then it just changed to purple...


7:36 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The "if you see him in an Auburn uniform again" part would seem to mean that the punishment is severe enough that he could decide to leave.

Of course it could mean a number of other things as well. So we know nothing and that's probably just as well.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I should be at Trinity @ Catholic. Not professionally. Just to support my Catholic boys ...

7:48 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

For those of ... well, me... who don't live in the Gump, do you mind providing some updates on the Prattville - Carver rumble?

Thanks, I knew you would...

7:51 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

D.Miller - we call that sunset in NC ;-)

7:53 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

The Cowboys new stadium is something else.

7:54 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...


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7:54 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

only problem is, sunset was probably an hour ago. ignore me.

7:54 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

THT, I have seen sunsets...and yes, I understand those are some colors seen in remarkable sunsets... but these were extremely weird shades...eery looking

7:56 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, time for Monk.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Prattville has scored a FG and a TD, so I'm guessing it's 10-0? Didn't see the PAT.

7:58 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Did he just say that stadium cost 1.2 Billion?

Are ya kidding me?

7:59 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

dnatl, thanks for not lashing out with the force my smarta$$ post deserved. I've been known to take photos of weird skies on many occasions. Why, I don't know. They aren't framed or anything.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

I joined the stupid pick em game so you could laugh at me...

I'm glad Chiz is taking a strong stand against being out late. I hope makes a curfew, and starts checking up on people at random to make sure they're in bed with lights out.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

If i had a hunch... I would say mr smith is about to see the wrath of Chiz

8:21 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Eric Smith, you naughty naughty boy

8:23 PM  
Blogger Bear82 said...

At least Chiz didn't come out and say that Eric Smith was "as fine a young man as we have in the program" after his arrest; unlike another coach in this state..

8:37 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

THT This Monk is boring.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Miller - this Bud's for you:

Prattville held G.W. Carver to 19 yards of first-half offense and led 17-0 at halftime of a preseason exhibition game at Cramton Bowl.

Desmond Haley and Cory Lee scored touchdowns for the Lions, while Chris Kennedy kicked a 27-yard field goal. Haley had 88 yards on 11 first-half carries.

Carver didn't register a first down until after Prattville led 17-0. The Wolverines had minus-6 yards in their first three possessions.

(information lifted from Sportswriter Tate's employer's site)

8:42 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

What in the wide orld of sports is agoin' on here. I leave to go do a bunch of work I come back and Running backs are arrested, mayhem ensues amongst reporters, and the skies are turning plaid!?!?!?!

8:44 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Can't be more'n a hunert twenty

8:45 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Dock that Norm a days pay for nappin on the job

8:46 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

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8:48 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

proofread Tom proofread.

how 'bout wide World of sports

and yes I had to redo that three (make that four) times. Sticky keys.... don't ask

8:50 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I love it when we attack Rockridge.

9:06 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Thanks for the P'ville update JGT and Norm...

mrtommyd... we don't have to ask about the sticky keys... we know...

9:07 PM  
Blogger scottie b luvs some DC said...

just got back from the first of many live football games for me this fall. very cool. a buddy of mine has a younger brother who starts for a pretty good team up here. they should win their division. good times.

i couldn't help but to say "waaarrrrrrr eagle, hey!" on every kick-off. yup. it's time.

9:08 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Did anyone see the new Sears' commercial a few minutes ago, with Favre in it?? Absolute Genius!

I can't believe they got Favre to do it.

9:08 PM  
Blogger scottie b luvs some DC said...

pretty stern words from the Chiz.

"if" he's still a part of this team. yikes. we'll see what happens. JG, 40-50 sounds about right on a rankings to me.

9:10 PM  
Blogger George W. Jet said...

It's 31-0 now.

And I'm tired. Later.

9:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Prattville rocked.....jet to sleep.

9:31 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Any mac users out there.... Do any of you use MacSpeech Dictate software? Thoughts?

