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Pictures of pro-Auburn Bryant-Denny Stadium vandalism

You have seen pictures of the damaged grass outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Well, here’s what the “Walk of Champions” grove of statues looked like this afternoon. As you can see, the “28-27″ was still burned into the grass to commemorate the Iron Bowl score from last season.

I can remember my fraternity allegedly pulled a similar stunt when we burned our letters into the front yard of a sorority house. I think they allegedly used gas in the alleged prank.

Either way, the University of Alabama seems fed up with the Auburn-related vandalism. Photos circulated online of an Auburn sticker placed on Bear Bryant’s statue. A few weeks earlier, a Cam Newton jersey turned up on Bryant’s likeness.

Here’s proof of Alabama’s discontentment.

Don't tread on them.

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Jerry Glanville talks Cam Newton, Mark Ingram

Dressed in his traditional black, former NFL coach Jerry Glanville took in Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practice from the bleachers in Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

On account of his vast football knowledge and experience with the NFL, we decided to ask Glanville about a few of the top juniors coming out in this year’s draft.

On Cam Newton, Glanville said he was impressed with the season as a whole, but was a little disappointed in his BCS Championship Game performance against Oregon.

He had quite an interesting thing to say about Mark Ingram’s senior season and how his arthroscopic knee surgery could be viewed by pro teams.

You’ll have to read those comments in the print edition story that will run tomorrow.

Until then, Glanville encourages you to check out his website, jerryglanville.com where you can learn all you care to learn about the sport of football.

Cam Newton wins Heisman, Ingram doesn't get votes

If you’re stunned, drop me an email. I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Anyway, according the numbers released by the Associated Press, Mark Ingram did not receive any votes.

Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Cam Newton, Auburn 729 24 28 2,263
Andrew Luck, Stanford 78 309 227 1,079
LaMichael James, Oregon 22 313 224 916
Kellen Moore, Boise St. 40 165 185 635
Justin Blackmon, Okla.St. 1 23 56 105
Denard Robinson, Michigan 6 16 34 84
Ryan Malllett, Arkansas 0 11 19 41
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 0 7 17 31
Andy Dalton, TCU 4 3 12 30
Owen Marecic, Stanford 3 1 5 16

On a side note, a member of Nick Saban’s coaching tree is coming to the SEC since Will Muschamp was announced as the new Florida coach. Click here for the story.

Mark Barron a first-team All-American

The Football Writers Association of America just released its All-American team that had one Alabama representative.

Safety Mark Barron, who will miss the Capital One Bowl with a torn pectoral, made the cut.

An interesting omission: No Cam Newton at quarterback. Boise State’s Kellen Moore was selected instead. Interesting.

Check out the complete team by clicking here.

You're looking live at the Georiga Dome …

Or at least a taped delay

There is a different feel in the Georgia Dome compared to the one experienced a year ago. This SEC Championship Game has less of a national semifinal feel than the 2009 showdown between Alabama and Florida.

This time, it’s more of an elimination game. South Carolina has a shot at a BCS bowl but no national title game. Auburn has its ticket in hand and only the Gamecocks (presumably) can void it now.

Yes, Cam Newton is on the field and appears to still be eligible for this one. Stay tuned for any updates and a complete play list of the Georgia Dome’s pregame musical selection.

In terms of the crowd, Auburn appears to be occupying about 3/5 to 2/3 of the Georgia Dome.

My pick: Auburn 34, South Carolina 21

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This whole Cam Newton musical saga continues

Cam Newton reacts after the Iron Bowl (Photo by Gary Cosby/Decatur Daily)

Maybe I was just naive assuming this whole story about taunting music playing during Cam Newton’s arrival in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Friday was no big deal.

You can see by this posting (which possibly makes me the first to report this bombshell) that I chalked it up to standard fare for a major rivalry.

Oh was I wrong. The fact that an Alabama athletics worker played the songs “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” has turned into the story of the week. See this from Monday and this from Tuesday.