9:34 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I'm a mac user but have never used that software.

You might google to see if David Pogue has reviewed it. He's the tech guy for the New York Times and is a big Apple guy.

9:36 PM  
Blogger FSJ said... ya go DMiller..


9:37 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Listening to Slacker always produces interesting songs....

Drop Kick Me Jesus Through The Goalposts Of Life
Bobby Bare

9:42 PM  
Blogger snowhare said...

If Chizik got rid of those other kids for "messin around in class" how could he not give the boot to a guy who gets arrested.

Unless the arrest was illegal.

9:43 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Thanks for the legwork, FSJ...

My wife is looking for something to make transcribing lectures a little less tedious.

9:45 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

You tell your wife there's no substitute for good old fashioned hard work.

On second thought, I wouldn't say that if I were you.

9:50 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I'll let you tell her, ehyou

10:00 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Chizik putting the "if" in his statement makes me believe that our (at best) 4th string RB, might not see the field for awhile.

So who is # 14 going to be tomorrow?

Carlos Rogers?

Ben Leard?

Freddy Weygand?

Lorenzo Ferguson?

10:16 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

I like the tough talk by Chiz. Will see if the talk is followed up by actions. I'm sure it will be. Hopefully this will influence others on the team to try and not make a mistake like that.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Carlos Rogers, has to be. Jim Thorpe winner.

By the way, very thrilled to say my HS team, Ooltewah got off to a roaring start in beating Tyner 36-0.

10:17 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Carlos Rogers - I can't imagine many better than him.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have come to the realization that this is what we are going to get from Chizik.

He's not going to tell us anything we don't know.

How he acts and reacts will be our only glimpse into his rhyme and reason.

10:42 PM  
Blogger chip chip said...

luckily for jgt, chiz doesn't rip on reporters who speculate on his depth chart or lack thereof.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point, Chip.

10:56 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

Is this really a big deal???

10:58 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It is something to talk about.

It is not a big deal.

11:01 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

Yeah, I don't mean it smart, I guess I'm just not interested in a college kid drinking a little and getting in a fight, that's all.

11:18 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (AIC) said...

We got lucky because because Smith is in one of the positions we actually have depth. I had thought he would be the number 2 or 3 tailback. McCalebb will no doubt get some caries, but Smith has the potential to carry the load should Tate go down.

Chizik seems to be doing the right thing, alhtough you can't really judge without knowing what the punishment handed down is.

11:32 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It must be Final Cut that sets JGT videos apart. When I go to AL.Com now it seems amaturish.

11:39 PM  
Blogger §teveFC (AIC) said...

I read a little bit more about Todd today and his surgery. Someone had mentioned in here that the surgery was his third or fourth. From what I have read, I don't believe he had ever had surgery before.

I am not a doctor and don't understand how injuries like this heal, but from what I had read it was questionable whether surgery was needed. Apparently some are able to heal without surgery, and then there is Todd. Hopefully Dr. Andrews took care of it. I don't think there is a bigger name out there in terms of doctors that do these types of surgeries.

12:06 AM  
Blogger §teveFC (AIC) said...

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12:07 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Good ol' Feng.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

fengfk stole my thunder. here is the translation:


T-minus 14 days til kickoff!!!

This Augusta, GA, native arrived at Auburn in 2001 via Hargrave Military Academy in southern Virginia. Carlos was named to the All-SEC Freshman team after starting 10 of 12 games that year. He missed a total of 5 games in his sophomore and junior seasons due to injuries, but started all 13 games in his breakout senior season.

Mr. Rogers's neighborhood was not a friendly place for receivers. On his way to earning the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's most outstanding DB, Carlos completely shut down some of the country's leading receivers. He was also a consensus All-American and was one of the leaders of a defense that ranked first in the NCAA in fewest points allowed per game.

The Washington Redskins made Carlos the 9th selection in the 1st round of the 2005 NFL draft, the highest draft position ever for an Auburn DB.

Randy Campbell - QB and country western singer led the Tigers to an 11-1 record in 1983, defeating 4 Top Ten teams that season, including 3 in consecutive games. I don't know if there are any stats for this, but I'd bet your annual pay that he had the fewest turnovers in a season of any wishbone quarterback. Randy is a native of Hartselle, AL.

Ben Leard - Not from Hartselle, but from Hartwell, GA, 45 miles NE of Sanford Stadium. Ben was the 2000 ALL-SEC quarterback. He still holds the Auburn single game passing yardage record with that monster 416 yd/4 TD winning effort between the hedges in 1999. And people think Michael Vick was cruel to dogs.

Freddy Weygand - WR in 1984-88 and native of FSJ's stomping ground, Gadsden, AL.. Freddy graduated from storied Emma Sansom High School and was a member of the 1983 USA Today ALL-USA Football Team (3 of the 24 members of that team -Weygand, Rocker, and Stallworth - signed with Auburn....hmmm).


Let's hear some shout outs for our other #14s

5:09 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

What is the lead rumor regarding Mr. Smith's action the other night.?

Nice work. Rodger is the best #14 ever followed by Randy 'Tell that Freshman to back up' Campbell.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Loganville Tiger said...

Nice THT!!!

I would have went with Campbell myself. Probably the most unimpressive QB in Auburn history in terms of running ability, arm strength or just plain athletitic ability......but all he did was win games. I could out run him in a foot race I believe. Randy was the best I ever saw at reading a defence running the 'bone. He an an uncanny ability to know when to leave it in the fullback's gut, make the pitch or take it himself.

I LOVE watching a well executed withbone attack - maybe why I catch a lot of GT football on the tube, reminds me a little of the old days.


7:34 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...


Gosh the Freddy Weygand stories I could tell....

He was a great player on a great team in High School.

Like me he is an alum of the former Emma Sansom High. The team he played on was loaded....He was a teammate of Larry Rose & Gene Jelks. Several other players on that team played at smaller schools. His senior year (1983) they went undefeated and played on the road for the state championship against Escambia County. They came up short in a downpour. However that's not what I remember from that year. I remember the semi final game against one of the great Colbert County teams at their place. They were ALWAYS good back then. We were down about 20 points at half time. Weygand led us back in the second half. He was amazing. He caught the winning touchdown with mere moments remaining in the second half. He dropped a sure touchdown the play before. Sansom had so much confidence in Freddy that they came back with the same exact play for the win. As long as I live I don't think I'll ever forget that season or that night. This season laid the groundwork for the next year (1984) when they finally won the state championship in Gene and Larry's senior year. Freddy was already at Auburn by that time but he was instrumental in setting up that run that went 29-1 over two years.

Ironically Sansom played Colbert County...on the road 1984 and won on one of the strangest plays I can ever remember. They fair caught a punt...and at that time the rules allowed you to do a free kick from the spot of the fair catch. So Sansom won the game on about a 45 yard free kick. Colbert County didn't know what hit them. I bet some of their coaches are still arguing with that official on the field in Leighton.

Ironically that year in a strange twist Sansom played Gadsden High in the semi finals and beat them by 2 points for the second time that year. Gadsden may have been the second best team in the state in 1984.

Sorry for the length.. It's THT's fault.

7:40 AM  
Blogger scottie b luvs some DC said...


another saturday at work. i doubled up in July and August so i wouldn't have to work any weekends during football season! yippee for me!

7:45 AM  
Blogger FSJ said...

BTW...for my Crimson brothers and sisters....

Happy Richard Todd Day!

7:47 AM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...


Glad Ooltewah won, my HS team Rhea County got shelled by Knox Catholic. I'm not quiet sure what happened.

Happy Lorenzo Ferguson day to everyone.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Good Morning, Hotties!

9:02 AM  

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