All that’s left is some unoriginal SportsCenter anchor attaching a “-gate” suffix to some key work in the scandal before this stands next to another that brought down a presidency.

Yesterday, I posted this video that I shot from the press box of the whole ordeal. It’s been viewed more than 4,000 times in 24 hours and it was linked on sites like Friendsoftheprogram.com and an edited version on SPORTSbyBROOKS.com. I was even contacted by Yahoo! who wanted to use it with one of its stories.

Wahoo!

But seriously, is this really a major issue in the current college football world riddled by actual scandals?

You tell me. Is this really such a big deal? Leave a comment and weigh in.

UPDATED: Video of musical greeting given Cam Newton at Iron Bowl

There seems to be some question of the music played when Cam Newton and Auburn arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium for Friday’s Iron Bowl. Here is the video I shot of the songs “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man” playing as the Tigers took the field then prayed.

6:44 p.m. update: The Tuscaloosa News is reporting the part-time staffer who played the songs was fired. Click here for the full story.

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Iron Bowl game day videos

There was too much footage to limit this one to a single game day video. So here you go, check out Part I that includes tailgating, Cam Newton signage and his entrance into Bryant-Denny Stadium to the songs “Take the Money and Run” and “Son of a Preacher Man.”

Then it’s on to the pregame warm-ups, Senior Day moments, team introductions, kickoff and the final few moments of the game including Auburn’s celebration and its mockery of “Rammer Jammer.”

Welcome to the Iron Bowl

For now, she rests

Bryant-Denny Stadium is all quiet for now. It’s a cold, gray November day but the spirits are high outside.

Still, the tailgating scene was a little off from what it was back in September when Penn State was in town. There were all kinds of signs taking a negative view towards Cam Newton. Just don’t expect to see too many of them on the CBS broadcast.

On a side note, I want to thank the Whitlock, Kausler and Gould families who took in this Thanksgiving refuge yesterday. It was outstanding.

Saban talks (in general) about scandalous recruiting

In the shadow of the Cam Newton saga, Nick Saban faced a few questions on Wednesday morning’s SEC teleconference about the general nature of recruiting and the issues that arise in the process.

He said he’s “comfortable” with the SEC code of ethics although he wasn’t up to date on any issue other schools face.

“We’re all trying to get it right. We’re all trying to do the right thing so that we can control and keep the playing field balanced and level for everybody. But things happen in all professions that shouldn’t happen.

That’s why we have an NCAA to investigate circumstances and situations and I’m comfortable with how they do it. That’s up to them what they find and what they decide to do.”

Saban was then asked if his assistants ever report any kind of funny business by other schools on the recruiting trail.

“We do. And when we do have something, we do. But we don’t have a lot of that. Our focus here is different than some people.

And there is a paranoia in our profession that I think has existed from the beginning of time. And a lot of people in our profession are always looking at what someone else is doing. What I try to get our guys to do is, let’s take care of our business and our business will take care of us. In other words, let’s do what we’re supposed to do. Let’s evaluate. Let’s do the right things ourselves and let’s not be concerned with what everyone one else is doing and that’s the way I’ve always tried to do. …

“A lot of the things that people say, I mean, are not true. And I think one of the reasons that we have a lot of this now is with the internet. Everything that happens is public information and so there is a lot more attention on all these little things people say now than there maybe was at one time.

Interesting stuff. Feel free to decode and read between the lines as you please.

Julio (not) SEC player of the week

The offensive honor went to Auburn QB Cam Newton instead who ran for 217 yards against LSU. Julio Jones was the runner up for the SEC offensive player of the week for piling up a school-record 221 receiving yards against Tennessee on Saturday.

Alabama left tackle James Carpenter picked up SEC offensive lineman of the week after receiving the top grading on the O-line.

Other than that, there’s not a whole lot going on this Monday of the bye week. There is no Monday news conference so that update will not be coming later in the day.

If news breaks, though, you know where to find it.